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Benefits of Writing Journals for Personal Productivity

If you’ve been reading our time management case studies, you’ll notice that a recurring recommendation is the use of journal entries as part of …

Productivity

In Norway, A New Model For Zero-Energy Housing

Snohetta’s carbon-neutral model home looks like it’s been tipped up for a quick vacuum underneath. Could it be replicated elsewhere?<p>The building industry is one of the world’s biggest polluters. About half of the U.K.’s carbon dioxide emissions come from the construction and operation of buildings; …

18 Libraries Every Book Lover Should Visit In Their Lifetime

If you love books, libraries are some of the most spectacular buildings in the world.<p>To celebrate these monumentally important buildings, we've complied a list of the most magnificent libraries on the planet.<p>From a library hidden in the forests of Beijing to one in Egypt that was designed like a …

Remembering Reagan’s Defining Speech

Like a lot of moments that seem inevitable in the rear view mirror of history, Ronald Reagan’s October 27th, 1964 speech almost never happened.<p>For …

13 Apps For Transforming Your Phone Into The Ultimate Toolkit

From apps that makes budgeting beautiful to ones that let you know the exact minute it's going to rain, there's something for every lifestyle.<p>We've collected the best of the best in this unique mix, and we tossed in a few lesser-known surprises to show what modern apps can do.

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9 Things Rich People Do Differently Every Day

This story originally appeared on Business Insider<p>What you do today matters. In fact, your daily habits may be a major determinant of your wealth.<p>"The metaphor I like is the avalanche," says Thomas Corley, the author of "Rich Habits: The Daily Success Habits Of Wealthy Individuals." "These habits …

How to Disappear (almost) Completely: living off the grid

Your day begins at dawn. After all, you are lying in a sleeping bag under the open sky grateful that you haven't: a) been stabbed by a grifter, b) been trampled by a herd of animals or c) contracted hypothermia and frozen to death. Then it's off for a morning routine that involves foraging for food …

Nine HR Policies That Drive Good People Away

There is a particular, awful feeling you get working in a company that is sinking. You can tell the minute you walk in the door that the energy is off. If you pay attention to the vibe you get on a job interview, you’ll know when a company is broken. People don’t look you in the eye. No one wants …

Facebook's Emotion Study Was All About Keeping Us Addicted To Facebook

Facebook made some errors of judgment in the way it handled its now-infamous, behavioral experiment on users. It only added “research” to its Terms of Service policy four months <i>after</i> it started the study. Then it tinkered with the news feeds of 689,003 people to alter the mood of their own posts, …

Cuba resists speedy economic reforms

President Raul Castro has reiterated that Cuba's programme of reforms will remain cautious and gradual, despite recent disappointing gross domestic product (GDP) numbers that show the country's already-struggling economy slowing.<p>Days after Cuba downgraded its 2014 economic growth forecast by nearly …

Not all creepy: 3 important findings from Facebook's emotional experiments

Facebook is in hot water for manipulating user’s emotions for mass study that explored the contagious effects of positive and negative news stories. The Wall Street Journal reports that the well-publicized experiment was just the tip of the iceberg for Facebook’s fast research data science team. …

The Art of the Done List: Harnessing the Power of Progress

From carpenters to sculptors, makers end each workday with a physical object looking different than it did that morning. But what if you’re a …

Productivity

27 Tips for Mastering Anything

This story originally appeared on Business Insider<p>What does it take to become a master at your craft? Is genius innate, or can it be learned?<p>In his book, "<i>Mastery</i>," Robert Greene draws from the latest research, interviews modern masters, and examines the lives of former greats like Albert Einstein, …

The Real-Life Science Behind The Summer's Most Outrageous Sci-Fi Movies

When inhumans attack<p>Mechanized suits, alien apes, dinosaur robots -- this summer's blockbusters are brimming with scientific-sounding conceits. But is there any real science to back them up? While you watch, here's something to chew on (besides the popcorn).<p><b>DIGITAL EFFECT: AN ALIEN-BLASTING</b> …

10 Tips for Building Stronger Networks in Work and Life

Connect to the people who matter.<p>Most people understand that to be successful they need to network. But actually going out and doing it is another matter. People "are daunted by the task and believe it requires inauthentic, uncomfortable behavior and is an activity that is inconsistent with …

Need Great People? Try This Underrated Recruiting Tool

Forget cold, hard piles of cash. To lure the best candidates, try simply making their lives easier.<p>Recruiting and retaining the best talent is a difficult imperative. You don't have the funds to outbid big competitors but still want to attract people who can help your business.<p>As the headline …

7 Things Rich And Happy People Do Differently

Not too long ago, you believed that making money with a blog was impossible. But after seeing dozens of income reports from other bloggers, you …

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7 Things Remarkably Happy People Do Often

Happiness can be a choice -- especially when you take the right actions.<p>Happiness: Everyone wants it, yet relatively few seem to get enough of it, especially those in their early 40s. (I'm no psychologist, but that's probably about when many of us start thinking, "Wait--is <i>this</i> all there is?")<p>Good …