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How to be Smarter: “Ask yourself, ‘What is the smallest step I can do?’. Most of us look at something on our (mental or digital or paper) list and subconsciously think, “That’s too hard.” So we put it off. But that’s because we’re thinking about an entire project, which has many tasks. You can’t do a project right now, you can only do a task. Instead of saying, “I’m going to write that paper that’s due,” you should say, “I’m going to write 3 things in the outline of the paper.” If the smallest task stills seems too hard, say you’re just going to do 5 minutes of that small task right now. Or just two minutes. Make it ridiculously easy.” — Great quote from this article on 3 discipline habits you can train yourself to do.

How to be Prettier26 Tiny Things To Start Doing For Yourself This Year.

How to be (less) Awkward: How to Build the Social Ties You Need at Work. This whole HBR piece is good, but my favorite was Case Study #1 about personalizing emails.

January 18, 2016

How to be Smarter: Before you ask someone if they would be opening to passing along your resume, have your resume updated and ready-to-go. That way if they respond with “yes”, you can send your resume to them as quickly as possible without needing to make them wait until you have updated it.

How to be Prettier: I picked up these booties in black during Black Friday shopping because they were on-sale and seemed comfortable. Flash forward three months, and I wear them almost daily. They are the most comfortable booties I’ve ever owned, and they are also available in three other colors – plus they are over 50% off right now.

How to be (less) Awkward: 21 responses for taking control of the conversation when business partner or clients have tough requests.

January 11, 2016

How to be Smarter: Networking subject lines that will get your emails opened.

How to be Prettier: I got a Wet Brush over the summer, and it’s now my favorite hair tool. It’s affordable and works so well at detangling wet hair – available on Amazon here.

How to be (less) Awkward: Not awkward, just hilarious: this entire Instagram makes me laugh.

January 4, 2016

How to be Smarter: As we get ready to go into 2016, here are some of my favorite job search sites to use when looking for a new role:

How to be Prettier: Whenever a beauty professional uses the phrase, “My professional opinion is…” they are trying to politely stop you from making a not-great choice for your look. Listen to them! [This advice saved me from a really bad idea I had about experimenting with pink tips last week].

How to be (less) Awkward: The coolest (and most helpful!) article on how to take a good selfie.

December 21, 2015

How to be Smarter: When looking for someone to date, focus on having the same values rather than having the same interests. If you both value the same things, its usually easier to build a life together. It’s also a lot of fun to date someone whose interested in things you know nothing about – your entire range of knowledge expands.

How to be Prettier: The easiest way to go from day to night with an outfit is to to upgrade your earrings from studs to bigger, fancier earrings. It’s a simple change that really does make an impact.

How to be (less) Awkward: When I’m looking for a confidence boost, my favorite song to listen is Jem’s “It’s Amazing.” I love the lyric nothing can compare to deserving your dreams.

December 14, 2015
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