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How clutter affects your productivity (and what you can do about it)

Cleaning out your closet, emptying your inbox, putting things where they “belong.”

A few years ago, I worked at a Web design agency as a product manager.

The part of the job I loved the most was working on product with our design team and clients. Unfortunately, this only made up about 10 percent of …

The Science Of Why We Fidget While We Work

Most of us do it, but fidgeting at work hasn't been studied before. Now researchers are figuring out how it impacts our working day.

Paper clips, stress balls, clicking pens, rubber bands, magnets. Most of us mindlessly fidget with something while we ponder a project, listen to a lecture, or work …

New York University

9 Visual Storytelling Tips for Social Media

No matter the size of your organization, image-based storytelling is a social media marketing technique that can bring you increased exposure, better …

Storytelling

15 People Who Need Lessons In The Art Of Selfie Taking, No.5 Is My Favorite

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Millions upon millions of selfies are being snapped each day with the hopes of gathering attention from others via social …

Selfies

Dean Bokhari's answer to How can I make my life simpler?

Randi Zuckerberg On How She Takes Care Of Her Selfie

Even at sea, it can be difficult for vacationers to completely shut off their electronic devices to “get off the grid” and relax completely. To help encourage guests embrace a tech-life balance that complements their lifestyle both onboard and at home, Celebrity Cruises recently partnered with …

Selfies

The top 50 apps for creative minds

There’s an ongoing argument in the technology world about whether tablets and smartphones are more focused on consumption than creativity. As time has gone on, though, the number of apps helping us do more than passively read, watch and listen has grown. Many also fall into a longer heritage of …

Software

The Ideal Work Schedule, as Determined by Circadian Rhythms

Humans have a well-defined internal clock that shapes our energy levels throughout the day: our circadian process, which is often referred to as a circadian rhythm because it tends to be very regular. If you’ve ever had jetlag, then you know how persistent circadian rhythms can be. This natural — …

Rhythm

Tablets and smartphones may affect social and emotional development, scientists speculate

Using a smartphone or iPad to pacify a toddler may impede their ability to learn self-regulation, according to researchers.

In a commentary for the journal Pediatrics, researchers at Boston University School of Medicine reviewed available types of interactive media and raised “important questions …

Australia's oldest man likes to knit mini sweaters for injured penguins

Australia's oldest man has spent a lot of his days knitting sweaters for little penguins.

Alfred 'Alfie' Date spoke to 9 Stories about how his inability to say 'no' to favours got him into making the miniature animal clothes.

The jerseys were requested from Victoria's Phillip Island Penguin Foundation …

Sweaters

Easter Egg Week: Neon Sticker Eggs

It's been a fun week - full of EGGS! We're wrapping up Easter Egg Week with an easy peasy egg idea involving… office supply stickers!

Yep, all you need …

Easter Egg Week: Ribbon Eggs

These ribbon eggs for Day 4 of Easter Egg Week are so simple to make they barely need a tutorial! These are literally peel and stick thanks to some …

Eggs

The Real Harm in Multitasking

You've likely heard that multitasking is problematic, but new studies show that it kills your performance and may even damage your brain. Research conducted at Stanford University found that multitasking is less productive than doing a single thing at a time. The researchers found that people who …

The Brain

Learn The Art of Positive Psychology to Overcome The 7 Deadly Sins of Happiness

“Positive Psychology’’ is the new field of study about happiness quotient of people around the world. This topic has however been an age-old one! It …

Happiness

9 Bed-Time Habits Of Happy And Successful People That Are Not Difficult To Practice

The very last thing you do before bed tends to have a significant impact on your mood and energy level the following day, since it often determines …

Sleep

The 5 Daily Rituals That Will Make You Happy

You know what percentage of people are really happy? Not “oh, life is pretty good”, I mean people who are flourishing. They feel their lives are …

Happiness

The top 50 marketing, social media and productivity blogs

Having a list of go-to blogs can be a great source of information and inspiration.

In our case, the blogs and websites we visit most often provide some amazing articles with in-depth insights, tips, and strategies that help inform our social media sharing. Likewise, the amazing content gives us …

Blog Marketing

Vintage NASA photos full of space firsts (pictures)

From the first color photograph of Earth from space to Buzz Aldrin's 1966 spacewalking selfie, an auction of vintage NASA images brings together a …

Aeronautics

The Steve Jobs You Didn't Know: Kind, Patient, And Human

The untold story of Tim Cook’s friendship with Steve Jobs—and why Jobs wouldn’t let Cook try to save his life.

According to Apple CEO Tim Cook, he first learned about Steve’s need for a liver transplant in January 2009. By that time Steve wasn’t coming into the office at all, and Cook would visit …

Steve Jobs

How to Decorate Easter Eggs With Nail Polish

Remember when we taught you how to marbleize your workspace in our #31daysofDIY? Well we are bringing back this technique for an Easter egg edition. What we love most about this Easter egg idea is that it creates crazy, colorful designs in under ten minutes! Just watch out for your mani — your …

Eggs

33 Habits of Highly Creative People

We all know the saying, “You have as many hours in the day as Beyoncé does.” It’s a little annoying, isn’t it? Our day seems to fly by in a vortex of emails, laundry and errands. All of a sudden it’s 9pm and we’re too exhausted even think about doing anything creative. From seeing the sleep habits …

How to Decorate Easter Eggs to Look like Fruits and Veggies

Last year we brought you Easter eggs dressed like birds. This year we’re disguising eggs as our favorite fruits and veggies. Be real — these eggs are THE CUTEST! And, once again, no crazy dye is required to make ‘em. All these need are basic supplies you have around your house: paint, Sharpies and …

Eggs

5 Ways to Decorate Your Eggs + 5 Ways to Cook ‘Em for Easter

What would Easter be without pretty pastels, bushy-tailed bunnies and dozens upon dozens of eggs? Well, that wouldn’t be Easter at all ;) That’s why when the folks at The Incredible Edible Egg asked us to round up our favorite ways to decorate with eggs and cook with them, we were more than happy to …

Eggs

Hop to It and Make These Ghirardelli Dipped Peanut Butter Easter Eggs

It’s beginning to look a lot like Easter at Brit HQ. We’ve been churning out Easter egg ideas and DIY decorations galore. Now, we’re turning our attention to the sweet stuff — candy! Peanut Butter Eggs, to be exact. We’ve teamed up with to show you how to whip up colorful peanut butter eggs for …

Recipes

Get Comfortable With Risk by Establishing a Tripod of Stability

Risks can be rewarding, but they can also be downright scary. It's not easy to break out of your comfort zone. But maintaining a few stable areas in …

Stability

The Kitchen Skills Kids Can Learn, By Age Group

Cool Stuff

Increase Your Happiness By Learning to Settle for "Good Enough"

Learning

Stop Saying "Actually" to Avoid Making People Feel Stupid

There are tons of words worth removing from your writing, but one that many of us say too often out loud is "actually." As Buffer employee Carolyn …

Cool Stuff

Jack Kerouac on How to Meditate

An intoxicating homage to the ancient practice that milks the brain’s “good glad fluid.”

Centuries after Montaigne contemplated the double meaning of meditation and decades before Western science confirmed what Eastern philosophy has known for millennia — that meditation is our greatest gateway to …

Meditation

Art as Therapy: Alain de Botton on the 7 Psychological Functions of Art

“Art holds out the promise of inner wholeness.”

The question of what art is has occupied humanity since the dawn of recorded history. For Tolstoy, the purpose of art was to provide a bridge of empathy between us and others, and for Anaïs Nin, a way to exorcise our emotional excess. But the highest …

Aesthetics