Chris Powell

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11 Trends Shaping The Future Of Retail

I took this picture in 2016 at Hillsdale Mall in San Mateo, California. This used to be a Sears department store originally opened in 1952. While Sears is still alive and kicking, it’s sad to see so many once celebrated brands slowly deteriorate and/or then suddenly crumble. I call this the new …

Less is more as Japanese minimalist movement grows

TOKYO (Reuters) - Fumio Sasaki's one-room Tokyo apartment is so stark friends liken it to an interrogation room. He owns three shirts, four pairs of trousers, four pairs of socks and a meager scattering of various other items.<p>Money isn't the issue. The 36-year-old editor has made a conscious …

How Giving Up TV For A Month Changed My Brain And My Life

Watching a couple hours of TV a day can have major effects on your brain. So what would happen if you quit cold turkey?<p>I’ve never seen <i>Game of Thrones</i>, I don’t know what the <i>Scandal</i> is, and I couldn’t name a single “real” housewife. I thought I didn’t watch much television and that taking a 30-day …

Here’s How A Month Of Zen Meditation Changed My Life

The Buddhist meditation practice is over 1,500 years old, but modern science says it has very real mental and physical health benefits.<p>On a trip to Japan last year, one of the places I visited was Kyoto, home to over 2,000 Buddhist temples and Shinto shrines. During one of my daily walks exploring …

13 apps that helped me break my worst habits at work and at home

If your answer is a resounding YES, then let me tell you - I empathize!<p>Between work commitments, money managing, keeping your health in order and an ever-demanding social calendar, it can be difficult to achieve some sense of balance.<p>Or prioritize the things you actually want to do with your time… …

The Minimalism Checklist

The average home in the U.S. contains about three hundred thousand items. What on earth? What are we even doing with all that stuff?If your house …

Minimalism

The One Smartphone Hack Guaranteed To Make You More Productive

It's deceptively simple but extraordinarily effective.<p>The other day, around 3 p.m., I had one of those "moments" at work. You know--when you feel overwhelmed by how much you have to do, and at the same time frustrated at how little you've accomplished so far.<p>Just then, my phone vibrated--a text …

The number of internet cordcutting homes in the US has doubled in three years

Every home could be a mobile home one day.<p>Internet cordcutters, people who rely exclusively on wireless devices to get their internet, doubled in the last three years, according to data released last week by the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) from a survey of …

Net Neutrality

6 Insanely Popular Ways to Waste a Life

<i>What we truly need to do is often what we most feel like avoiding.</i>If we don’t go after what we want, we will never get it. If we don’t ask the right …

Time Management

The Future Of Digital Workspaces Means More Meaningful Collaboration

Why do we work in offices? You could cite a handful of reasons, such as having a visible “headquarters” for your brand or maintaining more control over employee schedules, but when it comes down to it, offices exist to encourage collaboration. We have board rooms to host meetings, break rooms to …

The End Of The Bookshelf

It’s been a habit of mine since birth and I’m sure you share it: I try to check out bookshelves whenever I can. During dinner parties I gravitate to …

Fear Is Why We Have Too Much Stuff

While we might want to get out from under the mountain of possessions we have, and have all the best intentions of simplifying our lives … the truth …

Why I Stopped Watching The News 3 Years Ago…You Should Too.

We’ve all heard the saying.<p>“You are the average of the five people you spend the most time with.”<p>- Jim Rohn<p>So whoever your mates are, how they …

Schedule Meeting Margins

<b>Margin Matters</b>Sometimes it’s the simplest productivity hacks that end up returning the greatest benefits over time. Here’s one such strategy I’ve …

A record number of people in Japan are dying from overwork

Labor demand, with 1.28 jobs per applicant, is the highest since 1991, which should help Prime Minister Shinzo Abe draw more people into the workforce to counter the effect of a shrinking population, but lax enforcement of labor laws means some businesses are simply squeezing more out of employees, …

Employment

How To Take Care Of A Sad Person (10 Steps)

We all deal with sad people in different ways. Some people are experts in the art of comforting others. Some freeze up like they’ve just seen a …

9 Ideas For A Clutter-Free Home Office

<i>Natasha Saroca, Houzz Contributor</i><p>The home office is often prone to clutter, as tidiness tends to fall by the wayside when deadlines are looming and you’ve got a million and one things to do. But let’s face it: You can’t do your best work if your work space is a disaster. Save your sanity and make …

I haven't used cash in almost a year — here's why you shouldn't, either

Today apps like Venmo and PayPal, budgeting tools like Mint, online loan sites like Lending Tree, and web-based brokers like RobinHood and ETrade have further pushed finances into the digital world.<p>Despite this cash is still used on a massive scale in the United States; the average American pays in …

Personal Finance

Why You Should Create a Personal Uniform

A few weeks ago, I was having coffee with my friend Dalton (from Naked Charisma). He’d just returned from Bangkok and brought me a custom dress shirt …

Clothing

The Life-Changing Magic Of Shorter Emails

Sending shorter emails can change your career and boost your bottom line. Receiving shorter emails can make your workday more bearable.<p>Picture the last time you had an email that sat in your inbox for days, or even weeks, but you just couldn’t bring yourself to answer it. The odds are good that …

No tech allowed! Your gadgets aren't welcome here

Lit by a single bulb in the hipster neighborhood of Chicago known as Wicker Park, a signless establishment beckons thirsty clientele with craft cocktails. A taste of exotic ingredients like beet syrup and huckleberry bitters comes at a price: When you're here, you can't use your phone.<p>That's the …

‘Facebook turned me down’ — the job rejection letter that turned into a $4 billion check

We’ve all been there — the job rejection that really stung, as with this tweet from Brian Acton in August of 2009…<p>Brian was feeling a bit washed up. …

7 things a sleep scientist does to get a good night's sleep

Sleep is one of the most fundamental and basic things humans do. Without it, we'd literally die.<p>But many find it extremely challenging to not only get an adequate and consistent amount of sleep every night, but to do it well.<p>We turned to an expert — sleep scientist Patrick Fuller, an associate …

The Power of Buying Less by Buying Better

A number of new online fashion retailers are capitalizing on consumers’ desires to purchase clothing that lasts.<p>According to a recent survey commissioned by the British charity Barnardo’s, a majority of women’s garments are worn a mere seven times before being pushed to the back of the closet or …

Clothing

No alcohol, no coffee for 27 months. This is what happened.

<i>by</i> <i>Tobias van Schneider</i><p>Exactly today I haven’t had a single drop of alcohol or coffee in 27 months.<br>A couple of my friends on Facebook & Twitter asked …

A 23-year-old Google employee lives in a truck in the company's parking lot and saves 90% of his income

The idea started to formulate while Brandon — who asked to withhold his last name and photo to maintain his privacy on campus — was interning at Google last summer and living in the cheapest corporate housing offered: two bedrooms and four people for about $65 a night (roughly $2,000 a month), he …

Minimalism

Google is quietly building a much smarter email app

Google / Skye Gould / Tech Insider<p>There are more ways to communicate online than ever before. Yet millions of people still use email to interact with …

Machine Learning

Why Creating A To-Do List Is Derailing Your Success

Most of us make them, but to-do lists make us more stressed and don’t account for how long tasks take. Here are three things to do instead.<p>Nearly two-thirds of professionals write to-do lists, but 41% percent of all to-do list items never actually get done, according to research from the …

This Is What WIFI, Cell Phones, iPads & More Are Doing To Your Child’s Brain – 100 + Scientists Are Now Petitioning The UN

<b>“Children today are sicker than they were a generation ago. From childhood cancers to autism, birth defects and asthma, a wide range of childhood</b> …