Infographic: The Amazing Ways Color Can Alter Your Mind

Colors have the ability to alter our mind and moods when used in different settings.

Vanessa Arbuthnott has created an infographic that looks into the positive and negative effects of colors, along with their representations.

For example, yellow is the best color to create enthusiasm and awaken greater confidence, but too much yellow can cause distress especially when used in bedrooms.

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Google Employee Explains How To ‘Design’ Your Time, Not Just Manage It

For many of us, there always seems to be far more to do every day than there is time to do it. Work can seem like a never-ending cycle of long meetings, urgent tasks and overflowing inboxes. Google employee, Thomas Davies shares how you should “design your time” rather than manage it. According to him, “managing” your time starts from the premise that the best you can do is to keep your workload “manageable”. The change in mindset to “designing your time” can help you see the bigger picture and might help you in the long run.

Break everything into quadrants.

Since you can write strategic plans for just about any big project, why not take the same approach for your time? Planning will help you think critically about which projects will have the greatest positive impact, instead of just coping with everything that comes your way. Davies starts by dividing his work responsibilities into four quadrants: people development, business operations, transactional tasks and representative tasks. Your four quadrants might be labeled different, but you can only have four of them.

By dividing your work into the quadrants, you will realize that not all tasks are created equal—one quadrant will have lower-value tasks, and you probably will not spend an equal amount of time working on tasks in each quadrant. This exercise is not about segregating your day into neat 25% chunks, but to help you see that if you focus on business impact and personal enjoyment, you can design what you do, rather than just doing what needs to be done.

Through this quadrants, you should be able to recognize what you actually like about your job and become more intentional about doing those things. Even if you have periods when you are immersed in doing tasks in just one quadrant, you can intentionally set aside a small amount of time to build in tasks from the quadrant you find more energizing, which would help keep you happier and more productive.

Get used to saying “no”.

Designing your time each week works best when you learn to say no to some tasks. The day is just not long enough to do every task asked of you. After breaking your work down into quadrants you can ask yourself questions like, “will my participation in this meeting really have the greatest impact on my company? Is there something else I can work on that will lead to greater results?”

Your four-quadrant system will only work if you can say “no” because it defines a hierarchy of value. Your refusing to participate in certain things is not because you simply dislike the task, but because you know that your time is better spent elsewhere. This helps you respect the time you scheduled for yourself. For instance, if you are working on a report, give yourself permission to not respond immediately to every email—this ensures that you are not simply managing your inbox, but doing so by design.

Head over here to read more about what it means to “design” your time.

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Watch: If Hayao Miyazaki’s ‘My Neighbor Totoro’ Was A Horror Movie

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In a masterful reinterpretation of beloved animation My Neighbor Totoro, YouTube channel Nobu Film applies a series of menacing special effects to select scenes to produce a trailer that places the classic film in the horror genre.

Showcasing the power of music and filters in setting the mood of a movie, the trailer replaces the usually sunny visuals and uplifting soundtracks in favor of darker tones and dramatic music composed of tribal drums and screechy violins that will put you at the edge of your seat.

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Infographic: Money Saving Hacks When Traveling In The World’s Priciest Cities

Popular tourist destinations such as New York City, Rome, Paris, London and Tokyo boast beautiful sights and sounds but aren’t so friendly on your wallet.

This infographic by webjet.com.au presents some hacks to help you travel on the cheap when visiting these expensive cities.

Tips include how to stretch your dollar for transportation in London, delicious meals that won’t burn a hole in your pocket whilst in Tokyo and the best day of the month to visit museums in Paris.

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A Beautiful Compilation Of Movie Posters Matched Up With Their Actual Scenes

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French creative Candice Drouet compiles film posters from all the movies she has watched so far, matching them up with their actual scenes to deliver a 2-minute visual that will remind you of some of the most exceptional moments in film.

The video, titled 1.000.000 Frames XII, features snippets from movies such as American Psycho, The Grand Budapest Hotel and Amelie that inspired their movie posters, creatively bringing the static images to life.

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Eerie Photos Of An Abandoned Disney World Being Engulfed By Nature

Nestled away at Bay Lake, Florida, is the abandoned River Country–Walt Disney World’s first water park.

The amusement once teemed with visitors between 1976 and 2001, after which it ceased operations permanently and was left deserted to this day.

Its unkept grounds have now been reclaimed by nature, a sight captured through these serene yet ghostly images by photographer Seph Lawless–pseudonym for the American-based artist who has been photographing abandoned American cities since 2005.

This series, termed ‘Dismaland’, shows what these attractions look like after years of inhabitance.

“Let’s face it: there are places in this world that most of us could never imagine being abandoned and Disney World tops that list,” explained Lawless in his interview with PetaPixel.

“Next month will mark 40 years after the opening day of River Country, and I wanted to capture powerful images that would not only show this eerie abandoned Disney park, but I wanted it to be absolutely beautiful at the same time.”

Other projects by Lawless include photos of abandoned malls and theaters as well as haunted houses.

Preview several images from this collection below and see more on this artist’s Instagram and Facebook page.

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Black-And-White Calligraphic Drawings Feature Iconic Landmarks Of Cities



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London-based illustrator Andrew Fox, last featured for his calligraphy animals, returns with a new series.

Titled ‘Calligraphy Cities’, Fox creates black-and-white drawings of various cities, including London, New York City, and many others in his bold calligraphy style, featuring famous landmarks and building from the cities.

Follow his Instagram account for more works.

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Watch: How To Make An Origami ‘Star Wars’ X-Wing Starfighter

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Earlier this month, we featured a video that taught you how to fold an origami Darth Vader.

Using one square sheet of paper, Joe of How To Origami creates a fantastic tutorial on how to make an origami Star Wars X-Wing Starfighter.

Watch the video below to figure out how to fold one for yourself.

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‘World’s First’ Incubator And Biodegradble Urn Turns Ashes To Trees Effortlessly

We previously featured a biodegradable urn that turns ashes into a tree.

Bios now introduces the ‘Bios Incube’, the world’s first system designed to help grow the remains of your loved ones close to you. Apart from the Bio Urn, the ‘Bios Incube’ also includes an incubator that facilitates growth, enabling your to track and monitor plant growth. It also brings all the information seamlessly together in a mobile application, combining the insights of tree growth with data from its environment.

Since the ‘Bios Incube’ is made to work by itself, setting it up is really simple. You simply plant the Bios Urn inside the ‘Bios Incube’. Then you place the sensor on the surface of the soil, just above the Bios Urn. This will help track and water your tree using the water tank inside the ‘Bios Incube’. Users can then sync it to the mobile app, granting you the ability to track your tree and stay up-to-date on environmental conditions.

Watch the video below or visit their Kickstarter campaign for more information.

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Tattoo Artists Reveal The Worst Experiences They Ever Had With Customers

A recent AskReddit thread reached out to tattoo artists seeking to discover their worst experiences with customers. Response was diverse and fascinating; with funny, dark and at times nauseating encounters thrown into the mix.

While some of the most common tattoo placements include the arm, hip or back, customers mentioned in this thread are known to request for tattoos in questionable areas such as directly on their private parts. Other unfortunate stories include customers getting tattoo designs of significant years that they ended up remembering wrongly.

Read some of the responses below and view the original thread here.

Comment from discussion Tattoo artists of reddit, what are the worst experiences you've ever had with a customer?.

Comment from discussion Tattoo artists of reddit, what are the worst experiences you've ever had with a customer?.

Comment from discussion Tattoo artists of reddit, what are the worst experiences you've ever had with a customer?.

Comment from discussion Tattoo artists of reddit, what are the worst experiences you've ever had with a customer?.

Comment from discussion Tattoo artists of reddit, what are the worst experiences you've ever had with a customer?.

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