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8 critical things successful people do before 8 a.m.

Starbucks continues to grow relentlessly, with CEO Howard Schultz just announcing plans to open 500 new stores a year over the next five years.<p>Much of this growth will happen in China, where Schulz is undeterred by the recent economic slowdown.<p>While many factors contribute to Starbucks' immunity to …

Time Management

Research suggests this is the best music to listen to for optimal productivity

Luckily, music can help get us back on a more productive track.<p>Studies out of the University of Birmingham, England, show that music is effective in raising efficiency in repetitive work — so if you're mindlessly checking email or filling out a spreadsheet, adding some tunes will make your task go …

Time Management

5 Super Efficient Ways to Learn More in Less Time

Learning doesn't have to be a chore. Use these five simple tricks to quickly retain new information.<p>Since we haven't yet discovered a way to add more hours to the day, the best we can do is be more efficient with the time we have. These tips will help you retain more information without sacrificing …

6 surprising foods that are messing with your sleep

You <i>know</i> that having a double-shot latte after 4 p.m. or plowing through too much sugary dessert will keep you from snagging a solid 8 hours of z's. What you probably don't realize is that there are a number of nutritious foods—ones that doctors and dietitians agree are part of a healthy, varied …

10 Things Insanely Healthy People Do Before 9 A.M.

Our alarm goes off and we hit the snooze button. That happens a few more times. Then with no time to waste, we leap out of bed, dash into the shower, fly out of the house wearing a wrinkled shirt and grab a quick coffee on our way to work. Basically, we live every morning as if it were “Groundhog …

Museum ‘Bans’ Cameras, Asks People To Sketch Artwork To Truly Appreciate It

The Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam has come up with a brilliant new way to get people interested in their artwork. Though they haven’t banned cameras or …

This Is One of the Oldest Known Walt Disney Cartoons

Some of Walt Disney’s drawings are among the most famous in history. But not all of them.<p>Much of Disney’s lesser-known work dates from his very …

Simple Methods for Improving UX with Subtle Motion

Animation in apps has taken on a new and improved meaning. Unlike the flashy, confusing website animations of the old days, new animation is clean, …

How to Power Through the Day Without Any Sleep

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>We all know the importance of getting a good night’s sleep. Lack of sleep can cause anxiety, irritability and affect your ability to retain information, all impairing your productivity. But as all busy entrepreneurs know, sometimes …

Sleep

davit yukhanyan illustrations made of hundreds of illustrations

<b>davit yukhanyan creates illustrations made of hundreds of illustrations</b><br>all images © davit yukhanyan<p><b>armenia-based architect and illustrator davit</b> …

Art

4 Motivational Life Lessons We Can All Learn From Children

Many people find that when it comes to getting the boost of motivation that they need to achieve their personal or professional goals, they look to …

Disney•Pixar’s Animated Film ‘Inside Out’ Reimagined as a Dark Psychological Thriller

Buffalo, New York-based filmmaker Bobby Burns has created a new video for CineMash that reimagines Disney•Pixar‘s animated film, <i>Inside Out</i>, as a dark …

Lower Back Pain Eased by Simple Yoga Poses

Remember the days when we were able to sleep on a rock or a fluffy marshmallow mattress and wake up fresh and ready to play for the rest of the day? Childhood knew nothing about waking up with a strained lower back, because I forgot to put a pillow between my legs and stacked my legs wrong, further …

Yoga

Why You Should Never, Ever Pull An All-Nighter

It ain't pretty.<p>It's pretty straight forward: Sleep deprivation is really bad for you.<p>But even if you don't pull all-nighters, chronically getting too little sleep can be dangerous. For example, drowsiness behind the wheel can be just as deadly as driving under the influence. Over time, in serious …

8 Reasons Why You Should Date An Art Student

Failure occurs everyday, in school, jobs, housework, and within families. It is unavoidable, irritating and causes pessimism.<p>While the thought of …

Motivation

How to Hack into Your Creativity While You Sleep

We live in an age of multitasking, but there is still one significant chunk of time we haven’t put to good use — sleep. A restful, uninterrupted eight hours of shuteye is important for replenishing our energy, but that doesn’t mean it can’t do double duty and replenish our creativity too.<p>At some …

18 Habits Of Highly Creative People

Great artists, writers and innovators may have "messier minds."<p>Creativity works in mysterious and often paradoxical ways. Creative thinking is a stable, defining characteristic in some personalities, but it may also change based on situation and context. Inspiration and ideas often arise seemingly …