We live in a world where startups and the latest technology innovation consume mainstream news coverage, where entrepreneurs and innovators are heroes, and where “new” is often confused with “better.” So-called disruptive apps and technologies are everywhere, but in an increasingly complex world, how much consideration is put into how these innovations will simplify our daily lives?
At Siegel+Gale, buoyed by the quest for simplicity, we recently set out to understand which innovations were removing complexities from consumers’ lives. We surveyed 2,000 people in the United States on what innovations—regardless of cost—make their lives simpler.
via The Next Web.
Many coffee drinkers roll out of bed and get their daily dose of java as soon as possible. Because of the way coffee affects our bodies, though, there may be more ideal times to drink it.
Neuroscience PhD student Steven Miller explains that in the mornings (between the hours of 8 am and 9 am) our cortisol levels are at their highest. Cortisol isn’t just the “stress hormone“—it’s also correlated with our alertness levels.
So if we drink coffee at the same time our alertness is already at its peak, we’re wasting the potential alertness boost we get from the caffeine.
The most effective time to have a cup of joe, Miller says, is between 9:30 am and 11:30 am. (Between noon and 1 pm and between 5:30 pm and 6:30 pm are other times cortisol levels rise, so you might want to avoid drinking coffee during those hours.)P
October means cozy sweaters and boots, pumpkin everything, and that all traces of the sticky summer have disappeared. Now that the temperature has dropped and brought you indoors, it’s time to hunker down and get a few financial ducks in a row.
You can simply set calendar reminders for yourself, and start thinking about your “financial calendar” the way you do your social calendar. You’d never neglect to send your mom a birthday card after jotting it down on your calendar—so treat important tasks like saving for retirement, preparing for taxes, and donating to charity in the same way. Get ready for a much more organized month (and year)!