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  • 3 Reasons to Stop Rushing to Decisions

    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.

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  • Are You a 'Bedtime Procrastinator'?

    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?

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  • Your Job Is Killing You (Here's How to Change That)

    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?

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  • The Ugly Truth About Meetings [infographic]

    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.

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  • The Popular Myth That Women Are Better at Multitasking Might Be Wrong

    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.

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  • How to Get Through the Hump Day Afternoon Slump

    Do you ever want to take a nap after lunch, or feel like your brain has turned to mush, and it takes every ounce of strength you have to accomplish the simplest of tasks? You are not alone. These quick fixes help temporarily boost brainpower.
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  • This Is Your Brain on Productivity

    The real science behind how to be more productive may surprise you. It's easier and feels better than berating yourself for not having enough willpower. It's all about working with your brain, not against it.
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  • How to Use Self Talk to Increase Productivity

    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.

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  • #PayChat Roundup: Are You Engaged at Work?

    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.

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  • When Your Office Chair Just Doesn't Fit: Ergonomics for Everyone Else

    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.

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  • To Build the Perfect To-Do List, Do These 5 Things

    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.

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  • Sleep Deprived? It's Thomas Edison's Fault

    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.

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  • How to Draw Boundaries in the Age of Digital Work

    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?

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  • The End of Looking Busy: 3 Tips to Be More Productive

    If you want to be more productive at work, you must learn to master your time. Some people just look busy and don't get anything done; others get their work accomplished and have time to spend with family or friends in the evening. Which type do you want to be?
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  • Is Work-Life Balance Your Employer's Responsibility, or Yours?

    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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  • 4 Ways to Handle Your Narcissistic Boss

    Some bosses seem to think they are the center of the universe. They can be extremely difficult people to work with or for, but before you run screaming from the office, consider these four ways to cope.
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  • Become More Mindful With 'Micro Meditations'

    We live in a culture where it's common to have entire conversations with people while looking at a tiny screen and planning the rest of our day in the back of our minds. Heck, it's barely even considered rude anymore. No wonder, then, that many of us find it hard to slow down long enough to build a mediation practice, no matter how many articles we read about its benefits for our productivity and career satisfaction.

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  • 3 Ways to Improve Focus

    Pay attention is harder now than ever before. We might understand, intellectually, that multitasking is impossible, but the illusion of being able to do more than one thing at a time is too appealing to dismiss. Plus, we have so many great gadgets to distract us. No wonder that half the participants in any given meeting are looking at their smartphones as much as at each other.

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  • What Does the Perfect Office Look Like? [infographic]

    Your depressing workspace is impacting your productivity, according to experts like Suzanne Carlson, a principal of interior design at the architecture firm NBBJ. The good news is that even if the boss doesn't feel like making a change, you can improve your office with a few small changes.

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  • Can Wearable Tech Increase Productivity In the Office?

    It seems like everywhere you turn these days, everyone is talking about wearable tech. Whether it's about Google Glass, fitness trackers, or smart watches, these devices are becoming more popular -- and increasingly mainstream. Typically, they're used to help increase health, helping the wearer keep track of calories or steps, or monitoring blood pressure. But could wearables actually benefit you in your career, and increase productivity in the office?
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