Blog Posts by The Daily Muse

  • 8 Tips for Actually Sleeping on a Red-Eye

    Sleep on planes

    I've been making a lot of cross-country treks for work lately, and because I hate to lose a day to a six-hour plane ride and three-hour time difference, I often take the red-eye. That's right-I take off at 11 PM, land at 7 AM, and head to the office after a quick freshening up in the JFK bathroom.

    And while cozying up in seat 31A will never be my ideal way to sleep, I've developed a routine that ensures I'll get at least a good four hours of shut-eye before touching ground. On your next red-eye, follow these tips to sleep like a bi-coastal baby.

    RELATED: Red-Eye Recovery: How to Look and Feel Great After a Flight

    1. Book the Late-Night Red-Eye

    If possible, take the last flight out of town. I've made the mistake of leaving at 9:30-and taking off an hour before my usual bedtime makes it pretty hard to get to sleep. On the other hand, if you depart at 11:30 or 12 when you're extra-tired, you're much more likely to pass out as soon as your cozy up in your not-so-spacious

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  • 5 Ways to Eat Healthy when You're Super Busy

    Eat healthy when busy

    When you're so busy that you barely have time to brush your teeth in the morning, healthy eating can be a challenge: It's all too easy to succumb to grabbing fast food or take-out for dinner or stress-eating chips and chocolate to get you through the day. But I don't think I need to tell you that this is bad for your body-and your energy levels.

    Luckily, eating well doesn't have to take up a lot of your precious time. All it takes is a little foresight and planning. Here are a few tips to help make healthy eating a perfectly manageable part of your to-do list.

    1. Keep Healthy Snacks Within Arm's Reach

    When the vending machine or leftovers from the 3 PM meeting tempt you with their ease and convenience, it's hard to just say no to chips and cookies during that mid-afternoon slump. But-it's a whole lot easier when you're armed with an arsenal of healthier alternatives.

    So, on Monday morning or at lunch, swing by the store or deli to pick up some snacking essentials. Get

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  • 5 Secrets for Acing Your Next Interview

    Ace your next interview

    I've taken part in many interviews, on both sides of the desk. And while I've seen the good, the bad, and the really ugly, I can safely say I'm always most disappointed by the candidates who seem perfect on paper, but who just don't impress when the opportunity presents itself.

    Often times, this is because they don't spend enough time preparing. Preparation not only leads to sharing the facets of your background that are most relevant to the position and to the people you're meeting with, but it also helps you head into the interview confident and relaxed. When you're confident and relaxed, you can be yourself. And that, my friends, is what will land you that position.

    RELATED: Are You Over-Preparing For Your Interview?

    Here are five things you can do before and during your next job interview to improve your comfort level-so you can focus on showing everyone that you're a great fit for the job.

    1. Use Company Stalking to Your Advantage

    It goes without saying that you

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  • 5 Epic Career Lessons I Learned in My 20s

    Career lessons in 20s

    My 30th birthday is a few days away, and, according to prevailing traditions, I should be making a fuss over it. Milestone birthdays like these call for parties and cocktails and reminiscing and, at the end of it all, realizing that you just can't drink like you used to.

    But instead, I'm taking a look back at the last 10 years and my winding career path. Am I where I expected to be at 30? Not exactly. I thought I would be in academia, and instead I'm in marketing. I thought I would work in an office with lots of plants and free snacks and pencil skirts, and instead I work from home in yoga pants and drink from bottomless pots of coffee.

    RELATED: 30 Things You Don't Have to Have By 30

    Nevertheless, I learned a lot about the professional world in my 20s. More often than not, though, I learned these lessons the hard way, and now I want to grab each young woman I meet by the sock bun and scream, "Don't make the same mistakes I made!"

    Since that's not a legal option, here are

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  • From Intern to CEO: How 3 Execs Climbed to the Top

    execs to the top

    While it's easy to point to pedigree and the right network as the reasons many of today's high-powered executives are where they are, not all of them were raised with silver spoons in their hands. In fact, quite a few iconic CEOs got their start with very humble beginnings.

    From taking unpaid internships to dropping out of college to take a mail room job, take a look at how these successful CEOs really did work their way from the bottom all the way to the top.

    Ursula Burns
    Chairman and CEO, Xerox

    "If you don't transform, you're stuck."

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    After growing up in a poor neighborhood in New York City's Lower East Side, earning her master's degree in mechanical engineering, and eventually becoming the first African American woman to lead a Fortune 500 company, Ursula Burns knows a thing or two about transformation.

    Raised by her mother, Burns was taught at an early age that hard work, determination, and flexibility were the keys to success. A great student at her

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  • How to Be a Rock Star at an Uninspiring Job

    Uninspiring Job

    As a recent college graduate, I spent a little over a year "learning the ropes" in an entry-level position at a thriving international nonprofit. I believed in the mission and learned so much about the industry by watching others-but as the Grants and Contracts Coordinator, I sometimes felt left out of the action.

    RELATED: 3 Things You Learn as an Assistant That You'll Use Forever

    It was a struggle to feel like the analytical and writing skills I proudly displayed on my perfectly formatted resume rarely crept into my day-to-day routine of responding politely to passive-aggressive emails, entering contact information into databases, and getting intimate with the filing cabinet. There were moments when it took my most valiant effort not to throw the stack of papers I was sorting up in the air and head to Pinterest for some therapeutic procrastination.

    In other words, it wasn't my dream job. But, sticking it out paid off when I was offered a position I could never have landed

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  • Keeping the Peace: When You & a Co-Worker Want the Same Promotion

    Want the Same Promotion

    Opportunities for promotion don't come around very often, so when they do, you may find yourself competing with a colleague for the same spot. Suddenly, your congenial workplace can turn into an episode of Survivor: The Concrete Jungle, with each person gunning for his or her own success at the expense of everything and everyone else.

    Fortunately, though, you don't have to choose between getting a raise and maintaining a good relationship. We've outlined three of the common mistakes people make in this scenario that can quickly turn office friends into office frenemies.

    Mistake #1: Saying Nothing

    While this strategy might (emphasis on might) minimize conflict, it can also put a lot of strain on your relationship. After all, it's hard to maintain good rapport when you're tip-toeing around such a major issue or fearing that another co-worker will bring the topic up at happy hour.

    Our Solution

    Don't let the awkwardness build. A simple, "Hey, I heard that you're applying for that

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  • Does Your Dream Job Fit into Your Dream Life?

    Dream Job

    A cursory read-through of my high school diaries reveals that I dreamed of becoming a political speech writer, a novelist, a poet, an ad copywriter, a parent, and, of course, a millionaire. I assumed that, no matter which path I chose, I would make more money than I'd know what to do with.

    By college, I was more realistic. As an English major and, later, as a graduate student in creative writing, I knew that fame and fortune weren't likely. But I still assumed that I would eventually find a concrete representation of my imaginary ideal: a full-time writing gig with unlimited upward mobility that would keep me employed for the rest of my life. Everything else (money, lifestyle, parenthood) would fall into place.

    RELATED: Why We Need to Redefine "Having it All"

    Now that I'm nearing 30 and have a son, I realize that my conception of a dream job was, well, a misconception.

    I now know that dream jobs really are like dreams-fleeting, short-lived, and ever-changing. What seemed

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  • How to Deal when It's Just Not Your Day

    Not Your Day

    We've all had one of those days.

    You know what I'm talking about-you wake up, and for whatever reason everything is harder than it needs to be. You spill your coffee, lose your keys, trip on your way out the door, get an annoying text, and hate your outfit the second you get to the office. And all that's before you find your inbox overflowing, jump on a call you weren't prepared for, and attend a meeting that doesn't go your way. It's official-today is a bad day, and it's not even lunchtime.

    So, how do you get through it?

    Well, there are two main tactics you can take-trying to turn things around by being positive or self-indulging. Personally, I like to mix it up with a little bit of both. Here are a few ideas to help you do the same.

    RELATED: 8 Amazing Sites to Get You Through a Bad Day

    Positive: Throw Yourself Into Your Work

    If you're frustrated and upset at work, what better way to work out your frustrations than by getting a ton of stuff done? Keeping your head

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  • Bad Manager? 3 Ways to Take Control

    Deal with Bad Manager

    If you're feeling unhappy in your 9-to-5, you're not alone. According to the latest Gallup poll, only three in 10 employees are fully engaged at work. And it's not because of long hours, dull assignments, or a lack of team culture. The biggest culprit? Terrible managers.

    A whopping 75% of employees say their manager is their biggest source of stress at work, and 65% of employees would rather have a new manager than a raise.

    Sound shocking? Not when you look at it from the other side-turns out, managers are also struggling. Only one in 10 leaders is actually groomed for the job-but then again, half took the role solely to snag a raise; only 23% actually wanted to lead a team.


    So, if you're stuck with a less-than-ideal boss, what can you do? Well, you can either let this manager mayhem make your life a miserable daymare (like a nightmare, only with sunshine), or you can accept that the game has changed and adjust your action plan accordingly. I would strongly suggest the

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