Articles about Productivity


Your ability to focus has probably peaked: Here’s how to stay sharp

Removing distraction is important to maintain our focus, but we also need to boost our capability to concentrate on one task at a time.


Olympians with side hustles

If you’ve been breathlessly watching the dispatches from the Winter Olympics in PyeongChang, South Korea, you’ve noticed a lot of athletes on top of their winter sports game.


How to balance your personal and professional life

Think about your future self and then do what you can right now to ensure you have the personal life to work-life balance you want later on.


The sound of people chewing can actually stop you from getting work done

If the sound of people chewing gum in your office drives you crazy, there's a medical term for your frustration — misophonia, also known as selective sound sensitivity syndrome.


6 ways, backed by research, to goof off and get more done

Research showing that being a touch lazy might be beneficial at times. Here are 6 of the best ways to slack off to be more productive.


When distraction is a good thing

Digital distractions — social media, video games, puzzles, television shows, podcasts, and sports — can build strength, skills, knowledge, and self-efficacy or serve as temporary escape from an uncomfortable reality. Figuring out which it is can help you be more productive.


Top mistakes people make at work that hurt their productivity

Data shows that working more hours does not mean working better or being more productive. Find your optimal work hours and then work better during that time.


3 things to consider before making a referral

In addition to knowing when and why to make a referral or casual introduction, it’s also important to think about the potential fallout.


10 things genuinely confident people do differently

The unique habits of truly confident people are constant. Their focused pursuit is driven by 10 habits that you too can emulate and absorb.

Words at Work

4 typo horror stories from the workplace

Typos can have a habit of working their way into the most crucial of places, especially when there's a lot at stake. Here are some examples — both big and small — of what can happen when you really screw up your spelling.


Upgrade your tech game

It’s a good idea to update your tech on a regular —though preferably non-obsessive — basis. Here’s why it's important for your career.


4 ways caffeine keeps you from realizing your potential

The ability to manage your emotions and remain calm under pressure has a direct link to your performance. Lowering your caffeine intake is one of the easiest ways to get there.


How to regain focus at work by slaying the messaging monster

Tips and tricks for increasing your productivity by decreasing your messaging obsession.


Get better sleep: 5 powerful tips from research

Stop killing your IQ. The 5 top tips from research to improve your sleep.


18 ways to be more productive in 2018

It’s a few weeks into a brand-new year and chances are good you’ve already tossed your resolutions by the wayside and are slipping back into your old ways. Fear not! We’ve come up with 18 ways to inspire you to reclaim your productivity in the coming months.


10 things smart people never say

No matter how talented you are or what you’ve accomplished, certain phrases instantly change the way people see you and can forever cast you in a negative light.


Why healthy competition among employees works

The road to becoming a market leader, is paved by understanding three truths about fostering competition among your employees.


Secrets to success: How four women ‘Worked It’ — and you can, too

In my career, I have spoken with countless powerful women across industries, each with an important lesson to teach about success, failure, and entrepreneurship. Here are four of those lessons.


When emojis lead to better communication

In diverse work environments, especially in high tech, using emojis can result in more effective and transparent communication.


Survey: 60% of American adults have entertained the idea of heading back to school

60% of American adults have entertained the idea of hitting the books again to secure a bachelor’s degree, associate degree or certificate.


The morning routine experts recommend for peak productivity

By starting the day right, you can definitely accomplish what matters.


Here’s how to protect your time when you keep getting interrupted at work

Once you put out a fire at work, there always seems to be another one looming around the corner, threatening to steal your time away — yet again.


Confirmation bias: Why you make terrible life choices

'Learning and understanding how confirmation bias works gives you the opportunity to compensate for its downsides and make more rational decisions.'

Morning Routine

8 morning habits of the most successful people

The morning habits of leaders can offer insights into how they are able to create their successful businesses, products, and achievements. Here are the everyday morning habits that some of the most successful thinkers in the world do that we can copy.


8 paradoxical habits of wildly successful people

Most wildly successful people are complex — so complex that many of their defining qualities are paradoxical. Rather than an “either/or” set of static characteristics, they’re more likely to demonstrate both and that's a key to their success.