March, 2011

7 Life Changing Lessons You Can Learn from Mark Twain

Dumb Little Man

in 1871, Mark Twain was born as Samuel Langhorne Clemens in Florida, Missouri, U.S. He was a writer, and lecturer. He was called the “greatest American humorist of his age.” He wrote the now classic novels, Adventures of Huckleberry Finn and The Adventures of Tom Sawyer. He wrote some great stuff that is still read by millions today. He also had some great quotes that continue to live on because of the wisdom in them. Mark Twain was a funny, witty, and wise guy.

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5 Simple Career Management Tips Everyone Should Follow Starting Now

Eat Your Career

There are a few standard career management tips I recommend to every professional regardless of position, industry, experience level, or future ambitions. These things are super easy to do and they help ensure you’re taking at least a minimally active role in your professional development. No matter how busy you are, there’s just no excuse to ignore these tips. Get started NOW. Keep your resume up-to-date. You never know when opportunity will knock.

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Plug Out to Stay Productive

Simple Productivity Blog

This is a guest post by Valerie Redmond, co-founder of RWorks. If you want to guest post on this blog, check out the guest post guidelines here. These days we often don’t have the luxury of deciding whether to take our work home with us or not. With our work increasingly being PC-based, and computing being everywhere, our work is often at home waiting for us when we get there! With Internet access at home, and remote access technology, you may even be working from home.

2011 179

Speed is the enemy of many good things.

Virtual Moxie

This past weekend, I attended the Wisdom 2.0 conference via live streaming. I don't know where I was, actually, that had me not even hearing about this slice of awesomeness until the day before. But, it is what it is

2011 178

Will Facebook Replace Traditional Websites?

Small Business Labs

There's some really interesting data in the Network Solutions State of Small Business report on the impact of social media on traditional websites.    When asked how social media usage is impacting their spending plans on their traditional websites, 62% of small businesses said that social media didn't change their spending plans for the coming year.  27%   27% said they are planning on increasing their spend due to social media.   

Book Review: Eat People – And Other Unapologetic Rules For Game-Changing Entrepreneurs

Productivity Bits

Copyright © 2011 Marlon Ribunal. Visit the original article at [link]. Post written by Marlon Ribunal. Follow me on t witte r.

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5 Destructive Beliefs Almost Everyone Has (And How to Overcome Them)

Dumb Little Man

Have you ever seen a friend or a loved one completely sabotage their success? Of course, we all have. As a friend, we're there on the sidelines trying to help them but they are so blind to their surroundings and so set in their ways that they are like a run away train that nothing can slow down. That’s often a negative belief at work. If you don’t believe you deserve to earn over $50,000 a year, you probably won’t.

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My Take On Zone Cleaning: Or The 13 Zones

Simple Productivity Blog

Wednesdays are simplicity days at SimpleProductivity blog. One of Flylady’s big ideas is breaking the house down into five zones and clean in the zone-of-the-week, one week in the month for each zone. Being the geek that I am, I had two problems with this system: no month contains five full weeks, meaning that two zones would be consistently short-changed; and I have way more than five rooms to care for.

2011 176

Take care of yourself to take care of your clients

Virtual Moxie

Today is VMoxie day (as you know). What you may not know is that I almost never write in advance, choosing, instead, to writing about whatever’s showing up now that I want to share with you. Unfortunately, today I’ve woken up having caught my DH’s cold, I feel like total crap, and I don’t feel like teaching or being witty. COULD I do it anyway? I could. Would that be authentic? And do I have to? Nope. I don’t. But I will, because I can do it quickly and from bed. ;). If you’re sick, be sick.

2011 170

27% of Small Businesses Using Facebook

Small Business Labs

Network Solutions recently released its 2010 State of Small Business report and it has lots of interesting information, including data on social media usage by small businesses. As the chart below (chart 14 from the report) shows, Facebook is used by 27% of small businesses for business purposes.    That's up from 17% just last June.          This is stunning growth and another data point suggesting Facebook is taking over the web. 

Internet Monitoring Software: A Productivity Booster

Productivity Bits

Copyright © 2011 Marlon Ribunal. Visit the original article at [link]. Guest-Post. This guest post was provided by Lee Munson on behalf of GFI Software Ltd. GFI is a leading software developer that provides a single source for network administrators to address their network security, content security and messaging needs. More information: GFI Internet Monitoring Software. All product and company names herein may be trademarks of their respective owners.

2011 169

How To Kill Your Addictions to Junk Food and Soda Pop

Dumb Little Man

How can you kick junk food to the curb? Many of us have tried and failed, and tried and failed, and tried and ended up binging on Big Macs blended with ice cream, etc. What we usually do is say, " After this bucket of KFC Chicken, I'm not eating this crap anymore! Then we purge our house of all things sugary, we eat salads and whole wheat for about 3 days and then cave in the first time we drive past a Taco Bell. Where is the will power, the drive, the ambition you had a couple days ago?

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World Water Day 2011

Eco-Office Gals

Today, March 22, 2011 is World Water Day: The objective of World Water Day 2011 is to focus international attention on the impact of rapid urban population growth, industrialization and uncertainties caused by climate change, conflicts and natural disasters on urban water systems. – from un-water. Not too many moons ago, my family was in a position of knowing what is like to go without water.

2011 164

3 Steps to Help You Find and Keep Your Motivation

Eat Your Career

A few years ago, I decided I was going to run a marathon. I bought a brand new pair of Nikes, loaded my iPod full of great running songs, and mapped out the perfect route around my house. A month later, my Nikes were still pristine, my iPod was collecting dust and that perfect route was gently mocking me every time I left my house. Needless to say, I had the motivation at some point. And then, without any warning at all, it was suddenly gone.

2011 163

Depended on, not dependent on

Virtual Moxie

Last week, I wrote about being sick , and loved getting your good wishes, as well as your comments about handling being away from your work when you need to be. In one of those emails, a question from Aimee in Texas that I said I’d tackle today (yep—back in the office, feeling a bit raspy-voiced, but otherwise a-ok!). She writes: "Thank you for helping me remember that I need to care for myself first.

2011 162

The Changing Face of Entrepreneurs

Small Business Labs

OK, I admit we are patting ourselves on the back here.    In early 2007 we released the Intuit Future of Small Business report The Changing Face of Entrepreneurs.    In it we forecast that the next decade would see entrepreneurs become much more diverse than their predecessors in age, origin and gender. 

2011 153

The Plancake Inbox: Get Organized And Stay Relaxed

Productivity Bits

Copyright © 2011 Marlon Ribunal. Visit the original article at [link]. Guest-Post. This guest post was provided by Daniele Occhipinti on behalf of Danyuki Software Limited. Danyuki Software is the company running Plancake, a useful free online tool to get things done. For more information: All product and company names herein may be trademarks of their respective owners. I have always believed the key to productivity is organization. And what’s organization?

2011 165

Why Punctuality Matters - and How to Be On Time

Dumb Little Man

Do you often find yourself running late? Perhaps it's been a life-long problem – at college, you were always sloping into class five minutes after the professor had begun. It might not have mattered too much then. but in the working world, punctuality is crucial. If you're habitually late for meetings, if you miss deadlines, if you're often late for work, then you're going to be killing your chances of promotion – and even putting yourself in line for dismissal.

2011 193

Is Document Scanning Green?

Eco-Office Gals

Most companies will look to document scanning as a way of managing their paper based information and with advances and maturing technology these solutions have started to become economically viable. There are some economic benefits for organizations to make this transition: Paper based business processes are resource intensive and costly to manage. These systems are often error prone. They don’t scale.

2011 162

19 Work From Home Success Secrets to Eliminate Distractions & Get More Done!

Stephanie LH Calahan

There are more professionals working out of their home now than ever before. Working out of your home can be a blessing and a curse at the same time. Distractions can come from every corner. Today we will cover 19 tricks or tips to make working from home. work! Create Your Office Space! One of the most important steps I did when creating my business was to create a REAL office space! As many mom-preneurs do, I started from my dining room.

2011 219

Depending/dependent, part two :)

Virtual Moxie

Wow, did I get some push back on my post from two weeks ago about not letting your clients become dependent on you. It’s clear that some of you think that doing that is good and right, and exactly as it should be. Maybe a story would help you understand why it’s probably really not. I once knew a girl who moved into her first apartment with a friend straight out of college.

2011 160

AZVAs the Podcast: Opportunities in Sports and Entertainment

Loosely Speaking

Season 2/Episode 12 Program Notes. Scroll to the bottom of this page and click on the “AZVAs the Podcast&# link to listen to the episode now. iPod users can find the episode in the podcast directory at the iTunes Store. Here’s that link ! Contents of this episode: Discussion/Announcements/Tips: Tara and Katie give real tips on exactly where to look to find work opportunities within entertainment and sports fields.

2011 152

Using The BlackBerry myTasks App As GTD Capture Tool

Productivity Bits

Copyright © 2011 Marlon Ribunal. Visit the original article at [link]. Post written by Marlon Ribunal. Follow me on t witte r. I am a happy camper with the BlackBerry Bold 9780. This phone is definitely an upgrade from my Nokia E71. I have now fully adopted my BlackBerry as my primary GTD Tool. And I want to talk about one of my favorite BlackBerry Productivity apps – myTasks , a free BlackBerry GTD app. The advantages of this application, I think, are these: 1.

2011 157

14 Simple Ways to Convert Your Sedentary Lifestyle

Dumb Little Man

We all know we need to exercise more – our lifestyles are way too sedentary compared to that of the previous generations. It's not all our fault. The days of the 9 to 5 job are long over and despite huge advances in technology, our lives seem to be a lot busier compared than that of previous generations. Even when I have been motivated to get a gym membership and start exercising, it only lasts for a few months.

Low-VOC Commercial Design Goes Mainstream

Eco-Office Gals

If you’re thinking about how to create a healthier workplace environment, consider going low-VOC. Volatile organic compounds, or VOCs, are chemicals widely used as ingredients in products such as paint, building materials and furnishings, office equipment and cleaning supplies. Elevated levels of VOCs have been linked to eye and respiratory irritation, headaches, fatigue and other symptoms associated with sick building syndrome.

2011 152

3 Ways Knowing Software Can Save Time

Simple Productivity Blog

Fridays are tip days at SimpleProductivity blog. Do you know how to use your software? I mean REALLY use it? Not just the basics, but things that can make your job easier? You might think, “who has time? I need to get the job done!&# But a small investment in time could pay off in huge time savings. Basic Time Savings With Shortcuts. Here’s an example: to make something bold in Microsoft Word, you can press Control+B.

2011 152

Best Ways to Boost Morale or Motivation - Make Sure to Add Yours!

Stephanie LH Calahan

People that are motivated are more productive. They just get more done - plain and simple.    Yet, many struggle with motivation, either with their staff or themselves!    So, how can one get motivated?    Back when I used to work in Corporate America, I lead large teams (anywhere from 15 to 300 at various points of time).    We worked hard -- often clocking way more than 70 hours a week. 

2011 216

Spring Clean Your Business

Step It Up VA Coaching

by Donna Toothaker. Spring is coming, and with it, an opportunity for a little sprucing up! Time to make a clean sweep of your office, your business systems, and even your mind! As a Virtual Assistant, you likely work from a home office. Chances are, your clients are all over the country (or the globe), and will never come to your office for a meeting. Still, don’t you deserve a workspace that’s organized, bright, cheerful, and attractive?

2011 148

11 Halos – 2nd Spring Training Season

Loosely Speaking

READER WARNING: If you don’t care about baseball, skip this post, one of my periodic updates on our son’s progress through the Los Angeles Angels organization. I may have imagined such a night, but I couldn’t have scripted it any better than it happened. It’s true that you just can’t make this stuff up. We got a call the night before Dillon was asked to report to the major league game in case they needed a back up 1B player.

Top 12 iPhone Apps That'll Increase Your Productivity

Dumb Little Man

The best thing about iPhone is the incredible world of apps its users can access and use. But it's easy to get lost in those hundreds of thousands of apps. That means finding the right apps to enhance your productivity could in itself be an immensely unproductive exercise if you don't know what you are looking for. Thankfully, you've got Dumb Little Man and myself to lean upon. This list will show you 12 iPhone apps that could significantly enhance your daily productivity.

2011 184

Dress Greener for the Office

Eco-Office Gals

Contrary to popular thought, you don’t have to rely on clothes that stomped on Mother Nature’s feet to get to your closet. Admittedly, it’s easier to stop by the mall on the way home after you’ve spilled coffee on a white blouse, but let’s remember that most of the clothes you’ll find there are unfairly traded and harvested in ways that would make Mother Nature scream. Did you know, for example, that non-organic cotton is probably the dirtiest crop in the world?

2011 145

An Alternative To 43 Folders

Simple Productivity Blog

Fridays are tip days at SimpleProductivity blog. Sorry, if you’re expecting an article about Merlin Mann’s site 43 Folders , sorry, not going to happen. I want to talk about the origin of the 43 folders: the tickler file. Why 43 Folders? The 43 folders comes from a set of file folders, one for each day of the month (31 total) and one for each month (12). 12 + 31 = 43. The original tickler system had you make the folders.

2011 152

Productive Networking: 22 Ideas to Organize Business Cards for Effective Followup

Stephanie LH Calahan

" I have no idea who those people are, but they were important to me at one time. " " That is what a recent client told me when I opened a drawer in her office and found it filled with business cards. The cards had been collected over a year or so of miscellaneous networking events and trade shows.    She'd had good intentions of making connections after the events, but the cards never made it farther than her desk drawer. 

2011 215

Kill All The Marketers

Small Business Labs

Fred Wilson, a well known VC, caused quite a stir with a recent post that started with: "I believe that marketing is what you do when your product or service sucks." " After panning marketing a bit more and explaining why startups shouldn't market, he provides his advice on how startups should market.    This very confusing message led to a lot of feedback.    It's worth looking at the comments in addition to the post. 

2011 143

Business Lesson of the Week: Standing out in the Crowd

Tips From T. Marie

Disclaimer: I know that I use virtual professionals (virtual assistants, virtual paralegals, etc.) as an example in a lot of my posts, like the one yesterday for example. But to be honest, most of my posts, e-books and coaching materials apply to any small or micro-business providing services. I just happen to have the inside scoop on my own industry, and like most people, I write what I know.

2011 139

How to Curb Your Unnecessary Spending

Dumb Little Man

We all buy stuff that we don’t really need or want – and this can be a big problem. You don’t just end up with the frustration of throwing away good money, or the annoyance of a lot of junk cluttering up your house; you can end up in serious debt problems. If you are in a relationship, this is often times the nucleus of stress and huge arguments. Regardless of the economy and forgetting how much money you earn, wise spending should become a priority.

2011 181

How to be an Effective Employee

Ian's Messy Desk

Image via Wikipedia. Sometimes being an effective employee is easy and sometimes it’s not —work responsibilities and circumstances vary, as do relationships with co-workers. One thing is certain: your attitude makes a big difference in how successful you are at work. A positive attitude is a requirement of all of the following tips for improving your chances of succeeding at work. Communicate positively and co-operate with others. Be friendly, supportive and co-operative.

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