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This is how to “work smarter not harder”: 3 secrets from research

“Work smarter, not harder.” Sounds good. But how do you actually do that?<p><i>*crickets*</i><p>Well, luckily someone finally took up the challenge of finding a …

Want More Courage? Follow Elon Musk's 3 Rules Every Day | Inc.com

Throughout history we tend to remember bold thinkers. Try changing the world while being un-bold. Elon Musk revels in thinking big, from inventing the most exciting car company of the 21st century (Tesla) to making space travel a reality (SpaceX). At the last count, Musk has disrupted at least five …

Motivation

This 100-Year-Old To-Do List Method Promises Maximum Productivity

When you’re writing your to-do list, it’s tempting to write down all the tasks you might <i>possibly</i> get done the following day. But where do you even …

Time Management

6 Things the Most Organized People Do Every Day

Your life is busy. Work/life balance is a challenge. You feel like you’re spreading yourself so thin that you’re starting to disappear. Most of us …

Time Management

This Is How To Deal With Psychopaths And Toxic People: 5 Proven Secrets

I know what some people are thinking: <i>I’m never going to deal with psychopaths. This is just more sensational clickbait junk.</i>Wrong. The experts are …

Psychology

How to win with a narcissist: 5 secrets backed by research

Is that difficult someone driving you up the wall? What’s the best way to handle impossible people?<p>I’ve broken down the research on how to handle …

5 Little Words That Will Make You a Much Better Leader | Inc.com

We all know great leaders excel at articulating their vision. What's less often appreciated is that listening is an equally valuable leadership skill.<p>Why? First, because feeling truly heard is deeply empowering for a team. As Yale business professor Marissa Kind has explained, "when employees feel …

Leadership

19 Things About Life You Should Know Before You Turn 29 | Inc.com

It's October.<p>Which means 2017 has officially flown by. (Remember all those things you swore you were going to do back in January? Have you done any of them?)<p>One of the things I prioritize doing Q4 of every year is taking a considerable amount of time to reflect on what worked well and what …

Motivation

How to Write an Email That Actually Gets Replies (It's All About 2 Key Questions) | Inc.com

Some days, there's nothing more annoying than an email miscommunication. You spend time pulling together a thoughtful message, and one of the following things happens:<p>The other person fires back a quick reply which makes you question if they even read yours.<br>• They write something cryptic and so you …

Productivity

Stoicism Reveals 4 Rituals That Will Make You Mentally Strong

Grit. Resilience. Mental toughness. We hear a lot about them these days. But maybe we shouldn’t. Why?Because there have been good solutions to the …

Self-help

Psychologists say one behaviour is the 'kiss of death' for a relationship

On the way home from work you have every intention of greeting your partner with a friendly "Hi, how are you? How was your day?" and listening …

Behavior

Why are some people more productive than others? Science has the answer

In an economy ruled by change, disruption, and uncertainty, it seems that everyone — individuals and companies alike — is searching for an edge. …

General Motors

Former FBI hostage-negotiation trainer shares 6 tricks for getting people to do what you want

He'd pretend to be a suicidal policeman, holding a gun to his neck, threatening to take his own life.<p>His job was to challenge his audience — a room full of FBI agents and police officers — to talk him out of it.<p>"In the end, I always pulled the trigger, and then, from the point of view of that role …

Goldman Sachs

This Is How To Be Productive: 5 New Secrets Proven By Research

Want to know how to be productive? Create goals, make a plan and execute. We all know this is a good idea… and it never, ever seems to work.It’s like …

Time Management

4 Proven Secrets to Easily Improve Your Body Language

What is your body language telling others about you?<p>Last week I wrote about how to read other people (you can check that out here.) But being able to …

Wake Forest University

10 Simple Habits of Insanely Productive People

Surround yourself with inspiring, sharp, and positive people.<p><i>What are some uncommon ways to work smarter instead of harder? originally appeared on Quora --the knowledge sharing network where compelling questions are answered by people with unique insights.</i><p><b>Answer by Nelson Wang, founder of</b> …

List-Worthy

9 daily questions that could improve your life forever

In fact, many great thinkers embraced the idea of constantly questioning things.<p>As Albert Einstein reportedly said, "Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow. The important thing is not to stop questioning."<p>Of course, getting into the habit of self-reflection is easier said than …

Self-improvement

The One Formula For Happiness Nobody Told Me

Kissing tastes really good. The first time I kissed a girl I was eighteen. Tracey.<p>Man, what the hell! That was like an electric charge to the core. …

Happiness

14 Things Ridiculously Successful People Do Every Day

Co-author of Emotional Intelligence 2.0 and President at TalentSmart<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Having close access to ultra-successful people can yield some pretty incredible information about who they really are, what makes them tick, and, most importantly, what …

Time Management

The Three Stages Of Failure And How To Fix Them

One of the hardest things in life is to know when to keep going and when to move on. On the one hand, perseverance and grit are key to achieving …

Motivation

7 Phrases You Can Use Today to Become a More Effective Leader | Inc.com

<i>This story first appeared on The Muse, a Web destination with exciting job opportunities and expert career advice.</i><p>The first time I had the responsibility to actually lead people, I can't remember saying a single thing that felt <i>leaderly</i>. All I was thinking was "I hope I don't blow this." But when …

Leadership

3 Questions Every Employer Should Ask in a Job Interview | Latest Thinking Blog

<b>“If you were in my shoes, what would be the biggest concern about hiring you right now?”</b><p>I love this question, I ask it to everyone.<p>People come into …

18 Behaviors of Emotionally Intelligent People

When emotional intelligence (EQ) first appeared to the masses, it served as the missing link in a peculiar finding: people with average IQs …

Emotional Intelligence

The real reasons you procrastinate — and how to stop

Have you ever sat down to complete an important task — and then suddenly discovered you were up loading the dishwasher or engrossed in the Wikipedia entry about Chernobyl? Or perhaps you suddenly realize that the dog needs to be fed, emails need to be answered, your ceiling fan needs dusting — or …

Procrastination

12 Self-Awareness Exercises That Fuel Happiness and Success

An old African proverb says, "When there is no enemy within, the enemies outside can do you no harm."<p>Self-awareness is one of the most important skills for success. How you behave and respond to external situations is governed by internal mental processes. Self-awareness uncovers any destructive …

Self-awareness

9 most counterintuitive psychological facts about the human mind

The human mind is ceaselessly fascinating and complex. Weighing just under 3 lbs, the mind can control your body movements, make you fall in love, …

8 Life-Changing Skills You Can Learn in Less Than 6 Months

Everyone has the ability to learn a life-changing skill not just this year, but in the next 6 months.<p>By life-changing, I mean something that can have …

Language Learning

15 daily habits that are easy to practice and can significantly improve your life

In the Quora thread "What are some good 'mini habits' to practice each day?" readers shared the simple habits you should follow every day to become a happier, healthier, or more productive person.<p>The best part is, each one takes only about five minutes to complete.<p>Here are some of our favorites:

Self-esteem