You’re Probably Wasting Time by Working Late

Just because you worked late into the night doesn’t mean you’ve been productive. And while that might seem obvious, many still fall victim to someone else’s “labor illusion”—or the misguided mindset that someone who’s worn themselves out on a problem has spent more energy. Even the “Effort Trap” (which sways us to value 10 hours of busy-work over two hours of concentrated thinking) persists in the workplace. So if you really want to work smart, try down-sizing your office hours and tackling all the important brainstorming as soon as you arrive in the morning.