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Safeguard your time by denying yourself

Author Elizabeth Gilbert, who wrote Eat, Pray, Love, considers herself her own bodyguard, protecting her time and creativity.

She says it's obvious that there comes a time in your life when you have to learn to say no to things you don't want to do. But the toughest challenge, she says, is having the fortitude to say no to things you want to do. YouTube:

Hard-to-read type may help memory

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People remember what they've read better if it's printed in less-legible type – smaller or harder-to-read fonts such as Comic Sans or Bodoni, researchers have found. This may be because such fonts act as a speed bump, forcing the mind to slow down, say researchers Daniel Oppenheimer, a psychology professor at Princeton University, recent Princeton graduate Connor Diemand-Yauman, and Erikka Vaughan, a doctoral candidate at Indiana University.

Don't set the agenda, set the question

Mike Richardson, corporate coach and author of Wheel$pin, urges you to frame the purpose of a meeting as a question. This gets the brain thinking more actively.

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Management columnist

Harvey Schachter is a Kingston, Ont.-based writer specializing in management issues. He writes Monday Morning Manager and management book reviews for the print edition of Report on Business and an online column, Power Points. More

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