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How to Harness Digital Tools to Focus on Your Goals and Work Smarter — The Way We Work. How to Harness Digital Tools to Focus on Your Goals and Work Smarter Technology moves at the speed of light.

How to Harness Digital Tools to Focus on Your Goals and Work Smarter — The Way We Work

Harness it to help empower your success in the workplace. From email to LinkedIn, the social web offers a powerful set of tools that can help you achieve your professional goals. Earlier this week, we spoke with Alexandra Samuel about what it means to work smarter today. Alexandra is a technology writer, speaker, and researcher. She also writes about technology for publications like the Wall Street Journal and the Harvard Business Review, and authors data-driven reports like Vision Critical’s “What Social Media Analytics Can’t Tell You About Your Customers.” You can visit her blog and follow her on Twitter and just about every other social network. First of all, what does it mean to work smarter today? Working smarter means harnessing digital tools to focus on the goals and relationships that are most important to you, instead of getting overwhelmed or distracted by digital overload.

These 33 tricks are really brilliant. THAT is how you keep house in order. Everyone knows how it is: you have to run out the door so you catapult everything into some corner in the house.

These 33 tricks are really brilliant. THAT is how you keep house in order.

Then you come home again and simply have no energy to clean up after yourself. And so your house gets messier and messier while it slowly puts you in a bad mood. But the solution is near! With these 33 simple tricks you can organize your life better, save yourself some time, and improve your mood. The Asshole Factory — Bad Words. My good friend Mara has not one but two graduate degrees.

The Asshole Factory — Bad Words

From fine, storied universities. Surprise, surprise: the only “job” she was able to find was at a retail store. Hey—it’s only minimum wage, but at least she’s working, right? And at a major-league, blue-chip company, An American icon; an institution; a name every man, woman, and child in this country knows; an historic company that rings of the American Dream the world over, besides. Rich Neighbors Refused To Let George Lucas Build Studio, So He’s Building Affordable Housing Instead. George Lucas is best known as the man behind “Star Wars,” but for many people it will be his incredible passion for philanthropy that will define his legacy.

Rich Neighbors Refused To Let George Lucas Build Studio, So He’s Building Affordable Housing Instead

David Allen, Getting Things Done Gonna be honest:... David Allen, Getting Things Done Gonna be honest: I saw a clean copy of this book for $1 at the local Goodwill and figured I’d heard about it enough over the years (mostly from Merlin Mann) that I should check it out.

David Allen, Getting Things Done Gonna be honest:...

Only after reading it did I realize how much of the book’s contents have been stripped out and repurposed in so many things that I’ve read. (The book is almost 15 years old now.) Some notes, below. How-to make your iPhone Dimmer than Dim. How to set your iPhone’s brightness to -1 Background When I’m trying to read my iPhone (or iPad) in bed, I’m liable to wake up my spouse with the device’s backlight, even when the screen is set to its lowest brightness setting.

How-to make your iPhone Dimmer than Dim

Moreover, it’s hard for me to fall asleep immediately after staring at a relatively bright screen. Up until last night I thought I was just out of luck unless I installed flux, which would never be worth the security and stability issues raised by jailbreaking a device. Note and vote: how to avoid groupthink in meetings. The world's wellness obsession has gone too far - opinion - 30 January 2015. Being urged to optimise every aspect of our lives to improve well-being is sometimes counterproductive, say two organisation researchers Fitter, happier, more productive.

The world's wellness obsession has gone too far - opinion - 30 January 2015

If you need a wry slogan for the growing pursuit of wellness or well-being at every turn then Radiohead's lyric seems a good fit. And if there is a natural home for talking up wellness, then medicine may be it. American surgeon and writer Atul Gawande recently argued medics should not just ensure the health and survival of patients, they should also seek to enhance well-being.

For Gawande, that means nothing less than "sustaining the reasons one wishes to be alive". But medicine is far from the only walk of life to embrace this idea. Perhaps most pervasive though are the growing number of companies, in the US and UK, that offer corporate well-being or workplace wellness programmes. It sounds like a good idea. How Video Game Addiction Can Destroy Your Life. The withdrawal made Brett want to die.

How Video Game Addiction Can Destroy Your Life

The 12-year-old had only been cut off for a few hours, and his mind was already wandering to a dark and dangerous place. Looking out the window of his family's three-story home in Wassenaar, a suburb of the Hague, in the Netherlands, the American transplant imagined swan-diving out of his room and falling to the ground below, with his skull cracking open against the pavement. Fast fashion.