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Four Things to Stop Doing Immediately at Work

Want to boost your productivity and have peace of mind? As per this piece on Inc.com, there are a few things we should all stop doing immediately.

Jeff Haden writes in the piece, “If you get decent value from making to-do lists, you’ll get huge returns–in productivity, in improved relationships, and in your personal well-being–from adding these items to your not to-do list.”

1. Check your phone while you’re talking to someone. Not only is it rude (and yes, we can tell when you’re peeking), it’s distracting and a really transparent way to let the other person know you don’t care about what they’re saying.

He points out, “Stop checking your phone. It doesn’t notice when you aren’t paying attention. Other people? They notice. And they care.”

2. Multitask during a meeting. Again, it boils down to paying attention. Plus, you can actually learn a lot and retain information if you’re not zipping through your mobile phone. You can hone those soft skills and find opportunities to make connections and small talk.

3. Use multiple notifications. Here’s a hint: Turn it off. We shouldn’t have the immediate need to know when we receive a text message, tweet or e-mail. “If something is important enough for you to do, it’s important enough for you to do without interruptions. Focus totally on what you’re doing. Then, on a schedule you set–instead of a schedule you let everyone else set–play prairie dog and pop your head up to see what’s happening.”

4. Talk behind someone’s back. Just say no. And if you end up getting sucked into office gossip, rest assured your cronies may end up talking behind your back as well. Delete this from your repertoire and focus your time on productive conversations instead.

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Want to Boost Productivity & Well-Being? Immediately Delete These Four Things From Your Routine

If you want to boost your productivity and improve your well-being, listen up. There are a few things you can do that don’t even require a lot of work, just a lot of tweaking, that’s all.

According to a post by Jeff Haden on Inc., there are a few things to cross off your to do list.

1. Check your phone while you’re talking to someone. If you want someone to feel special when you’re speaking with them, refrain from checking your phone. Seriously.

Haden writes, “Stop checking your phone. It doesn’t notice when you aren’t paying attention. Other people? They notice. And they care.” Read more

Three Ways to Become More Likable at Work

Ever notice that sometimes getting promoted or landing a new freelance gig boils down to whether or not people like you?

Better yet, don’t answer that. Sometimes if you’re passed over, you may not come to terms with someone else was more liked (notice we didn’t say more experienced).

Often times when two resumes are almost identical, the decision to move forward with one person over the other comes down to whether or not someone knows them and if they’re downright likable and have the ability to play in the sandbox with everyone else.

And it’s not just about promotions and new gigs; being likable extends itself beyond new jobs and is often worth its weight in gold.  Read more

Three Top Interview Questions To Prep For

Sure, when you head into an interview you’re primped and ready for the hard-hitting questions like where you see yourself five years from now, however you may be asked three important questions that may be weighed heavily by the hiring manager.

According to a post on Inc., Jeff Haden says the interviewers who adhere to the following technique will get the most out of the interview. In turn, assuming you’re the job seeker in this situation, there are three questions to be prepared for. (And if you’re the hiring manager, it seems like the following three questions will pave the way to get a comprehensive picture of the candidate.)

For starters, Haden recommends the job interviewer start at the very top, asking the candidate’s work history from then until now. In the piece he writes, “Move quickly, and don’t ask for detail. And don’t ask follow-up questions, at least not yet.”

As the candidate explains each job, he suggests interviewers ask the following questions… Read more