It’s no secret that most people work more than 40 hours a week, but are those extra hours necessary? "So many people say, ‘I have to do this,’ but they might just be putting those expectations on themselves," says Maura Thomas, productivity expert, author, and founder of RegainYourTime.com. Many people make assumptions about what their boss wants without ever testing the waters to find out if it’s true.
The amount and quality of sleep you get any given night really sets the tone of the following day. When we’re well-rested, our minds and bodies just seem to work better. When we’re really tired, everything’s harder. We get cranky, can’t focus, and sometimes get sick. Skimping on sleep long term can interfere with pretty much every aspect of your health from your skin to your immune system, to your ability to maintain a healthy weight.
A well-crafted to-do list acts as a guiding light for your day. It helps you overcome feelings of being overwhelmed, and reduces anxiety around whether you’re being productive throughout the day. To-do lists come in all shapes and sizes—it’s all about what works for you as an individual. The below method is one method that might work for you; it’s up to you to decide what to implement into your own planning system.
When we’re faced with only 15 minutes in between meetings, or waiting in line to get coffee or lunch, our natural inclination is to either answer email, look at social media, or text someone. These are not always the most productive uses of small slivers of time, according to several experts.
They say there is plenty you can accomplish in 15 minutes, if you do three things:
- Separate your to-do list into tasks and projects, and focus on the tasks.
- Write your to-do list in a way that allows you take immediate action.
- Look at email and social media with a focus on moving forward.
Watching TV for extended periods can cause lower back pain even in active women, an Australian study has found.
The research, undertaken by Melbourne's Monash University, found that watching TV was a factor in lower back pain for women, but not men.
Using data from the Australian Diabetes, Obesity and Lifestyle Study, along with a questionnaire to uncover lifestyle factors, the study also found little evidence connecting physical activity levels to back pain intensity.