To-do lists are a great way to keep track of outstanding tasks, but they can be poor motivators. They often end up too long, too short, too vague, too confusing, overcommitted, unwieldy, stale and forgotten, or even too meticulously planned. It doesn’t […]
It’s a fresh battle every day to find the motivation to get through your to do list. But motivating your team is an entirely different challenge. Understanding how people respond to different types of motivation can help us be better leaders and increase the productivity of our teams. It can just take a little experimentation to figure out which strategies work best.
You could be forgiven for thinking perks alone are the way to build a positive company culture. After all, who doesn’t want to come to work when there are freebies available around the clock? However, research shows you’re better off betting on a sense of meaning for your employees.
According to a study from the University of California, Irvine, the average office worker has focused periods of just eleven minutes in-between a constant barrage of interruptions. I was shocked when I read that, and didn’t quite believe it. But then I […]
We hear the phrase “work/life balance” so often that it’s easy to gloss over it rather than digging into what it really means. Unfortunately, like many things that are easy to overlook (eating well and exercising, for instance), not having work/life balance […]
A few weeks ago, I got an email from a client at around 9pm—just as I was getting ready for bed. This isn’t uncommon for me, as I live in Australia and most of my clients live in earlier time zones. I […]
As a freelancer, I get lots of benefits that don’t come with most full-time jobs. I get to choose the work I do and the clients I take on, I make my own hours, and I work from home—in my pajamas, if […]
There’s a very particular way of thinking that’s prevalent among scientists. Scientists work on studies and experiments. For each one, they determine a hypothesis—a prediction of what will happen during the experiment. But here’s where things really differ from the way most […]
During one of my interviews for the role of Buffer’s first Content Crafter, Buffer co-founder Leo asked me how much content I thought I could produce in a week. I thought about the kind of content he’d been producing for the Buffer […]