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The Japanese philosophy of Kaizen can reinvent your daily routine

In the years following World War II, American auto executives visited Toyota manufacturing plants in Japan to examine how the company was able to produce so many vehicles so quickly. They discovered a humanizing philosophy driving the manufacturer’s innovation, one that intrinsically motivated …

Self-improvement

5 toxic habits I've quit to be happier, smarter, and more productive

Do you want to know the honest reason why I study productivity?<p>I'm lazy. And I love life.<p>I also sincerely believe that productivity is the key skill that leads to a successful career and happy life. Why? When you're productive, you know how to get the <i>right</i> things done so you never have to worry …

Self-improvement

How much you'd have if you saved $1 a day for the rest of your life

It's true that you can't get much for $1 these days. But if you set aside $1 each day, you actually can get a lot of bang for your buck.<p>Yes, saving small amounts of money really can add up over time, as we found by calculating how much you would have if you saved $1 a day for your adult working …

Retirement

9 Bad Habits You Must Break to Be More Productive | Inc.com

Nothing sabotages your productivity quite like bad habits. They are insidious, creeping up on you slowly until you don't even notice the damage they're causing.<p>Bad habits slow you down, decrease your accuracy, make you less creative, and stifle your performance. Getting control of your bad habits …

Time Management

The Greatest Albums You’ve Never Heard

There are <b>cult heroes</b>, and there are <b>one-hit wonders</b>. And then there are bona fide megastars who, despite enjoying worldwide acclaim, still release …

12 ways to be richer a year from now

There's no point agonizing over that - it's what happens to most people.<p>But you <i>can</i> do something about it.<p>Here are 12 ways to be richer a year from now.<p>You don't have to do them all, of course, but accomplishing just a few could make a big difference in your life a year from now.<p>Even more important, …

The 15-Minute Bodyweight Workout You Can Do Anywhere

The last thing any runner, mountain biker, or rock climber wants to do is take their strength training to the (not so great) indoors. But like it or not, strength training is a critical part of an endurance workout regimen. It prevents muscle imbalances, protects you from injury, and increases …

Workouts

How to Learn New Things as an Adult

A new book explores the psychology of mastering skills and absorbing information.<p>Quick, what’s the capital of Australia? No Googling! (And no points if you’re Australian—that means the information is more meaningful to you, which means you’re more likely to know it.) Did you get it? Or are you sure …

Want To Be Insanely Happy? Get Angry. | Inc.com

Harvard researcher Shawn Achor has defined a 5 step formula to deep resounding happiness. Those steps include thinking about things you're grateful for, journaling, meditating, exercising and performing random acts of kindness.<p>All wonderful things that will bring you joy. Truly. But because the …

Happiness

Why You Should Spend Your Money on Experiences, Not Things | Inc.com

When you work hard every single day and there's only so much money left after your regular expenses, you have to make certain it's well spent. Spend your limited funds on what science says will make you happy.<p><b>The Paradox of Possessions</b><p>A 20-year study conducted by Dr. Thomas Gilovich, a psychology …

Happiness

How to make freezer cake from leftover chocolates

<i>The food writer and food consultant Justine Pattison designs recipes for come of the country’s top TV chefs. Her book, Freeze, published earlier this year, features exclusively freezer-friendly recipes. Here she presents a particularly useful recipe for using up all the unwanted chocolates that</i> …

Dessert

5 counter-intuitive lessons I’ve learned by building startups

Building a startup is anything but intuitive. There’s a good reason startups are all about trying new things, testing them, and re-doing it all over again – there is no <i>one right way</i>, and what works isn’t always what’s logical.<p>When starting a company standard advice like, “work hard,” and, “you have …

5 strategies for remembering everything you learn

• Knowledge about the subject at hand, like math, history, or programming<p>• Knowledge about how learning actually works<p>The bad news: Our education system often skips one of them. This is problematic, given that your ability to learn is such a huge predictor of success in life, from achieving in …

Learning

Want to Avoid Getting Hacked? Follow These Tips for Your Password Protocols

The massive Yahoo breach that has impacted hundreds of millions of users is shining a glaring spotlight on the careful art of creating a password that is secure — while also one you can easily remember.<p>Coming up with one good password isn't enough, though. Every account you use should have a …

Information Systems

The best time of day to do everything, from exercising to interviewing for a job

We've all been there: You wake up psyched to take on the workday, and by the time you go to sleep you feel like you've been totally unproductive.<p>What …

Total Return Review of High Dividend Yield ETF (VYM) | Investopedia

For investors who worry about the economy and markets, a potential investment vehicle is dividend-focused strategies. ETFs, in this regard, often …

Investing

How to Invest Your Way to $1 Million

Little things add up.<p>When you think of millionaires, words like “privilege” and “opulence” often come to mind. What about “comfort”? That’s a term …

Gold can be a big deal for small investors, but nothing is certain

As the Chinese economy began to lose steam this year and there were continuing concerns about the health of global banking, Laura and Simon Delow focused on their investments for the future. Seeking security in case their other pension plans went south, the pair sank £40,000 into gold – an …

Investing

Salted caramel whiskey bread and butter pudding recipe

There can be no dessert more comforting or delicious than bread and butter pudding - and it's even better with a caramel whiskey sauce<p>You could say that I grew up on bread and butter pudding. My mum or dad would prepare it at least once every two weeks. It is simple to make and great for using up …

Dessert

Researchers have discovered how to keep sexual attraction alive in long-term relationships

The key to keeping sexual attraction alive in long-term relationships is being responsive to each others needs outside the bedroom, a new study …

How to Break a 5K Personal Record

Shares 170<p><i>The 5K is often an entry point for newbies to the sport of running. But for anybody who competes for time – which I hope you do if you read</i> …

Marathons

5 Top Indicators for Startup Success, According to This TED Talk | Inc.com

Bill Gross is a smart guy. Twenty years ago he started Idealab. They have started over 100 companies. They have had some successes and many failures.<p>Bill Gross loves startups. He believes the best ones can unlock human potential. Bill wanted to pin point what factors or factor accounts the most for …

Startups

Holiday guide to Alsace, France, including Strasbourg

Alsace runs west to east from the pine-clad Vosges mountains through some of the most beautiful vineyards in France, to the mighty Rhine river and the border with Germany. Changing hands several times over the centuries between France and Germany has only strengthened the independent character of …

France

The Top Ten Ukip Arguments (And Why They Are False)

<b>1. Immigrants are increasing NHS waiting times. "Britain is full".</b><p>Immigrants make a net contribution to the UK. A recent study by University College …

33 Books Every Entrepreneur Should Read

And it doesn't come with a manual.<p>Luckily, there's a multitude of excellent books from founders, VCs, and CEOs who have been through it all.<p>Here's a collection of some of the best books on management, leadership, and entrepreneurship for anyone from seasoned entrepreneurs to those just starting out.<p>…

Self-improvement

Please, Theresa, let Anjem Choudary go and get himself killed

The time to stop these maniacs is when they’re trying to come back into the country – not when they’re leaving<p>The news is always grim, isn’t it? Doom and gloom everywhere. And even the news which appears to be good has a dark cloud hovering behind it. For example, we frequently hear reports of …

Jim Slater: 'My last two share tips soared, here's what I recommend next'

The legendary investor Jim Slater, and new stock-tipper for the Telegraph, reveals his latest share tip<p>Some investors just seem to have an uncanny knack of getting it right. When Jim Slater’s stock-picking column <b>returned to these pages in August</b>, more than 50 years after his first appearance under …

Investing

Train Your Brain to Run Your Best

Reciting positive thoughts is fine, but to really run your best, you've got to shut down your inner critic.<p><i>"The mind is its own place, and in itself can make a Heav'n of Hell, a Hell of Heav'n."—John Milton,</i> Paradise Lost<p><b>As I approached mile 19</b> of the Run for the Red Pocono Marathon feeling …