If the Pomodoro Technique Doesn't Work for You, Try Flowtime

Jessica Greene / April 25, 2019

Finding the perfect productivity system is like finding the perfect recipe. Sometimes, a recipe with a really high rating tastes terrible. Sometimes, you find a comment that suggests adjustments, and those adjustments take it from mediocre to outstanding. And sometimes, you only use the recipe as a guide, modifying it...

We Put Off Drinking Coffee Until 10 a.m. Every Morning. It's Kind of Great.

Justin Pot / April 23, 2019

When do you have your first dose of caffeine? For most people, the answer is obvious: first thing in the morning. But is that really the best time to drink coffee, tea, or any other caffeinated beverage?

Scientific research suggests not. Cortisol, a neurochemical related to alertness, is produced at...

Work-Life Balance May Have More to Do with Your Personality Than Your Job

Jessica Greene / April 22, 2019

Work-life balance—or work-life integration—is a hot topic right now. There are dozens of articles published every week about it, and everyone has their own opinions on how to achieve it. Even employers are getting in on the trend, presenting work-life balance as a perk in job descriptions.

Job posting showing work-life balance as a perk


Turn Your Google Analytics Data into Actionable Tasks

Maria Myre / April 17, 2019

Google Analytics is a powerful piece of software that monitors who's visiting your website and what they're doing when they get there. But unless you have a way to turn those metrics into actionable tasks for your marketing, UX, and sales teams, the only thing you really walk...

Why You Hate Every To Do App (And How to Find Something That Works)

Justin Pot / April 15, 2019

How many abandoned to do lists do you have? I'm talking about apps you've installed, added some tasks to, then promptly forgot to actually use. Abandoned bullet journals and sticky notes you never look at also count.

You tried to implement a system. It didn't work. And...

The Science of Music and Productivity

Sam Kemmis / April 11, 2019

Does listening to music help you work?

Ask a dozen people that question, and you'll get a dozen answers. Some swear by classical music, others jazz. Some prefer silence, others the buzz of a busy coffee shop.

YouTube videos offer music for "super intelligence" and apps claim they "unlock...

The Art of Being Bored: How to Be More Productive By Doing Nothing

Emily Esposito / April 9, 2019

In a world where people would rather administer shock therapy to themselves than be alone with their thoughts for 15 minutes, we don't usually think of boredom as a good thing.

But recent studies reveal that our constant go-go-go mindsets might be hurting more than helping. As it turns...

Organize Your Life with the Agile Method

Jessica Greene / April 8, 2019

A to do list can help you keep track of the tasks you need to complete. But when it comes to actually completing those tasks—that's a different story.

It's hard to decide which tasks to take on first, and it's tempting to start with whatever's...

If Time-Tracking Apps Don't Work for You, Try a Productivity Journal

Jessica Greene / April 2, 2019

Monitoring how you spend your time leads to a wealth of useful information: It can tell you what time of day you're most productive, help you create better estimates for how long tasks will take, and show you what activities you'd have to cut to focus your energy...

Wait...Is Inbox Zero Good or Bad for Productivity?

Justin Pot / April 1, 2019

No one is happy about their email. Our inboxes are a mix of stuff we don't need, stuff we know we should be doing, and a few messages from actual human people that we'd like to get back to (later). New emails used to be a welcome thing...