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How Fitness Apps and Wearables Impacts Work Performance

<i>Brian Honigman is a marketing consultant, speaker and freelance writer. This post originally appeared on the SumAll blog.</i><p>In a pair of recent studies, the CDC called attention to two alarming trends. Americans are not getting nearly enough exercise and a majority fall many hours short of the …

How to Beat the Twisted Psychology of Busyness

You actually have more free time than you think.<p>A recently released book by <i>Washington Post</i> reporter Brigid Schulte is getting a lot of media attention. When you read the title--<i>Overwhelmed: Work, Love, and Play When No One Has the Time</i>--you'll see why.<p>From parents to students to teachers to CEOs, …

Time Management

Smartphone Addiction Now Has A Clinical Name

According to data from the Pew Research Center, 90% of Americans have a cell phone, while a full 58% of them own smartphones.<p>More surprising, though, is the percentage of people who have developed a psychological attachment to their phones.<p>It's called "nomophobia" (short for no-mobile-phone …

Drug Addiction

The Key To Better Work? E-mail Less, Flow More

<i>This post originally appeared on the Crew blog.</i><p>Have you ever felt like all you do is check your e-mail? Well, you may not spend ALL your time checking your e-mail but you do spend about 28 percent of your time doing it. That translates into about 13-hours a week or 650 hours a year of e-mail …

Feeling powerful increases how much time you think you have

A new study titled "Power and Time Availability" by the University of California Berkeley has found that the more power you possess, the more time you feel like you have at your disposal. The study asked a few hundred people, some primed as "bosses," and others as "employees," to fill out surveys …

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The Open-Office Trap

In 1973, my high school, Acton-Boxborough Regional, in Acton, Massachusetts, moved to a sprawling brick building at the foot of a hill. Inspired by architectural trends of the preceding decade, the classrooms in one of its wings didn’t have doors. The rooms opened up directly onto the hallway, and …

6 Huge Reasons For Slowing Down: How 'Busy' Creates Addiction, Anger and Anxiety

(© Cosmin Gheorghe)<p><i>"The architecture of how we live our lives is badly in need of renovation and repair. What we really value is out of sync with how we live our lives. And the need is urgent for some new blueprints to reconcile the two." -- Arianna Huffington</i><p>Did you ever ask yourself how did we …

2 Percent Of People Can Multitask Well. Are You A Supertasker?

Now that I have your undivided attention...<p>When people try to do multiple things at the same time, their ability to do these things suffers. It's well-established that motorists on cellphones drive as badly as drunk people, for example. University of Utah researcher David Strayer thought that this …

Time Management

Cute Cats Redux

Ethan Zuckerman, who is wise, kind, and brilliant, posits that people have a preference for using the Internet for banal activities, like surfing for …

Wanna Be More Productive At Work?

Spread the Cute:<p>Stare at a kitteh.<p>Like we haven’t known this for YEARS, Washington Post.<p>Advertisements<p>5kittehs

How Sleep Deprivation Drives The High Failure Rates of Tech Startups

I work in my sleep now. I fall asleep most nights writing and rewriting opening lines and first paragraphs in my head. And every morning before I wake, I am somehow still writing sentences in my head, twisted into my sheets while comparing arguments and searching for counter-arguments that could …

Email Sucks, but That's Because People Suck

I love email. Really.<p>I love it for what it gives me. Each message fights for my attention, and I love the feeling of power that gives me. It’s addictive. I love being able to decide when, how and where to reply. The asynchronous nature of email fits very well with my chaotic brain that is …

As Technology Gets Better, Will Society Get Worse?

Imagine that two people are carving a six-foot slab of wood at the same time. One is using a hand-chisel, the other, a chainsaw. If you are interested in the future of that slab, whom would you watch?<p>This chainsaw/chisel logic has led some to suggest that technological evolution is more important …

Coffee may boost brain's ability to store long-term memories, study claims

People who had caffeine after looking at images apparently better at distinguishing them from similar ones the next day<p>A cup or two of coffee could boost the brain's ability to store long-term memories, researchers in the US claim. People who had a shot of caffeine after looking at a series of …

7 Great Services for Taking Back Control of Your Inbox

Ever felt like you’re a slave to your inbox? Just when you think you’ve got everything under control, a slew of new messages just come flooding in, leaving you feeling helpless, disorganized, and frustrated.<p>Thankfully, you’re not alone. In fact, there are several services dedicated to help you …

The Zeigarnik effect: the scientific key to better work

If you, like us, are constantly looking for more efficient ways to work, then you will really appreciate what the Zeigarnik effect has to offer. It …

The Scientifically Best Times To Drink Coffee During The Day

Why you should treat caffeine the way you treat painkillers or antibiotics<p>When's the optimal time to get your coffee kick? Sometime between 9:30 and 11:30 in the morning should work well, neuroscience doctoral student Steven Miller explains in a supremely helpful blog post.<p>Careful timing of when …

Your Brain Is to Blame - Episode 2: I'll Do It Later

The Brain

All work and no play (and no rest) makes me super unproductive

Last month, I spent some time digging around with two big personal datasets of mine – my RescueTime logs and the information about my physical …

Get Shit Done: The Worst Startup Culture Ever

GSD! Just ship it! Fail fast! Fire fast! HUSTLE!<p>They’re the battle cries of the startup world, which maintains a culture of moving quickly.<p>Maybe …

Upgrade to the Latest brainOS: Manufactured Awareness 2.0 - Dave's Blog

<i>I recently gave a talk at the Quantified Self Global Conference about my life logging experiment. It sparked several interesting discussions. One of</i> …

Productivity

The boss, not the workload, causes workplace depression

A huge pile of unfinished work is not the main reason why employees become depressed, concludes an extensive new Danish study.<p>Surprisingly, the study …

Are you ready for National Novel Writing Month?

It’s almost November, which means it’s almost time for another National Novel Writing Month! For those who don’t know, National Novel Writing Month …

Why being a thinker means pocketing your smartphone

There's a story about a man who spent his hours daydreaming. He may have been at Ford; he may have been at IBM. He was simply a man who spent his time in his office, feet up on the desk, looking at everything and nothing.<p>One day, an efficiency expert came by. The efficiency expert had been hired to …

Good tips: How to tackle email and some useful email management tricks | Jan Rezab - Socialbakers Founder & Chairman

janrezab.com > Good tips: How to tackle email and some useful email management tricks<p>This is the article about what role email plays in my life and …

Productivity

Proof You're Substituting Facebook For Real-Life Time With Humans

According to RescueTime, a tool I use to monitor my activity online, I spent two hours on Twitter, 74 minutes on Facebook and 42 minutes searching Google during the first week of October.<p>What the application can’t tell me, however, is what I gave up to do so. Would I have been working? Sleeping? …