November, 2012

4 Ways Making Assumptions Can Ruin Your Life

Dumb Little Man

I remember a date I had back in college. We talked, ate a great dinner and had a few drinks. Things were going very well and I thought this girl and I were making a great connection. Then it started to get late so we called it a night. Before we parted, I went in for the good night kiss and was stopped cold. She made it clear it wasn't happening. In my head, I went over all the things that must have gone wrong. Why else would she have stopped me?

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How do assistants get promoted?

Practically Perfect PA

Pin It. Here is a brief history of my career to date – After University I landed my first job as a Team Administrator at Deloitte, after a year and a half I left to join the Institute of Chartered Accountants where again I worked as an Administrator and Assistant to a department manager. Having worked in that position for a few years I was promoted to Account Manager and then a few years later made redundant.

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Contest: Win Wonderful Day And Save Your Habits!

Simple Productivity Blog

Fridays are tip days at SimpleProductivity blog. With the holiday season just about upon us, it is very easy for good habits to go right out the window. Or perhaps you need to establish a good habit to get you through. Wonderful Days, the software that lets you “trend” your habits, can be a good tool to help. It will help you keep track of how often you have met your goal of doing something. I find that I do things just so I don’t have to break the chain.

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Are We Becoming a Part-Time Nation?

Small Business Labs

The U.S. has always had a lot of part-time employment.  In 2007, a year when the economy was strong and unemployment low, a bit over 22 million Americans worked part-time. This was about 16% of U.S. non-farm employment.    The vast majority of these folks - 88% - chose to work part-time.  Only 12% would have preferred a full-time job.   As of October 2012, about 27 million Americans worked part-time.  This is just over 19% of non-farm employment.

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How to Manage a Micro-Manager

Eat Your Career

There’s nothing worse than feeling like you’re being smothered, and micro-managers are really good at making you feel that way. They hover over you, constantly check in, offer instruction when none is needed, and expect you to do things their way and on their schedule. Micro-managers don’t allow you to have any freedom and eventually, work can start to feel like a prison sentence. Truth be told, micro-managers are not a lost cause. Everyone is capable of growth and these folks are no different.

2012 188

Ten Things To Consider When Assessing The Fit Between You And A Prospective Client

Virtual Moxie

As you build or grow your virtual practice, choosing clients will be one of the most exciting and difficult things you'll have to do. So we offer this list of 10 for you to think through as you move through the process. Am I moved and excited by the client's work and personality (do I like who the person seems to be)? If you're not absolutely jazzed by both, the relationship isn't worth pursuing because it will end up being a huge energy drain for you later on.

2012 187

Are You Making This Common Mistake With Your Family When You Work?

Dumb Little Man

For practical reasons, you have set your work-space to be at your kitchen table (that’s where your laptop is). Since you work before your family wakes up, you are forced to be located in the kitchen: That’s the only available space to do work during those hours of the day. Although you get your work done when they are still sleeping, it’s a different story when your family is awake.

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Review: The Dalai Lama’s Cat

Simple Productivity Blog

Wednesdays are simplicity days at SimpleProductivity blog. I have a hard time reading non-fiction. But put the concepts in a novel, and I am right there! The Dalai Lama’s Cat is a book that teaches the concepts of Buddhism through a work of fiction. And simplicity is a key to Buddhism, hence the connection to Wednesday Simplicity days). As a religious path, I am not a Buddhist. My husband is, though, so there are a good number of books on the subject laying around the house.

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The Startup Fiscal Cliff

Small Business Labs

We hear lots of discussion these days about the fiscal cliff. This, of course, is about taxes and federal spending. But startups face their own fiscal cliff. Over the last few years, there's been a surge in startup activity. This has been driven by several trends. First, It's never been easier or cheaper to start a tech and/or web company. And the the maturation and growth of the Internet and other technologies and industries (genomics, clean tech, robotics, Big Data, etc.)

2012 184

Integrating Eco-friendly Practices Into the Business Sector

Eco-Office Gals

In the business sector, there are a lot of trends that come and go. One trend that appears to be here to stay is an emphasis on green or eco-friendly practices. Many businesses are putting more of an emphasis on green practices, and these practices help their bottom line and the environment at the same time. This begs the question: what kinds of green-behaviors are businesses doing, and how are they helping? Eliminating Paper.

2012 179

Crazy for Office Products: 16 Ways to Bring Fun, Function and Beauty to Your Work

Virtual Moxie

Tidbits about me. I have come, over the years, to know that I do my best work in a space that is, to me, lovely. As part of that, I surround myself with things that have meaning to me on a personal level, and use products that are efficient, effective, and generally beautiful. My feeling is that if I need to use paper clips, for instance, there's no reason they can't be different/special/beautiful. I could spend millions of dollars on organizing products. They're a bit like crack to me.

2012 183

12 Ways to Fail in Goal Setting

Dumb Little Man

Do you have something you really want to have in your life? Is there an ultimate thing that would make you the happiest person in the world? I think we all have at least one thing we badly want to get. It could be popularity, power, friends, love, money, lasting marriage, children, or health. But unfortunately, not all of us successfully obtain even just that one thing though we may live up to 85 years. Well, it is simply because most people do not set goals.

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Should assistants ‘make themselves look busy’?

Practically Perfect PA

Pin It. During my formative years I had a number of part time and weekend jobs to earn some extra money. I mainly worked in shops where I would run around sorting out racks of clothes or helping on the till and changing rooms, it was a busy job, especially at the weekend, spent mainly on your feet and I must admit I absolutely hated it. I have a huge amount of respect for people that work in the retail business because I just couldn’t cut it.

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How to Deal with Constant Complainers in the Workplace

Eat Your Career

You know that person who always has something to whine about? Super annoying, right? Working with a constant complainer can be a challenge for a variety of reasons. And if you’re not careful, the situation could go from an irritation to a serious career killer. Unfortunately, there’s a lot of bad advice out there regarding this topic. My recommendations are a little different, but I think you’ll understand—and agree—after reading this article. Avoid Mindless Agreement.

2012 176

DogVacay - Airbnb for Dogs Raises $6 Million

Small Business Labs

OK, I have to admit I think this is a great idea. DogVacay is an Airbnb-like service for dogs. The site lets users search for, find and hire dog sitters for the day, overnight or longer stays. According to the site, the sitters: "range from professional pet sitters with ranches to experienced dog lovers in cozy homes and they can't wait to meet your pup!" " They even provide a doggy concierge to help you pick the right sitter and plan activities for your dog.

2012 178

4 Areas To Hack Your Workspace For Better Productivity

Simple Productivity Blog

Fridays are tip days at SimpleProductivity blog. Whether you work in a cube farm, or in your own office, chances are you spend a lot of time there. The space where you work can have a direct effect on your productivity. Here are 4 areas you can hack to make your workspace a more productive place. You don’t have to have your own customized office to do this, though. I will show you how to make even the cube-iest of cubes more conducive to working. Lighting.

2012 175

Moxie Tip 283: Speed Can Be an Enemy

Virtual Moxie

Skillfully manage your energy (action, then rest….be be sure to get enough rest). Control your attention -- Stop multi-tasking (task-shifting). When you shift, you lose depth. Cultivate emotions that serve you best -- Develop Emotional Intelligence. Define and live your highest purpose. Tap into what’s most meaningful and move into something bigger than yourself. Moxie Tips assistu be a successful virtual assistant moxie tips virtual assistant virtual assistant success tips virtual assistants

2012 174

Working From Home: How To Protect Yourself Against Your 7 Deadly Habits

Dumb Little Man

Your friends are jealous of you. You work from home and you’re always bragging about how flexible, fulfilling and rewarding it is. No awful commute, no terrible boss, no pointless conversations with awful work colleagues. You’re in control and accountable to no-one. But deep down you know you’re a fraud. You often feel imprisoned in your own home, handcuffed to your business and isolated.

2012 219

How do assistants ensure their emails are read?

Practically Perfect PA

Pin It. I got back from my holiday last week to discover over 200 emails for me to read, delete, action and generally sort through (I’d only been away for 4 days and that included the weekend)! As with any administrative task I crack on in a ruthless manner because I just want the job completed as soon as humanly possible – in other words I take no prisoners. I hate, hate, hate having a cluttered email inbox and always have a slight panic when I have more than 10 emails in there at any one time!

2012 187

Black Friday Deals Your Website Will Thank You For

Eco-Office Gals

We’re going to try to battle the Black Friday crowd this year to get both of my girls a 4G ipod touch. If we can grab them up we can finally have our iphones to ourselves. We haven’t done this in years and I can’t say I’m looking forward to it. Yet, love it or hate it there are some great deals worth announcing. These great savings are for the greatest gift of all – your small business. The gift that keeps on giving!

2012 171

Good Advice on Working From Home

Small Business Labs

I saw two good articles on working from home yesterday. Is Working at Home Right for You  does a nice job outlining the key issues one should consider prior to deciding to work from home.   The one item they left out is loneliness, which is interesting because it's the single biggest complaint about working from home we hear in our research. People miss the human interaction and social aspects of work. There's also a professional aspect to this.

2012 169

Are You A Productivity Tortoise? Or Hare?

Simple Productivity Blog

Mondays are productivity days at SimpleProductivity blog. The the famous fable by Aesop, a hare challenges a tortoise to a race. As the race progresses, the rabbit works in spurts, getting sidetracked at various points, always telling himself he is far ahead and still has time to win. The tortoise plods along, set on his course, never deviating, taking slow step after slow step. In the end the tortoise wins. But does this hold true in productivity? The Tortoise.

2012 173

Hop on the Bus, Gus. and Make Sure to Have a Front Seat!

Virtual Moxie

(image credit: 123rf.com). Ok, eagles , listen up. This one’s for you! Do you ever feel like a client’s work is a moving target? Maybe what was a top priority yesterday isn’t a even remotely a priority today, or the tool that you collaborated about and were moving forward with implementing is suddenly replaced with some bigger, better somethingorother someone else suggested to your client that she just has to get on board with. Can you relate?

2012 172

5 Reasons Why You Should Give Up Your Goals and Live Goal-Free

Dumb Little Man

How often have you struggled with your goals? Most people set goals to get away from something. Don’t have money? Set a goal to make $100,000/year and you’re on your way. But there’s a problem hiding in plain sight. It often doesn’t make you happy. It makes you believe that you need something outside of yourself to be happy.

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Office Politics – do you play along?

Practically Perfect PA

Pin It. Last week I wrote a blog which asked the question ‘ Should assistants make themselves look busy? ’ I’ve had some great responses from people regarding the issue of perception, the way we carry ourselves in the office and the interaction we have with our colleagues. All of this lovely feedback got me thinking about office politics in general.

2012 186

The Importance of Office Space and Location for a Business

Eco-Office Gals

Many business owners are unaware of just how important location and space are to their business. Getting the right office space is essential from the beginning because you will need to stick with this space until your lease is up. This makes it very important that you choose wisely. Here are some essential aspects to consider the choosing your new office space: Space – When choosing office space you have to ensure that you are getting the right square footage for your needs.

2012 168

How to Stay Focused at Work During Personal Crisis

Eat Your Career

They say work and life aren’t supposed to intermingle , but I’ve never believed that to be possible. No matter how hard you try, there will inevitably be a time when stress in your personal life distracts you from matters of work. Whether you’re dealing with a sick child or a dying pet or a personal medical scare, you can’t always just walk away from work while you deal with your emotions. You have to soldier on somehow.

2012 164

5 Steps to Improving Your Time Management Skills

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. Improving your time management skills takes practise and experience in experimenting with different ways to find which work for you. Different methods work for different people, so establishing your own style will take time. However, there are 5 steps to improving your time management skills you can follow to get you moving in the right direction. Get Organised.

2012 172

Is DuckDuckGo the Future of Search?

Small Business Labs

No, DuckDuckGo is not a children's game (that's duck duck goose).  It's an Internet search engine.   As a recent Washington Post article on the company points out, it has two major differences from Google - they don't track their users and they don't filter search results based on tracking their users. Not tracking their users is, of course, of interest to those concerned about online privacy. We think this provides an interesting advantage for DuckDuckGo.

2012 162

7 Ways to Make Money From Your Smartphone or Tablet

Dumb Little Man

You may see your smartphone and data plan as just another monthly expense. However, many cash-strapped smartphone users are turning their mobile devices into portable ATM machines. Forget playing yet another round of Angry Birds during your daytime downtime: here are 7 legit strategies that you can tap into to actually earn money on the go. Swagbucks App The concept of getting paid to take surveys has been around since the early days of the world wide web. But it's never gone mobile.until now.

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Moxie Tip 281: Let the World Know Who You Are

Virtual Moxie

The distance between at cause and at effect, in reality, is just one step. Envision that when it gets hard and you notice yourself feeling tossed about by something you’re not in control of. Then, consciously take a step to the side, as if stepping from where you are, in the muck and mire of it all, to a new place—a place where you pull up your big girl panties, actually stand in your own power, call your own shots, and get on with what YOU want for your biz and life.

2012 160

3 Benefits of Going Green in Business

Eco-Office Gals

Many people have heard about going green with one’s business, but it’s becoming more and more apparent that not everyone realizes what this actually means. The fact is, there are hundreds if not thousands of ways to make one’s business more green, and doing so can be extremely beneficial not only to the environment, but to your business as well.

2012 158

Pomodoro Technique 101

Productivity Bits

To get started, you only need a to-do task list and the Pomodoro Timer (affiliate link) or any 30-minute kitchen timer. Start with your first task in the list. Set the Pomodoro Timer to 30 minutes. Start working. Pay attention to the timer. If you reach the 25th minute, stop working and take a short 5 minute break. You might get tempted to just continue working but you must stop. You must follow the system.

2012 153

Is Your Default Activity Killing Your Productivity?

Simple Productivity Blog

Mondays are productivity days at SimpleProductivity blog. I was listening to a Get-It-Done-Guy podcast recently ( Keep on Track by Designing Your Transitions ) where he talked about staying on track, and mentioned a default activity. Stever says that “Your default activity is what you do when you don’t immediately know what else to do.” ” We all have them. It just takes a bit of self-awareness to figure out what they are. What Is Your Default?

2012 162

Are Kids Too Expensive?

Small Business Labs

Of course kids are too expensive. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, it costs $234,900 on average to raise a kid. This is up from an inflation adjusted $191,000 in 1960. By  By the way, these numbers do not include college costs.   The chart below, from a Washington Post article on this topic , shows how this money is spent.      Not surprising is more people are citing this cost as the key reason they aren't having kids.

5 Steps to Laser-Sharp Focus

Dumb Little Man

Procrastination, fear , and overwhelm are just some of the things that stop us from taking action and reaching our dreams. Is focus the absence of all distractions, or is it just a state of mind that can be attained whenever, wherever? I believe there has to be a few prerequisites in place for being focused and entering the zone. But I also believe that we are more powerful than we give ourselves credit. Here are a few quick tips on taking your focus to the next level: 1.

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Moxie Tip 282: What is Your Passion

Virtual Moxie

If you’re in your business (or life), feeling like there’s something else, or something more out there for you, consider your passion(s). I know everyone under the sun says to do what you love and the money will follow, or some rendition of that. What I’m going to say is that in order to know where you belong in life, you need to understand what you enjoy, and why. And I understand that that’s not always easy to get to.

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