Do you have a Christmas tree, dead animal, or blender on your desk? We hope not. Your desk is your sanctuary—treat it wrong and you may be doing more than just giving off a wacky vibe. You might be hurting your productivity, your career, and your health.
Now that you’ve digested all that stuffing and pie it’s time to start thinking about the new year. Here’s how.
You’re slumping in your chair, aren’t you? If you want to be better at work, just say no to slouching.
A six-year veteran of Yelp, Miriam Warren established the user-generated review company’s London outpost and oversaw its European expansion, most recently into France, Germany, Austria, the Netherlands, Spain, Italy, Belgium, Switzerland, Sweden, and Denmark. So she knows from turbulence! How does Warren stay productive while racking up the frequent-flier miles?
She gets up early. Insanely early. She finds her peace—and most productive hours—in the first slice of the day.
Instead of making a decision right away, she waits for more info to come in. She’s are intimate with deadlines.
Want to be more productive? Buy some desk plants. Office vegetation offers “micro-restoration”—the chance for our brains to recharge throughout the day.
Got a green friend in your workspace? Send us a picture on Twitter using the hashtag #mydeskplant! Tell us if it helps you.
“To-do list stickiness is a common problem … First, one of the best pieces of advice I’ve heard about to-do lists is to be honest about how much you can get done within a given day.”
He’s the creative force behind two recent pop hits, a philanthropist, fashion designer, tech entrepreneur, and more. Find out how Pharrell Williams does it all in Fast Company's new Work Smart cover story.
If you have a gigantic project and a ton of people wanting your time how do you satisfy both? By slipping into monk mode. Productivity guru Drake Baer has insights on top of insights. Chat with him at 12pm EST today!
Join Fast Company writer Drake Baer as he takes on your most desperate, pressing productivity woes. The chat starts at 12pm ET on Monday, November 18th—get your questions in now!
5) Expect things to go wrong.
Traffic gets screwy, especially in Mexico City or Moscow. Trains get late, especially in Brooklyn. So if you’re planning around everything going right, you’re getting yourself late.”
Open office layouts can suck—but they don’t have to. In part two of our office design series (part one is over here) senior editor Anjali Mullany talks with workplace experts about how to turn your collaborative space into super productive real estate.
The nights are getting colder. But neuroscience shows why you shouldn’t reach for a warming nightcap if you want to get anything done in the morning.
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