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1-Minute Strategies: May ’12

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• Keep a mentoring relationship going with these three tips from Harvard Business Review: (1) Set up regular meetings with proper agendas so you’re not just chitchatting; (2) ask for regular assignments; (3) once you’ve achieved goals, move on.

 Relieve the stress that comes from sitting all day with a “get up and move” alarm on your computer. What to do on your movement break? Walk around your desk, office, the parking lot, your house or yard, recommend Dr. Mehmet Oz and Mike Roizen, in their YOU Docs column. “You’re going for at least 10,000 steps a day,” they say.

 See a tweet with a link you want to remember? Click the star-shaped Favorite button next to the Retweet button. That saves the tweet to your Favorites list. Otherwise, with nearly 300 million new entries posted to Twitter daily, it might be hard to find a post later.

Be smart but not a know-it-all. The best employees are learners, not knowers or naysayers. Among the most famous instances of know-it-allness comes from a Western Union internal memo in 1876: “This ‘telephone’ has too many shortcomings to be seriously considered as a means of communication. The device is inherently of no value to us.”

Lamenting a long workday? Working long hours can actually make you feel exhilarated, as long as the work aligns with your life goals. “When we start doing stuff that is not aligned with our goals and our top pri­­orities in life, that’s when it feels hard,” says certified business coach Lara Galloway in Crain’s Chicago Business.

Prep for a job interview by planning a few good questions to ask. These are among the best, says Andrew Sobel, author of Power Questions: “Why?” questions, such as “Why did the company do ___ recently?” Organizational culture questions, such as “What kinds of people really thrive in your organization?” Or passion questions, such as “What do you love most about working here?”

Monitor your caffeine consumption with the Caffeine Zone app, to avoid becoming jittery from too much intake or keeping yourself up at night. Enter how much coffee or tea you’ve had and when, and an alert lets you know when to have more (to stay sharp) and when to stop (to avoid sleeplessness).

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