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Kayla Matthews is the owner and editor of Productivity Theory, a blog about lifehacking and self-fulfillment. To read more posts by Kayla, you can subscribe to her blog or follow her on Twitter.

Back in 1890, it wasn’t uncommon for manufacturing employees to work 100 hours each week — more than 14 hours a day. That left a measly 10 hours to commute to your job, take a shower, eat, spend time with your family, and sleep. It’s no surprise workers began to protest. Today, working conditions are much cushier in comparison, with full-time employees working an average of 8.56 hours each day. However, that doesn’t mean we…

If you want to fill your home with positive vibes, but you want something different than feng shui, Vastu Shastra may be just what you need. Vastu Shastra is similar to Feng Shui in that they are both ancient practices which bring flow and energy to your home based on Chi. However, the five elements Vastu Shastra focuses on are different: air, fire, water, earth, and space. Exactly what is Vastu Shastra? Vastu Shastra was…

The topic of mental health has become one that’s more easily talked about in recent years. There are always conversations on social media about it, but what about in the workplace? Mental health may feel like more of a sticky subject in a place where you only feel comfortable making small talk, but it’s crucial that people are supported and provided for in this regard. Read on to learn what you can do at work…

Living as a creative person can be an amazing gift or a massive struggle, depending on where you are in your creative life. When you’re in the middle of a project, and the creativity feels like it’s continuously flowing out of you, life is great. There’s no better feeling than expressing yourself through your art form. The challenge comes when that creativity starts to wane. You might face writer’s block or not be able to…

Is clutter taking over your space? Do you hang on to items hoping to use them later — but can’t find them when you need? Japanese organizational artist Marie Kondo is inspiring us to take control of our clutter and tidy up our spaces and our lives. From her best-selling book, The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up, to her new original series on Netflix, Tidying Up with Marie Kondo, Kondo shows people how to get…

You wake up every morning, get ready and go to the office. Then, you tackle your to-dos, excel at your job and come home. It’s a cycle you repeat day in and day out. But somehow, you’re still feeling as though you don’t belong in your current role, and you’re not alone in experiencing that. In fact, this sentiment has a name — impostor syndrome. According to Scientific American, it’s “a pervasive feeling of self-doubt,…

Ever heard the phrase, “You are what you eat”? While you won’t see humanoid carrots or donuts walking around — the effects that food has on both your body and mind can certainly prove this quote to be true. For example, have you ever felt groggy or bloated after you ate a greasy cheeseburger or a burrito with tons of queso and mystery meat? Or felt lighter and more energetic after eating a salad or…

Imagine coming home after a long day at work and having a meal ready to go. All you have to do is throw it in a skillet and heat it through, and your hungry family is fed. Your time is freed up to spend time with them. People in the United States eat out about four or five times a week. That translates into thousands of dollars every year spent on dining out. Imagine if…

At some point in every creative person’s life, they deal with a creative block. But why do creative blocks happen? To answer the question, there is some specific neuroscience behind what drives human creativity and what creates that block. A few of the causes of blocks include burnout, not taking enough time to find inspiration and stress. So, when you do find yourself stuck, here are six things that can help get your artistic juices flowing again:…

Spring is typically the time of year when people start to get outside and think more about the earth. It’s easier to think about the wellness of the planet when you’re enjoying beautiful spring blooms on nature walks or breathing in the fresh, warm air. You may already practice sustainable living, such as using less electricity or biking to work instead of driving, but what can you do to help the earth? That’s where a…