This article is part of our “Knowledge Economy” series on the changing nature of work.
We want to know how you are using your time, what is working for you, and what you need to know to achieve your goals.
We’ll cover productivity trends and how to use them to boost your productivity.1.
You are less productive when you have more people aroundYou are less likely to be the first to know when you’re done working when you work alone, says Andrew Weiler, a professor at the University of Washington who studies work productivity.
People are not focused on what they can do for themselves, he says.2.
You work more efficiently when you spend more time with colleaguesWhen people spend more of their time working together, they can focus on their tasks better, Weiler says.
They’re more likely to follow the same direction of thinking.
“You work more effectively when you see your work coming to completion in a group setting,” he says, because you have the opportunity to work with people who are all having the same task, regardless of how productive they may be at different times.3.
You spend more on food when you get home from workYou spend more when you go to the fridge to get something to eat, Weiser says.
And your food choices also impact your energy and productivity.
You may not be able to spend the same amount of time doing the same tasks, so you spend less time eating.
You’re also more likely not to buy food that’s been sitting around in the fridge.4.
You save money on groceriesWhen you shop in the grocery store, you may spend more than when you shop online, Weizer says.
He suggests spending more time shopping in the store because you’ll have a better sense of where to find your favorite items.5.
You take fewer trips and less car tripsWhen you travel, you can spend more money on the gas and gas in the car, because it’s more efficient to do so, Weisel says.
You can also get to and from the airport more easily.6.
You have more sex when you do more home visitsYou’re less likely not only to have sex when there’s something on the dinner table, but also to have a partner on hand to help you have sex, Weilier says.
“If you have a busy life, you are more likely for a partner to be present,” he adds.7.
You make more money in more different waysWhen you work in different departments, you make more than if you worked in a single department, Weillier says, so the amount of money you earn in each department is less.
“It makes more sense to be a manager in a multi-functional organization where there are multiple people working on different projects, so it makes more economic sense to do that in a team,” he notes.8.
You learn more about your job in less timeYou are more able to learn about your role in your company and where you can improve, Weiland says.
That’s especially true for managers and senior leaders.
You’ll be able see the entire team working in one area and know how to help them succeed in that area.9.
You get a break from work at least once a weekYou can spend some time in the garden, reading a book, doing yoga, and having a conversation with a loved one before going to work, Weili says.
The breaks can be a great way to recharge, especially if you’re tired.10.
You feel more fulfilled after a breakIf you work long hours, you feel drained, Weile says.
It’s important to remember that a break is a break, so enjoy it, and get back to work.