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#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.
#2 TRACK YOUR TIME: When you are an hourly worker, always pretend as if you are clocking in and out. Keep detailed track of your time everyday including all breaks. You never know when you'll need it. Plus you'll see it helps greatly for your own FYI. Spreadsheets are ideal. Microsoft.com, under the Template section, has lots of good ones.
#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.
#4 GET TO KNOW THE HELP: The receptionist, the janitor, the shipping guy, the mail clerk and more. These people are all invaluable to any company. You never know when you're going to need them and the magic that they often weave. So be sure to take the time to say hi and learn the names of ALL all personnel and staff. They are all part of the team and at some point you'll need every single one of them. Plus, practicing this as basic human decency. Get with it.
#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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#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.
#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.
#8 DON'T REINVENT THE WHEEL: This is crucial. Unless "it's" broken, don't reinvent the wheel. If there is a system, or a form, or a spreadsheet, or an order that already is in effect and it's working fine, continue to use it. Or use it and change it for the current events or information. For example, if you have been charged with making a new contact list for your boss's clients, search for it in the computer database or company intranet. Nine times out of ten, there already is a contact list that just needs to be updated, "pretty-fied," and saved under a new name. Then, wah-lah! You've got your project finished with precious time to boot.
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