When sitting at a desk with your back to the door, put a pair of sunglasses or tiny mirror to see when people approach.
Now you can avoid Lumbergh asking for more TPS reports.
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When wrapping up a meeting where you come to a decision, send an email to all participants.
This ensures that everyone is aligned and has mutually agreed to the same decision. Spoken word can sometimes make things get lost in translation.
If you're in the United States and are planning to leave a company, get your prescriptions refilled.
You can request a "vacation refill" for all your medications so you don't have to worry about rushing out to get COBRA or another interim insurance policy just to fill your prescriptions.
Immediately pay what you owe to vendors, workers, contractors.
They will likely go out of their way to work with you first next time.
Want to get paid more at work? Start interviewing at different companies.
You will make more by switching jobs than you will at staying at your current employer.
Be nice to the IT department at work.
They are more likely to quickly help rather than leave you waiting in the queue.
Underpromise and overdeliver.
It's better to surprise than to let down especially when estimating time it takes to complete a project and delivering it.
Apply your technical skills to a non-technical business.
Don't start a tech startup in a tech hub. Run a business completely unrelated to tech and use your skills to improve that business. Go after the low-hanging fruit.
If someone hands you a business card, take a photo of it with your phone in case you lose it.
You can even do this with things like event fliers, wedding announcements, etc.