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The Science of Productivity

The Science of Productivity

A New Education for a New Theatre | The Clyde Fitch Report In my first post for the Clyde Fitch Report about a month ago, Business Model: The Next Frontier, I wrote about the need for the development of a new approach to producing theatre, one separate from both the for-profit model illustrated by Broadway, and the non-profit model represented by the major regional theatres. My second post, On Saying It To Their Faces, prompted by Tracy Letts’ Tony Award acceptance speech, was about the necessity to develop a different relationship between artist and audience, one in which the artist stands at the center of his or her community rather than apart from it. Today’s post will focus on the foundation that must necessarily be built in order to support this transformation. Today’s post is about the education of theatre artists. And what does it get them? She pleads: Give me somebody to dance for, Give me somebody to show. Let’s give these lyrics a closer look. The dysfunction on display in this song becomes more obvious if you switch the art form.

How to Train Your Brain to Stay Focused As an entrepreneur, you have a lot on your plate. Staying focused can be tough with a constant stream of employees, clients, emails, and phone calls demanding your attention. Amid the noise, understanding your brain’s limitations and working around them can improve your focus and increase your productivity. Our brains are finely attuned to distraction, so today's digital environment makes it especially hard to focus. "Distractions signal that something has changed," says David Rock, co-founder of the NeuroLeadership Institute and author of Your Brain at Work (HarperCollins, 2009). "A distraction is an alert says, 'Orient your attention here now; this could be dangerous.'" Related: 8 Tips for Finding Focus and Nixing Distractions While multitasking is an important skill, it also has a downside. To make matters worse, distraction feels great. Related: The Truth About Multitasking: How Your Brain Processes Information Try these three tips to help you become more focused and productive: 1. 2.

Statistics « BERT MAES Forecast + List: The Most Durable Jobs of the Future Posted by Bert Maes on August 3, 2010 We do expect continued growth in manufacturing of a fairly modest 5% or so this year and next year — which is stronger than the overall economy. Energy-Efficient AutomobilesComputer Software Engineer jobsElectrical Engineer jobsEngineering Technician jobsWelder jobsMetal Fabricator jobsComputer-Controlled Machine Operator jobsProduction Worker jobsOperations Manager jobs Building RetrofittingElectrician jobsHeating/Air Conditioning Installer jobsCarpenter jobsConstruction Equipment Operator jobsRoofer jobsInsulation Installer jobsTruck Driver jobsConstruction Manager jobsBuilding Inspector jobs Mass Transit Civil Engineer jobsRailroad jobsElectrician jobsWelder jobsMetal Fabricator jobsProduction Worker jobsBus Driver jobsTransportation Supervisor jobsDispatcher jobs The aging workforce: a competitive disadvantage – the necessary actions for the manufacturing sector Posted by Bert Maes on June 29, 2010 Breaking Into Game Design, Part 1 By Ethan Levy [07.25.13] [BioWare veteran Ethan Levy offers his insider knowledge in this series of tips for up-and-coming designers looking to land a job in the games industry.] Before I left to work on Enhanced Wars, I was a producer and manager at BioWare's San Francisco office. The majority of my time at BioWare was spent as a producer leading the Dragon Age Legends game team. During my most crunched state I had a team of 25, 19 of whom I managed directly. Since I left BioWare, I have turned to community participation on Reddit and forums to fill the hole in my life where co-workers used to be. I find myself repeating a few pieces of advice over and over again about how to break into the industry as a game designer. A big caveat - I am just one hiring manager with one perspective. Step 1: Fnd Your Mountain In 2012 one of my favorite authors, Niel Gaiman, gave a commencement speech at The University of Arts in Philadelphia. Step 2: Build Your Portfolio

5 Ways To Innovate By Cross-Pollinating Ideas Editors’ note: The following is an adapted excerpt of InGenius (Harper One) by Tina Seelig. What happens when you cross a checkerboard with a midnight snack? You get edible checkers, sold with the motto "beat ’em and eat ’em." What if you cross high-heeled shoes with a tricycle? These are just a few of the wonderfully fanciful ideas in John Cassidy and Brendan Boyle’s The Klutz Book of Inventions. This is similar to the philosophy behind the Japanese art of chindōgu, which involves coming up with "unuseless" inventions. 1. Being able to connect and combine nonobvious ideas and objects is essential for innovation and a key part of the creative-thinking process. Alan Murray, head of the School of Design at the Edinburgh College of Art, gave his former graduate students at the Technical University of Eindhoven a surprising assignment to help them hone these skills. 2. This is exactly what happened when Mark Zdeblick, an engineer and entrepreneur, was eating dinner at a local café. 3. 4.

Problem loading page Comme un premier rendez-vous très attendu, un entretien de recrutement peut passer du statut de possibilité à celui de véritable désastre en quelques minutes à peine. Dans un nouveau sondage de CareerBuilder France, les employeurs ont révélé les comportements rédhibitoires, et ceux qui risquent de réduire les chances d’un candidat d’aller plus loin dans le processus d’entretien. D’après le sondage mené auprès de plus de 500 recruteurs, 37 % d'entre-eux savent dès les cinq premières minutes d’entretien si un candidat correspond au poste à pourvoir. Un chiffre qui atteint les 71 % au bout de 15 minutes. Langage corporel : le top 10 des erreurs Les expressions du visage, la position, et d’autres comportements peuvent en révéler plus sur les candidats que les mots qui sortent de leur bouche. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. « Réussir l’entretien d’embauche ne dépend pas seulement de vos réponses aux questions de votre interlocuteur, explique Rosemary Haefner, DRH de CareerBuilder. 1. 2. 3. 4.

Moving to LA How To Stay Productive After Work I've had to come to terms with this. I have ideas for things that would be cool, but I'm usually too tired in the evening. After getting everyone fed, I just want to sit on the couch and watch YouTube. My husband has been great, nudging me towards not beating myself up over needing to relax. This article is probably for the single people on this site with no kids (93% of readers). Also, why YouTube? I am seriously addicted to Let's Plays of various RPGs, especially ones that I played when I was a kid, but only vaguely remember now. I could play them, true, but then I'd be up until 4am.

Top 40 of the Best Excel Shortcuts You Need to Know| Interesting Engineering [Image Source: Hooton & Microsoft] Almost everyone uses Excel in some form or fashion in the modern workforce, but many of us may be wasting a little too much time trying to format those pesky spreadsheets. In order to help you work a little bit faster, or maybe more efficiently, we have assembled 40 of the best Excel shortcuts that you need to know! F2 : Edit selected cell F4 : Repeat last edit F9 : Calculates all worksheets F11 : New chart ALT : Access the ribbon for formulas ALT + = : Automatically SUM() selected ALT + Enter : Start a new line in the same cell ALT + o-c-a : Auto size columns PG + UP/PG+DOWN : Go to next/previous worksheet CTRL + ` : Display Formulas CTRL + Backspace : Show active cell CTRL + Shift + # : Change Date format with day, month and year. CTRL + K : To insert Hyperlink. CTRL+ Shift + $ : Applies the currency format to the selected cells. CTRL + Shift + & : Applies border to cells CTRL + B : Bold CTRL + I : Italics CTRL + U : Underline CTRL + Shift + ~ : General style number

Adam Saltsman's Blog - Making Art for a Living The following blog post, unless otherwise noted, was written by a member of Gamasutra’s community. The thoughts and opinions expressed are those of the writer and not Gamasutra or its parent company. What follows is partially a response to Elizabeth Ryerson's interesting post about art and commerce from earlier today, but is also just me getting around to posting something I've been meaning to post for a while. Also, keep in mind as always, that what follows is written from a place of remarkable privilege. We had our first child when I was in my late 20s, about 18 months after releasing Canabalt. I think a lot of people can look back and find an event in their life that acted as a kind of catalyst for a degree of either motivation or self-examination that was previously unknown to them. I'd already decided that that making games was a worthwhile way to spend my life. And so the question I was struggling with, following the arrival of our son, was not "why games?"

21 Chrome Web apps for serious work | Applications The Chrome browser is rapidly gaining fans and developers are responding by creating apps that will help keep you productive in Google's browser. Add these 21 apps to a Chromebook, and you'll have great tools for working anywhere. Some of these apps, like Citrix Receiver, will run only on a Chromebook. Google Chromebooks, by the way, keep gaining features that make them more appealing as thin clients in a business setting.