May, 2011

7 Must Read Life Lessons from Benjamin Franklin

Dumb Little Man

Benjamin Franklin was one of the Founding Fathers of the United States of America (USA). A famous polymath, Franklin was a leading author and printer, political theorist, politician, postmaster, scientist, inventor, satirist, civic activist, statesman, and diplomat. As a scientist, he was a major figure in the American Enlightenment and the history of physics for his discoveries and theories regarding electricity.

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How to Start a Workplace Garden

Eco-Office Gals

Although you may have never heard of it, workplace gardening has become increasingly popular over the past decade or so. Establishing a garden that employers and employees collectively tend to can promote new relationships and strengthen teamwork within a company. A workplace garden can also provide a sense of wellness among employers and employees, as the emphasis on healthy living is quite strong these days. Starting a workplace garden requires planning, time, and effort between all involved.

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6 Things The Navy SEAL Team Six Can Teach Us About Getting Things Done

Productivity Bits

Copyright © 2011 Marlon Ribunal. Visit the original article at [link]. Post written by Marlon Ribunal. Follow me on t witte r. Ten years of intelligence gathering. Two major wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Thousands of lives have been sacrificed. Millions of dollars have been spent on logistics and fighting the wars offshore. Osama bin Laden is dead. Forty minutes of military operation with surgical precision. High efficiency of operation. And Justice has been done.

2011 210

How to Praise Good Performance

Ian's Messy Desk

You should remember that, as a supervisor, you’ll always get what you reward. if you ignore good behaviour, you may lose it and perhaps a good employee as well. While this may appear to be common sense, it is far from common practice. We like to be recognized for doing good work. We crave praise , but do not always like to give praise. One of your jobs as manager is to make sure you give out praise as often as possible.

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How I Stay Productive

Virtual Moxie

Today, a question of a very concrete nature submitted to Pick Anastacia’s Brain , from Jacqui, a VA in Alabama, who wrote: Anastacia, as I look around, I see you everywhere. You’re in social media, blogging in at least two places, guesting on talk shows, coaching, leading classes and retreats, speaking at telesummits, reworking your entire virtual training program, writing a BOOK, and I want to know how you do it. I’m specifically wondering if you will share with me your best productivity tips?

2011 192

How Your Weaknesses Can Make You Strong

Eat Your Career

Let’s talk about your weaknesses, shall we? Yes, I’m looking at you. Take a seat. Get comfortable. I know it hurts to hear, but you’re not perfect. Don’t worry. No one expects you to be. We all have weaknesses because (surprise!) we’re human. Knowing them—and effectively addressing them—can be a powerful tool in the professional world. Pretending like they don’t exist, on the other hand, can have tragic consequences. So today, I’m encouraging you to take a good, hard look at your weaknesses.

2011 192

Thoreau’s Guide to Living More by Spending Less

Dumb Little Man

There are lots of reasons for living a more minimalist life. By owning less you reduce your impact on the environment, you spend less, and you live more simply. For Henry David Thoreau, the reason for spending less boiled down to a simple formula. It’s what I call “the life calculation.” Here’s how Thoreau describes it: The cost of a thing is the amount of what I will call life which is required to be exchanged for it, immediately or in the long run. Why live more simply?

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Why Surveys Show Wide Differences in Small Business Social Media Use

Small Business Labs

You many have noticed that different surveys show very different small business social media usage rates. They also show very different views on how effective social media is for small businesses. For example, the Wall Street Journal article Facebook Tops for Small Business reported on a survey that found small businesses quite positive about social media. 

75 Reasons to Volunteer

Ian's Messy Desk

I posted the following list a few years ago. However, given natural disasters being dealt with in North America and around the world, I thought it would be beneficial to re-post these reasons to volunteer. Here in Alberta , wildfires have forced the evacuation of communities. In the most extreme case, the town of Slave Lake has be evacuated of its 7,000 residents. Thirty percent of the town has been burned and people are living in evacuations centres.

2011 192

Learning Lessons, Cheetah Style!

Virtual Moxie

Over the weekend, I saw the Disney movie African Cats. If you haven’t seen it, do. It’s beautiful and amazing, and you’ll feel so very good by the time you leave the theatre. In the middle of it, I did something I never do in a movie—I whipped out my Blackberry and took some notes to help me write this post to share with you.

2011 174

How to Ask for What You Want, Need and Deserve at Work

Eat Your Career

Here’s a hard truth that some of you will hate to hear: If you don’t stand up for yourself and specifically ASK for what you want, need and deserve in the workplace, you probably won’t get it. Most people (your managers, coworkers, clients, etc.) aren’t looking out for anyone but themselves. This shouldn’t surprise or anger you. Yet every day, I meet professionals who are unwilling to take responsibility for their own needs and desires because they’re afraid or embarrassed.

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How to Become Wildly Successful at Anything

Dumb Little Man

"We are made to persist. That's how we find out who we are." -- Tobias Wolff , Writer The interesting thing about success is that anyone can do it. If you simply do what successful people do, you are inevitably going to be successful. Right? Well, ok, maybe it's not simply a case of follow the leader. However, I can tell you that settling for 'good enough' is not the way to succeed. Those that settle for good enough will regret their decision sooner or later and yearn for more.

2011 214

Be More Productive By Stopping

Simple Productivity Blog

Mondays are productivity days at SimpleProductivity blog. The Art of Thriving ran an article recently called "How stopping what you’re doing helps you get it done." " In it, the author listed out things she was going to stop doing in order to make room for things she wanted to do. Since so much of productivity is saying yes to the right things, it helps to periodically examine what we say no to.

2011 173

Uncover the Source of Your Information Overload with Xerox’s Business of Your Brain App

Productivity Bits

Copyright © 2011 Marlon Ribunal. Visit the original article at [link]. Guest Post. This is a guest post by Christa Carone, Chief Marketing Officer at Xerox. I was originally asked by Xerox’s PR to try and review this Microsoft Outlook plugin called “Business Of Your Brain App&# from Xerox. For security reason, I couldn’t use this plugin because it is not an approved app for use in my work’s email (I use Gmail / Yahoo for my personal email).

2011 169

5 Common Communication Mistakes

Ian's Messy Desk

Image via Wikipedia. Good communication and interpersonal relationships are imperative to overall business performance and sustainability. Yet they tend to be neglected in terms of their importance. Peter Drucker, the father of modern management, once said that 60% of all management problems are the result of poor communication. While poor business decisions can cause the ultimate failure of a business, many businesses become torn apart and fail because of communication and relationship problems.

2011 180

The Mother of All Service Giveaways (You'll Want Some of This!)

Virtual Moxie

This may be the very first time I've promoted something here on VMoxie that wasn't specifically philanthropic in nature. But I think this is so delicious, and so moxie-filled, I wanted to make sure you don't miss it. For the third year in a row, Linda Claire Puig and Kim Clausen have put together a wonderful event (I know some of the AssistU VAs have won in years past and have benefitted greatly from the winnings!)

2011 168

Help! My Boss Is a Jerk

Eat Your Career

I’m not naming names but I’ve worked for some pretty difficult people in my life. Oh, who am I kidding? They were jerks. It’s probably just the nature of the professional world. Some people are cut out for management and some aren’t. But what do you do when you’re stuck with a boss who’s a real pain in the you-know-what? Below, I’ve listed a few of my recommendations.

2011 172

20+ Ways to Get Rid of Your Debt for Good

Dumb Little Man

This is not a step-by-step guide to reducing debt. Rather, it is a collection of a lot of the wisdom I have read so far on this topic and a list of some of the things that worked for us. As you go through the list, I would recommend sorting it out into things that will definitely work for you and things that could possibly work for you. Start implementing the things that will work for you right away and start working on incorporating the others when possible.

2011 214

Using a Supply Schedule to Simplify Errands

Simple Productivity Blog

Fridays are tip days at SimpleProductivity blog. Have you ever found out you were out of something you regularly use, just when you need to use it? Things that pop into my mind (because we have run out of them) are toilet paper, soap, shampoo, and laundry detergent. While in many cases it is possible to manufacture a reasonable substitute, how great would it be if you never ran out? You can ensure this…with a simple schedule of supplies. Here’s how to make one: Make A List.

2011 168

How Not To Overload Your To-Do List

Productivity Bits

Copyright © 2011 Marlon Ribunal. Visit the original article at [link]. Post written by Marlon Ribunal. Follow me on t witte r. What is the first thing that you do in the morning when you sit down in front of your desk? If you answered “check email&# , “listen to voice messages&# , or “sort pile of documents&# , then you’re wrong. If you’re a coffee drinker, you probably start your day by a side trip to Starbucks or to any coffee shop you prefer.

2011 165

8 Simple Ways to Encourage Others

Ian's Messy Desk

Encouragement goes straight to the heart. In fact, the word itself comes from a combination of the prefix “en” which means “to put into” and the Latin word “cor” which means heart. Knowing what a big difference encouragement makes in your own life, what can you do to help others “to take heart” when things get tough or you want to acknowledge a job well-done? The following tips were handed out at a meeting I attended.

2011 166

Across the Threshold of Change Lies Opportunity

Virtual Moxie

14 years ago this month, I was enrolling my very first students for my Virtual Training Program (VTP) at AssistU. At that point, the program was 16 weeks long with an 800 page training library to go with it. I thought it was awesome, but I honestly didn’t know what might happen with this training I’d created, or with the new “profession” I’d envisioned.

2011 166

How to Create an Eco- Friendly Funky T-Shirt

Eco-Office Gals

Nowadays, it is very fashionable to be “green” or what others call “environmentally friendly”. A lot of people do it for the sake of mother earth and for the future of the next generation. It is a very noble thing to do and so we must all do our part to be green, even in little ways. One fashionable green thing that I can share is a t shirt printing technology called Rehance.

2011 158

Six Ways to Stay Motivated during Hideously Boring Tasks

Dumb Little Man

Motivation can be tough. Even when you want to do something – like exercising regularly, eating right or keeping a journal – it’s easy to find your enthusiasm slackening off. But motivation gets really tough when the task at hand is downright boring. I don’t know exactly what your most-dreaded things are, but maybe they look something like this: Repetitive, boring data entry or copy-and-pasting tasks on the computer Housework – laundry, cleaning, cooking, tidying, washing dishes.

2011 214

Productivity and Office Overtime

Simple Productivity Blog

Fridays are tip days at SimpleProductivityBlog. But I’m taking a detour today. A co-worker was recently complaining to me about how he was staying late every night. He explained to me he was doing it because another coworker was staying late, and he felt he had to stay to support her. He confided he didn’t come in every weekend as she was wont to do, though. Another co-worker is continually overhear complaining (bragging?) about how late he works every night.

2011 166

Top 10 Productivity Tools For Chromebook

Productivity Bits

Copyright © 2011 Marlon Ribunal. Visit the original article at [link]. Post written by Marlon Ribunal. Follow me on t witte r. Around December last year (2010) Google launched a pilot program in which they gave away thousands of notebook units they called “Cr-48″ – a prototype of the Chrome OS-based notebook.

2011 162

How to Improve Your Problem Solving Skills

Ian's Messy Desk

Image via Wikipedia. Solving problems creatively means getting past your self-limiting thoughts. Creative problem-solving has countless uses. Too often, people associate creative problem-solving with crises or difficulties, or think of it as something that’s used for games and puzzles or special kinds of jobs. Creative problem-solving skills are required for achieving exceptional performance in most tasks.

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Top 10 Emerging Technologies 2011

Small Business Labs

Each year MIT's Technology Review chooses 10 emerging technologies they think will have the greatest impact on the world.    This year's top 10 are: Social Indexing. Smart Transformers. Gestural Interfaces. Cancer Genomics. Solid State Batteries. Homomorphic Encryption. Cloud Streaming. Crash Proof Code. Separating Chromosomes. Synthetic Cells. IT and biology dominate the list, which is no surprise. 

2011 156

Time Management Tips that DON'T Work -- Yet You Try Them All of the Time

Stephanie LH Calahan

What happens when you get a group of organizing and productivity pros together and ask them a goofy question?    Well. You get this post! Here is a bit of background:  Earlier this week, I shared a link on my Facebook Page called 10 Time Management Tips that Work.   A fabulously fun member of my community, Joseph Gier, replied " well this is much better than that article of 10 time management tips that don't work. " 

2011 218

Facing Rejection? Here Are 5 Key Steps To Handle Them Like a Pro

Dumb Little Man

Rejection can be tough to handle. I know because I face them often in my life. As a personal development blogger, some readers reject what I write in my articles, sometimes writing lengthy personal emails to tell me why I'm wrong. In my work as a speaker, there are times when participants reject what I share during my workshops. In growing my business and blog, there have been countless times when I reach out to others for collaboration opportunities, only to get turned down.

2011 211

Boost Productivity Using Assembly Line Techniques

Simple Productivity Blog

Mondays are productivity days at SimpleProductivity blog. Way back in the day, Henry Ford created something radical: an assembly line. By arranging workflows, workers, and parts, he was able to put together cars much faster than his competition. What Is An Assembly Line?

2011 154

Producteev: Task Management Application

Productivity Bits

Copyright © 2011 Marlon Ribunal. Visit the original article at [link]. Guest Post. This is a guest post from Judi Huck. Judi is the community manager of the task management application Producteev.com. She is an active member of several community management groups and passionate about inspiring others to become contributors – whether in the Producteev community or elsewhere.

2011 158

Earth-Minded Storage and Packing Solutions: Five Sustainable Business Storage Strategies

Eco-Office Gals

There’s a certain sense of purpose that comes with fresh cardboard boxes and the loud swak of wielding a tape gun with reckless abandon. Add a few jumbo-sized smelly permanent markers, and boxing up old office files and materials seems almost adventurous. But the novelty quickly wears off.

2011 152

Mobile Marketing for Small Business Online Event

Small Business Labs

Mobile marketing has become a key to local business success.    According to Network Solutions: "One in three searches on mobile is local.    After searching for a business:  61% call the business, 59% visit the business; 88% take action the same day." " To learn more about mobile marketing, attend the Network Solutions free online Livestream on mobile marketing on May 17th, from 1:30 to 2:30pm eastern, 10:30 to 11:30 pacific. 

2011 156

Productive Communication & Marketing : How to Manage All of Those Links! Interview with @ItsMyURLs CEO @hustle247

Stephanie LH Calahan

How many social networks do you belong to?    How many different web sites are related to you personally or professionally?    I bet the number is more than five.    How are you managing all of those different urls? Do you even remember signing up for everything? Now, take a look at your business card, brochures or other social media profiles. 

2011 217

How to Turn Your Dream Into a Plan In Five Simple Steps

Dumb Little Man

I’m sure you have plenty of dreams for your life. They might bubble away at the back of your mind. They might loom in your thoughts all day. They might even keep you awake at night. Dreams can be powerful, encouraging and even a bit scary. A dream alone, though, isn’t going to get you far. What you need is a plan. And if that sounds too boring, think of it this way: if you want to actually have that dream, a plan is the map that gets you there.

2011 209

Signs You Don’t Need A Time Management Upgrade

Simple Productivity Blog

Stepcase Lifehack recently ran an article about whether or not you needed a Time Management Upgrade. It caught my eye, as these articles generally do, but what I found was so out of sync with me, that I thought I would add my comments here. The article, “Is It Time For a Time Management Upgrade?&# , talks about the obvious signs you need to look at your processes, like being late or missing deadlines. But then goes on to say.

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