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How Do You Find Balance in a Wired World?

Is your smartphone basically a family member? Do you tweet before you get out of bed? Be honest: At some point while reading this very post, did you stop to check your email? Real Simple and The Huffington Post have teamed up to learn how women balance (or not balance, as the case may be) their lives in our digital […]

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How to Speed Up Your Computer

If you’re computer is running like molasses, but you’re not quite ready to spring for a brand new PC, use these three tips, from computer expert JJ Schoch, to help your machine run like new.

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Five Day-to-Night Accessories to Keep at Work

Transitioning your office outfit into a cocktail-friendly ensemble doesn’t have to be a challenge. Just keep these five accessories at your desk: • An extra pair of earrings. Keep two sets handy: one simple, and one elaborate. • Fancy pumps—use this guide to help you find heels that will be comfortable enough to wear through the evening. • Blush. “Bright […]

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Anything is Possible With…

Yesterday I was walking to a meeting and wondering—as I often do at 3:00 p.m.—how I was going to get through it. Not that I don’t completely love my job every waking minute of the day. But there is that midafternoon exhaustion that always seems to hit me like a wave. Weirdly, chanting “IlovemyjobIlovemyjob” does not make it go away. […]

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Are You My Mentor?

That is the title of a story in our September 2013 issue, and one of my all-time favorite Real Simple headlines. Yes, it’s true that Are You My Mother? is one of my all-time favorite children’s books, one that I forced on my children, even though they never really sparked to it and preferred awful books that I would try […]

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Wednesday Trivia: The Benefits of a Messy Desk

A tidy desk has its perks. In addition to looking nice (and impressing your boss), it’s been scientifically proven to foster positive behavior. People sitting at a clean desk are more likely to donate generously, and abstain from littering and crime, than people working in cluttered spaces. But a new study from the University of Minnesota shows that a disorganized, […]

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Boost Your Productivity

Is a big deadline all that’s standing between you and the weekend? According to a recent study published by The University of Chicago Press, moderate levels of ambient noise may boost productivity and creativity. Test the theory by logging onto Coffitivity, a free site that brings the vibrant sounds of a coffee shop into your home or office. Now, get to […]

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Wednesday Trivia: Checking Email on Vacation

In honor of Independence Day, most of us will enjoy a day off work tomorrow. But how many us will really stop working? According to a new survey from a company called Pertino, half (59 percent) of Americans regularly check email, take a phone call, and more during their vacation. What’s surprising is the reason they’re checking in. For 47 percent of respondents, the desire to work from home stems from wanting to ease their own stress—not to please the boss.

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Google Reader Alternatives

Many people (myself included) depend on Google Reader to get their daily dose of news and blogs. But, on July 1, Google is slated to shut down the beloved RSS reader. Follow these steps to backup your Google Reader, choose a new one, and import your data into your new RSS reader of choice.

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What to Do With Outdated Business Cards

Got a promotion? Don’t toss those old business cards. Instead, stack outdated cards in a small bowl or holder next to the phone, and use the backside as scrap paper.

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