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Increase your productivity at work by letting go of negative men

Increase your productivity at work by letting go of negative men
My alma mater is currently ranked number one in all of the college men’s basketball rankings. They’ve been in the top spot for 11 of the 14 weeks of the polls, and were number one in the preseason. There are five games left in the regular season, and all of the teams Kansas has left to play would love to see the Jayhawks lose. Colorado, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Kansas State, and Missouri fans aren’t the only ones who want to see Kansas mess up their record in the last five games. Fans of the other ranked teams would be happy to see Kansas take a tumble, and, after watching some of the games this year, I’m pretty certain there are a few referees that would be glad to see Kansas lose, too. In competitive sports like basketball, a game has to end with a winner and a loser. In our work lives, however, very few things are like competitive sports. If you want to be productive and manage your time well at work, you need to let go of the belief that your workplace is a zero-sum game.

10 simple ways to save yourself from messing up your life - Step Stop taking so much notice of how you feel. How you feel is how you feel. It’ll pass soon. What you’re thinking is what you’re thinking. It’ll go too. Tell yourself that whatever you feel, you feel; whatever you think, you think. Adrian Savage is a writer, an Englishman, and a retired business executive, in that order. Read full content

Au côté du manga, les comics creusent leur niche Le | • Mis à jour le | Par Geoffroy Husson L'événement a lieu juste à côté de la Japan Expo, le grand rendez-vous des amateurs de culture populaire japonaise, à Villepinte, près de Paris. Tout un symbole : la Comic Con Paris, qui se déroule durant tout le week-end, est l'une des rares manifestations dédiées aux comics, ou bande dessinée américaine - un genre souvent éclipsé, en termes de ventes, par la BD japonaise. Comme les mangas, les comics ne sont pas non plus un genre monolithique, limité aux super héros. Fabrice Sapolsky, fondateur du magazine spécialisé Comic Box et rédacteur en chef d'Atlantic BD préfère d'ailleurs parler de "bande dessinée américaine". "Il faut démembrer les rayons comics et créer des rayons super-héros dans les librairies. Selon François Hercouët, directeur éditorial d'Urban Comics, le nombre d'"accros" aux comics en France ne s'élèverait qu'à 5 000 contre près de 300 000 aux Etats-Unis.

13 Things to Avoid When Changing Habits | Zen Habits “Habit is habit, and not to be flung out of the window by any man, but coaxed downstairs a step at a time.” - Mark Twain Post written by Leo Babauta. Follow me on Twitter. I’ve learned a lot about changing habits in the last 2 1/2 years, from quitting smoking to taking up running and GTD and vegetarianism and waking early and all that. I’ve not only learned a lot about what you should do when changing habits, but through my failures, I’ve learned about what not to do. And trust me, I’ve had lots of failures. I’ve found failures to be just as important as successes when trying to learn how to improve, especially when it comes to changing habits. I’ve done that, with one failure after another, and would like to share a few things I’ve learned to avoid when trying to change a habit. “Motivation is what gets you started. Taking on two or more habits at once. “We are what we repeatedly do. —If you liked this article, please share it on, StumbleUpon or Digg.

Ah, ces fantasmes de Blancs ! • Pour évoquer le continent, écrivains et journalistes occidentaux ne reculent devant aucun cliché, même le plus ridicule… Le romancier kenyan Binyavanga Wainaina prend le parti d’en rire. Pour le titre, utilisez toujours les mots “Afrique”, “continent noir” ou “safari”. Votre sous-titre pourra comporter les mots “Zanzibar”, “Masaï”, “Zoulou”, “Zambèze”, “Congo”, “Nil”, “grand”, “ciel”, “ombre”, “tambour” “soleil” ou “d’un autre temps”. Les termes comme “guérilleros”, “intemporel”, “primitif” et “tribal” sont également très utiles. Ne choisissez jamais la photo d’un Africain “occidentalisé” pour la couverture de votre livre, à moins qu’il ne s’agisse d’un lauréat du prix Nobel. Ne négligez pas de souligner que les Africains ont la musique et le rythme dans la peau, et mangent des choses dont aucun autre être humain ne se nourrirait. Il vous faudra également songer à quelques portraits de méchants Occidentaux : prenez modèle sur des Afrikaners ou sur des employés de la Banque mondiale.

10 Ways History’s Finest Kept Their Focus at Work Post written by Albert van Zyl from the blog HeadSpace. The lives of great people give us interesting clues about how to organise our days. All of them attached great value to their daily routines. This is because they saw it as being part of ‘becoming who they are’, as Nietzsche puts it. For the same reason they were also highly individual in their routines. This is perhaps the first lesson that we can learn – that it takes courage and resolve to design and stick to a routine that suits you. There are at least 10 other lessons that the daily routines of the great can teach us: 1. Despite the modern obsession with physical presence at offices (also known as ‘presenteeism’), very few of the great worked long hours. Philosopher Michel Foucault would only work from 9am to 3pm. 2. Even during these short days, the great took plenty of breaks. Socrates would sometimes simply stop and hold completely still for several minutes. 3. 4. Churchill would even have a bath and dress for meals. 5. 6. 7.

La décision gonflée d’un geek : « Je ne répondrai plus à vos e-mails » | Rue89 Eco Nick Bilton a décidé de ne plus répondre à ses e-mails, ou seulement de manière aléatoire, et il explique pourquoi dans le New York Times. Il faut écouter Nick Bilton, ne serait-ce que parce qu’il a longtemps dirigé la recherche et le développement au New York Times – le seul journal au monde à faire de la R 'amp; D –, et a écrit en 2010 un livre passionnant intitulé : « I live in the future, here’s how it works » (« Je vis dans l’avenir, voilà comment ça marche »). Et quand un homme qui « vit dans l’avenir » vous dit qu’il ne va plus répondre à ses e-mails, ça interpelle, forcément. Je ne cacherai pas que je me suis reconnu dans l’exposé des motivations : une avalanche d’e-mails chaque jour, et le sentiment de se noyer en permanence, malgré toutes les techniques de classement, de priorités, de filtres, etc. Et ce sentiment de désespoir lorsque, à l’occasion, on parvient à écluser le retard de ses e-mails pour retrouver le lendemain la même situation. Trois milliards de comptes e-mail

7 Secrets of the Super Organized A few years ago, my life was a mess. So was my house, my desk, my mind. Then I learned, one by one, a few habits that got me completely organized. Am I perfect? So what’s the secret? Are these obvious principles? If your life is a mess, like mine was, I don’t recommend trying to get organized all in one shot. So here are the 7 habits: Reduce before organizing. If you take your closet full of 100 things and throw out all but the 10 things you love and use, now you don’t need a fancy closet organizer. How to reduce: take everything out of a closet or drawer or other container (including your schedule), clean it out, and only put back those items you truly love and really use on a regular basis. Write it down now, always.

Russia in color, a century ago With images from southern and central Russia in the news lately due to extensive wildfires, I thought it would be interesting to look back in time with this extraordinary collection of color photographs taken between 1909 and 1912. In those years, photographer Sergei Mikhailovich Prokudin-Gorskii (1863-1944) undertook a photographic survey of the Russian Empire with the support of Tsar Nicholas II. He used a specialized camera to capture three black and white images in fairly quick succession, using red, green and blue filters, allowing them to later be recombined and projected with filtered lanterns to show near true color images. The high quality of the images, combined with the bright colors, make it difficult for viewers to believe that they are looking 100 years back in time - when these photographs were taken, neither the Russian Revolution nor World War I had yet begun.

How to Work Like the Masters | LifeRemix Written by Jay of Dumb Little Man. When I need work done on my car, I consult with a mechanic. When it's time to build a deck in the backyard, I will search for an expert and listen to what he says. So when it comes to life itself, why wouldn't you at least consider what experts think? Trust me, I completely understand that the term 'expert' is often self-proclaimed. With that, LifeRemix has done some homework and we're bringing you a list of things that you'll need to consider. Here are a handful of tips on working from the most popular productivity bloggers on the internet, along with bloggers on organization, the environment and more. From Wisebread: Achieve greatness fifteen minutes at a time. From Dumb Little Man: Gain 10 days per year by adjusting your sleep. From Zen Habits: Eliminate all but the essential tasks. From LifeDev: Take creative breaks. From The Happiness Project: Walk around the block. From No Impact Man: Let your TV rob someone else's time. From Success From the Nest:

EURO 2012 • Contre l'Allemagne, la revanche de l'Europe du sud Alors que doit se tenir un sommet européen dit crucial à Bruxelles, jeudi 28 et vendredi 29, le tableau des demi-finales de l’Euro 2012 rassemble l’Allemagne et trois pays parmi les plus endettés de l’UE : l'Espagne, l'Italie et le Portugal. 27 juin 2012 | Partager : Depuis le début de la crise économique en 2007, nous sommes assommés de sigles. Le pire de tous, le plus caustique et négatif, demeure toutefois PIGS, qui désigne les pays endettés du sud de l’Europe : Portugal, Italie (brièvement remplacée par l’Irlande), Grèce et Espagne. Mais en réalité, dans l’anglais de Wall Street, de la City et de la finance en général, cet acronyme ne signifie rien d’autre que “porcs”. Mais ce PIGS n’est pas seulement une marque de mépris envers un modèle économique, des comptes dans le rouge et une classe dirigeante médiocre ; non, il condamne un peuple tout entier. Mais voilà qu’au championnat d’Europe de football, deux Pigs se sont immiscés en demi-finale : le Portugal et l’Espagne.

Forty Lesson Learned The Hard Way--So You Don't Have To By Lee Silber One of Jimmy Buffett's best songs is "A Pirate Looks At Forty". It's about a friend of his (Jimmy insists he is NOT the pirate) who could not find his place or make his mark in the modern world. I turned forty-years-old this year and I sometimes feel like I am just now getting it right. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15. 16. 17. 18. 19. 20. 21. 22. 23. 24. 25. 26. 27. 28. 29. 30. 31. 32. 33. 34. 35. 36. 37. 38. 39. 40.

GOOGLE+ – 90 millions d’utilisateurs fantômes 3 min et 20 s : c'est le temps moyen consacré à Google+ par ses utilisateurs. Alors est-ce par jour ? par semaine ? Non c'est par mois ! Telle est la cinglante conclusion d'une étude réalisée par le cabinet d'étude ComScore et reprise par le Wall Street Journal. Dans un article également consacré à l'étude, le site d'information économique Bloomberg souligne que ce temps, déjà très bas – 6 s par jour –, est en chute libre. Voilà de quoi refroidir le succès affiché par Google, qui se vante d'avoir attiré plus de 90 millions d'utilisateurs sur son réseau social, et ce depuis son lancement très médiatique en juin dernier. Malgré la volonté affichée de se démarquer de Facebook en permettant de "chater" avec plusieurs amis ou de créer des cercles (comme le fait Orkut), Google+ peine à séduire. Signaler ce contenu comme inapproprié Cette entrée a été publiée dans Actualité, Internet, Technologies, Web/Tech.

Create a Slick and Minimalist Web Layout in Photoshop In this Photoshop web design tutorial, we’re going to learn how to create a slick and minimal-looking website layout. We will use the 960 Grid System as a template to make it easy to align the design elements on the layout. Preview Here’s a preview of what we’ll be creating together, click the image to enlarge. Create a new Photoshop document 1 We’ll be using the 960 Grid System (download it at as a starting template. Creating the background 2 First of all, right-click on the Background layer in the Layers Panel and then choose Layer From Background. 3 Now select the Gradient Tool (G), set your Foreground color to #efefef and your background color to #cacaca. Designing the header section 4 We’ll add a new horizontal guide at the 50px mark from the top of the document to set our top borders. 5 We’ll start adding our title and slogan; select the Horizontal Type Tool (T) and type your site’s name and your slogan. "YourName" "some awesome slogan" Creating our navigation Conclusion