April, 2012

14 Action Inducing Lessons from Benjamin Franklin

Dumb Little Man

Benjamin Franklin was a man of action. Over his lifetime, his curiosity and passion fueled a diverse range of interests. He was a writer (often using a pseudonym), publisher, diplomat, inventor and one of the Founding Fathers of the United States. His inventions included the lightning rod, bifocals and the Franklin stove.

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How to Manage (and Minimize) Workplace Interruptions

Eat Your Career

One of the most common complaints I hear has to do with something that is so fundamentally a part of the modern workplace, it’s almost impossible to avoid. Yes, I’m talking about the dreaded interruption. We all have to deal with it, though admittedly, some have it worse than others. A client of mine recently shared her very frustrating situation. You see, due to the office layout, her desk was out in the open, right by the front door, making her a sitting duck.

2012 212

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5-Step Checklist for Sending Out Email Broadcasts

Office Organization Success

Being consistent in your business is one of the critical factors for ensuring long-term growth, and one of the ways to ensure consistency is to create systems. Everything you do in your business, from responding to emails to working with clients, needs to be systemized and documented, so that it’s very easy to create a repeatable process in your business. This consistency is what builds the like, know, and trust factor with your clients, and so ensures that you continue to build your client base.

Email 206

ZeroWater Review & Giveaway {2 Winners}

Eco-Office Gals

I recently had the opportunity to try out the Zerowater system. Zerowater is a water filtration pitcher, with a twist. It comes with a tester for your water – called s TDS (Total Dissolved Solids) tester. The TDS meter helps put a number on what your taste buds already tell you about what’s in water. The higher the reading on the water, the more things dissolved in water. It shows the total number of detectable dissolved solids.

2012 206

Why Simplify?

Simple Productivity Blog

Wednesdays are simplicity days at SimpleProductivity blog. One of the questions I get asked frequently when I am telling people about this blog is how productivity and simplicity fit together. “After all, productivity is getting things done, and simplicity is living like a monk, right?” ” Simplicity Is Not Austerity. Let’s get the first misconception out of the way. Simplicity is not living without decoration, modern conveniences, relationships, or comfort.

2012 182

"No" is Never About You!

Virtual Moxie

When there’s a wished-for client or a client you work with that you've put time and energy into, hearing that s/he's decided to go in a different direction is disappointing. Disappointment is a completely understandable response to the situation, too. ?. What’s not reasonable or smart is to think that a client saying no to working with you is saying something’s wrong with you. In truth, “no” is never, ever even about you. Let me say it again… it’s never, ever about you. Even if you made an error.

2012 170

3 Easy Ways to Improve Your Brain Power

Dumb Little Man

Google "improve brain power" and you'll find all sorts of tips, techniques, books, and games explaining how you could improve your brain power. Most of them involve physical exercise, balanced nutrition and complex mental exercises. While it would be cool if everyone could incorporate these tips, I highly doubt that after reading such advice you will start jogging for one hour every morning and change your diet to incorporate more fiber and omega-3 fatty acids.

2012 215

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News on the Growing Contingent Workforce

Small Business Labs

Lot's of recent news about the continued growth of the contingent workforce, which is the term the corporate world uses for what we call the independent workforce - freelancers, contractors, independent consultants, temps, etc. Recent articles on this topic from the corporate point of view include: 1.  Aberdeen Research reports that  26% of the average company’s workforce is contingent.  This is up from the 24% they found in last year's study.

2012 169

Do You Respect Your Own Time?

Step It Up VA Coaching

by Donna Toothaker. When it comes right down to it, our most valuable business resource is our time. If you’re like me, you have created systems and outsourced certain tasks so you can make the most of the time you have doing the most important things (like building and marketing your business). This has allowed you to ultimately work less for more, and spend more time with your loved ones, and doing things you love.

2012 165

Kill Your Productivity With A New Device

Simple Productivity Blog

Mondays are productivity days at SimpleProductivity blog. You might think that purchasing a new productivity tool would make you more productive. It can, if you do it right. Or it can sink your productivity entirely as you try to learn a new device, new software and evaluate things all at the same time. Guess which one happened to me when I recently purchased an iPad? Here is what I found (the hard way) about why I torpedoed my productivity and what I learned about how it could have been avoided.

2012 175

Offshore, Team, Solo: A Client's Challenge to get the Help he Needs

Virtual Moxie

A new one here at VMoxie… a Pick Anastacia’s Brain question from a client! Henry wrote: I’m so confused. I don’t really know whether to work with one of those VA companies in India, a VA in the US who has her own business and works alone, or a woman I met at a conference who has a team working under her. I’m a consultant, and I need general admin help, help with my social media, some design help (I need a new logo), and help with my web copy and SEO-and that’s just to start.

2012 170

How to Stay Motivated When the World's Against You

Dumb Little Man

As a blogger, an entrepreneur or even an employee you can tend to feel a lack of motivation when times are rough or your products and services simply don’t get the attention they deserve. It is easy to give up, drown in self-pity or insecurity, which ultimately leads to you giving up or simply not performing in the best way possible. I have certainly been there and I am sure most of you have too. However, it is in those moments that we can show our real strength and our determination for success.

2012 214

Enable Your To-Do List With Preemptive Multitasking

Productivity Bits

Preemptive Multitasking is a term in computing used to describe the operating system’s behavior of permitting “preemption of tasks” in distributing the computer processor resources. To make the idea clearer, we’ll let Mr. Wikipedia define the concept to us: “ Preemptive multitasking involves the use of an interrupt mechanism which suspends the currently executing process and invokes a scheduler to determine which process should execute next.

2012 164

Systems: This Is What Happens When You Have The RIGHT Systems But In The WRONG Order

Office Organization Success

I recently held a virtual workshop where I talked about the three biggest mistakes I see many business owners making in their business, which leaves them feeling overwhelmed, frustrated, and basically stuck. One of those mistakes I shared was having the right systems in place, but in the wrong order. Let me explain a bit more….

2012 161

A Green Life is a Good Life

Eco-Office Gals

Do you strive for a green lifestyle? It can sometimes be a struggle to keep with the latest green trends as you live your busy life. However, you might be surprised to learn how changing small facets of your everyday life can add up to big changes for preserving the planet. Making Your House a Green House. Thinking about ways to save the planet can sure keep you up at night. But what if the answer to going green was literally right under your pillow the whole time?

2012 159

8 Ways To Get To Super-Productive Flow Faster

Simple Productivity Blog

Mondays are productivity days at SimpleProductivity blog. Flow is that state where everything just flows out of you. Ideas, words, code, anything just streams out easily and effortlessly. It is productivity at its pinnacle. On the flip side, not being in a flow state is stodgy, slow, and takes a lot of time (comparatively). It takes much longer to produce what you need to. So how can you get to flow? Believe me, it isn’t something that just magically happens.

2012 172

Seeing a Choice, Rather Than an Imposition

Virtual Moxie

Kelly wrote in to Pick Anastacia’s Brain to ask: Your Moxie tip about making explicit agreements really grated on me! It’s not that I think you’re wrong, Anastacia, in fact, I know you’re right! But it grates on me because it feels so confining. I like things to be easy, and organic, and for things to just come together almost as if God himself is orchestrating them.

2012 160

Incredibly Simple Steps to Living a Truly Great Life

Dumb Little Man

Living a truly great life seems impossible. Days and weeks go by and is just feels like we're stuck in this never ending world of mediocrity. I don't know. Maybe we're all defining 'great life' the wrong way. What does it mean to live a truly great life ? I can tell you one thing. It’s different for every person, and each one of us has to come up with our own definition. It’s not up to society, our friends, or our family. And - it's certainly not up to me or some guy on the internet.

2012 210

If This, Then That – It’s Like Having Your Own Virtual Assistant

Productivity Bits

A sure way to lighten your workload and instantly boost your productivity is by way of delegation. Or there is another option to that. If you cannot delegate, automate. This is how it usually works. You delegate or automate the least important stuff on your To-Do list to pave way for more space, and thereby time, that you will put back to your main work pool.

2012 163

The Under Educated Male

Small Business Labs

Two good articles from Bloomberg Business Week highlighting a huge issue that is not getting enough attention - the lack of men getting college educations.   The chart below is from Men are Becoming the Undereducated Gender and shows the long-standing college education gap between women and men.       Even more alarming, the gap is forecast to grow with 60% of all college students being women in 2019 (up from 57% in 2011). 

2012 158

7 steps to managing conflict

Ian's Messy Desk

Several years ago, when I started my current job, I had a conflict with another employee. By strict interpretation of our policies, I was right in my actions, but I managed it very poorly. Shortly after that, the other employee resigned. It was a lack of experience on my part. I was more interested in being right than resolving conflict. One of the harsh lessons you learn early in life, conflict happens. Not everyone will agree with you all the time, or even some of the time.

2012 149

Great Lifehack/Tip Articles You Might Have Missed

Simple Productivity Blog

Fridays are tip days at SimpleProductivity blog. I’ve decided to take a week off from blogging. For your reading, I have put together some posts with links to posts you might have missed! How To Have Gourmet Bread without Breaking The Bank. How To Bake Potatoes Without An Oven. 10 Basic Life Skills You Should Have. 7 Ways to Simplify Laundry. Reclaim Reading Time By Giving Up. Photo by virtualphotographystudio. More great content can be found on the site at SimpleProductivityBlog.com.,

2012 162

Moxie Tip 156: Focus on What Matters

Virtual Moxie

Focus on your work. Focus on yourself. Focus on helping and delighting your current clients. Moxie Tips AssistU Moxie Tips Virtual Assistant Virtual Assistant Training Virtual Moxie

2012 155

No Free Handouts – You Have to Work for your Happiness

Dumb Little Man

Are you waiting for happiness to fall in your lap? Are you waiting for someone to drop it in the tin cup of your life? Well, sorry to break it to you this way, but it won’t happen. It can’t happen. Happiness is not a thing someone can toss at you like change from a passing car window. It’s something that much more resembles the paycheck you earned at the end of a long and hard-fought work week. Here’s the thing. Happiness is not an easy thing to get.

2012 201

Passed Over for a Promotion: How to Deal

Eat Your Career

On a recent free coaching call , I heard from a loyal blog reader who was feeling distraught. In a nutshell, her situation was this: After interviewing for almost six months, she thought it as a “sure thing” that she’d be offered a new position in her department. Then, as if from nowhere, an external candidate was selected for the role. After all the time and energy she had committed to this, she was left feeling frustrated, demotivated and betrayed.

Why Are Women the Majority of Freelancers?

Small Business Labs

GigaOm's Women make up the majority of online freelancers, study says covers research from Zinnov showing that women comprise 55% of the workers on online talent sites like Elance and oDesk.   This is consistent with  our research on U.S. independent workers.  We found that women comprise 53% of this group.

2012 156

5 Golden Nuggets from Be The Change Event

Office Organization Success

Suzanne Evans shared so much valuable and wonderful information during her 3-day event … attendees walked away with a huge binder-full of information. So I thought I’d share with you my top five take-aways from the event. The way you do anything is the way you do everything. Recognize how you show up in your life and your business, and how it plays out for you. Do you show up late for appointments? Do you pay your bills on time? Do you deliver on what you said you were going to?

2012 144

Productivity Articles You Might Have Missed

Simple Productivity Blog

Mondays are productivity days at SimpleProductivity blog. I’ve decided to take a week off from blogging. For your reading, I have put together some posts with links to posts you might have missed! Filing Heresy: One Box Filing Using a filing cabinet is optional. You can use a single box, and the world will not end. A reader question inspired the What Do I Use? article. I am still using this system today! The title says it all: One Great Way To Get Past Productivity Blockages.

2012 160

Moxie Tip 151: The VA/Employee Comparison Trap

Virtual Moxie

VAs make sense, not in the dollar-to-dollar comparison, but in the effective/efficient/convenient comparison w/ employees. Fees Moxie Tips AssistU Moxie Tips Virtual Assistant Virtual Assistant Training Virtual Moxie

2012 155

You've Got One Change Left. What Do You Do?

Dumb Little Man

Something extraordinary happened while you slept last night. Your world has changed forever, because today you woke up being able to make just one more change before you die. You get to make a single change before you buy the farm, pop your clogs and kick the bucket. One last thing you can implement. One last thing you can transform. One last thing you can make a difference to. And everything else must stay the same for the rest of your life. Exactly as it is right now.

2012 187

Eco-Friendly Flooring: Top 3 Green Options for Your Business Space

Eco-Office Gals

As most businesses begin looking to green solutions for sound business/environmental practices, as well as added savings, they often neglect to consider the very ground they walk on. More often, we think of green solutions as they pertain to computing technologies and other similar technical advances like office automation and paperless transaction.

2012 140

Boomers and the Longevity Economy

Small Business Labs

The Longevity Economy is the term the AARP uses to describe the huge economic impact - and huge business opportunities - presented by the 100 million aging U.S. baby boomers and seniors.   They claim the Longevity Economy is roughly the same size as the BRIC economies.  I'm not sure I agree that the opportunity is that big, but I certainly agree the economic footprint of our aging society is enormous and growing.

2012 156

What Will You Do When Your Passion Disappears?

The Solopreneur Life

W hen evaluating a business idea, I measure three areas: • The market’s wants and needs. • The ability to meet the market’s wants and needs. • The level of passion for the work. But I’ve learned that I shouldn’t be measuring passion at all. Passion Does Not Last. Passion is like “falling in love” or “being in love.” ” Passion is the emotional, irrational euphoria that occurs at the beginning of a relationship.

2012 200

The Apps I Use

Simple Productivity Blog

When this blog first started, many eons ago, it was Palm-centered. About two years ago I switched over to an iPod Touch, and while I do miss some of the functionality of my Palm, I find myself happy with the trade offs. Recently a reader asked me what I was still using on my iPod Touch, She had watched me make the switch, then go on an app diet. The truth is that apps are creeping back in since I went on the app diet. While it was a good exercise, I use more than 10 apps.

2012 156

What is Fit, and Why Does it Matter?

Virtual Moxie

. Jaime wrote to pick my brain : “Anastacia, yesterday's tip struck home for me. I don't want to struggle, or, as you said, "row against a strong tide." I'm not entirely clear about what that (fit) means. In what way(s) should there be “fit?” Do my clients and I have to be on the same page about everything?”. Great question! No one can ever be on the same page with another human about everything.

2012 152

Why You Need to Delegate More

Dumb Little Man

Do you live by the motto, “If you want a job done well, do it yourself?” And do you feel stressed out, rushed, or anxious a lot of the time? Perhaps you’re worried about forgetting one of the many tasks on your mental list (you’ve not had time to sit down and commit it to paper).

2012 186

How To Effectively Use Social Networks To Your Advantage

Productivity Bits

Facebook has about 800 million users. Twitter has 100 Million. Google Plus has 40 Million. What do these number tell you? They tell you many things and these are some of them: 1. Users of social networks are increasing in number. More people are signing up. More people are engaging into a somewhat form of online communication via social networks. Social networks are the preferred form of engagement online (versus email, chat rooms, etc.) Social networks are not slowing down in terms of activity.