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“Remember this sentence, tape it to your monitor, tattoo it on your wrist: You don’t have to ‘feel like’ doing something in order to do it.”
“When I manage to remember that, I’m no longer sidetracked by trying to get into the right frame of mind for daunting projects. Don’t beat yourself up for procrastinatory feelings. Just feel them, and simultaneously direct your limbs to do the work.”
11 expert tips to help you be more productive in 2014

“Remember this sentence, tape it to your monitor, tattoo it on your wrist: You don’t have to ‘feel like’ doing something in order to do it.

“When I manage to remember that, I’m no longer sidetracked by trying to get into the right frame of mind for daunting projects. Don’t beat yourself up for procrastinatory feelings. Just feel them, and simultaneously direct your limbs to do the work.”

11 expert tips to help you be more productive in 2014

This office is designed specifically to make people feel… at ease. 

"You’re looking for what is that unique insight, that point of view, that thing that no one else sees. If you can create a conversation where that can really come out, and can give them the comfort to put as much of themselves out on the table as possible, you learn a lot more about them."

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Do you make to-do lists? Are they particularly lovely, organized, or full of incredible tasks? We want to see them! 

Send us a picture of your best to-do list from 2013 for a chance to win a virtual personal assistant for a year. We’ll share the best!

Here’s how to enter.

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.

Productivity expert Drake Baer is answering your work/productivity questions live right now. Ask your questions here

When you work an insane number of hours, you’re going to get fatigued—for your neurons can only handle so much effort until they get worn out.

What’s happening here? Psychologists call it decision fatigue: the phenomenon where the more decisions you make, the worse at deciding you get. It’s part of the reason why judges give harsher rulings late in the day and hiring managers prefer the people they interview in the morning. Additionally, if you’re tired, you’re more likely to make unethical decisions—which suck and are to be avoided.

The Many Reasons Long Hours Are Awful For You, Your Work, And Your Clients

  • 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?

1) Your mind-set makes you smarter: Carol Dweck, the Stanford psychologist, has identified two mind-sets that shape, well, our minds. There’s the fixed mind-set, in which you think your thinking abilities can’t change. Then there’s the growth mind-set, in which your thinking abilities can be developed.

"These beliefs matter," Paul observes, "because they influence how we think about our own abilities, how we perceive the world around us, and how we act when faced with a challenge or with adversity."

The question, then, is how to own our development—which is a matter of deliberate practice.

2) Your concentration makes you smarter: If we consider intelligence to be our ability to solve complex tasks, then we need to appreciate how to deal with complexity—namely, with sustained focus, since that’s the only way we can load difficult problems into our heads.

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