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Tips and tidbits you can use on the job every day. 
In no particular order.

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#7 LEARN YOUR BOSS: If you're working for someone, you've got to learn how they operate. Learn their likes and dislikes. Learn their work habits and preferences. Write it down. For example, if your boss doesn't like to fly a certain airline when you do all their travel. Or if your boss doesn't like to schedule meetings after 5pm. Or if you find that your boss doesn't like to lunch with a particular colleague, write it down. It'll save you in the long run. And you'll be a team member that pays attention.
#12 ASK FOR THE BIGGER PICTURE: Truth is, there’s nothing more uninspiring than doing menial tasks in a vacuum. Like making 500 copies of a single document. Seriously?  It’s just too abstract to feel invested enough in to really hustle.  So ask questions. "When, what, WHY?"  A good boss will give the big picture: "We're trying to sell more Christmas scarves this year," or "Our clients would like us to make trucker hats cool again," or whatever the case may be.  Otherwise, look for the answers that will confer a sense of context and therefore, legitimacy to whatever tasks you're performing.

#13 EAT RIGHT: Attention all eaters. Back away from the fast food! It is not your friend for so many reasons (see also Tip #14).  Eat right when you're on the job. You're going to feel much more energetic which will make you more productive. And how can anyone else compete with you for that promotion when you're energetically kicking butt at your job?
#2 TRACK YOUR TIME: When you are an hourly worker, always pretend as if you are clocking in and out. Keep detailed track of your time everyday including all breaks. You never know when you'll need it. Plus you'll see it helps greatly for your own FYI. Spreadsheets are ideal. Microsoft.com, under the Template section, has lots of good ones.
#1 DON'T TAKE THINGS PERSONAL: Remember that your colleagues and bosses are people too. When someone snaps, often it has nothing to do with you. They could be having a bad day, or are under deadline, or had a fight with their spouse that morning. You never know. But, to protect yourself, be like a duck... just let the water roll right off of you. This keeps you still doing your job and them doing theirs.  More importantly, this will grow you into the strong, confident and continuously moving member of the team that they will come to rely on.
#8 DON'T REINVENT THE WHEEL: This is crucial. Unless "it's" broken, don't reinvent the wheel. If there is a system, or a form, or a spreadsheet, or an order that already is in effect and it's working fine, continue to use it. Or use it and change it for the current events or information. For example, if you have been charged with making a new contact list for your boss's clients, search for it in the computer database or company intranet. Nine times out of ten, there already is a contact list that just needs to be updated, "pretty-fied," and saved under a new name. Then, wah-lah! You've got your project finished with precious time to boot.
#11 WORK FOR THE BEST: Seek the most important person in the company or, alternatively, the most high-up-ish person in the area you’re most interested in. Aim for landing the job to work closest to them. Assistant, Coordinator, Manager, whatever. This way, you’ll have built-in mentors where it counts.
#3 HAVE A GUILTY PLEASURE: Keep something nice and neat in your work area that you can sneak whenever you need a moment. Whether it's chocolate, some music, a sketchpad, hand lotion or a cookie. Whatever it is, keep it close for those occasional times when you can focus on you for a minute. You'll feel much better.
 
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