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Your Weekend Project: Deep-Clean Your Dishwasher

<b>Step 4:</b> Replace the parts you removed and run your machine using nothing but vinegar.<p><b>Important note!</b> Never mix vinegar with bleach when cleaning your …

Cleaning

How to Write a To-Do List That Will Make You Happier and More Productive

Organizing your priorities to set yourself up for success is easier than it seems.<p>A lot goes into being at your productive peak. One simple tool that can keep you organized and motivated is a tidy to-do list.<p>I often hear a common misconception about organizing tasks: It's stressful, overbearing and …

Productivity

When Is Teamwork Really Necessary?

Most leaders assume that they need to foster teamwork among the people whom directly and indirectly report to them. Teaming is now seen as the workplace equivalent of motherhood and apple pie — invariably good. The problem is when leaders try to drive the wrong kind of collaboration on their …

Management

Can You Fix a Toxic Workplace? You Can--If You Do These 5 Things Every Day

Follow these 5 steps and turn your workplace culture from toxic to thriving.<p>When American business executive Douglas Conant took over as the president and CEO of Campbell's Soup, in 2001, he was faced with a formidable task. "The company's stock was falling steeply," writes Roger Dean Duncan in a …

Leadership

Research: To Get People to Embrace Change, Emphasize What Will Stay the Same

Common wisdom in management science and practice has it that to build support for a change project, visionary leadership is needed to outline what is wrong with the current situation. By explaining how the envisioned change will result in a better and more appealing future, leaders can overcome …

Management

For Agile, It's The Best And The Worst Of Times

After living in the shadows from general management for well over a decade, Agile is now bathing in the sunshine, even “eating the world.” As the largest and fastest growing firms on the planet embrace the substance of Agile management, more than 90% of senior executives give “high priority” to …

Project Management

Learn a Foreign Language Through Immersion Using TV Shows and Books With This App

When you’re trying to learn a foreign language, there’s no better way than being immersed in it. Language immersion, after all, is how most of us …

Language Learning

I went from sedentary academic to 100-mile marathon runner—thanks to the science of self-control

Most people have days they’ll never forget. For me, that day is April 26, 2011.<p>It was my first time appearing on National Public Radio. As part of the program <i>All Things Considered</i>, host Michele Norris interviewed me about my research that suggested increasing narcissism in pop music lyrics. Michele …

Self Control

My Family Is Now the Typical American Family of Four. And It Sucks.

After five years of being a stay-at-home mom, my wife recently went back to work. The transition reminded us how great we had it.<p>I knew before my …

Parenting

Why most people will never be successful

“Success” isn’t just having lots of money. Many people with lots of money have horribly unhappy and radically imbalanced lives.<p>Success is …

Self-improvement

How to change careers with no experience in your new field

Every person deserves career happiness, so when one’s current situation no longer satisfies, a switch may be in order. The prospect of changing …

Employment

I tried a Bullet Journal…and it changed my life

Everybody’s got their primary stress point, and for me, it’s feeling overwhelmed. I’m a student and I work, so I tend to pack my days to the brim—but …

Productivity

6 Ways to Be Awesome Even When You Think You're Just Average

If you have a growth mindset and believe that failure is part of learning, welcome to the new awesome.<p>If you've ever felt like you're just the average Joe or Jane, I have news for you. Anybody can be awesome.<p>Being awesome doesn't mean having off-the-chain leadership skills at work or killing it …

Self-improvement

These are the best books for learning modern statistics—and they’re all free

Statistics came well before computers. It would be very different if it were the other way around.<p>The stats most people learn in high school or college come from the time when computations were done with pen and paper. “Statistics were constrained by the computational technology available at the …

Machine Learning

Project managers need to be warriors, not bookkeepers – or your projects are doomed

There is a trend in the IT industry that I find disturbing: more often than not companies are recruiting for project managers only those that are PMP …

Project Management

Too Many Jobs Feel Meaningless Because They Are

As earnings season is upon us, it’s worth asking: Does business create value these days the way it once did?<p>One sign it doesn’t is a significant decline in the formation rate of U.S. firms over the past few decades. Economists Peter Orszag and Jason Furman have argued that investment and innovation …

London School of Economics

PSA: Tomorrow Is National Orgasm Day. Let Us Help You Prepare.

July 31st is a day when genitals around the world should all be singing a happy tune– it’s National Orgasm Day lovers, and we’re really fucking …

Rocky Mountains

4 Leadership Lessons That Leaders Say They Wish They Had Learned Sooner

As a leadership coach, I often see the same leadership challenges arise across industries. There’s the challenge of time (there’s never enough of it), decision making, navigating organizational politics (which is really a trust issue), creating a shared purpose, communicating across silos and, of …

Leadership

Why Being Nice at Work Can Backfire Badly, According to Psychology

If you've ever been the office sweetheart, you know exceptional kindness can be met with nastiness. Here's why.<p>Ask anyone whom they prefer to work with, nice guys or bullies, and you'll get a fast and certain reply -- just about everyone says they prefer to share an office with kindhearted …

Psychology

The $50 Clock That Keeps My Toddler In Bed Every Morning

Mella is a sleek sleep-training clock that uses colors and cute smiles to let kids when it's okay to get up.<p>I never wanted to convert my daughter’s …

Parenting

5 Things Your Cover Letter Needs If You Want People to Read It, According to a Recruiter | Inc.com

<i>Do recruiters read cover letters? originally appeared on Quora - the place to gain and share knowledge, empowering people to learn from others and better understand the world.</i><p><b>Answer by Ambra Benjamin, Tech Recruiting Manager at Facebook, on Quora:</b><p><i>Do recruiters read cover letters?</i> Big disclaimer: I …

Employment

To Raise Exceptional Children, Teach Them These 7 Values

Any fact or bit of knowledge we teach a child might be obsolete when they are adults, but values endure through all changes.<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>To parent our children to be exceptional, we must allow our children to experience "optimal levels of …

Parenting

A Girl's Guide to the Tween Years

The tween years aren't easy for anybody, parent or child, boy or girl. But the preteen years can be especially hard on girls. Puberty is just the …

Parenting

The least awkward way to talk about salary with your co-workers

Asking someone how much money they make is like asking to see them naked. It feels like a violation at worst, and deeply inappropriate at best. That …

7 Skills That Aren’t About to Be Automated

Today’s young professionals grew up in an age of mind-boggling technological change, seeing the growth of the internet, the invention of the smartphone, and the development of machine-learning systems. These advances all point toward the total automation of our lives, including the way we work and …

Albert Einstein

Research: We Take More Risks When We Compete Against Rivals

Rivalry is everywhere. We see rivalries in sports, business, school, and basically any arena where there is competition. Whether it is rivalry between people (Bill Gates versus Steve Jobs; Roger Federer versus Rafael Nadal), between organizations (e.g., Ford versus GM), or between nations (e.g., …

Management

Nathan Fillion Made An Uncharted Fan-Film, And It's Excellent

The official <i>Uncharted</i> movie may be stuck in development hell forever, but actor Nathan Fillion and his crew have made their own 15-minute tribute to …

Why Women Volunteer for Tasks That Don’t Lead to Promotions

Here’s a work scenario many of us know too well: You are in a meeting and your manager brings up a project that needs to be assigned. It’s not particularly challenging work, but it’s time-consuming, unlikely to drive revenue, and probably won’t be recognized or included in your performance …

Gender

There Are 11 Different Types of Orgasms—Here's How to Have Each

<i>This article originally appeared on Health. For more stories like this, visit health.com.</i><p><i>This article originally appeared on Health. For more stories</i> …

Here’s Exactly What to Do if a Tick Bites You

There are lots of experiences you might hope to have while exploring the great outdoors. Taking in scenic views after summiting a hike, enjoying …

Disease