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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.
"If you wanna encourage creativity and wild ideas … you should create that exact environment."
This is cool: Take a tour of the Google Garage, where Google employees go to “learn, create, and make.”
The most productive people have empty schedules. You need to say no to most everything if you’re going to get your best work done.
Here are a few tips to help you be happy and productive!
- Buddha had it right: Relax the mind and productivity will follow
- Slay the emotional vampires that are holding you back
- Borrow these 5 smart start up habits to maximize your productivity
Have a good one!
"There is no one to disturb you and it is cool or cold and you come to your work and warm as you write. You read what you have written and, as you always stop when you know what is going to happen next, you go on from there. You write until you come to a place where you still have your juice and know what will happen next and you stop and try to live through until the next day when you hit it again. You have started at six in the morning, say, and may go on until noon or be through before that."
—Ernest Hemingway, who got up insanely early and knew the benefits of a standing desk.
“The productivity of a person who’s working on something that they care about…is so much higher than someone who’s not.”
Here are a few tips to help you be happy and productive today:
- Priority: productivity czar David Allen’s secret to getting things done
- 8 simple ways to get happier at work
- How delusion makes you more productive