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Here at Lifehacker headquarters, I sit right next to our wonderful video producer, Heather.
All of two feet separate us at all times. While she works, diligently editing videos, I think to myself: does she judge me?

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People with office jobs spend a large part of their waking hours sitting at a desk, one probably chosen for its utilitarian qualities. As long as you’re there, why not make it a more pleasant place to be?

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It’s altogether possible that among some of the workers, friends and people with otherwise undefined relationships that make up its eight million daily users, the chat software Slack has delivered on its stated purpose of making work "simpler, more pleasant and more productive". In my personal experience it has sometimes accomplished one or another of these goals, though rarely at the same time.

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Workplaces are funny little ecosystems. You spend all your time working and developing complex relationships with everyone from the security guard to your shared desk mate, but occasionally, these fragile work friendships can go south.

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With a new work year kicking off, it's a great time to reorganise your office and declutter so you can kick things off with maximum productivity and begin the year with a clean slate. Here are five things you can do to declutter your workspace.

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The ribbon interface introduced in Microsoft Office 2007 was easily one of the most radical changes the company ever made to its productivity software. But Microsoft has made other, more subtle, changes to Office over the years, going so far as to keep the icons for Word, Excel and the like up-to-date. The last time these icons saw any attention was back in 2013, so I suppose it was about time they were refreshed.

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Most people spend around 90,000 hours at work during their lifetime. When you remove sleep from the equation, that’s way more time then we spend in our home. It really makes you wonder… why on earth would we waste all this time in a poorly set up workspace?

We spoke with Vanessa Auditore, business coach, personal development specialist and Co Founder of Headspace and SuccessHQ about getting the most out of your workspace and why it’s so important to your productivity and wellbeing.

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So, you need some help. It's okay, we all need a hand sometimes. Problem is, a lot of us don't know how to go about asking - so we don't. Well, according to a social psychologist, here's the simplest, most effective way to ask for a favour.

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Open offices are a panopticon hellhole. They might make it easier to collaborate, and they might help your boss pack more workers into a smaller space, but they leave you in earshot of every little sound your co-workers make. (You get to see and smell them, too!)

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I love the concept of a coworking space. Even though I've worked from home for a number of years, I sometimes find myself missing things like human interaction, yummy snacks, plants, and unique or super-creative spaces that make it easier to get through the 9 to 5 day.

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When I joined the workplace Slack, I went in guns blazing. I posted too much, inserted myself into conversations, embarrassed myself in private channels. Don't be like me! But also don't be a terrified wallflower. Here's how to settle into a new Slack without embarrassing yourself.

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There's a lot to do. There always is. You sit at your desk well past quittin' time each day to ensure it gets all done, but in the end you suffer for it. It's OK to leave work on time, and these tips can help you make it a habit.

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If one of your New Year's resolutions (or dreams) is to get along better with a remote coworker, you aren't alone. Working with someone in the office every day and maintaining a great relationship can be hard on its own. When you add distance into the mix things can get a little hairier.

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While a professional politician might have their hard-working citizen cosplay down, us average Joes might not be as skilled when it comes to rolling up those long-sleeve shirts, especially when it's hot outside. You might lean toward tighter rolls, but that won't help if you're trying to stay cool.