9 Science-backed Ways to Boost Your Productivity

Here’s an incredible stat for you: studies show that on average, self-employed people only work 2 hours and 53 minutes out of an eight-hour workday. That translates into 37.5% of a 40-hour workweek and 1,300 work hours lost per year. Capturing some of that time by optimizing productivity, even if only by 10 – 20 percent, could in turn translate into a whole lot more accomplished. Here, the author describes nine science-backed hacks to boost your productivity, from working with “ultradian rhythms” to adhering to a stable schedule.

Learn to Never Handle a Paper or Email Twice

Do you suffer from inbox overload? It’s a natural tendency to filter through a stack or inbox, scan the important messages, and then return to them later to process them. The problem is that each time we do this, we lose up to 20% of our time in getting back up to speed with the issues of the document. Here, the author describes his “never twice” method for handling the onslaught of incoming messages more efficiently.

Why and How to Rename Your Business

A strong business name should not only identify your brand, but tell customers and prospects something meaningful about it and differentiate it from your competition. However, if it’s not effectively achieving these goals, it may be in your best interest to rename it. In this article, the author details four scenarios in which selecting a new name for your business is the best decision, and seven tips to help you pull it off successfully.

4 ways to make anxiety work for you

As a whole, we’re getting more anxious, with worries about everything from health to finances. Provided it’s not debilitating to the point that it keeps you from functioning, anxiety can be harnessed to improve performance. This is the message from the clinical psychologist Alicia H. Clark, author of Hack Your Anxiety. According to Clark, anxiety is “always trying to tell us something that we care about” and “alert us to things we might not be noticing or tending to.” In this article, the author cites three other psychiatric professionals besides Clark to describe the following four ways to make that anxious feeling work for you: name it, confront it, diffuse it, and reframe it.

England’s World Cup Coach Applies a Simple Mind Hack That Made Steve Jobs a Creative Genius

A time-tested and scientifically proven mind hack that geniuses use to come up with creative ideas was what the coach for England’s World Cup team employed, which has helped England advance to the World Cup semifinals for the first time since 1990. In a nutshell, it’s combining ideas from different fields, or looking outside of your field, to spark a stroke of genius. Steve Jobs summarized the technique in saying, “Good artists copy; great artists steal.” He believed entrepreneurs should look outside of their field for inspiration. As one example, Jobs leveraged this technique to make the Apple store the most profitable retailer in the world by “stealing” from five-star hotel brands. European research scientists performed an experiment that backs up the validity of this technique: successfully finding novel solutions to stubborn problems by looking outside your area of expertise in areas that are similar, but different, than your own.

Who Needs Smartwatches? These 7 AI Wearables Can Boost Focus, Fitness and Health.

Potential AI applications in wearables are seemingly endless. According to a survey by Accenture this year, 75% of U.S. consumers report that technology is important for managing their health. About 33% are using wearables, up from 26% in 2016. Between 2014 and 2016, use of health wearables more than doubled. Detailed in this article are seven wearables that can help with focus, exercise, health tracking and more, from yoga and meditation to mental focus and breast cancer detection.

3 Easy Ways to Educate Your Employees While They Work

According to a survey by Go2HR, 40% of employees who receive poor job training leave their positions within the first year. The cost of this turnover underscores the importance of providing the skills and training they need to be successful, as their success is essential to your company’s long-term success. However, education and training needs to reach beyond the new hire stage — it should be an ongoing process. Here are four of the best ways to educate your employees while they work: go to industry-specific events, and share what you’ve discovered with your team; keep their skills sharp with online learning; implement a mentorship program; and regularly update your processes to thin out outdated methods or systems.

What Is AI, Anyway? Know Your Stuff With This Go-To Guide.

Do you get that deer-in-the-headlights look when people in your organization are discussing AI? Here’s a simple guide that explains what AI is, what AI isn’t, the difference between AI and “machine learning,” how AI affects your life, key AI players like Elon Musk, AI’s intrinsic potential for bias depending on the data used, and finally, what’s next.

6 Ways to Pitch Your Innovation to Today’s Customers

For entrepreneurs who are excited that their new technology will be industry-disrupting, here’s a reality check: truly disruptive innovations, like Apple’s smartphone and the Internet, are rare and generally unpredictable. This mentor to entrepreneurs (and an investor himself) recommends they avoid using the term “disruptive” with investors, as they might interpret that to mean extra high risk, a long time for payback, and extensive marketing required. Instead, he advocates for common patterns and recognizable attributes, called “disruption fingerprints,” which will likely be counter-intuitive to entrepreneurs – they’re smaller in scale. He then lists six approaches that are more likely to find a disruptive opportunity around the corner, from initially addressing a small market niche and exploring industries where you are an outsider.

These are your two biggest workplace etiquette mistakes

Whether you’re simply a coworker or a manager, chances are you might have unwittingly exhibited behaviors that irritate people. According to a new survey by Accountemps, senior managers believe the top etiquette blunder is missing or running late to meetings, while workers felt gossiping about colleagues was the most common. The author provides tips for handling these two most common workplace issue, such as simply giving your colleagues a heads up that you’re running late to a meeting, and promptly admitting your mistake if you have an etiquette slip-up.