The notion of going out into thronged crowds of over-excited people and entering high-stress environments like an overcrowded restaurant? Nope. No thanks. For many introverts, the idea of Valentine's Day isn't particularly comfortable. While extroverts can handle big crowds and lots of social interaction easily — and, indeed, thrive on it — introverts struggle because their "rate of arousal", or capacity to respond to stimulation, is very sensitive. Introverts can be very easily overwhelmed by stimulation from the world. "Time alone, one-on-one conversations and predictable situations are more likely to be pleasant for introverts who are more sensitive to external stimulation," explained Belle Beth Cooper for Fast Company. That's not exactly the narrative we've been sold as 'acceptable'
Every day, Beethoven made himself a coffee out of 60 coffee beans, while Voltaire drank up to 50 cups a day and lived until the age of 83. So perhaps a coffee addiction isn’t too bad after all?7 reasons why you might want to get yourself a cup of coffee right now. As a bonus, you’ll find a recipe for a fresh summer coffee cocktail. Boosted brain performance © warnerbros © universalstudios t’s no secret that coffee boosts attention, alertness, and concentration, but that’s not all. Coffee with added sugar can turn you into a little genius for a while because the combination of caffeine and glucose activates certain sectors of your brain. However, never drink coffee on an empty stomach since that will do the direct opposite. Increased blood pressure A tiny cup of coffee
Fall in love with St Dwynwen’s Day. It’s Wales' very own version of St Valentine’s Day. Falling on January 25th , people exchange cards and gifts, gaze lovingly into each other’s eyes over candlelit dinners, take long walks on deserted beaches. Who was St Dwynwen? A 4th-century Welsh princess who lived in what is now the Brecon Beacons National Park. Dwynwen was unlucky in love, so she became a nun and prayed that true lovers have better luck than she did. We celebrate St Dwynwen’s Day – 25 January – in much the same way as people mark St Valentine’s Day on 14 February. How did she become the Welsh patron saint of lovers? Dwynwen was the prettiest of King Brychan Brycheiniog’s 24 daughters. She fell in love with a local lad called Maelon Dafodrill, but King Brychan had
Anyone who knows me understands my management style is predicated on unconditional love. We need to provide people with a safe place where they can grow, try new things, fail and get stronger and smarter. We need to nurture innovation, and that requires faith in the process of learning from mistakes. It’s a trust thing, and if we trust anyone enough to employ them, we owe them a shot at redemption. That’s what good managers do. But that trust and freedom to fail also comes with an obligation. So, what should we do when people fail to learn from and correct bad habits -- when they act as if saying, “I’m sorry” is a get-out-of-jail-free card? I call this the “sorry pattern.” I believe it calls for a little tough love and a reminder that bad habits are a choice that carries consequences. We
It’s the end of another busy day, and you look back and wonder “Where did the time go?” Most likely, part of your time was eaten up with those little distractions that take away from the tasks that really matter. It’s important that you attach value to your time. How you use your time has a huge impact on your ability to succeed. Increasing productivity and using your time wisely means you will have more time to do things that matter to you, like exercising, spending time with family and friends, having a hobby or pursuing other projects. Set yourself up for success by cutting these 11 biggest time wasters from your life, and you may find you have more time than you realize. 1. Multitasking Trying to do more than one thing at a time actually diminishes your productivity. The hu
There are some days in the life of an entrepreneur when it seems that there aren’t enough hours in the day to get everything that needs doing done. OK, make that more than some. In light of this fact, the key to being more productive may be not to work harder, but to work smarter. A recent study from Vouchercloud showed that in the course of an eight-hour workday, the average worker studied was productive for only two hours and 53 minutes. If this sounds like you, how can you make the most of your work time in order to be more productive? While no one productivity hack is going to make your to-do list go away, there are steps you can take to ensure that you get the most out of your valuable time at work. Here are four tips to help you schedule a productive workday.
In today's professional world, we all work under pressure. Good companies care for their employees’ well-being, but it’s also important that their employees know how to handle pressure well in order to cope with market pressure and stay healthy. It is also key to any professional woman’s future success. In general, pressure is a sense of urgency that we all must endure at varying levels throughout our careers and day-to-day tasks. It mostly exists to push us to execute more with less time. In my own field of construction, one is expected to manage and coordinate different tasks from land and lease signatures, execute contracts with vendors, and handle requests for proposals to mobilization, execution, testing and handover. In any role, and at any le
We all know that it takes hard work to achieve our goals. And in the world of business and entrepreneurship, we often hear how we must be willing to sacrifice weeks, months, even years of slaving away to suceed. But what if we’re all just doing it wrong? What if there was a way to accomplish a huge to-do list in less than half the time it would normally take? Barring the discovery of a time machine or a wormhole, you might say this is impossible. But with a little practice and self-control, it’s possible to get to the finish line before most people even start the race. Related: How to Accomplish More by Doing Less 1. Use the 80/20 rule. The Pareto principle is a universal truth that can help us recognize where to focus our efforts to be most productive. The
There’s a misconception that working in an office means combing through endless emails while clutching the phone in one hand and scribbling notes in the other. There are better, more productive ways for people to spend their work day. It took me multiple degrees and several careers to realize I needed to optimize my process by working smarter, not harder. When I joined ShopKeep, I found myself booked in back-to-back meetings from morning until night. That left little time to focus on completing tasks. My previous experiences had made me believe I was a strong multitasker, but this new venture taught me there's truly no such thing. According to psychologist and Nobel Prize winner Daniel Kahneman, "It is the mark of effortful activities that they interfere with
Fruits and vegetables are our lifeblood. These foods are nutrient dense and taste amazing – they have everything we need to keep our bodies healthy and happy. Any time you could use a snack, fruits and veggies are a great idea. That being said, they can have some unexpected health consequences. While the produce itself is great for human health, farming techniques have made it more difficult to access truly healthy food. The use of pesticides is becoming more common each day, and it isn’t hard to figure out why. Farmers make their money based on how many crops they sell, not how many they grow. Any produce damaged by insects directly translates into a financial loss for the farmer. So what do they do? They spray their fields with pesticides. This may be great for their bank accounts, but