Typos stnik!

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Nothing ruins my day like the dreaded typo; they are the worst. In fact, the word “the” in the previous sentence was the victim of the typo, but I luckily caught it. However, not all typos are put in their place and end up glaring back at us once our work is published.

So, what’s the deal?

According to this article from Wired, typos are actually a very human error as a result of the way our brains work through high level tasks, such as writing. It’s not because we’re careless or stupid; it’s because we write to convey meaning. As the author of the Wired article puts it:

When we’re proof reading our own work, we know the meaning we want to convey. Because we expect that meaning to be there, it’s easier for us to miss when parts (or all) of it are absent. The reason we don’t see our own typos is because what we see on the screen is competing with the version that exists in our heads.”

However, while it may seem like all hope is lost and we will never be able to save ourselves from any typos, it isn’t! For example, touch typists-typists who can type without looking at the keyboard-know they’ve made an error even before it shows up on the screen!

So, yes, typos are an annoying part of the life of the writer and are probably here for life. However, it’s pretty cool to know the reason for their pesky existence.

 

 

 

 

How to Get Email Responses

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Why is it so hard to get responses back from people via email? It truly is akin to pulling teeth. However, this site that I found has a great checklist you should follow before you send your next email. These steps are a good way to make sure you are doing all you can on your end.

1. Be brief

You’re busy however successful people are even busier. Short messages decrease the chance your contact drags your email into their trash folder.

2. Keep it genuine

Don’t underestimate how deeply people crave authentic connections. Successful people develop a B.S. detector after constantly having others compete for their time and attention.

3. Be likeable

Center your emails around the contact instead of yourself. Primarily, focus your message on their background, their needs, and how your email impacts them.

4. Provide value

In your emails to successful people, share an interesting link or new information within their niche. Your email isn’t just about receiving; it’s about establishing a relationship. And good relationships are built upon helping people with shared interests and aspirations.

5. Show you’re already winning

Did you just complete a cool project? Create something unique? Briefly tell your contact. The message conveyed is that you don’t mooch, and that establishing a professional relationship with you won’t be a waste of their time and effort.

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Staying Motivated

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Having a problem with nodding off at your computer at work? How about having to reread a line multiple times during a study session? We’ve all been there. Staying awake, focused, and motivated while working is one of the hardest things to do in life and a struggle everyone battles against daily. This article has 4 great tips to successfully make the most of your work and school day.

1. Surround yourself with inspiration. Take control of your workspace. Paint it fun and inspiring colors. Try hanging an especially motivational photo, quote, or word that reminds you of your ultimate goal or vision.

2. Challenge yourself. Try new things and take on different tasks. It keeps you awake, focused, and makes the time fly by. Learning new things also shows initiative to employers as well as interest and investment in your professional development.

3. Celebrate all your accomplishments. This article recommends keeping a work journal to track your accomplishments and professional growth. This could be a great portfolio piece as well as a fun way to reminisce and get motivated. It is also super handy for reflecting, which is another way to get inspired and grow professionally.

4. Keep learning and reaching out. Even though you already have the job, keep up on the latest news in your industry like you are preparing for an interview. Also, never stop connecting and networking with people. Both of these things could help you in the long run by getting you invested in other people and their projects. In doing this, you are opening yourself up to endless possibilities and opportunities.

Check out the full article at http://www.levo.com/articles/career-advice/stay-hungry-stay-foolish-how-to-stay-inspired-in-your-workday.

Writing For College

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Whether it is because the professor didn’t give you enough description of what they are looking for, assigned a dull topic or prompt, you can’t find any research, or you just have another two papers due within a couple days of each other, no one enjoys writing papers. This is especially true in college. Now, writing papers is not something I can help you make disappear. However, here are some great tips I found that make writing them so much easier.

Get a planner. Whether you have four days, two weeks or a month to write a paper, make a timeline keep track of every step. This organization is one less thing clouding your brain as you write.

Find lots of resources. It’s better to have more information than you have room for in your paper rather than to have to continuously go searching for more information.

Make an outline. Many people think that outlines are for children just learning to write, but that isn’t true at all. Outlines are for everyone. They help writers on every level.

Keep track of what you do. Not only is this good for making sure you have everything, but it also helps to give you a motivating visual of your progress.

Have someone else read your paper. Really, it makes a world of difference. One of two things will happen. Your friend reads your paper and gives it the thumbs up and you gain confidence as a writer or your friend asks you clarifying questions, you fix your essay, and you get a better grade. It’s win-win.

Don’t procrastinate. Despite what you may think, you really don’t write your best under pressure.

For more information and tips, check out http://blarouche.wordpress.com/2013/09/02/tips-for-writing-a-college-paper/.