December 8, 2017: Friday News Roundup

Welcome to the weekend, roundup readers. Hope you got through the work week unscathed. We’re sharing some interesting research this week on workaholism, online reading comprehension, and when workers are most productive, plus news of an important anniversary.

Productivity Tips for People Who Hate Productivity Tips
Does this headline speak to you? If you’ve read countless articles on how to be more productive but haven’t found your perfect fit, this article might assuage your feelings of frustration. The author suggests “paying attention to what’s happening within yourself as you work and using what you observe to inform your strategies.”

The Truth About Being a Workaholic: Why It Isn’t Always Bad for You
Well, this flies in the face of every article we’ve shared on why you need to give yourself breaks and slow down. Wharton researchers studied employees at a large international financial consulting firm to see if those who worked long hours and had a workaholic mindset developed “actual changes in the body measured by doctors.” The results are rather fascinating.

U.S. Students Comprehend Information Better Online Than On Paper
This study looked at American fourth-graders (not Udemy customers yet!) and found their ability to read, comprehend, and interpret information online scored “well above the international average.” As researchers point out, it’s critically important that everyone, including kids, can navigate and comprehend online information as well as evaluate the credibility of that information.

When Does Work Actually Get Done?
You’d better rest up this weekend if you want to be ready to achieve peak productivity on Monday at 11am. That’s when most of us get the most work done. After lunch, things slow down, and after 4pm, forget about it! So, let go of that pressure to be productive and focused for a full eight hours every day because it’s probably never going to happen.

OMG! Texting is 25 years old
To be clear, the first text message was actually sent from a PC to an ancient cellphone; it would be another couple of years before an SMS was sent between phones and even longer before the activity became widely adopted. According to this article, 18.7 billion texts are now sent every day.