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Five Ways to Improve Your Focus

improve-focus2016 Update: We still stand by the links and advice below, but you can also check out our most recent discussion on how to focus on work (when your thoughts are elsewhere).

Do you struggle with focus at work (or, hey, at home)? What tips and tricks have you found to improve your focus?  I am always looking for the best ways to improve my focus, but keep coming back to a few ideas…

  1. Eat that frog. I have yet to read the book of the same name by Brian Tracy, but I really like the idea: whatever you’re procrastinating on most — your “frog” — get it done first thing in the morning.  As in: eat the frog. (Half of the trick here is knowing what your frog is!)  Once the frog is out of the way, I find that my mental focus is a lot better — or, at least, I’m free to procrastinate on other things. [Read more…]
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Tech Fun: Slightly Geeky Things to Keep at the Office

Not only do I consider myself a bit of a tech geek, but I specialize in a weird subset of tech geekiness: tech for the office.  These are my top techy things to keep at the office — readers, what do you keep?  (Check out our prior discussions on clothes to keep at the office, as well as food to keep at the office.)

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1. Refrigerator — This was one of my all-time favorite tech purchases for my office (and it lasted forever).  I bought a super, super small fridge for my office — so small it could barely fit a six-pack of Coke.  I kept water and soda chilled, as well as cheese sticks, lemon juice, cheese, salad dressing — even leftover food.  You can find them for around $50 (look up “mini refrigerator,” “portable refrigerator,” “travel refrigerator”) and up. [Read more…]

Weekly Roundup

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Geox Women's Stefany Ballerina Flat
– The Chicago Tribune asks, why must comfortable shoes be so ugly? We like the story of the woman who thought about changing into flip flops to cross the street. [Chicago Trib] At left: We’ve heard great things about these shoes being comfortable, and we can vouch that they are not ugly. Geox Women’s Stefany Ballerina Flat, $109 at Endless

– Happy days: an article about the misogyny women on Wall Street face. [WSJ]

– We’re not sure a makeup trick has ever “changed our lives,” but these women disagree. [GirlsInTheBeautyDepartment]

– Breaking:  Dark under-eye circles could be a sign that you’ve been working too much OR, it turns out, of iron deficiency.  Take a cue from Pop-Eye the Sailorman: Eat your spinach! (Or steak!) [HungryGirl]

– The 9 best-selling cars for women drivers. [LAT]

– Tips on how to save money and not get killed with baggage fees. [SmartMoney]

– The 7 Must-Read Stock Blogs. [TheMotley Fool]

– Hmmn, this may be a new thing to add to our LeechBlock: Polyvore, an online site where you can mix and match outfits. [Fashionista]

Tool of the Trade: LeechBlock

In this feature, we’ll explore one tool that makes the busy woman’s life easier in some small way.

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The thing we keep hearing from our lawyer friends is that the pay is great, but the job is unbelievably boring about 75% of the time. And almost everyone we know has a problem with distraction — you’re at the office for long stretches doing boring things like reading transcripts (it’s hard to think of something we hate more) and then Perez Hilton starts to call, or the new sale at Net-A-Porter… trust us, we HEAR you, sista. So you spend “working hours” avoiding work by playing on the Internet, and then you have to stay late to actually, you know, do the work. And by staying late, you further blur the line between work and your personal life. It’s a bad, bad thing.

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