Courtney Jespersen, NerdWallet Published 10:00 am CDT, Friday, May 17, 2019 This article was first published on NerdWallet.com. Shopping can be a form of relaxation, an entertaining way to spend time or even a hobby. But it can turn into an expensive habit. Whether you sometimes give in to a weakness for designer handbags or brand-name shoes, here are three ways to help you manage the urge to spend. Pick the tactic that works best for you: postponing the purchase, making a plan or doing something else instead. 1. Pretend (or postpone) If you want to feel like you went shopping without spending any money, do everything you would when you really shop, but stop short of actually buying anything. Browse online, pick out a shirt in your favorite color and even add it to your cart. If you’re in-store, go window shopping without your wallet. Then wait. “Have some type of cooling off time period before you commit to purchasing the item,” says Ross Steinman, a … [Read more...] about These 3 Tricks Can Help You Shop Less
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Think business is all about rational thought and logic? Think again -- and to find the biggest, best ideas, start thinking way outside the box. Rory Sutherland Published 8:00 am CDT, Tuesday, May 7, 2019 Photo: J.M. Navarro Photo: J.M. Navarro Image 1 of / 1 Caption Close Image 1 of 1 Photo: J.M. Navarro The Best Ideas Are the Ones That Make the Least Sense 1 / 1 Back to Gallery Imagine that you are sitting in the boardroom of a major global drinks company, charged with producing a new product that will rival the position of Coca-Cola as the world’s second-most-popular cold nonalcoholic drink. How would you respond? The first thing I would say, unless I were in a … [Read more...] about The Best Ideas Are the Ones That Make the Least Sense
Shana Lebowitz, provided by Published 9:00 am CST, Sunday, March 3, 2019 Samantha Lee/Business Insider Meaningful work comes in many forms, experts say. It doesn't just mean starting a nonprofit or performing lifesaving surgery — it can be as straightforward as providing for your family financially. One survey found most people would sacrifice a decent chunk of their salary if they could find work that was always meaningful. But our definition of meaningfulness changes over time, and we may see our job differently after doing it for years. Almost every modern employee is engaged in two types of work. There's actual work (the stuff you get paid to do), and then there's meta-work — figuring out why you're doing a particular job in the first place. We're generally able to make it through the day without much meta-work, mostly because the mental gymnastics it entails are exhausting. But every so often, meta-work seeps through. Maybe you're sending a nonsensical … [Read more...] about Why embracing the lack of meaning in your job could ultimately help you find it
Harrison Jacobs, provided by Published 2:30 pm CST, Friday, December 21, 2018 Shannon Stapleton/Reuters As Business Insider'sinternational correspondent, I am constantly taking long-haul international flights, switching time zones, and then working the next day. However, I rarely suffer from the worst effects of jet lag thanks to careful preparation and some science-backed strategies. Prior to flying, I adjust my sleep schedule as much as possible to correspond with my new time zone. On the flight, I drink tons of water and operate according to my new time zone. When I land, I force my body to stay awake until a reasonable bedtime. When I left New York in March to become Business Insider's international correspondent, I was convinced traveling for a living is a dream job. That is, until you start thinking about what full-time travel means. I'm talking endless long-haul flights, time zone switches, and days where your body is somehow both utterly exhausted and … [Read more...] about I’ve been traveling the world for 6 months and I’m rarely ever jet-lagged. Here’s the best advice I can give you.