3 Ways to Manage Stress Related to Emotional Labor

3 Ways to Manage Stress Related to Emotional Labor

In an ideal world, we’d all have jobs that match our personalities, skillsets and values. We’d feel challenged and inspired, and enjoy the company of our coworkers. But often times, this is not the case. Some of us end up in jobs that clash with our true nature, such as the introvert that works at the front desk of a busy hotel, or the extrovert who writes code in a too-quiet office. Others may disagree with company policies, or have trouble getting along with their coworkers.

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Thursday Thought: 4 Ways Having a Happy Spouse Makes You Healthier

Thursday Thought: 4 Ways Having a Happy Spouse Makes You Healthier

It’s no secret that happiness and health go hand-in-hand. If you have fewer aches and pains, you’ll feel happier, and if you’re happy, you’ll be able to cope with stress and not let it negatively affect your health. Studies have also shown that happiness can strengthen our hearts, boost our immune systems, help fight disease and lengthen our lives.

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Vulnerable Conversations & Holiday Season Grief on the 2-Year Anniversary of My Dad’s Death

Vulnerable Conversations & Holiday Season Grief on the 2-Year Anniversary of My Dad’s Death

Today is a somber day in my house, and at Ridiculously Efficient: On this day in 2014, my dad died, just 18 months after my mom died.

This time of year is always difficult, but over the last two years I’ve witnessed firsthand how catastrophic situations -- death, divorce, career changes and other major life events -- can eventually bring out the best in us.

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19 Science-Backed Ways to Improve Productivity [Infographic]

19 Science-Backed Ways to Improve Productivity [Infographic]

We all have those days where it seems impossible to focus. Sometimes it's because coworkers are constantly interrupting us. Other times our brains just seem to freeze. When we're feeling mentally drained or generally distracted, it's time to switch things up.

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Thursday Thought: How Businesses Are Adapting to The Freelance Economy [Infographic

Thursday Thought: How Businesses Are Adapting to The Freelance Economy [Infographic

The freelance economy (or gig economy) is taking over. What was once considered a side hustle is increasingly becoming full-time work. This is quickly changing the interactions between employer and employee as these traditional roles become client/contractor relationships. The infographic below from Rutgers University highlights how this economy of independent contractors is changing the business world. 

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Thursday Thought: A Lot of People Still Don't Believe in Equal Pay

Thursday Thought: A Lot of People Still Don't Believe in Equal Pay

Gender equality in the workplace is, unfortunately, still a major issue in today's world. A woman has a lot more to consider when navigating her career -- Does she seem to aggressive? Does she seem too passive? Is she dressed appropriately? Will having a family mean opportunities will stop coming her way? Will she ever get paid the same as her male peers?

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Thursday Thought: Amazon Tests 30-Hour Workweeks

Thursday Thought: Amazon Tests 30-Hour Workweeks

Moving away from the traditional 8-hour workday is one of the biggest attractions of flexible and remote work. Sweden conducted experiments with a 6-hour workday in 2014, and this study found that creative and knowledge workers can benefit from a shorter workday. Amazon is conducting a similar experiment of their own by selecting a group of part-time employees to work 30-hour weeks. 

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Thursday Thought: 5 Ways to Maintain Your Personal Brand During Your Next Video Call

Thursday Thought: 5 Ways to Maintain Your Personal Brand During Your Next Video Call

Jumping on a video call is not always as easy as it sounds. If you’ve ever streamed yourself live, you know that there’s quite a bit to take into consideration when firing up your feed. When it is your brand that is on display, it’s not always as simple as making sure the light is green and your audio is on. Whether it’s a Skype date with your boo or a million dollar web deal, it is critical to keep these ridiculously efficient tips in mind to keep your brand’s image on point.

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Thursday Thought: Is 4 a.m. The Most Productive Hour?

Thursday Thought: Is 4 a.m. The Most Productive Hour?

Apparently, if you want to be a highly efficient individual, you should start your day at 4 a.m. A recent report from the Wall Street Journal said that 4 a.m. is actually the most productive time of day. If I sound a bit incredulous, it's probably because I am. I am a natural night owl, so waking up at that hour is just not an option for me. However, WSJ's arguments are pretty convincing. 

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Thursday Thought: Is Your Busywork Really Worth Completing?

Thursday Thought: Is Your Busywork Really Worth Completing?

Busywork is one of the biggest obstacles to being productive. Smaller, less important tasks fill your day until hours have passed and you haven't actually completed any meaningful work. One question to ask yourself about each of these tasks is, would anyone notice if you didn't complete it? 

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Thursday Thought: Work On Your Productivity Skills Before Turning to Software

Thursday Thought: Work On Your Productivity Skills Before Turning to Software

Productivity tools, like project management software and to-do list apps, can be hugely beneficial to individuals and organizations alike. But it takes more than just using a productivity tool to actually become productive. As Maura Thomas recently pointed out on HBR, you need the productivity skills to make good use of the productivity tools. 

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Thursday Thought: Block Out Time in Your Calendar to Manage Your Schedule

Thursday Thought: Block Out Time in Your Calendar to Manage Your Schedule

When your schedule starts to get away from you, it's hard to keep up. And the longer you let it go, the worse it gets. Until, one day, you feel as though you've totally lost all control over your time and schedule. Entrepreneur Marcus Whitney reached that boiling point a few years ago. Instead of drowning in it, h took a step back and took time out of his schedule for a few time management sessions. He outlined this change to Fast Company. Here are the highlights.

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Thursday Thought: 2 Strategies to Stay Productive and Play Pokemon Go

Thursday Thought: 2 Strategies to Stay Productive and Play Pokemon Go

This past weekend, I finally broke down and downloaded Pokemon Go. After a few days of play -- you know, just to see what the hype is all about -- I’ve identified and tested two great ways to stay productive while playing this kinda-addicting, augmented reality-enhanced game

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Thursday Thought: Why Your Job Requires Emotional Intelligence

Thursday Thought: Why Your Job Requires Emotional Intelligence

Jobs are changing rapidly and, even in the next decade or so, we're going to see massive shifts in how people work and the nature of jobs in general. Part of this is because of the gig economy and surge of the side hustle. The other part will be due to technological advancements and, essentially, technology taking over the roles of humans in many situations. The one thing technology can't do, however, is form and nurture relationships.

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Thursday Thought: Weird Work Hours Increase Your Risk of Stroke

Thursday Thought: Weird Work Hours Increase Your Risk of Stroke

If you are constantly changing your sleep and eating habits, or have rotating work shifts, you could be more likely to have a stroke. A new study from the Texas A&M Health Science Center College of Medicine found that the constant change in daily routine makes it harder to maintain a regular 24-hour cycle. 

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