Want to get more productive? Stop and step out of the rush to get things done. Reflect on the big picture.
"When we are relaxed, our brains are more flexible and more likely to find workarounds to difficult problems. In contrast, when we are frustrated and tense, our brains get a sort of tunnel vision where we only see the problem in front of us."
An article on design at A List Apart provides illumination on what could be going wrong at your job today. It also has some interesting stuff on the value of aesthetics in IT systems.