How to stop thinking about work on the weekends!

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Weekends (Image Credit: Mark Sebastian)

Is it possible to stop thinking about work on the weekends? Perhaps not entirely, as you probably know. However, if you’re thinking about work on the weekends, odds are you care about your work, meaning you probably have a pretty decent work ethic. So, take a step back, and realize that the weekend is a time for you to breathe. While you may be nervous to shift some of that work stress off your shoulders next weekend, you can check out some of the tips below for help. Go ahead, it’s ok. Continue reading

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10 Things You Should Never Do at Work

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(Image Credit: Olly)

So you got a new job? Congrats! Working in a new place is exciting, but also a big adjustment. If you’re unsure of how to present yourself, avoid an awkward  faux pas and check out this list of 10 Things You Should Never Do at Work so you at least know what not to do. Continue reading

Your First Time…Working in an Office

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(Image Credit: Wavebreak Media Micro)

Today you woke up at 6:30 a.m. for the first time since your torturous high school years, but still managed to make it out of the house on time wearing dress pants and a silky blouse. And after fighting with your chair to adjust it to the correct height, you’re now seated comfortably at your desk. Your desk! How did this happen? Are the powers that be giving jobs to small children these days?
As it turns out, while you may be a perpetual 10-year-old in your mind, your degree states that you’re now qualified to do an adult job. Which is absurd, of course. But you’ve got to fake it until you make it, right? Here are a few tips on how to navigate your first time working in an office. Continue reading

5 Ways to Make Your Commute Count

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(Image Credit: LoloStock)

If you’re like me, you love your job. What you might not be as fond of is the amount of time it takes you to get there. Whether you take a car, train, bus or ferry to work, for most people, the time they spend commuting is time they will never get back to do other things. Luckily, there are ways to get things done during your commute and make that time count. Continue reading

How (Not) to Decorate Your Cubicle

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(Image Credit: Rawpixel)

It’s your first day on the job. You’ve adjusted your chair three times, changed the computer monitor’s brightness, and are starting to feel mighty uncomfortable, because this office is a maze and the bathroom is apparently hidden in another realm. But you’re settling in, slowly but surely. After a few days pass by (and thank the office gods, you’ve finally discovered where they keep the coffee maker), it’s time to make your cubicle space your own. After all, if you’re going to spend eight hours a day in a tiny, beige space, you might as well beautify it, right? Continue reading

How to Deal With A Boss That’s Not So Nice

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(Image Credit: Marylam)

Sometimes you get lucky and find a really good job – work that doesn’t feel like work, good pay, enjoyable coworkers, and a super nice boss. Other times….you don’t. Not every place of employment has a happy head honcho. But what can you do? I mean, besides quit. Continue reading

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Get Your Life Together

(Image Credit: Ashley Campbell)

(Image Credit: Ashley Campbell)

It’s easy to agonize about the state of one’s life and how much better things would be if one could just “get it together.” Clean up the mess of life and keep it neat and tidy. But “getting your life together” isn’t easy. There are times when such a feat may not even seem possible. Continue reading

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Commuting Essentials for the First Timer

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(Image Credit: Florian Lehmuth)

Whether you’re traveling by bus, bike, or train, being a first-time commuter can feel a bit overwhelming. Not only do you need to make sure you don’t show up to work unprepared, but you also will want to bring along some travel essentials to make your commute more enjoyable. Here are a few items that you might want to add to your checklist. Continue reading

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The Best Tips for Finding a Job

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(Image Credit: Michael Jung)

Finding a job isn’t easy. Although unemployment rates were only at 6.3 percent in the month of May, it still seems like obtaining a job after graduation (or at any stage in life) is getting much more difficult. You spend day in and day out on job sites applying for jobs that just barely meet your personal requirements, just hoping to get an interview. Continue reading

How to Handle Mistakes at Work

Mistake at Work

As Miley Cyrus once said, “Everybody makes mistakes/Everybody has those days.” And in fact, we have all had “those days.” Probably quite a few of them if we’re being honest.  It’s pretty easy to be truthful about doing something wrong if you’re the only one affected. No one but you will really care you botched those song lyrics in the car on the way home, or that you slightly overcooked the hamburger you made yourself for dinner. But what about when screw ups happen at work? How should they be handled so no one is wrongly accused, or so that a small mishap doesn’t spiral into a huge mess? Here are a few tips on what to do when mistakes happen at work. Continue reading

10 Ways to De-Stress at Work!

Work Stress

We’ve all had those days at work or class when it seems hard to focus — we feel tired, a bit cranky for no apparent reason and stressed to the max over lengthy to-do lists. Whether you’re feeling hungry, tired, irritated or overwhelmed, there are several ways to chill out and relax at work. These ten tips will help you de-stress at work and give you that extra boost to make it to quittin’ time. Continue reading

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Signs You’re Working Too Hard…

Stress (Image Credit: Sara V.)

Stress (Image Credit: Sara V.)

Whether you’re a student, an employee, an artist, an athlete, a parent or anything else, you’ve probably got a lot of work to do. And sure, that comes with the territory of being a responsible human being, but sometimes we human beings take it too far. The line between working and overworking is very thin and all too easy to hop over. So how do you know if you’re working too hard? Well, there are a number of ways: Continue reading

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Ways to Keep Your Desk Clutter Free

Clutter Free Desk (Image Credit: Dave Fayram)

Clutter Free Desk (Image Credit: Dave Fayram)

A desk is a great place to get your work done, but just like everything else, it’s hard keeping it neat and tidy. And when your desk is a disorganized mess, it can be hard to stay focused and get things accomplished. You can’t find what you need, you get distracted and you can get a little stressed out. But there are a lot of ways to de-clutter your space and keep it that way. Here are a few things to help you out.

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How to start being more assertive at work today!

Be Assertive (Image Credit: Flickr User Victor1558)

Be Assertive (Image Credit: Flickr User Victor1558)

We’ve come a long way from learning how to deal with bullies on the playground in 5th grade. The workplace playground becomes a lot more complicated when you’re trying to find the balance between steamrolling others and being steamrolled yourself. Developing a little bit of a backbone is something of a challenge for most. For me, 4’11” is not exactly the best height to be when you want to be seen or heard in a meeting or conference! But hey, you’ve got to work with what you’ve got! Continue reading