February, 2011

The Happiest Day of a Dying Marine's Life

Dumb Little Man

A few weeks ago, while packing up after a speaking program for a high school’s support staff, I had the privilege of chatting with one of the custodians. His name was Frank. Frank shared with me a story from his childhood, starring his father, a career Marine. The family operated pretty much as you might expect under the head of a someone who’d spent his whole life in the service and saw action in two wars. The kids had buzz cuts. The household was in perfect order.

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Giveaway: Like Eco-Office Gals Win Studiopress!

Eco-Office Gals

It’s no secret that I have fallen in favor of the StudioPress Genesis Theme Framework and child themes over the past year and have been working nearly exclusively with the themes. Eco-Office Gals has been redesigned on the Enterprise Child Theme and I am finally happy – third time IS the charm! StudioPress has been rolling out several new child themes lately, including the Social Eyes Child Theme. One of the great benefits of Social Media is the ability to meet people where they are.

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Why a Lot of Small Business Don't Need to Use Twitter

Small Business Labs

eMarketer reports that 9% of the adult (18+) US Internet population currently uses Twitter at least once a month.    Their new forecast substantially lowers the Twitter use forecast they made last April.    Key quote from their press release: “Twitter has continued to gain traction but at more moderate levels than we had expected,” Verna said.

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How to Destroy Your Productivity by Answering Emails

Simple Productivity Blog

Emails. This is a guest post by Karol K., who writes at NewInternetOrder.com. If you want to guest post on this blog, check out the guest post guidelines. “Day: A period of twenty-four hours, mostly misspent.&# – Ambrose Bierce. Meet Mark. Mark is an entrepreneur and he has his own business. His job is to design websites for his clients. Everybody says that Mark is good at what he does. As the matter of fact they say that he’s one of the best.

2011 187

Book Review: Evil Plans – Having Fun On The Road To World Domination

Productivity Bits

Copyright © 2011 Marlon Ribunal. Visit the original article at [link]. Post written by Marlon Ribunal. Follow me on t witte r. Everybody needs an EVIL PLAN. Everybody needs that crazy, out-there idea that allows them to ACTUALLY start doing something they love, doing something that matters. Hugh MacLeod. Photo Courtesy Of gapingvoid.com. This dude had an evil plan. Not the type that would do harm to others, of course. The plan that he had was to dominate the world.

2011 186

The Epic Journey: How to Make Progress

Eat Your Career

One of my favorite parts of coaching is watching the progress that takes place. Sometimes it’s so minute, an average observer might miss it. Other times, it’s so unbelievably big, both the client and I have to step back and simply bask in its glory. Progress can sometimes be hard to define. It’s the step between here and there. It’s the motion of doing and achieving and yet, at the same time, still striving for more.

2011 182

How to Delete That Negative Voice in Your Brain

Dumb Little Man

Even the most positive, well-adjusted person in the world still falls victim to his or her own negative thoughts now and again. It’s human nature. It’s The Saboteur. It’s the price we pay for all that amazing human intelligence. But that doesn’t make it right. Stop for a minute and listen to the voices in your head. Most of us have at least one or two on a constant loop, repeating the same negative —and often untrue— drivel day in and day out.

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The Future of Accounting = The Future of Work

Small Business Labs

Over the past year Emergent Research, in collaboration with Intuit's Accounting Professionals Division , has been conducting a deep dive on the future of the accounting profession.   This work is summarized in the just released Intuit 2020 Report - The Future of the Accounting Profession.    It may be hard to believe, but this is one of the most interesting research and forecasting projects we've worked on.    The reason?

2011 183

10 Basic Life Skills You Should Have

Simple Productivity Blog

Fridays are tip days at SimpleProductivity blog. I’ve been working with my Brownie troop as they prepare to make the transition into the Junior Girl Scouts, and we are focused on learning specific skills with them. I was making a list of things they are going to need to learn, and I thought that it’s filled with things everyone should know. Here it is: Sewing a button or hem. Everyone should be able to do emergency repairs to clothing with a needle and thread.

2011 186

It hurts when I do that! (on being at cause or effect)

Virtual Moxie

Jane (names have been changed to protect the innocent ) and I were talking the other day to see if I might be an appropriate coach for her, which is why she was telling me about the immense unhappiness she felt in her relationship with

2011 174

5 Tips for Planning a Career Change

Eat Your Career

Today’s career experts agree that most people experience a change of career 3 to 7 times throughout their working life. This means a complete transformation—new job, new industry, new employer. It’s a big deal. These are the kinds of changes that cause massive amounts of stress, anxiety and worry. Sure, they can be exciting at the same time. But overall, a change of career is nothing to sneeze at. It takes more planning and preparation than most people realize.

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Don't Overthink Life! Think Less and Get Happy

Dumb Little Man

Babies have the charisma to melt anybody’s heart instantly; no one escapes the twinkling eyes or the innocent smile. Just their presence will cheer you up, make you forget your worries and tempt you to indulge into their world. What is it about the young ones that we so fondly adore: their innocence or their ignorance; their cheerful nature or their worry-less attitude? Though I don’t have answers to the above questions, I wonder as to what makes their aura so desirable.

2011 219

Business Gone Green: Simple Ways to Go Eco-Friendly

Eco-Office Gals

Regardless of whether or not you adopt an eco-friendly attitude in your personal life, you should consider what the impact of your company has on the environment, your community, and the people who live there. Embracing an eco-consciousness with it comes to your business is not only a good move to shine up your public image (and potentially increase consumer approval and consequently, sales), but it’s also the right thing to do for the environment.

2011 184

Purge: Step 0 In Getting Things Done

Productivity Bits

Copyright © 2011 Marlon Ribunal. Visit the original article at [link]. Post written by Marlon Ribunal. Follow me on t witte r. A Journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step. Lao Tzu. Let’s go back to square one – step zero. The best start you can have for establishing your GTD System is a clean slate. Any productivity system you’d decide to use begins with the very first component: Purging. It’s like getting rid of sins before you can renew your spirit.

2011 170

AZVAs the Podcast: Transitioning from employment to self-employment

Loosely Speaking

Season 2/Episode 11 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 ! A portion of this episode was recorded live at Olde World Bagels & Market (here’s their Facebook page ) in Prescott Arizona. In recent months, we asked you to share with us your questions about transitioning to self-employment.

2011 164

On Justin Bieber.

Virtual Moxie

I admit to being a bit ashamed of myself. Until Friday, I genuinely thought that Justin Bieber was a construct—a fiction created by Usher. A cute kid who could sing a bit, but without any substance. I even said something fairly snarky

2011 172

How to Work For (or With) a Perfectionist

Eat Your Career

Recently, while leading a workshop on the topic of stress management , one attendee mentioned that her boss was a perfectionist and this was placing an added strain on her daily work experience. As a perfectionist myself , I completely understood the dilemma she was facing. All kinds of challenges come up when dealing with this character trait. Working for or with a perfectionist is bound to cause some tension. In my experience, perfectionists may: Be overly critical of others.

2011 176

Hey, got a Second? How to Stop Being an Interruption Magnet

Dumb Little Man

If you feel like interruptions are constantly holding you back at work then it may be time to admit you have a problem. You're an interruption magnet. Yes, distractions aren't always your fault. But if you frequently struggle to make headway on priority tasks due to phone calls, passing co-workers, email, and other various distractions, it's possible that you are inviting these work-stopping moments into your world.

2011 219

Environmentally Friendly Gadgets in the Workplace

Eco-Office Gals

Why not support the gadget craze while doing something good for the environment? You can find endless gadgets online that are environmentally friendly that also do their part to help save on energy! Envirogadget is a great online source for all of your nerdy, green gadget needs. Here are some fun office gadgets to take to work. Portable 40W Solar Power Station.

2011 165

Best 5 Tips for Inspiring Office Productivity

Productivity Bits

Copyright © 2011 Marlon Ribunal. Visit the original article at [link]. Guest-Post. Today’s guest blog post was written by James Adams who works as a writer and a product reviewer at CartridgeSave , an online shop delivering cheap ink cartridges. It is not always easy to get things done in an office environment. Whether the reasoning entails a lot of noise from the inside or the outside of the office, to the simple feeling of being overwhelmed, accomplishing something can be a challenge.

2011 165

10 Reasons to Work for a Non-Profit Organization

Ian's Messy Desk

If you’ve been reading posts at Ian’s Messy Desk for any length of time —or if you’ve read my About page— you will know I work for a non-profit organization. In a few weeks, I will be celebrating 15 years in this position. I do mean celebrating. This is the most rewarding job I have held in my career. There a lots of good reasons to work for a non-profit. If money is your motivation for work, a non-profit is probably not going to fulfill that need.

2011 164

Virtual Moxie - The Cure For The Common Virtual Assistance.

Virtual Moxie

Last week, I attended (via simulcast*) a super-interesting coaching conference called Tour de Coach, hosted by the fabulous Andrea Lee and David Goldsmith. It was designed, in part, to show those of us who coach in the arenas of biz

2011 156

Why You’ll Never Be Satisfied

Eat Your Career

I meet a lot of people who are unhappy in their career. With job satisfaction at a 22-year low according to CNN , it’s not surprising. Once these people find out what I do for a living, they’re quick to share the details of their situation. Now, I love talking about this stuff so no complaints here. But, within just a few minutes, I can usually tell exactly who’s going to actually fix the problem and who’s going to continue stewing about it without ever really taking action.

2011 160

How To Stay Motivated When You Hate Your Job

Dumb Little Man

Let's be honest, work for the most part, sucks. Even if you are part of the 20% of Americans who actually truly enjoy what they are doing, chances are likely that you would rather be doing something else. Job satisfaction rates are horrendous and one of the reasons is that people are slowly starting to realize that there is a better way to live. We are wising up to the fact that we don't NEED to work a crappy job and just grind out a living.

2011 219

The Hidden Rewards of Network Building

Simple Productivity Blog

This is a guest post by Brendan Cruickshank, a veteran of the online job search and recruiting industry. If you want to guest post on this blog, check out the guest post guidelines. Being in sales, I was an early adopter of networking as a way to build a client base. This goes back to when a network was established by dropping off as many business cards in as many locations as you could think of – pretty ham-handed stuff, but it worked.

2011 155

File System Preparation Is An Essential Step In Getting Things Done

Productivity Bits

Copyright © 2011 Marlon Ribunal. Visit the original article at [link]. Post written by Marlon Ribunal. Follow me on t witte r. After purging the unnecessary stuff that mounted in your desk and anywhere else, it’s now time to prepare your filing system. Chaos can easily break anywhere in your living space if no filing system is set up to hold the different materials that you accumulate as you work.

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How to Write a Speech

Ian's Messy Desk

Image by churl via Flickr. Writing your speech is a good idea. I don’t mean writing a speech for the sake of writing one, but rather, if you have to give a speech, it is best to write it out. There are few speakers who are able to give a speech off-the-cuff without adequate preparation. Mark Twain said he ‘never could make a good impromptu speech without several hours to prepare it.’. There are several reasons for writing out a speech: To ensure a consistent message through the speech.

2011 161

Essential List Building Strategies for Adding New Subscribers Daily

Office Organization Success

The School for Online Business Management is a practical, hands-on, nuts and bolts, workshop-based learning program that will teach you how to set up, manage, and, more importantly, GROW your online solo service business … this is the solution you’ve been looking for if you LOVE what you do, but lack the business know-how to turn your passion into a thriving solo service business. .

2011 154

How to Work With Humans

Eat Your Career

A little while back, I wrote an article called How to Work For (or With) a Perfectionist. And it got me thinking…I could probably write a whole series of these. I could substitute perfectionist for almost anything: control freak , micro-manager, procrastinator…the list could be endless. We’re surrounded by flawed individuals in everything we do. That’s what it is to be human. Working with humans requires patience. It’s an art form, you might say.

2011 157

What Frugality REALLY Means: It's Not About Being Cheap

Dumb Little Man

Frugality. It's not exactly an alluring word, is it? Most of us worry that being frugal means living a bleak, depressing life, missing out on "normal" society. The truth is, frugality simply means applying a bit of thought to how you spend your money. It's not about being cheap or miserly; it's about taking control. Why You Should Give Frugality a Second Chance Don't you just hate it when you end up wasting good money because of a dumb mistake?

2011 219

The Solopreneur Life Heroes for 2011

The Solopreneur Life

I am happy to present The Solopreneur Life Heroes for 2011. The purpose of Heroes is threefold: • To recognize the efforts that these people have made in helping solopreneurs flourish. • To expose you, the solopreneur, to people and ideas you haven’t heard about before. • To inspire all of us to adopt the spirit of service that the Heroes carry with them every day. The list includes people with a wide range of expertise. Some of them are well-known and some aren’t.

2011 218

10 Critical Elements Of A Team That Rocks

Productivity Bits

Copyright © 2011 Marlon Ribunal. Visit the original article at [link]. Post written by Marlon Ribunal. Follow me on t witte r. A chain is only as strong as its weakest link. - A Proverb Quote. You might be a cubicle dweller and you might be the only occupant in that 5×5 cube. It’s not good to be a lone wolf in a cubicle farm. The good news is you’re not alone. Good news if that’s how you see it through your personal lenses; bad if you’re a whiner.

2011 152

Keeping a Journal

Ian's Messy Desk

10 Reasons to Keep a Journal. Keeping a journal gives outlet to your feelings in a way nothing else can. It is a place to record your deepest thoughts without fear of judgment. Journals allow you to be who you are; to examine your emotions in your way and time. Journal writing has many purposes. You may want to keep one as a historical document for future generations; as a prewriting activity for longer works you plan to publish; as a private means of expressing emotions and ideas; or much more.

2011 160

What To Do About Busy Work?

Simple Productivity Blog

Mondays are productivity days at SimpleProductivity blog. Reader Rachel asked me, “What are your thoughts on ‘busy work’? For some whose jobs are based more on time than production, it’s easy to get caught up doing some busy work to justify one’s existence.&#.

2011 152

Incorporated Self-Employment Included in Monthly BLS Reporting

Small Business Labs

The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) added data on the number incorporated self-employed to their monthly employment indicators release.    It's on the bottom of Table A-9.    Until January, the BLS only reported unincorporated self-employment in their monthly release.    Why does this matter?    Incorporated self-employment is 37% of total self-employment.    In January, for example, there were 14.5

2011 149

7 Timeless Tips That Will Supercharge Your Body, Mind, And Soul

Dumb Little Man

Meaning, purpose, fulfillment, and happiness are essential ingredients in our lives. Sometimes getting more of them can seem impossible. We’re plagued by the uncertainty of the future, and we have no idea what our purpose is. Those are big questions that cannot be answered in the blink of an eye, and today instead of focusing on them, we’ll look at seven simple ways that will improve your body, mind, and soul.

2011 219

19 Tips for Managing Your Email Even When You Don't Want To.

Stephanie LH Calahan

E-mail, it is the form of communication that we love to hate and love to love. For many it is an addiction. Still others get completely overwhelmed with the information drowning their in-boxes on a daily basis

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