What are the best productivity articles you have missed in 2017?
While you were working, everyone else was learning how to be more productive…right?
You’ve been so heads-down in your work that you haven’t had time to capture the wisdom from some of these gems.
Don’t worry, we’ve got a list of what productivity articles have been at the top of everyone’s reading list in 2017.
Below are some of the top articles and posts that we think you should know. Here is the criteria we used to select these articles:
-Must be shared between January 1 and November 30, 2017.
–Popularity as measured by the number of median shares. This is an unfair metric, but is also useful in gauging reach and seeing what articles resonate with others. Granted, we can’t read every article and what’s helpful to one person may not be to someone else. But we were able to find the median number of social shares using Ahrefs, one of the top search engine analytics tools.
-Limited to one article per site. Hey, this is a competitive topic and some sites create more of this type of content than others. But we wanted to provide a wider range of information for more than only a handful of publications.
-Contains generally universal, actionable or helpful content with a longer shelf-life. Essentially, that means no press releases or news articles about brand-new features or company announcements. Also, we tried to avoid too industry-specific articles (like this one for developers).
The Guardian, 10/6/17
People who made addictive technology are now turning off those very same notifications and updates that the rest of us battle.
The New Yorker, 3/16/17
This publication isn’t where you expect to see much business or productivity advice! But here’s a satirical look at how we answer emails and when we answer emails and while we’re too busy to really answer emails. Great read!
Wow, check out mega-successful entrepreneurs like Elon Musk, Mark Zuckerberg and Oprah structure their days to keep themselves productive (and sane). One of the best productivity articles of the year for sure!
Learn about the impact of the Internet of Things on productivity and the workforce.
What’s the most undervalued future job skill? Probably not what you’re thinking…
Mother Jones, November/December 2017
No matter what your job is, a robot can do it better within the next 40 years (gulp!). What does that mean?
Fast Company, 3/13/17
Why are some companies so much more productive? What are they doing that you’re not? This piece takes a look at those top companies and offers some actionable tips.
New York Times, 11/22/17
Taking notes on a computer during a meeting actually causes you to lose concentration and not focus on what’s being said.
Yes, the United States is one of the most innovative economies, but we’re not at the top of the list. But this article will tell you who is.
From the founder of Chicken Soup For the Soul, here are helpful tips about meditation.
This article looks at the daily lives of some of the top thinkers and creatives–and realizes that they didn’t stick to normal workday schedules. Instead, they had “modest” working hours.
Open office floor plans–are they really all that great? This article says that productivity goes down and that people actually get more sick. Interesting.
Harvard Business Review, 3/17/17
Considering if you should take the plunge into official project management certification? This article will give you some reasons to consider. For more on free project management training and certifications, this post will point you in the right direction.
Farnam Street, 6/2017
A look at ways that basic habits influence our overall goals and if we achieve them.
Note: This article was originally published in July 2017 to reflect the most popular articles halfway through the year.