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This Meditation Exercise Builds Mental Muscle and Cures Procrastination

Imagine always having the strongest mind in the room.<p>That would mean being smart, sure.<p>But more importantly, you’d be grounded and unflappable. No …

Mindfulness

5 Simple Things You Should Do Every Sunday Night to Prepare for the Week Ahead

Failure to prepare means preparing to fail.<p>Being productive is all about preparation. If you know what you need to do ahead of time, you will know exactly where to dive in as soon as you get started. On the flip-side, if you do not take the time to prepare, you will find yourself flustered and …

How to Make Yourself Work (When You're Not in the Mood)

How to beat procrastination and get things done even when you don't feel like working.<p>Procrastination affects everyone. It sneaks up on most people when they're tired or bored, but for some, procrastination can be a full-fledged addiction. They avoid all day the work that is right in front of them, …

4 critical (and common!) 401(k) mistakes to avoid

Relatively few workers in America have pensions these days, so it's increasingly up to the workers to provide for their own retirements. Employers help to some degree, often by providing workplace-based retirement accounts, such as 401(k)s. It's great to have a 401(k), but that's not enough. You …

How to invest in yourself in a way that will pay real dividends

This post is about how to actually, practically invest in yourself in a way that is going to pay real dividends.<p>How to take the steps today that will enable you to be a better person, a better creative, a better developer, or a better business owner tomorrow. And how to do awesome things with your …

Productivity

Roxane Gay and Rebecca Traister Talk Sex, Female Friendship, and What It Means to be Single Now

American women are staying unattached in unprecedented numbers. As her new book, All the Single Ladies, hits shelves, journalist Rebecca Traister spoke to Roxane Gay about what it means to be an independent woman in the twenty-first century.<p>In Beyoncé's ring finger–wagging 2008 anthem, "Single …

Keeping Anxious Thoughts at Bay

Anxiety can feel like a swarm of flies, buzzing inside your head.<p>You’re stuck in traffic. You’re going to miss your flight, and the game-changing meeting at the other end of it. Your presentation is poorly executed; you’re not going to win the new client. There goes the promotion, and maybe worse. …

These NASA Space Tourism Posters Take Us To Infinity And Beyond

Is this what our vacations may one day look like?<p>These spectacular space tourism posters imagine what advertisements for interplanetary vacations could one day look like.<p>Fourteen tongue-in-cheek trips to Mars, Jupiter, Venus and a host of exoplanets are on offer in the Visions of the Future series …

8 Next-Generation Organizers That Will Transform Your Home

These innovative Kickstarter projects have got us excited about the future of tidying up.<p>These innovative Kickstarter projects have got us excited about the future of tidying up.

Magnetism

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 …

14 apps that will help you stick to your New Year's resolutions

Thankfully, there are apps to help you keep on track.<p>We combed through Apple and Google's list of the best apps of the year, along with Business Insider's own reviews and Tech Insider's App 100, to pull together a list of 14 apps that will help you reach your goals a little faster.

Apps

The 28 original Netflix shows and movies we know will be released in 2016

The company has said that it plans to roughly double its output of original shows to 31 in 2016. Netflix also has the following in the pipeline: 10 feature films, 30 kids shows, 12 documentaries, and 10 stand-up comedy specials.<p>Netflix has repeatedly said that original content is its future, and …

Canadian Humour

Even now, with it finally being released, the amount of attention that Star Wars: The Force Awakens has gotten is hard to comprehend. The film is …

Science Fiction

8. Kylo Actually Regrets Killing Han

One of the main criticisms of Ep VII is the pacing; we fire through scenes like billboards on a roller coaster, rarely indulging in a particular …

3 Books That Can Help You Be Better in 2016, and Beyond

<b>The Productivity Project</b>, Chris Bailey<p>For one year, Bailey, a Canadian business school grad, structured his life around a single obsession: improving …

Steve Jobs

Organization experts help you clear the holiday clutter with 12 months of tips

It's Dec. 26 — do you know where your mojo is? If you lost it somewhere between Black Friday and the buffet table, you're not alone. Following weeks of seasonal celebration, the resulting disarray at home can make the room spin. It's a holiday hangover of sorts, but luckily, there's a cure. We …

El Niño

12 Things You Need to Really Get Rid of in the Next 12 Months

In 12 months you can be a more successful, more productive, more effective leader. You just have to get rid of these 12 bad habits.<p>If you want the next 12 months to be different than the past 12 months, look at your habits.<p>Changing a habit, especially a bad one, is among the most powerful forces …

Self-improvement

The Most Genius Way to Save Money on Groceries Next Year

<i>By Cameron Huddleston, Columnist</i><p>Grocery shopping can take a big bite out of your household budget. In fact, a family of four spends up to an average of $1,300 a month on food at home, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. That means families can shell out more than $15,000 a year on …

Money

Carrie Fisher Puts An End To The Controversy Over Her ‘Star Wars’ Slave Bikini

Carrie Fisher has always been a lot of fun, especially when it comes to <i>Star Wars</i> (and her time growing up in a famous family). She’s always been honest and opinionated about her time in George Lucas’ science fiction play and doesn’t hold back on the snark. So it’s really no surprise she’s had an …

Carrie Fisher

One technique that can help you make friends as an adult is surprisingly easy to mess up

But years of research suggests there's one near-universal feature of relationship development: self-disclosure.<p>In general, according to research by Nancy L. Collins, Ph.D., and Lynn Carol Miller, Ph.D., people tend to like each other more after they've shared something personal.<p>The foundation of …

Psychology

This Cheat Sheet Shows You How to Prioritize Your Savings and Debt

People always seem have questions about their financial priorities: <i>Should I invest or pay off debt</i>? <i>Save in my work 401(k) or open an IRA</i>? This cheat …

This Has To Be The Spookiest NFL Photo Of The Year

Make a wish, if you dare.<p>Now presenting, the creepiest NFL moment of the year.<p>During Sunday's Cleveland Browns-San Diego Chargers game, the scoreboard graphic at one point had these eight types of numbers perfectly aligned: On 3rd and 13 during a 13-13 game, in the 3rd quarter, there was 13:13 left …

Want a Jane Austen quote delivered to you every day? There's an app for that

A new app developed by Bath’s Jane Austen Centre promises to make your life a little better by sending you daily quotes<p>Whose quotes would you like to receive every day? Tell us in the comments<p>“I do not want people to be very agreeable, as it saves me the trouble of liking them a great deal.” Good …

10 Amazing Hidden Messages in Your Favorite Movies - Video Presentation

100 best novels: one in five doesn’t represent over 300 years of women in literature

Where’s Carson McCullers, Patricia Highsmith, Erica Jong, and Margaret Atwood? Rachel Cooke responds to Robert McCrum’s list of great works of literature<p>The 100 best novels written in English: the full list Robert McCrum reflects on his choices Quiz: How well do you know the 100 best novels? The …

The 100 best novels: from Bunyan’s pilgrim to Carey’s Ned Kelly

Two years in the making, our list of the 100 greatest English-language novels of all time is now complete. Having endured many sleepless nights in its compilation, Robert McCrum reflects on who got left out, and why<p>The 100 best novels written in English: the full list A response by Rachel Cooke: …

10 Free Online Courses To Make You More Successful

Success is not an act; it is a slow process that involves growth, change and failure. It involves all aspects of your life, from how you manage your …

Self-improvement

Basic Etiquette Questions No. 1: Test Yourself!

As a certified etiquette expert, I've been asked many questions about good social behavior. Here are some of the ones I'm asked most often. You can test your own knowledge of etiquette by going through this list and answering the questions. <b>The correct answers will appear in next week's post, "Real</b> …

13 imaginative web comics to inspire you

If you're busy working from home or in the office and want a quick break, reading a comic is a great way to get some much-needed downtime and …

Graphic Novels