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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You’d like to think that snooze-sleep is like real sleep but it isn’t.
A list of seven, we learn, is a heptad. And history is rife with them: You got your seven sins, seven virtues, Seven Seals, seven ages of man, seven seas, seven continents, seven days of the week, seven digits in your phone number.
Why all the sevens? Because, as a formative psychology paper by George Miller found, people best recall things when they’re arranged in sets of seven (or so). And why’s that? Scientists are finding that’s the number our neurons really dig. So if you want to remember your list, stick to a seven.
- Left: Joanna Coles, editor in chief of Cosmopolitan, takes time for analog tasks like reading the paper at her treadmill desk. “It mitigates the exercise panic that sets in around 4:30.”
- Right: New Yorker writer Susan Orlean is a devotee of the treadmill desk. “I’m not sitting down at all any more to write.”
Some incredibly productive people have treadmill desks. Should you?
Like Evernote? Like Post-it Notes? You’re gonna love this.
The two have teamed up to create new stickies, which the Evernote app recognizes by color, and automatically digitizes and organizes the notes into different categories.