Have you ever noticed that work has not inspired many positive songs or books? After "Whistle While You Work" from Disney's Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, you get "Nine to Five" by Dolly Parton, and one of my personal favorites, "Take This Job and Shove It." The all too common message we hear is that work is drudgery and should be avoided. At the same time, we are told to work harder and longer and to accomplish more with fewer workers and resources.

We all could use more positive songs, positive psychology, and positive attitudes for making work easier, faster, and more fun. This book aims to do just that, with strategies for working more effectively, efficiently, and energetically.

I know that it's counterintuitive to think of work as fun, but even when the task is boring, your brain loves to problem-solve. There's something exciting and interesting about the movement of your brain from not knowing to knowing. Why else would you attempt the New York Times crossword, work on Sudoku, play chess, read mysteries, or try to learn to dance Salsa?

While some may never think of their job as fun, in this book you'll learn strategiestomake any job lessofa chore and moreofa creative challenge that lights up and involves more of your brain.

Your Choice: Work Effectively or Just Work Harder

If you're familiar with my book, The Now Habit: A Strategic Plan for Overcoming Procrastination and Enjoying Guilt-Free Play, you know that I value guilt-free fun as a motivator to start early ...

Get The Now Habit at Work: Perform Optimally, Maintain Focus, and Ignite Motivation in Yourself and Other now with O’Reilly online learning.

O’Reilly members experience live online training, plus books, videos, and digital content from 200+ publishers.