February, 2012

Ways to Minimize Your Chances of Regret in Life

Dumb Little Man

I have a fear that is shared by many people. I fear waking up one day in the future and regretting how I've spent my life. Like you, I want to live my life to the fullest and avoid the "should-haves". Sounds like a good goal, right? As you may know, it's really easy to say, but harder to live in your day-to-day life. It's hind-sight that's 20/20. You get caught up in day to day troubles and somehow you just don't seem to have enough time to get to all of those goals and dreams.

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Why Pinterest is No Longer of Great Interest

Virtual Moxie

An extra smackeral from me this week--about something I felt so strongly about that I didn't want to wait to share it till next week. I admit, I love Pinterest. I love how it’s been a place of pure attraction. And I have been a super-avid Pinner. But when the Boston Business Journal decided to stop using Pinterest out of fear it could be sued for infringing Copyright, I decided to take my own deeper look. Deep thanks to my fabulous client, Jude Rush, for sharing the BBJ decision with me!

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Five Reasons Why Attending Live Events is a Must

Step It Up VA Coaching

by Donna Toothaker. For those who work virtually, and even some who don’t, we can easily get stuck in a comfort zone of learning and networking solely by email, phone, teleclasses, and internet and don’t always find a way to get out to a live marketing, networking, or educational event or workshop. And there’s SO much more that one can get out of a live event that you can’t get from online networking and learning.

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Top 3 Gmail Productivity Tools

Office Organization Success

As some of you may be aware, I permanently switched from Outlook (having used it for many years) to Gmail at the end of last year. My main reason was because, as I seem to be doing a lot of traveling lately, I wanted to be able to access my email on the go, especially from my laptop as I take it with me when I travel. Making the switch was a big learning curve for me and, initially I got frustrated that I couldn’t do some of the things in Gmail that I used to easily be able to do in Outlook.

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8 mental steps to self-motivation

Ian's Messy Desk

To be a success you need to know how to motivate yourself. You have to keep your spirits high no matter how discouraging a situation is. It’s the best way to overcome difficulties. If you are discouraged in difficult times, you will lose the battle before it starts. How do you motivate yourself? Here are several tips I’ve found to be effective to build self motivation: Use visual motivators : An inspirational quote or poster can keep you focused on a change you’re trying to make in your life.

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The Hard Truth About Achieving Your Goals

Eat Your Career

I’m a big believer in setting goals. After all, how can you expect to “get” anywhere without first having a clear idea of where you want to go? Only, the problem with goals is that achieving them isn’t always all its cracked up to be. How so, you ask? Well, here are three common experiences (I know them well) and what you can learn from them. This isn’t how I thought it would be.”.

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The Most Overlooked Secret to Dealing with Life’s Problems

Dumb Little Man

How often have you been living life, happy and content, and then suddenly life slaps you in the face with something unexpected? We all have problems, and the truth of the matter is that problems will never go away. They will just change form. One time you may be struggling with health, the next with money, and still the next with relationships. That is both the curse and blessing of life. However, you don’t have to suffer because everything isn’t perfect in your life.

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The Rise of Storytelling

Small Business Labs

Over the last few months a hot topic in the media has been business storytelling.  Entrepreneur's How to Become Your Company's Storyteller  is a good example.  It explains the reason business stories are becoming so important: "These days, corporate-weary consumers care more and more about buying locally, supporting independent businesses and owning products that are made sustainably and responsibly.

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Why Effort Isn’t Enough to Reap the Best Rewards (Virtual Book Tour: Cynthia Kocialski)

Simple Productivity Blog

Today we have Cynthia Kocialski here to talk effort and rewards as part of a book tour for her latest book, Out of the Classroom Lessons in Success: How to Prosper Without Being at the Top of The Class. Our regular Open Loop section will appear tomorrow. As school children, we are taught that there is a clear relationship between effort and reward. The harder you work, the more you work, the more successful you will become. Okay, so that’s a blinding glimpse of the obvious.

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Have a Successful Job Interview with These Four Steps

Ian's Messy Desk

One only has to pay attention to the news to know there are still a lot of people looking for employment. Unfortunately, the factors which lead to their unemployment have reduced the number of jobs available. If you’re out there looking for work, you know how much competition there is for each job. You’ve landed an interview. You’re nervous and inventing “what if” scenarios. With these 4 P’s, you’ll increase your chances of a successful interview. Prepare. Know yourself.

Where Is the Love?

Eat Your Career

Do you ever find yourself stumbling around your workplace wondering, “Where is the love?”. I’ve been in professional environments where the tension was so thick you could practically taste it. People literally hated one another. They actively worked against their teammates. The gossip and backstabbing and flat-out sabotage was almost comical. Like something out of a movie. Office Space with a really negative twist. Anyway, if this sounds familiar, I just want you to know you’re not alone.

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Simple Ways To Wake Up Ready to Face Your Day

Dumb Little Man

Do you wake up and jump out of bed. or do you linger under the covers, smacking “snooze” on the alarm clock? Do you get a smooth, energizing start to your day. or do you have a mad rush to get everything together before you head out to work? Whether or not you’re a “morning person”, you can improve the first few hours of your day.

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VAs.a Cheap Way to Get Stuff Done?

Virtual Moxie

It's been an interesting week. I've heard from three different Virtual Assistants that they've been contacted by potential clients who were told that working with VAs was the "cheap" way to get their work done. I really don't know who's spreading that bunk around--maybe it comes through things they're seeing from people who use offshored companies, which are a horse of an entirely different color from what's going on in our profession.

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The Rise of Small and Micro Manufacturing

Small Business Labs

manufacturing is on a roll.   The New York Times recently called manufacturing a " Surprising Bright Spot in the U.S. Economy ", the sector has added 330,00 jobs over the last two years, manufacturing economic indicators continue to rise and the President has made manufacturing the center of his economic policy. The times are even more exciting for small (less than 100 employees) and micro (less than 5 employees) manufacturers.

2012 162

Inspire Your Team, and Everybody Wins

Step It Up VA Coaching

by Donna Toothaker. As a Virtual Assistant, it’s likely you have team members that help you in supporting your clients. . And, for many of you, you may also have a team to support YOUR OWN business! What does your team mean to your business? If your business is running optimally, your team is likely RUNNING your business! Having a team has allowed your business to expand, offer a wide variety of services, take on more clients, and bring in more income.

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Tips for leaving a good out-of-office message

Ian's Messy Desk

Whether it’s time to get away from the office on vacation or business takes us on the road, the influx of email or phones messages rarely stops. A little bit of preparation before you leave will ensure less to worry about on return. A good out-of-office message is a must. A well-prepared message can go a long way to decrease the backlog of messages waiting for you when you get back to work. A good out of office message has three parts: Dates of your absence.

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How to Create SMART Goals

Eat Your Career

This is a small segment pulled from a webinar I did at the beginning of the year where I provided tips for helping you keep your New Year’s resolutions. If you need a little assistance putting together SMART goals, this video breaks it down quickly and provides step-by-step instructions to turn an abstract “resolution” or “dream” into a concrete action-oriented goal. Subscribe to the comments for this post? Share this on del.icio.us. Digg this! Share this on Facebook. Post on Google Buzz.

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How to Turn Your Ideas into Life Changing Actions

Dumb Little Man

If you’re like me (and most people on the planet), you have plenty of ideas that could potentially change your life dramatically. Perhaps you’re thinking about losing weight , or starting your own business , or writing a novel : you might even have several great ideas jostling around in your head. The problem comes, though, in the gap between idea and action. It’s easy to get excited by a great idea or an audacious goal – it’s a lot harder to put in the work that gets you from A to Z.

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Happy Love Day!!

Virtual Moxie

So many people I know hate this day, choosing to see it as a made up day that only exists to enforce mass consumerism and overspending. I’ve been told that it’s a sham to have a "Valentine's" day to celebrate love when love should be celebrated all year long. And I get it, I really do. Being TOLD to be loving isn’t appealing. And people who demonstrate love one day/year and no other time aren’t really doing that at all.

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How To Say No Without Sounding Rude

Simple Productivity Blog

Wednesdays are simplicity days at SimpleProductivity blog. One of the best things we can do to simplify our lives is to free ourselves from the obligation of attending things we don’t want to go to. Nothing sucks worse than being stuck at a concert that bores you silly, or eating another piece of rubbery chicken at an awards banquet for someone you don’t know.

2012 156

I Miss the "Mail Moment"

Small Business Labs

Bell tolls for the U.S. Mail, as we know it is a wonderful story from USA Today on the end of a great American traditional the postal service calls "the mail moment"   This moment occurs when we collect, sort and open our mail - and do so with a bit of excitement and anticipation.   Younger readers will wonder what I'm talking about.

2012 156

6 Tips for Effective Participation in Meetings

Ian's Messy Desk

Yesterday, I posted some tips for running effective meetings. What happens when you’re on the other side of the table? How can you ensure you are getting the most out of meetings you attend ? When you attend a meeting you should: Attend only if needed. Some use meetings as a weapon in their office politics arsenal. They attended to be seen and heard whether they need to be there or not. If you’re not going to contribute to the discussion or if the outcomes do not affect you, don’t attend.

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4 Top Project Management Tools

Office Organization Success

One question that I get asked a lot is “what’s a good online product I can use for scheduling projects throughout the year?” or something similar. In fact just this week, on a group that I belong to, this very question came up, so I jumped in with my recommendations and thought I’d share them here with you too. But first … a little advice. Just because some of these project management tools have all these fancy bells and whistles don’t go assuming they’re the best.

5 Little Secrets for Turning Fear into Your Loyal Servant

Dumb Little Man

Fear is misunderstood. We learn that fear is bad , and happiness is good. We run away from fear and toward happiness. But what is fear, if not a few sensations in the body coupled with a few thoughts? We are the creators of our own fear, yet we believe we are the fear. We put up filters that we see the world through, and we get these filters from our experiences in life. We form meaning from them, and we approach the world through them.

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Six Things to Look for When Scouting for Green Office Space

Eco-Office Gals

If you’re looking to start a service-based business and have a mind for both energy efficiency and eco-friendliness, then near the top of your list of priorities should be securing green office space. While we’re mostly familiar with the dead giveaways when it comes to evaluating the greenness of a particular space, there are subtle indicators of a property’s green status relative to other options.

2012 154

My Personal Productivity Rules

Simple Productivity Blog

Mondays are productivity days at SimpleProductivity blog. It wasn’t that long ago that I read an article over at WiseBread called My Personal Productivity Rules. It got me thinking about what my productivity rules are. The exercise of writing them down helped me clarify some of them in my mind, and I thought I would share them with you. Write Everything Down… I have a terrible memory. So if it is not written down, I will forget it.

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Study Shows Internet Drives Small Business Success

Small Business Labs

The strategy consulting firm BCG recently conducted a global study of small business Internet use.  The goal of the study was to understand how use of the Internet related to small business performance.   Based on survey results, BCG divided small businesses into 4 buckets - high, medium, low and non-users of the Internet and related technologies.  They then compared sales growth, profitability and other business performance measures by these categories.

2012 153

10 Questions to Kick Start a Daily Journal Entry

Ian's Messy Desk

Journal writing is a good way to document events in your life. Time passes quickly and thoughts evaporate are lost unless written down. A journal entry can remind you of something you thought today, months from now. Looking at a blank page in a journal can be daunting; where to begin. Here are 10 questions you can ask yourself to get ideas flowing. What were the significant events of the day? In what way was this day different from other days? Did I have any significant conversations?

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Moxie Tip 113: Scram, Fear!

Virtual Moxie

If fear drives you, you'll never have the business you want. Figure out what the fears are, root them out (with help if you need it!), so that they're out of your way once and for all! Moxie Tips AssistU Moxie Tips Virtual Assistant Virtual Assistant Training Virtual Moxie

2012 152

11 Underrated Ways to Improve Your Sleep and Get You Focused, Happy and Massively Productive

Dumb Little Man

Most of us think we’re getting enough sleep when really, we aren’t. A recent poll revealed that almost two thirds of us just don’t feel we’re meeting our sleep needs. And, “we” includes those teaching our kids, driving on our roads and running our world! Are you one of those statistics? Walking around compromised by tiredness — cranky, fog-headed and simply unable to participate fully in the script of your life? These are common complaints in our over-processed, over-stimulated, overdone world.

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Speak for Yourself

Step It Up VA Coaching

by Donna Toothaker. There are many ways to market your business – email marketing, social media, press releases, attending networking events. But to really “kick it up a notch,” you have to put yourself out there, in person, in front of people. The very thought of standing behind a podium may be terrifying for some, or just uncomfortable enough for others to have avoided it up until now. This is a hurdle worth jumping.

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How To Get More Done On the Big Stuff

Simple Productivity Blog

Fridays are tip days at SimpleProductivity blog. Most people I know, myself included, have things we want to get done. These are not the ordinary things like “do the laundry”, but bigger things like “write a book” Yet most of us don’t make much progress on these projects. The Advice Out There… I’ve read a whole bunch of advice on how to do this over the years.

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What is Geo-Fencing?

Small Business Labs

According to Wikipedia, a Geo-fence is a virtual perimeter for a real-world geographic area.   From a marketing standpoint, geo-fencing generally refers to setting up a digital perimeter around a store or shopping area. The crossing of the digital geo-fence by a consumer with a smart, mobile device triggers a marketing offer such as a coupon.   This is often called "proximity marketing" and is considered by many to be the holy grail of location-based services.

2012 153

How to Manage Work Life Balance

Ian's Messy Desk

Take this Work/Life Balance quiz from the Canadian Mental Health Association. It will open in a new window. Once you have your results, come back here for some tips to help you manage the balance between work and life. In Life. Decide what is important. If you do not have a clear sense of your personal values, goals and priorities, you will not be able to determine which activities are important to furthering your life plan. Eliminate the unnecessary.

2012 152

Moxie Tip 116: Chase or Attract

Virtual Moxie

You can chase the work and clients by chasing hot skills, or you can do what you love and attract clients who need that. What sounds better to you? Moxie Tips AssistU Moxie Tips Virtual Assistant Virtual Assistant Training Virtual Moxie

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How to Find Time for What Really Matters

Dumb Little Man

Do you ever feel as though weeks, months, even years, are going past, without you making any real progress in your life? Often, our time can get swallowed up in the busy-ness of day-to-day living: emails, commuting, meetings, chores, TV. You’ve probably got some aspects of your life that really matter to you, but that never seem to get the time they deserve. Perhaps it’s your family or friends. Maybe it’s that novel you’ve always meant to write, or that small business you want to start.

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Sell Yourself Without “Selling Out”

Step It Up VA Coaching

by Donna Toothaker. Most people are not 100% at home promoting themselves and what they do. As business owner, however, you have to get comfortable selling yourself and your services, and quickly, for your business to thrive. If you’re holding out on promoting yourself – whether out of fear, self-consciousness, or not knowing how to do it the “right way,” you are holding your talents, skills and gifts back from the world, and from potential clients!

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