For some people, neither the carrot nor the stick will serve as a motivational tool
Trying to resist that late-night tweet or checking your work email again?
When the task at hand requires some imagination, taking a walk may lead to more creative thinking than sitting.
We all know that if you’re truly passionate about something, productivity becomes largely irrelevant.
The problem isn’t capturing our creativity, as individual inspiration is a steady pulse that beats within us all. The problem is keeping those embers hot once we have them in our grasp.
For centuries, scientists have studied how we go about the difficult task of choosing A or B, left or right, North or South – and how both instinct and intellect figure into the process.
The paradox of happiness is that chasing it may actually make us less happy, a Stanford researcher says.
Our attention is often pulled in too many directions, leaving us feeling overloaded, distracted, chaotic, spread thinly, without focus. So what can you do?
I couldn’t motivate myself to do anything important this morning, which is a rare thing for me. I started to doubt myself, and wonder whether anything I do is worthwhile.
You know what it’s like: No focus, lots of stress, lots of mental exhaustion without really getting anything done.
How does someone else’s success mean anything bad for you?
While some psychologists still argue that people perform better when they do something because they want to, research suggests we shouldn’t even make that distinction.
A study has found that you are more likely to perform well if you do not think too hard, and instead trust your instincts.
People who watch funny videos on the internet at work aren’t necessarily wasting time.
People who consider themselves visual learners, as opposed to verbal learners, have a tendency to convert linguistically presented information into a visual mental representation.
Happy individuals are predisposed to seek out and undertake new goals in life and this reinforces positive emotions, say researchers who examined the connections between desirable characteristics, life successes and well-being of over 275,000 people.
It’s not just in movies where nerds get their revenge.
When faced with a difficult decision, we try to come up with the best choice by carefully considering all of the options, maybe even resorting to lists and lots of sleepless nights.
Some argue that happiness is not having what you want, but wanting what you have.
The prolific life has been characterized by abundant inventiveness and limitless creativity, and has been enshrouded in a veil of mystery – the sources of artistic inventiveness are too often viewed as out-of-reach for the average person.