Fact Friday: People Make Poor Decisions in the Afternoon

On April 25, 2014, in Decision Making, Fact Friday, by Deb Lee, Certified Professional Organizer®
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It turns out that the tendency to make bad decisions for our health and our productivity aren’t the only risks in the afternoon—we also make poor moral choices as our energy is depleted. 

Recent research by Kouchaki and Smith shows that people are significantly more likely to lie, deceive, and act immorally in the afternoon than in the morning.

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Good People Do Bad Things in the Afternoon | PsychologyToday.com | 4.21.2014

 

 

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“According to a new study from Rice University and University of California, San Diego, scientists and engineers without kids have still felt the stigma associated with “flexible” schedules within their work culture.

The study found workers can have a negative attitude towards their place of employment and were less interested in staying at their jobs when they felt their employers looked down on individuals that needed a more flexible schedule.

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Work-Life Balance Even Affects Those without Kids, Study Finds | Parents.com | 3.31.2014

 

 

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Fact Friday: People are More Productive on Tuesdays

On April 4, 2014, in Fact Friday, Productivity, by Deb Lee, Certified Professional Organizer®
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“If you have a big project, or you just want to make time to get some work done, a new survey says that Tuesday is the day to clear your calendar and try to get things done—it’s the one day of the week we all buckle down and try to be most productive.

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Tuesdays are the Most Productive Day of the Week | Lifehacker.com | 2.18.2014

 

 

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Fact Friday: Walking Can Stimulate Creativity

On March 21, 2014, in Fact Friday, by Deb Lee, Certified Professional Organizer®
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Amidst all the different types of meetings in a work day, and in order to wrestle with all the mental constraints we have to work with (e.g., perfectionism, anxiety, insecurity, etc.), a simple 10-minute walk can do wonders for the mind. Fresh air. A change in scenery.

As it turns out, even when we aren’t paying attention, we see and remember more than we think we do….Even walking around aimlessly could stimulate your creativity and help connect some weird dots.

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The Afternoon Routine That Should Replace Your Extra Cup of Coffee | HuffingtonPost.com | 1.8.2014

 

 

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Fact Friday: Smiling is Good for Your Overall Health

On March 18, 2014, in Fact Friday, Wellness, by Deb Lee, Certified Professional Organizer®
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The power of a smile is transformative and we all have that power when we smile … there is a science behind smiling that begins in the brain. Once the smiling muscles in the face contract, there is a positive feedback loop that goes back to the brain and reinforces our feeling of joy.

Your brain keeps track of your smiles, kind of like a smile scorecard. It knows how often you’ve smiled and which overall emotional state you are in.

Studies have shown how smiling reduces stress, increases our overall health, well being and attitude.”

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Your Smile is Worth a Thousand Words | SmallBizTrends.com | 4.16.2014

 

 

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Fact Friday: “Music Helps You Finish Boring Tasks Faster”

On March 7, 2014, in Fact Friday, Productivity, by Deb Lee, Certified Professional Organizer®
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“Because listening to music you like is pleasurable, it will not only make the task seem more fun but as research shows, it can actually help you complete the task faster.

In a study published in the journal of Neuroscience of Behavior and Physiology, it was found that a person’s ability to recognize images, letters, and numbers was faster when rock or classical music was playing in the background compared to when there was no music.”

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Listen while you work: What music does to your brain | TheNextWeb.com | 2.10.14

 

 

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Fact Friday: You Can Get Secondhand Stress from Busy CoWorkers

On March 3, 2014, in Wellness, by Deb Lee, Certified Professional Organizer®
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Fact Friday: Organizing and productivity facts Organize to Revitalize Blog“People who appear rushed all the time have a big affect on colleagues. They may not know it, but they’re usually causing secondhand stress. Seeing colleagues—especially managers—operate at a frenzied, frantic pace can make the behavior contagious, says Robert S. Rubin, an associate professor of management at DePaul University, Chicago.”

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How Busy Colleagues Spread Secondhand Stress | WSJ.com |12.10.13

 

 

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Fact Friday: Answering E-mails at Night Exhausts Employees the Next Day

On February 28, 2014, in Fact Friday, Productivity, by Deb Lee, Certified Professional Organizer®
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“Reading and sending work email on a smartphone late into the evening doesn’t just make it harder to get a decent night’s sleep. New research findings show it also exhausts workers by morning and leaves them disengaged by the next afternoon.”

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Smartphones Make You Tired and Unproductive, Study Says | WSJ.com | 2.20.14

 

 

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Fact Friday: Bad Weather? You’ll be More Productive.

On January 10, 2014, in Fact Friday, Productivity, by Deb Lee, Certified Professional Organizer®
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“… while waking up to a chilly, soggy morning may very well dampen your mood … unpleasant weather is thought to improve concentration and productivity, in part because a rainy day or snowy day kills the potential for leisure time outdoors … “

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Winter Weather = Bad Mood? It’s More Complicated Than That. | Entrepreneur.com | 1.6.14

 

 

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Fact Friday: Move Around During Work Breaks to be More Productive

On December 27, 2013, in Fact Friday, Productivity, by Deb Lee, Certified Professional Organizer®
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Fact Friday: Organizing and productivity facts Organize to Revitalize BlogHow often do you take breaks that involve mindlessly eating chips while scrolling through Twitter? While it still helps to take your mind off of work briefly, this type of respite is not very effective in rebooting the brain. The better break? Get up and move around to get the blood flowing and clear the mind (Bonus points if you take a walk outside!). In addition to providing mild physical exercise, walking has been shown to relieve stress, reduce fatigue and boost mood.

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You’ve Been Taking Breaks All Wrong. Here’s How To Do It Right. | HuffingtonPost.com |12.19.13

 

 

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