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First impressions matter. Here are five tips for how to impress people with your online presence from the start.

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I'm not sure what comes to your mind when you hear the word "professional," but you know what comes to mine? Nothing. Well, more like anything and everything that is nothing but boring. You know, white-bread, blah, etc. Yet as working adults, it's a trait we're expected to mimic. We're supposed to be professional in the way we act, the way we communicate, the way we dress ... Because we're professionals and that's how the real ones do it.

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We're straying away from our normal content about social media, business, etc. and focusing on our #1 VIP: You. Giving it all for your business is great, but if you aren't taking care of yourself, your work will surely reflect that. So we're here to share a few hints on how to destress and declutter that smart little brain of yours. Because nothing's better than a refreshed mind.

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It’s holiday season! A time of cheer, joy, and good wishes. But even the jolliest person can get a little overwhelmed by the Yuletide whirlwind. Between end-of-year deadlines, family coming to town, and holiday shopping, stress can get the best of you. So here are 5 tips on dealing with the holiday juggle like a pro.

1. Remember: One thing at a time.

Think of everything you have to do and imagine having to get it all done today. Overwhelming, right? Here’s a better approach: Focus on one thing at a time. Write down your tasks in order of importance and then break it up into daily to-do lists. Pro tip: keep daily-to-do lists short. Only jot down what you can realistically complete.

2. Exercise — even though you don’t have time for it.

Sure, it’s the holidays. Eggnog and firesides are whispering sweet nothings in your ear. But remember that exercising does wonders for your mental health. It can put you in a good mood despite the millions of things you need to do. Added bonus: It gives you more energy to conquer the tasks ahead of you.

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We’ve all been there, putting off a task until the very last minute (probably more often than we’d like to admit). We try to convince ourselves that we work best under pressure and that we’re “just waiting for the right time." Sound familiar? Those excuses might work occasionally, but the truth is we’re procrastinators — and procrastination is a bad habit. So to avoid stress and sub-par work, here are five ways to choose productivity instead.

Embrace the 2-minute rule.

The 2-minute rule is simple: Immediately do any task that can be completed in under 2 minutes. You’ll get small tasks taken care of fast and make sure they don’t slip your mind later. And completing small tasks throughout the day can also provide a sens...

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We all feel a little uninspired sometimes, and that’s OK. (Side note: Why do we always seem to lack creativity when we need it most, like when a super important deadline is a few hours away?) Lots of people think creativity strikes at random, but here’s the truth: Your creative spirit is always with you, it’s just waiting for a little push. So if you’re in an inspiration rut, here are five tips to inspire your inner creative to step up to the plate.

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When you’re overwhelmed by all the to-dos on your list, forget about working harder  —  it’s all about working smarter. That’s where productivity apps come in. They help you manage everything from huge projects and deadlines, to little everyday things that just need to get done. Here are five apps we’ve found that can make your day-to-day a little bit easier.

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Forget about dishing out hundreds of dollars for a life coach. Because FACT: Your dog is the best one around. We’ve learned a lot from our K-9 buds over the years — it would be hard to find a human who’s better at naps, and where can you find a better example of how to make a big mess simply by drinking water? And even if you’re not a dog lover (shout out to cats), there are still a few things man’s/woman’s best friend can teach you about being cool in business and life. Here are some of the things we’ve learned from our dogs.

Get excited.

One thing dogs are the absolute best at: showing enthusiasm. Take a cue from your pet and get excited about work/life. We know it’s not always easy, but waking up with a smile on your face can set the tone for your entire day — the human equivalent of a good ol’ tail wag. And excitement is contagious. Your positive energy can make a huge difference at work, inspiring your coworkers and making your space a little brighter.

Stay loyal.

Dogs are the most loyal pets, and when it comes to business, it’s important to follow their example. Dogs stand by their humans. Lesson here? Stand by your team and what you’re trying to accomplish together. Establish yourself as a person your team can trust. Loyalty — it’s something all good leaders have in common.

Be grateful.

A cuddle, a lick, a jump — these are all ways our dogs show us some love, and we can learn a lot from them about how to show gratitude. Don’t forget to show the people close to you that you appreciate them and their hard work (not in the same way dogs do, but you get what we’re saying). And do it often, because it feels good to be valued.

Live simply.

A dog lives a simple life, aka the good life. They eat, they greet, they play, they sleep. And our lives compared to theirs are crazy. That’s why it’s important to simplify the way we do things. Yeah, life can be stressful and we’ve got a bunch of stuff competing for our attention, so simplify your routine. Prioritize what matters and cut the rest. You’ll stay calm, focused, and more productive.

Learn new tricks.

Dogs are smart and can learn all kinds of tricks with time. Takeaway: Stay open to learning new things (no one likes a know-it-all). Listen to your peers, surround yourself with people smarter than you, and learn. It’s never too late to explore a new subject or pick up a new hobby — especially when you got your best friend by your side.

Your dog teach you anything cool lately? Tweet us @moproteam. And if you liked this post, show it some love and give it a share.

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We like surfing a lot, not just because we live in Orange County where we’re minutes away from some pretty incredible surf spots, but because it’s taught us some stuff. We know how to relieve stress after a long day by just being on the water, and how to work hard at something despite countless and repeated wipeouts. And surfing has a few things to teach you too  —  about being a more productive worker and an overall better person. Here’s what we’ve learned.

1. Only chase the waves you want to catch.

Wave selection is crucial to any great surf session. It’s important to be selective and only chase the good ones. And the same goes for business opportunities. Be strategic when new opportunities come your way  —  i.e., don’t go after ev...

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An internship can lead to some tremendous opportunities. Not only does it give an intern the chance to gain firsthand industry knowledge, but they can learn a lot about their strengths and weaknesses, what they like and what they absolutely don’t. Sure, a great intern can boost your productivity, but they’ll give you some things that are even more valuable: a fresh perspective and the opportunity to inspire a career. If your company is establishing an internship program, here’s some advice to help your intern get the most out of the experience.

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We’ve all been there. We have a super important thing that absolutely needs to get done/needed to get done like, yesterday. But for whatever reason, it’s just not happening. And then it hits you: GUILT. All good procrastinators know it goes hand in hand with putting off what you need to do. But that’s not always how this whole procrastination thing needs to go down. Next time you’d rather do just about anything than do the thing, remember these six ways to make your time spent procrastinating really productive.

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