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These 3 weird tricks have helped me beat work procrastination

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This copywriter has always struggled with procrastination but failed to beat it with traditional advice. In the end, she found some success with these 3 unconventional methods.

For as long as I can remember, procrastination has always been my nemesis, my undoing, and my Achilles’ heel. From sixth-grade book reports to TV-promo-writing assignments, I’ve let the false promise “I’ll do it tomorrow” bog down and taint every creative and work-related task of my life. That is, until recently.

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The worst financial advice I’ve ever gotten

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Even financial experts can fall prey to bad advice.

The internet has given us many things of import—namely, memes. It has also given rise to a proliferation of financial advice from all sorts of folks: those who want to retire early, personal finance buffs who’ve learned from their financial missteps, and a bevy of advisers—robo and human—that dispense personalized guidance. Then there’s all the advice disseminated through more traditional channels, from parents and well-intentioned friends and family.

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This is how to tell if your boss really likes you

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Four surefire factors that determine whether you really are well-liked (and doing a good job) vs. just thinking that you are.

In an ideal world, people would get promoted and advance their careers based on their actual job performance and what they contribute to their organization. In the real world, however, most people move up in their careers–or don’t–based on more arbitrary reasons, namely whether their boss likes them or not. This is why so many academic studies have highlighted political skills and likability as predictors of individuals’ career success and why many leaders get to where they are by managing up rather than down.

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Don’t wait for a life-changing event to change jobs

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There are many reasons we stay in jobs longer than we should—and reasons why it often takes a tragedy to consider changing things up. But there’s a way to avoid this.

Chances are, you know several people who hate their jobs. In fact, you might be one of those people. And, while it’s possible that some people have always disliked their jobs, it is likely that the opportunity seemed more appealing at the start. It came along with regular hours and a steady paycheck, new responsibilities, and perhaps even some exciting opportunities for growth.

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This is how the intern economy is shaping the future of work

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This week, Fast Company takes a critical look at the modern internship: What’s working, what’s broken, and how you can get the most out of your experience—whether you’re an intern or a manager.

This story is part of Fast Company‘s editorial package “The Intern Economy.” In the spirit of back to school and new opportunities to learn beyond the classroom, we’ve collected the personal stories of interns and managers to reveal what this step on the first rung of the career ladder means for the future of work. Click here to read all the stories in the series.

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I took an internship at 30, and it was the best move of my career

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I won’t sugarcoat it: I was sometimes miserable. But the internship helped me break into my current job as a journalist.

This story is part of Fast Company’s editorial package “The Intern Economy.” In the spirit of back to school and new opportunities to learn beyond the classroom, we’ve collected the personal stories of interns and managers to reveal what this step on the first rung of the career ladder means for the future of work. Click here to read all the stories in the series.

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Here’s how to cultivate a work environment that produces great ideas

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It’s easy to overlook great ideas when you’re caught up in your day-to-day work. Here’s how to create a workplace where great ideas can thrive.

In the days before Apple, an engineer pitched the idea for a personal computer five times to his employer, Hewlett Packard. Each time, they rejected his idea. That engineer, Steve Wozniak, went on to found Apple with fellow innovator Steve Jobs.

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These are the 3 potential pitfalls of managing up

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Building a great worker/manager relationship involves a degree of managing up. But both parties need to be careful to ensure that it doesn’t harm other relationships in the workplace.

It’s no secret that employees and managers need to build great relationships and work well together to create a productive, engaging, and encouraging environment. This is also ideal for employee retention: research shows that relationships between employees and managers have a significant impact. That’s why we so often hear that employees don’t quit their job; they quit their boss. Cultivating a positive relationship is critical to employee satisfaction and retention.

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This is what many B2B companies are doing wrong when they build products

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It’s about focusing on your customers, of course—but probably not the one you’re talking with already.

Solution Selling. The Challenger Sale. MEDDIC. Customer-Centric Selling. The B2B world is full of countless methodologies promising large, profitable results. There are so many meetings, product demos, and stakeholders to win over along the way, and it’s easy to get totally consumed by their requirements. 

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3 ways to train yourself to be more empathetic (and less biased)

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Everyone sees things differently.

Most of the significant problems in the world involve people, so making headway on these problems often requires a deep understanding of the people involved. For instance, enough food is produced to feed everyone on the planet, yet starvation still exists because this food can’t be distributed effectively. The reason for this distribution failure usually involves people—like corrupt governments.

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