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Ways To Fit In Time To Relax When Your Schedule Is Tight

August 25th, 2016 - By Meg Butler
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When your day is so packed that you have to schedule time to take a deep breath, you need to prioritize a moment to decompress. Personal time is important.

How can you tell when it’s time for an emergency tweak of your schedule? When everything is on your last nerve, coffee doesn’t do it like it used to, and everything on your to-do list is taking much longer than it used to, it’s time to carve out some time in your day to focus on doing what makes you happy.

Even when it feels like you have no time at all, there are ways to squeeze a little relaxation time into the busiest schedule. Commit to blowing off a little steam here and there and you won’t burn out before the workday is over.

15 Easy Ways To Shave Minutes Off Of Your Morning Routine And Get To Work On Time

August 10th, 2016 - By Meg Butler
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If you’re like me, “late” is a constant problem. You might have good intentions and a reliable alarm, but somehow you’re almost always five to 10 minutes late for work (hitting “snooze” sets me up for failure every time). And when your boss starts to notice that as well, it’s time to change up your morning routine.

These changes seem small but together they can help get you out of the door — especially if that’s one of your biggest morning problems — and stay out of trouble at work.

The key to starting a new routine? Try it out on the weekend first. You’ll work out the kinks and reset your schedule without running the risk of being late for work…again.

Office Accessories You Need To Bring Cheer To Your Desk

August 8th, 2016 - By Meg Butler
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Need to make your work space inspiring again? Sometimes the difference between a bad day and a pretty good one has a lot to do with your surroundings. You can’t always lighten your workload or let more sunlight in, but you can bring a little cheer to your desk with the following office accessories.

Whether you have a tiny cubicle, a desk in your spare room or a fancy corner office, you’ll find something to bring a little extra light to your usually busy (or drab) workday. And who knows? Your little corner of joy and encouragement might be contagious. Gift some of these things to your favorite co-workers and the entire office might be a happier place to work.

How To Ask For What You Want And Get It

July 7th, 2016 - By Meg Butler
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Asking for what you want always sounds like it should be simple. Sometimes it is. But when it comes to tough topics, whether it’s asking for a raise, or for what you really want in bed, sometimes it’s hard to know where to even start. Or, better yet, how to ask the right way so you come out of a potentially awkward situation with what you want.

While getting what you desire isn’t always a piece of cake, there are ways of going about asking for it that could increase the possibility. And, as with everything, practice makes perfect. So don’t be afraid to get your foot in the door. Start speaking up for what you need now and soon you’ll be getting more of what you want later.

Not Enough Time In the Day? Easy Ways Free Up An Hour

June 20th, 2016 - By Meg Butler
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What would you do with an extra hour a day? Does even the idea of “extra time” make you want to laugh out loud?

We all have goals that we want to get to when the work day is done. But even with 24 hours at our disposal, there never seems to be enough time. The busier we get, the more “free time” seems to be just something we had back before we started our 9 to 5’s.

But there are ways that you can free up a little time in even the busiest day. And it’s easier than you think. Often, simply changing the way you approach your day can make it a lot longer. So whether you need time to hit the gym, start your side project or simply relax, we’ve got several ways to free up some time for what you really want to do.

Fake It ‘Til You Make It: Ways You Can Appear Smarter Without Having To Open A Book

June 17th, 2016 - By Meg Butler
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If you look at yourself in the mirror right now, on a scale of one to 10, just how intelligent do you appear? Everyone wants to put their best foot forward at business meetings and in interviews, and the smarter you appear, the better off you will be in those situations. With that in mind, we did the research to find out how to you can make that happen. As it turns out, it’s about more than reading the thickest novels and wearing the most interesting pair of glasses. These unexpectedly easy habits you can integrate into your daily routine go a long way to help you impress other people with your wisdom.

How To Keep Drama From Ruining Your Day

June 14th, 2016 - By Meg Butler
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Drama is the worst. You came to work, ready to sit down at your desk and mind your own business. Then suddenly, here it comes: a spectacle. Some days it’s your co-worker with all her chaos, and other days it’s your ex bombarding your phone with messages. Wherever it comes from, it threatens to ruin your good day. But why do other people get to be in control of your mood?

Unfortunately, you can’t control the drama that other people bring. But you can control how that drama affects your outlook. Try these guidelines for keeping your life drama free and you will find yourself unbothered when people try to come anything but correct. Bring on the shade. You will be able to shake off that load in no time.

Do you have your own personal tactics for dealing with drama when it gets to be too much? We’d love to add some pointers to our list, so feel free to share yours in the comment section.

Bad Day? 10 Tips For An Instant Mood Boost

June 8th, 2016 - By Meg Butler
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Need to turn your bad day around? These instant mood boosters may be just what you need.

When you sleep through your alarm and they get your Starbucks order wrong, it can feel like nothing else in your day is going to go right. You just want to turn back around and go home to sleep in your comfy bed, never to be bothered again. But if you’ve been the victim of a day that’s threatening to steal your shine,  there are ways to take your power back.

We’ve found tons of simple mood boosters that you can easily find at home or at the office. Try one or all of them to see if you can turn a terrible Tuesday into a great mood that lasts all the way until Friday.

Do you have any tips for turning the day around? We’d love to hear about them in the comment section below.

How To Stop Procrastinating And Accomplish Your Goals

June 2nd, 2016 - By Meg Butler
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When it’s a huge project, a hard one, or something you just don’t want to do, putting it off until later can feel like the best option. But you have goals to achieve and deadlines to meet. So what do you do when you just can’t seem to get in gear?

There are a lot of reasons to procrastinate. Luckily, there are also a lot of strategies to get you over the hump. To give yourself the motivation you need, try one or two of these techniques at a time. Then give them time to work. Old habits die hard, but focusing on these strategies will help you to be able tackle projects.

Do you have any techniques in your tool box that you use to combat procrastination? Whether it’s working out or taking a minute to bust a move to your favorite song, leave it in the comment section to help us all get back to work.

Are You In The Right Profession? Signs That You’re Actually The Creative Type

May 24th, 2016 - By Meg Butler
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We are all likely to fall into a rut when we feel that our 9-to-5 jobs aren’t particularly fulfilling. But for the creative types, the unhappiness that comes with having to report to an office every morning can be overwhelming. Some of us are well-suited for the everyday business-like atmosphere, the afternoon meetings, and being a contributing member of a team. However, climbing the corporate ladder just isn’t for everyone.

If you’ve always had a feeling that you belong somewhere other than behind a desk, you could be working with more than just a feeling. Certain people are simply creative types. And for creative people, that novel, clothing line, photography or marketing idea isn’t just a pipe dream. The key to a happy professional life could be in embracing what your real interests are and going after them.

If you’re looking for a sign that it’s time to flex your artistic muscles full time, these might be just the hints you need.