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Productivity Planning When You Know You're Overwhelmed

Last Saturday night I had a nightmare. I went to LA for a business trip and I spent hours trying to find my ticket home only to realize that I had never booked it. I woke up in a cold sweat. Once I collected myself - with the help of copious amounts of coffee - I made a triage list to get me through the week.

I've written in this blog before about my productivity methods and the personality tests I took to understand what I needed. I use a journal called the "Productivity Planner" and I time my work in Pomodoro intervals. My goal is to break everything down into simple tasks. Last week, I stopped doing that and not only did I have a much lower productivity rate, but my subconscious started to get overwhelmed.

So my advice to anyone who is feeling overwhelmed is simple: break everything down into tasks and set a Pomodoro timer. Then wait to see if you have dreams about whether you bought your tickets home - you won't have them, at least not as often.

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That makes celebrating Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month (which was named a month-long celebration in May by Congress in 1992 "to coincide with two important milestones in Asian/Pacific American history: the arrival in the United States of the first Japanese immigrants on May 7, 1843 and contributions of Chinese workers to the building of the transcontinental railroad, completed May 10, 1869") this year all the more important.

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Perhaps your company chooses to highlight the diversity of your employees by collectively celebrating different festive days. Or maybe you're encouraging employees to use floating paid holidays to mark important days with their families and friends. Either way, a diversity awareness calendar for 2021 can go a long way in helping you meet your goals. Avoid insensitive missteps by checking against these 2021 diversity holidays before scheduling all-hands meetings or company parties.

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45 Transferable Skills to Add to Your Resume

Whether you've stayed in the same career field for years or dabbled in different industries, odds are you've developed your professional skill set. Some of these skills are job-specific, like mastering certain platforms or tools, but others are transferable, such as critical thinking or time management skills.

Transferable skills are very versatile and can be applied in any professional setting, regardless of position or industry, which is a HUGE value-add to future employers.

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