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The biggest productivity myth is that rigid rules like the Pomodoro technique are for everyone

The internet is filled with advice and lifehacks on how to improve productivity. We all want to achieve more, it seems, to cram more into our days. There always seems to be that one overachieving colleague who has it all figured out, and uses a complex routine involving butter-filled coffee, short …

Time Management

8 Habits You Should Stop Doing Now To Radically Improve Your Life

Something is in the water. Everybody, it seems, is blogging, speaking, or doing research about the concept of happiness and freedom in the …

The Totally Free Way to Boost Productivity and Reduce Stress

How MIT made its employees happier and more motivated without spending a dime.<p>If you want to motivate your team to work a little harder, there is no shortage of options. Bonus schemes, training opportunities, and a variety of luxe perks could all do the trick. But you already know the issue with …

Employee Engagement

The 9 Biggest Myths About Creativity You Should Never Believe | Inc.com

The following beliefs are held firmly throughout corporate America, and I hear them all the time. They simply make sense to people, but they are not true. Here is why.<p>1. Innovation = creativity<p>Those two words are often used interchangeably.<p><b>Reality:</b> Although related, those are two different terms. …

Innovation

6 Simple Time Management Strategies That Will Transform the Way You Work

In a business where time is literally money (as many freelancers and agencies bill by the hour), having tight control over how you manage your time …

10 Motivational TED Talks to Watch With Breakfast | Inc.com

One of my favorite innovations in recent years is the idea of TED Talks. Whether you attend a session in person or watch online, you can learn and gain inspiration and see and hear people tell their stories and share their expertise firsthand. It's accessible, substantive information on virtually …

Motivation

Meet The Man Who Lives Normally With Damage to 90% of His Brain

The father of two lives a normal life.<p>A French man who lives a relatively normal, healthy life - despite damaging 90 percent of his brain - is …

12 Habits Of Genuine People

Emotional intelligence (EQ) is critical to your performance at work. TalentSmart has tested the EQ of more than a million people and found that it explains 58% of success in all types of jobs. Suffice it to say, emotional intelligence is a powerful way to focus your energy in one direction with …

Emotional Intelligence

Personal Development Books

Steve's recommended reading list of personal development books:<p>Productivity, Time Management, Effectiveness<p>The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by …

Books

How Successful Entrepreneurs Master Time

Learn how to get the most out of every hour.<p>We all want to be happier and more successful and to get more out of life. (Who doesn't?) If only it were possible to squeeze more time into each day.<p>I understand that desire for more time. As the founder of Aha! I have a very busy schedule -- sometimes …

Time Management

The One Rule For Having a Successful Career

Careers have changed dramatically over the last decade. There’s no such thing as a <i>lifer</i> or sticking to a single company for the duration of your …

23 Questions to Ask Yourself When You’re Stressed Out

Stress… <i>ugh</i>. We all know what it feels like. It manifests for each of us in different ways. Muscle tension, inability to sleep well, headaches, an …

10 Ways To Get Your Motivation Back After Getting Knocked Down

<i>This column is by Cynthia Bazin, President of SmartChic</i><p>It happens to the best of us! At some points in our life, we are going to burn-out or totally …

6 Ways To Invest Your Time and Money In Your 20s For Long-Term Success

Your 20s is a time where you’re only just starting your career. 20.2 million students have just left education and its time to start the path that …

A Guide to Architect Terms and Phrases

What the heck is a bumwad?<p>Architecture boasts a language all its own. From construction terms to office tools to lofty lingo like "spatiality," it’s easy to feel left in the dark if you lack an architecture degree. To help avoid confusion and head-scratching, here’s a comprehensive list of the most …

16 Tips to Start Habits You Want and Stop Ones You Don't

You know successful habits create success. The challenge is doing them. Here are tips from someone who hasn't missed his daily habits in over five years.<p>In January 2011 I started writing on my blog daily. I haven't missed a day since, meaning over 2,200 posts. It's part of why I'm writing here.<p>In …

Will Power

Five ways your brain is fooling you, courtesy of neuroscientist Dean Burnett

You’ve probably found yourself in situations where you felt like either your memory or your perception was somehow distorted. Maybe you’d confess to …

Making Friends with Oneself

Later this week Pema Chödrön—Tibetan nun, acharya [senior teacher] in the Shambhala lineage, and the first director of Gampo Abbey Monastery in Nova …

Meditation

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The Killer 8-Minute Kettlebell Workout

In a world of hollow fitness promises, getting a great workout in less than 10 minutes may seem dubious. But we can guarantee that at the end of this …

How to Get 10X More Done (and Still Leave Work on Time!)

Picture your perfect day. You wake up early. The sun is shining. Everything goes your way during your morning routine as you get off to work, where you arrive a few minutes before everyone else. You avoid the temptation of checking email immediately and settle into a major project.<p>Time passes …

Time Management

How I Lost 220 Pounds & Kept It Off For Good

Back in the 1990s, I went through a period of time when my weight was completely out of control. No matter what I did to lose weight, I just kept …

The Internet of Things has a dirty little secret: it's not really yours

<i>The Internet of Shit is a column about all the shitty things we try to connect to the internet, and what can be done about it. It’s from the anonymous creator of the Internet of Shit Twitter account.</i><p>If you pay any attention at all to technology news right now, you might be led to believe that …

Internet of Things

Why Data Is The New Oil

The field of artificial intelligence is red hot thanks in part to big companies like Google, Facebook, and Microsoft using AI-related techniques to …

Artificial Intelligence

16 Habits Extremely Happy People All Share

We all want to live happy lives. Easier said than done. How do we get to our goal?<p><i>The Bucket List</i> is a 2007 movie that starred Jack Nicholson and Morgan Freeman and focused on living out the list of things they identified that they wanted to do before they died. While the story includes …

Happiness

How you can master machine learning and AI

Any conversation about the current state of tech would be incomplete without mention of Machine Learning, the latest wave of programming that's making once futuristic inventions like artificial intelligence, self-driving cars, and smart homes a reality.<p>Believe it or not, you can learn the …

5 Proven Ways to Be More Productive

Want to know how to be productive? Create goals, make a plan and execute. We all know this is a good idea… and it never, ever seems to work.<p>It’s like …

Time Management

10 Success lessons from Larry Ellison – “Flamboyant Billionaire” for entrepreneurs

Share19<p>Tweet<p>Share19<p>+12<p>Shares 40<p>When one talks of a “flamboyant billionaire,” the biggest name that springs to mind is that of Oracle founder Larry …

Motivational Boost #7: 10 Great Motivational Quotes About Passion

“The saddest people I’ve ever met in life are the ones who don’t care deeply about anything at all. Passion and satisfaction go hand in hand, and …

5 Strategies Facebook Uses To Avoid Office Politics

Facebook’s global head of engineering offers simple strategies to rout out toxic, self-serving behaviors.<p>Office politics. At best, they’re something to be navigated to achieve your goals. At worst, they can make work a toxic hive that encourages back-stabbing and other bad behavior.<p>Startups have an …

Leadership