October, 2013

5 Questions To NEVER Ask Yourself

Dumb Little Man

Life causes us to question ourselves, but not all thoughts that come to mind are beneficial for us. In fact, many can be harmful and misleading. Here are five of those undesirable questions that if you find yourself asking, you'd be wise to rephrase or reroute them. Subtle differences in phrasing can make a big impact in your mind. Read more ». Health Development Lifehacks Goals Focus How To Happiness Brain

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Dispelling the Personal Assistant myth

Practically Perfect PA

Over the last few weeks I’ve finally got around to watching Mad Men, I’m only a few episodes into the first series but I must admit I’ve been pretty much swept away by the glamour of the secretaries in the show, especially Christina Hendricks’ character “Joan Harris” I’m sure over the next few series something dramatic and terrible happens to her but in the meantime she is kicking ass!

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9 Habits of Successful People

Ian's Messy Desk

The post 9 Habits of Successful People appeared first on Ian's Messy Desk. Leo Tolstoy starts the novel Anna Karenina with the line, “Happy families are all alike; every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way.” There’s a measure of truth in that idea, which applies to successful people. Successful people exhibit common traits, while the habits of unsuccessful people are all over the place. Here are nine common habits of successful people.

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5 Ways To Use Boxes To Simplify

Simple Productivity Blog

Wednesdays are simplicity days at SimpleProductivity blog. I was talking to a friend of mine, who has been working with a professional organizer. She said that the organizer told her she can only have as many books as will fit in a given box. Using Boxes. In this case, the organizer is using a container as a physical limiter to stuff. As a simplicity tool, it also works really well. If you have trouble getting rid of things, limit yourself to one box, and get rid of the rest.

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The New Serfs and the End of the Middle Class

Small Business Labs

A growing theme across the Internet is that technology is driving income inequality and creating a "neo-feudal" economy.  This week alone there are two good examples of this point of view. TechCrunch's Meet the New Serfs, Same as the Old Serfs  is interesting because it provides a rare critical look at some parts of the Sharing Economy.

2013 175

Overcommitting Produces Lousy Work and Pissed Off People

Virtual Moxie

Jessica set up an appointment with me for some on-the-spot coaching to discuss how she manages her time. Among other things, we found that Jessica runs her practice on adrenaline (a post for another time). The need for the rush she gets from adrenaline has her overcommitting to things, and her desire for a good reputation and to be known for delivering quality work has her working an insane number of hours to get it all done. How insane?

2013 162

3 Identity Theft Horror Stories That Will Make Your Toes Curl

Dumb Little Man

Identity theft is a scary phenomenon. It's unnerving to think your identity could be out there somewhere, shambling around like a rotting zombie from The Walking Dead, wreaking unfathomable havoc on your reputation and credit score. But in the hands of a nefarious fraudster, that's exactly what your digital identity could be doing. Unfortunately, it's becoming more and more likely that you could fall prey to these thieves. Read more ». Regret Money Security Organization Law

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8 Tips to Help You Clean Off Your Desk

Ian's Messy Desk

The post 8 Tips to Help You Clean Off Your Desk appeared first on Ian's Messy Desk. Make an appointment - Don’t just hope you find the time to clean up, set a calendar entry and stick to it. Use the right tools: Set a timer for the length of time you have decided to work on this project. Boxes or storage containers to use for sorting. Garbage/recycling bags or box for shredding. Organizer ( paper or electronic) to enter to-dos, addresses or calendar data.

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Intro to the 3 Foundations of Productivity Systems

Simple Productivity Blog

Mondays are productivity days at SimpleProductivity blog. Today I wanted to take a high level look at some of the most influential productivity theories that most other systems use – the foundations of productivity systems. While there are many, many other systems, these three are the ones that (in my opinion) provided the most radical shifting of thought. The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People. Stephen Covey put this out there in 1990.

2013 172

Venta Airwasher – The Harms of Indoor Pollution and Dry Air in your Office

Eco-Office Gals

Most Americans spend up to 90% of their time indoors and many of those hours are spent in an office environment. The effects of dry air and indoor air pollution can range from sinus aggravation and chronic coughing to the bringing on of headaches and exacerbating asthma. The United State Environmental Protection Agency states many office buildings have poor indoor air quality (IAQ) due to inadequately designed, maintained and operated ventilation systems.

2013 162

Control the Time; Control the Work

Virtual Moxie

If you struggle to get everything done, chances are you’ve overcommitted yourself. There really are only so many hours in a day, and once they’re gone, you can’t make more of ‘em, no matter how you try! If you want to have a sane life, you cannot make promises like, “I’ll get that to you later today.” You can’t take direction like, “Please get that back to me as soon as you can.” The problem is that “later today,” and “as soon as you can,” aren’t times you can point to on a clock and calendar.

2013 158

There Are Huge Health Benefits of Drinking Water But How Much Should You Really Drink?

Dumb Little Man

First Lady Michelle Obama was hit with a bit of controversy recently, when she recommended that Americans drink more water, but no matter which side of the political aisle you’re on, she’s right! There are significant health benefits to drinking water every day, especially if you’re also cutting down on sugary soft drinks. About 70% of our body mass is made up of water, and doctors recommend drinking eight glasses of water a day for good health.

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Organising the office Christmas party? Here are some do’s and don’ts

Practically Perfect PA

I know, I know it is only the 11th October but it is unfortunately the time when you really need to start organising your office Christmas party. A few years ago I wrote a post on the different types of parties you can organise depending on your colleagues and the environment you work in. Just to reiterate it is a tricky tricky task organising the Christmas party and you will never please everyone!

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Top 5 social media tips for small businesses

Ian's Messy Desk

The post Top 5 social media tips for small businesses appeared first on Ian's Messy Desk. (NC) NC) – Limited by time and resources, Canadian small business owners often view having a presence on social media channels as a daunting task. However, with over 18 million Canadians on Facebook alone, setting up a page for your business is a simple and cost effective way to be more discoverable, build relationships with new and existing customers, and drive in-store or online sales.

Remove Productivity Blocks With Boxes

Simple Productivity Blog

Mondays are productivity days at SimpleProductivity blog. Last week I talked about how using boxes can set limits on the stuff that is in your life, and thereby help you simplify. Today I am going to talk about using boxes to limit non-tangible things that take up your time. Metaphorical Boxes. Of course, these are not physical boxes. We cannot put the people who make demands on our times into boxes, as much as we might like to sometimes.

2013 168

It’s Been a Challenging Week!

Office Organization Success

It’s been a challenging week this week; the kind of week that business owners don’t tell you about because they want you to think everything in the garden is rosy. I sat down at my desk one morning to check my emails, which I always do first thing, and I had a monthly retainer client cancel with me; and then two members of my Your Systems for Success program cancel their membership.

2013 157

Owning What's Yours is Key to Success as a Virtual Assistant

Virtual Moxie

At AssistU , we’re constantly raising the bar—for ourselves, for the Virtual Assistants in our community, and for the prospective clients who come to us for referrals. The company isn’t at all the same as it was in 1997 when I began it, except in terms of what we do , and what we stand for (if you feel so inclined, you can read the more fleshed out version here ). Those things form the core of our company; our standards, ever increasing, follow from those.

2013 155

3 Mistakes You Need To Avoid To Reach Your Life Goals

Dumb Little Man

A phrase like “achieving life goals” sounds like an extremely important, yet complicated and time-consuming thing to do. After all our life goals play a key role at how successful we will be in life. If you already have big life goals – congratulations! If not, I’m sure that you’ll find a worthy goal to pursue. What matters right now is for you to increase your chances of success, by avoiding 3 Major Goal Setting Mistakes. Read more ».

2013 219

The Office* Show and how to be a great delegate

Practically Perfect PA

Right everyone raise your hand if you attended the Office* Show last month?! I did, I did! As you can imagine I am pretty much surrounded by events 24/7 so it made a lovely change last month when I attended the show simply as a delegate! It helped that the show was incredibly well organised and delegates very well looked after, which is not an easy task at all!

2013 172

The No. 1 Reason Employers Can't Find the Right Talent

On The Job

There have been many complaints by some companies that they can’t find people to fill positions, despite a 7.3% unemployment rate. What gives? Are the unemployed a bunch of no-talent, bottom-of-the-barrel drudges who should never be given a job? Hardly. Check out Twitter or LinkedIn, and you’ll find experienced, smart, driven people looking for work.

2013 219

Switch Tasks Easily With Alarms

Simple Productivity Blog

Mondays are productivity days at SimpleProductivity blog. I love timers. They are my number one secret weapon when it comes to productivity and time management. I use timers to help me get started on things, and to end them so I don’t get sidetracked. But timers are best in the moment. What about the times when I just need a reminder to switch? That’s when I add alarms into the mix. I can switch tasks easily with alarms. Alarms For Timeboxing.

2013 165

Automate Your Business! Top 5 Automation Tools

Office Organization Success

Part of running an efficient and organized business is making full use of the technology and resources available to you. It’s great to set up systems and processes and have them work for you, but in order to fully automate your business you also need to know which technologies are going to work best to support you in that.

2013 156

Make Your Office Green and Clean for 2014

Eco-Office Gals

As the end of 2013 approaches we start to plan for a new year of business ahead. The New Year brings new clients, new projects, new workloads and new challenges. We are all now fully aware of the need to keep our businesses Green and work in harmony with our environment. Sometimes as we enter a busy period of business we can easily forget to keep our environmentally friendly approach to working.

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The Science Of Getting What You Want: 7 Simple Steps To Help You Achieve Anything You Want

Dumb Little Man

Just imagine for a second you could make all your dreams come true, achieve anything you want and succeed in all your undertakings. Wouldn't this be absolutely amazing? And you know what? Achieving outstanding success actually isn't even that complicated. I am not saying it will be easy, because there will be all sorts of obstacles and challenges on your way. But, the process itself is very simple. It takes only 7 steps to achieve extraordinary success and to make your dreams come true.

2013 219

Businesses Hiring More Freelancers

Small Business Labs

The Freelance Model for Enterprises is an interesting study from Tower Lane Consulting. The key take away is businesses are planning to hire more contingent workers (freelancers, etc.) over the next year. The study focused on mid-sized firms with 50 to 1000 employees. The key results are: Over 60% of the respondents plan to hire more freelancers next year. 75% said they use freelancers because they need different skill sets at different times.

2013 152

My Time Management Reboot: The Pros and Cons of Electronic Systems and Why I Created a Hybrid

Eat Your Career

It pains me to announce that my grand experiment with using electronic time management systems has officially come to an end (sort of). You see, for the past several years, I’ve been using a variety of tech tools to help organize my life and work—appointments, tasks, projects and more. But now, I’m back to paper (sort of). Don’t worry: I’ll explain what I mean by “sort of” in a bit. In fact, I’m going to give you a complete overview of my brand new time management system.

2013 147

Focus: A Timer To Help Focus

Simple Productivity Blog

Mondays are productivity days at SimpleProductivity blog. One of my secret weapons for both motivation and procrastination-aversion is the simple timer. By using a timer consistently, I can make sure I get started on projects, as well as stop them. There is a new iOS app out as a gorgeous alternatives to most timers. The (10+2)*5 Method. Before I review the software, I want to explain how I test out all timers. I try them out with my favorite productivity method, the (10+2)*5 Method.

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[Video] How A Simple Email Signature Can Get You More Clients

Office Organization Success

Online Marketing

2013 147

Effective Employee Orientation

Ian's Messy Desk

The post Effective Employee Orientation appeared first on Ian's Messy Desk. How to complete effective employee orientations. Hiring the right candidate is a challenging process. Once you’ve found your successful candidate, you need to make sure that they are effectively equipped to hit the ground running in their new position. A good orientation program can take time and preparation.

2013 145

Lack Of Motivation? Here's How To Exercise When You Don't Feel Like It!

Dumb Little Man

All I wanted to do was exercise for 30 minutes, but I just couldn’t get myself to do it. I sat down, feeling defeated and overwhelmed. What was in my way? In the previous six weeks, I was inactive and my desire to be in great shape was not being fulfilled, but destroyed. Because of this, I realized that I wanted to cram all of the workouts I had missed into this one. The pressure of everything I hadn't done weighed on me. What I discovered next changed my life. Read more ».

2013 219

Is That an Accountant in Your Pocket?

Small Business Labs

You don't often see a paraphrased Mae West quote as part of a study on the future of accounting , but with the rise of mobile and cloud computing it makes sense (sort of).   Last week Intuit released the 2103 Future of Accountancy report. We co-authored this report with Intuit and it's an update of The Future of the Accounting Profession study we did with them in 2011.

2013 151

How to Stay Competitive in the Workplace

Eat Your Career

So, you want to get ahead at work? Join the club! In today’s competitive workplace, you can’t afford to get lazy. No matter how “secure” you feel right now, there’s no such thing as certainty. Prepare yourself for career growth regardless of what the future holds by keeping your competitive edge. In my most recent interview on Fox 31 Denver’s Good Day Colorado , I share simple strategies to help you do just that. Share this on del.icio.us. Digg this!

2013 143

Clean Quickly And Easily…With Water

Simple Productivity Blog

Wednesdays are simplicity days at SimpleProductivity blog. I despise housework. Although I like the results, I hate the amount of effort in time it used to take. Because… My mom used to CLEAN. Twice a year, all the walls would be washed with a combination of Spic-n-span and ammonia. She scrubbed the kitchen floor on her knees with ammonia and soap. The oven was cleaned first by scraping, then noxious chemicals. Everything was cleaned with great energy and force. And often.

2013 160

My “Secret” Productivity Tip!

Office Organization Success

On Tuesday I had an amazingly productive day. I got so much done, both business and personal. It’s amazing how much you can accomplish when you focus. My secret … Well it’s no biggie. I simply made a list at the start of the day on everything I wanted to get done that day, and I didn’t detract from it until it was complete. The real success in this though was the fact that I made sure my list of things to do were realistic (that, if anything, is the secret).

2013 147

The Pricing Battle: Charging for Your Time or Charging for Results/Value

Stephanie LH Calahan

Recently, I've been talking a lot with clients and in on-line groups as questions come up about pricing strategy. There seems to be a lot of confusion around making the choice of hourly charges or value based pricing / results based pricing. Its a great question to ask and today I'm going to share thoughts on what charging for results means as well as a video of Jason T. Wiser interviewing Dan Crask and me on the topic. Charging by the Hour.

2013 202

Hate Your Job? Try These 12 Ways to Start Enjoying That Job You Hate.

Dumb Little Man

There are few things more depressing than waking to an alarm going off, signaling it’s time to get up and go to a job you hate. Maybe it’s a demanding boss and long hours, maybe it’s boring work or maybe you have big plans of your own that are very different from your current reality. If you can't slap a resignation letter on your bosses desk just yet, don't worry. You have two powerful tools at your disposal to turn things around: your own attitude and your own behavior. Read more ».

2013 218

The Growing Specialization of Micro Jobs

Small Business Labs

Task Rabbit is probably the best known of the online micro job marketplaces.  It is a general purpose site. By that I mean you can hire (or at least try to hire) someone to do most anything.   Also, most task rabbits are generalists who do a wide variety of micro jobs.   Most industries start with companies that provide general purpose products. As these industries grow, specialty firms emerge targeted at specific niches.

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