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1-Minute Strategies: March ’13

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Keep your clothes wrinkle-free on the road. The SkyRoll garment bag wraps tightly around a hard cylinder, which has room for shoes and bulky items.

Schedule something great each day to help counteract morning grumpiness. When you have something you know you’ll enjoy doing each day, it can help you look forward to waking up with a smile on your face, says happiness expert Gretchen Rubin.

Sorting your email into categorized files could be a huge waste of time. Creating and remembering an email-­organization system eats up your precious time, so you could be better off just keeping everything in one place and using the search function to locate messages when you need them, says Dave John­­son, CBS MoneyWatch.

Create an infographic everyone will want to read, without using a designer. Gather some solid data and use a tem­­plate program such as Pikto­­chart to make it beautiful, says Liz Seda, Lifehack.

Use an app to help you stay focused and on task. Apps such as Any.do, Toodledo, LeaveNow and CalAlarm can organize your to-dos and activities and even tell you when you need to leave for an appointment, says Kim Lachance Shandrow, entre­preneur.com.

Turn your iPhone into a presentation power tool. The $129 iPico hand-held projector is just slightly larger than your iPhone so you can take it wherever you go.

Lead even those you don’t manage. Is someone failing to do what needs to get done? Talk to him directly, and then if things don’t improve, tell him you’ll have to talk to his boss.

Every professional needs three different sorts of networks. First you need a “posse” of trusted colleagues who have similar goals, then a “regenerative community” with people you have personal connections to and finally a “big idea crowd” who will expose you to new things.

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