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Why More Time Is Not What You Need, And Other Productivity Tips For Writers

Whether you work as a writer, aspire to be a writer, or use writing for business, these tips will help you be more productive with your writing.<p>This is the second part of a series. For more productivity tips, you can read part one of Top Productivity Tips For Writers.<p>Today we’ll look at the …

How Facebook’s fancy New York office explains its management philosophy

A short elevator ride from New York City’s humid bustle is Facebook’s brand new office, a raw airy, open-plan space that manages to be luxurious even in a half-finished state. Look around, and there are plenty of signs that you’re in one of those fancy technology spaces that have become part of the …

Computer Science

The Right Way to Present Your Business Case

You’ve already put a great deal of work into preparing a solid business case for your project or idea. But when it comes to the critical presentation phase, how do you earn the support of decision makers in the room? How do you present your case so that it’s clear and straightforward while also …

Fixed, An App That Just Raised $1.2 Million, Fights Your Parking Tickets For You

David Hegarty and DJ Burdick cofounded Fixed last fall after Hegarty received five parking tickets in three weeks. Hegarty knew how to contest tickets, but he realized that his friends didn't and often just paid the fine.<p>"I'm a stickler for protesting all my parking tickets," he told Business …

Get Your Brain Unstuck

It’s 10:20 pm — and you’re still at the office. Any moment now, the cleaning crew will arrive and the vacuuming will start and you’ll have to put on your headphones just to hear yourself think. Your wife calls, asking if she should wait up. “Leaving any minute,” you tell her, staring up at an empty …

Do You Really Want to Be Yourself at Work?

Would you love to work in a place where you could truly be yourself? Where you didn’t have to spend a single moment of your time and energy making sure you put only your best self forward?<p>Most people would, according to research recently published by Rob Goffee and Gareth Jones in “Creating the …

How To Avoid Being Overwhelmed And Exhausted

As entrepreneurs, your business is incredibly important to you, and there is no official “off” switch. You get to decide when you are working and when you are not. In some ways, this is a double-edged sword. Brigid Schulte, an award-winning journalist and New York Times author of <i>Overwhelmed: Work,</i> …

What to Do When Success Feels Empty

Why do career “wins” often leave people feeling empty and dissatisfied? And — more important — how can you avoid that problem? We recently asked HBR readers to share their thoughts, and several of the responses call to mind Douglas T. Hall‘s classic model of psychological success.<p>Hall’s model …

Live a Life You Love: 5 Steps to Set Your Priorities Straight

<b>“It’s not enough to be busy; so are the ants. The question is: what are we busy about?” ~Henry David Thoreau</b><p>About a month ago I decided to add more …

How to Answer the Question "Tell Me About Yourself"

A job interview is a strange event. Once you get the job, you hope to have friendly relationships with the people you're meeting at the interview …

Career Should Not Come At The Cost Of Your Life

Can you be happy in life and career at the same time; in today’s world it seems impossible, You are no different than others. Bronnie Ware an …

10 Marathon Day Mistakes

A marathon presents you with 26.2 miles of opportunity. Sidestep these common training and racing errors to have a great day.<p>Just hours after completing a recent marathon, I raised a bittersweet toast to a race I was already eager to forget. Training for it had cost me countless pancake breakfasts …

Know When to Back Out of a Project

We've all been there: that sickening moment halfway through a major project when you realize you can't finish it on your own. Whether it's a DIY …

7 Things Remarkably Happy People Do Often | Inc.com

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 news and bad news: Unfortunately, approximately 50 percent of your …

Happiness

If You Have a Bad Boss, These Are Your Options

A good boss provides encouragement, development, mentoring, and support, while also being fair, constructively critical, and helpful in integrating employees into high-performing teams. This is a boss you remember for years, one who has a lasting impact on your career.<p>But what happens when you end …

As You Start Your Career, Focus on People Skills

All across the country, this year’s soon-to-be graduates are revving up to start their careers. You may be one of them. You’re already thinking about what you’ll do when get into your new position. You’re smart and energetic, and you’re eager to commit both of those attributes to moving ahead. But …

How To Not Fail When You Try Something New

I have a confession: I used to quickly become frustrated whenever I tried something new and I didn’t quickly excel. Rather than attempting to master the new activity, I would moved on to another task, seeking a gentler learning curve.<p>My frustration with new activities was heightened by my desire to …

How to Manage a Perfectionist

Do you have a perfectionist on your team? The good news is that your direct report has high standards and a fine attention for detail. The bad news is that he fixates on every facet of a project and can’t set priorities. Can you harness these positive qualities without indulging the bad? Can you …

How to Get Your Idea Approved

When you have an idea, proposal, or recommendation that you believe in, it’s easy to presume that getting it approved will be a breeze. If you see how great the idea is, won’t everyone else? However, whether an audience accepts an idea is often less about the idea itself than about how you present …

Microsoft Releases OneNote as a Free Mac App Store Download

In line with a report from last week, Microsoft today launched <i>OneNote</i> for the Mac, making several significant changes to the service for both mobile and desktop users. The biggest change is in pricing with <i>OneNote</i> now free across all supported platforms for personal use. The free Mac app also …

The Introvert's Survival Guide to Networking | Inc.com

I am an introvert. My consulting business blooms or withers largely on the basis of my networking prowess. Fifteen years ago, this painful dichotomy kept me up at night.<p>I signed up for a networking event in Washington, D.C., and the anticipation proved nearly as damaging as the networking itself: …

Networking

If You’re Not Helping People Develop, You’re Not Management Material

Skilled managers have never been more critical to the success of firms than they are today. Not because employees can’t function without direction, but because managers play a vital role in talent management. Gone are the comprehensive career management systems and expectations of long-term …

27 Unspoken Suit Rules Every Man Should Know

You can't expect to look all dapper and gentlemanly without knowing Suiting 101.

Clothing

Why Continuous Deployment May Mean Continuous Customer Disappointment

For the last 75 years products (both durable goods and software) were built via Waterfall development. This process forced companies to release and launch products by model years, and market new and “improved” versions.<p>In the last few years Agile and “Continuous Deployment” has replaced Waterfall …

The Relationship Between Anxiety and Performance

I choked.<p>It was just a middle-school tennis match against a manifestly worse player, but I became overwhelmed with anxiety. Before we’d started, the most important thing was to win. But during the match, I just wanted to get off the court <i>fast.</i> Burping uncontrollably, afraid of throwing up, I hit …

Overcome the Eight Barriers to Confidence

To get a more confident You in the new year — or a more confident company, community, family, or team — first know what gets in the way. The best resolutions will go nowhere without the confidence to stick with them.<p>Confidence is an expectation of a positive outcome. It is not a personality trait; …

Enterprise Architecture: Getting Organized For The New Year

With the new year upon us, and the precept of resolutions in the air, it’s a good time to think about getting organized (personally, I cleaned out the attic). Hence a look at enterprise architecture. If I grasp its definition correctly, it’s a way for CIOs and their designated enterprise architects …

Achieve Your Goals in 2014 — Here’s Research That Can Help

1. Successful people do nine things differently than everyone else.<p>2. The rest of us hold ourselves back in five major ways.<p>3. But don’t stress! Just change the way you think about stress.<p>4. To spot new opportunities, imagine yourself in the future.<p>5. And act like a leader before you are one.<p>6. …