Why the car of the future is more like a Lego set than a Bond ride

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Electric. Modular. And pretty much whatever you want it to be. Some days I dream about driving a zippy two-seater. Others, I long for a camping-friendly family van. And every once in a while, I wish I had a pickup truck that could handle the freight of a Home Depot run. So like most suburban stereotypes, that means I’ve settled for a high-horsepower crossover, a vehicle that does all of these jobs with mediocrity. Read Full Story

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Jeff Bezos: Here’s how I make Amazon’s highest-stakes decisions

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In an excerpt from a new collection of his writings, Amazon’s CEO says that his secret is making fewer, better decsions—and thinking three years out. I like to putter in the morning. I get up early. I go to bed early. I like to read the newspaper. I like to have coffee. I like to have breakfast with my kids before they go to school. So my puttering time is very important to me. Read Full Story

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Use this easy 7-step plan to give you more time each day

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The actions and choices you make today have a compounding impact on how much time you have in the future. Here’s how to be smart about the way you spend your day. “I never feel like I have enough time. It’s the end of the day and I don’t feel like I’ve accomplished anything I set out to. I feel like there’s too much to do that I can’t focus on anything!” Read Full Story

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‘I basically had a midlife crisis’: Author N.K. Jemisin explains why it’s never too late to quit your day job

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The Broken Earth trilogy writer didn’t publish anything until the age of 30. Twelve novels and a MacArthur genius award later, she’s got some tips to share. I didn’t try to publish anything until I was 30, when I basically had a midlife crisis. I was in a city I didn’t like, had not reached various milestones I wanted to reach, and was in student loan debt up to my eyeballs. I actually liked my job [as a career counselor for at-risk populations]. But I’d always written as a hobby, [and] I decided to see if I could make money doing it. I would make sure I wrote one page, or even just 250 words, every day. Counseling is one of those emotionally draining fields where sometimes something terrible would happen at work. I would allow myself not to produce that day. Instead, I would write something completely irrelevant, like …

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Suffering from to-do list defeat? Here’s how to take back control

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This time management expert offers surefire tips for getting out from under, boosting productivity, and regaining your sanity. In my attorney days, I had a to-do list for each active case, which I carried with me from meeting to meeting like security blankets. Truth be told, I loved my to-do lists. But with working 12-plus-hour days and feeling like I never accomplished quite enough in the day, I actually thought I was bad at time management. Read Full Story

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I was diagnosed with ADHD at 30. It’s changed how I think about productivity

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The more I learned about it, the more I realized how pervasive its effects were on my life. I’ve been productivity-obsessed for years. Books, blogs, podcasts—you name it, I’ve probably inhaled it, and if I haven’t? Let me grab a pen and write down the name. So when my therapist asked me if I had attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, also known as ADHD, I felt like my world had been tipped upside down. I knew all of my problems already (or so I thought), and—at 30 years old—I couldn’t have ADHD. Read Full Story

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I painstakingly tracked everything I did for a month. Here’s what I learned

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I recorded everything I did—from client work to showering—in an Excel spreadsheet, broken into 15-minute increments. As we slowly and tentatively emerge from the pandemic, many of us are taking stock of what we have learned. What habits, behaviors, and lifestyles (like remote work ) do we want to keep, and which should we jettison? What do we actually want our professional lives to look like moving forward? Read Full Story

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