Work Smarter (January 26, 2015)

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If you want to work smarter, you have to start somewhere. Make a list and keep it simple. Focus on the things that matter and don’t make excuses for the things that don’t. Enjoy yourself while you’re working and clean up when you’re done.

Why You Should Set Up Your To-Do List in a Plain Text File (and How to Do It)

“Here’s why a simple text file will make your to-do lists fast, easy to manage, and seamlessly integrate with everything else you use.”
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Skip the Excuses: This Is What Your Boss Wants to Hear

“If you want to get ahead, the old adage still holds true: ‘No’ shouldn’t be a part of your vocabulary. Instead of ‘I can’t,’ make one — or all — of these your new go-to.”
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Where to Start

“Begin with the smallest possible project in which someone will pay you money to solve a problem they know they have. Charge less than it’s worth and more than it costs you.”
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Laughter: The Ultimate Workplace Prescription

“[P]erhaps the most laudable effect of laughter is that it helps build relationships with people around us. So if laughter is in fact the best medicine, how do we apply it in the workplace?”
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Decoding leadership: What really matters

“New research suggests that the secret to developing effective leaders is to encourage four types of behavior.”
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Value of Clean Infographic

“Cleaning is an investment in human health, the environment, and an improved bottom line. Discover more about the Value of Clean® in this new animated infographic from ISSA, the worldwide cleaning industry association, and learn how a modest investment in cleaning can help facilities reap big savings.”

Quote of the Day

“For every minute you are angry you lose sixty seconds of happiness.” — Ralph Waldo Emerson