September, 2011

5 Quick Ways to Deal With the Confusion and Conflict Within You

Dumb Little Man

Have you been feeling confused and conflicted lately? Most people right now are going through a transition. There’s something going on, and you feel it in some part of yourself.You may be confused, disorganized, or even frustrated. You don’t know what’s what anymore and life doesn’t make sense. It used to be logical and you used to know what to do, but now it’s all up in the air. I know, because I’ve been there, and in this article I’ll give you five quick ways to deal with it.

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5 Green Ways to Travel to Work

Eco-Office Gals

Many people are beginning to practice eco-friendliness within their home and working lives which is a positive step in the bid to reduce carbon emissions, however one of the largest contributors of carbon emissions haven’t quite been tackled – transport. The commute to and from work is significantly affecting climate change. Traffic congestion means journey times are longer than usual.

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5 Tips for Staying Productive When Working From Home

Productivity Bits

Copyright © 2011 Guest Author. Visit the original article at [link]. Guest Post. F or people who have never done it, working from home often holds the allure of a thing with infinite advantages: no boss, no commute, no annoying coworkers, more freedom, less stress, and so on in a never-ending list of awesomeness.

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How To Deal with Clueless People

Simple Productivity Blog

Fridays are tip days at SimpleProductivity blog. We all have experienced them: the people whose boorish behavior shows a callous disregard for everyone around them. They surround us everywhere. I like to think that rather than being malicious, they are just clueless that their actions are affecting other people. Can’t Change Them. I want to point out that even though the behavior infringes on me, there is nothing I can do to make them stop.

2011 193

The 3 Stages of a Successful Product Launch

Office Organization Success

What is a product launch? It’s a step-by-step, repeatable process, that you can implement whenever you want to launch a brand-new product or program, or re-launch a current product or previous program. It’s much harder to sell something simply by sticking it out there and hoping people will buy it; when you have a launch system in place you will make more sales. Make sure you’re solving a problem that your target market wants solved! You’ll be well on your way to a successful launch.

2011 177

10 Steps for Practicing A Speech

Ian's Messy Desk

If you’re like me, when preparing to speak, the temptation is to read through the outline a couple of times and figure I’m all set for the delivery. Unfortunately, this rarely works. If I don’t practice my speech aloud, several times, I’m not going to do my best when giving the speech. There is a gulf between knowing how to deliver a speech and actually doing it. The only way to convert the theory into actual is through practice. It takes considerable practice to be spontaneous.

2011 174

How Your Best Idea Is Holding You Back

Dumb Little Man

Ideas are fantastic things. No book gets written, no business gets started, and no adventures get off the ground without someone having a great idea first. The problem is that ideas are bigger than we often give them credit for, and they have a shelf life. Given enough time, the great idea that was going to change your life can end up being the very thing holding you back. The first problem with ideas is that they take up a lot of mental space and energy.

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Productivity Multiplier: Google Cloud Connect Now a Reality

Productivity Bits

Copyright © 2011 Productivity Bits. Visit the original article at [link]. Guest Post. W e all know about Google as the search engine mogul and most know about Google Docs — an online version of word processing, spreadsheet, and presentations software. But if you’re like me, you are far more comfortable using Microsoft Office products. I know all the hot-keys, the short-cuts, and know my way around the software.

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Maintaining A Level of Simplicity

Simple Productivity Blog

Wednesdays are simplicity days at SimpleProductivity blog. There are so many books out there on how to simplify your life. And they are good books. They give you step-by-step instructions on how to get rid of clutter, free your schedule and live a less-hectic life. And then you put the book down, and slowly things creep back. It’s Not A Task List. Things creep back into complication because simplicity is not a task list.

2011 181

3 Fantastic Eco Ski Destinations

Eco-Office Gals

Eco-ski destinations and resorts provide a greener alternative for skiing and other recreational and sports enthusiasts. Private hotels and lodges are now incorporating green and environmentally friendly initiatives in their building and design practices and day-to-day operations as a way of contributing to the preservation of their local environment. Listed below are just some of the best eco-friendly global destinations for skiing and other recreational activities.

2011 170

Passive Agressive Tendencies? You’re Not Fooling Anyone

Eat Your Career

This article is the ninth in a 10-part series on the topic of overcoming career-limiting habits. The other day, while being decidedly unproductive , I stumbled upon a little gem of a website called PassiveAgressiveNotes.com. As you might expect, it’s both laugh-out-loud funny and sadly familiar. I swear I’ve seen some of these notes before…Like the one an “anonymous” officemate left in the break room of my old office: “Adults pick up after themselves. No one here is your mother.

2011 165

You Must Resist the Urge to Quit

Dumb Little Man

Any worthwhile goal you set in your life will require time, blood, sweat, and tears. It will often be a thankless journey which is why so many people have a tendency to settle for less than what they really want or what they’re truly capable of. They can’t embrace the uncertainty. The journey can be an emotional roller coaster and as a result people give into their temptation to quit. Fear of failure, fear of success, fear of being judged.,

2011 220

The 10 Biggest Organizing Mistakes. and How to Avoid Them

Ian's Messy Desk

by: Sharon Lowenheim. Many people want to get organized but don’t know how to take the first step. Unfortunately, the first step many of them take is the wrong step! Here are the ten biggest mistakes that would-be organizers make, and how to avoid them. Waiting for a large block of available time. Many disorganized people say that they will get organized when they have a completely free weekend, or when they can take a few days off from work. There are several problems with this approach.

2011 162

Top Four Reasons Why The Coffee Break Rocks!

Productivity Bits

Copyright © 2011 Guest Author. Visit the original article at [link]. Guest Post. D oes your boss frown on taking coffee breaks? Perhaps he thinks that you are not working hard enough. Your boss might be surprised to know that taking a coffee break can help you be more effective in business. Here are four ways in which you can benefit from the daily coffee break. Break Up Those Biorhythms. During the workday most people experience a mental slump, sometimes two.

2011 178

Eliminating Choices to Get More Done

Simple Productivity Blog

Wednesdays are simplicity days at SimpleProductivity blog. Have you ever sat in a restaurant and been unable to decide what you wanted, simply because there were too many things on the menu? Not only are there a wide variety of dishes, but combinations that put them together in a dizzying array of choices that can paralyze you? The same thing can happen if you have too many choices on your daily task list. If you are looking at a list of five items, it is easy to choose one.

2011 172

7 Ways to Be More Eco-Friendly at Home 2011

Eco-Office Gals

As the shift to a greater ecological consciousness continues out of the necessity of long term survival, you might be wondering just what it is that you can do to help out the effort. Here are a few things to get you started on reforming your life in tune with the balanced harmony of our planet. Garden. The first thing that you can do is plant a garden. By growing your own food, you cut down on the energy required for transportation.

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Moxie Tip 41: Do it Differently

Virtual Moxie

Take a look at how you do things, then, purposefully find new ways of doing them. Whether you implement the new ways or not, it's good to always know other ways of getting things done (think back-up plan!). It's also a great way of keeping sharp! Moxie Tips

2011 158

5 Simple Ways to Take Action and Do What You Love

Dumb Little Man

It’s not enough to find your passion. You have to follow-through, and take action. No one else will do it for you. You are in charge, and if you don’t realize that quickly, you will end up looking back in regret when you’re taking the last breath on this earth. If you want to live a life of purpose, fulfillment, and passion, it’s up to you to make it happen. Is it going to be easy? No, but it’s going to be worth it. And it will help you live an exponentially more interesting and fulfilling life.

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Google Wallet Shows the Future of Mobile Payments

Small Business Labs

Google Wallet is a software product designed to replace the physical credit cards most of us carry around and use to pay for things.    It's a version 1.0 product, which means it's limited and not that useful - at least yet.    But Google Wallet shows us the future of mobile payments - and that future is just a couple of years away.

2011 156

10 Tips for Giving a Great Speech

Ian's Messy Desk

Speak from the heart. What you say and how you say it are important, but why you say it is even more important. When you speak from your own conviction, you improve the possibility that your listeners will accept what you’re saying. Have specific objectives for the speech. An objective should target behaviour or thought. What does the speaker expect to accomplish: Convincing listeners to support a cause? Getting listeners to use a specific service? Getting listeners to modify their behaviour?

2011 156

Personal Development Lessons From Slumdog Millionaire

Simple Productivity Blog

Fridays are tip days at SimpleProductivity blog. I’ll admit it openly: I rarely see a movie in the year it came out. I just don’t make the time. Recently I watched Slumdog Millionaire for the first time, and I really enjoyed it. It stayed with me for days, and I’ve been turning over some of the lessons in the movie. Sometimes you just have to go for it. In the movie, Jamal is locked in an outhouse as his celebrity hero lands nearby.

2011 163

How To: Set Yourself up for Success Using Feng Shui

Productivity Bits

Copyright © 2011 Guest Author. Visit the original article at [link]. T he art of Feng Shui involves the placement and layout of furniture and objects to achieve a harmonious flow of energy. It is believed by those who practice it that it can bring happiness, prosperity, wealth, and health to a person who follows it. A house or even an office can stay in harmony and the people who use that space will be happier. Of course, not everyone believes this.

2011 155

Face-time. Premium Fuel for Your Business!

Virtual Moxie

Last month, when hurricane Irene was bearing down on the east coast of the US, this semi-amusing bit was making its way around status updates on Facebook: ** THIS JUST IN ** As Hurricane Irene prepares to batter East Coast, federal disaster officials have warned that Internet outages could force people to interact w/ other people for the first time in years. Residents are bracing themselves for the horror of awkward silences & unwanted eye contact. FEMA has advised: “Be prepared.

2011 158

How to Stay On-Task.Every Day

Dumb Little Man

Do you have trouble staying focused? Whether you work for yourself or for an employer, spending hours surfing the net and updating your Facebook profile won’t get you any closer to your goals. yet you find it hard to keep on-task. Even when you do try to concentrate, you might get to 5pm and feel like you’ve not accomplished anything. Here’s how to stay focused and get more done – every day.

2011 219

5 Tips to Ensure Your Emails Get Opened (and Read)

Office Organization Success

I’ve been reading a lot lately that business owners are seeing plummeting open rates for their email newsletters (ezines). And I wonder if it’s any surprise with the number of other information avenues we’re constantly subjected to these days: Social media – Facebook & Twitter. Mobile marketing via SMS messaging/text messages. Constant bombardment of emails coming into our inboxes. Radio. Television. Is it any wonder?

2011 152

How to Optimize Office Productivity

Ian's Messy Desk

Every business needs to cultivate a productive culture. An office can be busy and active or slow and inefficient. So, how do you optimize office productivity ? The following tips can help make your office as productive as possible. Organise. The office environment needs to be organized. There are many tasks to be completed in an office environment and they tend to be completed effectively when there is good organisation. Make sure the workflow in the entire office is well organised.

2011 149

How To Simplify Library Trips

Simple Productivity Blog

Wednesdays are simplicity days at SimpleProductivity blog. I love the library. Besides being a great place to get books for my family (I’m on a book hiatus right now – see Simplifying the Reading Backlog ), I can get many other different types of media and information. See my Lifehack article “Unexpected Ways The Library Can Save You Money&# ). One of my neighbors doesn’t use the library because it is too frustrating for her.

2011 158

DIY Home Renovations: Tips to Renovate by Yourself and Save

Productivity Bits

Copyright © 2011 Guest Author. Visit the original article at [link]. Guest Post. This article was written by John from Home Loan Finder. Visit Home Loan Finder to compare home loan interest rates. Note: This article covers a topic that is not usually written about in this blog. It captured my interest – I became a homeowner for the first time on July of this year (yay!) and this post really touched base with me. You’ll expect to read more topics like this in this blog in the future.

2011 152

Should You Hire People With Graduate Degrees for Your Startup?

Small Business Labs

Penelope Trunk's Why Startups Shouldn't Hire People with Graduate Degrees is a fun read.    It's obviously meant to be controversial and get others talking and writing about it (and in my case, it worked). We at Smallbizlabs are quite jealous of articles like this.    Because a key part of our job is data analysis, we don't get to be quite as uncluttered by facts as others. 

2011 148

Keys to Leading a Happy and Fullfilled Life

Dumb Little Man

Some of you may believe that if you just had more money, or a better job, or another degree, or some other external “thing” that life would be better. Like there is a nagging feeling that you shouldn't have to be dissatisfied with your life- that you don't have to just 'put up with it' Maybe you don't know what to do to make your life more fulfilled, or don't know where to start. But if you did, you'd be able to confirm those nagging feelings.

2011 219

9 Secrets of Productive People

Eat Your Career

Want to boost your productivity? Look no further. This training video will share with you the secret tricks of productive people and how you can use them for yourself. Additional Resource: Get Productive Now! Boot Camp. Subscribe to the comments for this post? Share this on del.icio.us. Digg this! Share this on Facebook. Post on Google Buzz. Share this on LinkedIn. Email this to a friend? Post this to MySpace. Share this on Reddit. Tweet This! Get Shareaholic. Video Training

2011 147

10 Steps For A Successful Speech

Ian's Messy Desk

Image via Wikipedia. By Jacki Rose, a professional speaker, presentation skills trainer and public speaking coach. For more articles on presentation skills visit her website at: [link]. Speaking gives you visibility, but does it give you credibility? So you’re not a professional speaker. That’s no excuse for NOT giving a professional presentation. You have a great product or service! You’ve put together an awesome presentation with great content! You really know your stuff!

2011 147

Productivity Without Power

Simple Productivity Blog

Mondays are productivity days at SimpleProductivity blog. I am no stranger to storms; between the Saskatchewan Screamers of my youth to the hurricanes and nor’easters I experience today, power outages are a way of life. Yet during Irene I was puzzled that so many people were claiming that could not get anything done if the power went out. I find that with a little planning and forethought, it is very easy to maintain a high level of productivity without power. Here are my tips: Pre-charge.

2011 156

Why Use Sheets Instead of a Project Management Software

Productivity Bits

Copyright © 2011 Guest Author. Visit the original article at [link]. Guest Post. This guest post is by Darren for People Search. M ost organizations nowadays have numerous ongoing projects which need to be organized and kept in order. It is almost impossible to simply use time sheets and manually organize the people on these projects; this is where you can use project management software to your advantage.

Moxie Tip 38: Plugging Holes

Virtual Moxie

When there’s a problem, as there invariably will be, be a person who immediately says, “Ah… there’s a hole in a process. Let’s fix that,” rather than a being a person who points fingers and wants to find someone to blame. Blaming is never helpful. Moxie Tips

2011 146

Why Success Is Highly Overrated

Dumb Little Man

‘Success is never final, failure is never fatal. It’s courage that counts.’ John Wooden. We hear the word success heralded from the rooftops. We also hear the latest and greatest formulas being thrust at us. Because deep down we all want to be successful. There is a constant surge for success. There is an increased striving towards success. Yet there is so much more that makes up the success story, and that includes its two companions: failure and courage.

2011 219

What Are You Willing to Risk?

Eat Your Career

This article is the tenth in a 10-part series on the topic of overcoming career-limiting habits. I have to admit: I was thrilled, though somewhat surprised, to see “risk aversion” show up on the list of top career-limiting habits a while back. It seems that risk often gets a bad rap in the workplace. But it’s an absolute necessity. Here’s the hard truth of life: Anything that’s worthwhile is almost always a little risky. There are very few certainties in life that lead to greatness.

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