June, 2011

30 Easy Ways to Save Money (and No, you are not doing them all!)

Dumb Little Man

Let’s keep this one simple and clean - just a bunch of relatively easy ways to save money. As you incorporate more and more of these tips into your life, the savings add up and it wouldn’t surprise me if you could save thousands over the course of a year. It will take a little work on your part but those thousands of dollars in savings are what helped us get out of debt earlier, kept us out of debt for several years and will hopefully help us pay off our recent auto loan soon as well.

2011 220

It’s Not My Job: The Attitude That’s Killing Your Career

Eat Your Career

This article is the second in a 10-part series on the topic of overcoming career-limiting habits. In a recent study identifying the most common career-limiting habits , “It’s Not My Job” came in second place. This attitude is so prevalent in the workplace and, if you’ve ever worked with a person like this, you know how frustrating it can be. This is not the mindset of a team player.

2011 217
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How to Improve your Homes Energy Efficiency Rating

Eco-Office Gals

Making your home more energy efficient has many benefits, including reducing the cost of high energy bills, improving personal comfort, and helping to protect the environment. As the cost of energy rises and people’s awareness of the harmful effects of energy production increases, the demand for environmentally renewable energy sources becomes greater than ever before.

2011 204

How to Use Evernote: 22 Ways

Ian's Messy Desk

Image via Wikipedia. Yesterday, Evernote announced they had passed ten-million registered users. I don’t know how that stacks up against active users, but I suspect the ratio is high. What is Evernote? If you’re not familiar with Evernote, it’s an application that helps you get organized and remember everything.

2011 192

Meeting or Memo?

Virtual Moxie

One of the best things I think a VA can learn is to respect the limits of a client’s resources—of all types. So that takes into consideration the resources of money, of course, but also things like energy, connections, emotions, and time. By way of example, if you know that your client is at her best in the morning, and really only has the energy to lick stamps after 2pm, it’s not respectful of her energetic resources to lay something heavy on her in the afternoon.

2011 178

Comparing Small Business Owners and High-Growth Entrepreneurs

Small Business Labs

High-growth entrepreneurship - mostly from the technology industry - has become the poster child for U.S. business success.    Start-up founders have rock star status, with their exploits covered in places like Vanity Fair and Rolling Stone in addition to the business press.    Yet high-growth entrepreneurial enterprises make up less than 1% of U.S. small businesses overall. 

2011 175

21 Simple Ways to Live an Exceptional Life

Dumb Little Man

Everyone wants to live an exceptional life. The problem arises when it comes time to define what that means to you. If you embrace someone else’s definition of what an exceptional life is, you will end up disappointed sooner or later, because you alone have to determine what you want. It can be tough to get clear on what you want, and you won’t always be perfectly clear, but the goal isn’t to be clear, the goal is to move forward and explore. If you knew everything, life would get boring fast.

2011 219

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A Healthy, Green Office

Eco-Office Gals

While the health benefits of green living, ranging from the immediate respiratory benefits of lowering indoor air pollution to the increased exercise that goes along with lowered car use, have long been well documented many people do not realize that green construction and green living inside their workplace is extremely important as well. Since the average American is at work for nearly a third of their life, the important health benefits of going green at work can be severely underrated.

2011 191

10 Secrets to Successful Professionals Achieving Work/Life Balance

Productivity Bits

Copyright © 2011 Marlon Ribunal. Visit the original article at [link]. Guest Post. Kristy Ramirez writes for Life Insurance Finder where she helps people to compare life insurance quotes and select the best policy to meet their needs at the best possible price. It is no secret that life in the modern professional workforce requires serious dedication.

2011 172

Simplifying the Reading Backlog

Simple Productivity Blog

Wednesdays are simplicity days at SimpleProductivity blog. It wasn’t too long ago that an article I was reading from Zen Habits walloped me up side the head. Leo put it quite simply: We hold onto books we’ve already read, as trophies of our reading accomplishments. We hold onto books we might read in the future (but probably won’t), with the optimism that our future selves are going to be more amazing readers than we’ve ever been in the past. from “Decluttering as Zen Meditation&#.

2011 168

How Keyboarding Improves my Efficiency

Virtual Moxie

As a followup to last week’s post on how I stay productive, Jane wrote to ask me if I would share more about how I keyboard more than I mouse, so here I am to do just that. Why I Keyboard. I didn't type much before starting to work for myself in 1993. But once I did, and I realized there were ways to click one or two buttons and do tasks in a blink of an eye, I think I was so intrigued that I wanted to learn.almost in the way that I love to learn languages. So I started looking for shortcuts.

11 Things You Can Give When You Think You Have Nothing Left To Give

Dumb Little Man

‘Givers are longer livers.’ Did you know that even if your bank account is at zero, that there is so much that you and I as humans can give? So many people delay happiness in their life because they are waiting for something magical to drop into their laps so that they are, in their minds, ready to give. But don’t hold back. There is a law in action in our universe that defines that as you sow, so shall you reap. Today is your today, and there is so much that you can give.

2011 218

How to Be a More Reliable Professional

Eat Your Career

This article is the first in a 10-part series on the topic of overcoming career-limiting habits. Unreliability was identified as the number one career-limiting habit and it’s no surprise. After all, if the people you work for (and with) can’t depend on you, what purpose do you serve? Truth be told, unreliable people are actually dangerous to the success of the entire team. If you want any level of career success, people have to trust you.

2011 178

3 Eco-Tourism All Inclusive Holidays for 2012

Eco-Office Gals

Eco-tourism continues to grow in popularity as awareness about finite resources continues to increase. Usually, when people think about eco-tourism, they think about small, no-frills hotels. However, more and more eco-hotels are offering attractive, all inclusive holidays. These eco-hotels provide luxury accommodations and amenities while maintaining harmony with the environment around them. Xpu Ha Palace Ecologically Friendly Resort.

2012 187

FacileThings Gives Time Back To You

Productivity Bits

Copyright © 2011 Marlon Ribunal. Visit the original article at [link]. Guest Post. This guest post is provided by Francisco Sáez of FacileThings. A couple of years ago I was immersed in a very busy and unpleasant lifestyle, working too hard as a Project Director for a Spanish software development company. I hardly had time to enjoy weekends because of the strong feeling of not catching up on my commitments.

2011 166

The 5 Steps of Long-Term Goal Setting For Procrastinators

Simple Productivity Blog

Fridays are tip days at SimpleProductivity blog. This post was written by a guest author. If you want to guest post on this blog, check out the guest post guidelines. How do you go about setting a goal when the end date seems like a tiny dot in the distance? About a month ago a set a lofty goal for myself: earn $500 monthly from my blog by the end of the summer. It didn’t seem like that much of a stretch.

2011 166

You Can Get Rich Working for Someone Else

Small Business Labs

Long ago when I first entered the workforce, one of my most financially successful relatives told me "you can't get rich working for someone else."  "  Back then the vast majority of wealthy Americans got that way by owning their own business or through inheritance.    This is no longer true.

2011 154

Powerful Ideas That Will Bring Greater Clarity into Your Life

Dumb Little Man

In today’s busy world we very rarely have time to focus on what can truly bring us greater clarity and therefore greater meaning to our lives. We most often get caught up living our lives on automatic pilot and end up working extremely hard on just existing rather than consciously living. This seems to be accepted as the norm in today’s society and unfortunately we spend more time working on external things instead of our own internal well being.

2011 207

What We Can Learn about Appropriate Workplace Behavior from Anthony Weiner

Eat Your Career

Don’t worry. I’m not turning this into a political thing. Admittedly, not so long ago, I admired the guy. Anthony Weiner has always been outspoken and unafraid. I loved this video of him on the House floor fighting for compensation for the heroes and victims of 9/11. When we talk about finding your voice in the workplace , Weiner was definitely a role model. And then…the photo. Oh, Mr. Weiner. You disappoint us so….

2011 157

WEEE Recycling Is Not Just Good Business – It’s the Law

Eco-Office Gals

WEEE recycling has not been optional for businesses in the UK. Since the 2007 Directive placed the responsibility for end life product disposal firmly on the shoulders of any company that manufactures, retails, otherwise distributes, stores or disposes of electrical or electronic equipment – failure to comply is creating devastating consequences for developing countries that accept black market e-waste.

2011 158

Top 5 Remote Working Tools

Office Organization Success

One of the many requests I get from business owners is asking me for my advice on how they can work productively when they’re not in their office, i.e. work remotely. With so many technology choices available today it becomes overwhelming knowing which one(s) are the most effective. I have the traditional solo service professional office set up – I have a dedicated office space in my home with a desktop PC and wireless all-in-one printer.

2011 147

10 Ways Over-Productivity Can Affect Your Health

Simple Productivity Blog

This post was written by a guest author. If you want to guest post on this blog, check out the guest post guidelines. Over-productive people are probably lauded at the workplace and appreciated by one and all. After all, they succeed, going by the success measurements of modern society. Likely, they have enough money, they are promoted at work, and they have good homes, vehicles and what looks like prosperity.

2011 166

U.S. Birthrate Plummeting; Household Size Increasing

Small Business Labs

Lots of interesting data coming from the 2010 U.S. Census.    Several things caught my eye: 1.    The U.S. birthrate is at an all-time low , or at least an all-time low since statistics have been kept.    The recession has had an impact, but the trend towards fewer children started way before.    A recent USA Today article has several good birth rate related stats:  the share of households with children dropped from 36% in 2000 to 33.5%.

2011 151

Six Easy Networking Tips for Introverts

Dumb Little Man

I’ll confess up-front; I’m an introvert. I spend a lot of time on my own – and I find it tiring to be around lots of other people. Being an introvert actually works out pretty well for me. I’m a writer, so a big part of my day involves sitting at my computer, working alone. When I do work with other people as a writing coach, it’s usually one-on-one (I can cope with one other person!) Of course, I can’t spend the whole of my life alone or with just close friends and family.

2011 203

How to Be Persuasive in the Workplace

Eat Your Career

Recently, while hosting a free group coaching call , I had a few questions from professionals who wanted assistance in the art of persuasion. Whether you’re looking to convince your boss that you need some additional training or you’re hoping to show an interviewer that you’re the best candidate for a job, persuasion is an essential tool for professional success. Below, I’ve outlined the three basic steps you should follow to be persuasive in the workplace. Know Your Position (and Believe In It).

2011 147

Some Things Must Be Believed to Be Seen

Virtual Moxie

I’m teaching a class loosely called “ Get Me Outta Limbo! ” It’s for AssistU Virtual Assistants who feel stuck in some context as they build their businesses. Today was the first of four sessions, and I’ve gotten so much good feedback from participants about a certain thing I shared that I decided to share it with all of you, in case it’s somehow helpful.

2011 146

5 Steps to Setting Up Your Online Systems Quickly and Easily

Office Organization Success

As I was teaching at a recent workshop the same question kept cropping up again and again, and it went something like this: “I’m just starting out in my business. What advice would you give me for knowing where to start in terms of setting up my online systems?”. And this question came out of sheer confusion and frustration – you know, too much information. One person tells them they need this system; another person tells them they need that system, and so breeds the confusion and overwhelm.

2011 143

Learn Software Faster with A Wallpaper

Simple Productivity Blog

Mondays are productivity days at SimpleProductivity blog. One of the best ways to increase your productivity skills in software is to learn the shortcuts. While menus make it easy to find the features you are looking for, shortcuts take you there immediately – without having to lift your hands from the keyboard. But learning the shortcuts for new software can be difficult, and can interrupt workflow if you have to move your eyes from the screen to a place where you have them written down.

2011 158

Minimize Interruptions to Maximize Productivity

Ian's Messy Desk

If you’re like most workers, you know interruptions drain your productivity. While all interruptions can’t or shouldn’t be prevented, there are ways to minimize them and increase control over your time. Identify your priorities. If there’s a key project you need to give uninterrupted time to, earmark an hour or two early in the morning to work on it. Do it before you handle client calls, check email, etc.

2011 140

7 Stupid Mistakes Most People Make When Trying to Follow Their Passion

Dumb Little Man

There’s a lot of talk about finding and following ones passion these days, and for a good reason. More and more people are realizing that they don't want to spend a big chunk of their lives doing something they hate. However, there are a lot of stupid mistakes that people make when it comes to trying to follow their passion. I made most of them and figured out what stands in the way of most people living the life they desire is their own internal fear and mind ghosts.

2011 200

How to Start a Mentorship Relationship Today

Eat Your Career

In my work as a career coach , I find there are several helpful resources that very few people take advantage of. Mentorship definitely falls on this list. It’s really a shame. Having a mentor can elevate your professional capabilities exponentially. And—added bonus—mentors are amazing people. When you take the time to develop a strong mentorship relationship, you get access to a wealth of knowledge and experience, but you also end up with a lifelong friend and potential future business partner.

2011 143

Stop Reading Your E-mail on Your Smartphone!

Stephanie LH Calahan

Just because you can do something does not mean that it is a good idea to do it.    Maybe you would be more productive if you stopped reading your e-mail on your phone. Don't get me wrong, you know from reading my blog and listening to my podcasts, I LOVE technology.    In fact, most of the time I'm touting the benefits of using different apps and other technology to improve your productivity. Technology works great -- for some people.

2011 198

Is Your Internet Browser Slowing Down Your Research?

Professional Assistant Blog

Image by espensorvik. Y ou're working on some research your manager asked you to do. Things are going well, but you notice that your Internet browser is running really slowly, especially, when trying to load pages with quite a bit of content. Has this ever happened to you? It has many times for me. Personally, I think that using Internet Explorer is not the way to go. I've tried using Google Chrome , but it lacks stability.

2011 138

Keeping It Simple

Simple Productivity Blog

Wednesdays are simplicity days at SimpleProductivity blog. Have you ever tried to do something you thought was straightforward, just to find yourself mired down hours later in the same task? There are two causes for this: either the task was way bigger than you thought, or that you over-complicated what needed to be done. What I have realized is that some of the most common causes of complication in my life have a common source: ME.

2011 158

Think your online marketing isn’t working?

Office Organization Success

Many times I get my clients tell me that they’re “doing all the right things&# but they’re just not getting any new subscribers to their newsletter. They’ve tried: Article marketing. Blogging. Podcasting. Social networking. … you name it! But they’re just not working – they’re not seeing any results. Here’s the thing with ALL of these online marketing strategies – they take time!

2011 138

Learning To Say No: 6 Simple Tips To Do It

Dumb Little Man

A few months ago, I received a business pitch. It was from an acquaintance I was on good terms with, and the pitch was based on something we verbally discussed and agreed on in the past. However, sometime had passed since our last conversation, and things had changed. I was no longer keen on the opportunity, but didn't quite know how to put it across to him. I didn't want to jeopardize our relationship and any potential future working opportunities because of this.

2011 198

Career Advice from the Hit Show “The Voice”

Eat Your Career

Confession: I love the new hit show on NBC, “The Voice.” Maybe it’s because Adam Levine and Blake Shelton are so cute. Perhaps it’s because Cee Lo is so weird. Or maybe it’s just because Christina Aguilera strikes me as a train wreck waiting to happen…and when it does, there will be a lot of big hair and big vocals to accompany it. Whatever the reason, I’m a fan.

2011 136