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June 1, 2000

7 Secrets for Success

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4. Declutter Your Life
Getting organized will let you free up your mind and gain clarity. In addition to clearing out your desk and files, clean your computer desktop by trashing old emails and documents. To eliminate paper pileup, use an electric organizer. Also organize personal things, like your wallet, makeup bag and clothing closet.

5. Protect Your Sanity
Being stress-free is key for warding off burnout. Try doing at least one physical activity a day. Also, create a quiet space in your home where you can relax; go there for at least five minutes each day.

6. Don't Trust Blindly
Not everyone you work with is necessarily on your side. Be careful whom you rely upon and whom you confide in.

7. Be True to Your Values
Ask yourself: How do I want to live my life? Then think about whether your company allows you to do this. If it doesn't, consider a job change. Lynne Franks is a seasoned PR pro and the author of The Seed Handbook (Putnam; 2000). Log on to www.lynnefranks.com for more career advice.

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