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The best lifehacks to help you read more, eat more vegetables, and keep your sneakers like new

I was standing in the shower recently when I realized that baked oatmeal has changed my life. Historically, my weekday morning breakfast routine has vacillated between eating and spending too much ($5 egg-and-cheese bagels) and eating too little (leftover bits of cornflake dust). Then, this year, I …

Productivity

3 Happiness Strategies of Emotionally Intelligent People

<b>1. Work Your Left Cortex</b><p>The more we understand and are able to manage our feelings, the more we're able to understand ourselves and deal with others. …

Emotional Intelligence

To Develop Emotional Intelligence, You Have to Focus on This One Thing First | Inc.com

There's no denying it: Emotions are powerful.<p>Think about it. When you're happy, you're confident. You're ready to take on the world; nothing can get in your way.<p>In contrast, sadness or fear can have the opposite effect.<p>And how about other emotions, like jealousy? Pride? Love? Each of these feelings …

Emotional Intelligence

10 Nifty Home Office Ideas from Milan 2016

Many of us fail to notice the versatility of the modern home office, as well as the ways it can enhance the quality of your life. <b>Modern home offices</b> …

Fixing business models by design

We live in a time of new business models, exponential technologies and digital native customers. Businesses are being challenged and looking for innovation. Some designers who design products and services today are the creators of new organisations and businesses tomorrow. Let me share some of the …

Innovation

16 business books that will change your life forever, according to my coworkers

Sure, 300 pages about entrepreneurship, money, leadership, management, or success can be tough to get through. But the very best business books can change your life.<p>These are the books that offer valuable insights, inspire you, and give you new perspectives. They influence your life and career, and …

Books

12 Self-Awareness Exercises That Fuel Happiness and Success

An old African proverb says, "When there is no enemy within, the enemies outside can do you no harm."<p>Self-awareness is one of the most important skills for success. How you behave and respond to external situations is governed by internal mental processes. Self-awareness uncovers any destructive …

Self-awareness

Barcelona Clubs: 5 Places to Experience the City's Best Nightlife

Although New York is called "the city that never sleeps," that moniker really belongs to Barcelona, which could just as accurately be labeled, "the city that naps in the afternoon and then parties till sunrise." This Spanish gem has set the gold standard for European nightlife, and offers …

George Orwell's Barcelona

George Orwell? “Of course I’ve heard of him,” said Jose Luis Izuel, and reeled off the titles of some of Orwell’s early, lesser-known works: “Keep the Aspidistra Flying, Coming Up for Air, the one about Burma.” Izuel runs one of the bric-a-brac stalls that are set up every Thursday in front of La …

Las Ramblas – the 10 best things to see

<b>Las Ramblas</b> is one of <b>Barcelona’</b>s busiest tourist attractions throughout the year and on many occasions only the negative aspects of it are considered.<p>…

10 of the best tapas bars in Barcelona

Even if bull's tail stew doesn't appeal, spicy sausage or squid probably will – and Spotted by Locals expert Bill Sinclair has tracked down Barcelona's best, but often least known, tapas bars<p>• As featured in our Barcelona city guide<p>Quimet i Quimet<p>Lined from floor to ceiling with wines and spirits …

10 of the best barrio bars in Barcelona

Bar Pastís<p>You'll need to take a short stroll on the wild side to visit this tiny piece of post-war Marseilles in the Raval. You may encounter prostitutes, rent boys, trannies, and absinthe-addled addicts, artists and scribblers en route. (Think Jean Genet and be mindful of your belongings.) <i>Courage</i> …

Michael Chiarello: Barcelona Is the New Florence

At his new San Francisco restaurant Coqueta two nights ago, celebrity chef Michael Chiarello poured liquid nitrogen over double-frozen berry-rhubarb "gazpacho" to conjure tidal waves of vapor and shimmering, dancing, disappearing beads. He hailed merrymakers who held the custom-blown glass party …

San Francisco

18 free things to do in Barcelona

Barcelona has enough to keep the most voracious of culture vultures and self-indulgent of gourmands happy for weeks, but all those entry fees and tapas bills can mount up. Fortunately, help is at hand with a variety of ways to make your holiday budget stretch a little further.<p>In addition to the …

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Expert guide to Barcelona

Local laws and etiquette<p>Tipping is a pretty relaxed affair in Spain, and people tend to round up to the nearest euro in a bar, café or taxi, and leave just a few euros in all but the smartest restaurants.<p>Drivers are required to keep a fluorescent gilet inside the car, to be worn if they break down …

9 Things Mentally Tough People Always Do

Talent is important, but success is also based on persistence, focus, and standing fast in the face of criticism. Fortunately, mental toughness is something you can develop.<p>Let's get this out of the way: Mental toughness is not a quality you either do or don't have.<p>Sure, some people may have …

Self-improvement

A former McKinsey partner shares 7 techniques that will energize you when you're feeling burnt out at work

Sometimes, you just find yourself lacking energy or motivation at work.<p>Rather than waste your day feeling sorry for yourself, there are a few fast and easy ways to overcome burnout at the office, says Sevenshift CEO, McKinsey senior adviser, and former McKinsey partner Caroline Webb.<p>Her new book, …

London School of Economics

Execs from Goldman Sachs, Morgan Stanley, and other top Wall Street firms share their best career advice

You're up against thousands of other people during the application process, competing for a small number of roles.<p>And if you land a Wall Street internship or a full-time role, you'll have to learn how to navigate complex products, markets and organizations in double-quick time.<p>Business Insider …

Employment

8 Ways Resilient People Approach Life, Love and Success.

Resilient people have a sense of grit at their core. They are persistent and tough-minded in the face of failure, loss, heartbreak, success and challenge. They are committed. Whatever they pursue is met with their full attention and nothing less. There is no amount of hard work they will shy away …

Self-improvement

The 5 daily rituals that will make you happy

You know what percentage of people are really happy? Not "oh, life is pretty good," I mean people who are <i>flourishing</i>. They feel their lives are …

11 habits of highly successful people

But that's probably not the case. While luck and genetics may play a role, there are certain learnable behaviors which make success more likely.<p>So just what are those behaviors?<p>Over on Quora, there's a thread dedicated to sharing the most important habits of highly accomplished individuals. We …

Self-improvement

7 Biohacks to Make You A Productivity Machine

Have you had a freshly brewed cup of coffee this morning? If yes, then you just hacked your biology to supercharge your performance. Coffee, i.e. …

One simple practice that will dramatically increase your emotional intelligence

This is often a good thing. Think about it: Good reflexes can help you avoid a car accident or jump to a friend's aid without hesitation.<p>But we get into trouble when we let emotions rule those reactions. For example, how do you typically respond when:<p>You read an email that implies you dropped the …

Self-help

16 Surprising Reasons You're Stressed at Work

Your boss isn't the only culprit.<p>There's not a human on the planet who's immune to stress. It's a natural reaction designed to help you face dangerous, threatening situations by stepping up to the plate — or running like hell.<p>In the short term, this is highly effective: Your body releases a bunch …

Wellness

18 books billionaire Warren Buffett thinks everyone should read

Even now, he still spends about 80% of his day reading.<p>"Look, my job is essentially just corralling more and more and more facts and information, and occasionally seeing whether that leads to some action," he once said in an interview.<p>"We don't read other people's opinions," he said. "We want to …

Investing

The 4 Rituals That Will Make You an Expert at Anything

We hear a lot about “10,000 hours” being what it takes to become an expert. But the majority of people totally misunderstand the idea.<p>So I decided to …

Self-improvement

Keeping A Journal Can Make You Mentally Stronger, Science Explains Why

Some people might think journaling is just for recording bits of daily life. But usually it’s more than that. Science has proven that keeping a …

North Carolina State University

6 Things Exceptionally Productive People Know (That You Don't)

Insane productivity starts with your state of mind.<p>Here's a seemingly simple question for you: What's productivity all about?<p>Most people will answer that getting more done is about straightforward time and energy management--scheduling your tasks more efficiently, optimizing your lifestyle for …

Self-improvement