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How a perception shift can sharpen your productivity

Mind time and clock time are two totally different things, according to Adrian Bejan, a mechanical engineering professor at Duke University. In fact, actual time doesn’t affect how we experience its passing. In an upcoming paper in the European Review, he explains that our perception of time is influenced by the quick, involuntary eye movements

Why hyper-growth can be a huge detriment to the success of your startup

“The way [that] failures die is they run out of money.” It’s probably no surprise that these words were spoken by Paul Graham during an interview. What is even more interesting is what Graham says next: “If a place has really good food, it can be in an obscure location, charge

Addicted to distractions? How to reclaim your focus and shut out the noise

“Everything is designed to make us hooked and stay a little longer, or worse, distracted a little bit more.” We don’t always have what it takes to shut out the noises in the background. It is easy to think that being distracted is just the inability to focus, when in fact,

Solitude: the secret to original thinking

Imagine embarking on a research mission to Antartica: cold wind tugging at your face as you trek through the snow. Nothing ahead but miles of ice and water. No other humans to interact with. No internet service. Just you and flocks of Emperor penguins for days at a time. In

Meet your most powerful ally for productivity: momentum

How to get the ball rolling and keep friction at bay “Success requires first expending ten units of effort to produce one unit of results. Your momentum will then produce ten units of results with each unit of effort” — Charles J. Givens Momentum: that unstoppable feeling when motion just

How to measure achievement, instead of hours

It’s time to stop clock-watching and focus on more important measures of success We all know Charles Darwin, the father of modern evolutionary studies and the author of On the Origin of Species, among other important works. What you might not know is that Charles Darwin was basically the Tim Ferriss

‘You need investors’ & other common myths about startup success

Don’t fall prey to overnight success stories 52 games over the course of six years That’s how long it took before the creators of Angry Birds launched their successful game from the verge of bankruptcy in 2009. Turned down 25 times That’s how many tries it took Tim Ferriss to find someone

Every review counts: a quick guide to responding to customer feedback

Even haters can become superfans 97%. That’s how many customers say online reviews factor into their buying decisions. 90% read online reviews before visiting a business. 88% trust these reviews to help them decide on their purchase. And 84% trust online reviews just as much as a personal recommendation. Don’t have any reviews? 8% of customers don’t

How resting more can boost your and your team’s productivity

Create a work culture that prioritizes restorative downtime I’m going to tell you something about productivity that most top-ranking Medium authors and famous startup gurus won’t. It isn’t a hack that you’ll read in the latest Lifehacker headline or see among the top #lifehacks Tweets. Instead, it’s a technique that,

Your next big idea could come from — boredom

I travel pretty frequently between JotForm’s headquarters in Turkey and San Francisco. On a recent flight, just after boarding, I realized that I had left my laptop at home. I hadn’t packed a book, either. It was either the window or the tiny overhead screen. As much as I appreciate an

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