17 things successful people do over long weekends

Áine Cain, provided by Published 12:19 pm, Friday, February 16, 2018 rustam_shaimov/Shutterstock • In honor of Presidents' Day, some people are celebrating with a long weekend. • Business Insider reached out to some experts on how to set yourself up for success when you have an extra day off. • Their suggestions focused on prioritizing tasks, setting technology guidelines, and spending time with loved ones. Recommended Video: Now Playing: Ferrari Challenge 2017 closed with an extraordinary public success. More than 40,000 people saw the weekend at Mugello taking advantage of the mild temperature and recalled by the record number of cars that could be seen between # 488challenge, # 458challengeevo, Formula 1 and #auto of Programs. The closing day of the event did not want to miss the President and CEO Sergio Marchionne who greeted the customers and awarded the winner of the Pirelli Trophy, Fabio Leimer, before taking a walk in pitlane and greeting customers and the public on the boots and posing with pilots and management for the right photo. Media: AutomotoTV But how should you spend your long weekend? If you're not sure how to make the most of the next few days, we've got some ideas. In addition to reflecting on the legacy of the US presidency, here are 17 things successful people can do before and over long weekends: 1. They plan ahead Rawpixel.com/Shutterstock.com Many successful people plan out their activities for the holiday weekend well in advance so that they are not drawn into the temptation of working, said Michael Kerr, an international business speaker and author of "The Humor Advantage." They make reservations, book tee times, or schedule activities with their kids. "They're strategic enough to have an action plan for the three-day weekend, but flexible enough to tackle any urgent work issues that may arise," said Lynn Taylor, a national workplace expert and the author Continue Reading

7 books you can finish in a long weekend that will make you a more well-rounded person

Shana Lebowitz, provided by Published 8:07 am, Friday, December 29, 2017 Peter Bernik/Shutterstock The first day back at work after a holiday weekend is a great time to brag to colleagues about all the awesome things you did. Here's one idea: "I read an entire book and learned these super cool facts ..." You won't be fibbing, either. Below, Business Insider has rounded up seven books you can get through in a long weekend — both because they're relatively short and because they're so compelling that you won't be able to put them down. Grab one (or more!) before you head out — we can guarantee you'll resurface as a more knowledgeable and interesting person. LATEST BUSINESS VIDEOS Now Playing: Now Playing business year in review KRIV FOX BUSINESS BEAT: Amazon looks to rake in on 2nd annual Digital Day Fox5DC Apple apologises to customers for slowing down older iPhones Euronews_News Weight Loss Patch Proves Successful in Lowering Body Fat in Trials Veuer Weight Loss Patch Proves Successful in Lowering Body Fat in Trials Buzz60 Trump: 'No Collusion,' But Russia Probe Makes U.S. Look “Very Bad” Veuer Trump: 'No Collusion,' But Russia Probe Makes U.S. Look “Very Bad” Buzz60 This Wine Concierge Sees a Market in Millennials Cheddar Another Miss Could Be a Blow for Tesla Cheddar Snapchat Gives Users a '2017 Year in Review' Feature Wibbitz 'Payoff' by Dan Ariely Amazon This TED book is just over 100 pages and it's jam-packed with creative lessons about what motivates people to do their best work. Ariely is a behavioral economist and professor at Duke University, and he's published of a number of popular books, including "Predictably Irrational." In "Payoff," Ariely argues that human motivation is a lot more complex than we might believe. Most importantly, money Continue Reading

Guest TML: Best and worst from 2017 in Cincinnati sports

Thanks for stopping by on Doc’s day off.  We can only hope that Don Garber and his MLS reindeer and sleigh are flying to Cincinnati to tell us that FC Cincinnati has been awarded a franchise.  While we look skyward in anticipation, I thought I would mix a bit of best and worst of the year with some other topics that have not been discussed yet in these environs.  Posthaste.Best Cincinnati Sports Moment.  Even with a dearth of candidates, the best moment by far was the FC Cincinnati victory against the MLS Chicago Fire in the Lamar Hunt Cup quarter-final.  With Mitch Hildebrandt blocking 3 penalty kicks including the final attempt, to win the game, the drama and euphoria were off the charts.  Forget just 2017, this victory was the best Cincinnati sports moment since Marvin Lewis’ first playoff win.  Oh, that has not happened.  I meant since Jay Bruce’s home run to clinch a playoff spot in 2010.      Best Groundhog Day Season.  The Reds.  For the third consecutive season, the Reds could not crack the 70 win mark and lost ignobly more often than not.  To assuage their loyal fans, they declared that they are shopping for a backup shortstop.  Their management is drinking from the same self-awareness glass as Roy Moore.Best Groundhog Day Calendar Year.  UC Hoops.  The Bearcats had the best offensive team under Mick’s tenure but somehow did not win either the American regular season or conference championships.  They also did not make it out of the first weekend of the Big Dance as usual (admittedly drawing UCLA for the second game was tough).  After the Bearcats were never in the XU game and managed to post an all too regular 60 points in a road game last Saturday, one has to wonder what the ceiling is for the team.  I see one Sweet 16, one conference title, and no really big victories since 2012.  Am I the only fan wondering if Mick Continue Reading

Titans use bye, long weekend to get players healthy

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee wide receiver Rishard Matthews is questionable for Sunday's game in Indianapolis after not practicing Friday.He's the only player listed on the Titans' team's injury report this week.Matthews is second on the Titans with 41 receptions and has a team-best 626 yards receiving. He was placed on the injury report Thursday after being limited with the hamstring issue, and coach Mike Mularkey said Matthews could be a game-time decision."I'll just see how it goes. I feel good, though, and I think I'll be fine," Matthews said.Mularkey said the Titans just wanted to give the wide receiver a day to rest his hamstring and will know more Saturday. As insurance, veteran wide receiver Harry Douglas began practicing this week after being placed on injured reserve with an injured knee the day after the initial 53-man roster was set. Douglas could be activated from injured reserve anytime because the team opened his 21-day evaluation period on Monday.Matthews' injury is the only issue facing the Titans (6-4), who otherwise are relatively healthy.Quarterback Marcus Mariota missed one game with a hamstring injury, and he recently had minor shoulder and ankle issues. Running back DeMarco Murray has not missed time, but he has had issues with a hamstring injury since training camp. Tight end Delanie Walker was bothered by a hamstring and a bone bruise in his ankle.On Wednesday before Matthews' hamstring tightened up, Mularkey said having an empty injury report might be a first for him."I'd say that's a rarity but I give the players a lot of credit for putting us in that position, and our training staff and our strength staff," Mularkey said. "A lot of work goes in to keeping these guys healthy, but the players have to spend some time on their own to put themselves in this position."One reason for the return to health is the Titans' bye week, which came Oct. 29 . That, combined with two extra days off after a Thursday night game in Pittsburgh last Continue Reading

Daily Drive-Thru: Kia’s wagon concept, our Volvo XC60 T8 review, 2017’s discontinued models and more

Tough to believe, but summer 2017 is just about in the books. The weather is already taking a fallish turn and some kids have even started school already. It’s all over but the crying… and, of course, one last long weekend of fun. Before I release you to dive into your Labor Day festivities, let’s take a dive into the latest news, views and reviews Daily News Autos has to offer. With autumn comes auto show season and a whole lot of new cars. Today we add to our sneak preview list a vehicle that might never make it to the U.S. but is pretty cool, nonetheless. Speaking of cars from overseas, allow me to tell you why I’m glad the Volvo XC60 is making the trip across the pond to the States. All of that and more lies ahead in this pre-Labor Day Weekend Friday edition of the Daily Drive-Thru. Kia shows off sporty wagon concept Something is going on with Kia. First, it rolls out the luxurious K900 and then it teases us with the sporty Stinger. Now, it’s got us all hot and bothered over a sporty wagon that will probably (unfortunately) never see American pavement. Earlier this week, Kia showed off a sport brake concept based on its Cee’d hatchback, a vehicle exclusive to the European market. It seems Kia is aiming to get out of the economy car doldrums and into the mid-luxury segment, possibly to compete with the likes of Buick, which has announced plans to bring the Regal TourX wagon to the U.S. in 2018. Short Report: 2018 Volvo XC60 T8 In case you haven’t noticed, Volvo is in the midst of a major renaissance. It has designed new modular vehicle architecture and used it to revitalize its 90 Series of vehicles while also positioning itself for an electrified, autonomous future. Now it’s going through the same process with the 60 Series, beginning with the XC60. The compact crossover made a splash earlier this year when its Continue Reading

BA flights restored but questions remain after weekend IT meltdown

By Alistair Smout LONDON (Reuters) - British Airways flights were back in the skies on Tuesday but the company faced increasing pressure over its response to the huge IT failure that left 75,000 passengers stranded over a holiday weekend and dealt a major blow to its reputation. BA, which once marketed itself as "the world's favorite airline" suffered a public relations disaster after it had to cancel all flights from London's Heathrow and Gatwick airports on Saturday. It blamed a power surge that knocked out its computer system, disrupting flight operations, call centers and its website. Although BA said it expected to run a full schedule from Heathrow and Gatwick on Tuesday, it was left with work to do in the longer term to restore its reputation after a long weekend of chaos and frustration for passengers. British Prime Minister Theresa May weighed in on the issue on the campaign trial ahead of the June 8 national election. "It is up to them to sort their IT out and to ensure that they're able to provide the services that people expect them to provide as British Airways," May said. London-listed shares in BA's parent company IAG fell when the stock market reopened. BA said it was launching a thorough investigation to understand what happened and make sure there was no repeat. BA had already come under fire for charging extra for food and baggage and the sight of stranded passengers trying to sleep on the floor of its gleaming Heathrow Terminal 5 building is likely to tarnish its image. "This will certainly damage their reputation," said Angharad Griffiths, a travel agent who was at Heathrow picking up a tour group from Lisbon. "I've never had a good experience with them, even before this." Like other European full-service airlines, BA is facing increased competition from budget rivals Ryanair and easyJet. "British Airways' IT failure over the weekend is clearly a PR nightmare and will take a real focus in terms of handling customers' Continue Reading

Wall St. drifts before long weekend; consumer stocks up

By Caroline Valetkevitch (Reuters) - U.S. stocks ended little changed on Friday ahead of the long holiday weekend, though indexes ended a two-week streak of losses and consumer shares were strong for a second day. The S&P 500 and Nasdaq also eked out record closing highs, and the S&P 500 posted a seventh straight session of gains, matching a winning streak from February. Helping the consumer staples index, Costco Wholesale rose 1.8 percent to $177.86 and was among the biggest drivers of the S&P and Nasdaq indexes. The warehouse club operator reported results Thursday. Trading volume, with just about 5.2 billion shares changing hands on U.S. exchanges, was the lowest of the year. The U.S. market will be closed on Monday for Memorial Day. "The market is almost eerily quiet. The only thing that tends to move the markets - at least recently - is political news," said Tim Courtney, chief investment officer of Exencial Wealth Advisors, in Oklahoma City. "For the most part, investors have come to a consensus that there's not going to be recession in the U.S. in 2017, and Europe is strong enough where they're not going to have a recession this year. So the big fear of a recession has been taken off the table." Earlier in the day, a report showed that the U.S. economy grew at a 1.2 percent pace in the first quarter, slightly more than the 0.7 percent estimated earlier. The higher reading was in line with economists' expectations. The Dow Jones Industrial Average ended down 2.67 points, or 0.01 percent, to 21,080.28, the S&P 500 gained 0.75 points, or 0.03 percent, to 2,415.82 and the Nasdaq Composite added 4.94 points, or 0.08 percent, to 6,210.19. For the week, the Dow rose 1.3 percent, the S&P 500 gained 1.4 percent and the Nasdaq added 2.1 percent. The consumer staples index and the consumer discretionary index were both up 0.3 percent. The gains were mostly offset by declines in healthcare and real estate stocks. Ulta Continue Reading

Sea bass, fluke draw fishermen for Memorial Day weekend trips

It was a decent kick-off to the summer flounder and black sea bass seasons, which started in earnest over Memorial Day weekend. There were fishermen at the docks to go out fishing on Saturday and Sunday. Memorial services plus the damp weather made for light crowds on the boats on Monday.   "It was great to get out there and see many familiar faces," said Captain Bob Bogan of the Gambler party boat in Point Pleasant Beach.Bogan took fares fluke fishing — the common name for summer flounder — over the long weekend. He said anglers caught a few keepers and released some shorts on drifts in the ocean. Ralph Rivera of Brick landed the boat's first keeper of the season. Captain Ryan Bogan of the Jamaica II party boat in Brielle found sea bass biting on Friday's opening day, as he reported everyone who fished on the boat had the  limit of 10 sea bass. The good fishing continued on Saturday with many fishermen pulling in their limit of sea bass, which Bogan said weighed up to five pounds.Captain Matt Sosnowski of the Norma K III party boat in Point Pleasant Beach went fluke fishing.  MORE: Rainy start to summer flounder season He said the ocean drifting was slow but fishermen picked through short fluke and landed some keepers each day. He made drifts near rough bottom that also yielded sea bass. Sosnowski said the boat went on its first night blue fishing trips on Friday and Saturday night and picked some fish between eight and 15 pounds.  MORE: The rules to know for the 2017 summer flounder and sea bass season Bobby Matthews at Fishermen's Den in Belmar reported the fluke fishing in Shark River was very good. The shop weighed in several fish up to six pounds. He said killifish, spearing, squid and Gulp! baits all worked.Captain Tom Buban of the Atlantic Star out of Atlantic Highlands said the fluke fishing was inconsistent as he chased the flatfish all over Sandy Hook Continue Reading

What to do in Milwaukee during Labor Day weekend 2017

The Milwaukee Rally, the annual Harley celebration that revved up Wednesday, continues through Monday at the Harley-Davidson Museum, 400 W. Canal St., and the four Milwaukee-area Harley dealerships. There's live music all day long — including the Kenny Wayne Shepherd Band at 9 p.m. Friday and Jackyl at 9 p.m. Saturday, both at the museum — and the outdoor music is all free. In addition to the music, there are tours of the Harley plant, a BMX stunt exhibition and more. Info: milwaukeerally.com Labor Day weekend's your last chance to dive into Milwaukee County's aquatic parks. David F. Schulz Aquatic Center in Lincoln Park, 1301 W. Hampton Ave., is open noon to 6 p.m. Friday through Sunday, and noon to 6 p.m. Labor Day; Cool Waters in Greenfield Park, 2028 S. 124th St., West Allis, is open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday through Sunday, and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Labor Day. Admission is $7.25; $5.50 for seniors 60 and older and kids ages 3 to 11 (must be accompanied by an adult); $4.50 for night swims (Monday through Thursday after 6 p.m.). Info: countyparks.com Dig in at the Big Gig BBQ at Maier Festival Park noon to 7 p.m. Sunday. They'll be serving barbecue and sides from 14 local and regional cookers, along with two stages of live music, cooking demonstrations and a celebrity bacon-eating contest. Admission is free.Info: biggigbbq.com The sixth annual Third Ward Art Festival, on Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., fills N. Broadway between St. Paul and Menomonee streets with work by more than 140 juried artists, more than a quarter of them from Wisconsin, showing everything from fiber works to furniture, and from jewelry to photographs. There's also live music and stuff for kids to do. Admission is free.   Info:  amdurproductions.com/third-ward-art-festival LaborFest starts with a Labor Day march, kicking off at 11 a.m. from Zeidler Continue Reading

Memorial Day weekend 2017 events in Phoenix, around Arizona

From solemn remembrance events to family-friendly festivals involving barbecue and bunting, the Valley serves up many ways to enjoy the long Memorial Day weekend.Memorial Day weekend at Lake Pleasant is viewed by many as the kick-off to summer. Pleasant Harbor Marina and RV Resort will have camping and a club house with a pool, in addition to a full-service marina all weekend.  Guests can rent boats, jet skis, kayaks and more to soak in the sun. Memorial Day weekend activities include a daily boat cruise, dive-in movie, a sunset music cruise, live entertainment, a farmers market, a bonfire, and a cornhole tournament. A Memorial Day breakfast will be served at Dillon’s Bayou Restaurant & Bar on Monday. Details: May 26-29, varying times and activities. $6 entry fee, prices for activities vary. Pleasant Harbor Marina, 8708 W. Harbor Blvd., Peoria. 602-269-0077, pleasantharbor.com. RELATED: May 2017 festivals around Phoenix | 25 best upcoming events in PhoenixThe Star Spangled Celebration is a free community event honoring veterans, police and firefighters who died in the line of duty. The event features informational booths, children’s activities, police and fire demonstrations, live music, a bike rodeo and a fireworks show. Proceeds from the event will benefit non-profits.Details: 5-9 p.m. Friday, May 27. Cesar Chavez Park, 7858 S. 35th Ave., Laveen. Free. phoenixheroes.org.The Phoenix Caribbean Carnival is a multi-day celebration of Caribbean culture that takes place over Memorial Day weekend. A variety of parties and performances will take place at various Phoenix venues, with the cornerstone of the event being Sunday’s festive parade and “Carnival Village” featuring Caribbean entertainment, food, dance, arts and crafts. The parade kicks off at 11 a.m. at Third Street and Thomas Road, heading north to Steele Indian School Continue Reading