Job Tips

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

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#6 CREATE YOUR SPACE: Unless you're in a temporary position, make your space yours. Find (or order) post-it notes, pens, highlighter, stapler and a blank notebook or notepad. Arrange your seat ergonomically and move your keyboard and phone according to your dominant hand. Arrange files to a smart system that you will remember. Choose a small drawer for personal items like that emergency mouthwash to swig after lunch. All in all, make sure that your workspace has everything you need and is arranged where you'll be at your utmost productive.
#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.
#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.
#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.

#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.
#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?
#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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