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My First Month Using A Paper Planner After A Decade Drowning In Apps

One writer’s experiment in relearning the art of analog time management.<p>From 2002 to 2007, I used to walk around everywhere with a little spiral notebook in my back pocket and a pencil sticking out of my hair. This was how I managed my schedule, to-do list, and (as a college student) the doodles I …

Time Management

What Happened When I Forced Myself To Wake Up At 5 A.M. Every Day For A Month

Some early risers might get more done, but it turns out there are times when getting up earlier can make you less productive.<p>Early risers get a lot of good press: They are supposedly more productive and possibly better problem solvers. But after a month of forcing myself out of bed at 5 a.m., I …

Sleep

Why Do Songs Get Stuck in Our Heads?

Can’t get that new song out of your head? You’ve probably got an earworm, which “tends to be this little fragment, often a bit of the chorus of the …

Cognitive Science

Multitasking is Killing Your Brain

<b>Many people believe themselves to be multitasking masters, but could it all be in their heads?</b><p>Our brains weren’t built to multitask.<p>Our brains are …

7 Essential Lessons From The Harvard Innovation Lab

Here’s what Harvard students learn about how to create an environment where innovation thrives.<p>Jodi Goldstein knows a thing or two about innovation. With more than 20 years’ experience as a high-tech entrepreneur and investor with a focus on consumer technology and a stint as a venture capitalist, …

Innovation

7 Long-Term Productivity Habits Of The Most Successful People

Most employees are happiest doing rote work, but highly successful people aren’t most employees.<p>One thing uniting the most high-power leaders with the lowest-level workers is time: Day in and day out, we all have the same amount of it. Where the variation comes in is how we use it. Some of the most …

Success

A List Of 30 Small Things For You To Do To Become Happier In Life

• Be thankful and show gratitude. It is not about what you don’t have but about the things you currently have. Find a way to express your …

Twenty Cognitive Biases That Could Be Helping You Make Bad Decisions

The human mind is a beautiful thing. Our ability to perceive, manage and express our individual experiences has been a huge reason for our success as …

Cognition

The Four Best Productivity Tricks I Learned At Google

A two-year tenure at Google gave a team of people the productivity skills to start their own venture.<p>When Google acquired the online photo editor Picnik in 2010, CMO Lisa Conquergood and the rest of the Picnik team went, too. They worked on the site until Google narrowed its focus and closed Picnik …

Employment

3 Ways Leaders Accidentally Undermine Their Teams’ Creativity

There are a lot of myths and misconceptions about where creativity comes from and how to nurture and grow it in a team. As a result, even well-meaning leaders can end up killing the creativity of a team when they need it most.<p>If your team is in the midst of solving a problem or generating a new …

Creativity

New Proof That We’re Not As Busy As We Think

A new national study finds Americans work reasonable hours and get enough sleep, even if we often think otherwise<p>There are certain things that we all believe about our modern working lives, namely that we are overworked and sleep-deprived. We come home from long workdays to a mess of chores, and …

Demographics

Why Brands Don’t Stick in Professional Service Firms

big idea<p>Why Brands Don’t Stick in Professional Service Firms<p>By Burkey Belser and Stefan Klocek<br>July 8, 2015<p>This paper is heavily inspired by the …

Technology and The Evolution of Storytelling

by John Lasseter<p>It is such an exciting time to be a filmmaker.<p>I do not believe the notion that the cinema is dying or dead because it’s amazing what …

Simple Strategies For Aligning Your Goals And Daily Tasks

The tasks we do are rarely the ones we should be prioritizing. Here’s a system to align your macro goals with your micro tasks.<p>The word “negligence” has an almost universal negative connotation. Negligent store owners are sued, while negligent parents and negligent teachers blame each other for …

Time Management

A Ranking Of International Typed Laughter

"Jajajaja," "hahahahah," or "hhhhhhhh." Which will reign supreme?<p>Sourcing: This reddit thread, How To Say LOL In 14 Different Languages and How The World Laughs on the Web.

Simple Ways To Trick Yourself Into Being More Patient

The amount of patience you have might be a fundamental part of your personality, but you can learn the trait with these small habit changes.<p>Our hyper-connected lives have one major drawback: patience.<p>“We live in a world where we can get anything we want right away,” says Mary Jane Ryan, author of</i> …

Self-help

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10 Ways To Stay Calm In The Face Of Daily Stress

To survive and thrive we need to find ways to deal with pressure and uncertainty. Here are 10 tips that will help you on a daily basis.<p>In late 1939 after the outbreak of World War II, the British government designed a number of morale boosting posters preempting the eventual mass bombings of the …

World War II

7 Habits Of Highly Persistent People

Talent, genius, and education mean very little when persistence is lacking. Here’s what true determination looks like.<p>In any discussion of the attributes of successful people, persistence is always mentioned, often as the, or one of the, most important factors in success.<p>Major success seldom comes …

Self-improvement

17 Hobbies To Try If You Suck At Hobbies

For introverts, extroverts, and everyone in between.

5 Things I Wish I Knew Before I Started My First Job

A recent grad shares what she’s learned after her first year on the job.<p>Now is the time that college seniors usually spend breaking out in stress acne, exhausting the “apply now” button on LinkedIn, and binge eating donuts. These things, for the record, are completely normal, or at least things …

Employment

One Of The Most Important Strategies For Changing Your Habits

In an excerpt from her new book, best-selling author Gretchen Rubin explains how to schedule habit change into your daily routine.<p>The Strategy of Scheduling, of setting a specific, regular time for an activity to recur, is one of the most familiar and powerful strategies of habit formation. …

Andy Warhol

5 Job-Boosting Skills You Can Learn In A Weekend

These low-commitment, high-return activities will make you better at your job.<p>Need a few ideas for putting this weekend to good use–while having fun and relaxing before Monday comes again?<p>Try these activities that will make you feel accomplished and productive, while boosting your resume and …

Online

3 Ways To Use Gestures When Speaking Without Feeling Uncomfortable

Never sure what to do with your hands while talking? Keep these three movements in mind.<p>For many people, public speaking is so fraught with anxiety that they give little thought to how they should gesture to help get their point across.<p>While it’s true that gestures can add power to your speaking, …

Public Speaking

19 Everyday Expressions That Came from Aesop

Aesop: we’ve all heard the name, and most of us are familiar with at least a few of his fables with the anthropomorphized animals facing extremely …

23 Seldom-Used Ideas for How to Use Twitter Lists

If you’ve read any lists on Twitter tips, whether for beginners or for experts, you’ve likely come across the common advice to <b>use Twitter …

5 Steps To Creating Your Most Efficient Workday Yet

Picture your ideal workday. Now let’s set about making that a reality.<p>We’re a culture obsessed with improvement. It’s why late-night TV is littered with infomercials for miracle diet pills and the perfect pillow.<p>But we spend even more time working than we do sleeping or eating. In fact, the average …

CEOs

It Can Be Done–How To Get To The Top With A Clean Conscience

It turns out you don’t have to step on people on your way up the corporate ladder.<p>The old cliché says that you can’t get to the C-suite without leaving a few bodies in your wake–but is that really true? There are, of course, many executives who got there through brute force, which is why if you’re …

Leadership

The Five Types Of Mentors You Need

You can’t expect one person to be able to give you all the career guidance you need. Here are the people you need on your team.<p>When we talk about mentorship in the workplace, we often focus on finding one person who can help to guide us through the challenges we will face at work. It might be …

Leadership

Alejandro González Iñárritu’s Rules for a Successful Collaboration

The Oscar-sweeping writer-director of Best Picture winner Birdman joined forces with three other writers for the film.<p>Alejandro González Iñárritu is a “real pain in the ass.” At least that’s how Emmanuel Lubezki described him Saturday as Lubezki won an Independent Spirit Award for cinematography on</i> …