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1-Minute Strategies: June ’15

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Take on a BIG project if you want to get ahead. If you want to make a change, accomplish something significant or move up in your career, you need to start work on a big project that shows you’re serious, says U.S. News & World Report career columnist Susan Price. This project needs to be something you’re passionate about and something that’s valued at your job—or at the job you really want.

Need someone to make a decision? Approach him in the morning. “Decision fatigue” is a very real phenomenon affecting people faced with a lot of choices. And it often strikes at day’s end.

They’ve got a name: Use it. Use the customer’s name in each email message—not only because it’s friendlier, but also to make clear that it’s not an anonymous spam message. Likewise, you should style the “From:” line to include both your name and your enterprise’s, to make it easier to pick out of a crowded inbox.

Mother knows best. More than 90% of working moms who have either reduced their hours or taken a significant amount of time off from work say they are glad they did so, according to a recent Pew Research poll.

Dress to express, not to impress. Dress well enough to show that you take your job seriously, but don’t wear clothes you don’t like simply because they make you look like an authority figure.

Spring cleanup. Suggest co-workers gather up the supplies in their work spaces that they haven’t used in a year. Result: cleaner cubicles and several boxes of supplies that others might find useful.

No plunger? No problem! You can still get your clogged toilet flowing again, says Huff­­ing­­ton Post Lifestyle Asso­­ciate Editor Suzy Strutner. Begin by squirting in some shampoo or dish soap. Next, add a gallon of hot water. The water will break up the toilet paper and the soap will help it go down the pipes. Repeat as needed based on the clog’s intensity.

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