By Agata Blaszczak-Boxe, published on September 2, 2013 - last reviewed on June 9, 2016
We scoured this season's shelves to find the best tips on innovation and concentration, big and small. Make decisions in the morning, eliminate the word "literally" from your communication, tame your inbox—and you'll be well on your way.
by Randy Cohen
Want to do your part to reduce the toxic tone of online discussion? Always use your real name.
by Bob Sullivan, Hugh Thompson
Try to make important decisions in the morning, when self-control and willpower are at their best.
by Sharon Melnick
Check email only at specific times, so that your workflow is not continually interrupted by new-mail notifications.
by Marcia Riefer Johnston
Choose your terms wisely. "'I have a problem' makes you sound like a whiner," Johnston writes. Try "I have a concern" instead.
by Josh Kaufman
"Finding" time for something is impossible. If learning a new skill is important to you, make time by eliminating hours you're dedicating to lower-value activities.
by Luc de Brabandere, Alan Iny
Innovation requires an openness to alternative models and ways of thinking. Steer clear of idea killers like "let's get back on track."
by Ben Yagoda
Avoid clichéd, often misused words like "unique," "literally," and "personally."
by Adam Grant
When people ask for help, oblige them—no strings attached. Don't think about whether you'll receive anything in return.