Some professors thrive on using email to engage students. Take John Whittier-Ferguson, a University of Michigan English professor, whose students email him for help mastering the finer points of essay writing. In any given class, about a third of his students take advantage of his offer to provide e-feedback, each exchanging around 40 meaty emails with him over the course of a term.
The world is abuzz with discussions about how email overload curbs work productivity. But let’s get personal for a minute.
Do you realize all that time you spend answering and organizing email is taking a toll on your health and happiness?
Inefficient habits can become ingrained within a company, frustrating employees and erecting barriers to productivity. Do any of these common efficiency killers sound familiar to you?Continue Reading...
Not long ago, multi-tasking was the superpower everyone clamored for. Employees who could conduct a meeting, finalize a report and give feedback on a proposal—all while managing email—rose to the top of the office food chain.
But it turns out our workplace hero is actually a villain. Multi-tasking doesn’t increase productivity after all, research shows. In fact, it leeches your brain power.
Last week we looked at a psychological phenomenon called decision fatigue and discussed how it can cause us to make poor choices or avoid making choices altogether. More specifically, we dove into how decision fatigue can freeze us when it comes to decluttering our homes and our inboxes. (You can read that article here.)
Whether we’re talking about physical objects, digital information, or anything in between, decluttering is, at its core, the act of repeatedly deciding how to process our possessions. Because of this, it can be a mentally exhausting endeavor; but also because of this, we can apply a similar set of overarching practices for preventing and purging clutter, both online and off. Here’s how.