Problem Solving

Simplify your day the easy way

The first few minutes after you arrive at work are critical to organizing your workday. Follow these three steps to coordinate—and simplify—your day's work.

Manage time and cognitive resources

Learn how to budget your cognitive resources with these tips from Harvard economics professor Sendhil Mullainathan.

Thorny problem? Unleash your vision

When a problem doesn't respond to solutions that have worked for you before, unlock your creativity with these approaches.

How do you waste time?

Which of these activities—ones that we're all guilty of—fritter away your precious minutes?

How to ensure your admin improvement projects stick

How many times are you asked to make improvements to administrative processes without any real guidance on what to do or where to start? The DMAIC process makes you work through specific activities in a defined structure so that any changes you make to a process will be successful.

Delete ... delete ... delete ... read

Most people can delete about three-fourths of their incoming email without even reading it ... and not just spam. Messages from your employer, your colleagues and your buddies are wasting your time, argues Bill Jensen, author of The Simplicity Survival Handbook: 32 Ways to Do Less and Accomplish More.

Crisis? What crisis?

An effective assistant/manager relationship is one in which both people know the difference between a crisis and a routine setback. Do you? Does your boss?

Spur on the brainstorm of the century

You can help your organization's brainstorming sessions soar to new creative heights simply by posting these "Rules of Engagement" for the group to follow.

Maintain your own anti-stress toolkit

Keep these common items nearby to fight daily battles with job stress.

Put your mind at ease when change comes knocking

It's easy to get fired up about a change that you initiate and control, but what do you do when the change is thrust upon you? Here's the advice of organizational psychologist Joseph Michelli.