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Bullet Journal Ideas for People Who Hate To-do Lists

Bullet journals can be as plain or as fancy as you want them to be. They're just a way to organize your thoughts and plans. And it's easy to get started.

10 Tips That Make Working From Home So Much Better

If you're new to working from home, it might not be the dream you were expecting. But we have 10 helpful tips to make your teleworking days more productive.

The Four-day Workweek Isn't as Crazy as You Think

Studies have shown that people spend less than half of each day really being productive. So, why not reduce the workweek to 32 hours and get more done? Although it's worked at a number of companies, others balk at making the change.

The Pros and Cons of Coworking Spaces

Coworking spaces are on a tremendous growth curve. But are they all they're cracked up to be?

5 Secrets for Having Effective Office Meetings and Banishing Boredom

Whether in person or (worse) by webcam, the office meeting doesn't have to be long, boring and pointless. Not if you implement these five tips.

Open-office Environs Make Employees More Self-conscious

A three-year study found workers in open offices were so self conscious about their images they changed the way they dressed.

Why Hardly Anyone Uses Employee Assistance Programs

You may be able to get a will drawn up for free or free financial advice -- but these types of HR benefits often go begging. Here's why.

Helping Co-workers in the Morning May Make You More Selfish Later

Not only is helping colleagues mentally draining, but it can also promote self-serving behaviors, a new study shows.

Teachers' Resignation Letters Going Viral. Maybe That's Not All Bad

Eight percent of U.S. teachers are quitting every year. Some of them are communicating exactly why they're quitting via online resignation letters that we can learn from.

Futurists Envision 3-D-Printed Food, Boss Holograms in 2030 Workplace

And did we mention the foldable computers? Or the auto-inflate beanbag chairs? Or the smart fridge that may finally prevent you from stealing your co-worker's food?

The Strong Bias Against Women in Coding

Female coders' work is less accepted than male coders' even though it may be better, according to a new study. Women coders we spoke with agreed.

Life on Leave: What Does It Really Mean to Be "Off"?

Mark Zuckerberg says he's taking two months off to be home with his newborn. What does that really mean in our wireless world?

Think Your Boss Is Moody? At Least You Don't Work for a Cat

Publicity stunt? Sure. Adorable? Oh yeah. After an extensive hunt for a new manager, this Romanian Internet startup ended up hiring a cat named Boss.

Sarcasm Is Good for the Office. Yeah, Right.

Study shows sarcastic remarks can help creativity. But not everyone agrees.

10 Rules for Surviving Your Open Plan Office

Right now, John's constant phone calls and Rachel's potato-chip crunching are driving you crazy. And you don't have a door to shut. Although unpopular with most employees, open offices appear to be here to stay. Here's how to survive yours.

Does having fun at work make you look bad?

Working adults spend more waking hours in the workplace than anywhere else — you can't blame them for wanting to inject a little fun into their workdays. Do workplace laughs actually make you a better employee?

Does any one industry have the happiest employees?

Can you boost your odds of happiness simply by choosing the right industry, or is there a better path to workplace satisfaction?

How Job Satisfaction Works

Do you whistle while you work, or do you have a case of the Mondays – every day? You may be surprised to learn that money isn't all that important when it comes to loving your job.

10 Overrated Life Decisions

Oh life, full of things you're supposed to do, like go to college, get married, have kids, buy a house. But most everyone who's done these things can find some downsides. Which decisions are most overrated and why?

How to Stay Positive at Work

Whether it's due to possible layoffs, the loss of a big account or even an atmosphere of gossip, staying positive at work can be tricky. The solution? Become an optimist.

How to Handle a Brownnoser

What to do about the workplace brownnoser? Exclude and bad-mouth? Seethe in silence? Turns out if you can figure out the sycophant, you have a better chance of addressing the annoyance.

Top 5 Countries for New Fathers

Acknowledging the significant role men play -- or perhaps should play -- in childcare and family life, several countries now have government-mandated paternity leave policies. Which locales make life easiest for new dads?

Are working mothers happier?

To work or not to work? That question has evolved into a guilt-inducing, tension-provoking division among mothers, continually rehashed in venues from the playground to congressional hearings. When it comes down to it, which moms are really happiest?

What features should you look for in a home office printer?

When shopping for a home office printer, look for an ink-jet printer if you need to print photos and graphics, or a laser printer if you're printing only text. Learn what features you should look for in a home office printer in this article.

How to Make a Butterfly Farm

You'd like to learn how to make a butterfly farm, as it seems an environmentally friendly project. Read here about how to make a butterfly farm.