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Sweden’s 6-hour Workday Could be the Answer to Higher Productivity

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An experiment in Sweden is going to test whether six-hour workdays for government employees lead to higher productivity and fewer sick days. It’s not the first of its kind, though. Several experiments like this have been tried in Sweden before, with most failing to show promising results. Some caused so much tension among employees who were and weren’t part of the experiment that they were given up on.

Sweden’s not doing too bad already in terms of how many hours they work on average. Compared to other countries around the world, there are plenty of others that could do with cutting back a bit:


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5 Things that Super Successful Entrepreneurs Do Well

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Steve Jobs. Bill Gates. Walt Disney. Oprah. All household names. All some of the most powerful entrepreneurs of the modern world. These are people that seized opportunities when and where they could and carved paths for themselves where there were none before. What do these game changers have in common? A lot more than you’d think.

Entrepreneurs share some pretty unique qualities that exist in all of us but can remain dormant if left untapped. Where some of us ignore that little voice telling us to go for it, successful entrepreneurs listen. They turn that little spark into a bonfire. Wondering what characteristics these bigwigs share? Read on for some inspiration of your own.


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Do what you love. Seems simple enough, right? Not always. Sure, most of us can remember being told to follow our dreams when we were younger. “You can be whatever you want when you grow up,” as the saying goes. But it isn’t always that easy. Or is it? Some of the most successful doers and thinkers of the world took chances. They weren’t afraid to pursue their passions no matter how harebrained they seemed.

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How to Build The Perfect Home Office: A Scientific Approach

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Getting your home office right is actually more important than you think. This study by Sheffield Hallam University, concludes that among all generations tested, an organized workspace with lots of light and free of distraction contributes greatly to your ability to focus on the task at hand. Creating a space that’s conducive to your personal ability to achieve is quite possibly the most introspective but valuable investment you can make.

Let’s dive into the specifics and talk about how you can design a space that will work for you.


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1. Funnel and Shape the Light to Enhance Your Work

Lighting can come in a few different forms. Whether it’s natural light which flows freely in or artificial lighting, testing to find out what works for you can have big implications on your productivity. Let’s take a look at the different options and see how we can maximize on both.

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Remote Work Once the Honeymoon is Over

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I’d like to preface this post by saying that I’m still an avid fan of remote working. I love this lifestyle and would defend it to the bitter end.

That said, the honeymoon is over and I’m now officially a remote worker. I’ve been a remote worker for almost two years now and it’s definitely not the path of least resistance. But what is?

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I remember back to when I started working remote. I had just quit an awesome job to start a company with a few friends and remote work seemed like the obvious path. The only path really. We didn’t have money to purchase an office space so the lifestyle kind of chose us by necessity. Once I spent a few days outside the office, I was hooked. I even decided to start writing on the topic and putting my thoughts and struggles out to the world. It was great. It still is.

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How to Improve Mental Clarity and Focus

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With social media, news headlines and many other distractions, a high level of mental clarity and focus is difficult to achieve. In this post we’ll talk about why we get so distracted and a few things we can do about it.

The Frontal Lobe – Focus Controller


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Although many theories are in circulation regarding exact function of the frontal lobe, it’s an incredibly complex mechanism that’s known to be attributed to focus, memory and motor function. The frontal lobe also controls your ability to distinguish whether your decisions are good or bad and to see future consequences of those actions. The average person’s frontal lobe reaches full maturity in their late 20’s.

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4 Great Ways to Measure Your Productivity

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Measuring productivity is important. It’s intrinsic in all people to know that what we’re doing today is actually paying off. The only way we can achieve this kind of insight and transparency is to avidly measure our daily tasks. Once we place a direct value on our productivity, we can shift and change based on the result.

“Concentrate all your thoughts upon the work in hand. The Sun’s rays do not burn until brought to a focus” – Alexander Graham Bell

Every personality is different. There will never be one single metric that works in every case across the board, so the ability to identify what works is a key step in monitoring your productivity. Take time and analyze the different aspects of your life, then create a series of metrics that fit your unique scenario. Here’s a list to get you thinking in the right direction.

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Can a pill really make you smart?

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Nootropics are gaining more attention recently, but if you haven’t heard of them before they’ll probably sound like something from a SciFi novel, rather than real life. Nootropics are a kind of drug, often called “smart drugs“, which enhance cognitive functions in the brain. Basically, they make your brain work better.

What are nootropics?

Romanian psychologist and chemist Corneliu E Giurgea led the team that first synthesized the drug piracetam. In 1964 he coined the term nootropic to describe piracetam and other drugs like it that enhance learning acquisition and improve executive processing—things like focus and spatial awareness. He also said that nootropics should be non-toxic and non-addictive.

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3 Ways We Acquired Our First Paying Customer

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I’d like for this blog post to be a bit different. I’ve decided to catalogue our experience (up to June 3, 2013) into a simple list post in chronological order. The big idea is to show a glimpse into exactly how we landed the first $55.00 in our bank account.

It was certainly an exciting day.

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1. We Focused on Our Product First

Finding Our Audience

We knew when we started that the video conferencing market was packed. And it’s not that we were ignoring Skype, Webex or the other multi-billion dollar major players in the game, we just knew there was enough inefficiency in that market despite their existence, so we decided to go all in.

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