Watch out, Amazon: Walmart could be the comeback story of the COVID-19 era

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“The multinational retailer has clearly been doing something right,” says the latest FutureBrand Index. One thing about a deadly pandemic is that it really forces you to reassess your priorities. Imagine if you could travel back to January and explain to your past self that everyday things such as seeing a movie, taking a trip, or even visiting your favorite pub would not figure prominently on your to-do list for most of 2020. Read Full Story

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How to train your brain to be more adventurous

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Do you feel stuck in a rut? Are you a creature of habit? Here’s how to get better at trying new things. What does it mean to be adventurous? It means a willingness to take on new challenges and to take on some risk. Both the newness and the risk matter when thinking about whether and how you could learn to be more adventurous. Read Full Story

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How to get in the mindset of your interviewer

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Getting a sense of your interviewer’s mindset is critical, but it can be tricky when you’re doing a virtual interview. When you head into any job interview, you want to make a good impression. In the past, you could pick up on a lot of information in the physical environment where the interview was taking place, as well as the body language of the interviewer. But during the pandemic, social distancing has made it harder to use this information, and so it becomes even more valuable to have a sense of your interviewer’s mindset before you get to the interview. Here are four things to focus on: Read Full Story

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Debt collectors swear not to ‘target’ your IRS stimulus check

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Debt collectors say they have too much “compassion and empathy for consumers” to take advantage of them during the coronavirus pandemic. Following reports last week that the IRS stimulus checks meant to help taxpayers stay afloat during the coronavirus pandemic could legally be seized by banks, debt collectors want you to know that they would never, ever do such a thing. Read Full Story

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How to transform your to-do list into a productivity power tool

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It will likely require shifting your mindset in a few key ways. A to-do list can be a helpful tool for running your day, but it can also be a place where tasks go to linger and die. If you end the day with things undone or if you keep carrying tasks forward to the next day or week, you need a to-do list makeover—a reality check on how you spend your time, as well as your expectations. Read Full Story

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How to accomplish life-admin tasks, aka the most boring things on your to-do list list

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Administrative tasks, such as making a dentist appointment or paying your bills, are the worst. But if you don’t do these things regularly, they pile up. Sometimes you feel like you can’t manage your life because of huge, challenging projects you need to get done. But in my experience as a time management coach, people can just as easily feel like a failure because of the little things: the doctors’ appointments never made, the clothes heaps on the floor, or the constant orange glow of the change oil light on their dashboard. Read Full Story

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