If you want to impress the boss, here's a tip for being more productive at work

Behavioral economist Dan Ariely says you do your best work between 9 and 11 a.m.

All you workaholics have been wasting your time.

That's according to behavioral economist Dan Ariely, who says we're only truly productive at work between the hours of 9 and 11 a.m.

The Israeli-American Duke University professor knows a thing or two about human nature, so we suggest you follow his advice to maximize those two hours of productive potential. Otherwise, you best familiarize yourself with the fine art of coffee making – you're going to have to drink a lot of it to accomplish anything the rest of the day.

Hands of an unseen person checking Facebook on iPad.Behavioral economist Dan Ariely would not be happy to see this individual checking Facebook in lieu of logging on to the computer to work. (Photo: chainarong06/Shutterstock)

Don't show up at work and start responding to email, scrolling through Facebook or the myriad other websites you probably head to when you first get to the office, he says. Postponing the inevitable tasks at hand will only make the day more difficult.

And just as important, Ariely says, is to "treat those hours as holy." Don't do anything that doesn't require "high communicative capacity," he says. Also, not mentioned here but of equal importance, put that cellphone away!

So there you have it. Your afternoons at work are pretty much shot, even if you didn't realize it. The good news is you shouldn't feel so guilty about taking that afternoon nap you no doubt long for each day.


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If you want to impress the boss, here's a tip for being more productive at work
Take advantage of behavioral economist Dan Ariely's tips for doing your best work.