• Work and Career

    How to Organize your Workspace to Improve Workflow

    Your work desk serves as your command center. To be able to operate efficiently and productively, you must know where to locate something when you need it. Your work desk should have everything you need within reach but still allow you plenty of space to work and be creative. Here are a few things you must remember to make your work desk a place of creativity and productivity. Keep only the essentials on top of your desk. Ideally, you should only have five of the most important items on your desk: computer monitor, keyboard and mouse, telephone, file organizer, and pen holder. Things that you use on a daily basis…

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    Nailing the First Meeting with a Potential Client

    There are various approaches to selling, but for the most part, soft selling is what most real estate agents are attuned to. They allow their customers to be more informed, leaving them with numerous choices. Allowing customers to consider all their options makes the agent the “good guy,” regardless of whether or not the client decides to buy from them. Most customers are attracted by and more appreciative of a positive approach rather than an abrasive and callous one. So how does any real estate agent achieve this? Success sales always begin with the start up conversation. Clients want to feel at ease during the sales pitch, and the agent…

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    Smart Ways to Deal with Toxic People

    They’re everywhere – toxic people, that is. Every office with an employee has them. There’s no avoiding them. If you’re not careful, they can rub off on you and totally mess up you and how you view life and work in general. Steer clear of these destructive and negative people by learning the smart way to deal with them. Focus on yourself Think about what drives you, what you believe in, and what you stand for. Sometimes, being around toxic people can make you forget about what matters to you. You can become so focused on how to deal with toxic people that you fail to focus on how this…

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    Being Creative on Demand

    Do you need to write something, but nothing’s happening? Have you been staring at that beautiful sunset for hours, but still nothing stirs your imagination? It’s every freelancer’s nightmare, and it is not as uncommon as you think. Even the most experienced of the lot go through lulls with creativity. The good news is that you can avoid these frustrating creativity lulls. If you are feeling uninspired and burnt out, it’s time to get yourself out of that rut. Here’s how you can start being creative on demand. Keep an idea notebook Make sure that you have it with you at all times, because you never know when an idea…

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    Tips for Creating a Productive Writing Habit

    You might think that words just magically form inside writers’ heads and get typed onto paper just like that. Yes, on a really good day, there are writers who can, but more often than not, writing is incredibly hard work. It involves a lot of stops and starts, tears and heartbreak, sleepless nights, and blank paper. Here are some valuable tips from some of the prolific writers of our time to create a productive writing habit. 1. Set a daily writing schedule  It doesn’t matter what kind of writing you do, just as long as you do it every day, at the same hour. Call it your Writing Hour or…