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What you need to know about granola bars
Everything you need to know about granola bars in five minutes or less, including why a corn flakes fight gave us Kellogg’s.
Disney’s first round of layoffs knocked the metaverse off its priority list
The entertainment giant is laying off 7,000 people to cut costs over the next few months
Minnesota is trying to prove Juul got teens addicted on vaping in a first-of-its-kind trial
The "public nuisance" theory was also used in opioid epidemic court cases
Quartz on Agile
After years of intensive analysis, Google discovers the key to good teamwork is being nice
Shared by 339, including Dominic Grzbielok, Twitty, shishir das, Pat Kua, Simon07
“Personal kanban”: a life-changing time-management system that explodes the myth of multitasking
Only 3% of the population are “supertaskers." The rest of us just pretend to be.
Quartz on Bill Gates
All the books Bill Gates has recommended over the last eight years
Bill Gates has become a powerful influence on publishing. An endorsement from the philanthropist and Microsoft cofounder can cause tangible sales spikes, reminiscent of the golden ticket that once…
The robot that takes your job should pay taxes, says Bill Gates
The world's richest man is arguing for taxing and slowing automation.
Quartz on Business
Florida’s battle with Disney, explained
The battle over Disney World's municipal designation ties back to the company's statements on a controversial Florida law.
Why it’s so hard to convert offices into housing
As offices stay empty, developers are expanding plans to convert them into residences
Quartz on Career
How do you know when a project is finished?
Alberto Giacometti’s difficult creative process offers insight into how to get past perfectionism and arrive at the conclusion of a given work.
Time: understand how you use it, create more of it, maximize it, and sustain it
4 ways to reclaim control of your time and make an impact at work
Quartz on Future Of Work
The company behind WordPress is closing its gorgeous San Francisco office because its employees never show up
The blogging platform's parent, a remote-working advocate, wound up listing the property.
The guy who inspired the "quiet quitting" movement is back to working 50 hours a week
Let's not draw the wrong lessons, again, from Justin's career choices
Quartz on Gig Economy
More Americans now work full-time from home than walk and bike to office jobs
Telecommuting has grown faster than any other way of getting to work—up 159% since 2000.
The on-demand economy is a bubble—and it’s about to burst
Enjoy your favorite apps that make your life easier while you can.
Quartz on Hybrid Work
What we learned after one month of operating a hybrid office
We've learned a lot in our first month operating a hybrid office, and wanted to share those lessons for managers and executives thinking through similar questions right now.
«Even when you’re in the office, the work itself is still best done with the assumption that everyone is remote.»
17 principles for a successful hybrid workplace
Should employees set their own hybrid work schedules? Does your company need the office space? Should vaccinated and unvaccinated employees be separated? We asked academics and experts for their best…
Quartz on Japan
Japan’s 72 seasons can liberate us from our obsession with productivity
Japanese seasons, sekki, and their sub-sections, kō, are a different way of thinking about time and how we give it meaning.
The Japanese words for “space” could change your view of the world
Do you view space as being empty or full?
Quartz on Leadership
A philosopher’s 350-year-old trick to get people to change their minds is now backed up by psychologists
Blaise Pascal set out the most effective way to persuade someone, centuries before there was any formal study of persuasion.
«People are generally better persuaded by the reasons which they have themselves discovered than by those which have come into the mind of others.»
7 leadership habits to improve prioritization
How leaders can better set priorities for themselves and others
Quartz on Python
PANDAS Meet the man behind the most important tool in data science Written by Dan Kopf 4…
Wes McKinney hated the idea of researchers wasting their time, so he created the wildly popular data science tool called "Pandas" for the Python programming language.
R and Python are joining forces, in the most ambitious crossover event of the year—for programmers
For programmers, this is a blockbuster announcement in the world of data science.
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Google’s former happiness guru developed a three-second brain exercise for finding joy
Happiness is habit-forming.
«Thin slices of joy occur in life everywhere… and once you start noticing it, something happens, you find it’s always there.»
Most popular personal finance advice contradicts economic theory
Personal-finance experts and economists tend to offer different advice on issues like saving, retirement, and paying down debt.
«Why does personal finance advice so frequently depart from economic theory? The paper suggests the former group tends to take psychology into account, while the latter is operating in a purely rational world.»
Every successful relationship is successful for the same exact reasons
I asked 1,500 people for relationship advice, and kept getting the same answers.
«The other “wrong” reason to enter into a relationship is, like Greg said, to “fix” yourself. This desire to use the love of someone else to soothe your own emotional problems inevitably leads to codependence»
The psychological importance of wasting time
A life spent dutifully responding to emails is a dull one indeed. And “wasted” time is, in fact, highly fulfilling and necessary.
How companies are hiding inflation without charging you more
Shrinkflation is causing consumers to pay the same or more for less.
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