December, 2013

5 Weight Loss Mistakes Women Should Stop Making

Dumb Little Man

I lift weights. I do some sort of cardio. I also do high intensity exercises. And I'm a woman. And as much as I'm a fan of strength training, eating well and doing things in life that makes me happy, it makes me sad to see every day in my career that us women almost always do the wrong things when trying to lose weight. Although it does make me sad, it's not anyone's fault because there are just loads of information out there that portrays women and fitness negatively.

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Top 10 Small Business Trends for 2014

Small Business Labs

Below is our 7th annual Top 10 Small Business Trends list.  2013's trend list is available here. To see earlier lists, click on the year: 2012 , 2011 , 2010 , 2009 , 2008. Our overall economic outlook for 2013 is for solid if moderate growth with U.S. GDP increasing 2.5% to 2.75%.    We expect hiring and the job market to continue to improve with unemployment falling and finishing the year in the 6.5% range.   Technology   1.

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The True Cost of America’s Plastic Addiction

Eco-Office Gals

“Paper or plastic?”. This is a simple question, asked millions of times per day in supermarket checkout lines across the country. Not too difficult to answer for most, but a question with major consequences for the planet. America’s addiction to plastic, perhaps most notably plastic shopping bags, leads to an enormous environmental problem.

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Secret Santa presents

Practically Perfect PA

It is that time of year again – Christmas parties, sparkly dresses, an indescribable amount of mulled wine and a stash of minced pies to ward off unwanted hangovers. Yup you’ve guessed it – December, where the best kept secret in the office is who has whom for their secret santa. I must admit I have always encouraged secret santa when organising the office Christmas party but do end up rushing around on the day of the party trying to actually purchase something.

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6 Ways to Add Value to Your Organization & Advance Your Career

Eat Your Career

Over the past few months, I’ve talked about this concept at length in numerous webinars, speeches and presentations. Career Academy members are already familiar with this, as are those who have attended my live training programs. But this is one concept that’s so important, it deserves a blog post of its very own. When it comes to career advancement, the biggest question has to do with your value to the organization. What are you doing to contribute to the bottom line?

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3 “Needs” of Time Management

Ian's Messy Desk

The post 3 “Needs” of Time Management appeared first on Ian's Messy Desk. Before you can start managing your time, you have to analyse how it’s being used. Keep a log of your daily activities for 2–3 weeks. Once you have a fair representation of your regular time usage, ask yourself the following three questions for each of the items in your log. Does it need to be done ?

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The 4 Common Habits of World Changers

Dumb Little Man

There is one thing that intrigues me and it’s seeing some individuals completely transforming the face of this earth while others are just getting by and being satisfied with that. This has always been an intriguing mystery to me, I have always been curious and wondered just how some people are so different and unique while others are just average and common. What separates these two groups?

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Better Business: Five Solid Reasons You Should Invest in Solar Power

Eco-Office Gals

Solar power isn’t something you think of often. Mostly, it’s something you hear about on TV and blasted all over the Internet. But, this technology has come a long way since the 1970s. Most businesses don’t think it belongs on their rooftops, but there may be applications where it’s legitimately useful. Prices Have Come Down. Solar isn’t a new technology. It’s been used for more than 40 years.

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The ultimate app guide for assistants

Practically Perfect PA

Like a lot of us these days I am glued to my iPhone and I have a lot of my life on my iPad. If I’m honest, I am really just lost without them (sometimes I am literally lost without them thanks to my dependence on Google maps to get me around!). I use my iPhone and iPad every day and I’ve found there are lots of fantastic apps that will really help assistants maximise their productivity. Assistants can also recommend all of the apps to their manager.

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Why Focus Is Important…At The Project Level

Simple Productivity Blog

Mondays are productivity days at SimpleProductivity blog. We hear a lot about focus and concentration these days. After all, with every device beeping and blinking at us, distraction has become the norm. But it isn’t enough just to focus on what you are doing. Here’s why: Why Focus Is Important. Most of us are busy…very busy. We are pulled in many different directions every day, doing many more tasks than anyone 100 years ago would have even imagined.

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10 Simple Communication Resolutions for 2014

Ian's Messy Desk

The post 10 Simple Communication Resolutions for 2014 appeared first on Ian's Messy Desk. Here are some things you can resolve to improve the way you communicate with others. These are simple changes, easy to keep all year. I will talk less. I will listen carefully. I will always tell the truth. I will encourage someone every day. I will treat all people with respect. I will make more positive and fewer negative comments. I will match my actions to my words.

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The Godfather Guide To A Good And Happy Life

Dumb Little Man

Do you ever feel that you have so many 'life rules' thrown at you that you can’t even remember them, let alone make sense of them? You’re not alone in feeling like that. The ‘rules of life’ that have stuck most easily with me have come from movies – perhaps because they're not only visual, they're visceral. There is a scene in The Last Samurai where Katsumoto and Algren are about to advance to almost certain death and Katsumoto says: “Do you believe a man can change his destiny?’

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Revamping the Bucket List

Virtual Moxie

A friend was recently gifted a copy of this book , and having jumped in to it with wild abandon, excitedly asked me to share some of the things on my bucket list. Unfortunately, I couldn''t; I didn''t have one. If you know anything about me by now, you know that I’m absolutely not goal-driven. So the idea of having a list of things I feel compelled or driven to do or accomplish before I die has remained foreign to me. I live. I do, while I live.

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E-Receipts vs. Paper Receipts

Eco-Office Gals

The process of making a transaction at a retail store and receiving a thermally printed receipt is so familiar that customers may think it is the only way to get a record of their purchase of products or services. But think about what happens to most of those receipts. They get crumpled up in pockets, lost on the dresser drawer or glove compartment, or thrown out.

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6 benefits of humour at work

Practically Perfect PA

This is a guest post by Mike Martin… Some people think that fun and a sense of humor have no place at work, that work is very serious business. Our advice to them? Lighten Up. There’s a reason that Google has a giant waterslide on its main campus, and that tons of companies have ping pong tables, video games, or free popcorn to eat while watching movies on the giant screen at work.

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Making The List

Simple Productivity Blog

Mondays are productivity days at SimpleProductivity blog. I love making lists. I make lists of everything. But the one list that rules them all is the daily task list. It is what I use to balance what I can do during the day without being overwhelmed. Making The List… It contains all the things that I do in my “life” as opposed to work.

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Forget New Year’s Resolutions

Ian's Messy Desk

The post Forget New Year’s Resolutions appeared first on Ian's Messy Desk. Just choose one word. This is an interesting idea. Instead of setting a list of resolutions you hope to keep over the next twelve months, pick one word that will define the way you live during that period. From the One Word 365 Home Page: Forget New Year’s Resolutions. Scrap that long list of goals you won’t remember three weeks from now anyway. Choose just one word.

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One Big Reason Why You Should Go On A Facebook Diet

Dumb Little Man

Using Facebook is fun, but it's not the best experience that life has to offer. It isn't close. I'll prove it to you with an illuminating question. Have any of the top ten best times of your life been spent on Facebook? Ok, so maybe top ten is pretty exclusive, but how about top 50? Top 100? Your life's best experiences will likely involve doing something active, probably with other people.

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Free Worksheet: End-of-Year Career Review

Eat Your Career

As we approach the new year, now is a perfect time for reflecting on the year that was—where you’ve been and where you want to go in the future. This is equally important for your professional life as it is for your personal life, which is why I always recommend doing an end-of-year career review. While I’ve written about this topic in the past, this year, I wanted to make the process even easier for you.

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Reveal Gifts to Clients, Not Flaws

Virtual Moxie

More on weakness. I''ve already said that it''s not moxie if you spin the truth. Yet it''s not untruthful to uncover and expose the other side of a perceived weakness or flaw. It''s the classic "glass half empty or full" analogy; the glass may be half empty (truth), but it''s not a lie if you say instead, "the glass is half full," which is also the truth. Judy once told me that she was concerned that she might be too slow for clients.

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Haiku Deck & ten top tips on minimising interruptions

Practically Perfect PA

Over the last few months I have been designing a lot of presentations for the company I work with but also for my own little foray into the world of public speaking. When I say a lot of presentations I mean A LOT! So I’m really pleased I stumbled across Haiku Deck back in May and have been a massive fan of it ever since! If your Executive does many public speaking events or presents to staff then I’d seriously suggest you check out Haiku Deck.

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Goals – Planning = Failure

Simple Productivity Blog

One of my problems in 2013 was that although I had a destination in mind, I didn''t plan for the work it would take me to get there.and the goals didn''t just magically happen. And why? Because I never planned to do the work. I just assumed I would get to it. I didn''t. When I was reading Timo Kiander''s free book, I was taken by the idea of setting goals, then breaking them down into monthly goals, and then into weekly goals.

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5 Steps to Going Paperless in 2014

Ian's Messy Desk

The post 5 Steps to Going Paperless in 2014 appeared first on Ian's Messy Desk. I have slowly been making my way towards the paperless office, both at work and at home. It’s been a steady process, but there is still some ways to go. One of the best resources for going paperless is Jamie Todd Rubin , the Evernote Ambassador for Paperless Living.

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Positive Attitude: You Can’t Kill My Vibe

Dumb Little Man

The other day I found myself pressed for time and extremely hungry. To my dismay I ended up in line at a local McDonald's and I wasn't proud of it. As I previewed my limited opportunities I found myself behind a rude older man and his wife. Not just the normal condescending rude; but with the addition of racism. The cashier was a sweet Filipino woman that showed poise and restraint in dealing with this jerk.

2013 219

Reduce Your Company’s Carbon Footprint

Eco-Office Gals

Today’s environmentally-minded companies are always looking for ways to make their carbon footprint smaller. From offsetting to telecommuting, we give you several ways to make this goal a reality: Computers. Unless you really need powerful computer equipment, say if you work in video editing or game development, look at whether you can replace inefficient desktops with more eco-friendly laptops.

NEW! Business Rocks Magazine

Office Organization Success

Exciting news! You can now find one of my articles, “5 Reasons to Automate & Streamline Your Business” , inside the latest issue of the Business Rocks Magazine #BizRocks for #WomenInBiz. Click Here to download the FREE app from Apple iTunes today! And to celebrate, you can get a 3 MONTHS free subscription using code: 3Biz. . General Biz

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Where do assistants draw the line?

Practically Perfect PA

I’ve been working really lllllooooonnnnggggg hours recently and I can definitely say it has taken it’s toll! I can not wait to have a break over Christmas and New Year. I bet most of you feel the same! For me I know I can work pretty much flat out for about three months but then I need to have a holiday otherwise I can get run down and just a bit grumpy.

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Book Review: The Manufacturer's Book of Lists

Small Business Labs

A powerful trend that gets little coverage is the growth of small manufacturing. As we pointed out in our 2012 article The Rise of Small and Micro Manufacturing , of the 330,000 U.S. manufacturing firms 80% have fewer than 50 employees and about 36% have 4 or fewer employees. And these numbers understate the number of small U.S. firms that make things.

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5 Ways To Build Better Workplace Relationships

Ian's Messy Desk

The post 5 Ways To Build Better Workplace Relationships appeared first on Ian's Messy Desk. Building good workplace relationships requires the same approach and commitment as building any other relationship. Just because work throws people together, it doesn’t follow that they will instantly connect and become the best team. It takes effort to build workplace relationships: Here are 5 tips that can help: Take time to try to understand others. Find out what’s important to them, and why.

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16 Habits That Are Killing Your Productivity and How to Fix Them

Dumb Little Man

We’ve never had more tools at our disposal to work more efficiently, and yet we’ve never been more distracted. We spend most days trapped in our inboxes and shuffling around our calendars, only to be left wondering where the day went. We overschedule, overload, and overstimulate ourselves so much that it leaves us very little time or mental energy to get real work done. But what if you could clear your schedule, take fewer meetings, and say “no” more often?

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Going Green and Staying Green – How to Maintain an Eco-Friendly Business

Eco-Office Gals

Environmental performance; energy efficiency; eco-friendly; green- these are real buzz words and phrases within the business world at present. Not so long ago you would rarely have associated any of these phrases to a business, however they have now become a priority as the emphasis is placed on protecting the environment for generations to come and also cutting the cost of energy as prices to continue to rise.

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Simplify File Transfers With Dropbox

Simple Productivity Blog

All of us who work at multiple computers need to move files around. We needed a writeable format in order to keep files up to date, with portability that would work between computers. I face this problem daily because of the nature of my job. I need to have my project and client notes with me everywhere I go. When I was working 6 clients a week, I had to have portable access in order to make this work. Simplifying file transfers with Dropbox solved this problem for me.

Ten tips for organising a business trip to… Rome

Practically Perfect PA

So I’ve just been to Rome for a long weekend, it really is a beautiful city especially at this time of year. As I was wondering around I thought it would be great to share with you my travel tips in case you ever find yourself organising a business trip to Rome for your Executive. Here are my essential top ten tips for organising a business trip to Rome (if you are reading this via email click here ).

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Fisher Price's Baby iPad Chair

Small Business Labs

I have to say when I first heard about this product I thought it might be a joke. But Fisher Price really is selling what they clumsily call the "Newborn-to Toddler-Appivity Seat for iPad Device" The picture below is from their website.

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How to Change Your Life

Ian's Messy Desk

The post How to Change Your Life appeared first on Ian's Messy Desk. Tips for Life Changes. Can people really change? We tend to assume that circumstances change easily and often, but that people change rarely, slowly, and with great difficulty. But these assumptions are wrong. We can, at any time, choose to change those parts of our lives that constrain us; we resolve to improve ourselves. However, we often break those resolutions because we are not fully committed to them.

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5 Essential Steps to Setting New Year Resolutions You Will Actually Achieve

Dumb Little Man

Why do you think that so many New Year resolutions are never achieved? Is it because you simply lack motivation? Is it because you found it too difficult to achieve? Is it because you thought it would be a nice to have a New Year resolution but didn’t really believe in it? Potentially. These are all valid reasons for why you may not have achieved your New Year Resolutions in the past.

2013 218

Tidy Way to Charge Your Phone

Clutter Coach

Originally posted 2009-01-06 18:56:59. Republished by Blog Post Promoter. This adorable wall socket cover provides a spot to park your phone while it's charging. The antlers are rubber, so they'll grip the phone, plus there's more antler space for draping the cord. And they come in three deer varieties!!! There's another model to cover a light switch. Those antlers would be a great spot to hang your keys, your shopping tote and maybe a lightweight handbag.

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