Want to Achieve More? Do Less

Research Director at Harvard Business School suggests managers should give employees 30 to 60 minutes of quiet reflection each day to boost creativity. 

Photo: Kris Snibbe/Harvard Staff Photographer

Schedule time for not working. This is interesting advice admist some of the reaction from a new study that made its rounds last week, suggesting leaders should cut down on email and find ways to structure work so employees spend time on more meaningful tasks. Here, Teresa Amabile—the Edsel Bryant Ford Professor of Business Administration and a director of research at Harvard Business School—suggests the single most important thing managers can do to enhance workplace creativity is to protect “at least 30 to 60 minutes each day for yourself and your people that’s devoted to quiet reflection.”

To read her post, click here. You may also want to check out the mindful.org archives for articles on mindfulness and the workplace. For instance, in “How to Get From Distraction to Satisfaction,” Emotional Intelligence author Daniel Goleman looks at three ways we can reduce multitasking at work.