photo-1427460310200-a6df483f9393

5 Reasons Why You Should Cycle to Work

One way to make sure your day is off to a productive start is by exercising. It doesn’t have to be anything rigorous – even a brisk walk is enough to get your blood flowing and energy up. If you like to cycle, consider commuting to work by bike. It kills two birds with one stone – you get to exercise by going someplace you’re already supposed to get to.

Read more 2 min

man-869215_1920

Why You Need to Make Time to Grow Your Emotional Intelligence

Productivity is generally talked about using cold, unfeeling data, but it might help to get a little mushy now and then.

Emotional intelligence, or EI, is a concept that thought leaders and hiring managers love to talk about. But does it have a place in the discourse of productivity-minded leaders? It’s not that some managers don’t care about their employees’ feelings; they would just prefer to focus on aspects of the work environment that can be easily controlled.

Read more 3 min

fireworks-227383_1280

Does it Make Sense to Make New Year’s Resolutions?

Ringing in the new year is a joyous, exciting occasion. It’s the time to reflect on the year gone by and think about what you want to accomplish in the year ahead. 45% of Americans will also make New Year’s resolutions as a way to make positive changes and set new goals. But with only 8% of people actually accomplishing these goals, does it even make sense to make New Year’s resolutions? Or is there a better, more productive way to set new goals?

There are a lot of reasons why so many people give up on their resolutions. One explanation is called the “what the hell effect,” where when you have one moment when you don’t stick to your goal, you give up on the week altogether, thinking you’ll get a fresh start the next week. This often happens when you set resolutions that are too ambitious and too difficult to keep up.

Read more 3 min

architecture-768432_1920

5 Websites That Will Make Your Breaks Productive

Taking regular breaks is necessary to restore your focus and energy, and as one of our earlier studies concluded, the ideal schedule is to work for 52 minutes and break for 17. But sometimes, you just need a couple of minutes to reset and take your mind off a difficult task. In fact, taking a micro break (between 30 seconds to 5 minutes) can improve mental acuity by 13%.  

Read more 2 min

1
feet-932346_1920

How Do I Stay On-Task When Working From Home?

Telecommuting is becoming increasingly popular for new generations of workers who desire freedom to work where and how they want. The ability to work from home has given employees around the world greater satisfaction with their jobs, enabling them to become more productive in the process.

So how in the world has “working at home” come to mean wearing sweatpants all day, binge-watching Netflix, and doing laundry all while on the clock?

While a small minority take advantage of the privilege to work at home like stereotypes would have you believe, productivity problems usually stem from an inability to manage time and limit distractions. Telecommuters who can’t establish structure in their routine can often find themselves lacking in productivity.

Read more 3 min

christmas cat

How to Beat Holiday Stress and Stay Productive

While the holiday season comes with joy and anticipation, it also comes with some added stress. It’s a busy time of year and there’s a lot to think about: buying gifts, planning holiday meals, decorating the home, attending holiday parties, and much more. Don’t sweat it – we have some tips and tools to help manage your to-do list and stay productive during this busy time.

Read more 3 min