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17 interview questions that are designed to trick you

One way they do this is by asking seemingly simple questions that get you to reveal information you may have been trying to conceal; queries that …

20 Profound Ways to Instantly Reduce Your Stress

Stress. Yes, we all have it. And yes, you can manage it like a boss.<p>How's your stress level? Well, whatever it is, know that it's human to stress.<p>But the good news is that we can manage it, and certainly minimize it, by making some positive changes. That is, of course, all dependent on the life …

Self-help

The One Thing Every Good Sleeper Does Before Bed

Are you tired all the time and just can't understand why? There really is nothing worse than waking up (even after the recommended eight hours of …

How to Refresh Your Brain In a Matter of Seconds When You're Stressed

Experiencing a massive brain shutdown? Try these 3 ways to restore your higher-level thinking.<p>Your rational brain can process about six bits of data at once.<p>For example, let's say you're in a meeting with someone. You could be processing:<p>what happened in your last meeting with her;<br>• the concerns that …

The Brain

Cultivating Mindfulness to Help Sleep

Talk of mindfulness -- and its capacity to improve health and well being -- seems to be everywhere these days. From stress reduction, to exercise, to eating and weight management, mindfulness practices are increasingly being recognized for their therapeutic benefits. Another benefit to mindfulness? …

Mindfulness

Is This Sustainable Village The Future Of Retirement?

Serenbe, a planned sustainable community, is a new village designed to help its residents gracefully age in place.<p>Fifteen years into an unplanned second career as a real-estate developer, Steve Nygren has timed his latest project perfectly. Nygren is the cofounder and developer of Serenbe, a …

How to Manage Projects Using an Online Kanban Board

Once you understand the concept behind what a Kanban board is, take a moment to learn more about how they can help you plan and manage projects in a …

A Sharp-Looking Bench Built From Decking Scraps

Make use of deck cut-offs by turning them into a bench seat.<p>We're keen on projects like this rolling utility cart that combine DIY disciplines such as woodworking and metalworking. That's why we love this bench made by Jimmy Diresta. His metal working skills are legendary, and his ability to create …

Researchers say nearly all books follow one of these six emotional arcs

Ever thought two books felt nearly identical? The déjà vu isn’t in your head.<p>Researchers from University of Vermont mapped the sentimental fluctuations of over 1,700 books. By tracing the emotional changes in the stories, they noticed an overall arc for each novel. They found that the emotional …

Writing

The 10 Commandments of Landing a Job

1. Research the organizations you are interested in. Look them up and see who they are, and what they need.<p>2. Your resume's objective must match the job description exactly.<p>3. Tell what you can contribute. They are not interested in what you need. Helping you is not their job.<p>4. Explain how your …

Employment

Characteristics of Highly Performing Teams (26 Item Checklist)

Teams are particularly important today, as speed to market is a more significant business differentiator than in past decades.Interdisciplinary, effective teams are clearly more likely to get results than dysfunctional teams or individual efforts.<p>Lessons can be learned from the new battlefields of …

Participation

5 Books to Help Strengthen Your Brand

Every company, entrepreneur, small business, and even individual needs a strong brand. A brand will set your business, product, and even yourself apart from the competition, create a lasting impression with customers, and essentially help promote, market, and sell, sell, sell.<p>So before you launch …

Marketing

13 Natural Ways to Repel Mosquitoes

Pesky bugs have no chance of winning this battle.<p>You're outside grilling dinners, hosting parties — and fending off what feels like a never-ending supply of mosquitoes. If chemical sprays aren't your thing, try these 13 non-toxic bug repelling tricks instead.

5 Ways to Boost Your Resilience at Work

Currently, a quarter of all employees view their jobs as the number one stressor in their lives, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The World Health Organization describes stress as the “global health epidemic of the 21st century.” Many of us now work in constantly …

Mindfulness

15 Interesting Creative Ways To Maximize Limited Living Space

We’d all like to have a place to call our own, a spot in the world where we can say, “I am king of this spot”. But space – or the lack of it – is …

Living Rooms

10 Time-Management Tips for Busy Executives

With a finite number of hours in the day, it makes sense to use your time as efficiently as possible.<p>Time is a nonrenewable resource, and as such, one of the most precious ones we have.<p>As a business owner, you're probably wearing multiple hats in your effort to get everything done. This makes it …

Time Management

Want To Be More Marketable? Add These 11 In-Demand Tech Skills To Your Resume

Tech skills pay more. According to a labor-market analysis by Burning Glass Technologies, 78% of well-paying “middle-skill” positions call for basic proficiency with technology.<p>But I get it: you have a full-time job, volunteering every other weekend, a puppy to train, plans with friends…you’re …

Project Management

Low Maintenance Indoor Plants

A little bit of greenery can do wonders for your home décor: adding some life to a space and brightening a room with color. If you’re worried that …

Plants

Why You Should Keep An Accomplishments List

Many of us rely on plans and to-do lists to prioritize our time and stay on track for the future, but what about after we complete those tasks and projects? Should we just check things off the list and move on?<p>It turns out there are numerous benefits to writing down and celebrating our past …

Time Management

Top 10 Behavioral Interview Questions (And How to Answer Them)

One cliché we’ve all heard is that past behavior predicts future behavior. That may or may not be psychologically sound, but it is the theory behind …

Employment

The Ivy Lee Method: The Daily Routine Experts Recommend for Peak Productivity

By 1918, Charles M. Schwab was one of the richest men in the world.<p>Schwab was the president of the Bethlehem Steel Corporation, the largest shipbuilder and the second-largest steel producer in America at the time. The famous inventor Thomas Edison once referred to Schwab as the "master hustler." He …

Time Management

How to Know If Someone Is Ready to Be a Manager

When you’re hiring a new manager, the stakes are high. You need someone who can effectively lead people, manage a budget, liaise with upper management — and, usually, do it all from day one. But what if a potential hire doesn’t yet have a track record in doing all of the above? Would you hire or …

Self-awareness

What to Know Before You Finish Your Basement

Going underground—and staying under budget.<p>Sometimes the cure for an undersized house is right underneath you. If you’re lucky enough to have a …

Home Improvement

15 Steps I Took to Successfully Reinvent Myself After Losing Everything

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Just because everything in your life is running smoothly right now doesn’t mean that that’s going to last. You may dream of starting a new business. You could move across the country. You fall in and out of love. You lose a loved one.<p>In …

Self-improvement
Employment

21 Awesome Places to Learn Critical Skills That Will Change Your Life | Inc.com

We tend to think of learning a new skill or "going back to school" as something you'd do when looking to change careers, or to upgrade within your current one.<p>But lifelong learning has incredible benefits, both personal and professional, say researchers. It makes communities more productive and …

Learning

SUV of electric bikes looks to conquer streets and dirt

Back in 2013, Caterham was toying with the idea of selling the Carbon as part of a trio of motorcycles and electric bikes. Not surprisingly (its …

5 Fresh Ways to Shake Up the Look of a Bathtub/Shower Combo

Ah, the <i>tubber</i> combo. It's ubiquitous in bathrooms all over the world. And because it's so common, it can very easily fall into the boring side of …

Houzz

4 Ways to Turn On Your Weight-Loss Hormones Today | Women's Health

1. Curb Cravings All Day Long<br>Commonly dubbed the “satiety” or “feel-full hormone,” leptin decreases your appetite. After it's released from your body’s fat cells, the hormone acts on your brain’s hypothalamus, where it combats its nemesis ghrelin, the “hunger hormone,” says Alissa Rumsey, R.D., …

How to Live Small – Without Moving to a Tiny House

Adopting a minimalist lifestyle can help you declutter.<p>The tiny-home movement has become popular because it allows people to dream of a life of …

Minimalism