Some ideas about work, organization and hangovers

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Does your cubicle need an "extreme makeover"? Did you vow to clean up your desk and your act this year? You're in luck. While Ty Pennington may not be available, Office Depot has mapped out the process with its Five-Day Makeover plan. The Five-Day Makeover is designed to help business professionals strengthen their organizational skills by reclaiming time lost to disorder, according to the company. To transform your desk from controlled chaos to pristine work space, Office Depot advises the following four steps: Slim down the piles. What to do with the stack of papers that has grown into multiple piles? Use the TRAF system: Toss things of no interest (using an Office Depot shredder, natch); Refer paperwork to a colleague who might need it (basically, pass the buck); Act on the task; and File paperwork you might want to refer to in the future. Tone up to-do lists. Use your day planner to create a master to-do list categorized by priority and then break down large projects into manageable pieces. Obviously you'll want to put the makeover at the top of that list. Increase file-finding flexibility. Staying on top of filing paper can prevent clutter and help you find needed files more quickly than rifling through the stack on the desk that's been sitting there since the day you were hired. Train for a less taxing tax season. Stop stuffing receipts in shoeboxes. Office Depot recommends preparing an expanding file at the beginning of the year with tabs for all your receipts. While you're at it, look for the latest version of your tax software. Additional tips can be downloaded free at --Carol Krol

If you drank too much spiked eggnog or hot-buttered rum punch at your office holiday party, you're not alone. And you probably won't be too stunned by this news: A survey by job search company found that drinking too much alcohol ranked as the biggest mistake employees make at office parties (cited by 75% of respondents). The second-biggest mistake (cited by 53% of respondents) is flirting with co-workers, followed by dirty dancing (42%), wearing inappropriate outfits (41%), discussing "hot button" topics (35%), bringing poorly behaved guests (33%) or skipping the party altogether (29%). When asked if they had ever been involved in an embarrassing incident at an office party, 14% of executives admitted they had. Take heart—at least one fact should give you comfort the day after: Probably none of your drunken co-workers will remember your passionate karaoke rendition of Sir Mix-a-Lot's "Baby Got Back."--Kate Maddox

It's a monster ad campaign--literally. Monster, the online career center and recruitment resource, recently launched its 2007 integrated marketing campaign: "Monster Works for Me." The company's message: is a trusted adviser and resource that can help people advance their lives at any stage, whether they are currently looking for a job or not, said Vicki Godfrey, VP-advertising and brand strategy at Monster, in a news release. The campaign's first broadcast spot, which debuted in December, features a cross section of workers at different stages in their lives, articulating their perspectives on why they work. One scene depicts a fashion store owner who works to create style; another features an engineer who works for the future. A radio spot, titled "Maybe," will also enumerate myriad motivations as to why people work. The campaign will also have a significant online presence, running on thousands of Web sites, including,, and, according to the company. In concert with the new campaign, Monster has launched "The Monster Works Giveaway" online contest. Appearing on through Feb. 20, the contest encourages people to share why they work. Prizes include $20,000 in cash, a hybrid car and a donation to a favorite charity.

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