The early bird catching the worm isn’t merely a worn-out cliche – it’s a proven fact. Research by Christoph Randler, a biology professor at the University of Education in Heidelberg, Germany, found that people who started their days earlier were more goal-oriented and more active, and even felt more in charge — all elements of business success.
In this article by Lydia Dishman in FastCompany, learn some great strategies for upping your productivity from five successful executives who are early risers. Maybe we’ll never all be morning people, but we can always take a few super-effective tricks from from the playbooks of these thought leaders. How to do it.
Do not squander time for that is the stuff life is made of.
- Benjamin Franklin
If you think of time as your primary investment rather than money, then you see it: everything you do is an investment of time.
This piece from pickthebrain.com examines why, in many ways time, is more valuable than money. When you think of time as a commodity – and every one of your actions as investments – it changes the way you approach your everyday decisions.
Today, many IBMers work at home. But lots of companies don’t take this approach, and that means commute time, to from work, probably every day.
How long is your commute? Have you considered how much time that amounts to over the course of a week? A month? A year? You might not believe how quickly the time adds up – 360 hours a year, sadly, is typical.
“More, bigger, and faster,” has been the relentless ethos of the market economies since the Industrial Revolution, but it’s grounded in a mythical, misguided assumption — that our available resources are infinite. Time, of course, is the resource we rely on to get more accomplished. When there’s more to do, we invest more hours. But time is finite, and many of us feel we’re running out, that we’re investing as many hours as we can while trying to retain some kind of a life outside work.
More and more of us find ourselves unable to juggle today’s overwhelming demands. But paradoxically, the best way to get more done may be to spend more time doing less. A growing body of research shows that strategic renewal — including daytime workouts, short afternoon naps, longer sleep hours, more time away from the office and longer, more frequent vacations — boosts productivity, job performance and, of course, health. See how this can work, in this fascinating, extremely popular piece recently published in The New York Times.
Productivity is an ever-evolving study of what works and what doesn’t. And the way we work can change quickly: what was once accepted as a best practice can now do you more harm than good, writes Sean Blanda in this top story from lifehacker.com.
Here are a few creative insights that weren’t taught in school which, sometimes, means that it’s time to unlearn habits previously perceived as being “good.”
Nearly half (46 percent) of people are less productive without coffee, according to an infographic from OnlineMBAPrograms.org. The infographic traces the history of coffee—from how it was discovered to its rise as the second-most traded commodity on earth—and explains some of its benefits. Get the rest of the story in this post from Mark Ragan.