“Everyone knows that multitasking doesn’t work. It’s inefficient, and stunts creativity, productivity, and emotional intelligence. Yet, we all do it—I have seven tabs open right now, and the task bar looks pretty roomy to me. Fast Company has offered its readers various "monotasking" hacks, but Tabless Thursday might be the most accessible step in the right direction for a happier, more productive you. Here’s a useful guide to joining the movement.”
DON’T TALK ABOUT WORK.
“The habit of going home to your spouse and debriefing them is very intuitive for a lot of people,” says Peter Shallard, a business psychology expert who focuses on entrepreneurs, but it’s a bad idea.
First, “being stuck in your own work problems is a form of self-indulgence,” and second, rehashing a work problem will “stimulate us to mentally regress back to that afternoon when we had that problem.”
Instead, ask your family members (or friends or roommates) about their days, and challenge yourself to be a good listener. Focusing on other people and their needs is a great way to get out of your own head.”
“Studies showed that while participants thought that their sarcasm would be communicated 80% of the time over email, in fact it was only communicated a little more than half the time.”
“A manager who knows that you are actively supporting their best interests (and not working against them) can come to see you as a great ally—thereby changing overall working dynamic.”
Looking forward to an extra day off this week? What if a four-day work week was the norm, not the exception? Take a peek inside companies where every weekend is a holiday weekend.
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“Most people make their decisions about their life and careers from emotion and assumptions. Successful entrepreneurs base their decisions from fact-based thinking.”
“[There’s a] myth of what a team player is—introverts want to do great work for the greater good, but they need a place to have uninterrupted thought.”
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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.
Not only do photo posts get more engagement than links, videos or text-based updates, they actually account for 93% of the most engaging posts on Facebook. According to Kissmetrics, photos get 53% more likes, 104% more comments and 84% more click-throughs on links than text-based posts. And as we’ve mentioned before, self-explanatory photos seem to perform best.
When she’s at work, she’s on, putting out one blaze after another, without distraction or delay. Newark mayor and Senate-elect Corey Booker is a Firefighter. Are you?
Meet the Mono-Tasker. He sneers at multitabs, loathes push notifications, and grabs each task with both hands.
“I don’t work for people who want to fake it before a dinner party. My job is to make you smarter.”
Brad Grossman, human CliffsNotes for busy executives, and one of Fast Company’s Most Productive People.
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.