Passive use is about consuming information, like by scrolling through your newsfeed. Yet a study published in the Journal of Experimental Psychology: General suggests that passive Facebook use can make us feel worse.
That's possibly because we feel jealous of everyone's (seemingly) glamorous lives that they're broadcasting publicly.
If nothing else, it makes practical sense to start with the hardest tasks, since you never know what scheduling conflicts will pop up later on.
The siren call of your inbox can be hard to resist.
more productive when you listen to music while doing focused work — but you're probably not really.
In 2015, I spoke with neuroscientist and musician Daniel Levitin, who cited a growing body of research suggesting that, in almost every case, your performance on intellectual tasks (think reading or writing) suffers considerably when you listen to music.
Designate specific times to check and respond to email in batches. Research published in the Journal of the Association for Consumer Research suggests that the mere presence of your cell phone nearby can hurt your cognitive performance — even if you're unaware of its influence.Meanwhile, couples therapist Esther Perel previously told Business Insider that one way to de-escalate a conflict is to reflect back what your partner is saying and show some empathy.Tell your partner that you understand where they're coming from — even if you don't yet.Yet research suggests that switching between tasks — say, doing research and checking for new email — takes up to 40% longer than doing one at a time.Even when you you're being more productive by multitasking, you're probably not.