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Tips and tidbits you can use on the job every day. 
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#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?
#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.
#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.
#16

KEEP A PEN ON YOU:  Always have a pen on you.  I can't tell you how much aggravation this will save.  Find a good pen that has a strong, metal clasp.  Make sure it is always clasped to your shirt or pants pocket.  This will always leave you prepared to right down notes on the fly.  And the most important part, never leave it behind.  This works even better when you've always got a small notepad handy too.

#14 PACK YOUR LUNCH: As a young professional, you are not rich. Your boss and colleagues probably order lunch from Pier 59 French Bistro everyday. But you are NOT them. Even though you see this behavior everyday and can easily get caught up in it, you are NOT making their money and therefore NOT able to splurge on daily food ordering. So suck it up and pack a lunch. You will find yourself in a much better financial situation. And hey, perhaps you'll start a trend.
#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.

#4 GET TO KNOW THE HELP: The receptionist, the janitor, the shipping guy, the mail clerk and more. These people are all invaluable to any company. You never know when you're going to need them and the magic that they often weave. So be sure to take the time to say hi and learn the names of ALL all personnel and staff. They are all part of the team and at some point you'll need every single one of them. Plus, practicing this as basic human decency. Get with it.
#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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