Work Wisdom: Ten Tips to Help You Excel and Exhale (Slide Show)

It’s time for Work Wisdom, a random collection of tips and thoughts to encourage you to excel and exhale at work!  Click on the video to watch a slide show, or read the list that follows.  


  1. Plan ahead, but stay present.
  2. When setting up a project, break it into small pieces, and be more generous with deadlines than you think you need to be.
  3. When using a reminder app, make your reminders pop up at odd times. This will help you be less likely to ignore the notification, or have a reminder be buried behind an appointment.
  4. You don’t have to have an extensive filing structure in email, because most email interfaces have a decent search functionality. So don’t waste time trying to maintain a too-elaborate folder system.
  5. Always, always check the contents of an attachment, AND double-check the addressee before hitting send. Even if you think you know what it is. You might see a mistake, a formatting mess, or an entirely different document, or accidentally send the email to a college or acquaintance to whom it doesn’t apply. (Been there, done that.)
  6. Use a small whiteboard instead of scrap paper at your desk for quick notes/calculations. If you feel better keeping a record of the note, take a photo when done.
  7. Remember that there are times when silence is the best response.
  8. Correct privately. Praise publicly.
  9. Email is not the enemy. How you manage it might be.
  10. In the body of your task reminders, add links to the resources you’ll need to complete that task.

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