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1-Minute Strategies: February ’15

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Relax and relieve tension with a sports massage. It can relieve muscle tension, improve blood flow and aid in overall health for many of us, even those who spend all day in an office, says personal trainer and fitness writer Lucy Fry.

Get more done by tackling big tasks first. Don’t just make a to-do list and cross off the easy items first, says time and productivity columnist Robyn Pearce. Write down all your tasks, pick the top five and then work through them, reordering them as priorities change.

Surround yourself with plants for a happier work life. New research published in the Jour­­nal of Experimental Psy­­chol­­ogy: Applied, says live foliage in ­workspaces contributes to happiness. People working in “green” spaces report more satisfaction and better productivity than those working in spaces with no plants.

After a big win, seize the opportunity to negotiate a raise or a promotion. Just after successfully completing a big project or doing something else praiseworthy is the best time to ask for a raise or a promotion, says Selena Rezvani, women’s leadership contributor to Forbes. Other good times to negotiate include when your department has a big win, when you’ve gone the extra mile or if you’ve already been turned down twice before.

Men want workplace flexibility, too. The How Men Flex survey by Working Mother Media questioned 1,000 men on their work arrangements. More than half said their workplace allowed flex time, but they didn’t necessarily use it. Nearly 60% of working fathers said they’d choose part-time work, if they could still do meaningful work and progress in their careers. A third said part-time work was looked down on at their workplaces and would have a negative effect on their careers.

— Adapted from “Survey: Majority of men want flexible work,” Brigid Schulte, The Washington Post.

Playing sports is often crucial to women’s success in the business world. A new study by the EY Women Athletes Business Network and espnW found female executives were more likely to have played sports and more likely to hire other female athletes. They credit sports with helping them develop motivation skills, work ethic and other qualities that translate into the business world.

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