Productivity Lessons from Artists and Entrepreneurs - Outside - Pocket The overlap between professional, creative, and athletic success is huge. Photo by Eddy Klaus/Unsplash. Though building up your body and mind to tackle athletic challenges may seem like a unique endeavor, that’s not the case. Performance is performance, and there are many parallels between training for a marathon, making great art, and building a business that lasts. All are challenges that demand hard work and self-control in pursuit of a goal that is days, months, or even years away. Put simply, the overlap between professional, creative, and athletic success is huge. Prioritize Consistency Over Heroic Efforts “People who don’t do creative work for a living often assume that it’s like what they see in the movies—that it’s 36 hours of muse-fueled blitz, sitting at a typewriter with a cigarette, pouring out genius,” says Ryan Holiday, creative strategist and author whose latest is Perennial Seller: The Art of Making and Marketing Work That Lasts. Seek Mentorship Sleep!
When It’s Good to Be Antisocial It turns out that, even in a highly coordinated hive, antisocial individuals persist. Image: “Wanderer above the sea of fog,” Caspar David Friedrich (1817) Bees are emblems of social complexity. Their honeycombs—intricate lattices dripping with food—house bustling hive members carrying out carefully orchestrated duties like defending against predators and coordinating resource collection. Yet out of the 20,000 known species of bees, only a few are social. For one, as introverts know well, socializing requires lots of energy. For another, being social can be stunting—sometimes bees have to grow up fast to survive. How do solitary species evolve to reap these benefits after having been social? Photo by Orangeaurochs / Flickr Variability in social behavior is one possible answer. It also turns out that, even in a highly coordinated hive, antisocial individuals persist. Changes in host plants can also lead social bees to revert to solitary behavior. Sociality is no pinnacle of evolution.
This 2-Minute Breathing Exercise Can Help You Make Better Decisions, According to a New Study Chess Grandmasters and Navy SEALs follow Nancy Pelosi's advice to make better decisions under pressure. So could taking a deep breath also help with business decision making? A recent collaborative study by researchers from Belgium, France, and the Seychelles, tried to answer this question with an experiment based on an "in-basket test," a testing protocol used by organizations to assess how well potential employees make decisions under the kind of pressure encountered in a typical managerial environment. The study tested a 5-2-7 breathing exercise. The researchers recruited 56 management students aged between 19 and 29 years from a business school in France. All the students were told to imagine they were in charge of a fictional retail clothing company and were given information about the company's background, its staff, the major issues it was facing, letters, memos, telephone messages, and notes. It prevented students from feeling stressed after the decision-making test.
The Obesity Era Years ago, after a plane trip spent reading Fyodor Dostoyevsky’s Notes from the Underground and Weight Watchers magazine, Woody Allen melded the two experiences into a single essay. ‘I am fat,’ it began. ‘I am disgustingly fat. I am the fattest human I know. I have nothing but excess poundage all over my body. My fingers are fat. That, as we used to say during my Californian adolescence, was then. And so the authorities tell us, ever more loudly, that we are fat — disgustingly, world-threateningly fat. Moral panic about the depravity of the heavy has seeped into many aspects of life, confusing even the erudite. Several governments now sponsor jauntily named pro-exercise programmes such as Let’s Move! Hand-in-glove with the authorities that promote self-scrutiny are the businesses that sell it, in the form of weight-loss foods, medicines, services, surgeries and new technologies. Higher levels of female obesity correlated with higher levels of gender inequality in each nation
The Curious Case of the Socialite Who Sterilized Her Daughter In November 2018, a 66-year-old man named Tommy Thompson was wheeled into Judge Laurel Beatty Blunt’s courtroom in Columbus, Ohio, clad in a dark blue suit and looking like he had just served four years in federal prison. Thompson’s hair, once thick black curls, had given way to a bald pate, and with a long white beard and piercing eyes, he looked like a slightly hairier Christopher Lee, the actor who played the wizard Saruman in The Lord of the Rings. Throughout the trial, Judge Blunt interrupted Thompson’s testimony to reprimand him for veering wildly off course. Thompson had long insisted that he suffers from neurological problems and chronic fatigue syndrome, which impairs his memory, and that his meandering explanations were a symptom of the distress foisted upon him. But Judge Blunt, like other officials who’d presided over civil and criminal cases against Thompson, claimed that his malingering was the maneuvering of a hyper-intelligent con man. “We’ve found it. In July 2012, U.S.
What Google knows about you might be a shock. Here's how to manage or delete your activity Google collects a ton of information about you -- maybe even more than you realize. Google remembers every search you perform and every YouTube video you watch. Whether you have an iPhone ($699 at Amazon) or Android phone, Google Maps logs everywhere you go, the route you take to get there, when you arrive and what time you leave -- even if you never open the app. As a spate of data leaks and privacy violations continues to weaken the public's trust in big tech companies, Google has responded by creating a privacy hub that lets you access, delete and limit the data Google collects on you. Despite Google's best efforts to increase transparency, recent revelations that the search giant was secretly sharing users' private data with third-party advertisers have challenged the public's trust in the company, whose Google Home ($99 at Walmart) and Google Nest lines of smart speakers seek to put microphones and cameras in the most private of settings -- your home. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5.
How Norway turns criminals into good neighbours Image copyright Reuters What is the point of sending someone to prison - retribution or rehabilitation? Twenty years ago, Norway moved away from a punitive "lock-up" approach and sharply cut reoffending rates. The BBC's Emma Jane Kirby went to see the system in action, and to meet prison officers trained to serve as mentors and role models for prisoners. "OK, and now put your big toes together and put your bum behind you!" "Can you feel the stretch?" It could be a yoga class at any holistic health retreat anywhere in the world but the participants here at Norway's maximum security Halden Prison are rather far removed from the usual yummy mummy spa clientele. "It calms them," says prison governor Are Hoidal approvingly, as we watch from the sidelines. Tranquillity does not come cheaply. A uniformed prison officer on a silver micro-scooter greets us cheerily as he wheels past. Hoidal laughs at my nonplussed face. "It's called dynamic security!" "It was completely hard," he remembers.
Not Just a Pretty Boy Photo by Toranin Jindathai / EyeEm/Getty Images. When Louise Irving first met her husband Gordon, in South Africa in the mid-1970s, she came between him and an intense love affair that was passionate, fierce and all-consuming. The situation seemed hopeless. Any free love notion of an open relationship was intolerable. Her man was taken. ‘I knew Winston loved my husband so much,’ Louise recalled. But Louise had no ordinary rival in love. Eventually, despite Winston’s protests, Louise and Gordon had sons. A parrot’s imprinting with a human surrogate follows a predictable script: utter fidelity expressed through its natural mating behaviour. ‘If you are going to be loved by a bird, you are going to have blood spill from your face’ All birds occupy a non-mammalian ‘otherness’ that, except for two scrawny legs, makes them seem alien and, at times, as Alfred Hitchcock knew and exploited, even threatening. Maybe, we could conclude that opposites attract. The parrot, we might say, is uncanny.
Millennial Burnout Is Being Televised - The Atlantic - Pocket Marie Kondo in an episode of Tidying Up With Marie Kondo on Netflix. Photo from Netflix. The fifth episode of Tidying Up With Marie Kondo, Netflix’s effervescent new reality series, deals with Frank and Matt, a couple living in West Hollywood, California. Both writers, they have a touching love story involving Tinder, a too-small apartment filled with detritus from past roommates, and a burning desire to prove their adulting bona fides. They are, in short, the archetypal Millennial couple. The dramatic hook of the episode is that Frank’s parents are coming to visit for the first time, and Frank wants to impress them, to make them see “that the life we’ve created together is something to be admired.” Frank and Matt, in other words, want their home to reflect their identities and sense of self (as opposed to the cutlery preferences of the people Matt lived with after college). If Marie Kondo is the high priestess of burned-out Millennials, Fyre Festival was their summer solstice.
Why Don’t More Men Take Their Wives’ Last Names? Photo from Heritage Images / Getty. In the run-up to marriage, many couples, particularly those of a more progressive bent, will encounter a problem: What is to be done about the last name? Some have attempted work-arounds: the Smiths and Taylors who have become Smith-Taylors, Taylor-Smiths, or—more creative—Smilors. But there just isn’t always a good, fair option. And so it is that, even after generations of feminist progress, the expectation, at least for straight couples, has remained: Women take the man’s last name. The opposite—a man taking his wife’s name—remains incredibly rare: In a recent study of 877 heterosexual married men, less than 3 percent took their wife’s name when they got married. But the prospect of a married man adopting his wife’s last name hasn’t always been so startling in Western cultures. Of course, the man-takes-wife’s-name solution, like hyphenation and the last-name mishmash, is imperfect.
Divorce Destroys Finances of Americans Over 50, Studies Show In one sense, Amazon.com Inc. founder Jeff Bezos and his ex-wife, MacKenzie Bezos, are nothing special. By finalizing their divorce this month, they join the millions of Americans now splitting up in middle age. The rate of divorce after age 50 has doubled in the U.S. since 1990. The billionaire exes are unique, though, in escaping divorce with their finances relatively unscathed. He’s still the world’s richest person, worth $123.1 billion, and she has a $39.7 billion fortune, according to the Bloomberg Billionaires Index. Read more: With $137 Billion at stake, Jeff and MacKenzie Bezos to divorce There are few things more devastating than divorce. Splitting up after age 50 -- often called “gray divorce” -- may be particularly hazardous to your emotional and financial health, far worse than doing so at younger ages. The economic effects are even more stark. “Getting a gray divorce is a major financial shock,” Brown said. Older men see their standard of living drop 21% after a divorce.
4 Reasons Why You're Always Hungry The scene: 10:45 a.m. sitting at a poorly lit desk in pants you wish were a little bit bigger. After clicking “send” on your sixth email of the day, your stomach grumbles. Cue snack one: an apple. Then about an hour and 10 minutes after a big lunch, the pang hits you again. “Diet culture has made hunger out to be a ‘bad thing,’ something that should often be ignored or suppressed,” says registered dietitian Rebecca Ditkoff, MPH. But what if you get hungry, say, every 30 minutes? 1. “When we don't sleep enough, it increases our hunger hormone, ghrelin, that can increase our appetite and make us think we’re more hungry than usual,” says Lori Zanini, RD, CDE, and creator of For The Love of Diabetes. In one study, University of Chicago researchers found that sleep-deprived participants were unable to resist “rewarding snacks,” (think candy, chips, cookies) even though they’d eaten a meal two hours prior. 2. Big coffee drinker? 3.