Productivity

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Microsoft's Windows 10 upgrade program was discontinued for the general public last July, but you can still get your hands on a free upgrade to Windows 10 if you're a user of the company's assistive technology features. Luckily, Microsoft's definition of the term is pretty broad, which means if you rely on features like closed captioning (or even keyboard shortcuts), you still qualify for a free upgrade. The offer ends December 31.

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Julian Gough, Irish novelist, memoirist, poet and playwright, gives densely packed advice in his essay How To Edit Your Own Lousy Writing. He explains the "job" that a first, second and third draft each do, editing a hypothetical scene as a concrete example.

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One of the best things about NaNoWriMo, or any terrifying deadline, is that it forces you to write quickly. (Hello, procrastinators.) If writing quickly is your stated goal, then you don't have time to do the number one thing that interrupts your writing flow: Think about whether what you're writing is good.

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When you eat at the office, you have to make do with the tools available to you. Have a coffee mug? You can use it to boil eggs for lunch, or as an impromptu shelf to fit more in the office microwave. This video from Food Beast runs through a number of office-friendly food hacks and tricks to improve your snacking.

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In this episode we discuss side hustles: Those projects you pursue after work, at night, or on weekends to supplement your income or fulfil a passion. Our guests include Chris Guillebeau, author of Side Hustle: From Idea to Income in 27 Days, and journalist Catherine Baab-Muguira, who wrote a revealing story in Quartz about millennials and side hustles. Plus, our producer takes to the streets to find out from everyday people what kind of side hustles they have going on.

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In his two and a half years at Fitbit, Jonah Becker has helped the company outrun (pun!) industry giant Apple. As VP of Design, he oversees UX and industrial design teams for Fitbit's line of health-tracking wearables. Before that, Becker spent 15 years running design studio One & Co., which HTC bought in 2013. We asked him how he works.