What’s Trending in the World of Work: How Music and the ‘Power Hour’ Impact Productivity

More than two in five U.S. adults feel like they don’t have enough time to do everything they want, according to a Gallup poll. We’re always looking for ways to maximize our time at work and home—especially as the world of work continues to evolve and we must reskill to stay relevant.

You may already be drowning in work, so how do you stay on top of the latest insights and news? We’ve got you covered.

Here are three standout articles that address top trends and provide unique points of view on the world of work.

We need a reskilling revolution. Here’s how to make it happen | World Economic Forum

The Fourth Industrial Revolution challenges that some roles will become redundant or automated. Yet at the same time, advances in technology are creating new jobs. With these changes comes the need for reskilling and upskilling. By 2022, at least 54 percent of employees will need to reskill and upskill, according to the World Economic Forum.

Børge Brende, president of the World Economic Forum, positions that if businesses and governments work together, they can create solutions for at-risk workers that benefit society and decrease unemployment. He writes, “Investing in people can transform them from passive observers of disruption to active leaders of positive change in their local, regional and global communities.”

Why we like it: As companies adopt new ways of completing work, many see machines and technology as replacements for humans, but that’s a black and white perspective. Rather people will need to adapt, reskill, and work alongside automation to bring creative thought and strategic insight to projects.

The science of music and productivity | Zapier

We often look for new ways to boost productivity so we can do more with fewer hours in the day. Recently, Zapier explored music’s effect on productivity—and it turns out the “Mozart Effect,” which infers that listening to Mozart before an IQ test improves performance, could have similar implications for work productivity.

The key here is that listening to music makes people happy, and happiness boosts performance. If the music has too many lyrics though, it could likely distract you, especially if you’re focused on creative tasks.

Whether you should listen to music while working isn’t a simple yes or no question, but here are a few suggestions to try:

  • Repetitive tasks? Listen to up-tempo music
  • Creative work? Stick to simple tunes
  • Get distracted easily? Try ambient nature sounds

Why we like it: While several studies indicate music can improve productivity, it all boils down to personal preference. This article touches on how music can help you accomplish more.

Happiness expert Gretchen Rubin: This simple weekend habit can boost your productivity all week | CNBC

Speaking of productivity, we may tune on music to help us get in the zone, or listen to productivity podcasts in search of new tips and tricks. But Gretchen Rubin, happiness expert and author of “Outer Order, Inner Calm,” says doing one simple thing over the weekend can make you feel more productive.

It’s something she calls the “power hour.” How do you master it? Set aside one hour on the weekend to check off things that have been lingering on your to-do list. “Things that can be done at any time are often done at no time,” Rubin says.

Why we like it: Not only can this impact your work life, but it can also be easy to push things aside in our personal lives such as scheduling doctor’s appointments or following up with a friend you’ve lost touch with. By dedicating time to complete the little things, you’ll realize how much freer and accomplished you can feel when you reduce the things on your never-ending list.

What recent articles about the future of work have inspired you? Share them and how they influenced you in the comments section below.

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