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Seven Habits Of Organized People

Organized people aren’t born; they’re built. Here are the habits that you can cultivate to be just like them.<p><i>Editor’s Note: This article is one of the top 10 habits to adopt to be better at your job in 2016. See the full list here.</i><p>We all know that one friend or coworker who is super-organized. The …

OK, don't read this article about passive-aggressive behaviour. Honestly, it's fine

It was Valentine’s Day recently, a fraught time for anyone in a relationship. Perhaps the gift you got your partner was obviously a last minute purchase from a petrol station? Or maybe you ignored Valentine’s Day because you both agreed it’s stupid, only your partner didn’t <i>quite</i> mean it?<p>Whatever …

Psychology

The First Thing Successful People Do Every Day

How do successful people cope with that first half hour of work? What they do in that crucial time can usually set the tone for the rest of the day. …

How To Give Constructive Criticism: 6 Helpful Tips

This article is available for download as a free PDF ebook. Click the button below to download my free ebook.<p>“People seldom refuse help, if one …

Public Speaking

The 17 Fastest Ways To Get Ahead In Your Career

In a Quora thread titled, "How Can I Accelerate My Personal Growth?" users discussed how they get ahead in their working lives.<p>Here are 17 of the most practical pieces of career advice we found.<p><b>1. Determine what you have to offer.</b> As Abraham Lincoln says, "Whatever you are, be a good one." Before …

Self-improvement

How Successful People Stay Calm

The ability to manage your emotions and remain calm under pressure has a direct link to your performance. TalentSmart has conducted research with more than a million people, and we’ve found that 90% of top performers are skilled at managing their emotions in times of stress in order to remain calm …

10 Tips For First-Time Supervisors

At one of my training sessions recently, we had a discussion about being a first-time supervisor. While the group had a tremendous amount of …

Five Steps To Master Big Data and Predictive Analytics in 2014

As recently as the past two years, one of the seminal issues regarding Big Data was storage, especially with respect to the exponential growth and size of unstructured data that did not fit into databases (<i>e.g.</i>, video feeds, PowerPoint presentations). Indeed petabytes and exabytes of data exist in …

To Get To The Root Of A Hard Problem, Just Ask “Why” Five Times

In The Lean Startup, Eric Ries argues that returning to the question of why five times cuts to the quick of a problem.<p><i>In his book,</i> The Lean Startup<i>, Eric Ries puts forth a entrepreneur’s playbook inspired by the Japanese lean manufacturing model: Start small with a ‘minimum viable product,’ gauge</i> …

10 Secrets to Influencing Absolutely Anyone

<i>This post is in partnership with Inc., which offers useful advice, resources, and insights to entrepreneurs and business owners. The article below</i> …

How To Get Anything You Want In Business (And Maybe Life)

My first job out of college was an inside sales associate position, in which I was tasked with cold-calling busy professionals all day and kindly explaining to them why they should spend their company’s money on a service they truly didn’t need.<p>To say I was unqualified was a gross understatement …

Want To Be A Strong Leader? Act Like A 4-Year-Old

I love being around little kids. I loved hanging out with my kids when they were little, and I love hanging out with my grandkids, to an extraordinary degree. But I enjoy spending time with little kids to whom I’m not related, as well.<p>Partly, it’s just fun. But mostly, I see qualities in little …

6 Tips for Dealing with Difficult (Even Impossible) People

In case you're wondering how to play well with others, we have a few ideas.<p>I am Really Ticked Off. Do I <i>Have</i> to Be Forgiving?<p>What's a Respectful Way …

The best science and technology podcasts

The best science and technology podcasts, from astronomy for beginners to consumer advice, selected and updated by Pete Naughton<p><b>SCIENCE</b><p><b>Hubblecast</b><br>Galactic mergers, the Monkey Head Nebula and an operational time machine are just a few of the stranger-than-science-fiction topics touched upon in this …

What Sound Does A Fox Really Make?

A Norwegian dance-pop song called "The Fox" asks the question: the cow goes moo, the duck goes quack, but what sound does the fox make? We have the answer!<p>A music video from a Norwegian duo called Ylvis is primed to, as the<p>kidsmarketers say, "go viral," because it is catchy and weird and foreign …

Seeking Success In A Finite Number Of Hours A Day

We all have a finite number of hours in a day – 24 to be exact. What we choose to do with those hours is of the utmost importance. We can waste our time, or we can use our time to improve ourselves and our lives. I have always felt passionate about the importance of reading books that can help us …

Wait, What’s That? The Science Behind Why Your Mind Keeps Wandering

If you’re experiencing an attention deficit, you’re far from alone.<p>Try this: Count your exhalations–1, 2, 3–all the way to 10. See if you can get to 10 without thinking about lunch or laundry or deadlines or dates.<p>Unless you’ve trained your attention, it’ll probably start to wander–which, new …

Reflecting on mirror neurons

<i>Chapter 11 of my book, 50 Human Brain Ideas You Really Need to Know. Here's the introduction to the book, and my post about the most important idea in neuroscience</i>.<p>Summary: Mirror neurons are cells that fire during both the execution and observation of a specific action. They have been linked to …

'Plants vs. Zombies 2' Review: Growing Strong

While I’m not a big mobile gamer, it’s not out of spite or some sense of superiority about “filthy casuals” who spend their time playing Angry Birds while I’m hunting hats in Team Fortress 2 on my $2000 gaming rig. Rather, it’s just that the often simplistic nature of the most popular games just …

Bernard Yee explains the lost taco plot in Plants vs Zombies sequel (interview)

Bernard Yee has worked on a lot of games over the decades, from EverQuest to Bungie’s upcoming Destiny. But you can bet that he never worked with a team as goofy as PopCap Games, the Seattle-based division of Electronic Arts, which just published Plants vs Zombies 2: It’s about time!.<p>PopCap has a …

Orchids: Masters of Plant Pareidolia

Pareidolia is the tendency to see familiar or significant images in places where none is intended. Classic examples are sightings of Jesus or the …

Orchids

10 Fun Firefly Facts

No summer evening is complete without watching—and sometimes catching—fireflies. There are about 2000 different species of lightning bugs, and …

Nature

How To Create The Perfect Workspace, According To Science

Optimize your performance. Or just make it pretty.<p>There's nothing worse than sitting in a dull, drab cubicle. If you're going to be stuck in one place for 40 or more hours a week, it might as well be pleasant--for the sake of your sanity and your company's bottom line. Research shows that how you …

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How To Schedule Your Day For Peak Creative Performance

Are you a certified organizational ninja? It’s okay, nobody is–so steal this idea from career kickstarter Amber Rae, who shares her “Work, Play, Fit, Push” framework for getting things done while staying inspired.<p>About four years ago I started working for myself. I wanted the freedom and …

Study: People With a Lot of Self-Control Are Happier

Improbably enough, people who are better able to resist impulses report being more satisfied with their lives.<p>austin hsieh/Flickr<p><b>PROBLEM:</b> "Among humankind's most valuable assets" is self-control, according to Wilhelm Hofmann and his team of researchers at the University of Chicago. They define it …