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Today’s Work It Daily Challenge is to drink more water. Feeling tired at the office? Dealing with brain fog? Filling up on junk food throughout the day? Not drinking enough water could be to blame. It’s easy to fall into the coffee and soda trap and forget to drink more water. However, forgetting to hydrate can result in fatigue, poor concentration, food cravings, and so on. On the flip side, drinking more water can:

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Today’s Work It Daily Challenge is to identify your “time sucks.” You probably know someone who seems like they "do it all." Have you ever wondered how they can make the time? We all have 24 hours in a day, yet some people seem to accomplish so much more within that time frame. But why can't you? These days, it feels like we never have enough time, we’re always running late, and there’s always something more important to do. Sure, we live in a demanding, fast-paced world. But if you don’t make time to do the things you enjoy or need to do, you risk falling into a dark pit filled with stress, anxiety, and unhappiness. Your time is a precious commodity, so you should treat it like you treat your money. In order to develop a healthier work-life balance, you need to pinpoint where your time and energy is going on a daily basis. Are you spending it in the right places? Today, take some time to identify your “time sucks” and determine which ones you can eliminate or reduce. For example, are you spending all of your time waiting in traffic? Perhaps it’s time to consider moving closer to work or finding a new job that’s closer to home. Are you wasting all of your time in front of the TV? Give yourself a “TV allowance” each week or stop watching TV altogether. Are you saying “yes” to too many activities you don’t care about? Determine which activities are the most important and decline the rest. When identify your “time sucks,” it makes it easier to ration your time on more important things. What are YOUR “time sucks” and how did you overcome them? Tell us!

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Unproductive meetings are the WORST. Ain’t nobody got time for that! And ain’t nobody got money for that, either. An estimated $37 billion is lost every year to unproductive meetings, according to this article in Business Insider. YIKES. Communicating well with your colleagues, partners, and clients can be a struggle sometimes... ESPECIALLY when you feel like there have been a lot of meetings that haven’t amounted to anything. We’re all busy. Time is precious. Money is scarce. Want to be better at meetings? With a little structure and better communication habits in the office, you can transform your inefficient meetings into productive gatherings. Here are some habits that will completely destroy those boring, unproductive meetings we all hate.

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Proactivity, as defined by Organizational Behavior, is behavior that is “anticipatory, change-oriented, and self-initiated behavior in situations, rather than just reacting." Related: 10 Habits To Energize Your Workday When a person is proactive, they are acting in advance of a future event. Proactive employees typically don’t need to be asked to do something, and will usually require less detailed instructions.

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