The Science Behind Inspiration and How to Make the Most of It

Source: Lifehacker
Source: Lifehacker

If you’ve ever stared at a blank Word document, you know that achieving inspiration is harder than it sounds. Ideas don’t come easily, especially when you force them. Instead, allow yourself to be lazy. Let the ideas come to you. Or, get feedback on the ideas you already have, even if they aren’t very good. Knowing where or how your best ideas come to you is highly beneficial. And no matter how you go about searching for inspiration, make sure you have a strategy for documenting your ideas at any moment.

But what is inspiration? Well, there are a lot of brain waves and neural connections involved, but basically, the more you work your brain, the better it becomes at generating ideas. Our brain is a map of connections, each thought attached to another in a never-ending field of associations. The more we use those connections, the stronger they become and the easier it is to create new ones. Keeping your brain active is essential to this process. We’ve all heard of the numerous benefits of exercising and meditating. However, here’s an excuse to be even lazier: reading and playing video games also offer opportunities to create new neural connections. “Dude, how do you have time to play Assassin’s Creed 4, again?” “I’m strengthening neural connections and establishing new pathways in my brain every time I kill someone.” Yeah, you’re welcome. Read up on inspiration at Lifehacker.

From NBC: Why Johnny can’t write, and why employers are mad


Showcasing your skills and presenting yourself in the best way to your employers is challenging. However, students in the Professional Writing major might not have it quite as hard. Nowadays, employers are complaining that they can’t find job candidates despite the high unemployment rate. They say that this is because candidates don’t have near satisfactory writing skills. Many new hires received excellent grades all throughout school; however, they didn’t develop their writing and it left them behind all the other candidates. Some say that the root of the problem is in college curriculums; others say it stems earlier than that, but they all agree that the education systems aren’t doing enough to focus on written and oral communication.

The Graduate Management Admission Council conducted a survey in 2011 reporting that 86% of corporate recruiters said “strong communication skills were a priority”. Jobs now are mostly text based; communication occurs through emails, memos, reports, and other documents of the like. When that much of the daily conversation within and outside the company occurs in a documented format, it is vital that an employee’s written skills are up to par in order to assure the company is being represented appropriately. As a result, communication is one of the most sought after skills for employees and a major key to success in the employed world. For more details, check out the article at NBC News.

Customize WordPress Themes in 4 Easy Steps

Everyone realizes it at some point – my WordPress theme is being used by thousands of other bloggers. So, how do you make your blog standout? Most people shy away from customization of their layouts because they believe it takes exceptional coding skills and mastery of all computer languages. Well, they’re wrong. There are a few simple things you can tweak on your blog to make it match your own individual flair. From fonts to images to colors to the basic layout of your blog, there are many ways to make your blog stand apart from the rest. Check out more tips on Copyblogger.

Is Netflix threatening movie theaters?


Whether you’re part of the majority that have given in and bought Netflix accounts or you’re the one standing alone in the movie theater left to watch the glory of films on the old-fashioned big screen by yourself – in both cases, you’re not alone. The film industry has feared that the rise of video distribution sites such as Netflix would damage film attendance; however, the number of moviegoers has only decreased slightly over the past few years and ticket sales have been fairly consistent (although the rise of ticket prices has yet to slow down). The real threat to the cinema is home entertainment.

Nowadays, it’s so easy to access movies and TV shows with the click of your remote. Through platforms such as Comcast Xfinity, Apple TV, and HBO, there’s no longer any need to wait in line or choose a movie time or pay way too much for a bucket of popcorn. Movies are available (most of the time cheaper than at the theater) to view from the comfort of your own home. The convenience of a home theater is not the only draw though, Adam Leipzig, former Senior VP of Walt Disney Studios, explained that the competitiveness also has to do with the quality between content. “The best writing and the best character development is generally happening on Web series, or television series… [better] than we see in most studio movies.” So, just how will these new technologies at home affect the movies? Read more on thenextweb here.