Ah, ideas. Who doesn’t want more great ideas? I know I do. I usually think about ideas as being magical and hard to produce. I expect them to just show up without me cultivating them, and I often get frustrated when they don’t show up when I need them. The good news is that it turns out cultivating ideas is a process, and one that we can practice to produce more (and hopefully better) ideas.
A perfectly timed nap, set for the right amount of time, can do wonders for your brain. If you’d rather not set your alarm, or you just don’t know when you’ll actually fall asleep, try this natural method of timing your nap, attributed to Albert Einstein, Salvador Dali, Aristotle and other wise people.
Voting is now open in the 2013 Lifehacker Awards! Here’s a reminder and a chance to vote for the best mobile OS.
Jay-Z has sold about 50 million records, received 17 Grammy awards, has a net worth of about $US500 million, and still manages to produce several songs and albums every year. In honour of Jay-Z’s birthday, we decided to take a look at some of the ways he’s managed to be insanely productive over the years.
In an increasingly creative-driven world, having the best ideas are essential to getting ahead. Few people know that better than Elon Musk, who recommends coming up with new ideas with the “first principles” method.
Google’s voice commands on the desktop are nearly as awesome as they are on Android. While it can’t do everything its mobile counterpart can, the conversational search uses most of the same commands and can even set timers or reminders in Google Now. It’s just a little hard to reach sometimes.
“I go through to-do list programs like they’re shampoo.” It’s no surprise that someone as busy as Christina Xu has yet to find the perfect manager for her insane schedule. As global coordinator for The Awesome Foundation (which gives monthly grants to projects around the world) and core team member at Breadpig (which sells a bunch of cool stuff and donates the profits), it’s a wonder she ever finds time to sleep. We caught up with Christina to find out how she does it all.
You’ve probably heard that great ideas can come to you in the shower — it has even been scientifically proven. Nevertheless, you probably waste more time enjoying yourself than you do having epiphanies. While you should take your breaks, here are five ways to get a little more done during your downtime.