Educational psychology is the study of how people learn, but the field's potential to help improve cognitive abilities isn't limited to students. Workers can use these techniques to improve memory and do better in their jobs.
Having trouble getting out of your own way this morning? Even if you love your job, Monday mornings are rough. If you're not engaged with your work -- and 87 percent of workers aren't -- it's even harder to get into the swing. Here are five little small changes you can make, to make it easier to get back to work after a weekend.
The weather outside might be gorgeous, but you couldn't prove it by most office workers in the U.S., who toil away in canned air and flickering fluorescents with nary a beach jaunt on the horizon. No wonder 25 percent of us get less done in the summer than we do the rest of the year.
At most companies, the best time to make a decision is yesterday. The problem, of course, is that making good choices takes time. If you're having trouble fighting a corporate culture that puts a premium on speed over quality, here are a few things to keep in mind. Some might even persuade the boss to give you the extra time you need to do things right.
If you have trouble getting through the afternoon without an extra cup of coffee or two, you're either the parent of a small child, an insomniac, or someone who just can't bring himself to go to bed when it's time. All three conditions will wreak havoc on your productivity, but since the last one is under your control, it's the most worth examining, in terms of improving efficiency and job satisfaction. Why do we stay up, when we should go to bed?
Working in an office seems like one of the safer career choices you can make. Unlike medical professionals, you don't have to worry about your mistakes costing lives; unlike, say, firefighters or military personnel, you don't have to be concerned about danger to your own life or limb. Or do you?
If you feel like you spend half your working hours sitting in a meeting, you're not alone. According to research compiled by Fuze, an online meetings service provider, there are 25 million meetings every day in the US. It's probably safe to say that they're not all fueling creativity and driving business results.
Who's good at multitasking? No one, according to a spate of recent studies, collected by Tom Bartlett at The Chronicle of Higher Education -- or at least, no one multitasks well enough to make it more efficient than doing one thing at a time. There's also a startling lack of concrete evidence that women multitask better than men.
Remember that character from Seinfeld who spoke of himself in the third person? "Jimmy likes Elaine." "Jimmy thinks the opera is great." And so on. It turns out that Jimmy was on to something we can all use to reduce stress and improve motivation and, therefore, productivity.
Only 13 percent of workers around the world are engaged at work, according to a recent Gallup poll. If you're part of the other 87 percent, today's #PayChat was made for you.
For the vast majority of workers, the everyday office chair is just fine. With a few twirls and adjustments, most employees can make the standard equipment ergonomically sound. For the very tall and the very short among us, however, setting up an office environment is an exercise in making do.
There are two types of people: those who swear by to-do lists, and those who swear at them. If you're in the latter camp, and have never been able to figure out exactly why to-do lists don't work for you, the answer is simple -- your lists aren't helping you do the right things, in the right order, at the right time. Here's how to fix them.
Every innovation comes with a price, and not just the one on the sticker. Take the incandescent light bulb, for example. Its invention (by Thomas Edison, Joseph Swan, or at least 22 other folks, depending on whom you ask) allowed us to stay up till all hours of the day and night without burning the actual midnight oil. As a result, people did stay up -- but often for work, not for fun.
If you're reading this in a the middle of your long holiday weekend, it's long past time for this question: in a time when we're always connected to our jobs, via mobile devices and the shifting expectations they've created, is there any real way to take time off?
When we talk about work-life balance, we generally focus on what workers can do to free up their own time, whether it's using their workday more efficiently or negotiating with the boss to ensure that their priorities are aligned with the company's. It's rare to hear the argument that the reason workers need to take charge of their time is because it's their fault if they don't.
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