Here at DeskTime, we did a study of the most productive employees to understand their habits and learn from them. Originally published on Daily Muse, the article took off and was republished by Mashable, Business Insider, Inc.com, and Lifehacker. Here’s the original and complete text of the study with even more useful tips to increase your productivity.
Are you sometimes so busy that a lunch break seems like an extra you can’t afford? Does your lunch often mean eating a sandwich at the desk? If you’re facing a deadline, do you sacrifice a part of your lunch break to catch up with your tasks?
If you answered “Yes” to any of those questions, you’re doing it wrong.
If you’ve been following the DeskTime blog, you know that attention is like a muscle – it can only be strained for a certain amount of time before it needs rest. Though this is undeniably true, and supported by multiple studies, sometimes we just need that extra boost to get sh*t done.
Now how do you hack your attention span, which is subject to biological law? Here are X tips to get you started, hack that attention span, and push the envelope to get things done.
Wouldn’t it be great if you didn’t need to think about how to get your employees to work more?Wouldn’t it be great, if it just happened all by itself?
That automatic habit of doing isn’t simply coincidence, and neither is it luck.
It’s a carefully crafted office culture of productivity.
Though it may come more naturally to some than it does to others, it’s possible to create a positive office culture that oozes productivity in any business.
DeskTime surveys every minute of over 250,000 employees in 105 countries around the world. As a result, we have a significant amount of productivity-related data that we can use the compare the de facto productivity of people around the world.
We’ve collected and compared data that shows us the most productive and unproductive countries in the world, based on their DeskTime productivity metrics. That is – the amount of time spent at work and the ratio of productive vs. unproductive apps they use.
We considered countries that had 100 DeskTime users or more, to achieve statistical significance. Of the 105 countries using DeskTime, 67 qualified under this criteria, making a total of 768 companies participating in this roundup.
So what are the most productive countries in the world, and which programs do they use?
Playing games at work is a time-honored tradition. Be it two minutes playing Candy Crush or leading your army in a war against witches – we’ve all been there.
The mobile games market has grown rapidly and is estimated to hit the $4.5 billion mark in 2018 and grow even more in the upcoming years.
However, getting caught by the boss is not the greatest feeling. At the same time, integrating games in your work can also be beneficial for you during breaks – playing games can give you time for some passive thinking, that’s needed to solve work-related problems.
And keep you energized and motivated.
Almost every office around the world has certain types of “inhabitants”. In fact, you’ll probably find some of these characters in your workplace too.
There’s the Organizer who always seems to be coordinating lunch, smoking break or the next office party. There’s the Chatter and the Smoker, and the Coffee Junkie who seems to walk a mile weekly between his desk and the coffee machine.
Silently in the corner sits the Hard Worker – probably an introvert technical genius or a diligent administrative worker. One has to wonder – does he ever get up to eat, drink or even go to the loo?
If you also happen to find yourself at 6PM and stuck to your chair with sore eyes and a cramp in your back, it’s time to change your work habits. Scientists agree that short breaks from work actually improve your productivity, restore your energy levels and have a long-term positive impact on your well-being.
It’s no great secret that the job market is more competitive now than it ever has been before.
Not only are there fewer jobs to go around, but there are more skilled workers with degrees, ambition, and experience waiting in the wings to take those jobs.
Many employees have started upping their game for promotional opportunities. Moreover, there is a need now to secure their current jobs in the face of budget cuts, and younger, more qualified competition. One method being employed is to put in extra hours at work.
We’re fast approaching the long-awaited pinnacle of the holiday season. In an ideal world, in less than a week, we’d be lounging on a sofa with our loved ones, casually discussing which course from the holiday feast was the best.
And yet, the holidays can come with an inconvenient side dish, that is, working from home and putting the finishing touches on projects that have been lingering on a to-do list or two for way too long. It seems that there’s never enough time, and the end of the year is often a deadline in its own right, so sipping on a hot beverage with eyes fixed on a laptop is a reality for many.
According to a recent survey, 44% of Brits will be working during the holidays, and a US-based study a couple of years back shows that more than half of the employees interviewed, 57%, made similar plans. The 2014 study revealed that this behavior isn’t limited to the holidays, 43% of respondents claiming to work an extra hour after leaving the office.
As popular this tendency may be, it’s not very comforting to those looking forward to spreading holiday cheer. But there’s still a bit of time to figure out how to make the work-holiday balance work for you this year. Read on to find out what you can do to complete as many urgent tasks as you can and still manage to enjoy the holiday atmosphere with your family and friends.
The year is coming to a close, the holidays are in full swing, and the New Year will soon be upon us. You may be settling in with a bit more down time to read something new, planning your New Year’s resolution to get more organized, or looking for gift ideas. And we’ve got a list of books for all three scenarios.
This is our ultimate collection of books on productivity. It’s divided into sections so you can skip right on ahead to what interests you most, whether that’s productivity, creativity, leadership, or lifestyle.