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Want to Create Things That Matter? Be Lazy. The late Nobel-prize winning physicist Richard Feynman, was one the most brilliant minds of twentieth century science.

Want to Create Things That Matter? Be Lazy.

To his colleagues at Cornell, however, he seemed lazy. As Feynman admitted in a 1981 interview: “I’m actively irresponsible; I tell everybody I don’t do anything; if anyone asks me to be on a committee…’no’ I tell them.” The acclaimed post-modern science fiction author Neal Stephenson also comes across as lazy. In an essay titled “Why I am a Bad Correspondent,” Stephenson explains that he’s not that interested in spending time interacting with readers. Stephenson has no public e-mail address and asks that you don’t invite him to attend conferences or attempt to engage him in social media conversation.

I’ve spent the past decade researching and writing about elite performers in creative fields. Your Body's Best Time for Everything. Could you pack more into each day if you did everything at the optimal time?

Your Body's Best Time for Everything

A growing body of research suggests that paying attention to the body clock, and its effects on energy and alertness, can help pinpoint the different times of day when most of us perform our best at specific tasks, from resolving conflicts to thinking creatively. Most people organize their time around everything but the body's natural rhythms.

Workday demands, commuting, social events and kids' schedules frequently dominate—inevitably clashing with the body's circadian rhythms of waking and sleeping. As difficult as it may be to align schedules with the body clock, it may be worth it to try, because of significant potential health benefits. Disruption of circadian rhythms has been linked to such problems as diabetes, depression, dementia and obesity, says Steve Kay, a professor of molecular and computational biology at the University of Southern California. Does that matter? — Signal v. Noise. Does that matter?

Does that matter? — Signal v. Noise

Why Your Brain Needs More Downtime. Every now and then during the workweek—usually around three in the afternoon—a familiar ache begins to saturate my forehead and pool in my temples.

Why Your Brain Needs More Downtime

The glare of my computer screen appears to suddenly intensify. Neuroscience says these five rituals will help your brain stay in peak condition. This piece has been corrected.

Neuroscience says these five rituals will help your brain stay in peak condition

Thanks to improvements in medicine, more of us are living longer. That makes we have a heightened investment in making sure our brains stay in shape as we age, too. While an increased life expectancy will not necessarily lead to a higher incidence of cognitive disorders, Alzheimer’s alone is expected to affect over seven million American seniors by 2025. Your work-life balance hangs in these four quadrants. I find most “work-life balance” conversations challenging.

Your work-life balance hangs in these four quadrants

For starters, there’s a distinctly gendered component to them – where women seem to be expected to worry more about balancing it all, and where “life” is code for domestic duties, rather than, you know, LIFE in all its juicy, nourishing, celebratory glory. But I find we also tend to get caught up in finding a single correct answer that works for everyone. (Kinda like we do for most things in life.) And of course, the answer is different for everyone. My man, for example, would be deeply dismayed if someone forced him to work only forty hours a week. I, on the other hand, enjoy flipping through French decor magazines or browsing Pinterest for fun, but I also find writing blog posts to be a genuinely enjoyable way to while away a couple of hours. 4 Things You Thought Were True About Time Management - Amy Gallo.

By Amy Gallo | 1:00 PM July 22, 2014 I don’t know anyone who doesn’t struggle with how to make the most of their time at work.

4 Things You Thought Were True About Time Management - Amy Gallo

How To Get More Done By Having Less To Do. Ask anyone how their life’s going these days, and either he or she will answer: “Busy!”

How To Get More Done By Having Less To Do

“I think it’s an almost universal experience right now that people feel busy but not productive,” says Greg McKeown, whose new book, Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less, argues for paring back commitments to achieve more. If you’re feeling stretched, here’s five ways how to pull yourself back together: 1. Use the 90% Rule You’re looking at a new opportunity. Time Assets vs. Time Debts: A Different Way of Thinking About Productivity. Late in his career, Steve Jobs famously drove his car without a license plate.

Time Assets vs. Time Debts: A Different Way of Thinking About Productivity

There were all sorts of theories about why Jobs decided to drive without tags. Some people said he didn’t want to be tracked. Others believed he was trying to make a game of avoiding parking tickets. Jon Callas, a former computer security expert who worked for Apple, revealed a different reason. According to Callas, Steve Jobs discovered a loophole in the California vehicle registration laws. Once he realized this, Jobs arranged a special leasing agreement with his Mercedes dealer so that every six months he would drop off his current car and receive a new Mercedes SL55 AMG to replace it. The power of saying no. ‘Every time we say yes to a request, we are also saying no to anything else we might accomplish with the time’ Every year I seem to have the same resolution: say “no” more often.

The power of saying no

Despite my black belt in economics-fu, it’s an endless challenge. But economics does tell us a little about why “no” is such a difficult word, why it’s so important — and how to become better at saying it. Let’s start with why it’s hard to say “no”. One reason is something we economists, with our love of simple, intuitive language, call “hyperbolic discounting”.

A psychological tactic to get around this problem is to try to feel the pain of “yes” immediately, rather than at some point to be specified later. A Beginners Guide To Parkinson's Law: How To Do More Stuff By Giving Yourself Less Time / Impossible. Stop Wasting Time on Things that Don't Have a Purpose in Your Life. Busyness is Not a Virtue - iDoneThis Blog. The Brain Hacks Top Founders Use To Get The Job Done. Katia Verresen's new client had a big problem: He needed to find three to four extra hours in his day. This, of course, seemed like an impossible feat for an oversubscribed startup founder, but his ability to fundraise and recruit the best talent depended on it. By the time he met Verresen, executive coach to many such founders, he was drained, pessimistic, dreading every week before it started.

Even though tech culture champions sleeplessness, overtime and burnout, Verresen has seen how this mindset can lead to failure. To turn it around, her first order of business is to collect as much data on her clients as she can and funnel it into a plan with one goal: Maximizing energy. Physical energy, emotional energy, and mental energy. But the proof is in the pudding. Her method has turned Verresen into one of the most sought after coaches in the business.

Filling Your Buckets Maintaining and using energy wisely might seem like obvious advice, but it’s hardly ever heeded. Time Management Skills Are Stupid. Here's What Works. How To Motivate Yourself: 3 Steps Backed By Science. You make goals… but then you procrastinate. You write a to-do list… but then you don’t follow through. And this happens again and again and again. How To Be Motivated: 4 New Insights From Research. Sometimes there is not enough coffee in universe to get you going. How to be motivated is something we all struggle with at some time or another. Or, um, daily. Motivation is such a mystery. It’s a feeling and we understand it so poorly it feels impossible to do anything about it. Is there anyone who can unravel the science of how motivation works and tell us what to do? The Four Elements of Physical Energy and How To Master Them.

I have a FitBit (glorified pedometer if I ever saw one), and since getting it, my exercise goal each day is to hit 5,000 steps. Discover A Better Way of Working - The Energy Project. The Productivity Paradox: How Sony Pictures Gets More Out of People by Demanding Less. The Idea in Brief Human beings don’t work like computers; they can’t operate at high speeds continuously, running multiple programs at once. People perform at their peak when they alternate between periods of intense focus and intermittent renewal. Employees can increase their effectiveness by practicing simple rituals that refuel their energy, such as taking a daily walk to get an emotional breather or turning off e-mail at prescribed times so they can concentrate. If companies allow and encourage employees to create and stick to such rituals, they will be rewarded with a more engaged, productive, and focused workforce.

Artwork: Antony Gormley, Capacitor, 2001. The way most of us work isn’t working. Nearly a decade ago, the Energy Project, the company I head, began to address work performance and the problem of employee disengagement. The Theory of Cumulative Stress: How to Recover When Stress Builds Up. It was my first year of graduate school and my professor was standing at the front of the room. He was telling our class about a mistake he made years before. About a decade earlier, my professor had been one of the senior executives at Sears, Roebuck & Company, the large department store chain.

They were in the middle of a massive national campaign and preparing for a major brand launch. My professor was leading the operation. For almost two months prior to the launch day, he was flying all over the country to strike up buzz with major partners and media companies. The week before the big launch day, his body gave out on him. Your Bucket of Health and Energy Imagine that your health and energy are a bucket of water. Listening To Your Body Clock Can Make You More Productive And Improve Your Well-Being. From an early age, we're taught that getting up early is good for us. Sayings like The early bird catches the worm and Early to bed and early to rise makes and man healthy, wealthy and wise are part of the culture and have a certain moralizing force. Leading@google: Tony Schwartz.