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1-Minute Strategies: January ’13

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Improve your productivity with a few apps. Need to organize your thoughts? Try WorkFlowy. Want all of your contacts’ de­tails and online activity in Gmail? You need Rapportive. Hate waiting on hold? Let FastCustomer arrange for customer service to call you.

LinkedIn groups could lead to your next job. Groups for schools you attended and companies you worked for can help you connect and aid your career. Job Open­ings, Job Leads and Job Con­nec­tions is a group of HR professionals, recruiters and job-seekers. Get expert career advice at Jobs 2.0.

Go low-tech to improve productivity. Pen and paper can sometimes be superior to gadgets when it comes to saving time and solving problems. “It’s possible to overhack your life, but this is less about finding where you’re overengineering a solution to a simple problem, and instead more about sticking with some­­thing that works for you,” writes Thorin Klosowski, Lifehacker.

Forget all you’ve learned about PowerPoint. Only three elements matter: aesthetics, clarity and purpose. Slides must look professional, information must be clear and the presentation should contribute to the point you’re making.

High school popularity has lifelong benefits. People who were in the top 20% of popular kids in high school made 10% more money than their classmates 40 years after graduating, says a study by the National Bureau of Economic Research. The boost is probably because those who learned to play the game early on started life in the professional world with a leg up, researchers say.

A good boss is priceless. About a third of respondents in a survey by career expert Michelle McQuaid said they’d be happier in their current job if they were making more money, while 65% said they’d get the same happiness boost if they had a better boss.

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