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!
It’s the most wonderful time of the year, and the holiday spirit is taking over the office. Either you want it or not, sooner or later that’s going to be the only thing you’ll be thinking about. Therefore, here are three simple ways to bring the Christmas cheer in the office, and still be able to get things done.
Well, I tried, here are the results.
A while back I came across research done by the University of Chicago. They found that drinking two beers helped accomplish creative tasks. Their reasoning was that it broke down barriers of critical thinking and helped them think outside the box to reach more solutions to the problem solving task they were given.