Great Advice for 2020: The 20-20-20 Rule

Thanks to the latest Pinkcast for the idea for this post. In this edition of his Pinkcast, Dan Pink introduces a technique known as the 20-20-20 rule. The origin of the rule was created by a Californian optometrist as an easy way to remember an effective approach for reducing eye strain for those who spend … Continue reading Great Advice for 2020: The 20-20-20 Rule

Is Mindless Web Surfing the Key to Increasing Productivity?

If so, then why am I not one of the most productive people I know? A story in this week's WSJ tells about the work of Prof. Jennifer Ragsdale, a University of Tulsa industrial-organizational psychologist, and her research team who are studying whether surfing the internet for cute baby-animal pictures makes you more productive at … Continue reading Is Mindless Web Surfing the Key to Increasing Productivity?

Working in a Red Light District May Boost Your Productivity

Maybe it's because I don't work in a traditional office environment, but I don't think I could put Dan Pink's latest idea into action. In this week's Pinkcast, Dan shares a low-tech way of preventing co-workers from interrupting you while you are busy. Here's the video: First, I can't imagine an office filled with all … Continue reading Working in a Red Light District May Boost Your Productivity

Could These Companies Be the Start of the 5-Hour Workday?

When Lasse Rheingans acquired a small tech consulting firm in Bielefeld, Germany in late 2017, he introduced a radical idea: Reduce the workday to five hours, from the standard eight, while leaving worker salaries and vacation time at the same levels. Rheingans, the firm's managing director, says employees can deliver the same output during a focused … Continue reading Could These Companies Be the Start of the 5-Hour Workday?

Another Meeting Hack from Dan Pink

This is not the first Pinkcast that looks at how to make meetings more effective and efficient. In a previous post, I shared the notions of separation, standing, and shrinking. This is also not the first Pinkcast that involves a squeaking toy as a way to boost productivity. In a previous post, I shared how … Continue reading Another Meeting Hack from Dan Pink

How to Have a Healthier Relationship with Your Phone

Let's face it, most of us use our phone way too much, certainly much more than necessary. But trying to cut back on phone usage is difficult. That's why I was excited to see that creating a better relationship with your phone was the topic of this week's Pinkcast. Dan Pink's guest this week was … Continue reading How to Have a Healthier Relationship with Your Phone

Uh-oh. It May be Time for Me to Stop Using the Company Laptop.

The Wall Street Journal recently had a story about how more and more companies are using software to monitor its workers' habits. ActivTrak software can track "every little thing that happens on the computer from the time it’s fired up.". If you're on ESPN for five minutes it knows. It knows how much time you … Continue reading Uh-oh. It May be Time for Me to Stop Using the Company Laptop.

According to Dan Ariely, I Should Be the Most Productive Person in the World

Old-time readers of my blog should know who Dan Ariely is, given how often I've used his work in my posts. If you're not sure who he is, Dan Ariely is a Professor of Psychology and Behavioral Economics at Duke University. He is also the author of several New York Times bestsellers and he has … Continue reading According to Dan Ariely, I Should Be the Most Productive Person in the World

Be More Productive at Work By Spending More Time Pursuing Your Hobby

It's 5:30 on a Thursday evening, and you're still at work. You've been working on a big project for a while, and you've reached an impasse. What's the best way to spend your next hour - grinding away at work, or practicing your latest five-ball juggling routine? According to a recent article in Harvard Business Review, … Continue reading Be More Productive at Work By Spending More Time Pursuing Your Hobby

What Are We Going to Do About Fred?

This is the 47th in a collection of newspaper ads written by Harry Gray, then CEO of United Technologies, that appeared in the Wall Street Journal from the late 1970s through the early 1980s. Here is the text from that ad. "He smokes too much. Not only that, I saw him coming out of a bar … Continue reading What Are We Going to Do About Fred?