Look, it's just hard to get work done in the summer. It's bright and sunny on the other side of that window, you've always got a friend or two posting beach pics on Instagram, and unless the A/C is blowing right on you, all you can think about is where your next ice-cold beverage is coming from.
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If there's one common thread amongst some of the best university commencement speeches out there, it's failure. University, it turns out, is easy compared to the rest of life, and to prepare you for that, everyone from Denzel Washington to J.K. Rowling have dedicated their time in front of graduates to help us all remember that.
Steve Jobs was a lot of things, both positive and negative, but regardless of all that, he most certainly got things done. As the above quote reminds us, at least part of that was knowing when not to do something.
Regardless of what you think about the current U.S. president, the position itself has traditionally been viewed as an extremely important one on the global stage; the U.S. president is considered one the most powerful people in the world because of the country's global influence. It's a busy and high-pressure job so being productive is paramount. With that said, here are ten of our favourite productivity tips from former U.S. presidents.
A couple of years ago, Khan Academy and Pixar teamed up for Pixar in a Box, a series of courses meant to show off how Pixar gets things done. They have expanded their initial offering quite a bit since launch, and now they have added a storytelling section.
We've talked before about using mind maps as a means to kickstart creativity, but former Google career coach Jenny Blake suggests using one to figure out your personal goals for the year.
When you take breaks, you come back to your work with a fresh perspective, and if you're stuck, that perspective can often help you figure out a solution. The Genius Deck helps with this by asking random questions to help you switch gears.
Bread is nothing but flour, water, and salt, yet making true sourdough bread has tested not only my patience, but it's sent me through weirder internet rabbit holes than any other DIY project I've ever made. For me, bread has become the Linux of cooking, complicated and fiddly, but ultimately rewarding.
Putting limits on your brainstorming may seem counterproductive, but it actually helps you get your ideas flowing. The Japanese game of shiritori is an easy way to guide your brainstorming session, whether you're looking for ideas for a new project, book or physical product.
One of the key facets of any scientific study is that no matter what, its results are questioned and tested again. A number of popular psychological studies, like the idea that smiling makes you happier or that willpower is a limited resource, haven't held up to that scrutiny. They're not totally bogus, but they're not definitive either. Here's what's really going on.
It's really easy to buy all kinds of junk online or in the store without much thought. But a little training can change that. Over on SwissMiss, Tina Eisenberg started keeping a list of all the stuff she didn't buy.