October, 2012

7 Gratitude Secrets Every Pessimist Should Know

Dumb Little Man

If there was ever a time in history to be a pessimist, it’s today. The economy is terrible, gas prices are insane, and natural disasters seem to be increasing exponentially every year. There’s plenty of uncertainty in the air these days , so in order to not be disappointed or let down, we assume the worst. It’s good not to give your hopes up, right? Better to be pleasantly surprised than to be sadly disappointed, some would say.

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Tips on good minute taking

Practically Perfect PA

Pin It. As we all know writing minutes is a basic skill for assistants and we have probably written more over the years than Stephen King has writing novels. I had a job a few years back that provided support for twelve Committees who had four meetings a year, which meant I was writing a set of minutes practically every week.

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Is Your Job Getting You Down? Job Happiness Quiz

Eat Your Career

I once read an interesting statistic about how work effects overall life happiness. It basically said that a good job won’t make you happy, but a bad job will make you unhappy. I think this says a lot about how we view jobs. If we hate our work, that frustration and annoyance rules our lives. If we like it, it sometimes goes unnoticed. Think about all the people who quit their jobs thinking that it’s just work that’s bringing them down – only to find that they’re just as unhappy in another job.

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Can't Afford Me? That's 100% You.

Virtual Moxie

In a conversation I had yesterday with a group of my Ultimate VA members at AssistU , we talked about when clients decide to move on, stating money problems as their issue. There was a fairly general consensus that they (the VAs) tend to say things to themselves like, “What could I have done to prevent this for them? Could I have done something better, or differently? Should we have considered this program/tool/service/marketing method over what we did choose?

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Email Newsletter: 3 Alternatives to an Ezine

Office Organization Success

This article was inspired by a conversation I had today with a client; in fact this isn’t the first time I’ve had a similar conversation with clients, so I thought I’d share my response to them with you. This client basically said to me, “Tracey, please tell me I don’t have to send a weekly ezine!”. Note: An ezine is another name for a newsletter or electronic newsletter.

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How To Give Yourself A Break

Simple Productivity Blog

Fridays are tip days at SimpleProductivity blog. We live in a time when people are going all the time. Rest seems to be unobtainable, and many people sacrifice sleep in order to get more done. But there is a time in your life when you need to step back and relax. Unfortunately, there are many people who can’t stop going full steam ahead, even when signs of a burnout are impending (I’m one of these).

2012 186

5 Quotes from Marcus Aurelius on Developing an Invincible Attitude

Dumb Little Man

Stoicism is a school of Philosophy that intrigued me at a time where my self-defeating behavior was at its peak. I had trouble dealing with frustration, failure, stress, and fear. It felt nearly impossible to adapt to a new mindset to guide me to a more fruitful and productive lifestyle — until I read one of the most revered stoic's teachings, Meditations by Marcus Aurelius. Aurelius was known to be one of the most powerful men on earth, as well as the last of the "Five Good Emperors."

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How to Deal With Credit Thieves in the Workplace

Eat Your Career

What do you do when someone else takes credit for your work? It’s a common problem—one often exaggerated and made light of in sitcoms—and yet, in the real world, it can lead to some pretty serious career damage if not handled properly. The situation is ugly and unfair, and it usually goes something like this: You get the blame when things go wrong and they get the credit when things go right. Whether it’s coming from a co-worker or superior, the behavior is completely unethical.

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Clark Kent Becomes a Freelancer

Small Business Labs

In the latest issue of the Superman comic book , Clark Kent quits his job at the Daily Planet and is becoming a freelancer. Clark quits because the Daily Planet is acquired by a media conglomerate that cares more about entertainment than hard news. Kent, who sees his job as an extension of his duties as Superman, doesn't like this. In a melodramatic outburst in the newsroom he says: "the Daily Planet  no longer stands for the principles of truth, justice and the American way."

2012 184

Business Success Lessons I've Learned (Part 2)

Virtual Moxie

Last week, I sat down to create a list of some of the business lessons I've learned in my 15 years in business for myself. When the 30th one rolled out of my head, I decided to break the post into two pieces. This is the second, and you can read the first here. Communication needs to be easy. I can't stress enough how important I've found this to be--especially with people closest to you in your business. All relationships require work (anyone who tells you otherwise is an absolute liar), but if.

2012 178

Mobile Marketing Techniques for Eco Friendly Businesses

Eco-Office Gals

The recent buzz about global climate change has spurred a number of other changes in the world. Green consciousness and eco-friendly movements are gaining more momentum every day, manifesting themselves in everything from recycling to organic produce. Even the world of marketing has changed. In the past, marketing was all about getting the best space on paper–magazine ads, newspaper pages, colossal billboards.

2012 175

5 Body Postures That May Actually Boost Your Self-Esteem

Dumb Little Man

“The body says what words cannot” – Martha Graham Wisdom tells us that the body is not worth as much as our inner being. However, it is our body that bridges the world into our soul. It is the means that nurtures our being not only by what our environment shows us. It is also affected by the way we choose to move and act our bodies. A study by the Ohio State University found that our posture can also affect how we think about ourselves.

Pros and Cons of virtual meetings

Practically Perfect PA

Pin It. Long gone are the days our executive managers fly all over the world attending an hour’s meeting here or there. Don’t get me wrong they still travel for Board meetings and client engagement but they don’t get on a flight simply because there are no alternatives to getting everyone together.

2012 188

How to Keep Your Competitive Edge in the Workplace

Eat Your Career

During a recent free coaching call , one individual asked the following question: “I’ve been employed at the same company for over 10 years. I feel secure in my position but, with all the turmoil in the economy, I guess anything could happen. How can I make sure I’m staying competitive?”. What a great question! I love this kind of proactive thinking. Even though there’s no immediate danger, this person is looking ahead and preparing for the future.

2012 188

Automation For Productivity: Machines Around The House

Simple Productivity Blog

Mondays are productivity days at SimpleProductivity blog. I talked about how automation is so important to reclaiming your time last week, in Automation: An Overview of Getting Back Your Life. Today I’m going to talk about how to automate around the house using machines. I believe that automating as much as possible in your life (without automating the things that really matter) frees our minds, time and attention up for other things.

2012 174

Halloween Going to the Dogs

Small Business Labs

Regular readers know we love pet trends, especially when they relate to the humanization of pets. According to an article in Time Magazine "American consumers are expected to collectively spend $370 million on pet costumes this Halloween. That’s $70 million more than last year, and a 40% increase compared to 2010. The article goes on to point out that 62% of American homes have pets.  Only about 34% of American households have children.

2012 170

Learn How to Manage Your Boss

Ian's Messy Desk

No matter where you work, you report to someone – maybe even to two or three bosses. And whether you think your boss is brilliant or a bore, the fact is that you have to manage the relationship with your boss if you want to advance your career. Many of us give little thought to managing our supervisors. We do so at our own peril. Supervisors can have a lot of influence over our success in a job and our long-term career plans.

2012 170

The Lost Art of Encouragement

Dumb Little Man

We've all heard of American literary great Walt Whitman. But did you know that Whitman struggled through years of obscurity to get anyone interested in his poetry? One day, in the midst of crippling discouragement, Whitman received a life-changing letter from an admirer of his work. The note read: " Dear sir, I am not blind to the worth of the wonderful gift of Leaves of Grass. I find it the most extraordinary piece of wit and wisdom that America has yet contributed.

2012 207

Pros and Cons of virtual meetings

Practically Perfect PA

Pin It. Long gone are the days our executive managers fly all over the world attending an hour’s meeting here or there. Don’t get me wrong they still travel for Board meetings and client engagement but they don’t get on a flight simply because there are no alternatives to getting everyone together.

2012 178

How to Deal with Annoying Coworkers

Eat Your Career

We’ve all had coworkers who just rub us the wrong way. Maybe they have some annoying habit that gets under your skin. Maybe they don’t follow the same social “rules” you follow. Maybe they’re just different. Annoying or not, you still have to work with these people. Here are some simple tips to help you deal. Look Inward. Did you know the things that irritate you the most in the others are usually the same qualities you don’t like in yourself? Scary, I know.

2012 174

Upcycle Your Way to An Eco Friendly Office Wardrobe

Eco-Office Gals

All of us have had moments when we’ve looked into our closets and said, “I have nothing to wear” and we weren’t being dramatic. Sometimes, the reality is that while we do have things hanging up, we don’t always have just what we need. Take an office wardrobe, for instance.

2012 165

Simplify With Mental Masking Tape

Simple Productivity Blog

Wednesdays are simplicity days at SimpleProductivity blog. As part of my renovation of the closet into a writing nook, I have a painting project on my hands. I do not leave painting to my husband because he isn’t very thorough and doesn’t necessarily color within the lines. So I got out my painter’s masking tape and start blocking off the sections that don’t get painted.

2012 165

Moxie Tip 252: You Are Magnificent

Virtual Moxie

Truly, you are likely far more magnificent than you give yourself credit for being. And giving yourself more credit is one huge step you can take in the direction of banishing that fear you have. Focus on what you want, and what you hope for. Walk toward that. Keep your eyes on that. Make every action about that. And trust that which matters—which will never be your fears.

2012 164

Six Thought-Provoking Quotes from Albert Einstein

Dumb Little Man

Do you want to live a more enjoyable and creative life? One great way to get inspired is by reflecting on words of wisdom from the past. Words that have stood the test of time and been a powerful motivator for generations of people. Alfred Einstein was born in 1879, and his words are still relevant today. Below you'll find six powerful quotes from him. But don't just read them and move on, pick at least one you can apply to your life today.

2012 207

Effective Committee meeting management

Practically Perfect PA

Last week I wrote a blog on minute taking during meetings. It provided quite popular so I thought I’d write a little something on working with Committees in general. The minutes are the end product of a meeting but how do we ensure the meeting itself is well organised, productive and attended by the right people?

2012 170

Quiz: Is Your Attitude Hurting Your Career?

Eat Your Career

There’s an old saying: “Attitude is everything”. And it’s really true. Did you know that your perspective can actually change your reality? After all, your attitude shows up everywhere: In your words, your tone of voice, even your physical look. And it also guides your actions. Your attitude can certainly impact the way others view you – which, of course, impacts the way they treat you and the opportunities that come your way. Your attitude truly shapes your world.

2012 165

What Makes for a Healthy Green Office?

Eco-Office Gals

As you’ve been doing more and more research about making your world a more eco-friendly place, you’ve probably come across some articles on how to make your office “green”—no, not (necessarily) green in color, but things that you can do to improve the air quality and energy efficiency of your workplace environment. Some of the information that you’ve come across may have seemed a bit overwhelming, though.

2012 162

Mythical Productivity Creatures

Simple Productivity Blog

Mondays are productivity days at SimpleProductivity blog. A teacher of mine once defined “myth” as a story that is believed as true, whether or not it really is. In the season of Halloween, we see a lot of mythical creatures: that is, creatures that are talked about whether or not they really exist. I will see zombies calling for brains, witches riding brooms, vampires with fangs, a variety of superheros, and animated inanimate objects come to my door, all clamoring for candy.

2012 159

Reshoring of Manufacturing, Services Accelerating

Small Business Labs

According to several recent studies America is becoming increasingly cost competitive for manufacturing and services relative to our competitors overseas. Because of this, the reshoring to the U.S. of work once outsourced to the rest of the world is accelerating. A recent study by the strategy consulting firm BCG found that the U.S. is the most cost competitive developed country for manufacturing. This is leading to more firm choosing to manufacture in the U.S.

2012 158

7 Everyday Mistakes That Turn Your Life from Heaven to Hell

Dumb Little Man

Are you stuck? Does it feel like you deserve something better, but nothing is happening? You’re not alone. Many are waking up to the fact that the life they’re living isn’t what they want. They are realizing that they can do what they love and enjoy life to the fullest. The same is true for you. You’re reading this article for a reason. So pay close attention to the seven mistakes below. Thoughts Your thoughts control your life.

2012 206

Effective Committee meeting management

Practically Perfect PA

Last week I wrote a blog on minute taking during meetings. It provided quite popular so I thought I’d write a little something on working with Committees in general. The minutes are the end product of a meeting but how do we ensure the meeting itself is well organised, productive and attended by the right people?

2012 170

How to Avoid Clients With Financial Problems

Virtual Moxie

Last week, I wrote that a client’s inability to stay in your relationship due to money woes is never your problem. Betty wrote to ask me how to stop getting into relationships with clients with money problems, as she’s had two and would like to avoid them completely in the future. It would be nice, I think, to say there’s a way to make sure that the clients you bring into your practice are financial solvent, but with any certainty, you can’t.

2012 157

5 Tips for Eco-Friendly Organization in the Office

Eco-Office Gals

Getting your office in ship shape can be a trying task, but when you try to instill your green sensibilities in the course of the project you may find yourself facing an uphill battle fraught with resistance and setbacks. However, it’s worth a little extra effort to ensure that your office does less harm to the environment. So here are just a few helpful tips to greenify your office even as you clear the clutter and get everyone organized. De-clutter sensibly.

2012 161

How To Eliminate Self-Generated Crises

Simple Productivity Blog

Mondays are productivity days at SimpleProductivity blog. How many “emergencies” do you have on a daily or weekly basis that are actually self-generated crises? I’m talking about panic because you can’t find something you need right then. Here are tips on the causes of these crises, and how you can stop them in their tracks. This article was inspired by the Dilbert cartoon from Sunday September 16: Dilbert Comic for 9/16/2012. Losing Things.

2012 158

The Fourth Sector - Social Businesses

Small Business Labs

Good article on Social Earth describing the emerging fourth sector of socially-oriented businesses.  These are firms, both for-profits and non-profits, that are driven by a social mission but employ for-profit business policies and practices.    This is in addition to the traditional sectors - the private sector, government and traditional non-profits. The chart below, from the article, does a nice job of listing the various types of social businesses.

2012 154

10 Quick Actions You Can Take Today That Can Instantly Improve Your Life

Dumb Little Man

There are plenty of articles that give you vague advice on improving your life. But in this article you’ll discover 10 quick and practical actions you can take today. They are very short, so this article is a quick and easy read. Before we dive into the article, remember, it is only through taking action that you can improve your life. No one can do it for you. You alone have to take responsibility. Are you ready? Simplify Take one thing in your life and throw it away.

2012 206

The Final Stretch of 2012: Three Questions to Ask Yourself

Eat Your Career

Note: Please leave your answers to these questions in the comments below! I don’t want to scare you but…brace yourself… we’re in the final stretch of 2012 ! Cue screams of horror and outrage). It’s now officially “Q4″ and you know what that means: The holidays are just around the corner. And we all know that after Halloween, the days slip by like sand through our fingers until about a week after New Years.

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