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How Setting A Schedule Can Make You Less Productive

It can seem like there’s never enough time – not enough for sleep and not enough for play, not enough for cooking and not enough for exercise. There’s a relatively new term to describe this feeling: time famine, or the sensation of having too much to do without enough time to do it. In order to ... Read & React

Government’s technology problems are as complex and difficult to address as any in the world. Agencies need to be able to hire the best. Howard Risher

‘Find Your Passion’ Is Awful Advice

by Olga Khazan

Carol Dweck, a psychology professor at Stanford University, remembers asking an undergraduate seminar recently, “How many of you are waiting to find your passion?” “Almost all of them raised their ... Read & React

Harnessing the Benefits of Physical Transformation for Career Reinvention

The single most important part of my own personal journey for career reinvention has been integrating an obsession with exercise and diet into the work of transforming from corporate executive to a successful executive and career coach and speaker. The benefits from my obsession with physical ... Read & React

The Psychology Of Why You Feel Alone Even When You’re Surrounded By People

by Georgia Frances King

Despite the world’s population creeping upward by around 200,000 people a day, many of us have never felt as alone. We are more connected than ever before, yet we somehow feel more isolated. We have the ability to reconnect with our high-school classmates and talk to our heroes on social media, ... Read & React

The Pay Gap Analysis is a House of Cards

by Howard Risher Workforce Management Consultant

What are you going to believe, the statistics or your lying eyes? That 32 percent pay gap between what federal employees make versus their private sector counterparts outlined in the latest Federal Salary Council report is based on a staggeringly complex methodology that cannot be validated. One ... Read & React

15 Minutes Of Exercise Can Make a New Skill Stick

As little as a single 15-minute bout of cardiovascular exercise increases brain connectivity and efficiency, according to new research. If you want to learn to walk a tightrope, for example, it’s a good idea to go for a short run after each practice session, the research suggests. The recent ... Read & React

How The Most Productive People Structure Their Mornings

With the right morning routine, you and Olympic gold medalist Rebecca Soni could have more in common.
by Benjamin Spall

Over the past five years, I have interviewed over 300 successful people about their morning routines—including the chairman of the Vanguard Group, Bill McNabb; the president of MIT, L. Rafael Reif; the president of Ariel Investments, Mellody Hobson; venture capitalist M.G. Siegler; and ... Read & React

Want To Love Your Job? Read This Article

This coffee matters to someone.
by Ephrat Livni

The new dream job is none at all. A contingent of ambitious upper-middle-class types are devoting themselves single-mindedly to achieving early retirement, with the goal of liberating themselves from work to later travel the world or pursue a creative passion. Perhaps the contemporary quest for ... Read & React

Job References Often Lie. Ask These Questions To Make Them Tell The Truth

by Leah Fessler

In the dance of hiring, few steps are more scripted than checking job references. Hiring managers usually call references to confirm their instincts or because HR requires they do so. More often than not, candidates list references who will sing their praises. What’s more, research suggests that ... Read & React

8 Leadership Questions for Sara Ratcliff

This is the first in a series of Q&As with notable leaders across government where we explore what it takes to succeed in federal service. If you have a suggestion for a future candidate, please email it to webmaster@govexec.com with "Leader" in the subject line. Sara Ratcliff has tackled some ... Read & React

The Scramble To Reunite Immigrant Kids With Their Families Is A Case Study In Poor Project Management

The Trump administration is behind deadline. A court has ordered that all immigrant children who were separated from their parents be reunited within the month: Kids who are younger than five years old are supposed to be reunited by July 10. The remainder of the estimated 3000 kids are supposed ... Read & React