Daily reading habits can expand your thinking. Here’s what you should be reading and how to take make the most of the time you have.
If you want to boost your productivity, focus, creativity, or sanity, you need to leave your desk and take a walk.
Looking for some creative inspiration? Scientists at Stanford suggest going for a walk—whether indoors or outdoors, in a green space or on a treadmill—to give your creativity a boost. Compared to sitting, they found any form of walking could increase creative thinking by about 60%.
"We’re not saying walking can turn you into Michelangelo," said researcher Marily Oppezzo. "But it could help you at the beginning stages of creativity."
“Telling a late person to be on time is a little like telling a dieter to simply stop eating so much.”
“The richest, happiest, and most productive lives are characterized by the ability to fully engage in the challenge at hand, but also to disengage periodically and seek renewal.”
Happy National Dog Day! Here are a few tips for a productive week that will hopefully have you feeling as happy as this guy!
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- 6 simple rituals to reach your potential every day
Have a great week!
Happy Sunday! Mondays are hard, but here are a few reads to help you be more productive this week:
- How to organize your day for success
- Borrow these 5 smart startup habits to maximize your productivity
- 6 tips for having productive conversations
Have a wonderful start to your week, everyone.
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Here are a few tips to help you be more productive today:
- The 25-hour work week, and other radical ideas for better employee productivity
- How your habits become productivity draining
- 5 smart-but-simple apps that make you happier, healthier, and more productive (really)
Have a most excellent day!
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Was Aristotle ever wrong? It is true that the key to productivity is creating a repeatable routine. Repeat the bedtime habits and pre-work rituals in this infographic to get the most out of your days.
“Giving ourselves multiple options for improving our behavior actually hamstrings that behavioral shift. While we might like to ‘keep our options open,’ our brains don’t process ambiguity very well.”
“Setting big goals is exciting, but starting with small boring goals is more likely to lead to success.”
“It takes 66 days until an action becomes something you do without thinking.”
- On average, an action becomes an “automatic” habit after 66 days of doing.
- The subconscious mind rebels against big changes, but you can woo it with gradual shifts.
- The more familiar a task is, the less scary it is.
2. Confront: "You need to be ready to call someone out. If somebody is bullshitting you, tell them. They need to hear it. Being endlessly deferential is a shortcut: instead of doing the hard work of advocating truth, you take the "easy" route of suffocating in passivity."
3. Be ruthless
4. Seek out rejection
5. Isolate yourself: “Yes, we know that you’re incredibly popular and hip and you never eat alone and you can work any room. That’s great. But if you ever want to grow internally rather than court external validation, you need to get away from all the people.”
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How do the most creative people work? Bryan Cranston Kendrick Lamar Max Levchin and other creatively supercharged folks share their methods.
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 common? They’re all among the Most Creative People—and we can learn quite a bit from the way they work.