Can you believe Thanksgiving is almost here?
It’s like Halloween was yesterday, fall started like maybe 3 weeks ago and now there’s holiday ads and Christmas albums being released? If you’re one to worry about the stress of the holidays, sorry to have to give you yet another warning of the planning, merriment and family fun ahead.
With all of the holiday hoopla incoming, there’s another big day coming our way the day after Thanksgiving, Nov. 29 — Black Friday! We’re talking about dynamite deals, we’re talking about big TV’s, we’re talking… you get it. Thankfully, the trend is going toward more and more e-commerce deals rather than long lines and limited stock at brick and mortar locations. You can expect the best deals going on at Amazon, Best Buy, Target, Walmart and more.
If you are reading this, chances are you are either great or awful at maintaining your work-life balance.
If you are great, you want another acknowledgment of your talents, and if you feel awful at planning, you want to find a remedy to fix it (or as a side note, you are just a procrastinator killing time professionally by reading beautiful articles).
If you asked me what my favorite type of batch was, I’d have to say chocolate chip cookies — hands down.
But time batching comes in a close second.
What is time batching? It’s a time management strategy that has you accomplish similar tasks in tandem. The idea is to get things done all at once instead of repeating the same tasks throughout the day.
Annoying marketing emails, newsletters, and spam don’t deserve to take up valuable space in your inbox.
That’s where filters come in – they let you automatically move unimportant emails and batch them so you never have to see them first thing when you check your inbox. In the same way, they move emails from important contacts into a priority queue so you always see those messages immediately.
It’s just another day in the office, other than the ominous sense of dread encircling you and your coworkers.
You jaunt over to your breakroom, hoping for a pick-up to get you out of this ghastly haze. Yet it just doesn’t shake it. An email notification buzzes on your phone. It’s your manager reminding you of your team’s looming deadline. But then you hear it — a shriek in the hallway. What could it be?
It’s the Efficiency Vampire! (“Wahh, ah, ah, ah”) And he’s come to suck away your — office productivity…!? But he’s not biting anyone he’s… just passing around the latest astrology quiz? And sharing horoscopes with everyone? He’s sucking away all of your coworker’s time on deadline… *gasp*! What do you do?
When an unwanted newsletter or marketing email ends up in your inbox, there’s only one thing to do, right? Unsubscribe.
We’re here to tell you that’s not your only option. That’s actually not even the safest option! The act of clicking “unsubscribe” sends a signal to the email sender that your email is active. Unsubscribing can then put you on additional lists, causing the number of unwanted emails to go up instead of down.
Do I need a cover letter? Are cover letters really that important to include?
In 2019, it’s unclear, but some job applications still require one. If it’s any consolation, the cover letter is a great place to include any relevant information that might not be apparent on your resume.
Which brings us to another vexing question – should you copy your cover letter in the body of an email or attach it to the email? There are no hard and fast rules, but it’s always best to follow the company’s instructions on the application.