6 apps to streamline your professional life

A key component of being professional is organisation, yet many business practices seem outdated and cumbersome in today’s technology-driven world. From holding onto receipts for expense reporting to filing business cards away for networking opportunities, there’s a lot to keep track of. It’s time to simplify.

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Update your professional practices for today’s technology-driven world to increase organisation and simplify your work life.

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Stop This One Bad Habit and You’ll Increase Productivity 40 Percent

You know that multitasking is a bad idea. You may even know that frequent multitasking shrinks your brain and lowers your IQ. But did you know that, far from saving you time, multitasking cuts your productivity by a whopping 40 percent?

That frightening number comes from Devora Zack, CEO of Only Connect Consulting, and author most recently of Singletasking: Get More Done–One Thing at a Time. In fact, she notes, there’s actually no such thing as multitasking. You may think you’re taking part in a conference call, writing a report, and texting with your spouse all at the same time, but what your brain is actually doing is switching non-stop among these different activities. That’s costing you both efficiency and brain cells.

The problem is, like many things, multitasking may be bad for you but it feels really good. That’s because as you switch from task to task, your brain reacts to the feeling of newness with a jolt of dopamine–the same brain chemical that causes heroin addiction.

Fortunately, Zack says, you can get off the multitasking treadmill, and regain your efficiency, not to mention the IQ points you may have lost. Here’s how.

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Multitasking lowers your IQ, shrinks your brain, and cuts your productivity–and it’s addictive. Here’s how to stop for good.

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3 Remarkably Easy Ways to Unlock the Secret to Happiness

Think happiness is unattainable? It might not be as out of reach as you think. Read on for three ways you can come closer to happiness every day.

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It’s not all that hard to unlock the secret to a happy life. Why not give it a try–today?

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9 Great Leadership Habits That Anyone Can Master

One of the big questions in business is this: Are great leaders born that way, or do they practice a set of habits that anyone can learn and practice? The current thinking is that leadership is a set of habits that can be learned by anyone. The more consistent you are in living and applying these habits, the better leader you will become.

There are plenty of possible habits you can adopt to become a great leader, but here are 9 that will get you far along your own personal leadership journey.

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Anyone can be a great leader, simply by mastering the habits of great leaders. So why not take your leadership from good to great?

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6 Unconventional Ways to Make a Lasting First Impression

So it’s easy to believe that you should be rehearsing for that moment when you first meet someone from whom you want something.

It’s easy to tell yourself that you have to prepare precisely what you’re going to say, to show you mean business.

But here are a few suggestions that might be slightly unconventional, but might help you stand out from the mass of people who’ve read the same self-help book about making a killer impression.

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Think of all the people who try to sell themselves the minute they meet someone. Aren’t there better, more subtle ways of being liked and remembered?

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Top salary negotiation tactics of the 1 percent

So what are top executives doing before they even begin working to set themselves up for a more lucrative career? Here are a few tactics prospective CEOs might use.

Know your history.

Information is power, so get as much as you can before you even begin negotiating. You should research both the company’s compensation structure as well as the position’s value in the labor market. There’s no doubt that a candidate for an executive position knows the previous CEO’s salary and wouldn’t accept anything less.

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CEOs are making more than ever, and if they don’t settle for less, neither should you. Here’s how to make sure you’ll be paid what you’re worth.

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The Best Places to Work for Millennials Like, Whaat?

The reason why the list looked funny at first blush, has more to do with stereotypes of millennials. Specifically, there’s a lot of talk about what they want and everything it takes to keep them happy at work, topics on which Inc.com has surely written plenty

People seem to think all millennials are working in converted warehouse spaces–drinking beer and playing video games. Employers assume twenty-somethings need an open floor plan and a casual dress code to be happy. The truth is that most young people, like the generations that came before, just want to be respected, paid fairly, and treated like professional adults, even if they’re working in a cubicle in a strip mall.

It’s not a coincidence that a lot of companies with startup mentalities have great employee feedback loops and open communication like No. 61 Newscred’s practice of monthly employee satisfaction surveys and “Happiness Town Halls.” While the company also has ping-pong tables, employees get more satisfaction from a vacation policy that’s simply, “be reasonable.”

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At first glance, Fortune ‘s Best Workplaces for Millennials seems off. Upon closer inspection, however, it all makes sense–and there are some good lessons for business owners in satisfying employees of all ages.

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