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10 habits of extremely boring people

One example: For a 2014 University of Virginia psychology study, participants gave themselves electrical shocks to avoid sitting alone with their thoughts for 15 minutes.<p>In a similarly themed Quora thread, users discussed what makes people boring.<p>Here are the highlights, so that you can identify …

Physiology

Overwhelmed? 10 ways to feel less busy

You can’t do it all, so try Oliver Burkeman’s tips to reclaim your time and your sanity<p>Work isn’t working; that much seems clear. If you’re a human being with a job and you don’t feel unpleasantly busy yourself, you almost certainly know several people who do, and who rarely stop mentioning it. The …

Time Management

The Surprising Secret Ingredient That Will Make Your Cake Taste a Million Times Better

This oil substitute makes for one decadent chocolate dessert.<p>A Kansas City chef believes he's found the key to what he calls "chocolate nirvana." Hint: It involves a condiment usually reserved for sandwiches.<p>In a recent column for the <i>Kansas City Star</i>, Jasper J. Mirabile Jr., the second-generation …

Get Better Sleep: 5 Powerful New Tips From Research

Ever have trouble getting to sleep? Or staying asleep? Or you get plenty of shut-eye but you’re not refreshed? Everyone wants to get better sleep. …

4 Traits You Need to Change Your Life

What I know for sure is you can take an ordinary, boring, disappointing, and overwhelming life and turn it into a fulfilling, purposeful, happy, exciting and pleasurable life.<p>You don't have to suffer and keep having the same challenges in your life day after day.<p>I hear people complaining and …

Happiness

The Morning Routine Experts Recommend for Peak Productivity

What’s the best way to start your day so that you really get things done?<p>Laura Vanderkam studied the schedules of high-achievers. What did she find? …

15 Surprising Things Productive People Do Differently

I recently interviewed over 200 ultra-productive people including seven billionaires, 13 Olympians, 20 straight-A students and over 200 successful entrepreneurs. I asked a simple, open-ended question, “What is your number one secret to productivity?” After analyzing all of their responses, I coded …

Time Management

How to Stop Being Lazy and Get More Done: 5 Expert Tips

Some days the to-do list seems bottomless. Just looking at it is exhausting.<p><b>We all want to know how to stop being lazy and get more done.</b> I certainly …

Time Management

11 Sleep Tips Every Entrepreneur Should Know

Scientifically vetted advice for those who want to feel well rested despite their packed schedules.<p>In a better world, your schedule would permit you to stroll into your bedroom at a reasonable hour every night, sleep soundly for as long as your body desired, and wake up refreshed and full of energy …

How to Motivate Yourself in 10 Easy Steps

It’s 2:00 p.m. Your lunch sits snugly in your stomach causing fog to settle over your brain. Your energy is low. Thought processes stop mid-stream. …

11 simple tips for sleeping better when you don't have a lot of time to sleep

Some of the most successful business people not only work hard, but sleep less, too.<p>But it's not easy to function on just a few hours of sleep.<p>Online mattress and bedding company SleepyPeople.com tipped us on a list of sleep hacks it put together recently.<p>Follow these simple hacks and you'll have a …

Sleep

How to Become a Millionaire: 9 Habits That Can Make You Rich

If wealth is the destination, the journey always starts with attitude.<p>Want to get rich? If you work for someone else, you won't. (Don't believe me? Check this out.)<p>That's why entrepreneurs are willing to face the vulnerability, the emotional ups and downs, and the risk of public and private …

Decode those weird symbols on the back of your phone

A tiny trash can with an X through it, an exclamation point and a bunch of acronyms. You've probably noticed these little marks lurking on the back of your phone, laptop or charger and maybe you've even wondered why they're there.<p>These tiny emblems are certification marks, used by government …