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Reclaiming Nature Through Urban Parks: Best #Cityreads of the Week

A roundup of the best stories on cities and urbanism we've come across in the past seven days.<p><i>Tweet us your favorites with #CityReads.</i><p>“How Urban Parks Are Bringing Nature Close to Home,” Ken Otterbourg, <i>National Geographic</i><p>There is magic here, the delight in being not quite lost and not quite found.I …

Create an Extraordinary Life: 5 Questions to Ask Yourself Daily

<b>“We have one precious life: do something extraordinary today, even if it's tiny. A pebble starts the avalanche.” ~K.A. Laity</b><p>Do you have a vision of a …

12 College Life Hacks To Make Your Student Life Smarter

Your Teacher or the Lecturer will never discuss these clever hacks with you. This is the time to acquire some college life skills you won’t get in …

7 Biohacks to Make You A Productivity Machine

Have you had a freshly brewed cup of coffee this morning? If yes, then you just hacked your biology to supercharge your performance. Coffee, i.e. …

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6 Things You Don't Owe Your Boss | Inc.com

The typical workday is long enough as it is, and technology is making it even longer. When you do finally get home from a full day at the office, your mobile phone rings off the hook, and emails drop into your inbox from people who expect immediate responses.<p>While most people claim to disconnect as …

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8 Things Successful People Do Before 8 A.M.

<i>Anyone can use these tips from ClassPass—even if you’re NOT a morning person.</i><p>We're always talking about how it would be great to have just one more …

7 Tips to Improve Your Writing Productivity

Writing is a very personal and strenuous activity. It engages the mind, body, and spirit, and it takes a lot out of the writer. It is not surprising …

Keeping A Journal Can Make You Mentally Stronger, Science Explains Why

Some people might think journaling is just for recording bits of daily life. But usually it’s more than that. Science has proven that keeping a …

What These Artists Do with Ballpoint Pens Is Unreal

Artists Kai & Sunny turn straight lines into straight-up hypnotic artworks.<p><i>Whirlwind of Time (section), Kai & Sunny. Image courtesy of the artists</i><p>The ballpoint pen may be a humble tool for creating art (although it has earned its place in MoMA's permanent collection) but that doesn't mean to say …

Simple Ways to Add 2 Hours More to Your Day

Of course, you cannot actually add more time to the 24-hour day or 168-hour week. But talk to productivity experts and highly productive sorts and …

This Old iMac: Speeding Up The Photos App

The time has come my friends. I’ve talked about it. I’ve lamented that it is an ever-growing tumor on my hard drive. I’ve come to accept that there’s little I can do to stop its progress. Yes, today is the day I do something about Photos.<p>Now the most logical advice anyone can be given about Photos …

6 Steps To Tame Your Email Overload

Are you drowning in email? Here’s a lifeline.<p>Despite the rumors of its demise, the truth is that email is still very much alive and kicking. In fact, a 2015 survey commissioned by Adobe found that we spend roughly 30 hours each week checking our email. That’s the equivalent of a demanding part-time …

Science Finds An Interesting Link Between Anxiety And Intelligence

People who think too much may have little reason to worry. Recent studies have shown that there is a link between anxiety and intelligence and it is …

Google wants to predict the next sentences of dead authors

Google is teaching its artificial intelligence how to understand language by making it predict, and replicate, the works of famous dead authors.<p>The …

All the Special Key Combinations that Change Your Mac's Startup

The startup sound is a Mac’s way of letting you know everything is okay, but sometimes, things go bad and you need to boot into a different mode then …

iOS 10 and OS X 10.12 to Feature Improvements to Photos App

Apple is working on enhancing the Photos app in both iOS 10 and OS X 10.12, reports Japanese site <i>Mac Otakara</i>. The apps will reportedly be updated with new features to put them on par with the now-discontinued iPhoto 9.6.1 for Mac and iPhoto 2.0.1 for iOS.<p>It is not clear exactly what features will …

How to Discover Your Best Time of the Day to Work

When you try to become more productive, you don't get there by mere willpower. In order to attain peak productivity, you've got to have a plan. In this article, you'll learn an easy-to-follow plan that will improve your productivity.<p>The secret is simple -- discovering the best time of day to …

9 Reasons That Open-Space Offices Are Insanely Stupid

It's time to stop the insanity. Here's why open-plan offices are a complete failure, and why you'll benefit from getting rid of them.<p><b>Editor's note:</b> <i>"The First 90 Days" is a series about how to make 2016 a year of breakout growth for your business. Let us know how you're making the first 90 days</i> …

Apple is working on iCloud security that would lock out law enforcement, reports say

iCloud could be facing some serious changes as a result of Apple's legal fight with the FBI. A <i>Financial Times</i> report today claimed that the company is working on stronger security measures for iCloud, which would potentially block access from both Apple and law enforcement requests. First hinted at …

How to trick your brain into being productive when you can't focus

Or, worse, it's completely blank, save for the cursor mocking you each time it blinks (rude).<p>It's happened to all of us, and it's a <i>really</i> frustrating feeling. Especially when you've dedicated specific time to work on this project, and it is quickly ticking away.<p>It's even more nerve-wracking — and …