Tuesday, January 24, 2012

How to Accomplish More by Doing Less

by Tony Schwartz

Two people of equal skill work in the same office. For the sake of comparison, let's say both arrive at work at 9 am each day, and leave at 7 pm.

Bill works essentially without stopping, juggling tasks at his desk and running between meetings all day long. He even eats lunch at his desk. Sound familiar?

Nick, by contrast, works intensely for approximately 90 minutes at a stretch, and then takes a 15 minute break before resuming work. At 12:15, he goes out for lunch for 45 minutes, or works out in a nearby gym. At 3 pm, he closes his eyes at his desk and takes a rest. Sometimes it turns into a 15 or 20 minute nap. Finally, between 4:30 and 5, Nick takes a 15 minute walk outside.

Bill spends 10 hours on the job. He begins work at about 80 percent of his capacity, instinctively pacing himself rather than pushing all out, because he knows he's got a long day ahead.

By 1 pm, Bill is feeling some fatigue. He's dropped to 60 percent of his capacity and he's inexorably losing steam. Between 4 and 7 pm, he's averaging about 40 percent of his capacity.

It's called the law of diminishing returns. Bill's average over 10 hours is 60 percent of his capacity, which means he effectively delivers 6 hours of work.

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Friday, January 20, 2012

Email Etiquette 101


Even though all of us send and receive dozens of e-mails each and every day, many are still guilty of breaking e-mail etiquette rules that, if followed, could help us present ourselves more professionally.

Here is a quick list of tips for e-mail communication:

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Stay Assertive in Your Job Search


The legal economy is showing signs of a rebound, but recent many recent law school graduates are still struggling in their job searches.

The attorneys I know that struggled in their initial job search are all working as attorneys now. They all had one thing in common: they strategically networked and stayed assertive.

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Friday, January 13, 2012

Guys - Some Tips on Properly Caring for Your Dress Clothes


You have to properly care for your suits, ties, and dress shirts if you want them to last. And really, what’s the point in getting all those nice clothes if they won’t last? Do you still hang your ties from a hook or hanger? Are you getting your shirts starched? Do you take your suits to the dry cleaner regularly? You could be severely reducing the lifespan of your dress clothes.

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Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Top 10 Grammatical and Spelling Errors of 2011


In December 2010 I posted the “Top 10 Grammar and Spelling Errors of 2010″ and got a record number of hits on my blog and “likes” on Facebook.
In the past year as The Essay Expert, I’ve collected a new batch of errors. I did repeat a couple of things from 2010 that were so persistent I just had to repeat myself!
I write these lists in the hope people will implement what they learn and produce better essays, better resumes, and overall better written collateral. Improved writing gets results when it comes to obtaining jobs, getting into school, landing new clients and keeping the customers you’ve got. So read up!