These quick bursts of inspiration will brighten your day in 10 minutes or less.
Should you listen to music while doing intellectual work? It depends on the music, the task, and your personality
How prone you are to boredom plays an unexpected role.
Given how many of us listen to music while studying or doing other cerebral work, you'd think psychology would have a set of clear answers as to whether the practice is likely to help or hinder performance. In fact, the research literature is rather a mess (not that that has deterred some enterprising individuals from making bold claims).
It's almost time for spring cleaning.
- The "ex-factor test" is imagining wearing an outfit and determining whether you'd feel good in it if you saw your ex on the street.
- Another tip is to place stray accessories in a box and determine whether they are handy in your everyday life. If not, especially after a long period of time, get rid of the items.
- If there's something you can do in less than a minute that will make your life easier in the long run, do it immediately. "You're getting rid of the scum on the surface of life," says Rubin about doing so.
A new study suggests that reframing goals can help smart people avoid choking under pressure.
- A recent study examined how goal-setting interacts with performance among people of varying intellectual capabilities.
- People with higher general mental abilities appear to perform worse when being directly measured along the lines of performance.
- Interestingly, these individuals' performance greatly improves when they were encouraged to simply do their best.
It's hard to see big changes coming, but if you know your own blindspots, you can do it.
- Predicting broad economic change requires knowing why people typically fail to.
- Pay attention to where talent is going and you'll get a sense for where the market is headed.
- It's why business graduates have ditched Wall Street to go and work at Amazon.
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