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1-Minute Strategies: Feb. ’14

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Do more math to achieve greater career success. The amount of math students complete contributes to their future employability and earnings, a study by the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland says. “The more math one takes, the more one earns on average, and the more likely one is to have a job,” says researcher Jonathan James.

Rid yourself of email déjà vu with Google’s Canned Re­­sponses. Create reusable messages to use in place of responses you find yourself typing several times a day. Click the Gear icon, upper-right of the Gmail screen. Then Set­­tings and enable Canned Re­­sponses under the Labs tab.

Schedule your coffee break between 9:30 and 11:30 a.m. This is when you experience a dip in your body’s level of cortisol, a chemical related to stress and alertness. When you have more cortisol, you will see less of an effect from the coffee you drink, says Neuro­­scienceDC’s Steven Miller.

Do away with the idea that maintaining eye contact is always a good thing. To get it right, body-language expert Carol Kinsey Goman suggests making “eye contact 50% or less when you’re speaking and 50% or more when someone else is speaking.”

Up your productivity with dual monitors. Two monitors can help with multitasking, but second monitors are expensive and difficult to hook up on your own if your company doesn’t provide one. In contrast, Dave Johnson writes, the AOC E1659FWU is lightweight, hooks up with a USB port, has a screen resolution of 1366-by-768, automatically reorients itself, works in both landscape and portrait mode, and comes with a carrying case. You can get the 16-inch model for $125 on Amazon.

— Adapted from “Add a Cheap, Portable Sec­­ond Monitor to Your Desk,” Dave Johnson, CBS MoneyWatch.

Almost everyone’s a lone ­ran­­ger on his commute. The Cen­­sus Bureau’s Ameri­­can Com­­mu­­nity Survey found that as of 2012, 76% of Americans 16 and older drove to and from work alone. Less than 10% carpooled and 5% took public transportation.

Don’t worry, work gets better with age. If you’re not thrilled with your job, you’ll be interested to note that a poll by The Associated Press and the NORC Center for Public Affairs found last year that 9 out of 10 people age 50 and older were very or somewhat satisfied with their jobs, regardless of their gender, race, educational level, political ideology and income level.

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