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11 Smarter Ways to Tackle Mondays for an Awesome Week

Filed under: Good Habits, Quick Tips

If you dread getting up bright and early and returning to the office every Monday morning, you’re not alone. Luckily, there are better ways to wake up, get energized, and set yourself up for a productive and exciting start to your week.

Here are 11 smarter ways to tackle that dreaded case of the Mondays. Trust me, you’ll be thanking yourself later.

1.) There are scientific reasons why that first day of the working week always feels terrible. So it’s not you; it’s Mondays. (Mental Floss)

2.) Brace yourself by taking extra measures on Sunday to set yourself up for success.(Fast Company)

3.) Groggy at the start of the week? Sleeping earlier the day beforehand could make a huge difference in your energy levels. (Sleep Foundation)

4.) Another way to get yourself psyched for the week is by listening to music. So put on your favorite playlists and get going! (BBC)

 

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8 Habits of Considerate People

Filed under: Good Habits, Psychology

Philosopher Arthur Schopenhauer once said, “Politeness is to human nature what warmth is to wax.” It’s true. Being kind and considerate softens people and makes them malleable to your way of thinking.

But I see another meaning there, too. I think he’s also saying that being considerate of others is an integral part of what it means to be human. Charles Darwin would have agreed. He argued that our instinct to be considerate is even stronger than our instinct to be self-serving.

As obvious as that may seem, it’s only recently that neuroscience has been able to explain why. Research conducted by Dacher Keltner at Berkeley showed that our brains react exactly the same when we see other people in pain as when we experience pain ourselves. Watching someone else experience pain also activates the structure deep inside the brain that’s responsible for nurturing behavior, called the periaqueductal gray.

Being considerate of others is certainly a good career move, but it’s also good for your health.

Click here to read the rest on TalentSmart >>

Office Organization Tips to Help You Work More Productively

Filed under: Behavior in the Workplace, Good Habits, Organization, Productivity

More than half of the people surveyed in an Express Employment hiring trends survey said they lose nine work hours a week due to lack of organization; 57 percent said they lose six work hours a week because of a lack of time due to disorganization, reported Corp Magazine.

Clutter happens to the best of us you get a report in and it goes on your desk (on top of the several papers already awaiting your review).

You attend a trade show and all those gadgets from the exhibitors you couldn’t resist taking home pile up in the back of a drawer.

What you may not realize is, clutter affects the brain. When your environment is cluttered, the chaos restricts your ability to focus, cited unclutterer as a paraphrase to a Princeton University study.

Organizing your office does not need to be a big project it’s quite simple when you keep up with it. Here’s how to get started.

Click here to read the rest on Business.com >>

17 Email Etiquette Rules

Filed under: Behavior in the Workplace, Communication, Good Habits

US employees spend, on average, about a quarter of the workweek combing through hundreds of emails.

Despite the fact that we’re glued to our reply buttons, career coach Barbara Pachter says that plenty of professionals still don’t know how to use email appropriately.

Because of the sheer volume of messages we’re reading and writing, we may be more prone to making embarrassing errors, and those mistakes can have serious consequences.

Pachter outlines the basics of modern email etiquette in her book “The Essentials of Business Etiquette.”

We spoke to her and pulled out the most essential rules you need to know.

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7 Body Language Mistakes to Avoid in a Job Interview

Filed under: Good Habits, Hiring, Interviews, Job Search

You’ve perfected your elevator pitch, can explain your greatest weakness, and know exactly where you want to be in five years. But have you studied your body language? If not, you could end up costing yourself a job offer.

Even talented candidates can torpedo their chances if they make certain body language mistakes during an interview, according to a recent survey of more than 2,500 hiring managers by job search website CareerBuilder. Fidgeting, a weak handshake, or a constant grimace can leave a bad impression and may even take you out of the running for the position. Combine those errors with other mistakes, like dressing inappropriately, swearing, or displaying an arrogant attitude, and you have a recipe for an interview disaster.

“Preparing for an interview takes a lot more than Googling answers to common interview questions,” Rosemary Haefner, chief human resources officer for CareerBuilder, said in a statement. “Candidates have to make a great first impression appearance-wise, have a solid understanding of the target company, know exactly how to convey that they’re the perfect fit for the job and control their body language.”

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Interviewing 101: Attire & Hygiene Checklist

Filed under: Best Advice, Good Habits, Interviews, Job Search

When interviewing, it’s important to present yourself in the best light possible. Appearing disheveled, unorganized, or unprofessional may hinder you in your job search. The following list highlights some general good practices for interview attire and hygiene. Every situation is unique; so use your best judgement to decide what makes sense for your situation.

Clothing + Accessories

  • Wear a clean, pressed, properly fitted (not too tight, short, or loose), neutral-colored suit. (TIP: Carry a stain removing stick if you plan on eating or drinking prior to your interview).
  • Check that your shirt is tucked in, buttoned, and clean. Ensure your tie is properly tied and your shirt is fully buttoned.
  • Avoid wearing anything overly revealing.
  • Wear clean, polished, and comfortable shoes. You may be invited on a tour of the office, be sure to choose shoes you can walk in with confidence.
  • Refrain from carrying too many bags with you; a purse or messenger bag is acceptable.
  • Avoid costume jewelry or anything overly flashy, as this could be distracting to an interviewer.
  • Consider covering tattoos and removing facial piercings, if possible. While tattoos are generally accepted, there is no way of telling how a hiring manager may feel about them. Avoid the risk of offending anyone by covering them for the interview.
  • Refrain from bringing coffee cups or any other beverage with you. Keep your hands free to shake hands with your interviewer.
  • Leave personal items, such as laptops, tablets, and smartphones in your bag. Do not take them out at any point, even if you are waiting in a room for the interviewer to arrive.

Personal Hygiene

  • Brush, floss, and use mouthwash prior to your interview. (TIP: If you are concerned about bad breath, carry a small bottle of mouthwash and use it in a coffee shop bathroom immediately before your interview).
  • Comb or style your hair in a professional manner; avoid dying your hair bright colors (blue, purple, pink, etc.) prior to starting a job search.
  • Clean and manicure your nails. If you choose to wear to nail polish, choose a neutral or clear color.
  • Keep your makeup natural.
  • Avoid wearing perfume or cologne. Your hiring manager may not like the scent you have chosen, have a previous association with that scent, or be allergic to it.
  • Wear deodorant. If you sweat when nervous, you may want to choose a clinical strength brand.
  • If traveling on a hot day, give yourself enough time to freshen up in a restroom prior to your interview.
  • Do your best not smoke prior to an interview. If you do, give yourself a few minutes after your cigarette before entering the building, then wash your hands and use mouthwash.
  • If you are chewing gum, dispose of it prior to your interview.

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How To Make To-Do Lists Better, Faster, And More Fun

Filed under: Efficiency, Good Habits, How To, Productivity, Time Management

It’s the oldest, simplest, yet probably still the most effective method for making sure you get everything done: the humble to-do list. But is there a way to get more out of your daily check list? We asked the experts: How can we make our to-do lists better, how can we streamline them to get things done faster? Is is possible to make a to-do list fun?

Check out their answers below:

BETTER
Use a to-do list as an intake document and not as a working tool, says Peter Bregman, author of 18 Minutes: Find Your Focus, Master Distraction, and Get the Right Things Done. Make a list of what you need to get done and assign it a time on your calendar. Then run your day from your calendar, not your to-do list. “You’re more likely to complete a task if you give it a when and where,” he says.

FASTER
Use a to-do list app to record your errands and shopping items, and get an automatic reminder when you’re near the appropriate location, says ­Carley Knobloch, Today show tech contributor and digital lifestyle expert.

Click here to read the rest on Fast Company >>

5 Enjoyable Weekend Habits That Set You Up for Success

Filed under: Good Habits, Strategy, Success, Uncategorized, Work-Life Balance

Understandably, the weekend is a time when many workers focus on relaxation, family and fun. And there’s nothing at all wrong with that, but you can also think bigger. Instead of simply using the weekend for leisure time, there are things you can do ahead of time to help your next work week go more smoothly.

Unfortunately, we rarely appreciate the power habits can have in transforming our lives. Whether you’re new to habit-building or you’re an old hand, give these five weekend habits a try in order to set yourself up for a successful work week.

1. Get enough sleep.
Many times, we throw away our typical schedules on weekends – telling ourselves that staying out late or getting less sleep is “no problem” since it’s the weekend. But this habit sets you up for failure by making it hard to get up on schedule on Monday morning.

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5 Remarkably Powerful Phrases That Will Help You Get What You Want

Filed under: Attitude, Communication, Confidence, Good Habits, Psychology

Would you like to be better at getting what you want from your employees, co-workers, customers, bosses, kids, and partner or spouse? Sometimes a change in wording is all you need.

That advice comes from best-selling author and executive coach Wendy Capland. Over the years, she’s learned that certain words and phrases minimize what you have to say, making your requests ineffective. Others have surprising power to influence your listeners. “They increase our effectiveness in communicating clearly and up our ability to get what we want,” she says.

Here are some phrases Capland says are particularly helpful at getting the desired response. Next time you want something from someone, try one of them out, and see if it doesn’t make a difference:

1. What I heard you say is …

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10 Ways to Become a More Confident Person

Filed under: Attitude, Behavior in the Workplace, Confidence, Good Habits, Quick Tips, Success

With confidence, the world just seems like a better place, a sunny day where anything is possible. Without it, the darkness slowly creeps in and your mood begins to decline.

Just like the sun provides crucial vitamin D, confidence provides the “juice” necessary to succeed in both your personal and professional life. Whether it’s fear of the unknown or the scars of past failures, low confidence can occur for many reasons. Below are 10 ways to become a more confident person that should help you in all aspects of your life.

1. Fake it until you make it.
This is a common term for a reason. Clearly, if you are reading this, you are seeking ways to improve your confidence, so faking it may be a good way to start. Eventually, even you may start to believe all the great things about you!

2. Dress the part.
Nothing makes you feel better than looking in the mirror and liking what you see. I consider myself a very casual person, but even I cannot enjoy comfort if it isn’t sometimes contrasted with style and effort. This also applies to grooming.

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