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Archive for August, 2012


How to be Smarter: Before you leave your desk for the day, lay out what you will need for your first task tomorrow: the files, textbooks, or supplies you will use to tackle the project. Having the items laid out already when you begin working again will both remind you what you prioritized as the first task of the day yesterday, and make it easier to start right in without spending the first few minutes of the day hunting around for a missing folder or set of notecards.

How to be Prettier: How to make flossing a habit.

How to be (less) Awkward: When you are en route and letting someone know when you will arrive, instead of giving a time estimate (“ten minutes away”) which could fluctuate based on traffic or wrong estimation, give your location. “Six blocks away” or “On 14th and 3rd” gives the person a good idea of how close you are without them basing their schedule on a time estimation that could be slightly off.

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How to be Smarter:  It is okay to make decisions when you are scared, as long as you are not making decisions because you are scared.

How to be Prettier: Before you head to the hair salon, take an extra second to make sure you like how you look. You will be spending a lot of time in the chair looking in the mirror, and you want to be focused on your hair, not about how you wish you had remembered to put on lip gloss.

How to be (less) Awkward: To brighten your day. [Great to email to a friend to make her smile].

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How to be Smarter: Trust is directly tied to reliability. To increase someone’s trust in you, be more reliable. Examples of being reliable: being on-time, not being flaky with plans, meeting deadlines, staying dependable when things get hectic, and being consistent in the quality of your work.

How to be Prettier: Taking the time to draw cute little stars, hearts or a stick figure design on a card’s envelope takes about one extra minute, but it can make the whole card experience that much more fun for the receiver.

How to be (less) Awkward: Milestone Misconceptions for Freshmen Year of College and Freshmen Year of Life. [Guest post I did for The College Crush].

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How to be Smarter: “Suppose you are like me, and once you fire up your laptop to check your email, you are in danger of spending the whole morning on the Net, doing increasingly useless things…The key here is to unplug your laptop when you open your email. After a while, the battery will die. That will break the spell.” [Great tip, from this article].

How to be Prettier: Your closet should be up-to-date: not in the latest trends, but in your latest body. Your wardrobe should be full of options for the body you have now, not the body you wished you had last season or the body you want to have next season. Aspirational clothing in other sizes tend to be only demoralizing, not motivating.

How to be (less) Awkward: The difference between networking and making friends.

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How to be Smarter: Grown-up M.A.S.H. calculator.

How to be Prettier: I own these shoes, in black suede, and get more compliments on them than any other pair of shoes I own. From the top, they look just like penny loafers, but because they are wedges they give the height of heels without the pain. (I wear them to and from work, without needing to switch into flats for the commute).

How to be (less) Awkward: If you have a comment or a question in a lecture, write it down before you raise your hand. It avoids the moment of panic when you finally get called on if case you have forgotten, and lets you begin speaking without starting with the “um” that can make you sound less confident.

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