We all get stressed and our productivity begins to suffer.
“If you’re chronically tapped out of the immense amount of mental energy required for planning, decision making, and coping, it’s easy to get lured into… traps.” In this Harvard Business Review article, Alice Boyes discusses how she deals with the most common reactions that many people have to being stressed and busy.
Here’s a guy who spent eight years measuring brain activity while people worked in order to identify the components of workplace culture that make work an adventure. This was preceded by a decade of doing laboratory studies to understand the brain basis for effective teamwork. Find out the two things that most make a difference here:
“Procrastination is the thief of time, collar him.”
I remember having to memorize this quote in grade school, it must have been around fourth or fifth grade, and, it is still as true today as it was back then, or, for that matter back in Dicken’s time.
Procrastination affects everyone. It sneaks up on most people when they’re tired or bored, but for some, procrastination can be a full-fledged addiction, says Dr. Travis Bradberry in this timely article. Although it’s especially common during the holidays given their abundance of distractions, the procrastination cycle can become crippling at any time of the year. This is especially troubling, because recent studies show that procrastination magnifies stress, reduces performance, and leads to poor health.
Read on for some enlightening ideas and tips to help you get to work when you like all of us find you are “not in the mood.”
I love these counterintuitive tricks designed to help you be more productive fast. These are especially good for times when you are feeling “stuck” or just are having a hard time getting going on an important project or anything that involves creativity or writing.
What helps you get going when you are not being productive? Please share your ideas in the comments section.
It’s fascinating how very small changes over time can make a huge difference. Here’s a post from my friend and colleague , Josh Linker, with what I think is a brilliant way of implementing this principle into our lives.
What do you think? Are you willing to, (as he suggests), “give this a whirl” for 30 days? If not, what works better for you? I’m interested in your ideas.
A ten year longitudinal study on executive transitions found that more than 50% of executives who inherit a mess fail within their first 18 months on the job. Also uncovered by the study were the numerous landmines for leaders in this situation. Based on this research and my experience, here are six things the most effective leaders do to avoid failing in a new role.
I have long admired the work of Tony Schwartz. His New York Times bestseller, “The Power of Full Engagement: Managing Energy, Not Time, Is the Key to High Performance and Personal Renewal” co-written with the also renowned expert, Jim Loehr, has been a regular recommendation of mine for more than ten years. It’s not unusual for me to begin to coach high-powered executive clients with huge jobs and lots of stress who are well on their way to burn-out. This book addresses those clients’ fundamental issues: the need to continue their extremely demanding work, while at the same time consistently generating high performance without losing their “edge”, or, burning out in the process.
Tony’s leadership over the years as President and Founder of The Energy Project continues this important work. Check out this very personal and very honest account from him about going off track and recovering. I think you will find it worth the read.