I hate opening my work calendar on Monday morning and seeing how many meetings I have lined up each week. Whether they're a mere 15 minutes or an hour, just the thought of sitting in a stuffy conference room and trying to politely pay attention to issues I have very little to do with makes … Continue reading 5 Fidgeting Tips to Make Meetings Suck Less
Waking up at the crack of dawn is horribly unappealing. I am not a fan -- if I could sleep until 11AM every day of the work week, I would. And for years I did. Back when I was in the dual roles of part freelance writer, part freelance college counselor, I didn't meet with … Continue reading You Need to Become a Morning Person (Yes, Seriously)
I learned something new over the last week: breathing is really important. Yes, that sounds silly. Yes, it's super obvious. I mean, without breathing, we literally wouldn't survive. However, after dealing with weeks of fainting spells, I discovered that the way we inhale and exhale can make a huge difference. It can be the split-second … Continue reading Feel Distracted? Just Fidget With Your Breathing
In 2012, a year after graduating from college, I broke down: I turned to coffee. After years of insisting I didn't need coffee and souring my face at its taste, I caved. It happened at 6:30AM on a Wednesday. I sat in my cubicle at my first traditional office job (the publishing house of CatFancy … Continue reading Favorite Fidget Friday: Why I Can’t Quit Coffee
I'm a perfectionist -- a total Type A who can't stand stacks of paper, piles of clutter, or even a rogue dust bunny hiding under my couch. But when it comes to my writing workspace, you'll discover something entirely different. My desk is a disaster zone. It's cluttered in personal effects (a few candles, framed … Continue reading Stop Being So Neat — Why A Messy Desk Is Best
Monday sucks. Wednesday is the halfway mark, the tipping point towards the weekend. Thursday is really just Friday eve. And Tuesday, according to productivity writers and researchers, is the most productive day. It's the busiest and the most successful work day week after week. But is Tuesday really the most productive day of the week? … Continue reading Is Tuesday Really The Most Productive Day of The Week?
The weekend is near -- which means if you're like me, you're EXTRA fidgety today. I always struggle to pay attention to my workload when the clock is counting down the hours until Friday happy hour. On Friday, we need a big productivity boost to get through the day. That's why I'm sharing my favorite … Continue reading Favorite Fidget Friday: Why I Love My Standing Desk
Admit it: you've spent a few minutes at your desk clicking through cat memes instead of actually doing the work you're supposed to be doing. That isn't exactly a bad thing, despite what your boss thinks. Checking out cat memes and appreciating the hilarity of a good cat photo, or even the cuteness of a … Continue reading The Productivity Perks of Cat Memes (Yes, Seriously)
There's nothing more despicable than an ice cold shower. Stepping into the shower's welcoming stream only to be greeted by (what feels like) actual icicles pricking your skin, shivering as goosebumps form and your toes turn white -- cold showers are truly the worst wake-up method. But, there's a hidden magic in cold showers. Switching … Continue reading Cold Showers: A Shiver-Inducing Productivity Key
2017 was the year of the fidget spinner. But will the trendy "productivity" toy last in 2018?