1-Minute Strategy

Wikipedia, both flavored and plain

Some entries on Wikipedia can be a bit overwhelming with extensive descriptions and obscure facts and figures. For a leaner page of helpful information, give Simple English Wikipedia a whirl. You can also replace the letters "en" in a link to a stand...

Know your DPI

"Why is this picture printing out so blurry?" In this day and age, how a photo comes out on the page and on the Web is all about its DPI (dots per inch) measurement. The rule of thumb to use is that anything above 72 DPI should look fine on a compute...

You can't beat the Sunday night blues ... can you?

You know that feeling: The week is done, the sun is setting and there’s nothing left to do but wait for Monday to begin again at a job that’s not 100% thrilling ... ugh. One way to fight those blues is to deliver a shock to Sunday night&r...

Treat a closed door like an electrified fence

Certain behaviors invite a permanent stigma—for example, once you accidentally eat someone else's lunch, they'll never truly forget it. The same goes for assuming a closed simply door means "Come on in, it was just getting a little too breezy i...

Your staple remover has always had just one function--until now

Tired of fighting with your keyring to pry a single key off it? Desperately trying to wedge your fingers into that tiny gap, and sometimes pinching yourself or damaging your nails when you do so? Admins have an edge here. If you've got a staple remov...

Create a record of your crossroads moments

A decision journal is a great way to figure out what works and what doesn’t. When faced with an important choice, write down what you decide, why you made that choice, what you expect to happen and how you feel about the possible out­&sh...

Celebrate the creator in the next cubicle

So how come the art in your hallways isn’t produced by your employees, or their kids?

Make your call more like a movie trailer

Prompt return calls (and create a little mystique) by adding a teaser to your voice mail message whenever you can. Examples: "By the way, I may have found the solution to your distribution problem" or "I've come across some very interesting informati...

To you, your workload is a mountain; to everyone else ...

... it tends to look like a molehill. That’s just the inescapable way we perceive things in the office. Confine all complaints about how much is on your plate to the people who can appreciate and actually do something about it: those above you....

Leash those emails until they're ready

Here's a sequel to the classic tip about always attaching a document before you actually compose an email to avoid the "oops" moment of forgetting to include it. Remember also to enter the recipient’s address in the “To” field only ...