Here’s How to Find Your Work Wife

Whether you realize it or not, we all need one. December 20, 2019 5 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. When I found out I was going to get to be the anchor of an investigative series at my first broadcast job, I immediately ran to tell my bestie at work. She was thrilled for me and took me out for drinks that night to celebrate. Now, decades later, she is still there cheering me on at every big break I get. We all need a community like this at work. Our success is dependent on having someone who we can count on to support us on the way to reaching our goals and who we want to celebrate with when we get there and commiserate with if we don’t. Male or female, this person is often known as a work wife, and you need to find […]

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What My First Appointment With a Psychiatrist Was Really Like

The road to mental wellness can be winding, but it is worth it. December 5, 2019 7 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. I was in my mid-20s when I had my first major episode of situational depression. I’d had similar but less intense episodes throughout my life, times when I couldn’t get out of bed for days at a time, or would find myself crying uncontrollably for no apparent reason, or sabotaging close relationships over small, seemingly petty things. But this time, after calling out of work for three consecutive days, I finally realized that maybe I was facing something that was bigger than me.  I’ve always tried to take medicine only when I really need it. I think this stems from growing up with my doctor father, who literally overmedicated himself to death. So, if I have a headache, I’ll drink a ton of […]

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How a Digital Detox Saved My Career

And how it can change yours. November 20, 2019 5 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. A few days before I  started my job anchoring a business show on Bloomberg, my boss set up a video conference with the rest of the team in San Francisco. During the call, I began frantically typing an email on my phone. I wanted the team to see just how hard I was working and how seriously I was taking this job. Out of the corner of my eye, I saw my boss get on his phone. “See!” I thought. “We know what we need to do to get ahead. He gets me!”  And just then, another email came through! I tapped on it immediately. It was a one-line message — from my boss: “Pay attention, Lapin. Get off your phone.”  My intention wasn’t to come across as a bad team player or […]

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Decision Fatigue Is Real. Here’s How to Overcome It.

Take a step back and assess situations before they wear you down. November 9, 2019 3 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Decision fatigue is a real thing, what with those 35,000 we have to make each and every day. Iced or hot? Tall or grande? Two pumps or three? One shot or two? Coconut milk or almond? For here or to go? Credit or debit? And that’s just coffee.  My ex-boyfriend used to ask me if I wanted to watch an actual movie during our usual movie nights together. That’s because I would watch every single preview on Apple TV, paralyzed by indecision, and end up not picking anything, finally leaving it up to him, hours in, rather than face the prospect of choosing the “wrong” movie. What’s the worst that could have happened? I’d choose a movie, hate it and then watch it to the […]

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Overworked? Here Are 4 Easy Steps to Say ‘No’ and Stop Stressing.

Protecting your time and energy at work will ease stress and set you up for success. Here’s how it’s done. October 18, 2019 4 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Excerpted from Becoming Super Woman: A Simple 12-Step Plan to Go from Burnout to Balance.  Being the DIY-do-it-all-chronic-overachievers that we are, we want to crush any commitment we make, especially at work. But if your current commitments (including the one you’ve made to yourself) will suffer from taking on more commitments, then instead of crushing anything, you’re gonna get crushed. I get it: As you move up in your career, you don’t always have a say in what comes your way. But you do have a say in how you manage your own bandwidth and other people’s expectations (even your boss’s!). Too much stress and not enough time isn’t a good combination for anyone. Related: 9 Ways High-Performing […]

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Procrastination Can Be Productive. Really!

When you work smarter, not harder, procrastination can be your friend. September 10, 2019 4 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Excerpted from Becoming Super Woman: A Simple 12-Step Plan to Go from Burnout to Balance  Contrary to what we’ve been taught to believe, procrastination isn’t always a bad thing. Yep, you heard it here first: procrastination can be good if, and only if, you’re thoughtful about it. Procrastination derives from the Latin words “pro” which means “forward” and “crastinus” which means “belonging to tomorrow.” So, if something belongs to tomorrow, and you are planning for it as you would anything else, there’s no need to beat yourself up for letting it actually belong to tomorrow and not today. Make sense? Related: Channelling Procrastination Into Productivity Creating a productive plan for the day is all about prioritizing today, which necessarily means putting some things off until tomorrow […]

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7 Ways to Get From Burnout to Balance

After a complete mental and physical breakdown, Nicole Lapin took these steps to come to her own rescue. Here she shares her methods for preventing extreme burnout. July 25, 2019 7 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Until very recently, if you had asked me to make a list of all the things I valued, it wouldn’t have even occurred to me to put myself on it. The list would have everything I always wanted: a super job, a super man and an overall super life. But I wasn’t devoting any time or effort into becoming a super woman first.  Then I had a breakdown. A complete and total mental, physical and emotional breakdown. The developmental trauma I ignored or numbed with work for so many years finally kicked my ass. And only then did I have no choice but to make myself a priority. Of course, I had experienced […]

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