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Multi-tasking: how to survive in the 21st century | Financial Times

Forget invisibility or flight: the superpower we all want is the ability to do several things at once. Unlike other superpowers, however, being able …

Time Management

Why I Stopped Taking My Mobile Phone to My Bedroom

Technology. It has been a hobby of mine since 1981 when I fell in love with programming, applications and online games. My brain is wired for logic …

A Short Lesson in Perspective

Many years ago, when I first started to work in the advertising industry, we used to have this thing called The Overnight Test. It worked like this: …

4 Healthy Reasons to Sleep on Your Side

Stomach (prone) sleepers and back (supine) sleepers might prefer these positions to any other, but that doesn’t mean they're good for them. Mounting …

The science is clearer than ever: Long work hours increase your risk of stroke and heart disease

In 1888, Rudyard Kipling famously wrote that too much work can “kill a man just as effectively as too much assorted vice or too much drink.” Working conditions have changed a lot since then, but a new analysis of more than 500,000 modern lives upholds the aphorism.<p>The meta-analysis published in The …

Biomedicine

7 Things Successful People Do On The Weekends

Doing piles of laundry, cleaning and finishing up some leftover work assignments. These dreary tasks are not what successful people do on the weekend. Instead, they fill their free days with recharging activities that allow their brains to reboot after a frenetic work week.<p>According to Laura …

9 Powerful Life Lessons From Studying With A Monk - The Open Mind

by Robert Piper,<p>When I was 18 years old, I suffered from anxiety and stomach problems. A compassionate physician and practicing Buddhist referred me …

Here's Why The Eight-Hour Workday Is An Outdated Concept

How productive do you believe you are in your eight-hour workday? There may be a few ways to define the answer:<p><b>Semi-productive:</b> you’re halfway there …

Cyborgs, third ears and body hacking: How the future of technology is inside us

Science fiction is full of stories in which the machines take over and humans are left subservient to their own creations, but according to some …

My favorite writing tool: the Facebook status-update window

When I started college in the early 2000s, late at night, as my will to finish another paragraph of Foucault evaporated, I signed onto LiveJournal, the blog host beloved by teenage girls. I trolled strangers' "journals." These weren't blogs like this paper's Company Town or Andrew Sullivan's Daily …

The sad, sick life of the business traveller

MANY of us have found ourselves trying to explain to friends and colleagues that, no, business travel isn’t as fun and glamorous as it seems. …

Travelers

The Research Is Clear: Long Hours Backfire for People and for Companies

Andrew Nguyen/HBR STAFF<p>Managers want employees to put in long days, respond to their emails at all hours, and willingly donate their off-hours — nights, weekends, vacation — without complaining. The underlings in this equation have little control; overwork cascades from the top of the …

The Workplace

Scientists find the brain’s missing ‘pipes’

“Throw out the textbooks” and “missing link” are words rarely heard anymore in science, but that’s what researchers around the world are saying about the recent discovery of microscopic lymphatic vessels connecting the brain to the immune system.<p>That physical link was long thought absent, …

How Being Non-Confrontational Has Held Me Back in Life

Growing up, I got high marks for my mild manner and good behavior. I was the “good kid” who never caused trouble or made a fuss. This has carried …

The Emotions That Make Us More Creative

Artists and scientists throughout history have remarked on the bliss that accompanies a sudden creative insight. Einstein described his realization of the general theory of relativity as the happiest moment of his life. More poetically, Virginia Woolf once observed, “Odd how the creative power …

Psychology

How rude! Could your smartphone ruin your career?

<b>Q:</b> <i>I recently attended a work event at which a very senior national political leader spoke. To my surprise, several people blatantly checked their phones throughout the talk, and one person at my table got up in the middle, announcing that he had a meeting. Unless his meeting was with the Head of</i> …

'The Coddling of the American Mind' a must-read

You should definitely read Greg Lukianoff's and Jonathan Haidt's brilliant cover story in the September Atlantic, "The Coddling of the American …

Intuitions about free will and the brain

<b>Libet’s classifc experiment on the neuroscience of free will tells us more about our intuition than about our actual freedom</b><p>It is perhaps the most …

Consciousness

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Canadian 'Mindful Cop' Offers Tools to Change Policing

Officer Jon Carson lights up when he speaks about teaching mindfulness techniques to officers with the York Regional Police.<p>"My goal for policing is to say, here's a tool for you. You have all these other things on your belt. You have a gun, handcuffs, pepper spray, and I'm not advocating taking …

10 Lists To Keep If You Want To Be Successful

The human mind is truly incredible, and we should all strive towards creating a tenacious memory we can rely on. Many lucrative professions or …

Why some schools are making time for meditation

<i>Editor's note: This is part of an occasional series on healthy schools.</i><p>Full disclosure, I meditate <i>almost</i> every day, and I’m in good company. Each …

Mindfulness

20 Greatest Quotes From The Dalai Lama

<b>We’ve collected the top 20 quotes from The Dalai Lama for your inspirational and motivational reading pleasure. Check them out:</b><p>1. Happiness is not …

Why You Need To Go Offline For A Week

I've just returned from a week's holiday in the mountains of the Czech Republic. Before I went, I'd already decided to have a full #digitaldetox as I did last year (read what I wrote about that at the time here). So what's a #digitadetox? Basically you go completely offline (no internet allowed at …

6 Small Shifts to the Way You Talk That Will Make You (and Everyone Else) Happier at Work

Ask us how we're doing at the end of a long, stressful workday, and chances are you’ll hear, “I’ve been better” or some equally snippy response. …

10 Tips For Maximum Productivity When Working From Home

Some people love working from home, and say without hesitation it’s the best perk about their job. You’re in your comfy slippers, in familiar …

Productivity