by Tony Schwartz | 8:53 AM March 14, 2012 Why is it that between 25% and 50% of people report feeling overwhelmed or burned out at work? It’s not just the number of hours we’re working, but also the fact that we spend too many continuous hours juggling too many things at the same time. What we’ve lost, above all, are stopping points, finish lines and boundaries.
Usual psychobabble garbage. "Liars look you in the eyes too much." First, what the hell is too much? Second, I TRAINED myself to look people in the eye to demonstrate respect for them and what they're saying. It's also a negotiating tool and helps concentrate on listening to that person. While not a scientific sample, it's helped me a great deal. How Science Can Teach You to Easily Spot a Liar
Psychological research over three decades demonstrates the power of Stimulus Control Therapy. Can’t get a good night’s sleep? You’re not alone. In surveys of what would improve people’s lives, a good night’s sleep frequently comes near the top of the list. Poor sleep results in worse cognitive performance, including degraded memory, attention, performance and alertness.
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An awful lot of time-management techniques show an obsession with efficiency . And being efficient – getting tasks done quickly – is certainly important. But efficiency for its own sake is worthless. Sure, you could spend three hours implementing a new system that lets you automatically tag every email as it comes in. But I doubt that you’re going to look back in ten years’ time and say, “Wow, my inbox was always so well organized.” If you pay too much attention to efficiency, you might actually become less effective. Why Efficiency is Overrated – and What to Do About It
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