What's New on Uptime
Here at Uptime, we like to keep an eye on what books everyone is talking about so that you don’t have to. Here’s a guide to our pick of the best new Knowledge Hacks over on Uptime.
What is Zen? Exploring the ancient Buddhist practice
Zen is the Japanese name for an ancient Buddhist practice introduced by the renowned philosopher Dōgen in the thirteenth century. If you're interested in meditation, we’ve compiled everything you need to know about the ancient practice of Zen.
How to Travel on a Budget
Travel should not be a luxury. Whether you've got $5,000 or $50, there are many ways to travel the world on a budget, and without blowing through your savings - so we’ve compiled a list of the most helpful tips for you to use here.
Inspiring LGBTQ+ Books to Read
Pride can mean a lot of things, but it all comes down to expression and support for the LGBTQ+ community. Whether you identify as LGBTQ+ yourself, or want to become a better ally to the gay community, these nonfiction books are our top picks for celebrating Pride.
Books Recommended by Nassim Nicholas Taleb
As an essayist, statistician, economist, alumni of Wharton University, NYU professor, AND author, it’s fair to say Nassim Nicholas Taleb has done more than his fair share of reading. Here are some of his favorite books.
How to Prepare for a Job Interview
Job interviews are tricky. It’s a difficult balance between showcasing your skills, and not sounding like you’re showing off. So how are you supposed to find your footing? Here's our top tips for how to ace your next job interview.
How to Talk to Anyone
It’s time to wave goodbye awkward silences and soul-destroying small talk. We’ve curated our favorite tips from the experts on how to become a master conversationalist.
How to Reconnect with Nature
Feeling the urge to improve your wellbeing and connect with the great outdoors? Here’s your sign from the universe that you should start doing so.
The Importance of World Literacy Day
When we provide better education to children across the globe, we can change the world. This September 8, Uptime is celebrating World Literacy Day.
Books Recommended by Brené Brown
One of the core tenets of Dr. Brené Brown’s teachings is the power of owning your story - so it any surprise that her favorite books can also help us better understand our place in the world?
12 Tips for Increasing Your Lifespan
Is there really a way we can boost our life expectancy? These four books explore the best habits and lifestyle changes linked to long, happy, healthy lives.
The Best Books for Educating Yourself About Global Warming
Want to learn more about global warming, or what we can do to stop it? To make your life easier, we’ve condensed the biggest lessons from famous thought leaders, scientists, and global activists on what we can do to make a difference.
How to Write a Great Cover Letter
Don’t let yourself be daunted by cover letters; they’re an exciting opportunity to showcase who you are, and what you stand for. But how do you write something that will make you stand out from the crowd?
How to Create a Habit (and Break Bad Ones)
Struggling to break a bad habit? Learn how you can swap it out for a healthy one with these handy tips from the experts.
A Guide to Modern Dating, According to the Experts
Dating life feel like it’s stuck in an endless loop of ‘it’s complicated’, on-again off-again situationships? If you’re looking for a guide on navigating love in the time of COVID, we've pulled insights from experts on how to find love.
Influential Books to Change How You See The World
If you’re always looking to grow, develop, and evolve your outlook on life, these 10 nonfiction titles are essential reads for expanding your worldview.
How to Stick to a Routine: Simple Steps to Change Your Life Today
If you find yourself stuck in a rut and can't find the motivation to get yourself into a more productive routine, then these books and courses might be exactly what you're after.
Oprah Winfrey: Books That Made Me
Media magnate, philanthropist, and beacon of wisdom Oprah Winfrey has been a significant part of our cultural dialogue for many decades now. Here are five of the books that she feels have shaped her into the person she is today.
Expand your consciousness with these Books Recommended by Neil deGrasse Tyson
If you enjoyed Astrophysics for People in a Hurry, and want inspiration for what to read next, then consider adding the best books recommended by the world class astrophysicist to your reading list
How to Achieve Work-Life Balance
An unhealthy work-life fusion can put our mental (and even physical) health at risk. For anyone struggling to find the right balance in the wake of COVID-19, we’ve compiled tips on how to regain your personal time.
How to Plan Your Week
Planning your week often comes down to doing whatever you can to make your life easier. If your to-do list only gets bigger as the weekdays slip by, we’ve gathered advice from top productivity coaches to help you become a master planner.
The Best Books on Leadership
If there’s one thing to be learned from these titles, it’s that anyone can be a leader.
The Habits of Highly Effective People
Some people just seem to have their life together. It’s easy to admire these types - even to be jealous - but did you know their habits all follow a similar style, and that anyone can emulate them?
Own Your Voice: How to Conquer Your Fear of Public Speaking
Becoming an effective, charismatic communicator isn’t as hard as it may seem. We’ve put together the top tips, strategies, and advice from public speaking coaches to help you overcome the fear of your own voice.
The Best Tips for Getting Fit
If you’ve started your fitness journey but are lacking a bit of motivation, we’ve selected the best books and courses on Uptime for inspiration on how to get that exercise ball rolling again.
The Pomodoro Technique, Explained: How to Increase Your Productivity
The Pomodoro method is one of the most commonly practiced time management tricks out there, but what exactly is it?
Job-Hunting? Here's our Guide to Finding your Dream Job
Searching for a job can feel like a full-time job in itself. Whether you’ve just graduated from college, or want to explore a new career path, we’ve gathered some valuable resources to guide you along the way.
The Best Sustainability Books for Becoming More Eco-Friendly
Anyone can be an environmental activist - and it's never too late to become one. Here are the 5 best books for learning how to be a little kinder to our planet.
Books Recommended by Emma Watson
Much like her movie characters, Hermione Granger and Belle from Beauty and the Beast, actress and activist Emma Watson is a keen bookworm. Here are a few of the best books she’s recommended over the past few years.
What to Watch Next: Oscar-Winning Documentaries
On your seventh FRIENDS binge? If you’re tired of watching the same thing over and over, we’ve compiled a list of some of the best Oscar-nominated and Oscar-winning documentaries - and the key lessons we can learn from them - so you can worry less about what to watch this weekend.
What’s New on Uptime
Here on the Uptime Blog, we like to make your life as easy as possible. In case you missed them, here’s a quick catch-up on our new releases on Uptime.
How To Become A Social Media Influencer
We’ve compiled the expert advice from content creators, marketers, and even university professors to finally answer the question: 'How do I become a social media influencer?'
The Benefits of a Vegetarian Diet
Five authors and documentary-makers explain the eye-opening benefits of a plant-based diet, and why the future of our planet may very well depend on it.
What is BookTok? A Guide to the TikTok Trend Taking the Publishing Industry by Storm
Tiktok: although initially a place for viral dance trends, it's now become a serious marketing destination for authors and publishers alike. But what is BookTok, why is it shaking up the literary scene, and what are its most recommended reads?
How To Spend Less Time On Social Media
“In 2008, adults spent an average of 18 minutes on their phone a day - in 2015, they were spending 2 hours 48 minutes per day.” (Adam Alter) Sound familiar? If you’re worried about your daily phone usage, use these lessons from the experts on cutting down your screen time.
Books Recommended by Steve Jobs
Steve Jobs was an advocate for hard work, stepping outside comfort zones, and taking risks. For more of his teachings, we’ve put together some of the Apple co-founder’s recommended reads
Introducing Dark Mode: Uptime’s Newest Feature
You asked - we delivered. Dark Mode, our No.1 most requested user feature, is now live and available to use on iOS and Android
How To Be More Likeable
Charismatic people make it look they were born charming, but the truth is, likeability is a skill that can be learned like any other. Find out how to become the most interesting person in the room with the tips from these charisma-gurus below
How to Deal with Stress: Healthy Ways to Cope with Anxiety
Handling stress and anxiety can be really tough, but there are steps you can take that might help. Here are our few suggestions from our pick of self-help books for you to consider
Why You Should Switch Your Phone to Dark Mode Immediately
Major tech giants and web developers are all switching their apps to the 'Night Mode' setting, but why is this, and what does it mean? Clue yourself in on the surprising health benefits of the popular feature sweeping through the tech world.
Here's Four Books That Jeff Bezos Recommends You Read
From founding Amazon from his garage in Seattle in 1994, to acquiring Wholefoods in 2017, business guru Jeff Bezos has become one of the richest men in history. But the self-made billionaire has also always made time for reading and self-improvement; here are four of his favorite reads.
How To Have Flowing Conversations
As it turns out, being socially savvy isn’t exactly rocket science. We’ve compiled all of the tips and advice to help you become a sparkling conversationalist and, ultimately, improve your people skills.
How to Focus: Concentration Tips From The Experts
Feel like there's not enough hours in the day? We’ve compiled the top tips from bestselling concentration kings and queens to help you to exercise your brain, and focus on what’s important.
How To Better Manage Your Time
From ‘Einstein windows’ to ‘energy thieves’, there are easy productivity tips we can use to better manage our time and be productive. Here are our top tips for getting through your to-do-list before lunch.
How To Become a Mind Reader
At some point, haven’t we all wished that we could read other people’s minds? The truth is, the best way to better understand people’s thoughts and feelings is to become more in tune with our own. Here’s our top tips on how to get there.
How To Get Started with Crypto
What is a blockchain? How do you keep Crypto in a wallet? Here’s our quick FAQ on all things cryptocurrency, as well as a quick overview on how to get started on investing.
What is Bitcoin? An Introduction to Cryptocurrency
Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak describes Bitcoin as “an amazing mathematical miracle that’s better than gold.” But what exactly is it?
What To Do If You’re Feeling Sad
If you're feeling sad or upset, here are our tips for picking yourself back up again.
Creative Writing Tips: How To Write Like A Pro
Margaret Atwood said it best: “A word after a word after a word is power.” Whether you’re looking for fresh inspiration or revising a first draft, take your creative writing skills to the next level with these tips from bestselling authors themselves
How To Not Be Tired: Science-Backed Tips for Combatting Fatigue
By making sure that you're getting your 8 hours of shut-eye, you can drastically improve not only your physical health, but your mental health too. Here’s our top tips for making sure you’re waking up on the right side of bed each morning.
How To Find Love: Tips for Building Lasting Relationships
Spice up your dating life - and find the soulmate connection that they write movies about - with these lessons on lasting love from trusted marriage counsellors, relationship experts, and love gurus
How To Earn Some Extra Money
Want to start investing, but not sure where to begin? It's never too late - or too early - to learn investment basics. We've handpicked lessons from these personal finance gurus to help you learn how to start earning a little extra cash.
Mark Zuckerberg: The Books That Made Me
Today, Mark Zuckerberg is worth over $130 billion. But which inspiring books and big ideas did the tech mogul use to propel his success? To satiate your curiosity, we’ve done the hard work for you.
How to Get an Advantage in Life
We all have inherent advantages and disadvantages in life - some we can choose, but some we have no control over. So how do you grab the bull by the proverbial horns and give yourself that extra edge in your personal or working life?
Tips for Better Sleep: 5 Books that Provide a Fascinating Insight into the Land of Nod
Our relationship with sleep is a funny one. While we begin our lives sleeping for 16 to 20 hours a day (somewhat sporadically, and without any real consistent pattern, much to the frustration of our parents’ sleep cycles), shockingly, 62% of adults worldwide now feel that they're not sleeping well.
How To Make Better Use Of Your Time: 5 Books & Courses To Boost Your Productivity Levels
How can we make sure we’re focusing our time and energy on the things that really matter? In today's digital age, it’s harder than ever to reach peak productivity levels: we’re up against a tide of social media platforms vying for our attention, as well as the siren call of phone notifications disrupting our workflow.
Tips for Coping with Anxiety
It seems as though everyone is under stress these days. From heavy workloads to family issues, no one is exempt from the claws of anxiety.
How To Give Less F*cks About What Others Think of You
Our self-esteem is our most prized superpower. And, contrary to what you might think, an excessive desire to please others - particularly at your own expense - is a toxic trait, not a positive one.
How To Switch Off From Work: Tips & Tricks For Unplugging From Your Day Job
Whether you work from home or commute to an office, leaving your work at work can be a struggle. We have some tricks up our sleeves to help you disconnect from your job and let you enjoy your precious downtime.
The Best Self Improvement Books – Ten Stellar Picks
Each of us are constantly “works in progress” – striving to learn new skills, spark new passions, and take action on our growth goals. Here’s our list of the ten best self-improvement books bound to inspire your personal development journey.
Tips for Working From Home
Since the Coronavirus pandemic hit in early 2020, people have been forced to get imaginative when it comes to working remotely. Whether you are a freelance worker or an office worker, things have certainly changed. We’ve said goodbye to the grueling morning commute, saved a fortune on our morning cups of coffee, and some of us have absolutely loved that extra hour in bed.
Six of the Best Malcolm Gladwell Books
If you're someone who likes to challenge the status quo, to see the underdog win or even question the idea of ‘chance,’ then Malcom Gladwell is the writer for you. Not only does he shed light on some of the assumptions we carry, but his books also give you a well needed jolt into seeing the world from a fresh and new perspective.
Books recommended by Warren Buffett
Berkshire Hathaway, a multinational conglomerate holding company, is headed by CEO Warren Buffett, whose investment history has proven great success. So much so that he gained the nickname Oracle of Omaha, after the town in which he was born in Nebraska. It’s not all for personal gain, though: he is one of the world’s greatest philanthropists, after pledging that more than 99% of his wealth would go to philanthropy during his life or at death. He has previously donated to the Gates Foundation, as well as charities run by his family and children.
The Best Non-fiction Books of 2021
Our favourite non-fiction books for the year 2021 encompass everything, from eye-opening money and investment strategies to reports on the global climate crisis and even our go to personal growth and self-help books.
Books recommended by Elon Musk
Mention the name Elon Musk, and Tesla springs to mind. And yes, while he may be the boisterous CEO of arguably the world’s most influential car company, he is also the founder and CEO of SpaceX - an aerospace manufacturer that one day hopes to make colonisation on Mars a reality. Yes, Mars.
Best non-fiction books of 2020
Making “best of” lists is a bit like speaking about politics - inevitably there will be people who disagree and would rather have it the other way around. The purpose of this list is not so much to give a “definitive best of 2020 book list”, but rather to act as a sort of representative sample of all non-fiction books published in 2020. In doing this, we’ll try to cover as many spheres of culture as possible, going from science, journalism, across history and politics, ending up with art criticism and theory. In the end, we should have a very diverse and rich list that summarizes the non-fiction genre of 2020.
Books recommended by Bill Gates
American philanthropist Bill Gates is best known for his work at Microsoft; he built the foundations of one of the world’s most influential tech companies with childhood friend Paul Allen before going on to become the world’s richest man. But it wasn’t always plain sailing - Gates was a university dropout who ditched a career in law to pursue his dream as a software developer. As such, reading books played a crucial role in Gates’ early years, and it’s something that he has taken with him as a lifelong commitment.
Words of Affirmation, Quality Time, Receiving Gifts, Acts of Service, and Physical Touch - The 5 Love Languages
We all want to be loved. But the question is, how? How can we communicate to those we love how we want them to love us and learn how to love them in return? In his book, qualified marriage counsellor Dr. Gary Chapman provides five proven approaches on how we can show and receive love that will help us experience and reach deeper and richer levels of intimacy with our partners.
Finding adventure through the works of Bill Bryson
Bill Bryson has become a household name thanks to his honest and understated examinations of history, culture, and travel. Through his writings, he offers readers the chance to potter along with him as he muses over life’s questions – big and small. The real question is, where to start? Well, that depends on you.
Love, passion, and empathy - Books Recommended by Harry Styles
Harry Styles is not only a rippling pop star and charming ladies' man, he’s also a bookworm. Here are just a few of the books Harry loves, filled with love, drama, tragedy and real-life experiences that will have you turning page after page.
Uptime: the app that gives you insights from the world’s best minds - in just 5 minutes
Finding the time to keep learning can be a struggle in our busy lives. So meet Uptime, the app that allows you to get smarter faster, with 1000s of personalized Knowledge Hacks delivered right into the palm of your hand.
How to be Happy: Five books that will change your life
We all know that being happy is a key aspect of life – but sometimes it’s easier said than done. Here’s our guide to the best books to help you learn the art of happiness.
Think yourself successful: 4 books to help you hack the millionaire mindset
To be a successful entrepreneur, you need to adopt the mindset. But where to start? We’ve lined up the best brains on the subject to clue you up.