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Jen Hubley Luckwaldt

Jen Hubley Luckwaldt writes about work-life balance, stress management, and other topics relating to what makes us happy at work. A full-time freelancer, she deals with stress by blurring the lines between life and work to the point where the two spheres are barely separate. The happiest day of her career was when scientists proved that looking at pictures of cute animals makes us more productive.

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Most Recent Posts by Jen Hubley Luckwaldt
  • What If Your Dream Job Turns Out to Be a Nightmare?

    The scariest part of interviewing for a new job is knowing that you can't possibly figure out what it will be like to do that job ... until it's too late to turn back. You can do your research, ask smart questions, and ace the interview process, but when it comes right down to it, there's no guarantee that you'll love the gig once you're actually doing it.

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  • Many Workers Still Not Prepared to Lose Their Jobs

    If you got laid off tomorrow, would you be OK, financially? A new Gallup poll shows that 29 percent of American workers would expect to experience "significant financial hardship" within one month of losing their job. Fourteen percent say they would only last one week.

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  • New Yorkers Get to Work Later Than Anybody Else in the Country

    When is "late for work" at your company? Depending on what industry you're in and where you live, it could be anywhere from after 8 a.m. to approaching noon. If you live in New York, for example, you enjoy (or are frustrated by) the latest median arrival time of any city in the country, according to data from FiveThirtyEight.

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  • Earth Day at Work: 3 Ways to Go Greener

    There's a whole wide world out there beyond your office window, even if it doesn't feel like it when project deadlines loom. The good news is that there are a lot of tiny, simple changes you can make, to make the earth a better place -- even if you're celebrating this Earth Day in your cubicle.

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  • 5 Productive Things to Do When You Don't Have Access to the Internet

    Nowadays, you can get online almost everywhere, from a commercial airliner in mid-flight to your dentist's office. But sometimes, for whatever reason, you can't access the internet. Fortunately, there's still plenty you can do while you're offline, to make your job easier once you're connected again.
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  • 3 Tasks You Should Never Put Off Until Tomorrow

    Effective time management is -- at least in part -- the art of putting some things off until tomorrow. Of course, if you choose the wrong things, or let tasks pile up to the point where you're always playing catch-up, you're probably causing yourself a lot of unnecessary panic.

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  • How to Negotiate Salary When There's No More Money

    You know that you should negotiate salary before taking a new position, lest you leave money on the table and cost yourself hundreds of thousands of dollars in salary over the course of your career. But what about when there's honestly no more room in the budget?

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  • 3 Little Things That Can Build a Better Workday

    Do you have a case of the Mondays? If your day is half over, with nothing to show for it, it's time to stop and reassess. Maybe this spectacularly unproductive morning can give rise to the super-efficient day of your dreams. (Even if it's not until tomorrow.)

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  • 3 Tips for Running a Meeting That Actually Works

    When was the last time you actually had a meeting that accomplished something? Unless you own the company, chances are that you can't make every meeting a productive one, but when you are in charge, there's a lot you can to do to make meetings a better use of everyone's time.

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  • Should You Reject That LinkedIn Request?

    LinkedIn is different from Facebook and Twitter and all the other social networks taking up space on your dashboard. For one thing, it's the only network that's purely for, well, networking. Using it requires a shift in thinking that some people find difficult, especially if they're used to the more weekend-friendly networks. When, for example, should you decline to accept a request to connect?

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