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Science Says 92 Percent of People Don't Achieve Their Goals. Here's How the Other 8 Percent Do

If you're serious about goal setting, here's what the high achievers know that you may not.<p>Did you know that a staggering 92 percent of people that set New Year's goals never actually achieve them? That's according to research by the University of Scranton.<p>I've done it many times, and if you're …

Motivation

5 Scientifically Proven Ways to Give a Killer Presentation

Terrible talks don't have to be an inevitable part of life, at least not when given by you.<p>Have you ever endured a presentation while your mind wandered, eyelids drooped, and backside ached? Of course you have. Dull training sessions, sermons, and briefings are an unavoidable part of life. Prezi …

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Want to Dramatically Improve Presentations? Science Says Do This

Use your brain to create a compelling pitch<p>My client needed help, and she needed it fast. "Please tell me how to improve this presentation," she asked. "The CEO is planning to share this next week at the employee town hall meeting."<p>She opened a folder and pulled out a thick printout of a PowerPoint …

Short-Term Memory

How A Tiny Staging Company Built A $100 Million Business

ASH doesn’t want to leave its stamp around the world–just on projects where it can leave a lasting impression.<p>A few years ago, you might have caught Ari Heckman and Jonathan Minkoff–cofounders of the New York–based design company ASH–loading up a station wagon with flea market finds to “stage” …

Real Estate

15 Useful Things That Will Actually Organize Your Car

Zoom, zoom.

White Sauce for Pasta Recipe

"My husband lived in Italy for 3 years, so he's really picky about his Italian cuisine! I needed a great meal that was super-quick one night for his …

9 Easy Home Decor Tweaks That Will Make You Happier

The things that surround as have a great deal in making us feel a certain way. Some things make us happy, others not so much. When it comes to …

6 Ikea Hacks You NEED To See

There's nothing like the feeling of accomplishment that comes along with a DIY effort gone right. While we can't say that's ever <i>really</i> happened to us personally, there are people out there that really "nail it" when it comes to interior projects. Which is why we've rounded up some of the coolest …

19 Useful Things That Will Actually Organize Your Desk

Make your desk as cute and organized as you are.

Organize your everyday carry with these stylish leather tech cases

<i>The Insider Picks team writes about stuff we think you'll like. Business Insider has affiliate partnerships so we may get a share of the revenue from your purchase.</i><p>This Is Ground The struggle to keep our everyday carry organized is a perennial one. We just have so much <i>stuff;</i> clutter is …

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Elizabeth Gilbert's Top 10 Tips for Writers to Stay Inspired and Kick-Start Your Creativity

The dreaded blank page. You just can't find that perfect opening line. Or maybe you’ve finally hit the crucial point in your story only to find that …

Plant These Trees in Your Yard for Fast Growth and Summer Shade

When picking a tree to turn your yard into a shady paradise, you need one that will grow quickly enough to enjoy after a few years, and that’s also …

Tulips

You can now use any Android app on your Mac w/ BlueStacks App Player

BlueStacks, a free desktop Android emulator that lets users play any mobile game or app on the big screen with a mouse and keyboard, has mostly been limited to PC users until today. But Mac users are about to get access to the software that the company says already has around 90 million users on …

Ask Siri What Zero Divided By Zero Is; Prepare To Be Burned By Some Major Snark

Ask Siri an unsolvable question and you'll get a cheeky response.<p>This week, social media was abuzz with talk about Apple’s know-it-all digital assistant, and her sassy answer to the impossible query: “Siri, what is zero divided by zero?”<p><b>**The answer is below. iPhone users, we'd recommend asking the</b> …

Gut Vs. Data: 4 Traits Of Great Decision Makers

When you need to make a business decision, do you pore through the data? Or are you more likely to go with your gut?<p>Turns out the best decision makers do both, said Manav Misra, chief science officer at CenturyLink Cognilytics.<p>“Decision making has always been a blending of data and experience,” he …

Sarah's Crisp and Clever Small Space in Chicago

<b>Name:</b> Sarah <b><br>Location:</b> Lakeview - Chicago, IL<p>After graduating from the University of Michigan with a B.F.A. in Art & Design, I risked a move to the …

This Clever Duvet Cover Trick is Going to Change Your Life

The "duvet burrito" makes changing your cover SO much easier.<p>Nothing says frustrating like trying to put on a duvet cover by yourself. In a world of iPhones, robo-vacuums, and all sorts of tech gadgets, you'd think we would have found a simpler solution to this cumbersome housekeeping task by now. …

Bedrooms

43 Small Kitchen Ideas That Won't Make You Feel Claustrophobic

Sky-high cabinets and mirrored backsplashes are your friends here.<p>When your prep space is no larger than a closet, even one person can feel like too many cooks in the kitchen. These tricks will help you make the most of your counter space and cabinetry. And when you want to plan for your future …

How to Hang Photos

Follow these step-by-step instructions to display your artwork with style.<p>How to Hang Pictures and Mirrors<p>One way of hanging pictures is from a picture rail. However, if you would rather hang the pictures and mirrors individually, there are certain steps you can take to avoid marking your walls …

Forget Cover Letters - Write A Pain Letter, Instead!

If you haven’t been on a job search lately, consider yourself lucky. The job market is no picnic. Most large and medium-sized organizations use brutal and talent-repelling automated recruiting sites with keyword-sorting software that sucks all the human life out of your application or resume.<p>Cover …

6 Mistakes You Make When Making Your Bed

A few key fixes can make a difference.<p>Making your bed certainly isn't rocket science, but the difference between a messy display and an especially smooth (and super-inviting) mattress is actually all in the details.<p><b>1. You lay your top sheet pattern-up.</b><p>Placing it pattern-side down is actually the …

Cleaning

14 DIY Coasters To Cheer Up Your Coffee Table

These 14 easy-to-make coasters are great for gifting (or for yourself!). This article originally appeared on HouseBeautiful.com<p><b>1. Geometric Clay</b><p><i>Pretty Nice</i><p>These black-and-white geometric clay coasters from Pretty Nice can be decorated however you'd like to fit into your living room decor—but we …

Living Rooms

10 Problems Only Renters Understand (Solved!)

Annoyed with your apartment? Don't despair. We've found solutions for these 10 rental headaches.<p>Annoyed with your apartment? Don't despair. We've found solutions for these 10 rental headaches.