"If things start happening, don’t worry. Don’t stew. Just go right along. You’ll start happening too." -- Dr. Seuss

How to be Smarter: After finishing writing an email, take one second and think “what follow-up questions might someone have to this email?” Anticipating one or two potential follow-ups and incorporating them into the original email will cut down on back-and-forths. How to be Prettier: If you have an undershirt, layering tank, or accessory you only ever wear with one other item of clothing, hang them on the same hanger to save space and time in the morning.

How to be (less) Awkward: An easy way to work on being outgoing with those you do not know well is to practice giving compliments. Compliments are a great way to work on breaking out of your shell because they do not need to be terribly original (“great shirt!” “nice job!”) and are almost always well-received. Make a new policy that when you think of something nice in your head, you will share it.

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