1-Minute Strategies: Dec. ’13

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What not to wear on a plane: yoga pants, pajama pants, leg­­gings, jeggings and the like. When you head to the airport, skip outfits that are over-the-top casual and in­­stead choose clothing that makes you ­comfortable without making others uncomfortable.

Take a stand for workplace wellness. Avoid a slowing metabolism and other health risks by taking a stand at the office—literally. When you sit, your muscle activity and the number of calories you burn drops. Invest in a standing desk to help keep your body going while your mind is hard at work.

Science offers more reasons to make sure you get a good night’s sleep. Sleep is not only essential for your body but also for your brain, scientists say. Getting some shut-eye allows your brain to formulate, integrate and regulate memories and emotions. When you don’t catch enough zzz’s, your brain has trouble absorbing and storing new information.

Do you need an attitude adjust­­ment? Your attitude can give you a real competitive advantage in the workplace. Today, sharp skills and hard work aren’t enough to be successful. You also need to show you care and are ready to get ahead by having a positive attitude, outlook and ethic.

Vacation is time to think about the future. Between July and August, Monster.com surveyed 1,200 people and found that 70% of them are more likely to look for another job after they return from vacation. There’s no word on how long that post-vacation impulse lasts.

If you wouldn’t poke a bear, don’t open a suspicious email. Email security company TNS Global recently released a study concluding that a third of the 1,000 people surveyed have opened an email they found to be suspicious. Remember not to reply to emails with personal information.

Do you project your negative emo­­tions onto business language? Mark Liberman, a linguist at the University of Pennsylvania, thinks you do. He’s found that words such as “impactful,” which are hated and reviled for being a tire­­some business term, are actually used frequently by music and sports writers.

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