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How To Make Every Day A 'Good Brain Day'

Ever wonder why some days you have bags of energy and feel super-productive, making decisions with ease and brimming over with creative ideas? And on others, you struggle to think with clarity and feel mentally and physically sluggish? Sometimes, you might be aware there’s an obvious reason: a bad …

Wellness

How To Handle The Inevitable 'Now What?' Question

“Now what?”<p>It’s an expression many of us use. Perhaps you have employed it yourself whether contemplatively when at the crossroads of a potential change at work or through some life-altering event.<p>You suffer a flat tire, and there is no spare in the trunk. <i>Now what?</i><p>A noisy neighbor moves in next …

Leadership

Psychological research reveals that are 2 different kinds of 'nice' — and one is better than the other

The word "nice" has an unusual history in the English language.<p>Originally a term for "foolish", its meaning over the centuries has morphed from "wanton" to "reserved" to "fastidious". These days, it has become a somewhat bland and opaque description of personality: "she's really <i>nice</i>."<p>But its common …

Psychology

How to Dress Smart Casual - An Expert's Guide to Menswear

Smart Casual – Two Contradictory Thoughts<p>Is any dress code likely to strike as much fear into even the most sartorially self-confident of men as …

Men's Fashion

9 signs you’re successful even if it doesn’t feel like it

If you’re ambitious, you’re bound to feel like a failure from time to time. Lofty goals lead to inevitable moments when you aren’t yet living up to …

Self-improvement

How to Finally Start Living on Your Own Terms | Inc.com

1. Stop consuming caffeine.<p>Although people think they perform better on caffeine, the truth is they don't. Actually, we've become so dependent on caffeine that we use it to simply get back to our status-quo. When we're off it, we underperform and become incapable.<p>Isn't this absurd?<p>In his book, <i>The</i> …

Self-improvement

Four Times You Shouldn’t Apologize (Including When It’s Your Fault)

You can show your emotional intelligence by finding solutions, not yet another “I’m sorry.”<p>“Sorry to bother you.”<p>“Hi, sorry I’m late.”<p>“Sorry!!!”<p>It’s no wonder people are always apologizing. “Sorry” is one of the first words we learn as young children, and it keeps getting hammered into us as …

9 skills to master to become a great boss

<b>• An increase in responsibility requires a strong mastery of these hard and soft skills.</b><p><b>• If you want that promotion, or to run a team, being prepared for future tough spots is crucial.</b><p>There's no doubt that being a manager has its perks — increased prestige, recognition from upper management, and a …

Smart weekend rituals to make your workweek less anxious

A classic weekend spent lounging around the house and meeting with family can be the gift we all deserve after a long week. But it always feels like …

Over-stressed at work? 6 practical steps to help manage stress in the workplace

We live in a culture where being stressed at work is considered pretty normal.<p>Most of us are guilty of declaring we have far too much on, complain to …

Self-improvement

If You're Too Busy for These 5 Things, Your Life Is More Off Course Than You Think | Inc.com

Despite turbulence and other conditions keeping airplanes off course <i>90 percent</i> of flight time, most flights arrive in the correct destination at the intended time.<p>The reason for this phenomenon is quite simple -- through air traffic control and the inertial guidance system, pilots are constantly …

Self-improvement

17 Skills That Are Hard to Learn but Will Pay Off Forever

#7: Mind your business<p>The best things in life may be free, but that doesn’t mean they won’t take time, sweat, and perseverance to acquire.<p>That’s …

5 Traits of People With High Emotional Intelligence | Inc.com

One of the biggest realizations I've had in my career is also one of the purest: the simple fact that people are drawn to likable people. It's human nature. People want to do business with people they like.<p>Yet when you look around, you'll notice that many people don't make it a priority to learn …

Emotional Intelligence

4 ways to hold people’s attention at networking events

Networking events — as social as a dinner party or as buttoned-up as an industry conference — are the ultimate opportunities to put the best version …

Networking

Optimize Your Daily Schedule for Maximum Productivity -- Here's How

Highly successful entrepreneurs stay organized and accomplish a lot by following a routine. Are you one of them?<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>There is one thing all highly successful business people do to stay organized and focused throughout the day: They all follow …

12 Little Things That Show People You're Intelligent, Without You Having to Say It | Inc.com

I was at a breakfast meeting the other day.<p>Four people around a small table on the outdoor deck of a nice hotel, right on the beach, one of the women brought two boxes of avocado toast from the café.<p>"For us to share," she said.<p>My first thought was, "How are we going to share avocado toast in those …

8 things to do before bed to have a better day tomorrow

The mega-successful wake up at dawn every day, conquering the world many times over, while everyone else is still fumbling around in the kitchen for a coffee filter.<p>I've developed some great morning routines too, but what about the other times of day? Don't they play equally important roles as well?<p>…

11 Habits of Genuinely Likable People | Inc.com

There's a formula to making a great first impression: Smile, make eye contact, be engaging. But first impressions can also quickly lose their impact, especially when there's no substance beneath the surface glow.<p>Being genuinely likable over the long haul is tougher. Building and maintaining great …

Self-improvement

The Minimalist's Strength Workout

Like most athletes who would rather be outdoors running, riding, swimming, or hiking, I don’t set aside much time for the gym. Yet I fully realize the importance of building general strength and mobility—not just to support my outdoor activities, but also for everyday health and fitness. I’d like …

How to win an argument, even when you're wrong

I taught him a technique that I have found incredibly powerful. So powerful, you can even use it to great effect, with evil intent.<p>I'm not suggesting that you'd do this, but I do love a good debate. It's possible there may have been times, at a dinner party or two, where I've used this approach to …

The 20/80 Rule, Integrity, and the Opposite of the 80/20 Rule | Inc.com

Leadership means people watch you--not to what you <i>want</i> to say or do, or <i>mean</i> to, but what you <i>actually</i> say and do.<p>Attention to detail counts.<p>Not sometimes, but always. What Vince Lombardi said about winning applies to leadership:<p>Leading is not a sometime thing; it's an all the time thing. You don't …

Leadership

Want to Get More Done? Answer These 5 Questions Every Night | Inc.com

When it comes to staying on the positive end of the spectrum to growth and expansion, many people think that high performers have a secret that the majority doesn't possess.<p>However, their success isn't rooted in secrets and life hacks. It's rooted in a focus on systems and daily habits which …

Lifehacks

Burned Out? This 1 Habit Will Ensure You Never Burn Out Again | Inc.com

At the end of every year, I make it a point to do some serious reflecting.<p>Part of my reflection process this year has entailed taking a hard look at "burnout."<p>Burnout feels like you've hit a wall.<p>Every entrepreneur knows the feeling.<p>Burnout can happen at the end of the day, on Friday at the end of …

Productivity

12 Common Habits You Don't Realize Are Making You Tired

Sometimes my exhaustion prevents me from trying to figure out why I'm so exhausted. When my smartphone battery started losing its charge too quickly, …

16 Things All Smart Homeowners Do Once a Year

'Sediment builds up over time at the bottom of the tank, causing corrosion,' says John Bodrozic, co-founder of HomeZada. 'Partially draining it …

25 Simple Daily Habits That Separate High Achievers From Everyone Else | Inc.com

Everyone wants their life to be above average, but what are you really doing to make it happen? In truth, succeeding in business and life often depends on consistency, diligence, and discipline. At least, that's what more than two dozen high-achieving executives say. Here are the daily habits they …

6 Things the Most Organized People Do Every Day

<i>This piece originally appeared on</i> <i>Barking Up the Wrong Tree and Motto</i><p>Your life is busy. Work/life balance is a challenge. You feel like you’re …

6 simple, science-backed ways to get rid of belly fat

Belly fat is not just a problem because it can look bad.<p>In fact, having lots of fat in the abdominal area is strongly linked to diseases like type 2 diabetes and heart disease (1).<p>For this reason, losing belly fat has massive benefits for your health and can help you live longer.<p>Belly fat is …

3 Ways to Declutter Your Mind So You Can Focus on the Things That Matter Most | Inc.com

Researchers estimate you have about 60,000 thoughts each day. And many of those thoughts involve thinking the same things over and over again.<p><i>I never have enough time. I have nothing to wear. I look stupid. My house isn't clean enough. My life would be better if I had more money.</i><p>Rehashing the same …

Self-help

My husband and I use this budget spreadsheet to manage our money, and it completely changed our lives

Two years ago, my husband and I were living in Manhattan and struggling to make ends meet. We had more money going out than coming in, and we knew we needed a way to do better when it came to managing our finances.<p>So, my husband, like the total Type A personality he is, turned to Excel to fix our …