Browsed by
Month: December 2016

The Ultimate Relaxing Day When You Don’t Know How to Relax

The Ultimate Relaxing Day When You Don’t Know How to Relax

I’m on a winter vacation from work, as the University where I am getting my PhD practically shuts down the days leading up to Christmas through New Years. It is rather nice to have the opportunity to recharge during this time, as well as spend some extra time celebrating the holidays with my family and friends. The excitement I felt leaving the office on the day before vacation peaked the Monday after Christmas when I found myself at home in…

Read More Read More

Stop Doing This One Thing to Get a Competitive Edge on 99% of People

Stop Doing This One Thing to Get a Competitive Edge on 99% of People

Chances are if you are reading this, you are doing it from a smartphone. Possibly you just switched over from checking email, did a quick browse of some headlines, and scrolled through your Facebook feed before finding your way unto this article. In a span of a few minutes waiting in line at the grocery store, or during a commercial on TV, if you’re like the majority of people, you may end up checking countless apps, and reading snapshots of…

Read More Read More

Why You Shouldn’t Wait until New Year’s to Kick Start your Resolutions

Why You Shouldn’t Wait until New Year’s to Kick Start your Resolutions

New Year’s resolutions are a wonderful thing. According to Katharine Milkman, a professor at the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, New Year’s resolutions set us up for the “fresh start effect”. These upticks in our motivation occur throughout the year, particularly at the start of a new month, and on Mondays, as the new week signals a chance to shed our less than best behavior and tendencies, allowing us to get on the right track. Research shows that…

Read More Read More

Productivity as a Mental Health Tool

Productivity as a Mental Health Tool

I strive every single day to be productive. To do so, I read as many books and articles throughout the year as possible that will teach me the latest strategies (multitasking is out, bullet journaling in) so that I can increase my work output, finish projects more quickly, thereby advancing my professional career. Who wouldn’t want to be able to complete eight hours’ worth of work in four? As I was deep in analyzing some experiment data, it hit me…

Read More Read More

Trimming the Christmas Have to Do’s

Trimming the Christmas Have to Do’s

I always forget just how exhausting December is. I have had tunnel vision for the last few weeks, working to wrap up important work projects before the holiday break, while still studying for my last set of final exams ever! While the weeks leading up to Christmas are some of my favorite time of the year, in other years it has felt like I’m running a gauntlet trying to get everything done that is normally on my schedule, while finding…

Read More Read More

Clear Your Mind, the Rest Will Follow (Seriously)

Clear Your Mind, the Rest Will Follow (Seriously)

I read an article today recapping productivity lessons from Fortune’s annual Most Powerful Women Next Gen Conference in Laguna Nigel, California. The underlying message shared by two of the panelists, authors and productivity experts Laura Vanderkam and Camille Preston was the idea of letting go of the many perceived worries that can hamper your creativity, and productivity. By unburdening yourself, you create room in your mind for developing true insights in your work, and personal life. This simple message seems…

Read More Read More