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What Causes Burnout and How to Overcome It What Causes Burnout and How to Overcome It

It’s common to feel tired after a long day at work or to need a holiday after a month-long sprint to finish a new feature. But sadly it’s also common to feel tired all the time. To lack enthusiasm about your work. To feel cynical and disengaged from what you do.

10 Simple Time and Energy Investments You Can Make in Yourself 10 Simple Time and Energy Investments You Can Make in Yourself

I tend to view a good life as being one that’s full of good investments. If you use your resources (money, time, energy, etc.) in a smart way, they’re going to give far more value back to you in return.

The Best Questions to Ask in Every Job Interview Round The Best Questions to Ask in Every Job Interview Round

While it’s true you can never be completely sure about how well you’ll adjust to working with a new boss, company, or team until you’ve actually started working, asking probing and strategic questions during the interview process is one of the easiest ways to gather useful intel about potential opportunities.

Seven Methods to Help You Stay Focused Seven Methods to Help You Stay Focused

How many things are vying for your attention right now? Your phone? Email? Slack? Twitter? That nagging to-do list that just seems to keep growing? Modern technology has given us so many amazing things, but one of the awkward side effects has always been its ability to get in our face whether we want it to or not.

How We Plan Frugal Family Vacations in National Parks How We Plan Frugal Family Vacations in National Parks

It’s never too early to start thinking about your travels, particularly if you want to enjoy the beauty of the world on a nice, tidy budget. One of the best ways to do that is to camp and, at the same time, take advantage of one of the best bargains offered to American citizens, our national park system.

The Benefits of Writing Your Own Weekly, Monthly, and Annual Reviews The Benefits of Writing Your Own Weekly, Monthly, and Annual Reviews

There’s something quite special that happens when we reflect on what we’ve done. Well, two things, actually. One is that we gain a better understanding of what we’ve done or learned. The other is that our self-efficacy improves—that is, our belief in our own abilities.

How to Talk to Your Children to Discourage Stereotypes How to Talk to Your Children to Discourage Stereotypes

How can modern parents raise the next generation to be free from corrosive gender and racial stereotypes? By the time children start elementary school, gender and race shape their lives in many ways that parents might want to prevent. As early as first grade, girls are less likely than boys to think members of their…

Three Questions You Should Avoid Asking in a Job Interview Three Questions You Should Avoid Asking in a Job Interview

When I was a recruiter, I was asked a lot of smart questions that made me say, “Wow, this candidate is on top of her game.” But I also heard a lot that made me wonder who the person had taken interview advice from—or if that person had ever sought out help at all.

Three Key Principles of ‘Future Self’ Thinking Three Key Principles of ‘Future Self’ Thinking

One of the most powerful concepts I’ve ever come across in my years of studying and thinking about personal finance issues is the concept of the “future self.” “Future self” is pretty much exactly what you think it is: It’s you at some point in the future. It’s not an optimistic version of your future or a pessimistic…

How to Cut Back on Digital Clutter and Regain Your Focus How to Cut Back on Digital Clutter and Regain Your Focus

I spend most of my day on a computer. When I’m not working I spend my spare time programming or blogging. When I take a break I spend it looking at my phone. One of the problems with all this time spent looking at screens is the amount of digital clutter these habits have created in my life.

What to Do When Your Job Changes Overnight What to Do When Your Job Changes Overnight

You’re in a groove at work and everything feels about as normal as it could—and then suddenly, you find out that your list of responsibilities is changing dramatically. It’s jarring, I know.

A Solo Traveler’s Guide on How to Meet People While Traveling A Solo Traveler’s Guide on How to Meet People While Traveling

Traveling alone has its perks: You get to do what you want, when you want, discover new and honest things about the world and yourself, and enjoy an uplifting, mindful traveling experience without someone else’s influences. But after a while, talking to yourself and eating another meal without being able to share…

Early Retirement Is Not for Everyone Early Retirement Is Not for Everyone

I had a great lunch today with an old friend of mine. We used to work together and he was a couple of decades older than I was, so today he’s actually starting to see retirement on the short term horizon. He was interested in what my life was like as a self-employed person who made a living on a mix of side gigs and…

Five Ways Parents Can Save Money on Kid Essentials Five Ways Parents Can Save Money on Kid Essentials

When my husband and I had our first child several years ago, we felt financially prepared. We had to dip into our savings for fertility treatments and related medical expenses, but I was steadily freelancing as a writer and editor to supplement the loss. Our bank account was in solid shape when our baby boy was born.…

Four Ways to Deal With a Bossy Coworker Four Ways to Deal With a Bossy Coworker

You’ve got a coworker who, to put it diplomatically, has a hard time keeping their leadership tendencies in check. In other words, he treats you like he’s the boss. He provides tons of constructive feedback (even when you didn’t ask for it), divides up roles on team projects (giving himself the best one), and quashes…

Filter Out the Noise Filter Out the Noise

It can seem like our lives are filled with busyness, noise, distractions, and often meaningless activities. What if we could filter out all that noise, and focus on the meaningful? What if we could find stillness instead of constant distraction?

12 Strategies for a Successful Meal Prep Day 12 Strategies for a Successful Meal Prep Day

One common strategy for saving money on food that shows up in a lot of frugality books and on many frugality websites is the idea of a “meal prep day,” sometimes simply called “meal prep Sunday” because people often use a Sunday to do it.

What You Need to Know When Buying Glasses Online What You Need to Know When Buying Glasses Online

If you’re shopping for a new pair of eyeglasses, you may get sticker shock when you pick up a pair of frames at your local optician. It certainly doesn’t help that vision insurance doesn’t always cover glasses—and when it does, it may not cover the whole cost. Another option is to take your shopping to the internet,…

Use Your Credit Card Bill as a Wake-Up Call to Evaluate Your Spending Use Your Credit Card Bill as a Wake-Up Call to Evaluate Your Spending

Here’s a little exercise for you to try out. Take out your latest credit card bill from your most frequently used credit card. Print it out if it’s an electronic bill; otherwise, just grab a pen and put the bill on the table in front of you.

Three Ways to Turn Down Work Projects Without Dodging Your Responsibilities Three Ways to Turn Down Work Projects Without Dodging Your Responsibilities

The benefits of saying yes to a new project are pretty obvious. It’s what a team player would say and it’s a way to demonstrate that you’re ready for new and exciting responsibilities.

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