1-Minute Strategy

An exercise to get serious about editing

Try this if you want to sharpen your editing skills, think outside the box, and maybe have a little fun: Take a news story off the Internet and go through it with a red pen until you've deleted every single word that isn't absolutely necessary to exp...

Keep everyone plugged in

We've all gotten that email: "Does anyone happen to have a spare phone charger handy?" Get ready to see it a lot more often in the coming era. Think about ordering a few chargers for the office and keeping them on hand for the most popular cellphone ...

Don't submit that trouble ticket until you try one thing

Always try rebooting your computer when encountering a tech problem that's stopped you cold—even if it doesn't seem like such a simple fix could possibly cure what's ailing your system. ("Come on, how can turning this thing off and on again mag...

Get files into the cloud the old-fashioned way

Email storage capacity in Gmail, Hotmail and most other free services nowadays is virtually unlimited, so emailing files to yourself is a very quick and easy safeguard against something disappearing. No cloud service, unfamiliar server or USB drive i...

Spend the cash to make your work life happier

In our off-hours, we lay out a great deal of money to buy the things that make us comfortable, cheerful and content. Yet we tend to forget how much of our lives are spent at the office and simply accept its relative lack of amenities. Set aside some ...

Choose your first friends at work carefully

During your first week or so at a new job, you'll probably find some employees are much more friendly, helpful and similar to you than others. It's tempting to take their cue on everything so you don't feel so adrift and alone as a newbie, but keep a...

Put some helpful graffiti on your copier

There's plenty of empty space on the front and sides of that big machine to affix cheat sheets and quick tips on changing toner and clearing easy jams, plus the number to call for help when you're not around.

Etch passwords in stone

Or if that’s a bit extravagant, at least write them on a permanent, immobile structure to make sure they’re always exactly where you expect them to be—not hiding on rogue slips of paper, or in an online folder you might delete or wh...

Reduce stress by beating the clock

Make punctuality your friend and you’ll soon notice how much of our stress comes from simply taking too long to get ready to go somewhere and leaving late, creating a lifetime of frustrating beat-the-clock episodes that can easily be avoided. M...

Guarantee about 12" x 18" of bliss

Try designating exactly one of your desk drawers as your happy place, and fill it only with the snacks you like most, the photos you love, your best music CDs, etc.—no tools of productivity allowed! It’s nice to have a tiny perfect retrea...