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Email Is Broken. Can Anyone Fix It?

Let's start this story at the end: You can't kill email. Attempting to do so is a decades-long tradition of the tech industry, a cliché right up …

Self-help

The Comparison Trap

Judging from her Facebook page, Lisa appears to lead a charmed life. A middle-aged advertising executive, she takes pictures while strolling through …

Psychology

'Our minds can be hijacked': the tech insiders who fear a smartphone dystopia

Google, Twitter and Facebook workers who helped make technology so addictive are disconnecting themselves from the internet. Paul Lewis reports on the Silicon Valley refuseniks alarmed by a race for human attention<p>Justin Rosenstein had tweaked his laptop’s operating system to block Reddit, banned …

Spending 10 Minutes a Day on Mindfulness Subtly Changes the Way You React to Everything

Leaders across the globe feel that the unprecedented busyness of modern-day leadership makes them more reactive and less proactive. There is a solution to this hardwired, reactionary leadership approach: mindfulness.<p>Having trained thousands of leaders in the techniques of this ancient practice, …

The unseen "clutter" that's keeping you stuck

Is it time to clear out that mental and emotional inbox?<p>By Liv Syptak<p>Published: 2016.10.12 03:17 AM<p>You know that urge you sometimes get to straighten …

Minimalism

Do you have a commitment addiction?

You're spreading yourself too thin, and it's going to backfire<p>By Liv Syptak<p>Published: 2016.09.13 03:29 AM<p>Attention, driven, successful professionals! …

Self-improvement

Do you have a commitment addiction?

You're spreading yourself too thin, and it's going to backfire<p>By Liv Syptak<p>Published: 2016.09.13 03:29 AM<p>Attention, driven, successful professionals! …

Motivation

Do you have a commitment addiction?

You're spreading yourself too thin, and it's going to backfire<p>By Liv Syptak<p>Published: 2016.09.13 03:29 AM<p>Attention, driven, successful professionals! …

Self-improvement

How to Choose the Best Chart for Your Data

Numbers don't lie, but a bad chart decision makes it extremely difficult to understand what those numbers mean. Before you put together another …

Emotional Agility

Sixteen thousand—that’s how many words we speak, on average, each day. So imagine how many unspoken ones course through our minds. Most of them are not facts but evaluations and judgments entwined with emotions—some positive and helpful (<i>I’ve worked hard and I can ace this presentation; This issue</i> …

The Hidden Price of Mindfulness Inc.

THE other morning, I woke up and brewed a cup of Mindful Lotus tea ($6 for 20 bags). On the subway, I loaded the Headspace app on my iPhone and followed a guided mindfulness exercise ($13 a month for premium content). Later in the day, I dropped by Mndfl, a meditation studio in Greenwich Village …

Mindfulness

That 'Yelp for Humans' App Is Still Awful

Remember that app Peeple? You know, the “Yelp for People?” It launched this week under the guise of a more sugar-coated definition of rating your …

Peeple

Successful Business Development Begins with this One Thing

By James (Jim) A. Cranston on December 3, 2015<p>The client was prepping me about his group before I started the workshop. I learned about the young …

Self-improvement

Great leaders know they have to run into the fire

What are you avoiding that needs to be dealt with now?<p>By Todd Ordal<p>Published: 2015.12.03 03:15 AM<p><i>(Editor's note: The following is an excerpt from</i> …

Dwight D. Eisenhower

The Subtle Ways Our Screens Are Pushing Us Apart

I once asked a former U.S. Navy admiral in charge of a fleet of aircraft carriers how he felt about collaborating with people through email, computers, smart phones, etc. In response, he told me the following story:<p>“I would never send a rookie pilot to land a fighter jet on a carrier deck in the …

Why We Act Irrationally: What Drives Our Senseless Habits

<i>James Clear writes about using behavioral science to master your habits and improve your health. His free guide, Transform Your Habits, has been downloaded more than 80,000 times. This post originally appeared on his blog.</i><p>It was 1977 and, although nobody knew it at the time, psychologist Ellen …

Psychology

Why Can’t We Stop Working?

I hadn’t seen Jim in two years. When we reconnected recently, I was shocked. The handsome, dapper professional I knew had gained 30 pounds and started smoking. Bursting with nervous energy, he told me about his business travails — work so busy he was staying regularly until 10 at night, and a …

The Right Way to Unplug When You’re on Vacation

Vacations are for unplugging: we all need to escape the daily grind from time to time, after all. But that doesn’t have to mean unplugging from the entire internet. In fact, you may have a more enjoyable and meaningful vacation by staying connected-as long as you’re staying connected to fun, …

The Right Way to Present Your Business Case

You’ve already put a great deal of work into preparing a solid business case for your project or idea. But when it comes to the critical presentation phase, how do you earn the support of decision makers in the room? How do you present your case so that it’s clear and straightforward while also …

Emotional Intelligence Predicts Job Success: Do You Have It?

The best salespeople and leaders have a high EQ. Daniel Goleman, the man who coined the term, pulls apart the aspects of emotional intelligence.<p>Let’s say you work at a place that’s saturated with smarts. If all of your colleagues were always the brightest person in the room growing up, then what …

The One Thing You Should Do Before Bed, Every Night

In order to get a good head start on the day, you need to lay the groundwork the night before. <i>Extreme Productivity</i> author and Harvard Business School …

Harvard Business School

To Reduce E-mail, Start at the Top

The main reason our e-mail in-boxes consume so much of our time is that we have little control over how many messages we receive. But we <i>can</i> control how many messages we send. That seemingly obvious insight sparked a significant reduction in one company’s e-mail traffic: After the executives reduced …

Email is killing us: Reclaim your mind from technology

The world is a more distracting place than ever — but it’s possible to win your attention span back. Here’s how<p>On the western edge of the ancient city of Kyoto, Japan, on the slope of Mount Arashiyama (literally “Stormy Moun­tain”), stands the Iwatayama Monkey Park. The park has winding paths and …