The Two Things Killing Your Ability to Focus
I used to wake up, stumble over to my phone, and immediately get lost in a stream of pointless notifications. This digital haze continued throughout the day, keeping me from accomplishing important tasks. I was distracted, anxious, and ineffective as a leader. I knew I had to change but could not seem to break free from the behaviors that kept me locked into the same cycle.
So this is how we might picture Winona Ryder, after all these years: the former cool girl in repose, grown into a comfortably complicated adult, not in search of a comeback so much as another great book to read.
So good for Instagram: Snapchat’s Stories is a great product that has already gone through years of iterations; why, but for pride, would you build something different?
Why professors, pundits, and policy wonks misunderstand the world.
Procrastination is like a voice in your head giving you several seemingly valid reasons to avoid doing something. Usually it’s tough to summon a counterargument to overcome it. So instead of shouting over that voice telling you to put something off until later, why not ask it a question?
Phelps has faced plenty of distractions in his 16 years as an Olympic swimmer, but nothing like this.
Here’s the thing though: your career, like your life, moves forward whether you think about it or not.
In short, the latest food trend that you're obsessed with may be the result of a government effort to capture the hearts and minds of foreigners through their stomachs.
Great oratory magnifies the lessons of great writing.
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Lessons from the co-VPs of Product at Reddit, Alex Le and Kavin Stewart.
Product management is really just three things: Brainstorm the list, prioritize the list, do the list. But the devil is in the details.
The first of The Economist's new series on seminal economic ideas.
George Akerlof’s 1970 paper, “The Market for Lemons”, is a foundation stone of information economics.
Mark Zuckerberg on his plan to bring the internet to every human on earth.
Whatever else Facebook does going forward, he said, it starts with a connected world. “If we make progress on this, it will be one of the great things that our generation can do to improve lives around the world.”
From photographer and videographer, Benedict Redgrove:
"I was commissioned to make a film and shoot a set of images by ESPN for Wilson, to show the manufacturing process of their tennis balls for the US Open."
The following Q&A occurred that day in Brooklyn as well as during a follow-up phone call while he was on the press tour for Star Trek Beyond, which is in theaters this Friday. Cho was candid and cerebral, as we discussed everything from race to his ability to conjure up weed at will to why he pushed to have Sulu’s husband be Asian.
💡 How to run your first 1:1 as a manager, from Etsy Senior Engineering Manager, Lara Hogan.
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ne word that best describes how you work: Purposefully.
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“When a dish is perfectly seasoned, it will taste simultaneously like it has too much salt and too little salt. It is fully committed to being both at the same time.”
Good listening is much more than being silent while the other person talks.
Martha Nussbaum’s far-reaching ideas illuminate the often ignored elements of human life—aging, inequality, and emotion.
Elon Musk on his master plan.
The first master plan that I wrote 10 years ago is now in the final stages of completion.
The Darién Gap is a lawless wilderness on the border of Colombia and Panama, teeming with everything from deadly snakes to antigovernment guerrillas.
Kumamon, a cartoon bear created to promote tourism in an overlooked part of Japan, has become a billion-dollar phenomenon. Now, a new academic field is trying to pinpoint what makes things cute – and why we can’t resist them.
The principle SEAL taught is what he calls the 40% rule — which essentially means people feel maxed-out mentally and physically, and thus stop, when they are at only 40% of their actual capacity. Going past this 40% capacity is when it becomes uncomfortable. Thus, SEAL’s mantra, “If it doesn’t suck, we don’t do it.”
A week with the street preachers of Sin City.
Two new books about the painter show that, when it comes to biography, sometimes less detail can give us more perspective.
We're all proud of you, Prado said. And everybody's excited, just to watch you do your thing.
I love numbers. They allow us to get a sense of magnitude, to measure change, to put claims in context. But despite their bold and confident exterior, numbers are delicate things and that’s why it upsets me when they are abused.
Among the many things New Yorkers pride ourselves on is food: making it, selling it and consuming only the best, from single-slice pizza to four-star sushi. We have fish markets, Shake Shacks and, as of this year, 74 Michelin-starred restaurants.
Yet most everything we eat is fraudulent.
Excessive sitting makes our hips very tight, which in turn, can affect our posture and make it harder to perform our best or move freely in general. If you have to sit for work, try a few of these hip stretches daily to keep that important joint healthy.
“She really taught me that you always talk to people. She was like the secretary of state,” says Chesky.
So, what makes this game so engaging and, from what we’ve seen so far, potentially very addictive? Let’s break it down into its core pieces.
If “parenting” is the wrong model, then, what’s the right one? Let’s recall that “parent” is not actually a verb, nor is it a form of work. What we need to talk about instead is “being a parent”—that is, caring for a child. To be a parent is to be part of a profound and unique human relationship, to engage in a particular kind of love, not to make a certain sort of thing.
Social media has swallowed the news – threatening the funding of public-interest reporting and ushering in an era when everyone has their own facts. But the consequences go far beyond journalism.
When a fact begins to resemble whatever you feel is true, it becomes very difficult for anyone to tell the difference between facts that are true and “facts” that are not.
Faced with a class action suit, the company hired a CIA-linked intelligence firm to look into the plaintiffs and their lawyer, but a judge says they may have gone too far
Out of all the books I’ve read, I have a small number of favorite books. I always keep them on my desk.
These are the books I refer to often — some books are timeless and get better as you study them. There’s a real difference between reading a book for the first time, and reading it for the second time. And so forth.
I think the essential lesson for competitive-strategy decision-makers is not so fast, in both senses of the phrase: take your time and don’t be so sure.
Ezra Klein digs into why the Clinton America sees isn't the Clinton colleagues know.
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Go actually represents years and years of development by a group of talented people who know what they’re doing.
When we dehumanize people in conversation, we give permission for them to be degraded in other ways as well. And even if we don’t participate, our silence condones this language.
🇫🇮 An edited and condensed transcript of The Atlantic's conversation with Anu Partanen on her latest book.
Is realizing the American Dream supposed to be so stressful?
Like most restaurant chains, there’s plenty that’s cheesy about Chili’s Grill and Bar. But there is also something special—something that converts its most devoted employees into enthusiastic, unblinking evangelists. These true believers form the Chili’s Dream Team, super-trainers who travel the world opening new outposts and transforming average civilians into acolytes of flavor and flair. Their devotion to The Sizzle is pure, and these are their secrets.
"Now go forth and wield your understanding of data to make better experiences for people everywhere."
On any given day, in any police department in the nation, 15 percent of officers will do the right thing no matter what is happening. Fifteen percent of officers will abuse their authority at every opportunity. The remaining 70 percent could go either way depending on whom they are working with.
But there’s one thing most of us agree on: We don’t want cops to be executed at a peaceful protest. We also don’t want cops to kill us without fear that they will ever face a jury, much less go to jail, even as the world watches our death on a homemade video recording. This is a difficult point to make as a racial crisis flares around us.
The good jobs I’m talking about are the ones that our parents were used to. Steady, consistent factory work. The sort of middle class job you could build a life around. Jobs where you do what you’re told, an honest day’s work, and get rewarded for it.
Those jobs. Where did they go?
The computer ate them.
Aristotle was saying, ‘Stop hoping for happiness tomorrow. Happiness is being engaged in the process.’