By Jena Pincott
Photo: Thinkstock1. The mistake: You don't realize how much you "morally disengage" after lunch. Puff up a resume, cover up a problem, deceive a spouse, take credit when it isn't due...If it's shady, you're likelier to do it in the afternoon rather than in the morning, found a study from Harvard University and the University of Utah. A series of experiments revealed that people--good people who normally try to do the right thing--lied, cheated and bamboozled more in the afternoon hours. (Unethical people did so at any time of day or night.) We only have a limited amount of mental energy, the researchers theorized--and as it diminishes, temptation grows.
The solution: Reorder your tasks so that you--and the people you're working with--are at your ethical best. Anything that requires moral judgment (say, negotiating a deal where you're relying on others to be honest) gets slotted for early in the day.
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