Ok so by now you probably know, I’m a total sucker for productivity hacks. If there’s an article about a way to do things faster or easier or a hack for getting more done in your day I’ve probably read it. Along the way I’ve come across plenty of things that didn’t work or just weren’t worth the money. Lucky for you, I won’t bore you with any of those here. I will however, share the 8 very best and cheapest apps (most are free) I’ve found and use whenever

Ok, so you should know upfront that I’m somewhat obsessed with productivity. I’m a total sucker for productivity books, articles and research. I live life in what seems like a never-ending quest to better lifehack my day-to-day routine. Over the years I’ve learned a lot about what works and what doesn’t, what sounds good on paper and what’s totally impractical. So I thought I’d share what I now know for sure will help you ramp up your productivity. If you only take one thing away from this article, it should

“In a world of change, the learners shall inherit the earth, while the learned shall find themselves perfectly suited for a world that no longer exists.” -Eric Hoffer Keep learning!

“More money is rarely the answer to innovation. The best innovations come from a world of scarce resources.” — John Donahue, Ebay CEO

Here’s What Elon Musk’s High-Speed Hyperloop Will Look Like The man behind Tesla and Space X is releasing the plans to his highly anticipated new mode of transportation that can take you from LA to San Francisco in an under an hour. Will this change transportation, or should we call it a “don’t believe the hype-r loop?”

  Missing Kids Stamps Project Turns Postage into Missing Child Posters Innovation: Creative solution to an existing problem.  Winning!

Only in ‘merika!  ..The latest sensation in NYC, the cronut, a cross between a donut and a croissant. Anyone had one? fastcompany: Introduced last month, the Cronut has customers lining up outside Cronut creator Dominique Ansel’s SoHo bakery at 6 a.m., and the store regularly sells out its daily production of at least 300 within a half-hour after opening. This enormous popularity is no accident. In fact, the Cronut’s success reflects the many strengths that characterize America’s small-business sector. Here’s the small-business recipe for a Cronut-level hit: 1. A dollop of

Cyclists who use bikesharing programs are much less likely to wear helmets than people who ride their own bikes. A team of designers in London has come up with a solution: Temporary helmets you can throw away. But are they really safer?   Innovative? Or just ridiculous?

Need to get focused? Try turning off your computer and doing some good old fashioned hand-writing. fastcompany: “We learn more and retain more. Creative pathways are opened up as we engage more of our senses. Forming letters by strokes, as opposed to selecting each by keys, opens regions of the brain involving thinking, language, and memory that are not opened through typing. Writing, real writing, makes you smarter.” [Image: Flickr user Lali Masriera]

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