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Top picks from the web on money and your life, from ING economist Ian Bright – October 15, 2014

Are you a morning person?

Are you a morning person?

People are generally more productive in the first two hours of the morning, says research from behavioural economist Dan Ariely as cited by blog Barking Up The Wrong Tree. Ariely suggests that these hours should be used to work on the most cognitively demanding tasks. Rather than checking email and Facebook, he suggests designating that part of the day as “protected time”, and to perhaps use it to complete mentally demanding tasks.

Late night stress

Late night stress

German Labour Minister, Andrea Nahles is considering bringing in legislation to ban late-night work emails, an article in the Huffington Post says. Nahles suggests there is a definite relationship between constant availability and the increase of stress related illnesses. Large companies, like Daimler and Volkswagen, have already adopted rules to limit work-related stress – for instance, Daimler allowed 100,000 workers to delete emails they received while on holiday, the blog concludes.

Too much effort

Too much effort

Nearly two-fifths, or 38%, of online shoppers will abandon a purchase if they have to register for an account, a blog on marketing and media site The Drum says. Other major gripes with online shopping included the website being too slow or regularly crashing or being required to pay in a different currency, the blog concludes.

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