July, 2013

Ditch the 5-Hour Energy: 5 Natural Ways to Energize

Dumb Little Man

Ah, caffeine: the world’s favorite pick-me-up. Whether in the form of coffee, tea, or increasingly fashionable energy drinks, many of us rely on caffeine every day for a quick energy fix. And although you might get that energy boost you so desperately seek, caffeine combined with an energy drink cocktail can be costly to your health. . A Closer Look at the Energy Drink. In addition to caffeine, many energy drinks also contain healthy-sounding amino acids and other B vitamins to perk you up.

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Plain English for assistants

Practically Perfect PA

A few years ago I was working with a number of consultants who had been brought in to improve processes across our organisation. They were a great bunch of people but at times it was like they were speaking another language which was made up of business jargon that most of us couldn’t quite get to grips with.

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Using The 4 Laws Of Simplicity To Streamline Projects

Simple Productivity Blog

Wednesdays are simplicity days at SimpleProductivity blog. The Four Laws Of Simplicity: Projects. After bumping into the 4 Laws Of Simplicity, I realized that they can be applied not only to physical stuff, but also the aspects of every productivity system. In this series, we have already talked about applying it to “stuff” , as well as calendars , task lists and reference material. Now we’ll take a look at how to apply them to projects. The 4 Laws Of Simplicity.

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The Role of an Online Business Manager

Office Organization Success

Many business owners are a little confused between an Online Business Manager and a Virtual Assistant – they think they’re one and the same. To some extent they are, but there is a role for both types of virtual support professional in your business. And it very much depends on where you’re at in your business.

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5 Ways to Share Your Professional Expertise and 4 Reasons You Should

Eat Your Career

If you’ve been a part of the workforce for any period of time, you have at least some level of professional expertise. You’ve got a certain unique set of skills, knowledge and experience that makes you an asset to your organization. But what are you really doing with it? Are you hoarding it away like a squirrel stashes nuts? Are you saving all that goodness for yourself? Are you using your expertise to further your own career without ever considering how it might help others?

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Setting up an Eco Friendly Online Marketing Business

Eco-Office Gals

The workplace can be a wasteful environment if the right steps aren’t taken to limit the amount of waste produced. However, if an office has a collective goal to reduce the amount of unwanted waste, it can become significantly more environmentally friendly. It’s important to understand that everyone in the office can play a big part in creating a new way of working. Online companies have already limited their paper and office waste output by doing their business primarily online.

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Five Reasons to Think Before You Speak

Dumb Little Man

Last week, I was about to walk into a Whole Foods while a twenty-something year-old man was heading out. I was carrying a gym bag, a purse and a couple branded shopping totes for the items I expected to pick up. In other words, my hands were more than full. The young man had an ear bud wired to his cell phone which was tucked into his shirt pocket and was eating a scone. . His load was much lighter than mine, yet he seemed to wait for me to open the door.

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Schedule Your Priorities; Don’t Prioritize Your Schedule

Simple Productivity Blog

Mondays are productivity days at SimpleProductivity blog. “The key is not to prioritize what’s on your schedule, but to schedule your priorities.” ” — Stephen Covey. I saw this quote the other day and it really got me thinking. Far too often I get through a bunch of tasks, just to find that I haven’t made progress on the things that are part of my bigger goals and dreams. I sometimes feel like I am sacrificing my dreams for a clean kitchen.

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Why the Love of the Gmail Tabbed Inbox is Good News For Marketers

Virtual Moxie

Gmail. I just do. I love how it works, I love how easy it is, I love that it’s ubiquitous, I love the interface…I just love it. Like a whole slew of people, I got the new tabbed inbox last week. And like most of you, I imagine, I’ve received email upon email and have seen countless Facebook updates from people with something to sell via email alerting me to the fact that Gmail has taken over my email with the new tabs.

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10 Ways to Enjoy a Day Off

Ian's Messy Desk

A couple of weeks ago was Canada Day. In three weeks time it will be Heritage Day in Alberta , a Provincial holiday which focuses on the many cultures that make up our population. We haven’t yet put together our plans for the weekend, but have a couple of ideas. Successful people understand the importance of taking personal time to recharge and revitalize. It doesn’t require an extended break with elaborate plans—sometimes those are more tiring than work.

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Where Does Clutter Come From?

Clutter Coach

Originally posted 2012-05-08 10:40:45. Republished by Blog Post Promoter Clutter comes from many sources; a primary one is what we call delayed decision making. That’s when things pile up because you haven’t made a decision to move them on to their next stop: being put away, thrown away, taken to the cleaners, returned to their owner, tossed in the Goodwill bag, shredded, mailed back or foisted off on someone else. Clutter can also come from projects in progress.

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6 Unconventional, But Scientific Ways To Be The Happiest Person On Earth

Dumb Little Man

Happiness. There isn't a single human being who doesn't want it, and for many, it is the primary pursuit in life. Conventional wisdom tells us that we need a good job, a great family life, and 11.5 months of vacation time to be happy. But we're going to focus on some lesser known factors of happiness that anyone can apply immediately. We'll even meet "the happiest man in the world" and hear his secret of happiness!

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Managing the boss

Practically Perfect PA

I was working at an event in London last week where I was asked what my role in the company I work for involved. My rather tongue in cheek reply was that “I make my boss look good” Although this was said to get a quick laugh it did make me think, actually isn’t that a massive part of the role we all play at work?

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What is Native Advertising?

Small Business Labs

We enjoy new buzzwords here at Small Business Labs. Native advertising is a relatively new and hot buzzword in online advertising circles. It describes what used to be called advertorials or sponsored content. This is company produced content that runs on a media company website. This content is meant to engage the media company's audience as much as their "real" content does - while at the same time delivering a soft branding or marketing message.

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How Innovation Spurs Productivity

Productivity Bits

Innovation is the cornerstone to any successful endeavor. Innovation is necessary in almost every successful achievement. We need a vibrant influx of ideas to market target niches and make our brands stronger. Innovation can result in breakthrough changes to new or fundamentally changed products and services that can radically alter what companies sell and generate major gains in revenue and profits. Examples of radical innovation include Facebook, the Internet, penicillin, ATM and iPad.

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The Most Important Tool for Accelerating Your Career Growth

Eat Your Career

So, you want to get ahead at work. Who doesn’t? Almost everyone has dreams of career advancement, whether in the near or distant future. That’s part of the reason the workplace is so competitive. Everyone wants more money , more fulfillment , and more recognition. We’re all fighting for the same things and, unfortunately, we can’t ALL win. Some people will rise to the top. Others will sink to the bottom. Others will stay in the mediocre middle for all of eternity. Is that harsh? No, it’s reality.

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25 Simple Tips for Self Motivation

Ian's Messy Desk

Visualize successful outcomes. Use positive affirmations to boost your attitude. Don’t reinvent the wheel. Find successful people and ask them how they do it. Pick their brains and copy their techniques. Give yourself rewards. Find what really interests you and you’ll get into the habit of wanting to learn. Be realistic about what you can achieve. Team up with others. If you are having a bad day, others can encourage and motivate. Always finish things.

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8 Top Productivity Apps for Your Smartphone Can Help Make Your Life Easier, More Productive and More Organized

Dumb Little Man

Are you so busy that you fear you could lose your head if it wasn’t attached to your neck? This list of eight top productivity apps for your smartphone can help make your life not only easier, but a lot more organized. It’s rather simple. The more organized you are, the easier life is. Just think about it. It’s a typical work day, and your schedule is particularly loaded with tons of tasks. Not only are you overburdened, but you are also unorganized, making your day that much tougher.

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What questions should assistants ask at an interview?

Practically Perfect PA

So you’ve bagged a job interview, you’ve picked your outfit, you’ve researched the company and planned a few answers. You’ve made your way to the company building and have managed to get through all of the tricky questions. You think you’ve done well and might just have got the job when the interviewer says to you… ‘do you have any questions?’… ’… eeekkk!

Are You a Moderator or an Abstainer?

Virtual Moxie

There are many labels we can take on that help us understand ourselves better, and I''m all for it when it''s done from that place—of wanting to understand and free ourselves—rather from a place of wanting to close down or box in. Two labels I love, probably because I see them so often in coaching, are “ moderator ” and “ abstainer.”. Most of us are good at doing nearly anything we want—because we have the ability to moderate it.

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A Business Shift Is Happening

Office Organization Success

Having been in business for 12 years now, I’ve seen many changes happening in the online world … and most of those changes have been down to the technology that’s available. As business owners the technology has empowered us to create businesses that we can run from just about anywhere as long as we have a PC and an internet connection. We have the ability to reach hundreds of thousands of people with just the click of a mouse or a status update.

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How to Deal With a Co-Worker Who Shares Too Much

Eat Your Career

We’ve all had that co-worker who just shares too much information (the kids call it “TMI”). You know what I’m talking about: That person who gives you the play-by-play of her divorce proceedings. The one who’s happy to share all the gory details of her recent bout with stomach flu. The one who wants everyone to know all the details of what she’s working on at any given moment of the day.

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Set goals like Ben Franklin

Ian's Messy Desk

Ben Franklin became a prolific inventor once he learned to set goals and prioritize. Here’s how: Spend 10 minutes each morning prioritizing your tasks. Spend 20 at the end of the week reviewing work for the next week. Ask yourself, “which of my to-do’s are important, not merely urgent?” ” You just finished reading Set goals like Ben Franklin ! Consider leaving a comment!

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You are Cooler than You Think-- 17 ways for Instant Badassery

Dumb Little Man

Feeling uncool? Below are 17 simple ways to remix your life. These ideas are centered around capturing human growth and potential. When you try new things, you grow. When you grow and progress, you realize how awesome and capable you are. Hence, badassery. Be prepared to surprise yourself. Don't stop reading now! Keep going and find out how to start changing your life. Read more ». Development Fun Success How To Relationships Change Happiness Motivation

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How to ensure your admin improvement projects stick!

Practically Perfect PA

How many times are we asked to make improvements to administrative processes without any real guidance on what to do or where to start? Most managers will hire professional consultants for business improvement projects but will ask their assistants to make changes to the fundamental administrative structures without instruction or training. Even if we do manage to make great changes to useless admin procedures how do we ensure that our colleagues actually do what we ask them?

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Moxie Lessons From a 50 Year Old

Virtual Moxie

Thank you so much for all the comments and amazingly heart-felt emails you sent me last week as I celebrated my 50th. I had a wonderful trip to Minnesota and Iowa, had an amazing birthday, took some beautiful photographs (the one at the top of this post is probably my favorite—taken at a friend’s family’s farm in Iowa), received beautiful gifts and cards, ate amazing food at some wonderful and some quirky restaurants, and had some of the best laughs of my life with people I love.

2013 168

Should you Refill or Replace Old ce255a Ink Cartridges?

Eco-Office Gals

One of the many dilemmas that people face with their ce255a ink cartridges is whether to replace or refill them. Although this is a very common question today, there are a number of advantages and disadvantages that people should know about to make sure that they are getting the printing quality for the lowest amount of money. Refilling. Today, there are ink cartridge refill kits for the ce255a that provide one of the quickest ways of refilling an empty one.

2013 167

My Productivity Won’t List

Simple Productivity Blog

Mondays are productivity days at SimpleProductivity blog. Productivity articles often focus on what you need to start doing in order to be more productive. While that is well and good, I think there is room for things to stop doing. Here is my list of things I won’t do because they adversely affect my productivity – my productivity won’t list: 10. Say “Yes” Automatically. For a long time, I would agree to do things when people asked. Be on another committee?

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Most Americans Plan to Work Past 65

Small Business Labs

Transamerica Insurance released their 14th annual retirement survey. This is a comprehensive online poll of over 3000 Americans aged 18+ working for for-profit companies with 10 or more employees.   Most interesting to us here at Small Business Labs are the attitudes related to working past traditional retirement age.

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Don't Waste Another Day! Get Motivated With 8 Ways To Put A Rocket Under Your Butt And Get 2013 Back On Track!

Dumb Little Man

You have two choices when you look at today's calendar. You can think "It's July. I can't believe 2013 is half over! What happened to all my goals?" " Or, you can think "It's July. That means I still have half a year to demolish all my goals!" " Can we agree that the second choice is the way to go? Then let's also agree we won't spend a single moment on "coulda woulda shoulda."

2013 219

Business Support … Right When You Need It

Office Organization Success

I’m writing to you this week from Portland, Oregon as I’m here at a fashion event! One of the things I love about running my own business is the flexibility it gives me to pursue other ventures too. Something that you may not know about me is that I’m an Independent Fashion Consultant for CAbi. I’ve always loved fashion (I wanted to go to Art College when I left school to study to be a fashion designer … that’s a story for another day!)

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How to Get your Project Back on Track

Ian's Messy Desk

The post How to Get your Project Back on Track appeared first on Ian's Messy Desk. No matter how much planning you put into projects, things can get off track pretty easily. In fact, it’s standard practice to build buffers into the variables of a project to allow of delays and over-runs. If you’re working on a project and it gets off track, here are some steps to get things back under control: Renegotiate : The easiest action, when you can’t meet a deadline, is to renegotiate the due date.

2013 155

How To Convert a Gasoline-powered Car Into an Electric Car

Eco-Office Gals

If you want to own a car that is eco-friendly and has good fuel economy, the obvious solution is to buy an electric car. But, electric cars are pretty expensive, and they are still considered somewhat of a luxury, which means that a lot of people can’t afford them. However, there are other options for those who can’t afford to buy an electric vehicle. You just have to own a gasoline-powered car, which they can convert into an electric car.

2013 158

Find Your Purpose with the P.A.S. Method

Simple Productivity Blog

Mondays are productivity days at SimpleProductivity blog. I’ve never been one who has been able to find my life’s purpose. I’ve been through dozens of methods to help me figure it out, and I always draw a blank. Or worse – I am pointed to something that repulses me. So when my fellow blogger Mohamed Tohami of Midway Simplicity contacted me to tell me about his new product, The P.A.S.

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The Mobile Centric World

Small Business Labs

Well known venture capitalist Bill Gurley's Transitioning to a Mobile Centric World  provides an overview of the major shift to mobile computing.    Gurley argues - and we certainly agree - that computing is in the middle of a platform change from PCs to mobile computing devices.  More specifically, he argues that browsers are becoming less important and stand alone mobile apps more important.

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Achieve Your Goals and Get Rid Of Those Limiting Beliefs by Asking 3 Simple Questions

Dumb Little Man

Friedemann Schaub, author of “The Fear & Anxiety Solution” (Sounds True Publications, 2012) , states that one of the biggest causes of fear and anxiety that surrounds our daily lives is self-limiting beliefs. These core beliefs define the rules and regulations that individuals create for themselves and are responsible for impacting the way a person thinks and acts. These core beliefs can form an important strength for personal development or can prove to be a barrier for growth.

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Gmail Has List Owners In A Panic!

Office Organization Success

I tell ya! All the drama and desperate-sounding “please don’t let my emails end up in your promotions tab” emails that have sent out this week have business owners running around like headless chickens. Well, trust Rob Schultz to come up with his own unique spin on this topic. Enjoy! Streamline Your Systems email management gmail

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