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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
  • 5 Easy Ways to Be More Productive, Even on Monday Morning

    Having trouble getting out of your own way this morning? Even if you love your job, Monday mornings are rough. If you're not engaged with your work -- and 87 percent of workers aren't -- it's even harder to get into the swing. Here are five little small changes you can make, to make it easier to get back to work after a weekend.

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  • Here's Why You Get Less Done in the Summer [infographic]

    The weather outside might be gorgeous, but you couldn't prove it by most office workers in the U.S., who toil away in canned air and flickering fluorescents with nary a beach jaunt on the horizon. No wonder 25 percent of us get less done in the summer than we do the rest of the year.

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  • 3 Lessons From History's First Cover Letter, Written by Leonardo da Vinci

    Cover letters have been with us for more than 500 years, since Leonardo da Vinci sent one to the Duke of Milan in 1482, enumerating his many talents. More surprising than the fact that we have Leonardo to thank for yet another invention? The realization that his letter, the first of its kind in history as far as we know, still has a lot to teach us about how to write this tricky document.

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  • 3 Reasons to Stop Rushing to Decisions

    At most companies, the best time to make a decision is yesterday. The problem, of course, is that making good choices takes time. If you're having trouble fighting a corporate culture that puts a premium on speed over quality, here are a few things to keep in mind. Some might even persuade the boss to give you the extra time you need to do things right.

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  • The Future of Minimum Wage: More Money, But No More One-Size-Fits-All

    At the beginning of the month, Seattle's city council voted unanimously to increase the city's minimum wage to $15 an hour in stages over the next three to seven years. To get a business owner's perspective on the issue, we spoke via email with John Pepper, co-founder and former CEO of Boloco, a Boston-based restaurant chain with 22 units across New England. Pepper told us a bit about why a higher minimum wage isn't necessarily bad for business and what else needs to change for small businesses to thrive while paying their workers higher wages.

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  • Are You a 'Bedtime Procrastinator'?

    If you have trouble getting through the afternoon without an extra cup of coffee or two, you're either the parent of a small child, an insomniac, or someone who just can't bring himself to go to bed when it's time. All three conditions will wreak havoc on your productivity, but since the last one is under your control, it's the most worth examining, in terms of improving efficiency and job satisfaction. Why do we stay up, when we should go to bed?

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  • Obama Signs an Executive Order Extending Student Loan Debt Cap

    Yesterday, President Barack Obama sat down with Tumblr founder David Karp to do a live Q&A on the service, answering questions about student loans and his recent executive order expanding the Pay-as-You-Earn program.

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  • More Job Openings, But Not Necessarily More Hires

    On the last day of April, there were 4.5 million job openings, according to today's release from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. That's 0.3 million job openings more than in March. Hires, on the other hand, were practically flat at 4.7 million. What's going on here?

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  • 3 Tips for Better Business Cards

    In the age of LinkedIn and online job application forms, you're likely to forget about a valuable in-person networking tool: the business card. If you haven't bothered to update your card in a while -- or have a one so unmemorable, you have piles of left-behind cards stacked around your desk -- there are a few things you can do to step up your business card game.

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  • How to Enter a Room Like You Own the Place

    If you have a big job interview or presentation coming up, you've probably already thought a lot about how to make a good first impression. You know you need to dress professionally, for example, and make eye contact. Perhaps you've even thought about things like the strength of your handshake or the genuineness of your facial expressions. But you probably never thought about one key ingredient for winning over your audience: the way you enter a room.

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