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Want to be more productive? Work for 52 minutes, and then take a 17-minute break, says the Draugiem Group, a social networking company that recently conducted an experiment with the time-tracking app DeskTime to determine exactly how long their most productive workers toil before taking a rest.
If you're having one of those Mondays in which you feel like the proverbial chicken with its head cut off, there's one quick thing you can do to stop running and start producing. (Bonus: you'll also feel less stressed, which never hurts.)
According to a recent report from the U.S. Travel Association, 96 percent of workers see the value in taking time off -- but only 60 percent of us actually use up all our vacation time. The rest of us let paid days off expire, unused. Why aren't we using our earned time?
Americans seem to pride themselves on sleep deprivation, functioning on little or no sleep for days on end, and still (somehow) making it to work -- but that doesn't mean that it's healthy, or good for your career.
The benefits of work friendships are pretty clear -- a sense of belonging, a positive corporate culture, improved communication and commitment to the team -- but that doesn't mean that having friends at work is totally without risk. Here's how things can go wrong, and what to do to make them right.
Chronic stress is bad for you, potentially affecting everything from your physical health to your productivity at work. But a little stress, now and then, can actually make you better at your job and happier both at home and at the office.
Most productivity advice focuses on individuals, offering tips on time management techniques, systems, and technology that can help us get out of our own way. That's all well and good, but if the boss isn't on board, the world's best to-do list won't be much help. If you're the boss, you're in a unique position to help your team stuff done. Here's how to do it.
Could you wake up two hours earlier every day? Rachel Gillett at Fast Company tried it for a week, rising at 6:30 a.m. and tallying up the ways in which it improved her productivity and happiness, both in her personal life and at work -- plus, a few of the challenges involved in resetting her daily clock.
It's not news that many Americans don't take vacations -- or that they should. But at this time of year, it bears repeating: that last-minute getaway might mean the difference between doing your job well, and stumbling through the day with low energy and a bad attitude.
It used to be common to hear people say, "There just aren't enough hours in the day." Now, there's no point in wishing for an extra 60 minutes here or there; we know that our work would just expand, like a gas, to fit the shape of the container. The real secret to productivity isn't more time. It's using the time we have more efficiently.
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