Articles about Productivity


How to focus at work when your mind is somewhere else

Ever find yourself in a situation where you get to work after a crazy morning, and just can't seem to snap out of your brain fog? Here are a few tips on how to focus when your mind is somewhere else.


This is why it’s a good idea to step out of the office and head outside

When the busy workday gets to be too much, some of us go outside for a much-needed breather to go look at the nature surrounding us.


Study reveals the work issues people lose the most sleep over

People stay up worrying for a variety of reasons, but for some, it's because of work. Nearly half of workers can't get a good night's rest because of their jobs.


This is how you can use anxiety to help you succeed

Good news for worrywarts everywhere. Your ability to remember events in excruciating, embarrassing detail can actually be a benefit that sets you apart from the rest. A new study found that people with manageable levels of anxiety were able to improve their ability to recall memories.


Three steps to get up to speed on any subject quickly

You have just a few days to learn everything there is to know about a subject you know nothing about. Now what?


69% of employees waste 1 month a year on workplace apps

New research shows that 69% of employees report spending up to one hour daily going back and forth between apps, which is up to a whopping 32 days annually.


How to stay focused and productive without getting burnt out

When you boil it down to the basics, focus and productivity require only two things.


The skill set of the future: Seven essential habits to own and hone for greater success

Whether you’re just starting out in your career, looking for a better job, or already dominating in your industry, here are some best practices to help you thrive and surpass your own expectations.


This is why you’ll try harder at age 29, 39, 49, 59 …

If you are feeling a sudden burst of motivation to tackle a big goal, your age may be the cause.


This is how to “work smarter not harder”: 3 secrets from research

Get better work done in less time — and even achieve that mythical “work-life balance” unicorn everyone is always talking about.


Time and energy: Finding your personal ROI, and how to benefit from it

Without ROI, we have no clue on whether our efforts are even worth our time — or if our energy could be better utilized elsewhere.


You won’t believe the staggering amount of time wasted on workplace smoke breaks

On average, smokers take roughly six days of smoke breaks every year — and a majority of all workers feel non-smokers should be rewarded with extra days off as a result.


March Madness costs the average employee 6 hours of productivity

New findings show that the average employee spends six hours (25.5 minutes per day) on "sports-related activities" over the course of the NCAA basketball tournament.


This city has the hardest working people in the United States

Americans put in more hours than workers in Germany, Japan, Canada and the U.K., according to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development. But which cities in the U.S. have people working harder than others?


10 things happy professionals do before 10 a.m.

Contentment isn’t a destination, but a process — and if you’re smart, a priority for both your professional and personal life. How do you carve in time to be happy?


The benefits of mentorship and what it can mean for you

Three reasons being a mentor can help the mentor's career

How To

4 ways to make sure you’re productive when working from home, but not alone

It's a problem as old as the concept of working from home itself: how do you stay productive when other people are around, tempting you with distractions of every shape and color? Here are some tricks to keep in mind.


4 ways to help get over career bitterness

Here's how to healthily process everyday work disappointments, so that you won't get consumed with unhelpful bitterness.


Olympians with side hustles

If you’ve been breathlessly watching the dispatches from the Winter Olympics in PyeongChang, South Korea, you’ve noticed a lot of athletes on top of their winter sports game.


7 surprising books that will make your life better

These 7 books can help you cheat at life by spending less time frustrated, and more time living well.


Former Netflix Chief Talent Officer Patty McCord on how to embrace your power at work

Former Netflix Chief Talent Officer Patty McCord spoke with Ladders News on the heels of the release of her new book, POWERFUL: Building a Culture of Freedom and Responsibility. In the second of two parts, McCord discusses what employees can do to better themselves, and her time after Netflix.


Former Netflix Chief Talent Officer Patty McCord on how to fix your company

Former Netflix Chief Talent Officer Patty McCord spoke with Ladders News on the heels of the release of her new book, POWERFUL: Building a Culture of Freedom and Responsibility. In the first of two parts, McCord discusses corporations and what they can do to evolve.


How to juggle two projects at the same time

With so many meetings and a slew of other responsibilities at work, you're bound to spend a lot of time multi-tasking on two or more projects at the same time. Here are some tips to help manage it all.


6 ways, backed by research, to goof off and get more done

Research showing that being a touch lazy might be beneficial at times. Here are 6 of the best ways to slack off to be more productive.


27 tips to be a better public speaker

Stand in front of a room full of people and lead a meeting with confidence. Here's how to get past the dread and anxiety that comes with public speaking.