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A couple of posts this morning about multi-tasking.  These articles do a much better job of explaining than I can, of why focusing on a few critical items is more productive than trying to multitask on a variety of un-prioritized items.

Only 3% of the population are “supertaskers.” The rest of us just pretend to be.

Source: “Personal kanban”: a time-management system that explodes the myth of multitasking — Quartz

https://qz.com/976473/the-scientific-case-for-single-tasking-instead-of-multitasking/

Life outside the classroom is sometimes just a little bit different.  My hat is off to the professors, though, for trying to put ideas into action.

Two law professors tried to mimic big activist hedge funds, investing their retirement savings in a small, languishing public company and trying to shake it up. Here’s what happened.

Source: Frank and Steven’s Excellent Corporate-Raiding Adventure – The Atlantic

The headline is a little misleading, but it served its purpose – I clicked through and read the article.  It is a good read. It is the second article as of late that I have read that indicates consumers are attracted to contests.  In the case of the article, the contest serves a much higher purpose.  Read on and enjoy.

Inside Walmart’s curious, possibly ingenious effort to get customers to build up their savings accounts

Source: How to Trick People Into Saving Money – The Atlantic

 

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The last time General Motors made a profit in Europe was the 20th century.

Source: After losing $20 billion over 17 years, General Motors (GM) may quit Europe by selling Opel and Vauxhall to Peugeot — Quartz

Since its invention in the 19th century, the footwear has been about much more than athletics—conveying ideas about national identity, class, race, and other forms of social meaning.

Source: The Long Political History of Sneaker Culture – The Atlantic

Politics aside, I just came across this article coincidentally after watching the movie “Just for Kicks” today.  For the sneaker-heads out there, you might this article and the movie quite interesting.

 

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Are you ready (and able) to give up your car?

Why own a car when you can use Uber or Lyft?

Source: No-car households are becoming more common in the US, after decades of decline — Quartz

Stop aiming for radical personal change, and start developing a process to improve a little bit each day, instead.

Wu Wei – have not seen this term in quite some time.  Brings back some fabulous memories.

Source: The Chinese principle ‘wu wei’ eliminates the need for lifehacks — Quartz

Stop aiming for radical personal change, and start developing a process to improve a little bit each day, instead.

Source: The Japanese philosophy of Kaizen offers an effective, manageable way to achieve long-term goals — Quartz

Keeping in the spirit of my last post (unusual libraries), I am sharing this article.  The headline of the article is unfortunately misleading or at best just focusing on the negative.  As you read the article, it summarizes that on average Americans read about 12 books annually, which is a much more positive aspect (and interesting from my perspective) than the headline about 25% of Americans not picking up a book.

Source: Pew books poll: One in four Americans didn’t pick up a book last year — Quartz

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Great story about a person following their passion and finding success.

Source: Graffiti Artist JonOne: From Harlem To The Bourbon Palace | Revolution

 

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