5 Habits That Lead to Great Blogging

Blogging is becoming increasingly recognized in mainstream circles as an effective online tool for dispensing of useful information and entertainment. This has led to many writers joining the blogging community, yet not all of them know how to be efficient in creating their blogging habits. Following these 5 tips will help anyone have greater success as a blogger.

Habits That Lead to Great Blogging
Great bloggers are consistent
Imagine if a newspaper company did not announce which mornings they would be selling newspapers. Imagine if a television show came on randomly instead of as scheduled. No one would know when to expect their services and they would eventually look elsewhere for their entertainment. Bloggers should apply the same principle to their own vessel of information. Blogging consistently everyday or on specific days of the week will help readers know when to show up to see new information and they will be more likely to keep coming back for more.

Great bloggers share stories
No one enjoys reading a dictionary or an encyclopedia, but everyone wants useful information. One proven way of sharing a wealth of information is to explain it in practical ways with everyday situations. Sharing a personal story or clever anecdote will go a long way in helping readers enjoy and connect with blogs.

Great bloggers find solutions to problems
Many new bloggers start their writings by ranting and raving aimlessly without a care as to who might want to read their thoughts. A more useful way of writing is to find what readers might want to know and then answering those potential questions. Blog readers come along for the ride when they feel their own needs are being met with real solutions.

Great bloggers engage on social media
It is never enough for a blogger to write great content and submit it to the Internet. The only way for a blog to gain any recognition today is to share it with as many outlets as possible. This all starts with engaging with other users on social media. Interaction on social media is simply the best way for information about a blog to get from one reader to the next possible reader, so implementing social media engagement is a must.

Great bloggers create products
It is not enough to have consistently great blog posts, there has to be an end to the means of creating such engaging information. The best bloggers know that they can provide their readers with more than just what they have posted on their blog, they can also provide them with other products. Many brands build up a blog exclusively to sell their products, while other full time bloggers use their blog writing to help them sell books or other fan friendly merchandise. The best bloggers extend their usefulness beyond just their blog.

Blogging is a very popular career choice these days. You can work from home, make good money, and do the job you love. Bloggers often say,”Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life” (Confucius), and it’s so true. Although blogging doesn’t feel like a job, a blogger should have certain skills and habits in order to be a successful blogger.

Not every blogger starts writing with the intention of being the best in the world at what they do, but everyone wants their stuff to be read by someone. Following these 5 habits will help any blogger expand their audience by leading them to great blogging. Do you think blogging is a good career choice? Share your thoughts with us, please.

6 Tips on Applying to Pharmacy School

Applying to professional school can be a stressful time for anybody. Getting together applications, taking the required tests, and traveling to schools for interviews load on a series of important tasks. However, at the end of the four-year program, students will have earned their Doctorate of Pharmacy and can be fully licensed. This set of tips will help students looking to apply to pharmacy school by easing any sense of stress and helping students appear their best.

1. Complete the necessary applications and prerequisites as early as possible


Many pharmacy schools participate in rolling admissions. This process means that programs start accepting students within the application period and continue as more applications are received. The earlier a student applies ensures that the application gets reviewed multiple times in the context of other students’ applications. Furthermore, students that have completed all of their prerequisites, or already have their bachelor’s degree, are often viewed more favorably in the admissions process because they are more likely to be viable candidates for matriculation.

2. Sign up for the PCAT early in order to avoid late fees
PCAT is the required pharmacy admissions test of many U.S. pharmacy schools. The test is usually administered in September, January, and July. Thus, it is imperative that students plan accordingly in order to allow for test results to be sent to their respective schools. Additionally, administering dates are limited and popular days of the week fill up fast at testing sites. Be proactive in looking up dates and attempt to sign up as early as possible. The late fees associated with not signing up on time are significantly large.

3. Don’t stress over interviews
The interview portion of the application is simply required to make sure the student is just as interested in the particular program as the school is interested in the student. Most pharmacy schools manipulate their interviews into full days that include information sessions and campus tours. The school wants you to feel warm and invited at the school while learning more about their program. Often, the interviews consist of a staff/faculty panel with the occasional student interviewer. The interviews generally aim to see how the student communicates and if they do so clearly. Furthermore, the interviewers want to get to know who you are and see how you represent yourself when not using a paper application.

4. Dress and act appropriately
If you are invited for an interview day, dress and act appropriately. Students are being interviewed for a professional school and should thus dress professionally. Suits or dress suits are the necessary uniform for these types of settings. Additionally, students are expected to act professionally. Addressing the faculty using their appropriate titles goes a long way. General courtesies such as saying thank you and holding the door open for others may give just the right impression to the admissions committee that will be evaluating your application later that week.

5. Get to know the program before arriving on campus
While learning about the program and the services they offer helps answer questions asked by the staff about why you want to attend, it also sets up the student to come prepared with questions. Getting to know the program is a large part of the day. Coming prepared with questions allows the student to get the most of the information sessions and campus tour by not having to continuously think on their feet.

6. Set yourself up for success
Finally, setting yourself up for success will be the best way to prepare for the application process. This process means participating in extracurricular activities that yield leadership service and community involvement. These activities could be as simple as creating your own student organization or organizing a community 5K one weekend. Furthermore, previous pharmacy experience goes a long way in convincing the admissions committee that you want to become a pharmacist. The experience shows the school that the student has seriously considered the profession and will be more likely to matriculate into their particular program. Using these tips should significantly ease the admissions process. Ultimately, help yourself by getting ahead of the ball. Complete the PCAT, your applications, and your prerequisites early in order to be the most viable candidate.

6 Weird Jobs That Didn’t Exist 20 Years Ago

One career that has definitely experienced the most change over the last twenty years is technology. There are jobs out there that never even existed in the early 1990s, like streaming movies for millions of people or online coaching in almost every discipline. Certain other jobs have appeared as well that no one could have predicted. Have a look at how some people make a living now on this planet of ours.

1. Full Time Netflix Viewer


Full Time Netflix Viewer
If you get the job of a Tagger at the Netflix media company, you show up every day and watch movies and television series before they are made available to customers. It sounds ideal, spending hours getting to see the wonderful world of film in a leisurely setting. There is one drawback: you don’t decide what you get to watch – that is up to Netflix. You watch what they give you and your personal preferences are not taken into account. Your job is to “tag” the movies and television programs by assigning them to a genre. The films you get can run from children’s animation to heavy metal concerts to horror and gore to the latest action and drama, but there is no opting out of viewing whatever you’re asked to tag.

Although the Taggers rate each movie according to guidelines that explain how to determine its genre, they don’t rate them as good or bad the way a movie critic would. For example, they would assess the level of violence as part of assigning categories so Netflix can place the movie or program under the appropriate heading on its website. For most Taggers, this is a part-time job running from a few hours a week up to twenty, but they aren’t complaining.

7 Signs You’re Sabotaging Your Career

Family is an integral part of each person’s life, but we pay too much attention to our jobs so we can consider career to be an integral part of life as well. They say, only selfish people worry about career, but in fact, many of us are trying to make a career as we need money to live a more fulfilling life. It’s not all about money, though. When you hate your job, you are not happy for that paycheck. Even if you love what you do, sometimes it seems impossible to get a promotion or a raise. Why? Here’s how you are sabotaging your career:

1. Perfectionism


Striving for perfection is one of the worst habits that can ruin your whole life. No matter how hard you work, you will never do your job perfectly. There’s always a room for mistakes. Perfectionists are ready to die rather than make a mistake, and it’s actually a surefire way to make your life more fearful, stressful and miserable. Don’t be afraid to admit your mistakes – those mistakes make you wiser, smarter and stronger. Moreover, stop setting the high standards and striving to be perfect. This way, you will boost your career and improve your love life as well.

2. Stop learning
You graduated from the university and you’re probably sick and tired of reading and studying, but a successful life is all about improving your knowledge and develop yourself. Don’t expect your boss to promote your professional development. It may be their obligation, but bosses are different so your employer may not even think about you, especially if you work for a big company. Consider improving your professional skills on a daily basis – the more you read, the better. You can also take some free courses or visit a few seminars.

3. Weak willpower
No one is able to reach career goals if they are not assertive and have no willpower. If your boss gives you a difficult project, it doesn’t mean they hate you. This means they believe in you and your skills and they know you will do your job well. If you can’t accomplish the task, let your boss know. Although they’ll probably won’t be happy to hear that, they’ll understand you and your situation. If you are afraid to fail the project, though, saying ‘no’ to your boss is a bad idea.

4. Working too much
Yup, ladies, working too much is not always good. Not only will you have a number of serious issues in a few years, you will also break your productivity, fail at time management and ruin your career. Hard-working people often sabotage their careers without realizing it, thus they end up feeling miserable and lonely. Work hard but don’t overwork – this is the main rule to keep in mind when you want to get promoted.

5. Saying ‘yes’
Your coworker has an urgent family problem to solve and asks you to accomplish some tasks. You have your own to-do list full of important tasks but you can’t say ‘no’ so you say ‘yes’ and end up working all night long doing the job for two. What’s the point? Well, I know, the art of being selfish is hard to master, but it will help you achieve your career goals without sacrificing your time and health.

6. The wrong career path
It’s hard to know if your career path is right or wrong, especially now when people are so obsessed with money that they are ready to do whatever job needed to be done in order to make more cash. True happiness doesn’t lie in money. If you make a lot of money by doing the job you hate, your chances of becoming happy are very low. If you feel like you chose the wrong career path, it’s not too late to change it.

7. Stressful life
Stress doesn’t sound like a big danger to us these days. Most hard-working people don’t know how to relax properly and they often have poor physical and mental health. As you know, money doesn’t buy health. Consider your lifestyle and think of all the possible ways to eliminate stress from your life. Learn how to cope with your emotions, negative feedback, toxic people and the most difficult life issues. Positivity can help you boost your career, while negativity can completely ruin it.

I learned the hard way about choosing the right career path and developing the right career habits. If you don’t find your job rewarding and meaningful, it’s better to leave it and find something you are passionate about. Hopefully, these little signs and tips helped you to think over your career path and your career goals, and now you know what you want to do. Are you sabotaging your career? How?

8 Daily Habits of Ultra-Productive People

Have you ever wondered how successful people stay highly productive day after day? The secret of their productivity isn’t actually a secret. They simply know how to manage themselves and when to say no. Ultra-productive people don’t necessarily work longer and they’re not complete workaholics. They simply work a bit smarter than other people. If you feel stuck in your busy schedules, it’s time to make changes, improve your work rut and boost your career. No matter what obstacles block your career path, you have enough power to overcome them. Here are 8 daily habits of ultra-productive people that you can develop today.

1. They do the hardest tasks first


Procrastination is the biggest problem of most people. We often don’t feel like doing the difficult tasks and trick ourselves into thinking that we’ll accomplish them after lunch. The truth is, the most difficult tasks are never accomplished in the second part of the working day. Ultra-productive people know it so they always start their working days with the hardest projects. It’s a lot easier to accomplish easy tasks (or those that inspire you to work hard) at the end of the day.

2. They never overthink their projects and mistakes
Ultra-productive people don’t have time for overthinking. They make mistakes, learn from them and forget about them. They accomplish their tasks and projects and forget about them. They always try to solve their problems the moment they appear. Moreover, they never save phone calls and emails to deal with later. This habit is hard to master but it’s worth the effort.

3. They often say no
Ultra-productive people are not afraid to say no to the tasks and projects that they don’t like or want to accomplish. They often say no to people who ask them for help. It’s not selfish. though. The art of saying no is great and useful. First, because it helps people to do their work on time. Second, because they have more time to relax and do their household chores. Remember, you don’t have to do someone’s tasks regardless of the situation, especially if you have many stuff to tackle.

4. They never multitask
Multitasking is a good thing at times, but it doesn’t help you stay productive during the day. Multitasking is actually a huge productivity killer. When you do one task at a time, you accomplish more than when you are trying to do a few tasks at once. Even if you manage to accomplish those tasks, the quality of your work may be worse. Ultra-productive people strive for better work, which is why they tend to focus on one project at a time.

5. They end their working day by preparing for the next
After a hard working day the last thing we want to think about is the next working day. However, when you plan your next day before you leave the office, you start the next day doing the most difficult tasks, and don’t spend your precious minutes making a to-do list in the morning. Ultra-productive people always end their working day with a to-do list for tomorrow.

6. They prioritize their tasks
When making their to-do lists, successful and productive people prioritize their tasks. They do the most difficult tasks first, then accomplish the most important ones, and if they have some time before the end of the working day, they try to get the less important tasks done. This way, they work productively without exhausting themselves. As I mentioned, you don’t have to work hard to get things done – you simply need to learn how to work a bit smarter.

7. They stick to their schedules
While it’s not always possible to stick to a schedule, you should do it most of the time in order to be more productive. If you hold a business meeting, make sure you keep it short. It’s difficult to stay focused when the meeting is very long and boring. Avoid discussing other topics, prepare an agenda in advance, set a time limit and stick to it. This is how ultra-productive people run their productive business meetings. In case you have any other topics to discuss, do it at the end of the meeting.

8. They delegate
We are not superhumans. Sometimes even highly productive people can be overloaded with tasks. Delegating is an effective way to get everything done on time. If you know that you can delegate some of your tasks to other workers, do it, but only when you really need it. Avoid delegating all the time, or you will end up being highly unproductive worker.

Every day can be a productive day, if you really want it. Reconsider your daily habits – get rid of those that prevent you from being efficient during the day and adopt those that will make you more productive and successful. I hope these small productivity tips will help you boost your career and improve your overall life. Are you going to adopt any of these habits?

7 Smart Ways to Adjust to a New Work Team

Getting a new job has always been a stressful event for every person. But why do people find it extremely difficult and stressful? I think it happens due to unbridled fear of uncertainty, lack of professional skills, knowledge and experience.

I’m a sensitive person and when I get a new job, I automatically start worrying and asking myself too many odd questions. My obsessive chain of what-if-questions really drives me crazy, steals my confidence and even fills my heart with fear or diffidence.

As a reasonable and rational thinking personality, I usually suppress my negative thoughts and put an end to obsessive thinking by sticking to common rules, standards and tips on how to become an indispensable part of a new work team in a quite short period of time.

While these seven tips are effective, sometimes employees have to face the challenges of abnormal situations in different spheres of life, especially career. Even if you do everything right at work, the work team will always be divided into your friends and haters. You shouldn’t get upset about it, but realize that you’re not a dollar to be loved and respected by everyone.

If some of your coworkers feel an antipathy towards you, keep calm and try to find a different approach to them. It will help you handle the situation and prove everyone that you’re a friendly, successful and valuable worker. I hope my experiences will help you quickly adapt to your new work environment and win the respect of your coworkers.

1. First impression is crucially important


When you’re crossing the threshold of a new office, you should remember that your success, reputation and status depend on the impression you’ll make during the first 5 minutes of the conversation with your potential coworkers. They will pay considerable attention to your appearance, words, manners, mindset and stand in life.

Nowadays every company has its own rules, standards, traditions, including dress code. By all means, try not to stem the tide by expressing your individuality through clothing, because such inequality will certainly trigger conflicts and indignation within the work team, and turn its members against you.

Furthermore, make sure you control your emotions and behave in a confident way, because your eyes reflect your inner emotional state like a mirror. If you feel that your fear and anxiety are going out of control, try to prevail over them, using different meditation techniques that will quickly stabilize your emotional well-being.

2. Adhere to the golden mean
Communication with new colleagues is an incredibly challenging thing. You should always keep in mind that every person has its own comfort zone, stereotypes, views and principles.

Some easy going personalities can quickly open their hearts to you and become your friends, while others need a bit of a reality check and don’t want someone like you to penetrate their comfort zone and thrust your friendship to them. If you see that someone keeps a distance from you, it’s desirable just to accept it and show respect for their opinion.

If you want to speed up the acquaintance process, try to speak the language of your colleagues. Use their slang and avoid obscure words, phrases or jokes. This way, you’ll turn from a stranger into a respected insider in a twinkling of an eye. But you should always remember about the rule of the Golden Mean. This rule is the guarantee of your success in both your life and career. The main thing is not to go too far in everything you do.

3. Keep a stiff upper lip
As a newcomer, you should be mentally ready to deal with mobbing and other types of emotional pressure. Have you ever thought about why workmates mock the newcomers and each other?

It usually happens when they either hate each other cordially or want to check the strength of the newcomer’s character and get to know how they act in different stressful situations. This kind of an acid test gives them an opportunity to see your true colors, strong points and weaknesses. At any rate, you should do all possible and impossible things to remain unprovoked, even if your coworkers decide to get on your nerves.

They might start abusing their position and become impudent by asking you to do numerous tasks you’re not responsible for. In such a case, you should let them know that you’re ready to help them, but you won’t clean the office alone or work overtime on a regular basis. Propose them to assign the tasks fairly. It’s crucially important to state your proposition firmly, but calmly.

4. Make a first step
I know that it’s very difficult to take the initiative, but this habit is the key to a happy, harmonious and successful life. If you’ve just got a job, show your worth and earn favorable reputation. Remember, you’ll never achieve a desirable result, until you find common language or make friends with your colleagues.

You live in the society where the business sphere is round like the Earth. From time to time you’ll meet and have to deal with the same people. But how can you establish and maintain good relations at work?

The newcomer should learn to make the first step. You may invite your coworkers to celebrate a birthday, anniversary or something else together. You’ll have a chance to communicate in a relaxed, cheerful and friendly atmosphere. But be careful and try not to overshoot the mark, because sometimes too much familiarity can breed contempt.

5. Find a team-mate
Just because you’re at work you shouldn’t spend all the time alone like an ole eagle. Effective and productive teamwork has become the main priority for many companies. Every member of the team, as an essential part of a big mechanism, has to work hard and cooperate with others successfully. Those who don’t satisfy these requirements are fired. The company can do it just for the sake of its stability and prosperity. If you don’t want it to happen, you should do your best to establish good work relationships with all your coworkers.

In case you find it too difficult, try to get on well with at least one team-mate and ask them to bring you up to date. As soon as you enlist the support of an experienced and respected team member, you’ll significantly rise in other colleagues’ estimation and become more confident.

Don’t fear to ask for such a help. Many people can’t imagine their lives without mentoring. They become mentors for various reasons. It usually boosts their confidence and ego, increases their professionalism and even improves karma, because gratuitous help is the choice of kind-hearted and wonderful people.

6. Keep your tongue in check
Your tongue can be either your friend or the worst enemy. During the trial period it’s strongly recommended to keep a still tongue in your head. Before you utter a word, you should always think what you say, to whom and what for. It’s important because one day every word or phrase said by you may be used against you by your workmates.

When you’re among your colleagues, you’d better speak on the case and ask everything only about the specifics of your work. They may start spreading rumors about the others in your presence, but you should keep silent and resist the temptation to add your two cents. If you say something bad about other team members behind their backs, they’ll certainly get to know about it.

7. Try to be a source of positivity
Positive people with a perfect sense of humor are always worth their weight in gold. If you’re one of them, then you should take advantage of this wondrous God-Given quality and realize that all the doors are open to you. No matter whether you’re a mature and professional specialist or not, a frank smile is a magic thing that makes even a newcomer an extremely attractive and confident person.

Have you ever noticed that the personalities who smile and carry positivity regardless of everything are always surrounded by lots of people? Without a doubt, smile and positive attitude are the secrets of their attraction. Every time you meet your colleagues face to face, smile for the sake of your success.

If you want to adjust to a new work team, consider following these pieces of advice. The main point is to behave naturally and remember that you’re individuality. Do you adjust to a new job quickly? What other ways to get along with colleagues do you know? Share your tips with us.

7 Reasons Why You Should Become a Teacher

Wondering why you should quit your job and become a teacher? Even though teachers don’t have high paychecks, some people choose to be teachers and love their career choice. Teachers play a crucial role in creating a stable, professional and well-educated workforce. They also play a significant role in children development.

In many parts of the world, the number of people that want to teach children dwindles. It’s not only because of low paychecks, it’s because modern children are very complicated. They’re a completely different breed of human. They stop respecting teachers and being interested in education overall. Despite this, teaching is quite a rewarding career. Here’s why you should consider becoming a teacher:

1. It’s a steady job

Reasons Why You Should Become a Teacher
When working for a small or big company, there’s always a possibility of losing your job one day. Since teachers are in demand these days, you have a lower risk of job loss. The best part of having a steady job is that you know that you will definitely get your paycheck the next month.

2. You won’t feel stuck
Once in a while, you might feel overwhelmed , but not stuck. Teaching is tons of fun. Many teachers claim that their job helps them survive hard times and smile when they want to cry. Children may cause many problems, but mostly they tend to bring joy and happiness in our lives.

Moreover, you will learn many things and precious lessons not only from the books, but from your students as well. They will inspire you to be a better teacher and improve yourself. They might even teach you to respect and love yourself.

3. Share your knowledge
Okay, you can share your knowledge in the office, but it might work against you. When you share your knowledge with kids, though, you are sure that they won’t betray you. Sharing knowledge is a fantastic feeling. Imagine having this sort of feeling each work day. Isn’t it a good reason to become a teacher?

4. You will hear ‘thank you’ more often than ever
Despite the fact that students have a tendency to hate their teachers, teaching is a respected job. Most adults are thankful to their teachers for their knowledge. Parents are grateful to teachers for their work too. Most of us trust and respect teachers because we know that we won’t reach success without their knowledge.

5. You’ll have longer vacations
One of the benefits of being a teacher is that you have longer vacations each year. Many people working in the office have no vacation at all. Moreover, some of them haven’t taken a vacation for years. Teachers have a vacation, whether they want it or not, which makes it one of the best jobs for workaholics.

6. Feel proud of yourself
Watching your students tackle difficult tasks and enter prestigious universities will make you feel proud of yourself. As a teacher, you play a huge role in your students’ success. They know what they know thanks to you. This will make you feel proud of yourself each day.

7. Influence the next generation
As I mentioned above, modern kids are different breed of human. As a teacher, you can change their worldview or perspective. You have the power to shape new opportunities, new minds and brand new ideas. Shortly, you can totally influence the next generation.

Michelle Obama once said, “… good teachers aren’t just critical for the success of our students. They are the key to the success of our economy.” The more good teachers the country has, the more prosperous future it has. Of course, these are not all of the reasons why you should become a teacher. You may have your own ones too. Do you think teaching is a great job? If you are a teacher, let us know why you love your job.

5 Surprising Reasons Women Make Better Leaders Than Men

Men are confident about their leadership skills, and while they are just confident, women do use all their skills, becoming much better bosses than men. Like many others, I used to believe women were weak so I felt like an outsider when I got my senior management position 2 years ago.

Now I am realizing any woman from any part of the world is able to land her dream job and become a successful leader. The issue is, most women underestimate themselves. No offense, guys, but women make better leaders and here is why:

1. Women have better listening skills


Women have a tendency to listen even when they feel bored, while men are less patient and prefer to take actions instead. Every leader – be it a male or a female – must have excellent listening and communication skills. Women usually take each point of view into consideration and rarely interrupt a conversation.

2. They trust their gut instincts
Our intuition usually kicks in to warn us about bad or dangerous things. While men ignore their gut instincts (you know how confident they are), we women tend to overthink the issue and trust our intuition. Intuition is particularly crucial for people in a leadership role. Sorry, guys, but you need to learn how to trust your gut instincts first.

3. Multitasking is their talent
Hesitate over this? OK. Then, show me a man that can do a few tasks simultaneously without moaning and groaning. A woman can accomplish a project, make a dinner, do the laundry, wash the dishes, vacuum and nurse simultaneously and you will never hear about how tired she is. Men have trouble multitasking and this makes them worse leaders than women.

4. They are more patient
Girls have a weakness for the clothing and jewelry, but when it comes to a leadership, they are more patient than men. They do not jump to hasty conclusions and never make quick decisions. They will rather help their subordinates than get them fired. Men usually compete in a who-is-the-boss-here-contest and prevent other employees from boosting their career.

5. They are generous in giving praises
A male boss considers praises as useless words. A female boss, on the contrary, believes praises help to lift employees’ spirit and boost their productivity. No one wants to hear the negative feedback throughout the day. We all crave a little bit of praising at least once in a while. So, male bosses, if you want to be better leaders than women, you have to learn how to appreciate other people’s work.

Although there is always an exception in each aspect of life, lots of women have qualities that most men lack. Despite all the myths, a successful leader has to take enormous responsibility. Let’s not forget that a leader does more work than others in the company.

If you a woman, who is afraid to be a leader because of all those old beliefs that only men can be bosses, call on all your courage and climb the next mountain in your career. Is there any one of you who believes men are better leaders than women?

4 Tips for Dressing Professionally in Your Workplace

Dress code varies from company to company and before you go shopping for your work clothing, you should get informed about the preferred dress code in your particular workplace. Some companies insist on the traditional professional look while others are more relaxed about it. In any case, the amount of room you have for expressing your individuality and personal style will depend on this.

Whether the dress code is strictly business professional or not, you still have many options to express yourself in the corporate chic way. The key to your style is various combinations of work clothes, accessories and jewelry. If you get good at matching pieces in a way that is not traditional and ordinary yet stylish and elegant, you are on a right track. A good rule of thumb is to keep the business appearance more dominant than the outfit.

You could start experimenting with the business casual look if the circumstances allow, it is a prevalent trend nowadays, which keeps things somewhere between too formal and casual. This style lets you be creative and stylish within the framework of your business look. Here is what you will need to build a professional work wardrobe.

1. Blouses and tops


Blouses and tops
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It is great to start building your wardrobe around your basic solid blouses in light colors like white, pink and blue. In addition, you can have some patterned blouses or darker colored ones. Designed tops are a fabulous way to add a fashion statement to your look, as long as they do not scream for attention and are not revealing.

Your work tops can be sleeveless, short-sleeved, long-sleeved and turtlenecks, but no tank tops. Experiment with flowing materials like silk and satin, they are naturally elegant. Avoid logos, embellishments and prints.

2. Pants and skirts


Pants and skirts
Pants make or break the business look so you have to get this one right. Stick with solid black or dark color bootcut or trouser silhouettes, avoid soft pants and looser fitting pants. If business casual is allowed, you can even go for jeans, but choose dark wash and black jeans rather than lighter colors.

No bleached or ripped jeans are allowed. Your pants should be sharp and keep the whole outfit balanced. The perfect work skirt is the pencil skirt in classic colors like black, grey and dark blue. It should always be knee length or just above the knees.

3. Suits, blazers and jackets


Suits, blazers and jackets
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Suits are the staple of any work wardrobe, both pants suits and dress suits. You can wear them matched or separate them and wear skirts in combinations with different color blouses and jackets for a more creative look. You can wear suit jackets with any pants and still get a business look.

Blazers and jackets can be traditional one-button and two-button structured jackets, or looser fitting in more casual cases. Cropped blazers can be worn over work dresses that exude elegance and power.

4. Accessories


Accessories
Sometimes accessories and jewelry are our only way to express our taste, but even so, we should not go overboard. Generally, you cannot go wrong with silver and gold, or any metal, as long as it is not too bulky.

Avoid plastic, glitter, bright and fluorescent colors. You can express your style with noticeable but discrete details like hanging earrings, a designer eyeglasses frame, a nice ring and a matching bracelet, a wristwatch, and hair clips and pins.

It all comes down to planning, making beautiful combinations and keeping your business appearance more important than your personal style. Experiment, practice and you will find the right balance.

8 Tips Every Procrastinator Swears By

Being slow isn`t a sin, of course, and sometimes it`s even better than being in a rush. However, it may prevent you from doing everything you need on time and, as we all know, time is a highly important thing in life. To be fair, life is an amount of time of your existence so the more productive you are, the brighter your life is. Here are some tips procrastinators use that`ll hopefully help you manage to do more without exhausting yourself.

1. Multitasking isn’t helpful


You may think that doing a few tasks at a time will help you be more productive but it`s far from truth in reality. It can be useful only when you`re able to do one task automatically and take another one that you`re good at too. Otherwise, multitasking kills your time and energy. Furthermore, when you do everything you need at the same time, the results are much poorer.

2. Don’t think but do
Most of us spend more time thinking whether to do some task or not than getting it completed. If your task isn`t an essential thing that defines your further life way, you shouldn`t think about it more than a couple of minutes only. It`ll make your results more reasonable and efficient. “More time for doing, less time for thinking,” write it down on a piece of paper and hang it on the wall in front of you in your workplace to better the results.

3. The first is the hardest
More and more studies prove that people are the most productive in the early hours of the day. That`s why you`ll be able to do more if you start a day with coping with the most mentally challenging tasks and then go to easier ones. In the afternoon our mental activity lowers so don`t forget to plan your daily work in order to have the hardest tasks at the beginning of your to-do list.

4. Block online distractions to control your actions
If you can`t avoid checking your mail, visiting social networks or watching YouTube novelties hundred times a day, it`s a serious problem for your productivity. But you can get rid of it easily thanks to website blocking tools. It`ll save lots of your time that can be spent doing something more useful than texting someone online. Every procrastinator knows how to get rid of distractions, and you?

5. All the mess causes stress
It has been scientifically proven that chaos in the workplace interferes with your attention and can even cause chronic stress. If you want to come with a good job, try to declutter your work space. You won`t be distracted then and it`ll be easier to do all the tasks on time. Think what workplace would be more comfortable for you to work at and make all necessary changes to be a better employee.

6. Deadline shouldn’t make you blind
Lots of people suffer from procrastination because they know that the deadline isn`t coming yet and it makes them think that there`s a free minute to relax. Your deadline shouldn`t be something that interferes with your productivity so you can impose shorter ones on yourself. It`ll make you feel that there`s no time to play fool and you won`t worry to be late at the same time because you know that everything is under control.

7. Take regular breaks
Don`t forget to take regular breaks from work. It means a lot to your productivity because our brain needs 5 minutes recharge after a really hard work. This way, you`ll be ready to work hard again. But if you work non-stop, your productivity will gradually decrease till the end of a work day and you`ll be totally exhausted then.

8. The better health, the more tasks you get done
Most people have problems at work that are caused by poor health. If you don’t get enough sleep, eat fast food only and can’t handle stress, it`s not a surprise that you can`t work productively. Take care of your body because it plays one of the leading roles in your work. Mental and physical health are tightly connected so if one of them is in trouble, the system stops functioning properly.

Procrastination is the thing that doesn`t let you be a successful employee but it doesn`t mean that there`s no way out of this problem. Don`t worry, everything will be better because now you know what to do to boost productivity. There`s no need to hurry up and work non-stop. Take regular short breaks, keep everything in apple pie order in your workplace and don`t try to do everything at once. These rules will make your work easier and your results more successful. What doesn`t let you do a good job?