"Courage is being scared to death, but saddling up anyway." -- John Wayne

How to be Smarter: Sometimes when you think you need a distraction, you really just need a chance of pace. To keep breaks productive, keep two tabs open on your computer, both of things that need to get done. Then when you need a quick break, head to the other tab instead of to an internet time waster. How to be Prettier: Once a week, take as much care in choosing what you wear to work as you would if you were going on a job interview. A little extra morning primping can increase your confidence for the entire day.

How to be (less) Awkward: During stressful times, listen to music you enjoyed during happy times in your life. For example, during a turbulent plane ride, listen to music that reminds you of the dance floor at your best friend’s wedding.

This was originally written for Parade magazine; you can read all my Parade columns here. xo, Molly