Consciously Curated: Pause For Success; Slow Growth; Forgetting …

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Here is a roundup of news and information from other sources across the web to help you keep thinking good:

NY Times: Let’s Chill

“Working in 90-minute intervals turns out to be a prescription for maximizing productivity. Professor K. Anders Ericsson and his colleagues at Florida State University have studied elite performers, including musicians, athletes, actors and chess players. In each of these fields, Dr. Ericsson found that the best performers typically practice in uninterrupted sessions that last no more than 90 minutes. They begin in the morning, take a break between sessions, and rarely work for more than four and a half hours in any given day.”

Thinking Good: Conduct Your Own Symphony

Dr. Speights gives us some practical insights on how to begin each day with purpose and focus, with an eye to setting the tone, tenor and tempo.”

YouTube: Can You Figure Out the Mystery Inside This Ad About High School Love?

Inc.: Beyond Success

“Perhaps the greatest characteristic of all is the ability to forgive unconditionally. Remember that through your lifetime, you, too, have spoken with insensitivity, have disappointed a loved one, and have made mistakes. You should amend these mistakes where you can. But even more importantly, you should forgive unconditionally the people who have offended you, regardless of their willingness to apologize or even to acknowledge their actions or guilt. This effort will attract a higher energy to your endeavors and will propel your results.”

NY Times: Trailing Behind Mom & Dad

Psychology research has shown that people’s happiness is heavily influenced by their relative station in life. And it’s hard to imagine a more salient comparison than to a person’s own parents, particularly at this time of year, when families gather for rituals that have been repeated for decades. “You’re going home for the holidays and you compare your standard of living to your parents,” Grusky, a sociologist, says. “It’s one of the few ties you have over the course of your entire life. Friends come and go. Parents are a constant.”

Vice: Too Wasted to Remember

But as drug- and alcohol-addicted stars get more and more successful, they often go into blackouts that—they later claim—encompass the entire creation of some important piece of work. (They tend to make this claim when they’re looking back on their lives after getting sober.) And in case you need another reason to check in with your own addiction, it sounds like it kinda sucks to forget some of your biggest artistic achievements to drug- or alcohol–induced amnesia. Here are some of the most notable examples of this phenomenon…

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