January, 2015

The Best Way to End The Day: 5 Things to Do Before You Go to Sleep

Dumb Little Man

You know that moment between going to bed and falling asleep, right? Some watch movies, read a book, force their eyes to close, plan and worry about tomorrow, or think about the things they had to do today but didn’t manage to. I say eliminate all this and make the best of the end of the day. It’s a period of time that’s important for your personal development whether you realize it or not. It’s as important as the morning routine. A day that’s started well should also end well.

2015 211

Are assistants overqualified?

Practically Perfect PA

I have just spent the last hour looking through jobs that are currently available to assistants. It has been really interesting reading all of the different job descriptions, the skills that are required and the salaries attached to different levels of the role. The first thing I noticed is that most of the positions are fairly similar.

2015 207
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7 Simple Steps to Organizing & Hosting a Successful Teleclass

Office Organization Success

This simple strategy can add hundreds of new subscribers to your list … practically overnight! And it’s a very simple, yet low-cost marketing strategy that you can implement on a regular basis to reach your target market. Plus you’ll have the advantage of you being able to interact with your audience – they’ll be able to hear your voice and you will become more ‘personable’ to them. So what is this amazing online marketing strategy? Hosting your own teleclass!

2015 202

10 Easy Ways to Make Your Home More Eco-Friendly

Eco-Office Gals

When you hear the term “eco-friendly,” your mind might jump to advancements like solar panels , electric cars, and walls that keep heat inside. And, while these certainly fit the bill, they aren’t always the most budget-conscious options for everyday individuals who simply want to minimize their negative effects on the Earth. Fortunately, there are plenty of ways to make your home a greener place without spending a ton of green.

2015 191

Digital Nomad Trend Taking Off

Small Business Labs

Tanya Mohn's New York Times article Coworking on Vacation: A Desk in Paradise  hit a cord with readers. It lit up social media with thousands of tweets and Facebook posts.    The article focuses on coworking facilities in exotic or tourist oriented locations that also provide accommodations.

2015 182

The Reason We Don’t Reach Our Goals

Simple Productivity Blog

One of the first ways to go about reaching a goal is to crystallize it in our minds so that we are clear about what we are trying to have/do/be. Then the next is to break it down into manageable steps. Today we will look at the reason we don''t reach our goals, even after we have written them down and written the steps we need to reach them. The post The Reason We Don’t Reach Our Goals appeared first on Simple Productivity Blog.

2015 182

5 Motivation Secrets of Successful People

Dumb Little Man

Because motivation is such a powerful, driving force, it is one of the most important elements of the corporate world and can be the difference between failure and success. However, since no two individuals are ever alike, whatever you use for motivation may not work for others, especially in business. Motivation enables individuals to overcome the challenges of setting and accomplishing goals in their lives by taking consistent action to do so.

2015 207

More Trending

Don't Leave Money on the Table!

Virtual Moxie

Jasmine picked my brain with a billing question. One of her clients has her making lots of phone calls. Often, Jasmine ends up sitting on hold for long periods of time. And when she does, there’s another client’s work that’s easy to do at the same time. Her question was whether she should be billing them both for the same time, or not. It’s a great question—and the answer is yes; bill them both.

2015 175

5 Essential Tips for Marketing Your Green Business

Eco-Office Gals

Are you a green company, or are you just trying to attract a new segment of buyers? The truth is, many companies are a little bit of both. Green industry is still on the upswing, and the market is big enough to interest all types of business. However, as more companies get into it for the money, consumers are becoming pickier about who they use and why.

2015 181

12 Perspectives To Embrace This New Year

Productivity Bits

If you are like most productivity-aware people, chances are you already have penned down goals or "things" that you want to accomplish this year. Most have theirs when the last quarter kicked in last year. You constructed these goals in a way that each one is geared towards you becoming a better person than last year - more or less. You probably have an execution plan on how to accomplish them in manner that WINNING is the only result expected.

2015 171

What I Use: My iPad Productivity Tools

Simple Productivity Blog

I''ve been getting a lot of questions lately about the tools that I use to operate at peak productivity. Today we will start a series of articles about my go-to productivity tools by looking at what I use on my iPad. The post What I Use: My iPad Productivity Tools appeared first on Simple Productivity Blog. More great content can be found on the site at Simple Productivity Blog., or you can find me on Twitter ( @SmplProdBlog ) and Facebook ( Facebook.com/SimpleProductivity ).

2015 177

8 Principles to live by for an Epic Life

Dumb Little Man

In our modern society, it’s really rare seeing people living on principles. A life principle is basically something that drives you to be the best image of yourself every single day. It is an invisible force that defines who we truly are. Life principles have the power to transform you from the inside out, defining how much happy, successful and productive you will be.

2015 204

A day in the life: Rebecca-Monique Williams, Adaptive Lab

Practically Perfect PA

What are the main aspects of your role? I have a dual role: my primary responsibility is being the PA to the managing director. I manage his schedule and monitor his emails, as well as help organise some of his travel, company events, and client dinners, occasional research, expenses and ad hoc tasks – all the general PA duties. The second part of my role is office manager, which involves maintaining and helping to run our trendy studio in Shoreditch.

2015 195

Having the Moxie to be a Legend

Virtual Moxie

Nearly a decade ago, Oprah did a special event that she called the Legend''s Ball, to honor a group of African American women who had paved the way for others. I can''t tell you what an impact it had on me. . Among the "Legends" were Maya Angelou, Coretta Scott King, Rosa Parks, Alice Walker, Lena Horne, and Toni Morrison. Among the "young ''un''s"—the younger women who were paying tribute to the Legends—were Phylicia Rashad, Angela Bassett, Judith Jamison, Anna Deveare Smith, and Iman.

2015 171

Should Your Home Go Solar?

Eco-Office Gals

Solar panels are gaining quite a bit of popularity. Still, they’re a relatively new innovation. Most people know what they are, but don’t know much about the specifics such as how exactly they work or how to install them. Unless you’re an engineer, you will probably need a professional to give you specifics for your home, but we can start here as a jumping-off point. Why should I go solar?

2015 172

NBC Comedy to Look at Life in a Coworking Space

Small Business Labs

According to Variety , NBC has ordered a pilot of the comedy "Sharing", which it describes as: “Sharing” is a single-camera entry from Universal TV about disparate groups of people who work side-by-side in a shared office space. Jeremy Bronson wrote the pilot and exec produces with Jimmy Fallon and Rick Schwartz. Damian Lanigan is a co-exec producer. I wonder if Fallon has ever worked in a coworking space? Coworking

2015 171

Creating Your Online Marketing Flow in 3 Simple Steps

Office Organization Success

Are you doing what many service professionals are doing when it comes to marketing? And jumping around from one online marketing strategy to the next? Without giving any one of them any time to really work?

2015 166

12 Changes We Can Make to Have Everyday Simplicity

Dumb Little Man

One of the main reasons we suffer so much is complexity. Our constant effort to make everything complex, although it’s quite simple, is what makes us want to give up, to just escape and leave everything behind. Simplicity is what we need more of. The funny thing is that things are so simple in their natural form. But we insist on making them hard, then we can’t handle them and it’s just too much for us. What we need to do is simplify.

2015 202

Working with a self-reliant boss

Practically Perfect PA

I’ve often been asked to give advice to assistants who work with a self-reliant boss. I have experienced this myself and it can be really frustrating. I’ve worked for Executives who have employed assistants because the business expects them to have one, I’ve worked with managers who are unable to or are unwilling to delegate work and I’ve worked with Directors who are so highly organised they don’t need the extra support.

2015 194

Accept or Shift Your Primary Commitments to Reach Your Goals With Ease!

Virtual Moxie

The brilliant Alice Inoue of Happiness U wrote a smart post about why people don’t reach their goals. I loved it, wanted to share it, and felt called to add one more piece to the discussion in case it’s helpful. Be sure to read it, then come back and continue to read my post. Alice talks about the conscious and unconscious, and how, in goal achievement, the unconscious always wins.

2015 168

Guest Post at Productive Super Dad

Simple Productivity Blog

Check out my latest guest post over at Productive Super Dad: The Rules Of Email Productivity In this article I talk about the 5 Cardinal Rules of Email Productivity: Process your email without taking action Don’t work from your inbox Have things delivered to your inbox Make a magazine pile Unsubscribe from what doesn’t bring […]. The post Guest Post at Productive Super Dad appeared first on Simple Productivity Blog.

2015 160

1 in 3 Small Business Owners are 65 or Older

Small Business Labs

Barlow Research Associates is an analyst firm that helps financial institutions better understand the small business sector of the economy.    For over a decade Barlow has fielded a quarterly survey of businesses on topics of interest to financial institutions. Because of their history and the comprehensive nature of the their surveys, Barlow has lots of interesting and insightful information on small businesses.    The Barlow chart below shows the rapid aging of U.S.

2015 167

Are You Still Struggling to Get Clients?

Office Organization Success

Have you ever wanted to create a marketing plan so that you would know exactly what to do to get more clients? Well now is your chance: GET CLIENTS NOW! 28-day marketing plan. Here’s just some of what you’ll learn during this program: What really works to market a service business, and what doesn’t. Over 100 different tools & tactics for marketing your business. How doing ten simple things per day can bring you all the clients you’ll ever need.

2015 152

10 Ways to Embrace Changes In Your Personal and Professional Life

Dumb Little Man

For many individuals, accepting change in their personal and professional lives is oftentimes a difficult proposition. Yet change is inevitable; it is the only thing that is constant in our world. Whether it is in your personal life or your professional life, you can anticipate changes that you will have to adjust to. However, accepting change is not a popular idea and we typically oppose or resist it.

2015 196

Minute taking tips

Practically Perfect PA

As any PA knows, taking minutes is a challenging and essential skill. This guide provides some handy tips on getting it right, every time. Do your research. Our PAs have suggested that the toughest aspect of taking minutes is understanding what is being discussed – summarising information you don’t understand is particularly tough when you’re having to summarise it rapidly. As is often the case, the key is doing your research.

2015 191

Creating an Ideal Office at Home

Productivity Bits

Working from home has its own share of pros and cons. While it is a more feasible option for many, there are people who would choose to work in a proper professional setup without even a hint of homely feeling to it. The choice varies from person to person but recently there is a growing trend of home-office setups. People give their homes the touch of an office ambiance.

2015 142

One Productivity Tool? Or Many?

Simple Productivity Blog

Somebody asked me recently what I thought of single solution productivity tools. They mentioned a particular software that had a calendar, task list, project list, and contacts, and you could read your email from within the software. Today we will look at the difference between single- and multi-tool productivity solutions. The post One Productivity Tool? Or Many? appeared first on Simple Productivity Blog. More great content can be found on the site at Simple Productivity Blog.,

2015 158

Gallup Wrong About Solopreneurs

Small Business Labs

I'm a big fan of the Gallup organization and often reference their work. Which is why I'm so disappointed by their article  American Entrepreneurship: Dead or Alive? Gallup is simply completely wrong about solopreneur businesses. Key  Key quote from the article: Let's run some numbers. You will often hear from otherwise credible sources that there are 26 million businesses in America.

2015 167

Are You Taking the Easy Options?

Office Organization Success

This past week I’ve been working with several clients helping them to create their 28-day marketing plan. And one of themes that has come out of it is that when we market our businesses we very often take the easy option, rather than the option that is going to push us out of our comfort zone and get us the results we’re looking for. Easy is: Updating your website. Posting a status update to social media. Writing a new article.

2015 149

5 Easy Ways to Improve your Mental Clarity

Dumb Little Man

You turn on the TV and you are bombarded with images and stories of disaster and tragedy from around the world, you are getting 100 emails a day, your finances need attention and you still haven’t fixed the leak in your bathroom. With modern life pulling us in so many different directions, coupled with a connection to so many people across so many platforms it is becoming increasingly challenging to keep our mental faculties working at their absolute best.

2015 196

Practically Perfect PA Giveaway: Assist Conference ticket!

Practically Perfect PA

Thanks to our wonderful partners at Tate we have a very special giveaway for Practically Perfect PA readers this month. We are offering one lucky reader the chance to attend the Assist Conference for free. Yes that is right – a whole day of fantastic training specifically for assistants – completely for free! The conference is taking place on Friday 27th February 2015 at the Proud Archivist, London.

2015 189

Why I think we should kill multitasking.

Office Dynamics

Kill multitasking! Juggle with precision focus. As I perform seminars throughout North America in every kind of business you can think of, I often encounter people who are proud that they can multitask. I have been engaged in this topic and spoken on it for the past few years. What about you? Do you regularly multitask, such as reading e-mails while someone is talking to you on the telephone? Or you watch a webinar while working on your executive’s project?

2015 189

Don’t Work From Your Inbox

Simple Productivity Blog

When people have email lingering in their inboxes, there is generally one reason why. It''s not because they aren''t opening the emails, or because they''re not realizing they have to do something with the email. It''s because they are trying to work from their inboxes. This is a really bad idea, and today we will look at why people do it, and what should be done instead. The post Don’t Work From Your Inbox appeared first on Simple Productivity Blog.

2015 158

The Year the Job Broke (and the Year We Start Fixing It)

Small Business Labs

The Pacific Standard's interesting article What Was the Job? claims 2014 was the year the job broke. By that they mean 2014 was the year we accepted a re-interpretation of the traditional job's fundamental bargain and "bought in to the push to get us to all work for ourselves rather than each other" Key quote: The job was once something we felt we could depend on.

2015 151

Is Article Marketing Still a Good Strategy?

Office Organization Success

One of my members in the School for Online Business Success asked me recently about article marketing. She wanted to know if it was still an effective marketing strategy as she’d heard it wasn’t that great any more. Whilst article marketing isn’t as *hot* as it used to be (my very first info product in 2007 was called The Complete Article Tracking Toolkit ) it’s still very much a viable online marketing strategy.

2015 146

5 Reasons Your Life Should Have a Theme

Dumb Little Man

You should have a theme, a motto, a definite thing that you stand for. Does that sound a bit corny to you? It did to me too until I realized how much having one could affect all aspects of my life. I’m not talking about a theme song here, even though I have wished my life had a soundtrack from time to time. Instead I’m talking about a saying that represents the concepts you find most important in life.

2015 193

Tips on transitioning your career

Practically Perfect PA

As a PA you know you have the organisational skills to rule the world and actually know your company well enough do half the jobs in the place if push came to shove. A PA is part office manager, part senior project manager and part psychic, all skills that are extremely transferable if you decide you would like steer yourself on to another career path.

2015 189