The Afternoon Slump And How to Work Around It via @HarvardBiz #startup #lifehack #entrepreneur

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No matter how many recently emptied coffee cups you peer into, it's not going to cure the natural afternoon slump we all fall into each day.   As this article points out, instead of resisting, we should plan around these dips and rises in energy. 

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Any kind of physical movement will temporarily boost your alertness and energy levels. “Do just ten minutes, and the energy and focus will be much stronger afterwards,” says Tate. You might take a brisk walk around the block, walk up and down the stairs, do some jumping jacks or push-ups, or even just stretch at your desk. The key is simply to move, which gets oxygen flowing and helps your body and mind overcome fatigue.

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The Science of Colors in Marketing via @buffer #startup #lifehack #entrepreneur

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There are many gems in this post about the Science of Color, so we recommend to dive right in.  

Also, putting on our seer hat, we believe the advice on how color preferences change depending on gender will be outdated, so don't take put too much stock into their advice for the long term (oh times are a'changin...)

Our favorite part on why hyperlinks are blue:


“Tim Berners-Lee, the main inventor of the web, is believed to be the man who first made hyperlinks blue. Mosaic, a very early web browser, displayed webpages with a (ugly) gray background and black text. The darkest color available at the time that was not the same as the black text was that blue color. Therefore, to make links stand apart from plain text, but still be readable, the color blue was selected.”

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Willpower and How to Avoid the Law of Least Effort via @entrepreneur #startup #lifehack #entrepreneur

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Similar to brain storage, we have limited willpower. Willpower is in many ways our energy as startup founders and partners. Without it, the thousands of random stressful issues that arise would bury us like an avalanche.   Luckily, there are ways to persevere, and you can read more about it here

Our favorite part:
“We don’t say it’s unlimited. At some point you do need to replenish,” says Carol Dweck, a Stanford University psychology professor and a leading motivation researcher. But willpower, she says, “is a much larger resource than previously thought. You can get tired, but it doesn’t mean you’re out of gas.”

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Expert Tips on Travel Packing via @cnn #travel #flight #learn #tip #lifehack #bartersugar #trade #swap


Almost everyone loves exploring new locations and experience new culture.  If you've traveled in the last year, then you know many airlines have changed some of their policies.

The weight of luggage, companion tickets, and many other elements of travel have changed.   So what is the state of the travel art now?  Check out this article from travel experts on how to be a pro packer for any flight.

Our favorite part:


Most airlines allow passengers on board with one carry-on plus one personal item provided it fits under the seat.
Take advantage of the opportunity to stow that extra outfit that didn't fit in the carry-on. It can double as a spare change of clothes in the event that forced gate check leads to a lost bag.
Keep the item light to avoid piercing shoulder pain when running to a gate to catch a flight or flagging a fast-moving tuk tuk.

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Why dine out when you have friends that are stellar cooks! #sunday #instafood #inspiration

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Acting to Keep Anxiety At Bay? Worked For Emma Stone via @melissadahl #startup #lifehack #entrepreneur

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Some levels of anxiety come with the territory of starting and maintaining your own business. Urgent issues materialize seemingly out of thin air, and in a bind only you and a tiny group of people need to make important decisions.  

So what happens when anxiety really becomes overwhelming?  Check out this article briefly speaking about how acting affected actress Emma Stone (The Help), and how maybe joining amateur acting and improv groups could help you too. 

Our favorite part:


Emma Stone gives off the kind of cool-girl confidence that makes it seem like she's never spent a minute of her life worrying about anything. This, as it turns out, is pretty much the opposite of the truth.

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How Leap Seconds Can Cause Your Computer Systems to Crash via @digg #startups #tip #entrepreneur

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Automation is everywhere, and that's a good thing.  Instead of manually logging countless hours doing repetitive and menial tasks, now automation can fill in those roles and leave more time for brain storming and strategy.   

Yet, most automations are based on time, and what happens if there is an unanticipated extra second in the day that throws off your entire system.  Well, that's what happened with corporate giants like Yelp.  You can read more about how leap seconds here

Our favorite part:


The growing movement against leap seconds would abolish them and return to unaltered UTC time. This wouldn’t pose the same problems for nautical navigation as it did 30 years ago since most sailors now use GPS, not the night sky, to find their way at sea. It would, however, cause the official time to drift further and further from the setting sun.

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Inspired by the #usopen2015 to hit the courts. Happy #laborday. Check out our new site coming soon. 🎾 #holiday #bartersugar #nepa

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9 #morning #hacks to get your day started right #trade #swap #bartersugar #startup #productive #tip #lifehack



Sometimes, that first splash of cold water in your face is all it takes to wake you up and have you ready for the day.

Sometimes, there isn't enough coffee in the pot to wake you up.

For morning and non-morning people alike, here are 9 morning hacks to start your day off right.

Our favorite part:


Let those smiles begin
When you take that first look in the mirror at yourself, smile. Reduce your stress first thing with a splash of smile-producing, feel-good endorphins. Then keep smiling, even if you have to fake it the first couple of tries.

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How to Gain Mental Strength via @jaltucher #startup #lifehack #entrepreneur

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Are you the person people call or text when they're in trouble?  Do you find people asking for your opinion on unrelated things from fashion to dating - even if you are far from being an expert on the topic?  You are probably a recognized mentally strong person, if you said yes to either of these.  Fear not if you aren't, this article shows some of the characteristics of mentally strong individuals.

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All 150 people I have interviewed gave answers instantly. I have no doubt if I ask them again next week they will all have different answers. I have never met a mentally strong person who wasn't a voracious reader. 
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When I was interviewing the rapper Coolio he told me he wrote lyrics down every day for 17 years before he had his first hit. A year after his first hit he had the best selling song on the entire planet. 


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