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

#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.
#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.
#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.
#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.
#10 DRINK WATER: Drink plenty of water, not coffee, not Red Bull...WATER. A recommended sports or re-usable water bottle at your desk is a great idea for occasional thirst quenching. If you can' make the switch, try your hand at tea. That afternoon crash from the morning coffee is an unpretty thing.
 
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