‘We stopped eating to increase productivity…’


Empty white plate and human hands from above

Say whaaaat? Staff employed by a company in Silicon Valley do not eat from Monday evening until Wednesday morning. They can only consume water, tea or coffee during this period.

That’s right; they consume no food. Nada. All in the name of productivity.

According to an article in Fortune magazine, ‘the team fasts as a group… They’re attempting to improve productivity through sharper cognition and better overall health’ (2016, p.40).

Apparently, intermittent fasting isn’t just limited to this one company; it’s a growing fad amongst San Francisco’s start-ups where staff can go without food for 16 hours to several days (Fortune 2016, p.42).

If you want to increase your productivity and still eat breakfast, lunch and dinner (and many healthy snacks in between), then check out these helpful eBooks.

The secret to peak productivity: a simple guide to reaching your personal best
Tamara Myles.
New York : AMACOM, American Management Association, [2014]
Presenting an actionable framework for anyone to achieve better results, this practical guide will help you determine your strengths and weaknesses, and pinpoint where to focus for immediate results.

The productivity habits: a simple approach to become more productive
Ben Elijah.
London : LID, c2015.
Packed full of tips, hints, diagrams and anecdotes, this book offers a tool to help turn ideas into action, make the best use of time, make decisions more quickly, manage projects, achieve goals or just get tasks done.

Low-hanging fruit: 77 eye-opening ways to improve productivity and profits
Jeremy Eden, Terri Long.
Hoboken, New Jersey : John Wiley & Sons, [2014]
If you think you don’t have the resources to be faster, better, and more profitable, think again. Whether you are a member of a small team or an executive of a multinational company, this practical book will teach you how to identify and solve hidden problems.



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