Remember Tony Schwartz, from The Energy Project? He’s the one who thinks that sleep is more important than food, if you missed his advice on Blisstree last month. Schwartz isn’t a personal trainer, nutritionist, or sleep scientist, but we consider him our personal energy guru. He’s the author of the new book The Way We’re Working Isn’t Working, and he uses uses science to help companies and employees get the most of their resources: He wants you to be more productive, efficient, satisfied, and most importantly: have more energy.
Decorating your cubicle might seem like the best way to avoid doing real work, but according to a recent study, having control over at least one thing about your workspace increases productivity. Researchers at the University of Exeter in the UK found that workers who have some control over the design, layout and decor in their office report being happier, healthier, and show a 32% boost in productivity at work. We never thought our desk position could do so much.
I am not a morning person. I aspire to wake up early so that I can eat a leisurely breakfast while reading the paper (printed on actual paper) rather than grabbing a thing of yogurt as I run out the door, but it just hasn’t ever happened. Maybe with these tips from Care2 I’ll be able to get up earlier and easier. Care to join me?
1. Listen to your body. When you’re tired, go to bed. And get up at the same time every day, even if you accidentally stay up too late one night. You’ll eventually get your body into a cycle.
2. Remember that the sleep cycle is 90 minutes long. Instead of shooting for a solid eight hours, aim for increments of 90 minutes. You’ll feel less groggy in the morning.
3. Don’t cut out sleep all at once. If you sleep too much at night and think you could run on fewer hours, cut back on hours in increments of 30 minutes. Your body will eventually get used to the shorter amount of sleep. We’re talking a jump from nine hours to seven hours here — don’t try to push it to four. More
As much as we hate to admit it, summer is almost over. And that means no more summer hours, summer vacations, or daily ice cream cones. But we’ll help make the butterflies-in-your-stomach transition as easy (and cheap!) as possible with 10 fall essentials under $10. What’s better than that? Definitely not getting up when it’s still dark outside. That may be the hardest thing in the world. More
If you’re feeling a little sleepy at work, you probably grab a cup of coffee. For employees at a Scottsdale, Arizona, software company, employees can take a little rest in either a meditation room equipped with a couch, or in a futuristic sleep pod. Company leaders say that employees are happier and more productive since they’ve started taking 20-minute naps when they’re feeling tired. More and more companies are adding nap areas for worn out employees. More
Today at Blisstree, we’re celebrating the release of Save the Assistants: A Guide to Surviving and Thriving In the Workplace (Hyperion), the debut book by Lilit Marcus, Editor-in-Chief of our uber-cool sister site TheGloss. The idea for Save the Assistants began several years ago when Lilit and her friend co-created a website to act as something of a support group for their fellow recent college graduates turned beleaguered assistants at various entry-level jobs. And now Save the Assistants (a.k.a. STA) is a book! But STA is no stodgy career-advice tome written by an egotistic self-help guru with a celebrity following or a bristly old coot who used to work at GM. Nor is it a complain-y rant about how all bosses are mean and all minions are mistreated. It’s a smart and hilarious companion for anyone who’s trying to survive a job they hate in order to eventually find the career they want. More
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If you’re Tony Schwartz – former journalist, author of the new book The Way We’re Working Isn’t Working, and founder of The Energy Project, which uses science to help employees and employers harness high-performance strategies in order to become more … More
Recently, a colleague handed me an article entitled, “10 Signs You Work In a Fear-Based Workplace.” I chuckled as I started reading, then gasped. My office fit eight of the ten signs listed. I knew my office was kooky. But … More
Most of us know how to make a to-do list, and chances are you’ve got five different places you can do it: Your phone, your computer, a notebook, your daily planner, and the back of a receipt in your wallet … More
You look at the clock, and three hours have gone by since the last time you checked the time. This is great if you’re hoping time will fly, but not so good if you’re at work and were supposed to … More