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1-Minute Strategies: Nov. 11

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Make your email more readable by crafting enticing subject lines. Avoid hype and focus on the core of your message. Example: “Quick question re: November conference.”

Quick comma rule: Always put periods and commas inside quotation marks. When it comes to question marks or exclamation points, put the punctuation inside the quotation marks only if the quoted portion is part of the question or exclamation. Example: Have you seen the new production of “West Side Story”?

Why wait for an annual review to get feedback? Ask for one-minute feedback at every opportunity. For example, after organizing an event or delivering a report, ask, “How did I do? What could I do better next time?” In response to younger workers’ desire for more feedback, Facebook is beefing up feedback frequency, reports The Wall Street Journal.

Knock out more of your critical to-dos by whittling down your to-do list each day. Keep a running checklist to capture everything you have to do. But only put top priorities on your daily to-do list. Use it to identify opportunities to move a project forward or meet a commitment to someone else.

Carry a “magic pocket” with you everywhere, advises tech guru Brian Chen. He’s talking about DropBox. From any computer, drop files into your DropBox folder, then hop on your iPhone (or any other computer) and retrieve them. It works for photos, music, movies or Word docs.

Take a “caffeine nap.” Got 15 minutes and a cup of coffee? U.K. researchers found that if you drink a cup of coffee quickly, then take a 15-minute nap, you wake up feeling refreshed just as the caffeine kicks in.

De-stuff your schedule in the way you might de-stuff a closet. “Much like overstuffed closets, women’s schedules are full of activities that no longer fit,” Elizabeth Saunders, founder of ScheduleMakeover.com tells Pink magazine. Her advice? Learn to respectfully decline doing something out of guilt; focus on activities that bring you joy.

Go ahead: Ask for a $100,000 salary. In a simulation at the Uni­­versity of Idaho, students ­applied for imaginary jobs as admins, saying that their previous salary had been $29,000. Next, some students joked that they’d like to earn $100,000. Those “admins” were offered, on average, a salary $3,000 higher than the candidates who didn’t toss out a high figure. Why? An initial offer during a ­negotiation can serve as an “anchor,” affecting the outcome.

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