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People are falling in love with a simple productivity system that just uses pen and paper

I’m one of those people who is constantly testing out new productivity apps in the hopes that <i>this</i> is the technology that will transform my life for good. Each new app promises to make me more efficient than the last.<p>But I’ve never been able to find a method that quite beats the flexibility and …

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A Too-Perfect Picture

You know a Steve McCurry picture when you see one. His portrait of an Afghan girl with vivid green eyes, printed on the cover of National Geographic in June 1985, is one of the iconic images of the 20th century. McCurry’s work is stark and direct, with strong colors, a clear emotional appeal and …

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25 Incredibly Useful Free Sites And Services

Save time, protect your privacy, stash some cash, and more with these no-cost wonders.<p>With all the mobile technology that’s available today, sometimes it’s easy to overlook the lowly desktop web browser. But that big, nimble rectangle of connected, glowy goodness has continued its course as an …

Nutritional strategies to ease anxiety

According the National Institute of Mental Health, anxiety disorders are the most common mental illness in the United States. That’s 40 million …

Mental Health

No Spanking, No Time-Out, No Problems

A child psychologist argues punishment is a waste of time when trying to eliminate problem behavior. Try this instead.<p>Say you have a problem child. If it’s a toddler, maybe he smacks his siblings. Or she refuses to put on her shoes as the clock ticks down to your morning meeting at work. If it’s a …

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The Most Important Leadership Competencies, According to Leaders Around the World

dave wheeler FOR HBR<p>What makes an effective leader? This question is a focus of my research as an organizational scientist, executive coach, and leadership development consultant. Looking for answers, I recently completed the first round of a study of 195 leaders in 15 countries over 30 global …

How to tell stories through photography

The creator of hauntingly striking photographs, Minneapolis-born and based Alec Soth is a storyteller disguised as a documentary photographer. His images hint at an underlying story; capturing people and places set with a melancholy tone. A Magnum photographer as well as founder of his own …

Street Photography

Mobile Filmmaking: The Best Apps for Indie Filmmakers

The tools available for filmmakers to tell their stories has and continues to evolve. Very few of us who worked in the film industry 10 years ago …

Martin Parr: 'If I knew how to take a great photo, I’d stop’

Martin Parr has turned his unerring eye for the quirks of British life on a new subject. He tells Alastair Sooke what drives him<p>"I’m a nosy person,” says Martin Parr, examining his deadpan portrait of a Yorkshire farmhand clutching a bundle of rhubarb. “There’s no better way of finding out about …

Street Photography

7 Fantastic Comics Show the Power of Replacing ‘Sorry’ With These Two Simple Words

Launch Slideshow<p>Illustrator Yao Xiao thinks people are overly apologetic when they should be thankful instead. “A few friends of mine would always …

Here’s Why You Keep Falling Short Of Your Goals

Many of us struggle with what psychologists call “goal congruence.”<p>Know why you fell short of last year’s New Year’s resolutions? Most likely it’s because you didn’t actually <i>want</i> to achieve them. In fact, that’s probably true of many of the goals you set.<p>Before you protest otherwise, let me …

19 apps to reinvent yourself in 2016

It’s a New Year and a new you. At least that’s the idea, tackling 2016 with sound mind, body, diet and finances. You want to be smarter, look better …

Four easy, everyday habits that will boost your creativity

Here’s the thing: while getting paid to bring ideas to life day in, day out has its challenges, it ain’t rocket science. You wouldn’t worry if your surgeon is feeling inspired enough to operate, or ask your mechanic if he’s in the right headspace to fix your car, right?<p>It’s the same with creatives. …

Creativity

Why exactly procrastinators procrastinate

<i>This post originally appeared at WaitButWhy.com.</i><p><b>pro-cras-ti-na-tion</b> |prəˌkrastəˈnāSHən, prō-|<br>noun<br>the action of delaying or postponing something: <i>your first tip is to avoid procrastination</i>.<p>Who would have thought that after decades of struggle with procrastination, the dictionary, of all places, would …

Procrastination

The paradox of choice

Psychologist Barry Schwartz takes aim at a central tenet of western societies: freedom of choice. In Schwartz's estimation, choice has made us not …

The Best Business Book I’ve Ever Read

Not long after I first met Warren Buffett back in 1991, I asked him to recommend his favorite book about business. He didn’t miss a beat: “It’s</i> …

13 bad habits you should break in 2016 to be more productive

Being more productive is about working smarter, not harder, and making the most of each day. While this is no easy feat, getting more done in less time is a much more attainable goal if you're not sabotaging yourself with bad habits.<p>Following are 13 things you should stop doing right now to become …

Lighting Like Vermeer: How to Create Cinematic Depth with Lighting

Even though we work in a 2-dimensional medium, there's nothing worse than having a 2-dimensional composition. Adding depth is crucial.<p>There are lots …

The Real-Life Diet of Pro Surfer John John Florence

Professional athletes don't get to the top by accident. It takes superhuman levels of time, dedication, and focus—and that includes paying attention to what they put in their bellies. In this series, GQ takes a look at what pro athletes in different sports eat on a daily basis to perform at their …

35 things you should do for your career by the time you turn 35

We're all for flexibility. Going your own way. Paving your own path. Doing what works for you (and not doing what doesn't).<p>We're also big fans of not …

The goosebumps test: Science has found the emotion you need to stay healthy

A link has long been proven between negative moods and ill health. But how do positive moods affect us physiologically?<p>Researchers from the University of California, Berkeley, set out to discover exactly that when they tracked emotions such as compassion, joy, love, and so on versus the levels of …

Psychology

HUMAN: ¿Qué nos hace humanos?

<b>Durante los últimos 3 años, el director y artista Yann Arthus-Bertrand ha viajado a 60 países para entrevistar a más de 2.000 personas de distintas</b> …

The 7 Routines All Geniuses Share

A recent book finds that Steve Jobs, Sigmund Freud, and many other exceptional people had several habits and preferences in common.<p><i>Absurdly Driven</i> <i>looks at the world of business with a skeptical eye and a firmly rooted tongue in cheek.</i><p>Geniuses aren't like everyone else.<p>They just do it and, um, think …

What it feels like to be the last generation to remember life before the internet

Technology has a lot to answer for: killing old businesses, destroying the middle class, Buzzfeed. Technology in the form of the internet is especially villainous, having been accused of everything from making us dumber (paywall) to aiding dictatorships. But Michael Harris, riffing on the …

Behavior

4 Rituals That Will Make You Happy, According to Neuroscience

You get all kinds of happiness advice on the Internet from people who don’t know what they’re talking about. Don’t trust them.<p>Actually, don’t trust …