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1. How to accomplish more in fewer hours

SmartBrief on Your Career | Feb 19, 2015

Categorize your tasks into two groups, depending on how much thought they require, Sarah Williams writes. Complete tougher tasks during times of the day when you're most productive. "The key to time management is becoming aware of where your attention goes and for how long," Williams writes. Brazen Careerist (02/18)

2. Tips for overcoming public-speaking anxiety

SmartBrief on Your Career | Feb 23, 2015

Calm your nerves before a speech by controlling your breathing, particularly your exhales, writes Anett Grant, the president of a speaking-coaching company for executives. Find a rhythm by using short sentences, and develop a mental map of your key points, she writes. Fast Company online (02/20)

3. A psychotherapist's trick to defeat negative thinking

SmartBrief on Your Career | Feb 19, 2015

Experiencing a career setback can make you more prone to poking holes in viable solutions to your work problems, writes Ross Kingsland, who refers to the phenomenon as playing the "yes, but" game. Accept that the tendency to play the "yes, but" game is hardwired into your brain, and take measures to counteract it, he writes. Fast Company online (02/18)

4. Decoding work stress

SmartBrief on Your Career | Feb 20, 2015

Job stress can manifest itself in different ways, says Andrew Shatte of meQuilibrium. If you're feeling "bummed out," write three good things that happened to you at the end of each day. If you're feeling "burned out," consider taking advantage of your company's employee assistance program, Shatte says. Fast Company online (02/19)

5. 9 unconventional time-management strategies

SmartBrief on Your Career | Feb 25, 2015

Use a pen or a pencil rather than a software application to make your to-do list, and consider making many small tweaks to your scheduling instead of pursuing drastic changes, writes Lily Herman, citing a number of publications. Start writing down your biggest time-wasters, and set daily goals with reminders. (02/23)

6. How to interpret misleading language from interviewers

SmartBrief on Your Career | Feb 25, 2015

Interviewers may use veiled questions to get specific bits of information from you, Arnie Fertig writes. For example, when interviewers ask "do you have any questions for me?" at the end of the interview, they probably want you to show that you understand the position and have ideas for how to be successful at it. U.S. News & World Report (02/24)

7. Develop your strengths to compensate for weaknesses

SmartBrief on Your Career | Feb 24, 2015

Overcome weaknesses by making better use of your strengths, including tying your strengths to specific goals, expert Alex Linley says. Also, look for ways to make your weaknesses irrelevant, such as partnering with co-workers whose skill sets are complementary to yours. Huffington Post, The (02/23)

8. 7 ways to impress from the start

SmartBrief on Your Career | Feb 23, 2015

Leaders get only one chance to make a good first impression on their employees, writes Naphtali Hoff. Smile, stand tall and treat everyone around you with warmth and genuine interest. "By working to kick things off positively, new leaders greatly increase their likelihood of gaining their colleagues’ trust and support from the outset," Hoff writes. SmartBrief/SmartBlog on Leadership (02/20)

9. Tips for shining at a job interview

SmartBrief on Your Career | Feb 19, 2015

It's the subtle things that really make an impact on the hiring manager during a job interview, career expert Vicki Salemi writes. These things include showing up on time, being courteous to everyone you meet, asking questions to show interest and sending a thank-you card after the interview, she writes. U.S. News & World Report (02/17)

10. How to be successful regardless of talent

SmartBrief on Your Career | Feb 25, 2015

Anyone can master new skills as long as you have specific goals and are willing to practice, writes Patrick Allan. "Success is a difficult equation to solve, and there are a lot of variables to account for, but innate, natural, born-this-way talent is not an essential component," he writes. Lifehacker (02/23)

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