When every minute of the day is filled with stuff to do, it can be hard to squeeze in time for self-improvement and growth. If you’re yearning for a few extra moments to learn something new and interesting, what about using your time on the go, commuting from one place to another? How, you ask? By listening to podcasts.
Another year has come to a close, and boy was it a productive one! From total hours worked, to projects completed, DeskTimers have a lot to be proud of this year.
So enjoy this year-end infographic and make 2016 even more productive than last year!
We’ve been able to cover some cool topics this year as they relate to productivity at work, home, and everywhere in between. Take a look at what our readers loved best – these were our top 5 most popular blog posts of 2015.
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%.
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.
We’ve all been there: you decide to take a short break to catch up on the news and go through your Twitter feed. Next thing you know it’s been 3 hours and you’re watching a YouTube video called “Cats Being Jerks Video Compilation.” Where did the time go and how did a quick break turn into a wormhole of internet exploration?
The internet is a glorious place that houses some of the world’s best information and entertainment. But it’s easy to get carried away. Here are some of our favourite tools to make your internet browsing time more enriched and productive.
When hunger strikes at work, it’s easy to be tempted by the convenience and deliciousness of that donut sitting in the breakroom. While tasty and enjoyable in the moment, you might regret it later – snacks that are high in sugar are harmful to your health in the long run. There have been countless studies that link refined sugar to heart disease, weight gain, and numerous other health issues.
Added sugar also affects your productivity. While eating sugary foods may make you feel full and give you a boost of energy, it’s only temporary. You will crash and then you’ll feel lousy and lethargic. Not to mention sugar is addictive. Like a drug, it conditions your body to crave more.
According to a 2013 Pew Research Center survey, 23% of Americans didn’t read a single book that year. Which is a shame, because they’re missing out on all the benefits reading has on productivity and creativity. Full disclosure: I am an avid reader so I do have a bias in writing this, but I’m going to convince you to read more books. Aside from being an enjoyable pastime, reading has a positive impact on your creativity, focus, and emotional well-being.
Your desk says more about you than you think.
Your employees are having fun at work? Great – it’s good for your business!