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1-Minute Strategies: June ’14

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Turn your workplace into a gym. Get more movement into your day by parking at the far end of the parking lot and walking to the office, getting a headset and pacing while listening to conference calls, or using the bathroom on the other side of the building, suggests the Los Angeles Times.

Zip your lips. Be cautious when talking about clients or their companies in public because you never know who will overhear and what effect it could have on your job, business writing expert Lynn Gaertner-Johnston writes.

A decision journal is a great way to figure out what works and what doesn’t. When faced with an important decision, write down what you decide, why you made that choice, what you expect to happen and how you feel about the possible out­­comes, says author Michael Mau­­bous­­sin. Doing so will help you understand your decision-making and make better decisions in the future.

Manage your clutter by making a few simple ground rules. Implement rules such as one-in and one-out, suggests professional organizer Peter Walsh. Forget the word “later” and finish the cycle no matter what it is, whether that means clothes in the wash, or the mail you plan to toss on the counter.

Math explains why you should always buy the bigger pizza. Pizzas are usually circles, and that means the area increases with the square of the radius. So, when you buy a 16-inch pizza, you’re actually buying a pizza that is four times larger than an 8-inch pizza. When you compare pizza prices to size, going bigger is always better, NPR reports.

Americans struggle to find work/life balance. The U.S. ranked 28 out of 36 countries in the 2013 Better Life Index, which looks at work/life balance. The study produced by the Organi­­za­­tion for Economic Co-operation and Development says the major reason for the United States’ low ranking is the lack of a national paid-leave policy for parents following the birth or adoption of a child.

 

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