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1-Minute Strategies: Jan. ’14

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Get the most out of your breaks. Some argue that taking a midday meal break is vital to productivity, but a University of Toronto study suggests otherwise. Whether it’s continuing to work or choosing to socialize, people’s ability to recharge during lunch depends less on having free time itself and more on their ability to choose how they want to spend that free time, researchers found.

Read on for better social skills. Literally. A study by the New School for Social Research found that reading literary fiction opens the imagination, aids in perception, increases empathy and enhances emotional intelligence. Before your next big meeting, spend time reading to increase social competence.

Set yourself up for success by building a support network. Sur­­round yourself with people who want to see you succeed and who support your vision, challenge you to dream bigger and be better, says productivity-training expert Jason Womack.

Practice “mind over mattress” to become a productivity super­­star. Of course you want to sleep until the very last second, but that doesn’t make for a successful mindset, says productivity coach Ciara Conlon. Get up, get going and watch productivity increase.

Identify flights with Wi-Fi. If you need to be productive on the go, you’ll want to book flights with Wi-Fi on board. Life­­hacker’s Adam Dachis recommends checking these three sites to find what you’re looking for.

  1. SeatGuru. This site gives information about Wi-Fi and other amenities in addition to its main function of helping you find the best seat available.
  2. Hipmunk will help you find a flight and flags the ones that offer Wi-Fi.
  3. Routehappy points out flights with Wi-Fi as part of its search function.    

— Adapted from “How to Find Out If Your Flight Has Wi-Fi, and How Much It’ll Cost,” Adam Dachis, Lifehacker.

Government statistics aren’t the only way to evaluate the economy.
It turns out there are several oddball economic indicators that are more accurate than you might think. For example, Match.com saw more people looking for dates when the economy was at its worst and Hollywood attracted more movie­­­­goers when times were toughest.

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