What promises to make people more productive ends up making them more anxious. If a child or a romantic partner don’t text back right away, Roberts notes, people assume the worst. Just a decade ago teenagers could spend all day out of touch without triggering a panic attack in their parents.

While consumers may not benefit financially from an endless upgrade cycle, plenty of companies do. “Early upgrade plans” let smartphone buyers replace phones every year — for an extra fee. In the past year, enrollment in those plans has more than quadrupled, NPD Group found, from 7 percent of phone owners last September to 31 percent in June.

via The (Moral) Dangers of Upgrading Your iPhone – Bloomberg.

But Mr El-Erian yesterday revealed one main reason for leaving his high-pressured post was a mundane conversation with his then 10-year-old daughter about brushing her teeth which led to her writing him a note listing the 22 important events in her life he had missed due to work.

via Mohamed El-Erian reveals daughter’s talk led to PIMCO exit – Business – News – The Independent.

How much of your valuable time do you lose parked in front of a screen? Two-thirds of wealthy people watch less than an hour of TV a day and almost that many—63  percent—spend less than an hour a day on the Internet unless it is job-related.

Instead, these successful people use their free time engaged in personal development, networking, volunteering, working side jobs or side businesses, or pursuing some goal that will lead to rewards down the road. But 77 percent of those struggling financially spend an hour or more a day watching TV, and 74 percent spend an hour or more a day using the Internet recreationally.

via 16 Rich Habits | SUCCESS.

“Vertex42’s list of free templates ranges from weekly planners and wedding checklists to monthly budgets and chore charts. All the templates work for Excel, and several are also available for OpenOffice Calc and Google Sheets. It’s just what you need to be a spreadsheet ninja.”

via Download Free Excel Templates to Manage Time, Money or Productivity.

…I must be able to afford it if I was approved for the loan…

via 25 Myths Broke People Believe – daveramsey.com.

“Wake up at the same time every morning. If for any reason you have to go to bed later than usual, try to still wake up at the same time. This is particularly important if you’re trying to establish a new, healthier sleep schedule. The time of your waking seems to set the schedule of when you’ll start feeling sleepy later in the day. Thus, if you go to bed late, and then wake up late, it’ll start a cycle that messes up your whole rhythm. If you instead get up early even after going to bed late, you’re more likely to feel tired at the desired time.”

via 22 Ways to Get a Better Night’s Sleep | The Art of Manliness.

“Fewer and fewer people desire a passive retirement because they are healthier and there are many more options than were available to our parents. Some have no choice, either because of circumstances or poor planning. The good news is that every day brings more things to do which are both fun and rewarding.”

via 9 Reasons You May Never Retire.

Head on over to Lifehacker.com and check out this article on the nominees for the best Linux Desktop distro.

 

“Whether you’re customizing your Linux install or choosing a distro to go with, one of your many options is the desktop environment you use. There are tons to choose from, all with different benefits and features. There may be no one single best, but this week we’re looking at five of them, based on your nominations.”

via Five Best Linux Desktop Environments.

“While this is kind of depressing, it makes sense. Financial arguments are the #1 reason for divorce, and if you make less money, you are going to stress more over money and it could cause turmoil in the marriage.”

via Wedding Expenses and Marriage Success: Now We Have Data.

“Here lies Thomas, he would have done great work, but he had to pay the rent.”

via You Can Have an Easy Life or an Awesome One. Choose Wisely. – 99U.

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