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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
  • Pre-cation: The Best Job Perk You Don't Have

    Most workers don't get much time off between jobs. If you're leaving one job for another, you're unlikely to be able to coordinate a reasonable start date and sufficient notice to keep from burning bridges at your old employer; if you've been unemployed, well, taking more time off without pay might be impossible. But what if you could get a vacation, paid, before you started work?

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  • College Salary Report: Right Brain vs. Left Brain Majors

    A big paycheck is nice, but all the money in the world won't buy you happiness if you choose a career that's a bad fit for your personality and aptitudes. That said, not every high-paying STEM career is solely the dominion of left-brain types.

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  • College Salary Report: Majors That Pay You Back

    If you want to get rich -- or at least, comfortable enough not to have to worry about paying off those loans -- which major you choose can be even more important than which college or university you decide to attend. PayScale's latest release of the College Salary Report focuses on the majors that will help you pull in the big bucks.

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  • ADP Jobs Report: Economy Added 213,000 Jobs in September

    The private sector added 213,000 jobs last month, according to payroll processor ADP, beating analysts' estimates of 205,000 jobs, which was in line with last month's report.

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  • Do This Before You Share Your Salary History

    Should you have to share your salary history? No, but try explaining that to many hiring managers -- or getting out of the conversation without tanking your chances at getting the job.

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  • 'Precrastination': Another Reason Why You Can't Get Anything Done

    If you think procrastination is the primary enemy in your battle to work your way through the old to-do list, scientists at Pennsylvania State University would like to introduce you to your new enemy: precrastination, the tendency to focus on intermediate goals at the expense of quickly achieving the final result.

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  • How to Stop Beating Yourself Up for Mistakes at Work

    What's the most stressful thing that ever happened to you at work? If you're like most of us, making a mistake is at least in the top five. The problem, of course, is that there's no way to avoid messing up at some point. As the saying goes, if you never make mistakes, you're not working hard enough. The real challenge is to learn how to be kinder to yourself afterward, and set yourself up for future success.

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  • Are Activity Trackers Any Match for Slouchy Office Workers?

    Chances are, you know at least one person who's in love with her Fitbit or Fuelband, and its calorie- and step-counting assistance -- especially if you work in an office, where workers spend more time sitting than improving their health. Now, one company is offering an activity tracker that measures an additional element of fitness: good posture.

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  • Could Skipping Coffee Make You More Productive?

    "Don't talk to me before I've had my coffee." In addition to being good advice from many workers, variations on that statement are probably keeping the novelty mug business afloat. There's just one problem: at least one study indicates that caffeine itself is the problem, and consuming it might actually tank productivity instead of fueling it.

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  • 5-Minute Networking Tips for Busy People

    Some people love networking; others would rather get a root canal while waiting in line at the DMV. No matter where you sit on that spectrum, you probably don't have a lot of time to make the connections that sustain your career. Fortunately, some of the best techniques for building professional relationships take hardly any time at all, and they're all based on the same idea: if you want to have friends, or at least people willing to lend you a hand if you need one, you have to be a friend.

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