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One Thing, Two Things, Everything, Nothing

You will accomplish nothing if you try to do everything. Sounds like common sense and yet it’s way too simplified to be meaningful.<p>The construct of …

Productivity

Here's the Secret to Getting Things Done

It's a well-known practice in the sports industry.<p>Have you ever wondered how some people seem to accomplish their goals effortlessly?<p>Or, how some people seem to get promoted or recognized while you work nights and weekends without recognition?<p>Or even how some people make work look easy, while you …

Productivity

This Is How To Actually Work Smarter, Not Harder

We’ve found eight unexpected (and counterintuitive) ways to squeeze more out of your workday.<p>Possibly no piece of productivity advice is more well-worn than the adage, “Work smarter, not harder.” Of course, the directive points to the fact that it’s not how many hours you put in at your desk that …

Productivity

Crash course in the nature of mind

Roland Griffiths first tried meditation as a grad student in the early 1970s. He lasted only a few weeks. He wanted to follow the directions, to …

Johns Hopkins University

Is the World Falling Apart? Not at All.

I woke up this morning and, like most days, I read the news. It’s grim. Hurricanes in the Americas have killed dozens of people and displaced far …

Bill Gates

Consumed by anxiety? Give it a day or two

The problems you’re experiencing today seem fraught and important, but that’s mainly because you’re so narrowly focused on the present<p>The next time you’re consumed by anxiety – which, given the headlines, is probably this minute – you might borrow a tip from the philosopher Massimo Pigliucci, …

Google Street View

Happiness Is Not Enough

Years ago, I knew one of those guys who seemed to always be happy and excited. He was always just that bundle of warm fuzzies. First to give you a …

Emotions

Brené Brown: America’s Crisis Of Disconnection Runs Deeper Than Politics

Our national self-sorting into liberal and conservative enclaves is tracking with rising rates of loneliness. Why, and at what cost?<p>For 20 years, I’ve taught at the University of Houston, the most racially and ethnically diverse research university in the United States. I recently asked my class of …

Psychology

What Your Dreams Actually Mean, According to Science

If dreams were movies, they wouldn't make a dime. They're often banal, frequently fleeting and they're screened for an audience of just one. As for …

Ruth Bader Ginsburg

Being Different Beats Being Better

I always thought that the best wins at anything. That might be true for sports. But not for life and business.<p>If you’re trying to build a profitable …

Lady Gaga

The Highly Effective Habits of Highly Effective People

Starting a business is not an easy feat, particularly in a city as fast-paced and cutthroat as New York. First off, you need a truly unique idea to …

Fitness

It’s easy to get caught up in constructing our selves, but what does it cost us?

Harvard

How a Hit Rap Song Happens Now

In this, the year hip-hop won the music business, one of its defining hits was released more or less by mistake.<p>Back in February, Lil Uzi Vert, a …

Lil Uzi Vert
Burnout

Increase Your Situational Awareness: 10 Exercises & Tests

<b>STOP: BEFORE YOU READ ON, STUDY THE PICTURE ABOVE FOR 60 SECONDS.</b><p><b>THEN, SCROLL DOWN AND SEE IF YOU CAN ANSWER THE FOLLOWING QUESTIONS:</b><p>How many people …

America's Top 7 Startup Accelerators and What Makes Each Unique

No two accelerators is the same. Finding the right one for your company is among your first important decisions.<p>Startup accelerators have been a critical component in the creation of thousands of startups, including such familiar names as Airbnb, Twitch, Stripe, Dropbox, Twilio, Simple, Pluto TV …

Startups

The convoluted world of best-seller lists, explained

Over the past few weeks, scandal has rocked the august institution of the New York Times best-seller list. And it’s happened not just once but twice.<p>On August 24, an unknown book by an unknown author from an unknown publisher rocketed its way to first place on the Times’s young adult hardcover …

Publishing

In The Age Of Screen Time, Is Paper Dead?

Paper ... or glass?<p>Advances in laptops and technology are pushing screens into schools like never before. So what does this drive toward digital classrooms mean for that oldest and simplest of touch screens: a plain old sheet of paper?<p>It may seem a wasteful and obsolete technology, ready to follow …

Education

Career Advice: Focus On The Process, Not The Results

When we talk about jobs, it seems we always cover the same ground: the pay, the benefits, the title, the perks, and so on. The conversation starts …

Happiness

Reconstruction of a Train Wreck: How Priming Research Went off the Rails

<b>Authors: Ulrich Schimmack, Moritz Heene, and Kamini Kesavan</b><p><b>Abstract:</b><br>We computed the R-Index for studies cited in Chapter 4 of Kahneman’s book …

Psychology

General and Surprising

September 2017<p>The most valuable insights are both general and surprising. F = ma for example. But general and surprising is a hard combination to …

Programming

The Secret Marketing Power of Evolutionary Psychology

Nir’s Note: Gad Saad is a professor of marketing at Concordia University and the author of The Consuming Instinct. He’ll be speaking at the upcoming …

Evolutionary Psychology

How Einstein Learned Physics

I recently finished Walter Isaacson’s biography of Albert Einstein. The biography covers not just Einstein’s intellectual achievements, but also his …

Physics

Don't Despair: Big Ideas Can Still Change The World

In the late summer of 1954, a brilliant young psychologist was reading the newspaper when his eye fell on a strange headline on the back …

Austrian Economics

Your Brain Has A “Shuffle” Button–Here’s How To Use It

Having breakthrough ideas means priming your brain with lots of raw material for it to rummage through at random.<p>In the early 1890s, everybody wanted the newest technological marvel. Democratic and affordable, the bicycle could cut people’s commute to work in half and enable them to enjoy the …

Creativity

Taking Advantage Of Behavioral Economics Can Get Aid To More People In Poverty

Living in poverty can be so draining, it’s often impossible to find and locate help that’s available. Some science is helping aid organizations get their services in front of more people.<p>One of the biggest challenges that aid groups face when battling poverty in the developing world is that being …

Chicago Booth

The mysterious Voynich manuscript has finally been decoded | Ars Technica

History researcher says that it's a mostly plagiarized guide to women's health.<p>Since its discovery in 1969, the 15th century Voynich Manuscript has …

Medieval

What the Rich Won’t Tell You

Over lunch in a downtown restaurant, Beatrice, a New Yorker in her late 30s, told me about two decisions she and her husband were considering. They were thinking about where to buy a second home and whether their young children should go to private school. Then she made a confession: She took the …

Wealth

Warren Berger’s Three-Part Method for More Creativity

<i>“A problem well stated is a problem half-solved.”</i> <br>— Charles “Boss” Kettering***The whole scientific method is built on a very simple structure: <i>If I</i> …

Creativity