Author Archives: Krista Krumina

Music doesn’t increase your productivity (but it helps you get more stuff done)

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Listening to music at work is still an individual thing – one can find it helpful, while others, disturbing. Yet, various studies claim that it’s able to boost overall workplace performance.

In a survey by Spotify, respondents admitted that music helps them do more because it creates a relaxing state, which makes them less nervous and fatigued, more energetic and enthusiastic while doing everyday tasks.

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The complete guide to coffee drinking [infographic]

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If you’re reading this, chances are you’ve already had at least one cup of coffee so far today – according to statistics about adults, at least. One study discovered that 83% of American adults drink at least one cup of coffee in the morning. While most people drink at least three! Although many don’t realize it, there actually is a right way and a wrong way to drink coffee. Therefore, let’s start with some facts!

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When it comes to work and productivity, is social media really so evil?

According to DeskTime, social media, and especially Facebook, is on the top of the most-used unproductive apps in 2014. Together, time spent on social networks accounts for about half of all of the unproductive time spent at work.

Salary.com did a survey to find out what employees themselves consider their top time wasters at work, and 14% named social media, which ranked them the socond, right after the news. It’s been calculated that allowing social networks at work, company loses up to $ 28 billion on productivity-loss per year.

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Conflicts at workplace erode productivity, a study shows

Conflicts at workplaces are inevitable, and even necessary for progress. However, if handled poorly, it can lead to significant productivity loss, a recent study shows.

A study in New Zealand found that 24% of employees surveyed have had at least one disagreement or argument at work that distracted or prevented them from doing their job. Because of conflicts employees become less focused on their jobs, they make more mistakes and tend to miss deadlines. Other consequences include loss of motivation and self confidence.

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The rules of effective lunch breaks that boost your productivity

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”Lunch time? I’ll just grab a sandwich and eat quickly at the desk, not to waste the precious time than can be spent on answering emails or finishing the project whose deadline is approaching inexorably…’’

Okay, now stop right there. Because if that’s your kind of lunch break, you’re doing it wrong.

We already wrote about breaking at work and why it’s important for your productivity. And just like any other break you’re taking at work, your lunch break is the time you can spend to relax and recharge. It boosts energy, improves concentration, and lets you become more effective when you get back to work.

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10 Steps to a More Productive Workweek

The most common thing employees all around the world have, is the fact that they hate Mondays. No joke there, according to the statistics, nearly 80% of people don’t want to go to work on Monday.

So, we asked our Weekdone users and did some research to figure out what’s so difficult about the start of the week. Turns out, people hate Mondays because:

  • They have too many things to do.
  • There is not enough time to finish all of it.

Therefore, we tend to procrastinate. We enter the office in the morning and find huge workloads, have not enough time or idea where to start. Keeping this in mind, no wonder we hate Mondays. But whether you like it or not, Mondays are here to stay, so you need to adjust. The best way to cope with it is to stop worrying about the work and start taking maximum out of the work hours. How?

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