Shannon Hawkins

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The 24 Best Fiction Books Of 2015

These are the novels and short story collections that we absolutely loved in 2015. (Ranked in no particular order.)

Books

Best Trips 2016

National Geographic Traveler presents the New Year's must-see places. Whether it’s Botswana's Okavango Delta or Brazil's beaches, these 20 go-now destinations will get you packing.

Travel Photography

How to Power Through the Day Without Any Sleep

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>We all know the importance of getting a good night’s sleep. Lack of sleep can cause anxiety, irritability and affect your ability to retain information, all impairing your productivity. But as all busy entrepreneurs know, sometimes …

10 Simple Steps to Clarity

"I can't focus, my mind's all over the place!" If I had a nickel for every time I heard someone say this to me, I'd be rich. I hear friends say they take on a million tasks at once and they're onto the next task before finishing the first one -- which really means nothing ever gets done.<p>Our minds …

The Formula to Build Any Successful Habit in Just 30 Days

It's no secret every successful person has developed insanely productive habits into their daily routine. They understand that success in every area of your life largely depends upon the actions you take and being consistent with those actions every single day.<p>A powerful personal growth tool for …

Self-improvement

6 Surefire Methods for Overcoming Procrastination

Many of us have goals -- a set of deep-down desires that we ultimately want to see realized. Yet, with each passing day, we can't find the energy to move forward. And, as the deadline approaches and passes for achieving our goals, we're no further ahead than where we started. Often, we might even …

5 Scary Things That Happen When You Eat Too Much Protein | Women's Health

When you cut your carbs to the bare minimum (which you're likely doing if you're on a super-high-protein diet), your body enters a state called ketosis, where it starts burning fat for fuel instead of the usual carbohydrates. That might be great for weight loss, but not so much for your breath, …

15 Qualities You Need to Develop Mental Toughness | Inc.com

We all reach critical points in our lives where our mental toughness is tested. It might be because of a toxic friend or colleague, a dead-end job, or a struggling relationship.<p>Whatever the challenge, you have to be strong, see things through a new lens, and take decisive action if you want to move …

Emotional Intelligence

This Professor Can Teach Anyone Calculus Using These Simple, Beautiful Animations

Calculus: A word that triggers involuntary fear spasms in the best of us. But the days of slogging through tedious textbook derivatives are over, if …

The ultimate reading list: 50+ books that entrepreneurs should read

Most entrepreneurs need guidance and constant inspiration, especially when they hit a wall. Here's an exhaustive list of little over 50 books that …

These 2 editing strategies help cure my blindness to dumb writing mistakes

My least favorite part about writing is how blind I can get.<p>The more time I spend with a piece, the harder it is to see the words with fresh eyes. I miss mistakes that would be obvious to anyone — except me.<p>The psychological research on concentration suggests so-called "disfluency" promotes deeper …

How to design your life for happiness

Twice a day, like clockwork, an accordion player outside my flat strikes up his wheezing repertoire of three songs. As I write, he’s performing a rather jaunty version of La Vie en Rose. Again. This is my new soundtrack, having recently moved from London to Copenhagen; a process that was a long …

Design

10 Best Fruit Cutting Hacks Because Life Is Hard

Enjoy the fruits of your labor.<p>We owe a lot to many of our ancestors, but whoever discovered how to cut a watermelon and bag it in thirty seconds was a real pioneer.<p>We don't know why the best-tasting, most nutritious fruits have to be the hardest to get into, but we no longer have the right to …

Food

This Simple Technique Can Instantly Reverse Negative Thoughts

Therapists use this powerful strategy to challenge self-destructive beliefs.<p>Depression is often described as feeling like you're stuck in a fog of negative thoughts and beliefs -- but new research suggests that a simple technique borrowed from cognitive behavioral therapy, also known as CBT, can …

Mental Health

An investment adviser explains how to make your money last through generations

They have all kinds of people helping them grow their money, manage their (many) homes — and figure out the best ways to keep their cash and other assets in the family for generations to come.<p>But just because you don't have a cadre of helpers doesn't mean you can't take a cue or two from the …

Personal Finance

A Week's Worth Of One-Skillet Recipes To Make Your Life Easier

Turn up the heat.<p>There are tons of excuses we use to talk ourselves out of cooking at home -- it's messy, complicated, it heats up the apartment. And there's always Seamless.<p>But cooking at home can seriously improve your life, according to science.<p>Julia Wolfson, a lead author of a 2014 <b></b>study at the …

Cooking

The Sneaky, Hidden Costs of College Life (and How to Save)

College gets more expensive every year. And crazy tuition aside, there are a number of sneakier, hidden costs that can drain your wallet when you …

Learn This in 10 Minutes and Be More Productive for Life | Inc.com

You're probably short on time reading this, and I don't blame you. Life moves fast. It seems impossible to keep up with hundreds of tasks being thrown your way every day, especially at the office.<p>In fact, more than two-thirds of employees reported being overloaded at work according to Cornerstone's …

Productivity

Save 99% on the eight-course coding 101 bundle and learn JavaScript, C, HTML5, and more

<i>This is a paid placement and if you buy something through this article or on the BGR Store we will receive compensation from retail partners.</i><p>We’re …

Stopping Procrastinating can make us Happier

Quick links about Procrastination:<p>What is Procrastination?<br>• Why do We Procrastinate?<br>• The Consequences of Procrastinating<br>• What Can We Do to Stop …

Windows 10 sends identifiable data to Microsoft despite privacy settings

Operating system contacts OneDrive, MSN and other services even if a user has activated privacy-protecting options, report discovers<p>Windows 10 sends identifiable information to Microsoft, even if a user turns off its Bing search and Cortana features, and activates the software’s privacy-protection …

Software

New Brain Game Designed to Reduce Anxiety

A recent study finds that a video game-like exercise may be a new tool to reduce anxiety.<p>Michigan State University’s Dr. Jason Moser developed a …

21 Ways to Become an Expert Home Organizer

Getting organized can seem like an insurmountable task, especially if you have lived in your home for years. "Stuff" seems to accumulate overnight and clutter creeps in right before our eyes.<p>Rather than renting a storage unit, moving to a bigger house, or suffering through the disorganized chaos, …

This Time-Lapse Video of Flowers Blooming Will Fix Everything That Is Stressing You

Lukas Gawenda<p>Krasimir Matarov<p>Thomas Endlein<p>Ysabel M Victoriano<p>Nagarjun Ram<p>Dimple Pancholi<p>Wolfgang Weinhardt<p>Kelsey Green<p>Billy Clapham<p>Robert …

The Only Piece of Dating Advice You Need

Berger told Miranda the reason her recent date hasn't called is that "he's just not that into you." Jack Berger and Miranda Hobbs are not my actual friends, but I did spend 30 minutes with them on July 13, 2003, when this phrase was uttered. <i>This</i> phrase that would spawn a subsequent book and movie …

The Post-It Note Approach to Time Management | Inc.com

In addition to the shortcuts I discussed in my last column, I want to introduce a new strategy that you can start putting into place at any time. This is a strategy I learned from coach Kevin Lawrence, and it has helped many leaders establish a new relationship with time.<p>The 5 D's are: "Do it, …

Time Management

A 3-step plan to getting the retirement income you need

<i>My wife and I have substantial 401(k) balances and hope to retire in five years or so. But we're not sure about how to turn our savings into income. We're considering buying an annuity, but don't know whether that's a good move or whether we should be doing something else. What do you think? --Ken</i> …

Retirement