Articles about Distractions

The Whole Human

This is why you’ll keep doing something you hate

When we are trapped in a sunk-cost fallacy, we get too stubborn to walk away from an objectively bad decision. We will not cut our losses and run, because we have invested too much money, time, and energy towards it. Behavioral scientists have long called us out on this trap.


These 8 innocent email clichés aren’t so innocent after all

Here’s what I really mean when I’m using this seemingly innocent email cliché.


5 ways to cope with endless transit delays on your commute

It's one thing to get caught up in transit delays on your commute once in a while, but what happens when this becomes an everyday-of-the-workweek kind of thing? Here's what to do when you've had it up to here with public transportation to and from work.


How to spot a covert narcissist

There are three distinct types of narcissists. One of the most difficult to spot is the covert narcissist. They hook in highly empathetic people with their sob stories. Then, over time, their victims feel a sense of responsibility for them. Their victim is then trapped in an abusive relationship.

Office Life

3 sneaky benefits of haters at work (and in life)

You gotta do SOMETHING to change your situation. Now stop sneaking around corners, walking on eggshells and pulling knives out of your back and go beat these haters at their own game.

The Whole Human

How drama can accelerate your leadership growth

Many people believe workplace issues are distinct from personal issues. However, if you pay attention to your family dynamics, you’ll see many parallels. Both family dynamics and workplace dynamics offer many of the same opportunities for personal and leadership growth.

Office Life

4 things to do instead of flipping out at work

You know the feeling: something doesn't go your way at work and you want to fly off the handle — but you can't. Pause. Deep breath. Here are four things to do instead of risking your future at a company because you showed how upset you really were.

Office Life

How to look and feel comfortable in the office this summer

Worried that you’re going to look like a hot sweaty mess at the office this summer? Fear not. You can look cool, comfortable and in charge without sacrificing your professional edge.

Office Life

It’s not you, it’s them: How to survive a gaslighting boss

Whether it's the boss that overshares, the boss without work/life balance, or the one who micromanages, bad bosses are the subject of happy hour grievances and the top cause of employee turnover at companies across the country.

The Whole Human

Transform your life by transforming your habits

When I talk about habits, I don’t talk about outcomes. I talk about changing our actual behavior so that it improves the quality of our lives. Now that we’ve got that out of the way, here’s my four-step process for making life-changing habits stick.


That nightmare you had may be the key to figuring out what is stressing you at work

Nightmares are rough. They are scary, disturbing and usually leave us with lots of questions about ourselves. They also can lead to major sleep deprivation. For people that suffer from true recurring nightmares they may try to avoid sleep in order to not have a nightmare which can take a major toll on both their mental and physical health. But it turns out, nightmares may have one perk. According to research, they can actually help you manage your stress better during the waking hours.

Office Life

Scientists have coined a name for surfing the internet during work hours: ‘cyberloafing’

When the workday drags on, we may turn to the wonders of the world wide web for a spark of entertainment. Now, scientists in a new study, have a term for it: "cyberloafing," or personal use of the internet during working hours.

Work-Life Balance

Should you take Fridays off? The pros and cons of setting up summer hours

Some industries have an unofficial summer Friday policy in which they just aren’t around at all on Fridays from Memorial Day through Labor Day. Before you start your own personal Friday-free policy, consider this first.

The Whole Human

Feeling stuck in life? How to take your life from stuck to awesome

Staying stuck and refusing to do something about it, is the biggest obstacle to your recovery. The good news is, it’s just a feeling. When you start to make positive movement forward, the feeling will change.


How to focus on your work before taking a big vacation

Packing, flights and last-minute changes to the itinerary are all part of going on a big vacation, but factors like these can make it hard to get work done. Here's how to focus on work before going away.

The Whole Human

6 victim mentalities to fight during your job search

You need to recast yourself as the hero of your career journey, while remaining honest with yourself, and lead your job search in a positive and proactive direction. Realize that you can take charge of your career journey, rather than playing into these six victim mentalities.

The Whole Human

Mental noise is hurting us: Why silence is the think tank of the soul

Mental noise is hurting our minds — we are continually asking questions that create busyness, not knowledge. We are in "reacting mode," leaving no room for reflection. To regain perspective in life, you need to pause. Silence is fertile ground.

Office Life

Why ‘agreeing to disagree’ is a bad management tactic

When you decide to play referee with your team's disagreement, one of the worst things you can end the argument with is "agreeing to disagree."

Office Life

Study: Women who interrupt conversation seen as less intelligent by men

When you interject your awesome point in a meeting, will your colleagues consider you assertive or rude? The answer may, unfortunately, depend on your gender, according to new research from Stanford’s Katherine Hilton, a doctoral candidate in linguistics.

The Whole Human

This is the morning ritual that will make you happy: 4 secrets from stoicism

Many of the greats embraced the concept of “Amor Fati.” To not only accept everything that life brings you, good or bad, but to love it. To embrace it. To revel in it. Every single bit of your life. Yes, even the truly horrible, awful, regrettable, don’t-ever-want-to-think-about-it-again moments.


How to make your allergies more bearable at work

For those of us afflicted with seasonal allergies, springtime not only gifts us with rain showers and bright flowers but also with presents that we would rather return to sender. We may be walking around the office with itchy eyes, runny noses, and stuffy lungs that are distracting us from getting any work done.


New study explains how an open office plan can be sexist

Open office plans are designed to break down the physical and metaphoric walls between us, but a new study found that they were guilty of putting up new kinds of barriers between employees, reinforcing the same gendered hierarchies that they aimed to deconstruct.


How posting memories on social media can make you more forgetful

A new study found that the use of social media can actually make us more forgetful about what exactly happened in those pictures.


Here are the top places people fall asleep on the job

How many corners of the office is it possible to nap in? Recent research shows that people have gotten creative, whether they meant to or it happened accidentally.


Survey: Americans are way more anxious than last year

If you keep waking up in cold sweats, if you cannot stop worrying about your future, know that at least you are not alone. Americans have one common trait that's growing to define them — their anxiety.