New Study Suggests Sleep Deprivation is Good for Creativity

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When we are tired, we tend to make bad, and sometimes plain dumb, decisions. Researchers have told us to stay away from online shopping, junk food eating and driving when we are sleep deprived, but a new study says this fatigue actually makes us better problem solvers.

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A Music Lover’s Guide to Productive Listening

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Photo credit: M Car/Flickr

As a music lover, I’ve been very intrigued by different music streaming services and the playlists they provide for different moods and activities, such as getting ready for bed or working out. Being that I work for a productivity company, I was even more intrigued by these services’ work playlists — collections of music and sounds that are designed to keep you focused and, in some cases, even give your creativity a little boost. I decided to put a some of them to the test and learned a few things about my own music-listening preferences along the way.

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Uber CFO Steps Down to Spend Time With Family

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Photo via NY Post

In a surprise turn of events, Uber’s CFO, Brent Callinicos, has decided to step down in order to spend more time with his family. He joined the company almost two years ago and previously served as VP of Treasurer and Chief Accountant at Google.

In a memo announcing his departure, Callinicos talks about simply wanting more time, and realizing he ended to make a change in oder to obtain it.

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Reorganizing My Life So I Can Focus

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I have been pretty MIA this week, but I have a good reason. Last week, I found that I wasn’t able to focus. With a mind that already wanders easily, I found myself frustrated and incapable of concentrating on a single task. Then, one night during the weekend I stayed up way too late reorganizing my cosmetics. And I haven’t stopped reorganizing since.

A little less than two years ago, I moved to a very small apartment. My little studio has quite a bit of storage for such a small space, but that still isn’t quite enough for my many, many things, especially since my apartment also doubles as my full-time office. I have done a lot of decluttering since (I do this every few months, regardless of where I live), but I realized that my frustration came from the fact that not everything had its own place, and that I wasn’t happy with what I saw when I opened drawers and cabinets. And this caused me a whole lot of anxiety.

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