Tag: Productivity

Google Docs finally gets a live word counter

For the better part of decades, the granddaddy of modern word processors — Word — has kept real-time tabs on and displayed the total number of words on pages. Apple’s Pages has for years done the same, as has the open source LibreOffice project’s Writer. Given live word counters’ lengthy history and ubiquity, it’s sort […]

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Does America Care About Care? Not Enough

First of three articles. Caretaking occupies a paradoxical place in the American mind. On the one hand, we cast caretaking for babies and children as a sacred duty of the private sphere. We lionize the bonds between parents and their children in movies, songs and storybooks. We romanticize the kinds of wisdom that are passed […]

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How to Reclaim Your Time and Put Breathing Room Back in Your Life

It’s a Matter of Reorganization While you can’t add or subtract a few hours in your day, you can determine what’s necessary, desirable, advances your goals, or not. Once you figure out the projects, tasks, obligations and activities that are essential, do-able, help you be the best you can be and allow for spiritual, if […]

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Industrial Policy Isn’t Boring. It’s Big, and It Has United the Left and Right.

Just a few years ago, the phrase “industrial policy” was employed mainly as a term of abuse. Economists almost universally insisted that state interventions to improve competitiveness, prioritize investment in strategic sectors and structure market incentives around political goals were backward policies doomed to failure — whether applied in America, Asia or anywhere in between. […]

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What’s Wrong With the Global Economy?

Global markets were seized by fear last week that trade wars were slowing growth in Germany, China and the United States. But the story here is bigger than President Trump and his tariffs. The postwar miracle is over. Since the financial crisis of 2008, the world economy has been struggling against four headwinds: deglobalization of […]

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In an Industrial Corner of France, 18,000 Jobs Are On Offer. Why Aren’t People Taking Them?

OYONNAX, France — Along a vast alpine plain, hundreds of factories are cranking out plastic perfume bottles, automobile parts and industrial tools. Trucks chug through mountains ferrying thousands of ready-made wares for export. On billboards and warehouses, “We’re hiring!” signs flutter in the breeze. Jobs are plentiful in Ain, a sprawling manufacturing region in eastern […]

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The Robot Apocalypse Has Been Postponed

Like many non-Democrats with an interest in both public policy and supernatural religion, I have two favorite 2020 Democratic candidates: Marianne Williamson and Andrew Yang. Williamson is interesting because she helps reveal the spiritual shape of political ideas. Yang is interesting because he’s eager to think well outside the existing policy consensus and propose ideas […]

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Psychology Around the Net: July 20, 2019

People With Mental Health Disorders Amend the Descriptions: What would happen if input from people who actually deal with mental health disorders on a daily basis was taken into consideration when it comes to the diagnostic guidelines describing said disorders? A new study set out to explore just that. Researchers from the United States and […]

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You’re Hired. Now Wear This Headset to Learn the Job.

CHILLICOTHE, Ohio — When Toby Bouska Jr. started assembling cabs for Kenworth semitrucks last year, he learned the ropes by observing longtime workers at the factory. But it wasn’t exactly engaging, and he didn’t get much practice doing the job himself. “It’s them doing the job, and you just have to watch,” said Mr. Bouska, […]

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How to Make Time for the Things You Really Want to Do

So, if we barely have enough time to do the things we really need to do, how the heck will we have time for the things we really want to do? Below are eight tips to answer that very question. Forget the traditional to-do list. According to Holly Reisem Hanna, creator of The Work at […]

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Inside an Amazon Warehouse, Robots’ Ways Rub Off on Humans

The last person to touch an item at an Amazon fulfillment center is the packer, whose job is to stick each order in a box and tape it shut. As with most jobs, being a packer is more complicated than it looks. Michael Waterman, a packer at Amazon’s Staten Island warehouse, told me that when […]

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A.I. May Not Take Your Job, but It Could Become Your Boss

When Conor Sprouls, a customer service representative in the call center of the insurance giant MetLife talks to a customer over the phone, he keeps one eye on the bottom-right corner of his screen. There, in a little blue box, A.I. tells him how he’s doing. Talking too fast? The program flashes an icon of […]

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How to Get More Done with (a Lot) Less Stress: 12 Daily Habits

“Three Rules of Work: Out of clutter find simplicity; From discord find harmony; In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity.”Albert Einstein “Think simple” as my old master used to say – meaning reduce the whole of its parts into the simplest terms, getting back to first principles.”Frank Lloyd Wright The daily work we do – […]

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The Business of Health Care Depends on Exploiting Doctors and Nurses

You are at your daughter’s recital and you get a call that your elderly patient’s son needs to talk to you urgently. A colleague has a family emergency and the hospital needs you to work a double shift. Your patient’s M.R.I. isn’t covered and the only option is for you to call the insurance company […]

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