Why boys should read girl books

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Re-blog from Caroline Paul at Ideas.Ted.com

The consequences of continuing the current trends of not allowing or encouraging boys to read girls books are terrifying. If you have boys in your life, help break the cycle – encourage them to read ALL books (especially those that open their minds to more than the small sample of life they’ve seen up to now.)

Why boys should read girl books

Then I heard a disturbing story, about a writer who had also written a book that featured girls. When she attended a school assembly to speak to the kids, she saw that many of the seats were empty. Boys, it turned out, had been excused from the program.

So girls are expected to read books about boys, and people of color are expected to read books about whites (and boys). No one thinks twice about whether we should attend the assembly. But boys are immediately excused.


 

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6 easy ways to improve readability in 5 minutes or less

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I learn something new every day! Thanks to this re-blogged post – “6 Easy Ways To Improve Readability in 5 Minutes or Less” from James Chartrand at Men With Pens, now every writer can create more readable posts. 

Giving your content a readability boost isn’t too hard if you follow a few simple rules of thumb. Here are 6 that make a dramatic improvement in your writing, and each takes only 5 minutes or less.

Check it out, and let me know what you think. Remember to keep it in “short, actionable sentences.” 🙂

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57 Small Changes You Can Easily Make to Improve Your Life

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Re-post from Geoffrey James of Inc.

As we begin a new year, it’s time to once again review what we do, how we do it, and where we can make improvements. This list of 57 Small Changes You Can Easily Make To Improve Your Life has given me some great ideas for making my life easier in 2016. Take a look and let me know if there’s anything else you can add.

Contrary to popular belief, smiling and laughter are not the result of being happy; they’re part of a cycle that both creates and reinforces happiness. Find reasons to smile. Never, ever suppress a laugh.

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How To Prevent Mold In Your Basement

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MOLD.

Just the mere word conjures up some nasty images and gets your skin crawling, but what do you really know about it?

It smells sweet, but tastes awful! Ever bite into a slice of bread before noticing that it has started to turn moldy? Bet you couldn’t spit it out fast enough.

It has a pungent odor. It’s one of those smells that you can’t get out of your nose. Once you notice it, all your other senses seem to shut down, and it’s all you think about.

It looks ugly and scary. Even the smallest discovery stands out, and once you realise it’s mold, it seems to grow darker and larger right before your eyes.

Finding mold in your basement, or anywhere in your home, can be upsetting and cause for concern. Now that you understand what you do know about mold, let’s find out what you don’t know.

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Want to Be More Productive? Never Touch Things Twice

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Reblogged from Travis Bradberry at TalentSmart

Great read with helpful advice for any career. Let me know what you think. Do you use other methods that work even better?

When it comes to productivity, we all face the same challenge — there are only 24 hours in a day. Since even the best ideas are worthless until they’re executed, how efficiently you use your time is as important as anything else in business.

I’ve become fascinated by productivity secrets because some people seem to have twice the time, and there’s no better way to reach your goals than by finding ways to do more with the precious time you’ve been given.

It feels incredible when you leave the office after an ultra-productive day. It’s a workplace high that’s hard to beat. In my experience you don’t need to work longer or push yourself harder — you just need to work smarter.

“Time is what we want most, but what we use worst.” —William Penn

I’ve learned to rely on productivity hacks that make me far more efficient. I try to squeeze every drop out of every hour without expending any extra effort.

And my favorite hack also happens to be the easiest one to implement. It’s so easy and useful you can begin using it now.

Never touch things twice.

That’s it. Never put anything in a holding pattern, because touching things twice is a huge time-waster. Don’t save an email or a phone call to deal with later. As soon as something gets your attention you should act on it, delegate it, or delete it.

To pull this off you’re going to have to eat some frogs. “Eating a frog” is doing the least appetizing, most dreaded item on your to-do list. If you let your frogs sit, you waste your day dreading them. If you eat them right away, then you’re freed up to tackle the stuff that excites and inspires you.

You’ll also need to master the tyranny of the urgent. The tyranny of the urgent refers to the tendency of little things that have to be done right now to get in the way of what really matters. This creates a huge problem as urgent actions often have little impact. The key here is to delete or delegate. Otherwise, you can find yourself going days, or even weeks, without touching the important stuff. You’ll need to get good at spotting when putting out fires is getting in the way of your performance, and you’ll need to delete or delegate the things that hinder real forward momentum.

No is a powerful word that you’re going to have to wield. When it’s time to say no, avoid phrases such as I don’t think I can or I’m not certain. Saying no to a new commitment honors your existing commitments and gives you the opportunity to successfully and efficiently fulfill them. Research conducted at the University of California in San Francisco shows that the more difficulty that you have saying no, the more likely you are to experience stress, burnout, and even depression. Learn to use no, and it will lift your mood, as well as your productivity.

If you aren’t going to touch things twice, you can’t allow e-mail to be a constant interruption. You should check e-mail on a schedule, taking advantage of features that prioritize messages by sender. Set alerts for your most important vendors and best customers, and save the rest until the scheduled time. You could even set up an autoresponder that lets senders know when you’ll be checking your e-mail again.

To make my system work, you’re also going to have to avoid multitasking. It’s a real productivity killer. Research conducted at Stanford University confirms that multitasking is less productive than doing a single thing at a time. The researchers found that people who are regularly bombarded with several streams of electronic information cannot pay attention, recall information or switch from one job to another as well as those who complete one task at a time.

Multitasking reduces your efficiency and performance because your brain can only focus on one thing at a time. When you try to do two things at once, your brain lacks the capacity to perform both tasks successfully. Never touching things twice means only touching one thing at a time.

Bringing It All Together

We’re all searching for ways to be more efficient and productive. I hope my productivity hack helps you to find that extra edge.

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7 Tech Tools You Can Definitely Teach Yourself to Use Before the End of the Year

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Here are some great tips on what you can learn to help your career grow. With so many things to choose from, this gave me a little insight into what I should do first. Read through the ideas, and let me know which ones you’re going to tackle soon.

7 Tech Tools You Can Definitely Teach Yourself to Use Before the End of the Year

Here’s a fun fact for you: You can never have too many skills. While there are probably a number of skills you should learn for your specific field, there are also a fair amount that are just good to know in general—no matter what industry you’re in.

So, rather than run down a list of everything you need to land a promotion, I thought it would be more fun today to give you a list of good life skills. I narrowed it down to seven that I think will only improve the way you do things—in the office and at home.

The best part? They’re all easy enough to pick up by the end of the year.

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