Touch wood for greater happiness at work

Office designers are drawing on the soothing effects of nature

Driven to distraction by social media

Online networking can lower productivity and the spirits

Turn the music off to dial up creativity

Naturally creative thinkers struggle to block out distractions

Swapping emails for handwriting

In a bid to move faster, one office introduced school-style boards

A child finger painting
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Stop waiting for the muse

Creativity tips from tech entrepreneur Kevin Ashton

The rise of the 15-minute meeting

Defying the calendar default can push up productivity

Part-time high flyers pick quality of life

A four-day week has improved productivity for two executives

A creative break from routine

Initiative raises productivity at the UK government website

A morning routine helps creative powers

Refine your decision-making to preserve ‘cognitive resource’

To Do List

The perils of to-do lists

Writing down chores often becomes an excuse to put them off

Tame your work worries or harness them

We can distract ourselves from fears but they have their place

A productivity approach that fits you

A new book identifies four styles of office behaviour

How improvisation helps plodding managers

A theatrical way to teach execs to think on their feet

Ditch the ‘wellness’ gadgets and get a life

Most personal productivity measures a waste of time

A time diary knows where the day goes

Logging every activity for a week sounds control-freakish but it might free you up

Self-improvement for more than New Year

Self-improvement for more than New Year

Old-fashioned discipline at hip start-up

Unruly is a case study in trying to achieve urgency without panic

Law partner and mother? Do a split shift

A senior lawyer finds a way to combine career and mothering; the only thing missing is sleep

Binning the budget is not so carefree

It is wrong to think targets or costs are unimportant

The company that gave lay-offs the boot

Next Jump went for ‘no fire’ but risked ending up with ‘no hire’