Jonathan Lawton

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If You Don't Do These 4 Things, Your Meetings Might Just Be a Complete Waste of Time

The truth that most leaders don't want to hear.<p>Have you ever stopped to do the math behind meetings?<p>Every time you bring 10 people together in an one hour meeting, you are basically trading 10 hours of productivity for one. That means you're sacrificing nine hours in the process.<p>Considering that …

Time Management

What is the historical evidence that Jesus Christ lived and died?

Today some claim that Jesus is just an idea, rather than a real historical figure, but there is a good deal of written evidence for his existence 2,000 years ago<p>How confident can we be that Jesus Christ actually lived?<p>The historical evidence for Jesus of Nazareth is both long-established and …

Theology

If You Do These Things Every Day, You’ll Become Smarter

<i>“A mind that is stretched by a new experience can never go back to its old dimensions.” — Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.</i><p>Getting smarter takes time and …

Self-improvement

How to Instantly Click With Everyone You Meet

Why is it we click with some people and not others? What if we could actually click with everyone we meet? What would it take?<p>Try these simple steps …

A Visual Guide to How Terribly the World’s Best Human Athletes Fare Versus Most Average Animals

Usain Bolt might be the fastest man alive, but an average warthog could probably take him.<p>(Graphics by Michelle Enemark)<p>Yesterday, Usain Bolt, the …

Give Old iPhones and iPads a New Lease on Life

Save money and spare landfills by putting old smartphones and tablets to work as home security systems, picture frames, alarm clocks and more<p>I’ve got a museum of old gadgets once destined to change the world that now just look quaint. The original Apple iPhone sits snuggled next to Teddy Ruxpin, …

Mobile

Pop quiz, patriot: how well do you know the US constitution?

The supreme law had a moment this week, showing up at political rallies and figuring into politicians’ speeches – how much do you know about it?<p>When was the US constitution signed?<p>2 August 1776<p>15 November 1781<p>4 July 1783<p>17 September 1787<p>Which founding father is credited as architect of the …

Rights & Freedoms

Internaut day: The world's first public website went online 25 years ago today

On this day 25 years ago the world's first website went live to the public. The site, created by Sir Tim Berners-Lee, was a basic text page with hyperlinked words that connected to other pages.<p>Berners-Lee used the public launch to outline his plan for the service, which would come to dominate life …

Tim Berners Lee

God and your marriage

<i>Editor's note: The following is an excerpt from “Kingdom Marriage: Connecting God’s Purpose with Your Pleasure” (Focus on the Family, September 1, 2016).</i><p>A healthy vibrant marriage is all about focus. Is your focus on God and His purpose and power, or is it on yourself and what you want?<p>A couple …

Relationships

The Happiest Couples Do These 7 Things Every Day

Every couple is different. While your perfect date night out might be a raucous night on the town, that could be another Netflix-loving couple's nightmare. But no matter your personal tastes and past times, our experts say that the happiest couples do these things every day.<p><b>1. They have leaving and</b> …

What the Most Successful People Do in the Evening | Inc.com

The importance of good morning habits is a no-brainer. It's common sense that if you wake up early and do good things to ramp your body and mind up for the day, those things will pay off. How we spend our evenings gets a lot less attention, but it's just as important--the time that bridges one day …

Success

This Mesmerizing Video Shows How Tennis Balls Are Made

It takes an army of humans and machines to create the humble tennis ball. While most of us rarely think about the work it takes to create something …

Rhode Island

8 Signs of a Truly Exceptional Employee

Many are good. Some are superior. And a few--just a few--are exceptional. Here's how to tell the difference.<p>We can all spot a great employee: she's dependable, proactive, hardworking, a great leader, and a great follower. She brings a wide variety of easily defined--but hard to find--skills to the …

Leadership

8 Reasons Smart People Do Stupid Things

Eight things that make even really smart people look stupid. Learn them before they make you look bad.<p>It's good to be smart. After all, intelligent people earn more money, accumulate more wealth, and even live longer. On the surface, being smart looks like easy living. But there's another side to …

Self-improvement

How to Make Yourself Work (When You're Not in the Mood)

How to beat procrastination and get things done even when you don't feel like working.<p>Procrastination affects everyone. It sneaks up on most people when they're tired or bored, but for some, procrastination can be a full-fledged addiction. They avoid all day the work that is right in front of them, …

Procrastination

8 Easy Ways to Kill Bad Habits, According to Research

Bad habits; we all got’em. You know what they are. You know you should stop. But… it’s hard. In fact, sometimes you feel downright powerless. And …

Self-help

Functional Programming is not weird: you just need some new patterns

How I learned to stop worrying and love immutability<p>[UPDATE: I gave a talk on this subject at the Empire Elixir Conference in May. You can watch it …

First Direct Evidence That ADHD is a Genetic Disorder Found

Neuroscience researchers from Cardiff University have found the first direct evidence that ADHD is a genetic disorder. The research found that of the …

Terrorist Attacks Suggest a Change in ISIS Tactics

In a day of terror and bloodshed on Friday, Islamist attackers possibly aligned with the Islamic State of Greater Iraq and Syria (ISIS), launched …

Terrorism

There's Nothing 'Random' About Islamic Terrorism, Mr. President

During his sycophantic <i>conversation</i> with President Barack Obama, Vox’s Matthew Yglesias poses a “question” that I imagine reflects the opinion of many …

Inside the theatre of terror: First picture from inside Bataclan shows aftermath of Jihadi attack as video emerges of the moment gunmen opened fire and terrified musician hid behind his drums

• <b>WARNING GRAPHIC CONTENT: Harrowing new photograph shows the aftermath inside the Bataclan theatre</b>• <b><br>Footage shows the moment the terrorists opened fire</b> …

Islamic terrorism

<b>Islamic terrorism</b>, <b>Islamist terrorism</b> or <b>radical Islamic terrorism</b> is defined as any terrorist act, set of acts or campaign committed by groups or …

This is what my 6-year-old said that saved my marriage

Shares 36<p>Sometimes in life you’re just going through the motions, not realizing what path you are on, until something so pivotal happens that it …

5 Guys Get Real About How Their Relationships Changed After Marriage

"We didn't live together before we got married, so things changed a lot."<p>Will marriage change how your boyfriend feels about you? Cosmopolitan.com asked five guys how their relationships really changed after they tied the knot. Here's what they had to say.<p><b>1.</b> "We had already been living together for …

Acceptance: The Key to a Happy Marriage

We seek acceptance from the time we are children through adulthood. As children we mainly seek approval and acceptance from our parents. However, once we become adults, marriage is often our most intimate relationship, and our spouse is the one from whom we seek acceptance.<p>When I accept my spouse, …

Gregarious

50 Free Apps To Make You An Incredibly Productive Person

Communicate with ease, tame your schedule, and get things done with these great tools.<p>You’re running a million miles an hour, trying to hold down a tight schedule full of tight deadlines on a tight ship. From messages to meetings to managing meddlesome minutiae, these 50 apps can help you work …

Apps