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  • The Email Greeting That Won't Get You a Response

    The most important part of an email is arguably the introduction. It not only sets the tone for the rest of your message, but might even decide if the recipient will even read the remainder of your email. While you may think that it's OK to start email with a simple “Hello” or “To Whom It May Concern,” using these salutations may actually be harming your ability to achieve the results you want with electronic communication.
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  • The Perfect Break Is 17 Minutes Long, According to This Experiment

    Want to be more productive? Work for 52 minutes, and then take a 17-minute break, says the Draugiem Group, a social networking company that recently conducted an experiment with the time-tracking app DeskTime to determine exactly how long their most productive workers toil before taking a rest.

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  • 5 Tips to Sharpen Your Focus and Boost Productivity

    In today’s information-overload age, it’s becoming increasingly difficult to maintain focus on everyday tasks, which can be detrimental to your productivity. Here are a few proven ways to help find your concentration throughout the day.
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  • The 10 Biggest Office Distractions, and How to Beat Them [infographic]

    Did you spend part of this weekend working? If so, maybe you have a time management problem -- or maybe you have a problem with other people not letting you manage your time. Either way, identifying the major obstacles standing between you and a more productive work week will free you up to spend next weekend resting (or at least, attending to the business of your personal, non-work life).
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  • Do This, and Start Getting Stuff Done

    If you're having one of those Mondays in which you feel like the proverbial chicken with its head cut off, there's one quick thing you can do to stop running and start producing. (Bonus: you'll also feel less stressed, which never hurts.)

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  • 40 Percent of Workers Don't Take All Their Vacation

    According to a recent report from the U.S. Travel Association, 96 percent of workers see the value in taking time off -- but only 60 percent of us actually use up all our vacation time. The rest of us let paid days off expire, unused. Why aren't we using our earned time?

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  • Didn't Sleep? Here Are 7 Ways to Get Through Your Work Day

    Americans seem to pride themselves on sleep deprivation, functioning on little or no sleep for days on end, and still (somehow) making it to work -- but that doesn't mean that it's healthy, or good for your career.

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  • 3 Common Pitfalls of Work Friendships

    The benefits of work friendships are pretty clear -- a sense of belonging, a positive corporate culture, improved communication and commitment to the team -- but that doesn't mean that having friends at work is totally without risk. Here's how things can go wrong, and what to do to make them right.

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  • How to Run Your Meetings Like Google

    Meetings are the last thing anyone wants to see on their calendar. They slow down productivity and can interfere with trying to tie up loose ends on projects. Some days, it seems like meetings will never end, and for some people, they don’t. In fact, it’s not uncommon for professionals to be forced to set aside actual work until they get home in the evenings because their days are clogged with meetings. So what's the solution?
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  • What's the Difference Between Good Stress and Bad Stress?

    Chronic stress is bad for you, potentially affecting everything from your physical health to your productivity at work. But a little stress, now and then, can actually make you better at your job and happier both at home and at the office.

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  • How to Bring Positivity to the Workplace

    Positive psychology is the study of types of behavior that seem to create a positive atmosphere. When you create a positive atmosphere at work, you feel better and are more productive. Here is how and why.
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  • 3 Management Practices That Improve Employee Productivity

    Most productivity advice focuses on individuals, offering tips on time management techniques, systems, and technology that can help us get out of our own way. That's all well and good, but if the boss isn't on board, the world's best to-do list won't be much help. If you're the boss, you're in a unique position to help your team stuff done. Here's how to do it.

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  • Kindness Gets You Far in the Workplace

    Ellen DeGeneres appeals to a simple truth when she says, "Always be kind to one another." She doesn't say "at home," she doesn't say, "just when you are at school," and she doesn't say "except when you are at work." It turns out that science is in agreement with Ms. DeGeneres.
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  • The Impossible Dream: How You Can Return From Vacation to an Empty Inbox

    Taking a vacation is supposed to mean taking a break from work. It’s the reason why email auto-responders exist; so you can enjoy a Mai Tai on the beach with your toes in the sand without worrying about what “emergency” is happening in the office. Of course, many of us just can’t resist the impulse to check email while we're away. Messages pile up, making that first day back at the office just short of a nightmare.
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  • Harness the Power of Color in Your Workspace

    The colors we choose in our workspaces affect our productivity, creativity, energy, even our appetites and moods. Use this knowledge of color to create the perfect workspace, cubicle, or office for you.
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  • 5 Reasons to Wake Up Earlier (and 2 Reasons to Skip It)

    Could you wake up two hours earlier every day? Rachel Gillett at Fast Company tried it for a week, rising at 6:30 a.m. and tallying up the ways in which it improved her productivity and happiness, both in her personal life and at work -- plus, a few of the challenges involved in resetting her daily clock.

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  • How Reduce the Number of Emails in Your Inbox

    For the past few years, just about the only thing you hear about email is that everyone seems to want less of it. Long gone are the exciting days of AOL and hearing “You’ve got mail!” Now, opening your email in the morning -- especially if it's a Monday morning, and you're on the west coast -- is a terrifying experience. How are we supposed to get any work done when we keep having to respond to emails, which only creates more emails to respond to?
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  • Vacations Are Good for You and Good for Your Employer

    It's not news that many Americans don't take vacations -- or that they should. But at this time of year, it bears repeating: that last-minute getaway might mean the difference between doing your job well, and stumbling through the day with low energy and a bad attitude.

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  • 3 Time Management Hacks to Make You Better at Your Job

    It used to be common to hear people say, "There just aren't enough hours in the day." Now, there's no point in wishing for an extra 60 minutes here or there; we know that our work would just expand, like a gas, to fit the shape of the container. The real secret to productivity isn't more time. It's using the time we have more efficiently.

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  • How to Manage Your Social Anxiety at Work

    Social anxiety is more than just a disinclination to pack each weekend with parties. For sufferers, the average day at work can be a nightmare of stressful situations and reduced productivity. However, there are ways to manage and overcome this form of stress.
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