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  • Become More Mindful With 'Micro Meditations'

    We live in a culture where it's common to have entire conversations with people while looking at a tiny screen and planning the rest of our day in the back of our minds. Heck, it's barely even considered rude anymore. No wonder, then, that many of us find it hard to slow down long enough to build a mediation practice, no matter how many articles we read about its benefits for our productivity and career satisfaction.

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  • 3 Ways to Improve Focus

    Pay attention is harder now than ever before. We might understand, intellectually, that multitasking is impossible, but the illusion of being able to do more than one thing at a time is too appealing to dismiss. Plus, we have so many great gadgets to distract us. No wonder that half the participants in any given meeting are looking at their smartphones as much as at each other.

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  • What Does the Perfect Office Look Like? [infographic]

    Your depressing workspace is impacting your productivity, according to experts like Suzanne Carlson, a principal of interior design at the architecture firm NBBJ. The good news is that even if the boss doesn't feel like making a change, you can improve your office with a few small changes.

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  • Can Wearable Tech Increase Productivity In the Office?

    It seems like everywhere you turn these days, everyone is talking about wearable tech. Whether it's about Google Glass, fitness trackers, or smart watches, these devices are becoming more popular -- and increasingly mainstream. Typically, they're used to help increase health, helping the wearer keep track of calories or steps, or monitoring blood pressure. But could wearables actually benefit you in your career, and increase productivity in the office?
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  • 5 Tips for Taking the Perfect Nap

    Need a quick energy boost? A nap might be the answer to all your problems. It's science!

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  • Walking Boosts Productivity and Creative Thinking

    We know that walking improves your circulatory health and can help you lose weight. It also seems boosts your creative thinking and productivity during the work day. But is working all day on a treadmill desk the answer to improving our job performance?
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  • Are You Suffering From Burnout? 3 Steps to Get Back on Track

    The economy might be improving, but the world of work seems to have changed forever. Ask any of your friends, family, and colleagues: if they've been lucky enough to stay employed through the lean years, they're probably doing more with less than ever before. Time, money, and manpower are still in short supply in most offices. All of that adds up to one thing -- burnout.

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  • How to Strike a Balance Between Hierarchy and Creativity

    Do you like clear expectations and a known chain of command, or do you prefer a more free environment at work? While hierarchy can seem to stifle creativity, we cannot simply throw all order out the window. At the same time, we don't want to miss out on the creativity of workers. Ideally, there's a way to benefit from both.
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  • 3 Ways to Work Smarter, Not Harder

    If productivity advice were music, "Work Smarter, Not Harder" would be one of the biggest chart toppers of all time. But like most popular ditties, the tune familiar, but the meaning is somewhat unclear. What does it actually mean?

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  • Do These 3 Things and Avoid Working Through Your Next Vacation

    Vacation season is upon us, and with it, the most pressing question of the warm weather months: if you drop your smartphone in the ocean, will you actually get a few days to rest and recharge, or will your boss see through your cunning ruse? (Hint: It's the latter.)

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  • #PayChat Roundup: 10 Tips to Be More Productive at Work

    Want to get more done at the office? Today's #PayChat focused on productivity. PayScale's users chimed in on Twitter to give their top tips on being more productive at their jobs.

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  • 5 Reasons Why Annual Performance Reviews Should Be Banished, Adobe-Style

    Rarely, if ever, does any manager or employee speak of their fondness for the annual performance review, that ritual outlining of personal mistakes, successes, strengths, and weaknesses. So, if everyone hates them so much, why are are we doing them? That's the question Adobe asked before deciding to eliminate the process in 2012, and the company hasn't looked back since. Here's why.
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  • Fulfill These 3 Needs, and Make Your Job More Compelling Than Goofing Off

    Ever notice that you can easily spend hours paying close attention to an activity, as long as it isn't what you're paid to do? One solution is to try to make work as compelling as play. Addressing these three factors can help.
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  • Laughter Is Still the Best Medicine for Stress

    Having a hard day at the office? It might be time to cue up those funny videos or sneak off to talk to your most hilarious co-worker. Laughter, as we're so frequently reminded, is one of the best ways to deal with stress, especially at the office.

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  • Social Media: Are You Managing Your Personal Brand or Wasting Time?

    Today's job seekers are selling more to employers than their experience and skills; they're selling their personal brand. This creates whole new problems on the time management front. When are you using social media to further your career -- and when is it just a means of procrastination?

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  • Plan a Productive Business Lunch

    Lunchtime is work-time at many offices. If you're not hunched over your keyboard, typing while eating, you're probably at a lunch meeting, schmoozing while eating. If you're stuck planning one of these work-and-eat sessions, you're also in charge of making sure it's a good use of everyone's time. So how can you do three things at once?

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  • #PayChat: Productivity at Work

    Is it time for spring career cleaning? We’re a month in to the second quarter of 2014 and it may be just the right time to regroup and ensure you’re on track to achieve your career goals. Please join us this Wednesday, April 30th at 10:30 a.m. (PDT) to discuss productivity in our monthly twitter chat, #PayChat.
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  • 3 Tips to Negotiate Anything Over Email

    These days, you might do business with a co-worker for years and never meet them face to face. Maybe they're in an office across the country or the world, or maybe they -- or you -- work at home. Whatever the reason behind it, working in a different physical space than your colleagues requires adaptations that you might never have anticipated, when you first started interacting remotely. For example, what happens when you need to negotiate with someone, and you can't see their facial expressions?

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  • Do You Actually Want to Get to Inbox Zero?

    Inbox zero. It's the holy grail of email management. File your emails neatly away and keep your inbox empty, the theory goes, and you'll never have to worry about finding what you're looking for, ever again. But is having no emails at all in your primary inbox actually a reasonable -- or desirable -- goal?

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  • How to Build Resilience for Career Success

    Resilience is a person's ability to adapt. Resilience is not just about "bouncing back" from trauma and tragedy, but also from difficult experiences at work or financial stressors. And those who are able to bounce back after stress-producing life events, large and small, are much more likely to succeed.
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