Five ways to get organized and be more productive at work

We’ve all been there. You get to your desk in the morning, ready to take on your to-do list. But then there’s social media, food breaks, meetings and procrastination. There’s a difference between being busy and productive. When you multitask too much, it’s easy to become distracted and forget to update your calendar with that new deadline or send out that important email. Research shows that trying to accomplish multiple tasks at once compromises productivity. It’s also likely that you’re not doing either task very well. “The first piece of advice I would give someone who wants to be more productive is to get out of the mindset of doing more things, and into the mindset of doing more of …

Mochi ice cream is finally having a mainstream moment

Walk into any supermarket lately and you’ll find mochi — a small, round ball of ice cream encased in rice dough. To help bring it to the masses, My/Mo created a flavor list most consumers felt instant familiarity with, such as chocolate sundae, S’mores, cookies & cream, strawberry, double chocolate and mint chocolate chip. “I grew up eating vanilla, chocolate and strawberry ice cream. Green tea and red bean weren’t a common part of the flavor profile in most households,” he said. Barnett recognized the inherent appeal of mochi ice cream to Millennials, a group he calls “a snacking generation.” Mochi is a portion-control snack of about 110 calories per ball, easy to hold and eat on the go. “We …

950 miles in two days. Taking an electric road trip in a Tesla

In 2013, I drove a Tesla Model S from Washington, DC, to Boston. Back then, the trip was a sensation as we tweeted about our progress and bloggers followed along. Tesla’s Supercharger network of charging stations barely qualified as a network. The car I was driving had 270 miles of range, which seemed like a whole lot at the time. But there were no Superchargers at all in the entire state of New Jersey, which made it an arid electricity desert. We made it through, but only after stopping for a conference call with Tesla engineers to decide whether we should go around or through New York City. (We decided it was best to go around.) It seemed like a …

This bunk bed is $1,200 a month, privacy not included

(CNN)Housing costs have become so expensive in some cities that people are renting bunk beds in a communal home for $1,200 a month. Not a bedroom. A bed. Four day work weeks sound too good to be true. These companies make it work When your job is to teach corporations to do the right thing Ford’s most powerful car can cost nearly $100,000 What you don’t get? Privacy. In 2010, when Beck was struggling to find production work in LA, she was having a hard time finding an affordable place to live near her freelance gigs in Hollywood. She had an idea to scale up the roommate model to a higher density so that the cost of living in an …

Is $2 million enough to feel wealthy?

How much does a person need to feel rich? But that wouldn’t be enough for some people. And for others, wealth isn’t a financial concept at all. That’s why finding what makes you feel wealthy takes a strategy rather than a single specific number, says Nelson. “I know people who make $250,000 to $500,000 and feel poor, and other people who make $70,000 and feel rich,” says Tara Unverzagt, a certified financial planner. She points to research showing an income of about $70,000 is optimal for emotional well-being, and $95,000 is ideal to feel positive about your life, including meeting long-term goals and the inevitable comparisons with everyone you know. “But for most people, when they get to $2.27 million, …