November, 2011

7 Mental Mistakes That Stop You From Living a Life of Freedom and Peace

Dumb Little Man

How often do you lament the fact that you’re still not where you want to be? There’s still something missing from your life that if you could get, you’d be happy. Life doesn’t seem fair, and it never works out just the way you want it. If you identify with any of these statements, then you’re most likely making mental mistakes that may hold you back for the rest of your life.

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5 Reasons Being Self Employed Sucks

Productivity Bits

T here is a temptation at times to lionize the self-employed for taking control of their occupational future. The self-employed make their own hours and have the freedom to work hard or hardly work. However, while the idea of being your own boss is nice, the uncertainty and financial constraints of being self-employed can be a harsh reality. In fact, it might even suck.

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30 Productive Things To Do In Under 1 Minute

Simple Productivity Blog

Mondays are productivity days at SimpleProductivity blog. At Your Desk. Throw Away some paper you don’t need. Check your pens to make sure they work. Reload your stapler. Delete 10 emails. File 10 emails. Cancel 1 meeting you don’t need to be at. Clean your computer monitor. Remove everything from your desktop you don’t use daily. Make a list of needed office supplies. In Your Bathroom. Replenish your toilet paper stock. Discard unused soaps and shampoos from the shower.

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For Retirement, 80 May be the New 65

Small Business Labs

We've long been forecasting and writing about the growing trend of Americans working past traditional retirement age.    But even we're surprised by a Wells Fargo survey showing that 75% of Americans plan to work in their retirement years - and 25 percent saying they'll need to work until at least age 80 because they will not have enough money to retire comfortably.    According to a Business Week article on the study, this means 80 is the new 65. 

Why Blindly Following the Rules Is a Mistake

Eat Your Career

The other night, my parents and I hit a local restaurant for happy hour. We ordered a round of drinks at discounted prices and were hoping to get a final round in before the cutoff time (happy hour ended at 6:30). We called the server over at what we thought was the right time and ordered. She went to grab our drinks but came back and said it was 2 minutes past the cutoff. Drinks were now full price. She asked if we still wanted them.

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If I Can't Get It ALL Done, Why Start?

Virtual Moxie

Another great Pick Anastacia’s Brain question… this one from Emma (thanks, Emma!!): Sometimes, I just can’t get started on anything. It’s as if there’s a mule inside me saying, “Since you don’t have enough time to get it all done, why start?”< < Do you know any tips or tricks to get me past that place? I can certainly tell you what I do.

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7 Warning Signs That You’ve Given Up on Your Dreams

Dumb Little Man

What do you REALLY want from life? What’s your big dream? Are you taking steps toward it? If not, why not? What’s stopping you from taking action today ? Perhaps you’re scared, or maybe you've built a huge wall of procrastination that you'll never scale. Whatever it is, you probably think it has merit. In fact, you may have simply stopped thinking about your dreams because you've given up. It's too bad. People in much worse situations than you have created the life of their dreams.

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Reclaim Your Weekends!

Simple Productivity Blog

This post was written by a guest author. If you want to guest post on this blog, check out the guest post guidelines. Wrike is the leading provider of social project management software that helps thousands of companies efficiently get things done together in real time. Customers from 55 countries, ranging from local nonprofits to leading international brands, including eBay, Kraft Foods and Ecco, rely on Wrike in managing their projects, teams and businesses.

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Gartner's Top 10 Strategic Technologies for 2012

Small Business Labs

Gosh, is it already time for 2012 top 10 prediction lists?    I guess so since Gartner recently released their list of the top 10 technologies and trends they think will be strategic for most organizations in 2012. Gartner's top 10 are: 1.    Tablets:  No great shock here, tablet sales are booming.

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Save Huge on Eco-Office Gals Services!

Eco-Office Gals

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Pump Up the Jam

Virtual Moxie

As much as I believe I have zero imagination (at least not on demand), when something sparks my creativity, it screams at me, inside my head until I do the thing. I've come to think of it as a way my wise self communicates with me that I need time for fun, or soul nurturing, or just a different thing than whatever I've been doing. So I usually don't fight it much. So it was that, smack dab in the last third of my relaunch of our training program (coming late this week, God willin’!)

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5 Small Things You Can Do Today to Infuse Your Day with Positivity

Dumb Little Man

Everyone wants to make big life changes because they believe that it will make their life better. I am talking about HUGE life changing events that will transform you into some other, more powerful you. And, I think you’ve experienced it first hand just like everyone else reading this article. Why do you think most people are still chasing something they think will bring more security, happiness, and freedom to their life? Why don't these BIG changes ever occur despite our best efforts?

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Why Renovating Your Home Leads To Better Personal Productivity

Productivity Bits

Copyright © 2011 Productivity Bits. Visit the original article at [link]. Guest Post. R enovating your home can be more than just a means of improving its appearance, adding some extra space, or facilitating better movement. It can actually help you become more productive and motivated. There is a direct link between a successful renovation and states of mind and concentration. The Project Itself.

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How To Get A Bigger House Without Moving

Simple Productivity Blog

Wednesdays are simplicity days at SimpleProductivity blog. I heard someone the other day complaining that they needed a bigger house. The truth is that rarely do we need a bigger house. The truth is we just need to get rid of the junk that is making our house crowded. Just as work expands to fill available time, stuff expands to fill available space. What do you think? Would you undergo a major decluttering to have a bigger house? Photo by ahisgett.

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The Rise of Big Coworking

Small Business Labs

The recent European Coworking Conference was hosted by two coworking spaces, Club Office and Betahaus.    Both of these are very large compared to most coworking facilities. Betahaus is housed in a 4 story building and has a cafe, several floors of open coworking space and a big events space on the top floor.    I didn't find out their exact size, but my guess is they have around 10,000 square feet.    Club Office is even bigger. 

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Travel Itineraries

Practically Perfect PA

A well organised travel itinerary is an essential service that assistants can provide for their managers. Think about all the different bits of paper you have to keep with you – tickets, hotel details, travel guides. Well along with the usual stresses of travelling your boss also has to attend meetings and act professionally when in many cases they are dealing with jet lag and the continuous business activities back in the UK office.

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Introducing--Virtual Basics!

Virtual Moxie

On Friday, most auspicious day that it was (11/11/11), and after an eleven-month hiatus from providing training to new and aspiring VAs, I was happy and delighted to launch Virtual Basics for AssistU. It wasn't launched to the usual launch fanfare--we simply told our lists, and our friends via social media. And now, here, I get to share it with you.

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27 Productivity Killers: Why Nothing Ever Gets Done!

Dumb Little Man

There is always more to do than time in which to do it. And the more you take on, the more there is to do. You finish one task and six more pop out of no where; it never ends. To toss a major understatement at you - you need to invest your time wisely and that means being productive. Yes, the dreaded 'P' word. Easier said than done, that's for sure. Sometimes, you just aren’t productive. You want to be, but things seem to never get done. Here’s why. What Kills Productivity?

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5 Ideas to Enjoy Your Morning and Make it More Productive

Productivity Bits

Copyright © 2011 Productivity Bits. Visit the original article at [link]. W aking up early can be hard when you don’t have something to look forward to. Often we put off the things we always wanted to do because of the lack of time. But wouldn’t it be great if you turn your morning hours into the special time you spend on yourself? Doing something fun first thing in the morning is a great motivation that will help you to get up early.

2011 167

Alternatives to Black Friday

Simple Productivity Blog

Wednesdays are simplicity days at SimpleProductivity blog. I hate shopping. With a passion. So my solution to Black Friday is to stay inside and pretend like I’m snowed in. This worked fine until my daughter started to be old enough to want to do things when she wasn’t in school. So here are my top five things to do instead of shopping on Black Friday. Visit the ocean. Or a park, or some natural place far away from the shopping malls.

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How to Create a Marketing Strategy

Office Organization Success

Creating a business plan and having a specific marketing strategy is the foundation of building a thriving and profitable business, but how many of you are reading this article right now and wondering, “What’s that? What is a marketing strategy?”. You feel out of your depth when it comes to planning your business and really don’t know where to start with creating your marketing strategy.

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Participate In the Second-Annual Solopreneur Life End-of-Year Survey

The Solopreneur Life

I invite you to participate in the Second-Annual Solopreneur Life End-of-Year Survey. The anonymous survey will reach just a fraction of solopreneurs, yet I believe the information gathered will advance our knowledge of the state of solopreneurship in the United States and beyond. We all stand to benefit from the info in the survey results. Click here to take The Solopreneur Life 2011 End-of-Year Survey. The survey, which will be conducted using Survey Monkey, consists of 25 questions.

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Higher Standards Without Perfectionism or Burnout

Virtual Moxie

In October, I was delighted to participate in my friend Molly Gordon's Self-Employment Telesummit. Because I wasn't available during the live sessions (I was traveling), Molly and I did an interview that was then offered to telesummit participants. . During that interview, Molly asked me to tell her more about my oft repeating of "Your standards can always be higher," and to say more about how one might raise standards without perfectionism or burnout.

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The Surfer's Guide to Personal Development

Dumb Little Man

A few years ago I wrote an article here about navigating the waters of life. Surfers have a different relationship with the ocean than most people do. Rather than admire its beauty from the sidelines, we feed off its energy because for most of us it’s a second home. We’re more comfortable in water than on land. It’s much more than a sport, but our calling in life. Every session leaves us with powerful life lessons and today I just wanted to share a few of my most important ones with you.

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Get Unstuck: Three Dozen Ways to Stir Up Fresh Ideas

Productivity Bits

Copyright © 2011 Productivity Bits. Visit the original article at [link]. Guest Post. A lbert Einstein defined insanity as doing the same thing over and over again. — expecting different results. If you find yourself in that place where the results you’ve been getting are not solving the problem or helping you achieve your goals, you need to do something different.

2011 160

How To Unclutter Your Task List

Simple Productivity Blog

Mondays are productivity days at SimpleProductivity blog. Sometimes our task lists can be like the freezer you throw something into and slam the door before everything comes tumbling out. And nails you on the toe). We pile more and more onto the list, never quite sure what is already in there, but knowing we won’t get to everything. It becomes a scary place, and we stop going there.

2011 162

10 Christmas Organizing Tips

Ian's Messy Desk

Have you been a bit stressed during past Christmas seasons? Does it seem like the holidays bring too much to do? By organizing Christmas this year you can help to make this a low-stress holiday. Here are a few Christmas organizing tips to get organized for Christmas. Automate your card list. Enter the information in a spreadsheet. Use separate columns for each item in the address such as first name, last name, street address, city, province and postal code.

2011 151

Social Moms

Small Business Labs

Regular readers know that one of my favorite resources is Nielsenwire , a blog from the famous market research firm.    I like it because the information is excellent, the articles are timely and they provide a lot of cool data for free. Their article Getting to Know (and like) the Social Mom covers recent research showing that "“social moms” (defined as females with at least one child who actively participate in social networking) are quite influential." 

2011 148

Moxie Tip 80: Risk

Virtual Moxie

Raise your standard about being willing to be vulnerable with people in order to get your needs met. People can't support you if they don't know you need anything, and they won't support you if you seem impervious to being supported. Risk. I promise you won't burst into flames on the spot, and I promise people won't think less of you. In fact, I suspect they'll think more of you. . Moxie Tips

2011 157

Ways to Master the Art of Perseverance

Dumb Little Man

Whether you’re trying to get out of debt, obtain a college degree, build a start-up company, or stick to a healthier diet, many of life’s most meaningful goals require a great deal of perseverance. Have you ever tried to tackle a difficult long-term goal and failed? If so, you might think that only certain people have what it takes to successfully achieve their dreams. You’d be wrong. In reality, accomplishing what you want usually comes down to one thing: the art of perseverance.

2011 204

How Telecommuting Beats the Recession

Productivity Bits

Copyright © 2011 Productivity Bits. Visit the original article at [link]. T he global economy has experienced several recessions since the industrial revolution, however, the current recession is unique in many respects. Previous recessions affected traditional industry and resulted in large populations finding themselves out of work and with no hope of future employment. In the modern landscape the recession looks very different.

Improve Yourself By Changing Your Mind

Simple Productivity Blog

This post was written by a guest author. If you want to guest post on this blog, check out the guest post guidelines. If you have not reached your goals, there are different ways to view your situation. Looking at the proverbial cup half-full, you see the knowledge gained while trying to accomplish your goals. Looking at the proverbial cup half-empty, you miss out on many things you learned because your focus is on what you did not achieve.

2011 159

StudioPress Thanksgiving Sale 2011

Eco-Office Gals

Anyone that has worked with Eco-Office Gals know I’ve become a StudioPress junkie. You can’t convince us there is a better platform out there to date, hands down! So, what could be better then the best WordPress Framework out there? Getting it at a lower then already low price! Yep, It’s not often StudioPress cuts prices anymore, so grab up the discount while you have a chance.

2011 144

How to Create a Marketing Strategy

Office Organization Success

Creating a business plan and having a specific marketing strategy is the foundation of building a thriving and profitable business, but how many of you are reading this article right now and wondering, “What’s that? What is a marketing strategy?”. You feel out of your depth when it comes to planning your business and really don’t know where to start with creating your marketing strategy.

2011 143

You Have to Pay to Play.Or Do You?

Virtual Moxie

I've been sitting here for an hour trying to think how to write about this without sounding like I'm accusing or spanking anyone.Not sure I can, so I'll ask you to know my heart, and that that's not the point of this at all. It's more of a cautionary tale, really, for those who do teleclasses, telesummits and the like, as well as those who benefit from them. Last week, someone I know shared that she'd found a tool that let her save audio replays from a telesummit.

2011 144

Play The Game of Life As If You Have Nothing to Lose

Dumb Little Man

A few days ago I was surfing with a friend of mine and what appeared to be a perfect wave appeared on the horizon. So, I started paddling for it. From where my friend was sitting he could see exactly what the wave was going to do, so I shouted to him “is it going to close out?” and he yelled back “no , just GO!! ” By the time I had tried to go it was too late. Hesitation killed it for me. I am not saying to never hesitate OR never think.

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Safeguard Your Data with Google’s Two-Step Verification

Productivity Bits

Copyright © 2011 Productivity Bits. Visit the original article at [link]. Guest Post. H aving an account hacked can not only be a major productivity killer, it can cost you clients, your job, or worse. If you’re like me, you think that two-step is a dance, not a security feature. When you’re done with this article you may see that two-stepping your security isn’t unlike two-stepping with a dance partner, though.

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