Bill Bankowski

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10 Lessons I Learned from a Year of Productivity Experiments

Over the last 12 months I have conducted countless productivity experiments on myself, interviewed some of the most productive people in the world, …

Time Management

How To Completely #Unplug Your Morning Routine

Most days are abuzz with activity. Which is why you need to begin them with calm.<p>“Just as noise is meaningless without quiet,” Fabrica CEO Dan Hill once observed, “connectivity becomes meaningless when pervasive, when it is without a few ‘sanctuary spaces’ as contrast.”<p>For many, that contrast is …

This Will Make You Smarter: 151 Big Thinkers Each Pick a Concept to Enhance Your Cognitive Toolkit

Every year for more than a decade, intellectual impresario and <i>Edge</i> editor <b>John Brockman</b> has been asking the era’s greatest thinkers a single annual question, designed to illuminate some important aspect of how we understand the world. In 2010, he asked how the Internet is changing the way we think. …

The Science of How Your Mind-Wandering Is Robbing You of Happiness

<i>“The main thing is to get what little happiness there is out of life in this wartorn world,”</i> Clare Boothe Luce advised her young daughter, <i>“because ‘these are the good old days’ now.”</i> And yet most of us are conditioned to escape into the past, into the future, into our to-do lists — to wander off …

17 Counterintuitive Things The Most Successful People Do

You’re always going to get the same results, doing what everyone else does. Sometimes you have to know when to zig where others zag. These are some of the counterintuitive lessons I’ve learned and applied from the most successful folks I’ve met. <b></b><p><b>Pick Fights</b> – to test others’ resolve in their own …

10 Tips for Improving Your Memory | Inc.com

Yesterday I was readying myself to sit down and write this column, and I completely forgot what subject I had planned. I laughed out loud when I found my notes and saw the title. Perhaps I couldn't remember because I have been extra busy this week, or maybe I am just getting old and my brain is …

9 Easy-To-Steal Habits Of The Super Successful

We wish there was a handbook for success, but there isn’t. Here’s the next best thing: a list of ways you can realize your dreams–and be a more productive person in the process.<p>Wouldn’t it be great if success was simple?<p>But it isn’t.<p>There’s no one-size-fits-all answer for success in work and life, …

What Successful People Do During Lunch

Do you take your lunch break at your desk, staring blankly at your computer? You’re doing it wrong. Here are productivity-powering, energy-boosting tips for getting the most out of the midday meal.<p>Are you hunched over your desk shoveling salad again?<p>A number of surveys indicate that a leisurely …

Follow the Rule of 90/20

Have you ever noticed how some hours you’re absolutely cranking out work, whereas during other parts of the day you have to summon all your will just …

How To Be More Interesting (In 10 Simple Steps)

<b>How to be interesting (in 10 stupid-simple steps):</b><p><b>1.Go exploring.</b> <br>Explore ideas, places, and opinions. The inside of the echo chamber is where all the boring people hang out.<p><b>2. Share what you discover.</b> <br>And be generous when you do. Not everybody went exploring with you. Let them live vicariously …

A Simple Method For Insanely Productive Meetings

This is a guest post by my friend Chad R. Allen. He spurs dynamic conversations about writing, publishing, life, and creativity at www.ChadRAllen.com.<p>…

Be Unapologetically Focused: Why Having a Great Strategy Matters

We will never have enough time or resources to solve all the problems we want to solve. To be successful, we need to focus, and that’s why great …

Selling

Op-Ed: Success Is Having the Balls to Trust Yourself

As a commercial designer, a number of things excite me creatively and motivate me to make great work: the opportunity to create for an audience, the …

Set Aside 5% of Your Time For Your “Slow-Cooked” Ideas

The secret behind many of the greatest dishes is patience and pacing. When you cook something slowly, at lower heat for a longer time, the flavors …

A Master Plan for Taking Back Control of Your Life

Here’s the problem we face, every day of our lives. Nearly everything that generates enduring value requires effort, focus, and even some discomfort …

Manage Your Day-to-Day

Stop doing busywork.<br>Start doing your best work.<p>Are you over-extended, over-distracted, and overwhelmed? Do you work at a breakneck pace all day, only …

The Ultimate Trick for Beating Jet Lag

People often ask me how I handle jet lag, as I travel between time zones, countries, and even continents on a semi-regular basis. The truth is, I handle it fairly well most of the time, and occasionally it kicks my butt. I've tried any number of "Jedi mind tricks" over the years, and there are a …

10 Simple Ways to Build Self Confidence

We live in a world where criticizing people and focusing on negative attributes seems to be the social norm.<p>It’s an unfortunate aspect of life and …

Happiness

You Are Not Stuck! 8 Steps to Feeling Momentum

You feel stuck. I know. I often do too.<p>You are stuck in a relationship, a job that just isn't fulfilling, a poisonous situation, an unhealthy mindset, or a pattern that some days makes you feel like you are circling the drain.<p>You fear you will never get unstuck. Or, worse yet, you have started to …

40 Clever Hacks and Shortcuts for the Home

If, like us, you’re constantly on the search for more creative ways to do everyday things, you’ve probably come across a fair number of hacks for the home on the good old Internetz. Well, we took it upon ourselves to try each and every one of these supposed hacks, and found 40 that totally …

Cleaning

10 Lab-Tested Ways to Bring Out the Best in People

The best of human nature—generosity, compassion, cooperation, selflessness—surfaced in these studies. Of course, the goal is to draw out a person's …

How to Be Confident, Even When You're Not | Inc.com

New challenges and opportunities can be exciting, but they can also test your self-esteem. Whether you are launching a new business, stepping into a bigger management role or even representing a new product, you likely lack the day-in-day-out experience that makes you knowledgeable and relaxed for …

Self-esteem

5 Habits Of The Most Creative People

How do the most creative people work? Bryan Cranston, Kendrick Lamar, Max Levchin, and other creatively supercharged folks share their methods.<p>What do a startup king, a social network innovator, a hip hop prince, perhaps the best actor on television, and two absolutely hilarious dudes have in …

Men's Fashion, Style, Grooming, Fitness, Lifestyle, News & Politics

Beards<p>Facial hair so good, it's scary.<p>By Megan Gustashaw20 hours agoView More<p>What She Said<p>I’d think to myself, “Could this really work out with a …

5 Steps to Detoxify Your Inner Self | Pick the Brain | Motivation and Self Improvement

Have you ever felt like you were bloated with all the negative thoughts that you have created for yourself? Have you ever been under deep pressure …

A Better Way to Start Your Day: Two Secrets That Will Change Your Energy, Attitude and Outlook

Envision this: starting your day bounding out your door invigorated and excited to truly <i>enjoy</i> the day ahead and energized to conquer whatever you may encounter. Sound good? Sound realistic? Ladies and gentlemen, this is not a genetic trait, it's a learned behavior; you can train yourself to start …

29 Ways to Stay Creative

It’s said that we’re all creative when we’re young, but that as we get older, most of us lose that childhood innocence that allows us to think …