(Even If You’re Not One)

Written by Leah Ryder

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Did you know that when you first wake up in the morning, your brain is physically bigger than it will be when you go to sleep? It’s because our brains are the most hydrated after a period of rest.

According to authors Dr. Robert Carter and Dr. Kirti Salwe Carter in their book, The Morning Mind, the best performing brain is a hydrated brain. …

It’s beyond being O.K with wearing sweat pants

By Lauren Moon

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Would you consider yourself an empathetic person at work? Are you always willing to lend an ear to your co-worker’s latest band practice drama, or would you prefer to keep conversations at the corporate level?

A recent survey conducted for the 2018 State of Workplace Empathy reported that a whopping 96% of respondents rated empathy as an important quality for companies to demonstrate. Despite this, 92% of employees believe that empathy remains undervalued at their company, which is an increase from results in prior years.

Empathy is described as not just understanding another person’s perspective, but truly putting yourself in their shoes and feeling those emotions alongside that person. It’s a cornerstone of emotional intelligence, and when a workplace demonstrates empathy, there are countless studies that correlate it to increased happiness, productivity, and retention amongst employees. …

Stay calm and imperfect on.

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We live in an era of overachievement, and in this era flaunting those achievements (we’re looking at you, social media) is totally the norm.

Because pretty much everyone’s achievements are on full display at all times, it can be easy to get caught up in the idea that “perfect is the new black,” and if you want to be successful in today’s hyper-competitive culture, you need to be perfect, too.

If you subscribe to this idea that perfection is a prerequisite for success, you’re not alone: Perfectionism is on the rise in a major way, with studies finding significant jumps in the prevalence of perfectionist tendencies over the last three decades. …

The secret’s out and it’s affecting women more than ever

By Leah Ryder

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“So, what did you do at work today?”

This simple question can feel like a supercharged jab at your psyche. You’ve been coordinating schedules for meetings, making sure everyone signed a birthday card for the boss, and spent an unplanned hour fixing typos in a team report.

You hit the end of the day exhausted, with no real outcome to show for all the energy you spent handling a million different things.

As much as you may try to measure your productivity in to-do lists, hours worked, projects completed, and other quantifiable methods, there is a lot of work you do every day that is invisible — and it can be equally as taxing and time-consuming as the stuff you write down in your planner. …

No, the dog did not eat your USB drive.

By Janet Mesh

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You made a New Year’s resolution to go for a run at least three times per week, but have only managed to put on your running shoes a handful of times. It’s easy to muster up excuses as to why you haven’t stuck to your goal — you’ve been working late nights, it’s been too cold (or too hot) out to run — or you simply just can’t “find” the time to exercise consistently.

So instead of owning the reasons for breaking your resolution, you make excuses to place the blame elsewhere. …

“Maybe I’ll just watch one more episode…”

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In 1970, a magazine hired a young journalist to cover the Kentucky Derby. The journalist attended the race and took notes, but when it came to actually writing the piece, he was seriously delayed. When the deadline came, in lieu of a completed article, he hastily ripped out pages from his notebook and sent them off to the press.

While that severe procrastination and haphazard work could easily have been the end of his career, the resulting article, “The Kentucky Derby Is Decadent and Depraved,” went on to become one of Hunter S. …

“Fly like a butterfly, create a comms strategy like a bee.”

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Everyone knows the ol’ bird and the bees adage, but we’re not talking about that form of productivity. Nature has always had systems in place, many of which we take for granted: From the Golden ratio, a fascinatingly predictable pattern that is repeatedly found in the structures of plants and sea creatures, to ocean tide schedules that can be tracked down to the minute every day.

All of these behaviors and patterns are natural phenomena that rely on efficiency and sheer productivity. …

Nonviolent communication doesn’t always come naturally.

By Alexia Ohannessian (Alexia O)

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“As usual, you didn’t turn off the light when you left the conference room.”

This seemingly simple sentence is actually a ticking team bomb set to wreak havoc on your relationships with your coworkers. Even if you formulated it with the best intentions, this sentence is made up of judgments, evaluations, strategies, and demands.

Indeed, just a few offhand remarks like these might be causing some of your biggest problems at work.

The fact is, in order to be productive and achieve your goals, you need to communicate well with others. It’s important to be aware of how you talk to the people around you: You’ll have better working relationships, and thus be more successful. …

It’s more than your office coffee being terrible.

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By now, I’m embarrassingly familiar with the post-lunch slump that strikes at least once during my workweek.

Still full from my avocado toast, I find myself slouched in my desk chair — just willing something to appear behind that menacing, blinking text cursor that’s been taunting me for the past five minutes.

So, what do I do in those moments when I find myself feeling totally zapped of motivation? I pack up my laptop and head to a coffee shop with reliable WiFi.

The ‘Coffee Shop Effect’: My Productivity Secret Weapon

Once I’m there — with my venti iced chai latte by my side — I discover that I’m hyper-focused. I crank through my to-do list with seeming ease. In fact, I accomplish more in two or three hours than I would have in an entire workday in my home office. …

To Azkaban and beyond.

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A professor walks into a lecture hall and glances around at a packed house of students typing away on screens. As the clock indicates it’s time to get started, she clears her throat and asks everyone to put their laptops away before class.

The students all freeze, looking at each other with incredulity. This must be some sort of joke, they think. A laptop might be a means of distraction, but it’s also the most useful device for taking notes. After a few seconds, one student puts their laptop away. …

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