A Counter-Intuitive Remedy to Feeling Short of Time

Have you got enough time for everything you want to do? If this survey is correct then about half of us are ‘time-poor’, as the expression goes, or worse, are experiencing a ‘time famine’.

So, what if I said there was a solution to feeling continuously short of time, and it involved giving your free-time away to others?

No, you might say, quite rightly, that doesn’t make sense. If I give away my free-time to others then I will have less time for myself and so I will feel even more rushed. It doesn’t add up.

This is a perfectly logical response, except that it doesn’t take into account the weird way in which the mind works.

How Passive Face Time Affects Perceptions of Employees

About two years ago, Wayne Weita, a 33-year-old producer and director in the media department at Management Recruiters, began going to work at 8 a.m. instead of everyone’s usual 8:30 a.m. start time.

He takes a half-hour lunch, then leaves at 4:30. He started this schedule so he could get his 18-month-old son to and from the babysitter’s house on time. He admits that he still occasionally feels as though he needs to slither out so no one sees him leaving early: ‘Sometimes, if I’m at the elevator and someone’s going downstairs for a drink or candy bar, I do try to throw a reason [for leaving early] into the conversation subtly’ (Joyce, 2002: H06).

As this quote illustrates, employees’ display of ‘face time’ at work can affect how others perceive them.

But, how much do managers perceptions of “face time” affect their perception and evaluation of employees?

Want to Increase Your Productivity? Look at This Adorable Kitten.

When economists talk about boosting productivity, they usually talk about increasing the adoption of new technologies and optimizing workflows. Japanese researchers, however, have come up with a very offbeat approach: Showing workers lots of pictures of adorable, fuzzy, baby animals.

A team of researchers at Hiroshima University recently conducted a study where they showed university students pictures of baby animals before completing various tasks. What they found, in research published last week, was that those who saw the baby animal pictures did more productive work after seeing those photographs – even more than those who saw a picture of an adult animal or a pleasant food.

The Dark Side of Goal-Setting

How many of you are sick of discussing the importance of setting goals?

Goal-setting has become a personal, corporate and political fetish. Modern workers are frequently subjected to performance reviews in which they must set themselves goals to work towards. The fact that these targets are frequently idiotic or meaningless seems to be irrelevant.

There are, however, some good ways to set goals and align them with your personal strategy.

9 Top Economic Indicators for Hipsters

Various economic indicators have become proxies for the health of the economy.

But, how many times can you get excited following the durable goods report?

In that vein, we’ve picked out the economic indicators that are alternative, obscure and cool, and which can help you get a read on the economy in a way that most people don’t know about.

These are data that you should look to when more mainstream data has grown stale.