Why thinking on paper is a fast way to focus

Writing by hand is the original concentration hack.

  • Writing by hand activates different parts of the brain simultaneously. Studies have shown students who hand-write notes versus typing them retain information for longer and with greater accuracy.
  • Our digital feeds are causing decision fatigue, says Ryder Carroll. Every push alert, notification, and email is asking us to make a decision, which saps our time, energy, and focus. Journaling is a way to steal a moment back from the everyday rush.
  • Be more selective and intentional about what you let into your life. "It's really important to realize that we are very limited: our attention is limited, our time is very limited. If we start to structure our days around that concept then we can start to protect the time that we do have and start trying to make decisions based on things that do matter to us," he says.

Being busy all the time is a habit you made. You can unmake it.

There will never be enough time. Here's how to use it more wisely.

  • One-third of us are suffering from chronic stress in the workplace. Other studies suggest that half of us bring our work stress home, creating stress in our personal lives.
  • Being busy has become a cultural obsession. But it's not the golden badge of honor we think it is. Dan Pontefract points out that there's a big difference between being busy and being productive.
  • The best productivity hack? Schedule a break. That means eating lunch away from your desk. Saying hello to people around you. Keep a graph in your mind that has 'action' on the x-axis and 'reflection' on the y-axis. Where do you sit on that graph?

Think you’re bad at math? There’s a reason for that.

People often say, "I'm just not a math person," but the truth is that no one's brain is hardwired for math.

  • "I'm just not a math person." This trite statement suggests some people don't have an innate ability to succeed at math.
  • But math ability is not genetically determined and this myth only strengthens America's growing math anxiety.
  • How do people get so good at math? In a word, practice.
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800 hiring managers reveal their job search tips

A cheat sheet containing what really works.

  • 800 hiring managers reveal their preferences in a survey by NetQuote.
  • Infographics help unearth the worst words to use in an interview, most important questions, and ideal resume length.
  • Figuring out how to present yourself just got easier.
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Telling the truth works better than you might think

Research says we overestimate the risk

  • A new study looks at assumptions that telling the truth is dangerous
  • Telling the truth and getting along are not mutually exclusive
  • Being more honest can lead to more enjoyable, better relationships
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