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Perspectives on Productivity

Perspectives on Productivity

With a new year comes the inevitable New Year’s resolutions, and for many people that means the resolution to get more stuff done (“I will read more books,” “I will exercise more,” “I will advance my career,” etc.). Productivity is something that relates directly to one’s own creativity, stress level, and the amount of sleep you get, so here are a few articles to help you start the new year off right!

“Five Daily Habits For Future-Proofing Your Brain” by Tara Swart (via Fast Company)

“In an aging population, health services worldwide will face increasing pressure. Combined with our sedentary lifestyles and modern habits–which are harming our brain’s health as well as our bodies–we could be heading toward a crisis when it comes to diseases like Alzheimer’s…But there are things you can do to prevent that fate. Small lifestyle choices throughout your adulthood can help your brain remain alert, creative, rational, and reduce the likelihood of disease. Here are some steps you can take to guard your brain against deteriorating as you get older…”

“How to Actually Get Some Rest for Once” by Brad Stuhlberg (via The Cut)

“In case you haven’t yet heard, rest is important. It’s when our bodies repair and grow; our brains become smarter and more creative; and our minds replenish willpower and gain emotional control. Rest is so important to working in a happy, healthy, and sustainable manner that we’d be wise to think of it not as something separate from doing good work, but rather, as an integral part of doing good work; sometimes, not working IS the work.”

“You’re Organizing Your Day All Wrong—Here’s Why” by Jillian Kramer (via GlassDoor)

“If you’re constantly frazzled on the job, logging super long hours with little to show for it at the end of the day, chances are good that you’re mismanaging your time. But the good news is it’s easy (enough) to reorganize your schedule and get back on a successful track, stat!”

“Stress Is Making You Micromanage, Which Is Making Everything Worse” by Caterina Kostoula (via Fast Company)

"…it’s true: You do feel a certain need for a sense of control over your work. You ARE responsible, after all–perhaps more responsible than some of your coworkers or direct reports. You’re afraid of mistakes and believe that if something needs to be done well, you’d better do it yourself. But this isn’t just because you’re an “independent self-starter” who holds their work to a high standard. It might be that, too, but it’s probably also because you’re feeling stressed.”