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Friday, Apr 20, 2018

How To Give Your Brain A Break Without Booking Vacation Days

If routine helps you be productive, why does it sometimes make you feel like you need a break from it all?

Wednesday, Apr 18, 2018

People Who Have “Too Many Interests” Are More Likely To Be Successful According To Research

The warning against being a generalist has persisted for hundreds of years in dozens of languages. “Equipped with knives all over, yet none is sharp,” warn people in China. In Estonia, it goes, “Nine trades, the tenth one — hunger.” Yet, many of the most impactful individuals , both contemporary and historical, have been generalists.

Thursday, Apr 12, 2018

Loneliness on the Job: Why No Employee Is an Island

The workplace can be a curious environment. Dozens or even hundreds of employees can labor side by side for hours, spending more time with each other than with anyone else, yet they don’t feel connected. New research shows that loneliness isn’t just damaging to mental health; it can also lower job performance.

Thursday, Apr 5, 2018

There's a biological reason you're bored at work

Employees don’t usually succumb to these negative responses for a lack of trying. They want to feel motivated. They seek meaning from their jobs. Their lack of engagement isn’t really a motivational problem. It’s a biological one.

Wednesday, Apr 4, 2018

The Workplace Is Killing People and Nobody Cares

Dying for a Paycheck, published by HarperBusiness and released on March 20, maps a range of ills in the modern workplace — from the disappearance of good health insurance to the psychological effects of long hours and work-family conflict — and how these are killing people.

Monday, Feb 26, 2018

The 25 best icebreaker questions for team-building at work

Our most popular get-to-know-you questions for work, based on four years of data.

Friday, Feb 23, 2018

Why hiring the ‘best’ people produces the least creative results

Corporations, non-profits, governments, universities and even preschools test, score and hire the ‘best’. This all but guarantees not creating the best team. Ranking people by common criteria produces homogeneity. And when biases creep in, it results in people who look like those making the decisions. That’s not likely to lead to breakthroughs.

Thursday, Feb 15, 2018

Naval Ravikant on Reading, Happiness, Systems for Decision Making, Habits, Honesty and More

In this wide-ranging interview, we talk about reading, habits, decision-making, mental models, and life.

Friday, Feb 9, 2018

I Tried A Four-Day Workweek For A Month And Ended Up More Stressed

To me, the idea of a four-day work week seemed more like a fantasy than a plausible reality, mainly because I didn’t see how on earth I’d be able to finish all my work before Friday. But when I was reflecting on how my 2017 went professionally, I realized that I didn’t allocate as much time as I’d like on long-term projects. I wanted that to change in 2018.

Thursday, Feb 1, 2018

Procrastinators Are Actually Workaholics (4 Steps to Reclaim Your Life)

When we procrastinate, we fill our lives with the tasks that are right in front of us rather than make the concerted effort to leave enough room in our schedules to pursue dreams. Procrastination is like going to a fancy restaurant and filling up on bread and not leaving enough room for dinner.

Wednesday, Jan 31, 2018

9-5 Is Out. Try The 1-6 Instead.

For most of us, it doesn’t matter when we work or how long it takes to finish. Working fewer hours doesn’t mean you’re getting fewer results. In fact, it could even mean that you’ll get better results because you’ll only be working in peak mental condition.

Thursday, Jan 25, 2018

11 Lessons I Learned After Reading 1,000+ Profiles of Successful People

I’ve read more than 1,000 profiles since I started writing The Profile, a weekly newsletter featuring the best long-form articles of interesting people and companies. Here are the 11 lessons I’ve learned thanks to the most successful people in the world.

Tuesday, Jan 9, 2018

Should you accept an offer of either tea or coffee in a serious meeting or a job interview?

It depends.

Thursday, Jan 4, 2018

The Rise of the Not-Just-Freelancing Freelancer

More people are keeping traditional jobs while picking up extra project-based work – and gaining an advantage.

Wednesday, Jan 3, 2018

“Inemuri,” the Japanese Art of Taking Power Naps at Work, on the Subway, and Other Public Places

If you’ve visited any big city in Japan, you’ve no doubt seen a fair few commuters sleeping on the subway. The more time you spend there, the more places in which you’ll see normal, everyday-looking folks fast asleep: parks, coffee shops, bookstores, even the workplace during office hours.

Wednesday, Dec 27, 2017

When Does Work Actually Get Done?

If we’re going to be precise about it, work gets done at 11AM on a Monday in October. At all other times of day, we’re basically slacking from our most productive.

Thursday, Dec 21, 2017

How to respond when you are asked for an estimate?

What is your personal process for deciding and delivering an estimate? What techniques have you found useful?

Friday, Dec 15, 2017

Things Many People Find Too Obvious To Have Told You Already

Some people really benefit from hearing advice that everyone knows, for the same reason we keep schools open despite every subject in them having been taught before. In that spirit, here’s some quick Things Many People Find Too Obvious To Have Told You Already.

Tuesday, Dec 12, 2017

How to fight work bullshit (and keep your job and your dignity)

The most effective tactic in the war on empty talk seems to be to outflank the bullshitter by posing your questions as constructive tweaks, rather than refutations. That way, you might be able to clean up the mess from within, rather than raging from the outside.

Monday, Dec 11, 2017

A growing number of young Americans are leaving desk jobs to farm

For only the second time in the last century, the number of farmers under 35 years old is increasing, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s latest Census of Agriculture. Sixty-nine percent of the surveyed young farmers had college degrees — significantly higher than the general population.