In an end-of-year twist, CheckWorks interviewed its writer, MJ Plaster (www.onesavvywriter.com).
How did you get into writing?
A funny thing happened on the way to my journalism degree. I was an airline brat, and I lost my pass privileges, my freedom. What I had once taken for granted (free travel) became a fixation to the exclusion of everything else.
By MJ Plaster
A-thousand-and-one lessons? At least! Successful people distill knowledge acquired through self-education and life experiences into wisdom. As Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel remind us, we don’t learn much of anything important in school. Those who pursue relentless self-education and act on knowledge learned are destined for great things.
We all know that there are just some things you shouldn’t say at work. Even if you consider your co-workers your friends, when you are on the clock, it is important for everyone that you mind your p’s and q’s. But during the holidays, when everyone is feeling either a bit more relaxed or boiling under the pressure of family commitments and end of the quarter deadlines, it is easy to fall into random topics of conversation around the water cooler.
If you feel tired and demotivated in the first half of your day, you’re not as productive as the morning person in your workplace. Even worse, you may end up taking work home or working overtime as a result.
Thankfully, there’s no need to envy morning people because a change in your habits will lead to you feeling productive and energized in the morning as well. Here are six reasons that contribute to lack of productivity in the morning and what you can do to fix them. Continue reading
At some point in your adult life, you will find yourself stuck doing a job that you hate. Even if that job is in a career that you love, it may be necessary to move on before you risk burning out completely.
What are some tips that can help you escape from a bad job and get your career back on track in 2016? Continue reading
By MJ Plaster
When someone receives an unwanted gift card and says, “OMG! You shouldn’t have,” it might be a Freudian slip. And if the person leans toward the sarcastic, the gift giver knows he’s made a mistake and feels terrible. Don’t let that happen to you.
By Jurissa Ayala
With Christmas fast approaching, holiday parties and gift swap planning are in full swing. Whether yours is a traditional Yankee Swap, or white elephant gifts are the office’s favorite way to celebrate, you need a strategy. The following tips can make the season and the parties fun for everyone… even you!