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How Smart People Work Less and Get More Done

Growth Strategies > Productivity<p>How you work is far more important than how much you work.<p>Next Article<p>3 Quick Tips You Can Use to Get More Done Daily<p>Next Article<p>Travis Bradberry • Guest Writer<p>Some people have an uncanny ability to get things done. They keep their nights and weekends sacred and …

7 Simple Phrases That Make People Really Trust You

When it comes to business and life, trust is everything. Here's how to get more of it.<p>No matter how honest we may be in our interactions with others, there's always the possibility that people may misconstrue our words to mean otherwise. Certain key phrases that we say, sometimes even without us …

Emotional Intelligence

How to sharpen (and hone) your knives to get ready for holiday cooking

Don't lie to me. Look me in the eyes, and tell me the truth: Who was president the last time you sharpened your knives? One of the Bushes? Harry Truman? Even if it was Barack Obama, I'll bet it was long ago enough that your blades could use a little powder on their noses, if you know what I</b> …

Nana's Chocolate Vinegar Cake Is the Greatest Recipe of All Time

A thrifty Depression-era hack just happens to make one of the fluffiest cakes around.<p><i>You know those recipes we hold near and dear to our hearts because they really are the greatest of all time? Well, our Greatest Recipe of All Time series is where we wax poetic about them. Today, senior designer</i> …

Dessert

3 Unexpected Sriracha Recipes to Spice Up Your Next Meal

<i>This piece originally appeared on Fix.com.</i><p>Whatever it is we love so much about cranking up the heat on food, we just can’t get enough of hot sauce. …

Keeping Anxious Thoughts at Bay

Anxiety can feel like a swarm of flies, buzzing inside your head.<p>You’re stuck in traffic. You’re going to miss your flight, and the game-changing meeting at the other end of it. Your presentation is poorly executed; you’re not going to win the new client. There goes the promotion, and maybe worse. …

Listening Is an Art, and Mastering it Will Make You a Great Leader

Wise businesspeople and leaders listen carefully. They listen to their peers, they listen to their staffs and they listen to their friends and family.<p>Carefully listening is especially important during business meetings. Many managers and leaders act as though they’re listening to their teams when …

4 Books Every Aspiring Coffee Nerd Should Read

Measuring coffee's golden ratio, getting proper extraction, choosing a favorite brewing method, even using the right water; the coffee world is rich …

Healthy Recipes You Can Cook in a Crockpot

Even though slow cookers are a convenient way to make dinner, they haven’t always been used to turn out the healthiest of meals. Many recipes from …

When Will Those Diverse Superhero Movies Arrive? (Opinion)

Warner Bros. CEO Kevin Tsujihara believes that diversity is the best weapon against superhero fatigue, but it isn't clear if the studios know …

Ultimate Marvel Marathon is 29 hours straight of superhero movies

Are you really into Marvel‘s superhero movie universe? Can you tolerate sitting still for an incredibly long period of time without going to sleep? …

Marvel Universe

A Guide to the World’s Whisk(e)y Making Traditions

Know What You're Drinking<p>Whisk(e)y at the most basic level is distilled alcohol produced from fermenting a mash of grain — or corn in some cases. …

Whiskey

Thinking Drinkers: a beginner's guide to single malt whisky

Struggling to get a foothold in the world of single malt whisky? Here’s a primer to help novice drinkers make a choice that suits<p>Beginners, eh? Rarely is a word uttered with such reckless and patronising abandon. Preceding everything from shallow-pool splashings to behind-the-bike-shed bunglings, …

Cocktail Recipes

75+ classic cocktail recipes from the International Bartender’s Association’s list of drinks every bartender should know.<p>Forget old-school measures …

Pre-Game Like a Grown-Up; Dinners With Julia Child

· How to Pre-Game Like a Grown-Up [NYT]<br>· Casual Dinners With Julia Child [WSJ]<br>· Eating in America Is So Very Lonely [Businessweek]<br>· The 80-Year-Old Coffee Pot That Keeps on Brewing [Wired]<br>· The Highest Per Capita Beer Consumption Is In… [Bloomberg]<br>· In-Flight Meals Take Off [Guardian]<br>· The Chicken …

8 Steps to Bacon Nirvana

When James Bowers and Andres Barrientos decided in 2013 to open Miami Smokers Urban Smokehouse, they studied with smokehouse legend Allan Benton of Benton's Smoky Mountain Country Hams in Madisonville, Tennessee (population 4,734). The result may be Florida's least likely food startup -- a …

6 Light-Yet-Satisfying Summer Soups

<b>1. Creamy Zucchini, Walnut and Dill Soup</b><p>This silky puréed soup is surprisingly healthy -- there's no heavy cream or dairy in it, just a handful of toasted walnuts to thicken it up. Serve it warm or cold, depending on the weather and your mood. <b>GET THE RECIPE</b><p><b>2. Chilled Roasted Red Pepper Soup</b><p>This …

How To Find Your Best Time To Tweet: The 4 Most Accurate Methods

<i>This post originally appeared on the Buffer blog.</i><p>Finding the right time to post on social media can be tricky, especially when each different social network has its own audience to think about.<p>And we’ve written a few different articles here on the Buffer blog that touched on how to come up with the …

Top Ten Dropouts in 2013: Wide Receivers - Joseph Hutchins

Welcome to the third annual Top 10 series, a two-part prognostication wherein we attempt to identify those players who will fall from the ranks of …

Fantasy Football Rankings 2013: Position-by-Position Standings

Football!<p>The NFL preseason has arrived, and with it fantasy football has kicked into high gear. Excitement is in the air as preparations for a new season ramp up.<p>Who are the top fantasy players at each position, barring injury? These rankings are based on standard scoring settings. Click through to …

The Best Facebook Privacy Settings for Kids

Opening a Facebook account is now a rite of passage for kids, but as a parent you want to make sure they stay safe online. We'll help you navigate the maze of Facebook privacy settings.<p><b>There's no set of exactly right</b> privacy settings for Facebook, and you may decide your child needs a more private …

Social Media