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Unproductive Day? Here’s How to Make Tomorrow Better

Article by Kat Boogard | Featured on INC.COM

We’ve all had those days — when no matter how much you try to focus on the task at hand, you just can’t seem to make any progress.

You type just one sentence of that important email, only to spend the next five minutes perusing one of your social media accounts. After just a little bit of work, you find yourself sidetracked by a friendly, yet lengthy, conversation with a colleague. Read more

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How to Kill a Corporate Zombie

Article Found on The Economist

WHAT is the best way to kill a zombie? Fans of Daryl Dixon, a character in “The Walking Dead”, a television series, will know the answer: a crossbow bolt to the brain. Getting rid of corporate zombies, however, is a much more complicated process. Read more

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Three Ways To Stay On Track When Feeling Overwhelmed

Article by Chris Meyers | Found on Forbes

Entrepreneurs are no strangers to the odd bout of existential terror. Usually, these period of stress and fear flair up only to die down rather quickly.

Sometimes, however, these stresses persist and can make you feel totally overwhelmed.

Fortunately, I have plenty of experience coping with the feelings of being overwhelmed by the responsibilities of my life. Over the years, I’ve learned three coping mechanisms that enable me to not only deal with feelings of being overwhelmed, but thrive. Read more

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Lots of Rich, Successful People Don’t Work on Weekends. Here’s How to Take a Break

Article by Martha C. White | Found on TIME

Do you wind up being so exhausted by Monday that going back to work almost seems like a relief? Canadian writer Katrina Onstad thinks she’s discovered the secret to making weekends great again.

Her new book, The Weekend Effect, takes a look at how and why we over-schedule ourselves and how to reclaim the hours when we’re supposed to be relaxing.

 “It was a gradual decline of quality on the weekends,” Onstad explained to the Toronto Star. “There’s four of us in my house and we were all feeling burnt out and really had those cliché Sunday night blues.” Over the course of writing the book, she dug into the history of the typical weekend and how our attitudes and expectations have shifted as people shift to more of an on-call, 24/7, always-on work mentality.

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Exercise Is One Thing Most Successful People Do Everyday

Article by Jennifer Cohen | Found on Entrepeneur.com

What do Cher, Warren Buffet, and OKCupid founder, Christian Rudder, all have in common? While you might have guessed that they’re professionals at the top of their game, it’s not the only similarity. The truth is that they all have an even bigger commonality among them: they all work out, and they all consider it integral to their success. They aren’t the only ones, either. Entrepreneurs like Richard Branson (who’s started over 400 companies) have long known that regular physical activity, be it running, lifting, or yoga, can provide you with up to four extra hours of productivity every day. Even President Barack Obama — a slacker until he began running three miles a day as a young man — to this day makes time for 45 minute workouts before assuming his duties. Working hard and working out go hand-in-hand, and here are five reasons why: Read more

Intuition Is The Highest Form Of Intelligence

Article by Bruce Kasanoff | Found on Forbes

Intuition, argues Gerd Gigerenzer, a director at the Max Planck Institute for Human Development, is less about suddenly “knowing” the right answer and more about instinctively understanding what information is unimportant and can thus be discarded.

Gigerenzer, author of the book Gut Feelings: The Intelligence of the Unconscious, says that he is both intuitive and rational. “In my scientific work, I have hunches. I can’t explain always why I think a certain path is the right way, but I need to trust it and go ahead. I also have the ability to check these hunches and find out what they are about. That’s the science part. Now, in private life, I rely on instinct. For instance, when I first met my wife, I didn’t do computations. Nor did she.” Read more

Stop Robocalls to Your Cellphone With Nomorobo

By Greg LaFollette, CPA/CITP, CGMA | Found on Journal of Accountancy

Many people claim privacy is dead, and more and more of us tend to agree. As much as some aspects of technology seem to hasten the probable demise of privacy, other aspects arise and appear to be saviors. One specific privacy threat and a related solution are the subject of this month’s column—robocalls. Read more

Hooked on Our Smartphones

By Jane E. Brody | Found on New York Times

The many men, women and children who spend their days glued to their smartphones and social media accounts might learn something from Lin-Manuel Miranda, creator of the groundbreaking megahit “Hamilton.” Asked in an interview with Delta Sky magazine when and where he finds time to be creative, Mr. Miranda, an avid reader of books and enthusiast for unfettered downtime, replied: “The good idea comes in the moment of rest. It comes in the shower. It comes when you’re doodling or playing trains with your son. ‘Hamilton’ forced me to double down on being awake to the inspirations of just living my life.”

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The Biggest Secret to Success: Spend at Least 10 Hours a Week Just Thinking

By Quora | Found on INC.COM

 

You’ve heard of people like Elon Musk and Jeff Immelt (General Electric CEO). Reading about them leads us to assume that business greatness requires little sleep and even less time with loved ones. Immelt, for example, has worked 100+ hours per week for his entire career.

But is that the true way to reach success? To sacrifice everything else in your life, from your health to your relationships, just to achieve career success?

There is a better way.

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I quit these 3 bad habits and it doubled my productivity

Article by Ramit Sethi | Found on CNBC

Let’s start off with an uncomfortable truth: You don’t need yet another New Year’s resolution.

If we’re honest, didn’t we do the same thing last year? What happened with “writing a blog post every day” or “finally starting that business”? Read more