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  • How to Deal With Secondhand Stress

    You might have perfected your ability to deal with stressful situations -- deadlines, last-minute changes, the hustle and bustle of a busy office. But that doesn't mean you've mastered the most challenging piece of the stress management puzzle: handling the contagious kind of stress that you can easily catch from an anxious co-worker.

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  • 4 (Relatively) Easy Ways to Improve Work-Life Balance

    Some of your work-life balance is beyond your control. If your corporate culture dictates that you answer email on the weekend, for example, there's not much you can do on that front to balance your professional responsibilities with your personal commitments. The best approach is to focus on what you can control.

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  • How to Work When You Just Don't Feel Like It

    The tendency to procrastinate is one of those mysteries of human nature: why put things off, when we know perfectly well that we'll have to do them eventually? Often, it's because we "just don't feel like it." But learning to do things when you don't feel like it is an essential part of being a successful, productive person -- and it's easier than you think.

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  • Work at the Office -- If You Don't Want to Get Anything Done

    The physical office is a productivity killer. At least according to Jason Fried, author of Remote: Office Not Required. Before you dismiss this opinion as just another person with a preference for working in pajamas, consider his arguments.

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  • Think Like an Olympic Athlete and Succeed at Work

    If you've been watching the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics, you've probably spent many hours in awe of the athletes' physical grace and strength. Even curling, which is the go-to sport to make fun of for people who don't know anything about sports, requires more coordination in a few minutes than the average office worker uses in a year. But what about the mental strength of Olympic athletes?

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  • How to Build a Better Workday

    Want to be happier at work? The secret might be achieving a state of flow, the feeling you get when you're so absorbed in activities that give you a sense of purpose, that you lose track of time. (As opposed to, for example, the parched-eyeball feeling of losing an hour to your favorite game app on your phone.) So how can we get to flow?

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  • Paint Your Office Walls the Best Colors for Productivity

    Color schemes in any office help set the mood or tone of the business. Forbes has a wonderful color wheel that indicates the different psychological moods that colors evoke. If you have the opportunity to paint your office walls or to change the color schemes where you work, consider how you wish to influence your co-workers and clients.

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  • Be a Satisficer, Not a Maximizer

    When you're given a task to accomplish at work, do you insist on doing everything in your power to accomplish it in the best possible way, or do you work to get the job done so that it meets requirements, and move on?

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  • Tuesdays Are the Most Productive Day of the Week

    Feeling productive today? It might be because it's Tuesday. A recent Accountemps poll found that 33 percent of human resources managers pegged Tuesdays as the week's more productive day.

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  • How to Make Your Boss Listen to Your Ideas

    Employees are the ones who come up with the best solutions to workplace problems. There are a number of reasons bosses don’t always want to listen (other than because you once suggested Beer Day and Do Nothing Day). So how do you get your boss to listen to your great ideas?
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  • Stop Complaining About Being Overworked, Unless You Live in One of These 5 Countries

    Americans may think they’re being overworked, but a new study shows that they’re just being a bunch of wimps compared to professionals in these five nations.
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  • How to Manage Social Media in the Office

    Unless managing social media in the office is your job, it's important to understand how using social media can affect your job -- and vice versa. Here are a few tips we've put together to help you manage social media in the office so you can be more productive and ensure your privacy -- and job security -- is protected.
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  • 3 Productivity Lessons From Benjamin Franklin

    Benjamin Franklin was many things: an inventor, a businessman, one of the founders of the nation. But first and foremost, he was productive. His daily schedule from his autobiography allots seven hours for sleep, eight for work, a combined three for breakfast, planning his day, and "addressing powerful goodness." But what can we learn from Franklin's schedule, over 200 years later?

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  • Mobile Devices Increase Productivity, But Pose Serious Security Concerns

    It's 6 a.m. and your alarm goes off -- and the first thing you do is check your email on your smartphone. Over the course of the day, you may have touched four or five devices, and half of them are mobile. While working with a multitude of mobile devices might seem like opportunities to distract yourself, the reality is that mobile devices can actually increase productivity -- but at the cost of security.
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  • 3 Ways to Be Happier at Work

    Finding true happiness at work is tricky. After all, if your job was as much fun as your hobbies, they probably wouldn't pay you to do it. But the good news is that a few attitude tweaks can improve your perception -- which is the secret of feeling better about anything.

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  • Thinking of Switching to a Tablet at Work? Here's Why You Should Reconsider

    If you work a 9-5, you likely use either a laptop or desktop. With the rise of mobile devices as primary devices, though, many workers also carry around a tablet -- and it's intriguing to think about asking whether you can make the switch to a tablet as your primary device for work, too. Before you jump into this deep end, it's important to think about whether using a tablet for work is reasonable. For many of us, our current setup may make the most sense and was designed this way for a reason. However, if you think you'll be more productive with a tablet, consider the following before you make the switch.
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  • 5 Apps That Every Professional Needs to Know About

    Professionals are constantly looking for ways to better organize their time in order to carve out a few more minutes (or hours, if they’re lucky) to find that elusive work-life balance. Here are five apps that every professional needs to help them attain a better sense of control over their everyday lives.
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  • It’s Not Too Late! Kick Post-Holiday Fatigue and Start Off 2014 Right

    Now that the holiday madness is over and the New Year has been rung in, you’re probably getting a bad case of post-holiday fatigue. Here are five ways to get yourself out of a rut and back into the groove of things.
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  • 14 Apps to Download in 2014

    As we approach the middle of January, those New Year's Resolutions are starting to fade into the background. However, just because we're back to the 9-5 grind, doesn't mean we can't take care of ourselves, achieve new career goals, and streamline productivity. As mobile phones are becoming our primary devices, we rely on apps more than ever to get us through our day, from the moment we hit the snooze button to when we set our alarm at night. To make the most of our day -- and our phones -- here are 14 iPhone apps you should consider downloading in 2014.
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  • Why You Want to Nap at Work, and What to Do About It

    Need a nap? If you're at work, that's probably not a good thing. The key is to figure out why you're tired. Sometimes, we stay up too late, but fatigue can also be a chronic condition, or a response to stress. If we understand why we're sleepy, we might be able to examine our own situation and gain more energy at work.
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