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A Day in the Life of a Lifehack Writer…

A Day in the Life of a Lifehack Writer…

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    Finding lifehacks isn’t as easy as it looks. A lot goes on behind the scenes to put together the tips and tricks we provide. We test these tips out in our own lives to figure out what works. Depending on the topic, sometimes we speak from our experiences (such as my lifehacks on how to bypass resume filters or land a promotion), and other times we need to do a little research.
    I’m lucky in that I’m a full-time writer, although for many, writing is a side job. If you’re looking to become a Lifehack writer (or you just enjoy the site and want to get to know us better), here’s a day in the life:

    Morning Routines

    The Internet is easily the greatest invention in human history–it’s filled with information. The first thing I do every morning when I get out of bed is boot up computer. By the time I have my breakfast ready, I’m able to check my emails and browse news trends across business, tech, science, and entertainment verticals. It’s how I stay abreast of creative places to store photos online, etc.

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    I like to keep energized and up to speed with what’s going on in the world around me; it reminds me that I’m human.

    Whatever your morning routine, make sure you take care of yourself every morning–if you don’t, nobody will.

    Healthy Activities and Taking Stock

    An unfortunate part of being human is aging, so it’s important we make the most of our time. At Lifehack, we focus on participating in healthy activities, taking stock of what we have, practicing gratitude, and productive planning and executing goals, such as how to quit smoking. Throughout the day, I constantly take photos, videos, and notes of what I’m doing, what’s going on around me, and what others are doing.

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    People-watching is a vital part of the Lifehack process–you may think everyone does something one way or another because of your personal experiences, but you may be the one doing things different. Keeping an open mind and paying close attention to what’s happening around you is a great way to see how you fit into the big picture at all times.

    Nina Matthews Photography

      Lifehacks, Loopholes, and Bearing in Mind

      Lifehacking for me is about finding the most optimal way to do things. Yes, you certainly can use the mouth from a soda bottle to close your bag of chips (crisps for the Brits), but that doesn’t make it a good idea. Just because something can be done doesn’t necessarily mean it should–there are numerous ways to close a bag of chips faster than cutting a bottle. What I look for is software, apps, games, projects, and new ways of thinking that make everyday tasks easier.

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      As a former banker, I’m fascinated by alternative banking methods. I’ve researched the topic for years and have appeared on TV, radio, and even the front page of Yahoo! discussing these alternative options to big banking. My financial work often leaks into my lifehacks, and some feature it prominently, such as this lifehack on banking alternatives.

      Yoga and meditation are great to get your mind running–it doesn’t take any money to get started, and you get a clean slate to work with. By taking your focus off all the problems, worries, and goals that bog you down, you’re more likely to stay in a good mood. Being happy begets compassion and graciousness toward others, who will in turn introduce you to new ways of doing things.

      The Lifehack Writing Process

      Writing is the least of what a writer does–evenings are normally filled with writing, editing, formatting, and finding pictures and illustrations. For every piece I submit, I have two pieces to correct. At Lifehack, we have a stringent process in which multiple people review each post before it goes live. During this process, we discuss the value of the information, the look, and any suggestions for refining the piece. Sometimes it’s quick and painless, and other times it can be a long-term stalemate. Keeping everything light and humorous is vital to preventing all of us from pulling our hair out.

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      I’ve written all around the web, and Lifehack has always been one of my favorites. The variety of topics, and the freedom to choose from a variety of assignments, keeps me coming back to share the tips and tricks that get me through everyday life.

      If there’s any specific tips, topics, and hacks you’d like to see, let me know below, and I’ll make sure our editorial staff sees it.

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      Last Updated on August 16, 2019

      15 Smart Ways to Approach Interpersonal Relationships at Work

      15 Smart Ways to Approach Interpersonal Relationships at Work

      Once you have embarked on your professional life, whether it is after college or high school, you will be making a transition to the workplace. If possible, it is good to find an employer that is flexible. In other words, one that possesses a culture that is diverse and tailors to the needs of its employees as a bottom line.

      But, even if you don’t land your dream job right away, there are many ways to improve your experiences within the workplace as you climb the career ladder.

      In the subsequent sections will be looking over ways to engage your relationships at work, including 15 ways to effectively approach interpersonal relationships at the workplace.

      1. Open Up Cautiously

      Depending on if its a startup, a small business, enterprise or corporation it’s important to be aware of your surroundings.

      Be mindful of how much you open up about yourself, specifically regarding your personal life. You do not want to give the wrong impression, so be careful how much or what details you divulge about being in a relationship or having children.

      You have to reach a certain comfort level and rapport with the rest of the staff to be able to engage in transparent conversations. A good general guideline is to stick to small talk.

      2. Observe Your Surroundings

      There will be times when we are summoned to have a leadership role or to undertake a project to lead a team.

      Try not to be too bold or overcompensate at every turn when there is a meeting or an interaction among other staff or employees. The last thing you want to do is to be the person who wants to monopolize every conversation and every interaction.

      Be a passive observer at first, and more often than not, you will learn a lot by letting others talk a lot about themselves.

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      3. Listen Actively

      It may seem redundant, but it is essential to practice the art of really listening to the other person.

      Developing interpersonal skills and connections with others at work comes down to listening. It is not just paraphrasing what your superiors or colleagues are trying to communicate; it is about understanding what is at the core and reading between the lines.

      Phrases like “I can see what you are saying” or “I can acknowledge your insight” are just some examples. Learn to empathize and relate with people with whom you have a genuine connection.

      4. Consolidate All Feedback

      When you learn to listen to others and to allow them to finish their thoughts you are on your way to be being a great communicator.

      One of the toughest tasks to accomplish is to include everyone’s voice. Don’t rely on shout-outs or trying to come up with the best answer. Including everyone’s voice is about listening to all suggestions and putting together an entire picture. When everyone feels part of the process there is great cohesion.

      5. Never Make Sweeping Judgements

      As person and a human being with compassion never make any assumptions about anyone.

      Just because they have a certain skin color, clothes or physical features, never make stereotypical or generalizations about anyone.

      6. Keep Emotions in Check

      Work-related stress is something we all have to deal with at some point or another. Whether you work in the public or private sector you will encounter stressors or stressful co-workers. In this case, it is good to keep open the lines of communications.

      Always ask to clarify how a person feels and where they are coming from. It is better to entertain these conversations before they make a person lash out or have a negative reaction. Ask to speak privately and get feedback. When you do this it really shows you care about what your role is and that you are a true professional.

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      7. Give Help to Others

      Having compassion and empathy for others is a noble attitude to practice.

      Though, do be careful about how much you want to get involved with colleagues at the office; it could jeopardize the nature of your work relationship and the roles you both have.

      It’s best to separate the personal from the professional and lend a hand by using your best judgement.

      8. Broaden Your Horizons

      Once you have worked in a company or an organization, things can get repetitive and dull. Sometimes we need to remember that we are human and need to fulfill certain responsibilities.

      Often we want to try to change things by introducing our best abilities or perhaps our inventions, but we need to be realistic. Change does not happen overnight, rather it is a long process.

      Step back and take a look at the big picture, and, put all your cards on the table to get perspective. Sometimes we approach situations in life from the wrong point-of-view.

      9. Be Optimistic

      This is probably one you have heard time and time again.

      When we suggest to have a positive attitude it does not mean to fake it until you make it, nor to conceal your feelings. This is not the case in this situation. Overall, you want to try to be authentic in how you are feeling, because life will throw curve balls that are beyond our control.

      10. Be Sensitive to Cultural Norms

      Whenever you are around other people within a professional workspace, do not make assumptions in trying to figure people out in an instant.

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      Some cultures discourage physical contact, while others may be inviting. Always be courteous, respectful and ask questions. It will not only make you more aware of others’ needs, but show that you are considerate of the differences.

      You do not want to get off on the wrong foot by being too friendly or too touchy. Just observe how people respond to your approach and let them lead the way of what is a safe practice to meet and greet the first time around.

      11. Show Professionalism

      How you interact and carry yourself around others will be the difference between a job promotion or losing your job. No matter what, always respectful and professional towards others.

      You will have an opportunities in life and at work, so showcase an outpouring of great and positive energy in the face of adversity.

      12. Get Involved with Activities

      When you are part of a company, there are often opportunities for organized activities outside of the office space.

      Sometimes it is worth exploring uncharted terrain and to get to know people in a different environment. Plus, you will have an opportunity to be seeing in a different light.

      Even though you are off the clock, keep your professional tenure and set boundaries. You want to be vulnerable, but not put yourself in a comprising position. Use your intuition and common sense to evaluate these situations.

      13. Get to Know Your Company

      With your smartphone or your laptop, you have at your fingertips a mine of information online. Just as you would do before a job interview, conduct ample research to get familiarized with what your company does and how its branding is perceived via the media or social networks.

      Rather than just focusing on doing your job and fulfilling the duties, see what the business is up to. It is fundamental to really know what organization you belong to. Get educated on what other ventures they are involved with as well as the ones that you are directly in the know about.

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      14. Learn to Problem Solve

      Problem solving is going to be a skill you will acquire with experience and by making mistakes. Furthermore, not only will you make mistakes but you will likely also sometimes fail. This is okay and is part of the natural swing of things!

      Learn to take responsibility for your actions and decisions. At the same time, do not blame others for coming up short. When you come forward with the truth and responsibility, your supervisors or superiors will take notice of your authenticity.

      One of the greatest gifts in life is fail and once you experience you start to get a different perspective on how to move forward at the job.

      15. Do Some Prospecting

      If you have coding, computer, language or other beneficial skills, be sure to pitch these at the right time.

      When you start out new at a company it is best not to show all your cards. It is like poker: don’t let others see if you believe you have the upper hand. Take time to get familiarized with your company and organization before promoting your outside skillset.

      You will know when to put forward your amazing talents, so proceed with caution.

      Conclusion

      Learning to refine your interpersonal skills is a lifelong process. In time, you will also became more effective and skillful after accumulating work-related experiences.

      Exert humility, understanding, compassion, and mindfulness and the rewards will come!

      Featured photo credit: Brooke Cagle via unsplash.com

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