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Tips and tidbits you can use on the job every day. 
In no particular order.

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#7 LEARN YOUR BOSS: If you're working for someone, you've got to learn how they operate. Learn their likes and dislikes. Learn their work habits and preferences. Write it down. For example, if your boss doesn't like to fly a certain airline when you do all their travel. Or if your boss doesn't like to schedule meetings after 5pm. Or if you find that your boss doesn't like to lunch with a particular colleague, write it down. It'll save you in the long run. And you'll be a team member that pays attention.
#3 HAVE A GUILTY PLEASURE: Keep something nice and neat in your work area that you can sneak whenever you need a moment. Whether it's chocolate, some music, a sketchpad, hand lotion or a cookie. Whatever it is, keep it close for those occasional times when you can focus on you for a minute. You'll feel much better.
#10 DRINK WATER: Drink plenty of water, not coffee, not Red Bull...WATER. A recommended sports or re-usable water bottle at your desk is a great idea for occasional thirst quenching. If you can' make the switch, try your hand at tea. That afternoon crash from the morning coffee is an unpretty thing.
#1 DON'T TAKE THINGS PERSONAL: Remember that your colleagues and bosses are people too. When someone snaps, often it has nothing to do with you. They could be having a bad day, or are under deadline, or had a fight with their spouse that morning. You never know. But, to protect yourself, be like a duck... just let the water roll right off of you. This keeps you still doing your job and them doing theirs.  More importantly, this will grow you into the strong, confident and continuously moving member of the team that they will come to rely on.
#5 GREET THE RECEPTIONIST: This is just standard. Even if the person is cranky or mean, always say hello and be sincere. They could potentially hold a lot of information and can even be a source of support. Plus, they're usually the ones that hold and control your calls.  Be nice.

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#14 PACK YOUR LUNCH: As a young professional, you are not rich. Your boss and colleagues probably order lunch from Pier 59 French Bistro everyday. But you are NOT them. Even though you see this behavior everyday and can easily get caught up in it, you are NOT making their money and therefore NOT able to splurge on daily food ordering. So suck it up and pack a lunch. You will find yourself in a much better financial situation. And hey, perhaps you'll start a trend.
#9 DON'T TAKE PART IN OFFICE GOSSIP: You shouldn't do this for so many reasons. It's great to make friends, but always maintain your distance with office gossip and nay saying other employees. You never knows who knows who, who's moving where or who's watching you. Also, don't start any gossip by accidentally blabbing about your beer fest weekend that left you so hungover you barely made it to work. In fact, keep all personal details and storytelling to a minimum.  Cause next thing you know, that office gossip is about you.
#6 CREATE YOUR SPACE: Unless you're in a temporary position, make your space yours. Find (or order) post-it notes, pens, highlighter, stapler and a blank notebook or notepad. Arrange your seat ergonomically and move your keyboard and phone according to your dominant hand. Arrange files to a smart system that you will remember. Choose a small drawer for personal items like that emergency mouthwash to swig after lunch. All in all, make sure that your workspace has everything you need and is arranged where you'll be at your utmost productive.
 
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