About This Show
We spend the majority of our waking hours at work—if business is going to be a force for good in our world, it’s going to be an inside job. The Wise@Work podcast is passionate about exploring the intersection of Science, Culture, and Meaning in the Workplace. Hosted by the CEO of Wisdom Labs, Cory Smith, Wise@Work focuses on topics that can help anybody create a wiser, more thoughtful work environment.
Most Recent Episode
WW003 – Does Being Busy Make You More Productive? – Christine Carter
In This Episode
Wisdom Labs’ CEO Cory Smith and Christine Carter, PhD sociologist and happiness expert, take a deep dive into happiness at work. Christine shares how being busy doesn’t equate to productivity, or importance, and that your brain needs periods of rest to function at its highest level—it turns out that being able to “strategically slack off” is the secret sauce for workplace excellence. Other topics include; the stress that comes with handheld technology, learning to find balance in life with small shifts, seeing obstacles as necessary challenges, cultivating meaningful relationships at work, and the need to stop “shoulding yourself” — according to Christine, you are already enough.
Christine Carter, Ph.D., is the author of best-selling books The Sweet Spot: How to Achieve More by Doing Less (2017) and Raising Happiness (2011). A sought-after keynote speaker and coach, Dr. Carter writes an award-winning blog, Brave Over Perfect. She is a sociologist and Senior Fellow at UC Berkeley’s Greater Good Science Center, where she draws on scientific research to help people lead their most meaningful, joyful, and authentic lives.
Christine’s website: Brave Over Perfect
1:13 – Being Busy Doesn’t Give You Productivity
2:09 – The Downside of Always Being “On”
3:22 – Your Brain on Busy Vs Your Brain on Rest
6:14 – The Outdated Cultural Paradigm of Busyness
7:24 – What Creates Value in Your Work?
8:05 – Fulfill Your Potential By Strategically Slacking Off
8:44 – The Urgency and Stress That Comes with Handheld Technology
9:27- The Overwhelm of Busyness and How It Limits Your Ability to Relate