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When Experimenting with Productivity Tips, Try Just One at a Time When Experimenting with Productivity Tips, Try Just One at a Time

There are so many great productivity strategies out there, sometimes it's tempting to try many of them at once. But for more effective results, try one tip at a time.

Avoid Over-Committing Your Time with This Simple Formula Avoid Over-Committing Your Time with This Simple Formula

Time management can be tough, but it often comes down to not being truly aware of how you spend your time. This formula forces you to examine your time usage while making it plain and clear what you can and cannot do in the time you have.

To Relieve Stress, Relax Less Than You Want To To Relieve Stress, Relax Less Than You Want To

It can be tricky to relax without getting more stressed out. Too much relaxation could cause you to stress out or worry about what you're not working on. Instead, relax for a little less than you'd originally planned to—just enough to recharge, but not enough that your concern for work or other things creep into your…

Lower Your Stress By Doing One Thing For Yourself, Every Day Lower Your Stress By Doing One Thing For Yourself, Every Day

Most of us are busy and have a lot of things to juggle. Maintain your sanity by being a little more selfish with your time and making time to do one thing just for yourself, every day.

How to Know When It's Time to Leave Work and Go Home How to Know When It's Time to Leave Work and Go Home

How do you know you're done for the day? Everyone wants to leave the office at a reasonable hour, but you also don't want to feel like a slacker when you log off and stop reading emails. Here are a few "finish lines" to help you know when it's okay to stop working and get on with your day.

How to Keep Going When You're Demotivated at Work How to Keep Going When You're Demotivated at Work

Sometimes, you get to a point at work where your motivation is completely depleted. But circumstances dictate that you can't quit. So how do you keep going? There's always a way.

Avoid Burnout by Making Sure You Regularly Do What You Love Avoid Burnout by Making Sure You Regularly Do What You Love

Burnout is a real problem when you're in a demanding job or are a superachiever. The biggest cause of burnout, however, might not be your inability to take a break from work, but being kept from doing what you love or is important to you.

How to Find Balance Between High Productivity and Overworking How to Find Balance Between High Productivity and Overworking

You have no problem keeping busy. No problem crossing things off your to-do list. You multitask like it's going out of style. But the weeks continue to fly by and you can't help but be dissatisfied with what you've actually accomplished. I got sick of this pattern. So I changed it.

Write Down Your Stressors to Recover from Burnout Write Down Your Stressors to Recover from Burnout

All of us have faced a worklump and feel, well, burned out. The Next Web recommends writing down your feelings to discover the true cause.

What's Keeping You from Taking Your Vacation? What's Keeping You from Taking Your Vacation?

The average US employee only takes about half of his or her earned vacation time, according to a new study by the folks at Glassdoor. We've talked about how important it is to take your vacations to avoid burnout and to just stay happier and healthier, but we're still not doing it. So, what's holding you back?

The Three Types of Burnout, and How They Differ The Three Types of Burnout, and How They Differ

Burnout is real, and you've probably experienced it before (if you aren't experiencing it now). The Association for Psychological Science notes, however, that there are three main varieties of burnout—each with different symptoms and different solutions.

Institute a "Think Week" to Get Your Creativity Back on Track Institute a "Think Week" to Get Your Creativity Back on Track

Burn out is one of the worst productivity killers. To avoid that dreaded state of minimal productivity and even boost your creative insights, you can try Bill Gates' strategy: take a "Think Week."

How Can I Gracefully Back Out of an Obligation? How Can I Gracefully Back Out of an Obligation?

Dear Lifehacker, I've overloaded myself with work. I have a full-time job, thankfully, but to pay the bills I've taken on freelance work. This month I've found myself with too much to do. I'm supposed to help a friend move and I have a freelance project I know I won't have time to finish. How can I back out of some…

Thunderspace Helps You Relax with an Immersive Thunderstorm Experience Thunderspace Helps You Relax with an Immersive Thunderstorm Experience

iOS: We've shared a few apps that play nature sounds to help you relax, but Thunderspace takes the idea a step further. Start the app and put on headphones, and you get an immersive stereoscopic thunderstorm, complete with stereo audio and flashing lights in sync with the thunder and lightning you hear.

My 7-Day Workweek Experiment (and Why I Won't Stick With It) My 7-Day Workweek Experiment (and Why I Won't Stick With It)

For the first two weeks of last month, I religiously tried to follow a new routine I created for myself: a 7-day work week routine. The idea was quite simple: I would work 7 days a week, rest 7 days a week, go to the gym 7 days a week, reflect 7 days a week. This was less about working lots, and more about feeling…

How To Stop Work Overload With a Few Simple Boundaries How To Stop Work Overload With a Few Simple Boundaries

Why is it that when your friends, family, and significant other tell you, "You need to stop working so much!"—you hesitate? On the one hand, you know they have a point. It's unsustainable to pull 12-to-14-hour days on a consistent basis, and you feel burnt-out and cranky. But when it comes to actually setting…

Before You Take Time Off, Make a Plan to Use It Effectively Before You Take Time Off, Make a Plan to Use It Effectively

Before you plan a vacation, productivity blog Lifehack suggests deciding what you want to get out of your free time first. This way, you're better able to plan your time effectively.

How Many Hours Do You Work Each Week? How Many Hours Do You Work Each Week?

Some people wear their long work hours like a badge of honor—a symbol of their loyalty, productivity, and work ethic. But mounting research shows that these long hours can be harmful to both you and your productivity. How much are you working?

Keep Your Boring Job Interesting by Swapping Tasks with Others Keep Your Boring Job Interesting by Swapping Tasks with Others

Over time it's easy to get a little burnt out on a job. If you haven't changed positions in any way, you're bound to get bored and feel like it's time for a change. That's not necessarily a bad thing, but if you want to stay at your company, The New York Times suggests expanding your job description on your own.

Does Technology Make You Happier? Does Technology Make You Happier?

We all love our technology, but it's capable of causing awful problems like burnout and addiction. We can blame our own overuse or a lack of education on the subject but, as IEEE spectrum points out, technology wasn't necessarily designed with our happiness in mind. So we want to know, does technology make you happy?

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