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Everyone’s work day is different, but for most people, there are times in the day when they’re more productive than others. Well, apparently scientists have figured out that most people’s brains follow a neatly predictable pattern of cognition, which makes it easy to determine the best time of day to get things done.

Author Daniel Pink reveals in his 2018 "New York Times" bestseller "When: The Scientific Secrets of Perfect Timing” the perfect science-backed work day, and some of it may surprise you.

Morning

  • Since attitudes brighten and happiness peaks for most people in the mornings, that makes it a good time to schedule important meetings and earnings calls. The latter tend to become more negative the later in the day you have them.
  • It’s easier to keep distractions at bay in the mornings, so tasks with speed and accuracy are good to do in the AM.
  • You also may want to go to a doctor’s appointment in the morning, because studies show caregivers are more likely to wash their hands and diagnose more problems in the earlier part of the day.
  • Powers of logic and deduction are also at their sharpest, so any critical analysis is best to be done in the earlier part of the day.

Afternoon

  • Simple tasks like email-checking, online shopping, and errand-running are better left for the afternoon, when energy levels have already peaked.
  • This is also the best, and most obvious time, to take a lunch break.
  • The afternoon is also good to solve problems that rely on insight and creativity.
  • Since most people’s brains crash between two and three, it’s a good time to grab some coffee or maybe try and take a 20 minute power nap.
  • Folks will likely experience a final peak before the end of the day, which is a good time to pause and reflect on the day that just passed, and plan ahead for tomorrow. 
  • Now, while this may work for most people, there are always people who are “night owls” who are more creative in the evenings, but regardless, science shows that no matter when folks are most alert, they'll still have a similar flow, peaking early, with a mid-day low and then one final peak.

Source: Business Insider


If you are still looking for a place to go this summer, or any time this year, TripAdvisor is here to help. The site has just come out their choices for the "Most Excellent" global tourism destinations. These cities have all earned the highest percentage of TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence recipients.

This is the eighth year the site is handing out such Certificate of Excellence honors, which are given to accommodations, restaurants and experiences that deliver great service and consistently achieve high traveler reviews on the site.

Earning the overall “Most Excellent” honor for cities is Key West, Florida, which also earns the honor as the top city for restaurants, while Punta Cana in the Dominican Republic earns the “Most Excellent” City honor for experiences, and Chicago, Illinois is tops for accommodations.

Trip Advisor’s “Most Excellent” Cities

  1. Key West, USA
  2. Reykjavik, Iceland
  3. Edinburgh, UK
  4. Marrakech, Morocco
  5. Amsterdam, The Netherlands
  6. Dublin, Ireland
  7. Bali, Indonesia
  8. Krakow, Poland
  9. Glasgow, UK
  10. New Orleans, USA

When it comes to countries, Iceland earns the overall “Most Excellent” honor, as well as the honor for restaurants and experiences, while Singapore is hailed as the “Most Excellent” country for accommodations.

Trip Advisor’s “Most Excellent” Countries

  1. Iceland
  2. Ireland
  3. United Kingdom
  4. Greece
  5. Morocco
  6. France
  7. The Netherlands
  8. Italy
  9. Portugal
  10. Belgium

Click here to see all of TripAdvisor's "Most Excellent" winners.

Source: TripAdvisor


There are some expiration dates we know we should trust, like meat and dairy. And others we tend to let go way past the date, like mascara, because who wants to toss and replace a $25 tube of that stuff every few months when it’s still half-full? But one product we really should be watching the expiration dates on? Sunscreen.

You may not have even known that sunscreen expires, but it does. And in case you were thinking that deadline printed on every sunscreen sold in the U.S. was more of a “helpful suggestion” than a non-negotiable toss-by date, here’s the explanation from L.A.-based dermatologist Dr. Jessica Wu.

"Expired sunscreen may no longer protect you from UV rays, and it may also be less water-resistant than what it says on the label," she says. But it gets worse! Wu says over time, ingredients can break down and cause skin irritation and allergic reactions, or start to grow mold or bacteria, which can cause skin infections.

And because those expiration dates sometimes rub off the bottle of sunscreen riding around in the bottom of your sand-filled beach bag, Wu says in that case it’s important to pay attention to color and consistency. If it’s runnier than usual, turns yellow, or smells odd, pitch it and treat yourself to a brand new sunscreen. Your skin will thank you!

Source: Refinery29


Brand loyalty is pretty important to a lot of people, and a new report reveals which brands must be satisfying customers becaue they are currently considered the most valuable in the world.

Global brand consultancy BrandZ’s annual report reveals that Google, which is owned by Alphabet, is now the world’s most valuable brand, with a value of $302 billion, narrowly taking top honors from Apple, which is worth $301 billion.

Overall, Chinese brands are doing better than U.S. brands, with 14 Chinese brands appearing in the Top 100, which is up from just one in in 2006. Overall, the Top 100 brands grew a record 21% in value, which brings their value to a staggering $4.4 trillion.

The BrandZ Top 10 Most Valuable Global Brands 2018

 

  1. Google
  2. Apple
  3. Amazon
  4. Microsoft
  5. Tencent
  6. Facebook
  7. Visa
  8. McDonald's
  9. Alibaba
  10. AT&T

 

Source: Market Watch

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