How Your Efforts to Be Productive Could Have the Opposite Effect

October 3, 2014 12:36 PM

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How Your Efforts to Be Productive Could Have the Opposite Effect

There's a classic bit of psychology that we refer to often at meQuilibrium: the Yerkes-Dodson Law. In 1908, two researchers (Yerkes and Dodson) discovered that lab mice worked harder and performed better when they were under a certain amount of stress. But when the mice, which the psychologists whimsically referred to as "dancing mice," experienced too much stress, their performance tanked. (Read more about the Yerkes-Dodson Law.)

I've been thinking about these dancing mice as the pace of work, school, and home life all start to ramp up. It's a time of ambition, hope, and anticipation, when your expectations for yourself can be high and invigorating. The dance here, of course, is that when expectations are so high, they actua...

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