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10 Most Zen-Friendly Websites to Keep You Calm and Productive at Work. Do you feel like you can no longer cope with the stress of meeting your deadlines?

10 Most Zen-Friendly Websites to Keep You Calm and Productive at Work

Does the lack of concentration stop you from focusing on your goals? Are you stuck or stressed out? Then put your headphones on. Try using some of the most Zen-friendly websites on offer that really work wonders for keeping your cool in the workplace. 4 Ways to Become a Better Learner. The CEO sitting across from me is explaining how he and the other executives of a telecommunications firm were caught off guard by a new technology that disrupted the firm’s business.

4 Ways to Become a Better Learner

“We did not see WhatsApp coming,” he says, shaking his head. He wants to increase his capacity to learn, to spot and understand developments inside and outside of the firm. He believes this is vital not only for better performance now, but also for the continued success of his career. Books to help you answer big questions about yourself. Why in the world did I do that?

Books to help you answer big questions about yourself

How can I do better? Chances are you’ve asked yourself these questions at least once today. To understand how your mind works and how you can improve your decision-making, explore these six psychology and behavioral economics books, each one recommended by a TED Talks speaker. John Cleese on The Importance of Making and Embracing Mistakes. Creative Commons image by Paul Boxley In his essay “The Relativity of Wrong,” Isaac Asimov argues persuasively against the common belief that “’right’ and ‘wrong’ are absolute; that everything that isn’t perfectly and completely right is totally and equally wrong.”

John Cleese on The Importance of Making and Embracing Mistakes

Instead, he says, “it seems to me that right and wrong are fuzzy concepts,” and that certain ideas can be true in a sense, but still in need of further correction with new information. The Difference Between Routine and Ritual: How to Master the Balancing Act of Controlling Chaos and Finding Magic in the Mundane. William James, at the dawn of modern psychology, argued that our habits anchor us to ourselves.

The Difference Between Routine and Ritual: How to Master the Balancing Act of Controlling Chaos and Finding Magic in the Mundane

As someone equally fascinated by the daily routines of artists and with their curious creative rituals, and as a practitioner of both in my own life, I frequently contemplate the difference between the routine and ritual, these two supreme deities of habit. They seem to be different sides of the same coin — while routine aims to make the chaos of everyday life more containable and controllable, ritual aims to imbue the mundane with an element of the magical. The structure of routine comforts us, and the specialness of ritual vitalizes us. 7 Things You Gain When You Let Go of Control. When you try to control too much, you enjoy too little.

7 Things You Gain When You Let Go of Control

Sometimes you just need to let go, relax, take a deep breath and love what is. This morning I met up with an old friend, someone whom I care about deeply but have internally struggled with for years because I’ve always been worried about her health. I want to help her heal, because I feel I’m losing her. I want to teach her the time-tested tools for living a happier, simpler, healthier life that I’ve helped so many other people with — so she can give up her addictions, take up exercise and mindfulness, nurture her needs, and suddenly be transformed into a healthy person again. But that’s not reality. 9 Learnings from 9 Years of Brain Pickings. On October 23, 2006, Brain Pickings was born as an email to my seven colleagues at one of the four jobs I held while paying my way through college.

9 Learnings from 9 Years of Brain Pickings

Over the years that followed, the short weekly email became a tiny website updated every Friday, which became a tiny daily publication, which slowly grew, until this homegrown labor of love somehow ended up in the Library of Congress digital archive of “materials of historical importance” and the seven original recipients somehow became several million readers. How and why this happened continues to mystify and humble me as I go on doing what I have always done: reading, thinking, and writing about enduring ideas that glean some semblance of insight — however small, however esoteric — into what it means to live a meaningful life.

As Brain Pickings turns nine, I continue to stand by these seven reflections, but the time has come to add two more. Allow yourself the uncomfortable luxury of changing your mind. Top 10 life lessons from books of the past. Bedbugs.

Top 10 life lessons from books of the past

Awkward conversations. Embarrassment on the dance floor. No matter what problem you’re facing, the Past has already faced it. More importantly, the Past has already written about it. 33 Books on How to Live: My Reading List for the Long Now Foundation’s Manual for Civilization. 3 Pages Every Morning: Why I Started a Daily Ritual and How I Stuck With It — Life Learning. Forming a new habit seems to be one of life’s greatest pains in the ass.

3 Pages Every Morning: Why I Started a Daily Ritual and How I Stuck With It — Life Learning

Flossing. 30 minutes of daily physical activity. Morning meditation. Yuck. Blah. Shit. The Difference Between Routine and Ritual: How to Master the Balancing Act of Controlling Chaos and Finding Magic in the Mundane. By Maria Popova “The wonder of life is often most easily recognizable through habits and routines.”

The Difference Between Routine and Ritual: How to Master the Balancing Act of Controlling Chaos and Finding Magic in the Mundane

William James, at the dawn of modern psychology, argued that our habits anchor us to ourselves. As someone equally fascinated by the daily routines of artists and with their curious creative rituals, and as a practitioner of both in my own life, I frequently contemplate the difference between the routine and ritual, these two supreme deities of habit. 7 Ways to Live a Simpler Life in a Modern World.

10 Important Skills for Active Listening. 8 Things Every Person Should Do Before 8 A.M. 8 Things Every Person Should Do Before 8 A.M. Life is busy. It can feel impossible to move toward your dreams. If you have a full-time job and kids, it’s even harder. Charles Bukowski's guide to writing and life. Improve Your Ability to Learn. On the surface, John looked like the perfect up-and-coming executive to lead BFC’s Asia expansion plans.

He went to an Ivy League B-school. His track record was flawless. Forgiveness is healthy, but why is it so hard? – Amy Westervelt. In the cleanest college library I’ve ever seen, women of various ages and ethnicities were seated around a long wooden table. A few were chatting, but most were nervously shuffling notebooks and pens or staring at the floor. The men – there were five, ranging in age from early 20s to mid-50s – showed up just before class began. 40 Quotes that Will Quiet Your Mind.

Post written by: Angel Chernoff Peace does not mean to be in a place where there is no noise, trouble, or hard work. Peace means to be in the midst of all those things and still be calm in your heart. You know how you always turn down the volume on the radio when you need to think clearly about something complicated or confusing? The same is true for your life in general. 12 Things You Need to Remind Yourself of When You Wake Up. Each morning is a brand new opportunity. The case for having no goals in your life: Why it might lead to more success and happiness. We all have things that we want to achieve in our lives — getting into the better shape, building a successful business, raising a wonderful family, writing a best-selling book, winning a championship, and so on. 10 Weird Ways to Be Happy Today, Backed by Science. The Importance of Keeping A Notebook. Brigid Schulte’s Overwhelmed and our epidemic of busyness. Photo by Thinkstock. 6 Simple Things You Can Do Every Day to Be Consistently Happy.

We’re starting a new series on the Buffer blog today with great tips and insights from Joel, CEO here at Buffer. Joel will share his ideas and insights about lifehacking, building a business and working on company culture. The power of ignoring mainstream news: Why reading the paper is low quality food for your brain. Hoe minder nieuws mijn leven leuker maakt. Ongeveer een jaar geleden ben ik op een 'nieuws dieet' gegaan.

Geen journaal, geen krant, geen nieuws apps. 10 Things To Stop Doing Today to Be Happier, Backed by Science. I’m fascinated by the link between the way we live our daily lives and the health and happiness we enjoy. 10 Simple Things You Can Do Today That Will Make You Happier. 30 Life-Enhancing Things You Can Do in 30 Minutes or Less. 10 Reminders Worth Reviewing Daily. 60 Quotes that Will Change the Way You Think. Doe eens 2 minuten niks. Minimalism. Wat kan er nu mis zijn met 'efficiëntie'? Heel veel! 26 Things 'Twin Peaks' Taught Us About Life.

Leven zonder verwachtingen. Levenslessen van Charles Bukowski. Levenslessen van Hannah Arendt. Levenslessen van Albert Camus. 72 Ideas to Simplify Your Life Today. Why you're so busy. When bad behaviour does a good turn – Kristin Ohlson. Nine Podcasts for a Fuller Life. How to Criticize with Kindness: Philosopher Daniel Dennett on the Four Steps to Arguing Intelligently.

The Perfect Essay. How to Be a Writer — Human Parts. How We Become Who We Are: Meghan Daum on Nostalgia, Aging, and Why We Romanticize Our Imperfect Younger Selves. How to Be Alone: An Antidote to One of the Central Anxieties and Greatest Paradoxes of Our Time. Why Cloudy Days Help Us Think More Clearly. How to Be Polite — The Message. The 5 Best Ways to Work Smarter, Not Harder. Top 5 Most Inspirational Videos on YouTube. How To Be Happy: 6 Most Uplifting TED Talks. Wisdom in the Age of Information and the Importance of Storytelling in Making Sense of the World: An Animated Essay.

In Praise of Failure. A Lesson in Listening from John Cage. How to Live: Lessons from Montaigne, Godfather of Blogging. Self-Refinement Through the Wisdom of the Ages: 15 Resolutions for 2015 from Some of Humanity’s Greatest Minds. The psychology behind New Year’s resolutions that actually stick. The science of setting goals. 100 Inspiratiebronnen. Ideeënmaker: Je notitieboekje als goudmijn. Ideeënmaker: Tien manieren om je notitieboek te vullen. Why you should make a resolution each month instead of each new year. How to Become a Relaxation Ninja: 36 Stress Relief Tips.

50 Ways To Boost Your Brain Power. 120 Ways to Boost Your Brain Power - Litemind. Developing Emotional Intelligence.

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