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Welcome to Week Two of the Lifehack Great Big Summer Giveaway. Last week we talked about home life, relaxation, and generally getting things together outside of work. This week, we’re going to the office, or wherever you work, to get your best ideas about making your work life work for you.

Today, I want to talk about style. Fashion, personality, creative expression – all the things that we bring to work – even if they’re not actually part of our work – that let everyone around us know who we are. What’s your take on workplace fashion – how do you balance the need to appear “professional” with the need to express yourself? How do you demonstrate your creativity in your work – and your workspace? I’m going to ask you to tell us about all that – but first, let’s talk about today’s prize, the incredibly stylish JoJo laptop tote from the equally stylish CareerBags.com.

CareerBags.com JoJo Laptop Tote

image CareerBags.com is the brainchild of Ellen Hart, who launched the company last year (after 17 years in the leather goods industry) to fill a pressing need for stylish, fashionable, and woman-friendly business cases. Hart has collected dozens of great-looking bags for women, and presented them all in one place, alongside interactive features where women can receive career mentoring, profiles of women business leaders, and tons of advice for women on the CareerBag.com blog, Laptop Bag Lifeline. And a percentage of each sale is donated to the Step Up Women’s Network, a national non-profit dedicated to strengthening community resources for women and girls.

JoJo-Brown-sm One winner will receive CareerBags.com’s most popular laptop bag, the JoJo laptop tote. This stylish bag fits laptops up to 17”, has tons of inside pockets for stashing and organizing all your stuff, and a shoulder strap to complement the tote bag-style handles. It’s casual look is great for working weekends, vacations, teachers and students, and anyone else looking for something a little less severe than the typical laptop case.

How do you win?

To win a JoJo Laptop Tote for your own career, write a blog post about work and fashion, professionalism and self-expression, comformity and creativity and post the link in the comments section on this post. Your post should be at least 200 words, and should mention this contest – a link isn’t essential, though we’d appreciate it!

Don’t have a blog? Well, if you’ve always thought about blogging but haven’t taken the plunge yet, now’s the time. Have a look at my Newbie’s Guide to Blogging for inspiration and to help you get started. Or post your thoughts to your MySpace page, or your profile for some other service. Still not excited about blogging? Ok, then write your ideas up on Google Docs or Adobe’s Buzzword and make the document publicly viewable.

Whatever you do, be sure to come back to this page and leave a link in the comments — it’s the only way we’ll have an email address to contact the winner!

The winner will be chosen by random drawing from everyone who has left a link in the comments on this post by 12:00 Noon PST on Tuesday, September 2nd. The drawing will be done by random number generator within a few days of the close of the drawing. All links will be verified.

The prize will be sent direct from our sponsor.

Stay Tuned!

We’re kicking off the second week of the Lifehack Great Big Summer Giveaway with a great prize, but there’s still plenty of other great prizes on their way! We’ll be giving away prizes related to the working life every day this week, including:

  • Copies of ActiveWords which allows you to trigger Windows actions with keystrokes and word commands.
  • Gorgeous wallets from our good friends at dbclay.
  • Copies of PhraseExpress v.5, a text snippets program to help you save time with repetitive tasks.
  • “Files, Folders, and Tags” from Popular Productivity, which brings tagging to your desktop files.
  • Two years of hosting from powerMonster under their monsterSlayer plan: 10 GB disk space and 150GB of traffic with an included domain name.
  • The Ultimate Guy’s Computer Bags, made of Rawlings baseball glove leather, from Sports Accessories.
  • A $100 Amazon gift credit from Ubernote.
  • And a Sterling Silver Wallet Pen from Vat19.

Don’t forget to enter last week’s contests in the Lifehack Great Big Summer Giveaway. We’ll be announcing winners for the first week early next week, after Labor Day. And check back every day this week for more chances to win!

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