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    1. 6 Ways to Get More Done Every Day

      6 Ways to Get More Done Every Day

      From the moment you get to work in the morning, you’re probably planning all the things you intend to get done. By the time you head home, you may wonder how the day got away from you! We’re all looking to squeeze a few more hours out of the day, or a way to finish just one more task. If you’re ready to hit the ground running and accomplish more, try these easy, effective tips for being ultra-productive every day.

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    2. 7 Ways to Instantly Make Your Website More User-Friendly

      7 Ways to Instantly Make Your Website More User-Friendly

      With more and more people preferring to conduct business exclusively online, a user-friendly website isn’t just desirable, it’s required if you want to be successful. These seven tips will help you instantly make your website user-friendly so you can get more visitors and turn your website into a sales generator.

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    3. Advances in Pancreatic Cancer Diagnosis and Treatment

      Advances in Pancreatic Cancer Diagnosis and Treatment

      Twenty years ago, getting a pancreatic cancer diagnosis was very often devastating. The cancer usually wasn’t caught until later stages, partly because the pancreas is tucked behind the stomach, making it hard to detect tumors. Plus, some of the warning signs — abdominal discomfort, back pain, unintended weight loss and fatigue — are easy to overlook or attribute to other conditions. And they often arise late in the game.

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    4. How to Reduce Stress on the Job

      How to Reduce Stress on the Job

      Here are some interesting stats for you. More than 157 million Americans are part of the U.S. workforce. Considering that number, did you know that workplace stress is responsible for up to $190 billion in annual U.S. healthcare costs? Pretty incredible!

      Millions of employees are affected by stress and anxiety each year, hindering their ability to perform in the office. Even the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) deems stress as a “hazard of the workplace.”

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    5. Life insurance needs can change over time

      Life insurance needs can change over time

      Insurance may not be the most interesting topic; however, it is an important issue to address.

      It’s easy for many of us to approach life insurance with, “I’ll handle that later” or a set-it-and-forget-it mentality, and to assume you have time to sort out the details of adequate coverage down the road. Yet, life insurance can play a key role in protecting your loved ones financially should you pass away unexpectedly. The role protection plays in your financial plan often depends on your life stage.

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    6. 10 Ways to Make Your Emails Pop

      10 Ways to Make Your Emails Pop

      When it comes to email, don’t believe the hype that it’s an antiquated communication medium. Case in point? By the end of 2025, email users will balloon to 4.6 billion users!

      What’s more, email will continue to dominate as the primary way to connect in the business world. But, at the same time, managing our inboxes can be time-consuming and frustrating — even though it’s necessary.

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    7. Don’t Usually File Taxes? Here’s Why You May Need To

      Don’t Usually File Taxes? Here’s Why You May Need To

      If you don’t typically file an income tax return, this may be the year to do so. According to the IRS , filing can help you claim a refundable tax credit or get an income tax refund in certain circumstances. See: If You Did Gig Work in 2021, the IRS Says You Owe Taxes Find: All the States That Don’t Tax Social Security In many cases, income, filing status and age determine if you must file a tax return; however, there are other rules that may apply if you’re self-employed or if you can be claimed as a ...

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    8. Customer Experience + Branding: The Relationship Goals of Marketing

      Customer Experience + Branding: The Relationship Goals of Marketing

      Customer experience can make or break your company. How you and your employees treat customers directly reflects your brand’s values. But the truth is, positive customer experiences can be difficult to implement. 

      With countless channels that buyers can communicate through (Instagram, Facebook, Google reviews, etc.), if your brand and customer experience strategies are not in perfect harmony, consumers may move on to something better.

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    9. Elon Musk Slams California Government for 'Bizarre Move'

      Elon Musk Slams California Government for 'Bizarre Move'

      The Tesla CEO voiced his opinion on a new solar tax being proposed by the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC).

      According to the Tesla Silicon Valley Club, the new proposal (dubbed NEM 3.0) would slam customers with a “grid access” fee that would cost them $8 per kW of installed solar each month, on top of other extraneous fees that could add up to an additional $80 per customer per month.

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    10. Will Real Estate Ever Calm Down? How to Invest in this Wild Sector in 2022

      Will Real Estate Ever Calm Down? How to Invest in this Wild Sector in 2022

      Real estate investment trusts (REITs) own and invest in properties. They allow you to buy shares in commercial real estate portfolios and earn money from them without having to buy or manage the property. You can buy publicly traded REITs in direct methods or purchase them through mutual funds and ETFs. Let's walk through a couple of options you may want to consider.

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    11. How to Make Sense of Omicron and Changing COVID Protocols

      How to Make Sense of Omicron and Changing COVID Protocols

      "The most likely time that you're going to be infectious is those 5 to 6 days. We ask that you mask afterwards, we ask that you remain diligent."

      "We have to be somewhat realistic about what people are willing and able to do," said Barocas, an associate professor of medicine at the University of Colorado School of Medicine.

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    12. 10 Tweetable Quotes for Motivation

      10 Tweetable Quotes for Motivation

      People love quotes. That’s probably why 30% of retweets on Twitter are quote-related. You can tap into that trend by posting engaging and entertaining quotes on your company’s account. However, quotes are best used in moderation, so try posting just one quote a week. Here are ten motivational quotes from famous figures (real and imaginary) to get you started:

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    13. COVID-19 Quarantine and Isolation | CDC

      COVID-19 Quarantine and Isolation | CDC

      Isolation is used to separate people infected with COVID-19 from those who are not infected.

      People who are in isolation should stay home until it’s safe for them to be around others. At home, anyone sick or infected should separate from others, stay in a specific “sick room” or area, and use a separate bathroom (if available).

      To calculate your 10 full day isolation period, day 0 is your first day of symptoms. Day 1 is the first full day after your symptoms developed.

      If you test positive for COVID-19 and never develop symptoms, day 0 is the day of your positive viral test (based on the date you were tested) and day 1 is the first full day after your positive test. If you develop symptoms after testing positive, your 10-day isolation period must start over. Day 0 is your first day of symptoms. Day 1 is the ...

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    14. 5 Fail-Proof Ideas for Your Business Instagram

      5 Fail-Proof Ideas for Your Business Instagram

      What generates over 95 million photos and videos each day, 4.2 billion likes daily and has 700 million active users? You guessed it – Instagram. This photo and video sharing social platform have really taken off over the past few years and many businesses are starting to take note. If you’ve been putting off your Instagram debut because you’re not quite sure how it works, you’re in luck. Even if you think your brand isn’t camera-ready, these Instagram ideas can work for even the least photogenic brands.

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    15. The Pandemic Shows Why We Need Universal Health Care

      The Pandemic Shows Why We Need Universal Health Care

      The lack of insurance has been deadly for far too many. According to a report by Families USA, a consumer health advocacy organization, nearly one in three Covid deaths is related to gaps in health insurance. But rather than address these gaps, there has been a move to reinforce barriers. Many employers are now charging unvaccinated people an additional fee alongside their insurance. Even the White House’s first attempt to improve access to testing stopped short of making the tests free; instead, people are required to submit their bills to their insurance company for reimbursement. After pressure, the White House announced plans to make 500 million rapid tests available free of charge.

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    16. Mask Mandate Returns to Orange County Wednesday

      Mask Mandate Returns to Orange County Wednesday

      Beginning Wednesday, all Orange County residents will again have to wear masks when going to indoor public places as the Omicron COVID-19 variant is raising concerns from public health experts, with some saying it will fuel a winter surge.

      “… the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) is requiring masks to be worn in all indoor public settings, irrespective of vaccine status, for the next four weeks (December 15, 2021 through January 15, 2022),” reads updated health orders from the state health department.

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    17. 30 Quotes That Will Motivate You to Succeed

      30 Quotes That Will Motivate You to Succeed

      We all want to succeed in business and in life, but sometimes we could use an extra boost of motivation. Some of the most successful people we have ever known have failed many times before succeeding. So, read on and let their words inspire you!

      'Outstanding leaders go out of their way to boost the self-esteem of their personnel. If people believe in themselves, it’s amazing what they can accomplish.' — Sam Walton

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    18. How to Gain Inspiration in 5 Minutes

      How to Gain Inspiration in 5 Minutes

      People demand a lot of creativity from professionals these days. We live in an era of media overload, where viral video marketing and colorful infographics have become accepted means to engage an audience. As they should, that's what sets you apart from the competition. In fact, more video content is uploaded to the web in one single month than TV has created in three decades! How is that for an information flood?

      Reaching that refreshing glimpse of inspiration is not as difficult as it may seem. At times, you don’t need more than 5 minutes to get in the mood. Of course, when you are down on your luck and can’t get out of your discouraged head, it may take a few guiding steps to get you into the right mindset. Before diving into the actual practice, take the time to prepare your personal inspiration zone.

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    19. Graphic Design Terms Everyone Should Know

      Graphic Design Terms Everyone Should Know

      It can be hard to communicate with a design team on a project when the designers speak their very own language. That’s why we have a rundown of words you may come across frequently that can save you from an artwork mishap or miscommunication! Bookmark this cheat sheet of graphic design terms and you’ll be speaking our language!

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    20. The best ways to invest when inflation takes off

      The best ways to invest when inflation takes off

      “In general, inflation is usually negative for stocks,” said Amy Arnott, a portfolio strategist at Morningstar.

      Between 1973 and 1981, inflation rose by more than 9% a year. During the same period, stocks shed about 4% annually.

      But don’t panic — doing so has never helped an investor.

      That’s because these companies are often in industries, such as the financial and consumer staples sectors, that get hit less hard by inflation, Doll said, “These industries tend to perform better because they have more pricing power and are able to increase their prices with inflation better than other industries.”

      Other hedges to inflation include investing in real estate, gold and even cryptocurrencies, advisors say.

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    21. 6 Helpful Tips to Address Unhappy Customers

      6 Helpful Tips to Address Unhappy Customers

      It’s the moment you dread. The phone call you don’t want to pick up. The review you’re scared to address. 

      Responding to unhappy customers seems like a chore. It can be overwhelming and humiliating when the customer is shouting at you from the other end of the line. 

      The good news is there are steps you can take to address those bitter customers. Here’s a list of how to get through the phone call gracefully, without sobbing afterward. 

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    22. How to Work Smarter, Not Harder

      How to Work Smarter, Not Harder

      Do you ever find that no matter how hard you're working, you're not getting the results you want? You put in the long hours at the office, you answer every email, you skip lunch, and yet you're still not where you want to be. What could you possibly do to make your working life better?

      If you feel like your workdays are not as efficient as you'd like, below are the best tricks on how to work smarter, so that you can reach your goals and earn the success that you deserve.

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