Pay attention to first impressions—the ones you’re making on others. Wow people early on, because it’s much harder to reverse an early impression. As Jeffrey Pfeiffer says in HBR’s “The Conversation” blog, “Perceptions are also self-sustaining because, once people have formed an impression of another, they stop actively gathering new information.”

Steel your resolve by clenching a muscle. A new study in the Journal of Consumer Research suggests that you can boost your willpower to achieve certain goals or resist a calorie-rich temptation by tightening muscles—hand, finger, calf or bicep. It helps only when the choice matches your goals (such as a healthy lifestyle) and at the moment of the dilemma. Talk about mind-body connection!

Increase productivity by keeping one to-do list. Include everything you want or need to do in one place. Writing it down helps get it off your mind and leaves you free to focus on the task at h...(register to read more)

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