Professionals in the U.S. spend on average more than a quarter of their time reading and responding to e-mail, according to a study from McKinsey Global Institute. Since it takes 67 seconds to recover from each e-mail received, that means people spend nearly an hour and a half trying to clear their heads from e-mail messages, says Dmitri Leonov, a co-founder of SaneBox. "At some point we have to understand this process is hurting us," he says.
The most stress-free state is Hawaii, followed by Louisiana and Mississippi, a Gallup survey finds. The most stressed residents are in West Virginia, followed by those in Rhode Island and Kentucky, the survey finds.
Using a notebook to record all your work notes, appointments and contact information is a better way to organize yourself than any technology, says Mike Domanski, who uses a 200-page black notebook. "Use your black book to record your 'victories' or to list your dreams. Use them to record your results. Jot down inspirational quotes. Cut out pictures of what you'd like to buy or places you'd like to visit or scenes that inspire you. Tape them inside," he says.
When you reach the executive ranks, certain talents take on far greater weight, Jessica Holbrook Hernandez writes. Her three must-includes: a graduate degree, fluency in a second language and international business experience.