June, 2013

Your Time is Money: What if You Were Worth $300 an Hour?

Dumb Little Man

Last winter was a frantic time for my company. The entire team was being pulled in a thousand different directions. I could barely keep my head above the flood of emails, calls, and meetings — each one was more urgent than the last. We were all pushing ourselves to work beyond our capacity, and it was exhausting. It’s hard to feel productive when every minute of every day is crammed with work. Our client relationships suffered. So did our community outreach.

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How to juggle multiple bosses without dropping the ball

Practically Perfect PA

Over the years I’ve had a number of roles that have required me to work for more than one boss. I’ve been Executive Assistant to the CFO, COO and Company Secretary. I’ve been PA to a Director and Administrative Manager for a whole department. I’ve even been Account Manager for 12 Committees. These jobs were hard because I had to juggle multiple tasks, deal with multiple personalities (sometimes within the same person) and I had to work to lots of different deadlines.

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The Rise of Fashion Trucks

Small Business Labs

We're seeing a noticeable increase in the number of fashion trucks. These are trucks that sell clothing, accessories and other fashion items.   As we've pointed out in the past , entrepreneurs across a wide range of industries are recognizing the economic and business model advantages of truck-based commerce.   A good example is Nomad , a fashion truck operating in the New York city area.

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Hot Summer WordPress Deals from Eco-Office Gals

Eco-Office Gals

Summer is heating up and the savings are sizzling at Eco-Office Gals! Don’t miss out on The Before, During and After Hot Summer WordPress Deals! The “Before”: Don’t have a WordPress site yet, but need one? Contact Eco-Office Gals and tell me you want my HOT SUMMER WORDPRESS DEAL for 20% off your first WordPress Design Project. Hosting and monthly subscriptions not included in discount). 20% not good enough? How about FREE?

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Why Simplifying Will Make You More Productive

Simple Productivity Blog

Wednesdays are simplicity days at SimpleProductivity blog. I believe it is part of human nature to complicate things over time. We want to enhance what we are doing, so we tweak the process. In the best results, the tweaks lead to improvements. Most of the time, the tweaks don’t really buy us anything, but we leave them, and after a period of time, the tweaks morph into a burden of extraneous actions. This is not an un-doable process, though. Just as we complicate, we can simplify as well.

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Pay What You CAN Day – - TODAY! Friday, June 21

Step It Up VA Coaching

Announcing: PAY WHAT YOU CAN DAY!! For the rest of the day, until 11:59 pm EST, you can purchase a private, one-hour strategy session with me — and you pay whatever you can. No strings. No upsells. No gimmicks. Just you-and-me. Strategy. Growth. Success. Just one conversation can dramatically improve your business! And today you pay whatever you can. . HERE’S HOW IT WORKS: 1. Use this link to make your “Pay What You Can” payment. link].

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Get A Good Night of Quality Sleep With These 10 Shortcuts for Falling Asleep in Record Time

Dumb Little Man

Do you struggle to fall asleep at night? You work your butt off all day and all you want is to quickly drift off into a restful sleep. But sleep won’t come. You feel wound up like a spring, uptight and restless. You lie in bed worrying about all the challenges of the next day, but the one thing that would actually help you tackle tomorrow – sleep – refuses to cooperate. The causes of sleeplessness Ambitious people believe that the harder and faster they work, the quicker success will follow.

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When Getting Seduced by Potential, Let It Be Your Own.

Virtual Moxie

We are pure potential. I’ve often said that seeing The Matrix was a hugely spiritual event for me, because it was in that movie that I got super-clear that anything is likely possible (including jumping across buildings, bending spoons with our minds, flying, learning anything super-fast, and running as fast as lightening), but what holds us back is the belief(s) we hold about being able to do it.

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The Power of Green in the Office Space

Eco-Office Gals

As more and more offices make the move to greener operations, it has become abundantly clear that creating eco-friendly work environments are not only good for the air and physical space, but they are also great for office morale and productivity. One of the ways that this is best promoted is through the implementation of greenery within the office environments; flora and fauna can have a powerful impact on the workplace.

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Government Surveillance May Be Privacy Game Changer

Small Business Labs

The big news last week was that the National Security Agency (NSA) is collecting the communications records of millions of US citizens indiscriminately and in bulk – regardless of whether they are suspected of any wrongdoing. This caused quite a brouhaha and even united democrats and republicans, who joined together in opposition to what many called an abusive overreach of government authority.

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1ShoppingCart or Infusionsoft? Which One is Best for Your Business

Office Organization Success

Just this past week I’ve been involved in two separate Facebook group discussions around, “which one should I use in my business, 1ShoppingCart or Infusionsoft?”. You may even be in the same dilemma yourself right now: You’re currently using 1ShoppingCart but a colleague or marketing expert has said you need to switch to Infusionsoft.

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Stay Focused by Trying This One Powerful Tip to Stop Procrastination in its Tracks

Dumb Little Man

Isn’t it amazing how energetically we clean our closets or organize the movie collection when a dreaded project is looming? Especially when that project feels abstract and difficult… I battle with this type of procrastination a LOT. And after much trial and error, I’ve found a simple system that works for me. If, like me, you tend to put things off or can’t seem to stick with it once you start, then I am confident it will help you too. Here it is: Read more ».

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Do you have the confidence to open the boardroom door?

Practically Perfect PA

I’m not quite sure why I’ve been so lucky but in my last three roles I have sat near the company boardroom, in the last two offices in fact I’ve sat directly outside the boardroom. Like I said, I don’t know why I was so lucky!

Why Well-Thought-Out Career Choices Still (Sometimes) Don’t Work Out

Eat Your Career

I recently spoke to a prospective career coaching client who told me she did everything right when she decided to change careers a few years ago. She went through a lengthy process of self-exploration to determine her strengths and weaknesses. She created a vision for life and then questioned how her career could support that. She did her research and conducted informational interviews. She set concrete career goals , made intelligent choices , developed a plan and executed it to perfection.

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Redefining Email Processing

Simple Productivity Blog

Mondays are productivity days at SimpleProductivity blog. I believe that it is human nature to complicate things unconsciously. We tweak, we add, and suddenly we are left with a behemoth that might not be serving us all that well. Such is the case I found with my email a few weeks ago. In this article, I will show you where I have been, what didn’t work, what inspired the change, and the result. My Previous Process.

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Aquaponics: Sustainable Urban Fish Farming

Small Business Labs

Fascinating article in IEEE Spectrum on aquaponics , which is a sustainable food production method that combines aquaculture (in this case, raising fish in tanks) with growing plants. Aquaponics creates a sustainable, synergistic food growing system. Fish waste from the fish tanks feeds the plants. The plants also clean and filter the water, which is then returned to the fish tanks.

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6 Strategies to Implement a Summer Schedule

Office Organization Success

As I shared in a recent training call, the number one reason why I started my business over 11 years ago was because I wanted flexibility in my schedule. You see, at that time I had two young boys (I’m now Mom to three boys aged 17, 14, and 8) and it was important that I had a flexible schedule while still being able to earn an income. I had no desire to be my own boss; I just wanted that flexible schedule.

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The Path To Success: How To Get Motivated By Your Past And Future Self

Dumb Little Man

There it was… that one question that people ask you so many times during job interviews: where do you see yourself in 10 years? I was fresh out of school and had never thought about it that much. Strange, right? You grow up, choose a direction in school and you seem to also be determined at the age of 14 what your life will be like. So there I was, with a mouth full of silence. What should I say to the interviewer? Needless to say, the answer didn’t come then.

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Fleeing my comfort zone

Practically Perfect PA

Tomorrow I will be speaking at the Office Manager and PA show. It will be my first public speaking engagement and I am quite frankly terrified! I am an executive assistant and a writer both of these jobs are ideal for people that like to be behind the scenes and prefer to communicate through the media of written word rather than spoken! So why am I putting myself through this? Good question, one I am asking myself frequently today!

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Career Lessons From My Dad

Eat Your Career

For Mother’s Day last month, I wrote a special blog post honoring the career wisdom handed down to me from my dear mom. It seems only fitting then that I do the same for my father this month, in recognition of Dad’s Day. While being very compatible (and happily married for over 30-something years), my mother and father are also just about as different as two human beings can be. Professionally, they have nearly nothing in common.

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How Over-organizing Can Cripple Your Productivity

Simple Productivity Blog

Mondays are productivity days at SimpleProductivity blog. Is it possible to be over-organized? By categorizing everything to the last degree and storing everything every possible place you could need it, you will soon find that maintaining your organization systems will have a negative impact on your productivity.

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The Rise of Wearable Computing

Small Business Labs

Ok, I'll be honest.  There's so much hype about wearable computing I really didn't want to write about it. Also, we covered this trend early last year.  But there's so much discussion on this topic I guess we have no choice.

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Make a not to do list

Clutter Coach

To do lists are a dime a dozen. I’ll bet you have a dozen hiding somewhere on your desk. They have important tasks on them, but are also liberally peppered with: things you don’t really have to do. things you keep saying you’ll do, but don’t. things you have no intention of doing, but think you should. things that were a good idea at the time, but have become irrelevant. You get the picture.

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Get On The Road To Better Health By Building Healthy Habits At The Office

Dumb Little Man

All of us know the feeling of complete mental and physical exhaustion after sitting through an 8+ hour workday. It’s not fun, and has a more profound effect on the rest of our lives than we’d like to admit. We might have grandiose plans with our friends or family after work, but in reality, we know we are likely headed straight to the couch to unwind. But, what if it didn’t have to be this way?

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Is Your Business Ready for an Online Business Manager?

Office Organization Success

We are having a lovely visit with Dad, and our mini-weekend getaway to Vermilion last weekend was great. The weather was beautiful, and we were able to enjoy the lake, lunch by the river, and a walk around the town. This week I have some exciting news to share with you … for the first time in almost five years, I have two openings available for OBM (Online Business Manager) clients!

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Tips for Handling Complainers at Work

Eat Your Career

We’ve all worked with that person who’s never happy, right? It can be a challenge to deal with these people while keeping your own mindset positive. Chronic complainers in the workplace can drag everyone down, and if you’re not careful, they can cause serious problems for your career. In my recent interview on Fox 31 Denver’s Good Day Colorado , I address this topic and offer some helpful advice for keeping the complainers at bay. Check out that screenshot from YouTube!

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Applying the Four Laws of Simplicity

Simple Productivity Blog

Wednesdays are simplicity days at SimpleProductivity blog. I was reading through some old articles I had bookmarked and came across an article about the Four Laws of Simplicity on Zen Habits, and I started thinking about them. I found it remarkable easy to think about this concept in regards to stuff, but then I also started thinking about how I would apply them to productivity systems.

2013 162

Why Living Your Standards Matters in Business (and Your Life!)

Virtual Moxie

Bana wrote to pick my brain : “I’ve been talking with one of the AssistU graduates who’s given me a lot of good food for thought about your Mentoring Program. In one of our conversations, she shared that you teach that it’s important by stick to your standards without deviation, especially when you start your practice. Why is that? I would think that in the beginning it’s smarter to be more flexible and give clients exactly what they want in order to get them through the door.

2013 158

Recycled Paper Myths Busted

Eco-Office Gals

Paper products account for the vast majority of waste generated from office environments. This means that any company looking to make their daily operations more environmentally friendly can make a huge impact just by switching to recycled paper products. However, many companies are still resistant to doing so because they do not have all the facts and have perhaps formed some unfavorable preconceptions about recycled paper.

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Home Security: Try These 10 Ways to Make Your Home Safer – Without a Gun

Dumb Little Man

The country is currently very divided on the issue of firearms. Some citizens insist on their right to arm themselves, others refuse to have a gun in the house, while some are considering purchasing a firearm for protection but are concerned about safety. If you’re looking to make your home safer from criminals but don’t want one around your kids there are other ways to protect your family without getting a gun. Assess your personal situation.

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Baby Boomer Versus Millennial Brains

Small Business Labs

An interesting article from Nielsen compares the kinds of advertising Baby Boomers and Millennials (also called Gen Y) respond to. According to Nielsen: Baby Boomers : Nielsen research finds that Boomers prefer clever, light-hearted humor (rather than mean-spirited) and relatable characters who are Boomers themselves or not much younger.    Millennials : Millennials prefer off-beat, sarcastic and slapstick humor.

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Test your listening skills

Ian's Messy Desk

Here’s a simple drill to test your listening skills. Close your eyes. Count slowly to 50. Don’t let another thought enter your mind. Use this exercise to improve your ability to concentrate on a person who’s speaking, without your mind wandering. Related articles. Back to Basics: Seven Types of Listeners and Tips for Better Listening Skills. Listen. THE ART OF LISTENING: more heart, less distraction. You just finished reading Test your listening skills !

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Power Through Blocks With A “Finish It” Week

Simple Productivity Blog

Mondays are productivity days at SimpleProductivity blog. I was really out of sorts last night. I hadn’t managed to find time to write the blog, nor my book. I sat in my writing studio, grumpy and resentful at all the things that had kept me from writing. Here’s the thing, though. I am what keeps me from doing the creative things I want to enjoy. And as soon as I realized that, I started asking myself what I felt was standing in my way. Not enough time.

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5 Reasons to be Constantly in Your Policies and Procedures Docs

Virtual Moxie

I had an interesting conversation with a non-VA coaching client this past week, in which she was extolling the virtues of having well-documented policies and procedures for her business (something you know I was happy to hear!). Then she said, almost in passing, “What I can’t figure out is why, given that I''ve created the Policies and Procedures, things fall through the cracks.”.

6 Ways to Reduce Paper Waste and Save Money in Your Office

Eco-Office Gals

According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), 70 million tons of paper and paperboard are used in the United States every year.How much is your office using?It’s It’s estimated that the average office worker uses 10,000 sheets of paper per year. Multiply that number by the amount of workers you have and you’ll see why going paperless is not only environmentally responsible, but also fiscally responsible too.

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Stand Up For Yourself. Grow From Conflict and Learn When Being Nice Just Isn't Cutting it.

Dumb Little Man

Good people sleep peaceably in their beds at night only because rough men stand ready to do violence on their behalf -George Orwell Nice guys finish last. That is, until they learn what I'm about to tell you. A little background. I am a full time police officer in a department where the daily population goes up to about 100,000 people. In my career, I deal with more difficult situations in one month than most people will deal with in their lifetime.

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Growing Consensus: Obamacare Good for Entrepreneurship

Small Business Labs

There's a growing number of studies suggesting that the Affordable Care Act (a.k.a. Obamacare) is going to increase entrepreneurship and self-employment. The New York Times article The Affordable Care Act Could be Good for Entrepreneurship  covers a Robert Woods Johnson study that finds Obamacare will likely increase the number of self-employed by more than 11% as a direct result of the law.

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