Why You Have Your Best Ideas When You’re Least Productive | Gizmodo

Researchers have been studying how innovation and creativity varies with circadian rhythms—the natural patterns that make you a morning person or an evening type—and the findings are suprising. A lot of studies have shown that we perform best—or at least, get most done—during peak times in our circadian rhythms when we’re most alert. But the new study, by Mareike Wieth and Rose Zacks, reveals that during the lulls in productivity we’re more easily distracted, and that those distractions can help aid creativity. Their conclusion: you have your best ideas when you’re least productive. 

Why You Have Your Best Ideas When You’re Least Productive | Gizmodo

Researchers have been studying how innovation and creativity varies with circadian rhythms—the natural patterns that make you a morning person or an evening type—and the findings are suprising. A lot of studies have shown that we perform best—or at least, get most done—during peak times in our circadian rhythms when we’re most alert. But the new study, by Mareike Wieth and Rose Zacks, reveals that during the lulls in productivity we’re more easily distracted, and that those distractions can help aid creativity. Their conclusion: you have your best ideas when you’re least productive. 

Business Analytics - Turning Data Into Insight (by IBM)

In an era of Smarter Analytics, it is imperative that businesses leverage the massive quantities of data available to them. In order to remain competitive, data must be transformed into insight and integrated into business processes.

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Hans Rosling on global population growth (via TEDtalksDirector)

The world’s population will grow to 9 billion over the next 50 years — and only by raising the living standards of the poorest can we check population growth. This is the paradoxical answer that Hans Rosling unveils at TED@Cannes using colorful new data display technology (you’ll see).

IBM - Conversations for a Smarter Planet: 7 in a Series 

The Industrial Age was supplanted by the Information Age largely because the basis of competition shifted to knowledge, expertise and intellectual capital. Indeed, the ultimate value of the Information Technology industry has never been about chips, computers and software. The industry has always sought to help leaders know with confidence all that has happened, is happening and might happen to every aspect of the enterprise. Can you spot the key patterns? Can you extract critical insights from data?

IBM - Conversations for a Smarter Planet: 7 in a Series

The Industrial Age was supplanted by the Information Age largely because the basis of competition shifted to knowledge, expertise and intellectual capital. Indeed, the ultimate value of the Information Technology industry has never been about chips, computers and software. The industry has always sought to help leaders know with confidence all that has happened, is happening and might happen to every aspect of the enterprise. Can you spot the key patterns? Can you extract critical insights from data?