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Must-Read Books that Boost Productivity

The year is coming to a close, the holidays are in full swing, and the New Year will soon be upon us. You may be settling in with a bit more down time to read something new, planning your New Year’s resolution to get more organized, or looking for gift ideas. And we’ve got a list of books for all three scenarios.

This is our ultimate collection of books on productivity. It’s divided into sections so you can skip right on ahead to what interests you most, whether that’s productivity, creativity, leadership, or lifestyle.

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Why Summer Flex Hours Make You More Productive

Nobody wants to be at work during the summer. It’s hard to focus when the weather outside is beautiful and there are tons of other things you’d rather be doing (frisbee in the park, anyone?). Even science agrees – people are distracted and less productive in the summer.

So if employees are easily distracted by the warm weather, why not implement a summer flex hours system? This blog post goes over why summer hours are a good idea and how to make it happen at your workplace.

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Why You Should Listen to Video Game Soundtracks at Work (Updated)

Even if you’re not a gamer, there’s a good reason why you should listen to the music that plays in the background of video games:

It can improve your focus, motivation, and productivity.

Scientific research confirms that music stimulates the brain. Listening to music helps pass the time at work and  it keeps people energized and motivated. One study even found that nine out of 10 workers perform better when listening to music.

Video game soundtracks are especially good at keeping up motivation – here’s why.

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Why You Should Eat a Frog Every Morning

Mark Twain once said that if you eat a live frog first thing in the morning, you know that the rest of your day will be better because the worst is behind you. After all, you’ve already eaten a live frog, what’s the worst that could happen?

Author Brian Tracy applies this same theory to productivity and business. But of course instead of “eat a frog,” he means “complete your worst task.” This can be an assignment you’re dreading, a major project with a tight deadline, or a high-priority task that’s giving you anxiety. Whatever it is, do that one thing right away.

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How to Boost Productivity with Team Building Events

Team building activities are often met with a groan. Nobody wants to spend time playing awkward games with coworkers. But team building doesn’t have to be boring. The right team building exercises can help your employees bond, which in turn boosts engagement and productivity.

Companies with engaged employees are more productive, as discovered by Gallup’s State of the American Workplace survey. Companies in the top 25% of Gallup’s Q12 Client Database have significantly higher productivity, profitability, and customer ratings, and less turnover and absenteeism than companies in the bottom 25%. In fact, engagement is more important to workplace satisfaction than company policies and perks.

It’s clear that engaged employees are productive employees, but how do you increase engagement at the workplace? When 70% of the American workforce reports feeling “not engaged” or “actively disengaged,” this seems like a tall order.

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