6 Things That Define Indispensable Employees | TIME

An employee survey turned into much more when a set of fascinating themes emerged. This post is in partnership with Inc., which offers useful advice, resources and insights to entrepreneurs and business owners. The article below was originally published at Inc.com. By Christine Lagorio-Chafkin Here’s the Danny Meyer school of thought on how to make a traditional service business into an enlightened, customer-centric hospitality mecca: Put your employees first and shareholders last to create a “virtuous cycle of enlightened hospitality.” That’s lovely and all, but can it really be applied to a startup?

The only courage you ever need is the courage to live the life you want.
Oprah Winfrey

To Be More Productive, Scrap the To-Do List. Try the Anti-To-Do List. | Big Think | IdeaFeed

To-do lists have long been a tool for keeping track of important tasks and increasing productivity, but in our more fluid lives and workplaces, the to-do list may have outlived its usefulness. Given the number of interruptions we now face—from email to instant messages to a faster-changing work environment—our lists of duties can easily frustrate as other tasks intrude. At the end of the day, the to-do list becomes a record of things you didn’t accomplish: not a great reward for a long day’s slog. But by keeping a list of tasks you have accomplished during the day, called an anti-to-do list because you’ve already done them, you can see all the things you did accomplish during the day and how you dealt with new challenges that emerged unexpectedly.

Who's In The Office? The American Workday In One Graph : Planet Money : NPR

Researchers often look at the number of hours worked, but rarely do they ask the question of when. Fortunately, the government conducts an annual study called the American Time Use Survey that tracks how people spend their days. The interactive graph below shows the share of workers who say they’re working in a given hour, grouped by occupation. Play with the different job categories to see how the average workdays differ from one another.

Apple Invites Are Out: New iPhones Coming Sept. 9

Just as expected, Apple sent out invitations on Thursday to an event for what’s expected to be its big iPhone event of the year. The invitation, which coyly says “wish we could say more,” revealed that the “exclusive event” will be held on Sept. 9 at 10 a.m. PT. It will be held at the Flint Center for the Performing Arts in Cupertino, California, which is Apple’s hometown and just two miles from its headquarters. It’s expected that Apple will launch the iPhone 6 in what is believed to be two sizes, a 4.7-inch model and a larger version at 5.5 inches, possibly called the iPhone 6L. It’s also rumored that the iWatch could make an appearance.

An identification chart of 42 North American butterflies.
By artist Eleanor Lutz. You can find the full sized GIF here or pick up a poster for your room here.

An identification chart of 42 North American butterflies.

By artist Eleanor Lutz. You can find the full sized GIF here or pick up a poster for your room here.

15 Augustine Quotes That Helped Shape Modern Christian Thought

ven though he though died on August 28, 430, the writings of Augustine of Hippo remain as theologically relevant and spiritually insightful as they did 1600 years ago. The man who became a beloved-Bishop and would eventually be remembered as Saint Augustine, had such a dramatic conversion to Christianity at the age of 33, that he explored the philosophy of Scripture with a passion that led him to write hundreds of sermons and some of Christianity’s most influential books. Here’s a look at 15 Augustine quotes that have helped shape modern Christian thought.

5 Workout Moves That Will Change Your Body | TIME

Functional training gives you the kind of strength that matters at the end of the day. This type of training will give you power in your daily life for practical movements like hauling your cooler to the beach, moving furniture, or carrying a toddler. So instead of measuring your strength by how much weight you can bench press (or curl, or squat), get fit where it counts by doing exercises that stem from natural, everyday movements like bending, pushing, and twisting. Try this 5-move functional workout to feel the power, fast!

You’d get very rich if you thought of yourself as having a card with only twenty punches in a lifetime, and every financial decision used up one punch. You’d resist the temptation to dabble. You’d make more good decisions and you’d make more big decisions.

This New Moleskine Is Like An iPad Made Of Paper

Ask companies like Adobe and Fiftythree, and they’ll tell you that tablets are the future of drawing. Give in, and get used to the concept of touching a stylus to your screen. Because as hardware and software get better, you’ll be able to create the sorts of things you can only dream about creating on paper.

Moleskine—the preeminent journal company with no lack of self-interest in keeping paper alive—has presented the vision of another possible future.

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Why You Remember Less When You Read from a Screen | Big Think | IdeaFeed

There are undeniable advantages to carrying a whole library on your Kindle or tablet computer but retaining the information you read doesn’t seem to be one of them. Recent studies agree that when it comes to recalling information, you’re probably ahead to read printed material like bound books, paper journals, and print magazines. In one study that asked Italian college students to read a 28-page story and then place 14 plot events in correct order, Kindle readers performed significantly worse. Researchers suggest that we have a more difficult time recalling digital information because it has no permanent physical location:

The End of Tanning? - The Atlantic

In the wake of research showing strong connections between indoor tanning and melanoma, the sunbed industry is battered and contracting. But the allure of artificially bronzed skin might be dwindling in general.