September, 2012

7 Effective Steps to Taking Action When You Don’t Know What to Do

Dumb Little Man

What do you do when you feel like taking action, but don't know what you should do, how you should do it, or where you should start? If you're like most people, you might just give up in frustration, while cursing some unknown entity. That's a normal response to have when you're frustrated, but it isn't helpful if you want to create a life that fulfills you. That's why, in this article, we'll take a look at how you can take action. Even when you don't know what to do. The process is quite simple.

2012 219

7 Habits of Highly Unproductive People

Simple Productivity Blog

Mondays are productivity days at SimpleProductivity blog. We’ve all heard about the habits of productive people. But productivity is as much about what you don’t do as what you do. Here are 7 Habits of Highly Unproductive People. Do any sound familiar? Procrastination. Why do it today if you can put it off? Procrastination takes its toll in the stress to complete things under deadline, plus the lack of time to do quality work.

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Business Success Lessons I've Learned (Part 1)

Virtual Moxie

AssistU is 15 years old this year. And just more than a week ago, in Minneapolis at our annual Homecoming/Community Recognition Awards event (think spirited family reunion meets Academy Awards and you’ll have a sense of what it’s like), we had a small party in my suite to celebrate. Most everyone came—we had amazing Ho-Ho cake from Key’s at the Foshay , drank champagne, laughed and cried and absolutely celebrated this thing we all love—AssistU.

2012 204

Great Apps for Assistants

Practically Perfect PA

[Show as slideshow]. Like a lot of us these days I am glued to my iPhone. Over the last year I’ve had it stolen … twice! Both times I’ve replaced my phone as quickly as is humanly possible because I am just lost without it (sometimes I am literally lost without it thanks to my dependence on Google maps to get me about London!).

2012 195

5 Strategies to Become Highly Successful and Get More Done

Office Organization Success

Business owner’s To Do lists are endless … I mean there is so much to do all the time that it feels like a never-ending cycle of To Do lists! And they can spend all day being “busy” but at the end of the day never feel like they’ve accomplished anything…. they still don’t have a full practice of ideal clients. their marketing systems are hit-or-miss. they do not have consistent cash flow. But how can this be? They’ve been busy all day long!

2012 193

How to be an Organized Student

Ian's Messy Desk

Starting tomorrow, students in Canada will change from a relaxed summer schedule to the structured program of school and other activities. The key to success in achieving your academic goals is good organization and time management. As you head back to school, here are a series of tips that can help students get organized: Improve your work habits. In class. Have all the materials you need: pen, sharpened pencil, paper, etc. Listen carefully to your teacher.

2012 193

Six Clever Tricks for a Better To-Do List

Dumb Little Man

Have you ever written a to-do list, only to find that, at the end of the day, you hadn’t even managed one item on it? When you fail to make headway with your to-do list, you might end up blaming yourself – but it’s probably not your fault. To-do lists are great tools, but to be truly effective, you need to know a few tricks for making them work well. #1: 1: Write Action Items Does your to-do list look like this? Taxes New desk?

2012 219

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Learnings from the Global Workspace Association Conference

Small Business Labs

We attended the Global Workspace Association (GWA) annual conference last week in Baltimore. The GWA is a trade association for members of the workspace-as-a-service industry. Their members are folks from business centers, coworking facilities, executive suites, mobile workforce service providers and other vendors who serve this industry. The conference sessions were excellent and very informative.  But even better was the interaction at breaks.

2012 185

Great Apps for Assistants

Practically Perfect PA

[Show as slideshow]. Like a lot of us these days I am glued to my iPhone. Over the last year I’ve had it stolen … twice! Both times I’ve replaced my phone as quickly as is humanly possible because I am just lost without it (sometimes I am literally lost without it thanks to my dependence on Google maps to get me about London!).

2012 190

Moxie Tip 244: What's Your Destination?

Virtual Moxie

Focus on what you want, and what you hope for. Walk toward that. Keep your eyes on that. Make every action about that. And trust that which matters—which will never be your fears. Moxie Tips assistu be a successful virtual assistant moxie tips virtual assistant virtual assistant success tips virtual assistants

2012 174

Labor Day Sale: WordPress Maintenance Package Reduced Pricing.

Eco-Office Gals

Happy Labor Day! We’re supposed to take the day off, we’re not supposed to labor, right? Not going to happen at Eco-Office Gals, I always work – it’s a bad habit. However, Labor Day is all about the sales, I can do that at least. I was reading Top 10 WordPress Security Myths on ProBlogger, I have heard my clients use every one of these excuses: WordPress is not secure. Nobody wants to hack my blog. My WordPress site is 100% secure.

2012 164

7 Life Changing Quotes from Will Smith

Dumb Little Man

Willard Christopher Smith, Jr. is one of the most successful actors alive today. He has enjoyed success in music, television and film. He has been called the most powerful actor on the planet. In the late 1980s, Will Smith became famous through his music, and through the tv-series “Fresh Prince in Bel-Air”. He’s always been an inspiration to me, plus it doesn’t hurt that most of his movies are way above average. He was born in Wynnefield, West Philadelphia, U.S.

2012 220

Are You Infected With “Lack of Time” Virus? How To Get Rid Of It

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. There is a very dangerous virus that has been bothering people for as long as I can remember: Lack of time.

2012 194

Why Everyone Wants Small Businesses as Customers

Small Business Labs

One of the most interesting shifts we've seen since we started researching small businesses is the change in view of small businesses as a target market. A decade ago relatively few firms - large or small - considered small businesses a key target market. Today, lots of firms do.   This fact was highlighted in a letter sent to the management team of Office Depot by the Hedge Fund Starboard.

2012 181

How to negotiate when planning an event

Practically Perfect PA

Pin It. As we all know being an assistant means that our super organised skills are second to none. We are the most organised profession there is available to the working world and our skills can be transferable to many different tasks, including managing an event from start to finish.

What the Mob Has Done to the Virtual Assistance Profession

Virtual Moxie

A private coaching client recently shared that she’d been asked by a prospect, “How will you promote my new book?”. My client wondered what I would have said had I been in her shoes. My response? “I’d I’d say, ‘I’ll help you find the best publicist available.’”. Now, I know that’s not what the client would have wanted to hear. The client would have wanted to hear all the fabulous publicity ideas I had for her that would skyrocket her sales, her platform, and send her off to best-seller land.

2012 171

Put a Star on Today

Eat Your Career

When I was in fourth grade, my best friend and I were really “into” day planners. We meticulously noted our homework, our special activities (like trips to the mall) and anything else we found relevant in our young lives. Every once in a while, we would play a game. I’d take her planner, and she’d take mine. We’d casually turn to different pages, pick a random day, and put a star on that day.

2012 160

13 Warning Signs that What You've Delegated Won't Get Done (And How to Fix Them)

Dumb Little Man

Yes, you know you're doing too much. Way too much! And, yes, you know you need to give things to other people to do. But you've tried delegating, and it doesn't work. The last time you delegated something to someone, the whole project blew up in your face, and you ended up doing it yourself. Not fun. I can hear you saying now, "Give me something I can use!" Right? But consider this. Maybe, just maybe, it's not delegation that doesn't work, but the way you delegate that doesn't work.

2012 219

What To Do When Chaos Erupts

Simple Productivity Blog

Mondays are productivity days at SimpleProductivity blog. There are times when life gets chaotic. And sometimes it is more than a little chaotic. I’m not sure what cosmic influences have inspired the changes in my life right now, but they are all big. Since the last week in August, this is what has happened (chaos has erupted): We drove three hours to my hometown in the middle of the country to visit my mother (who was in the hospital for 3 weeks earlier this summer).

2012 176

The Make-up of the Artisan Economy

Small Business Labs

In 2008 Intuit released The New Artisan Economy , which covered a combination of economic trends and changes that were resulting in the re-emergence of artisans as an economic force.  We partnered with Intuit and the Institute for the Future on this report.   A recent article in Canada's National Post on the artisan economy reviewed and updated these trends.

2012 174

5 Small ways to make a big difference to your company’s green credentials

Eco-Office Gals

Many businesses hesitate to adopt green practices because they fear it will damage their bottom line and negatively impact profits. But the reality is that customers quite often scrutinize companies that they know do not actively make an effort to save the environment. For example, several years ago a leaked McKinsey and Co. study showed that nearly 10 percent of Wal-Mart customers stopped shopping there because of the company’s poor reputation (including its commitment to the environment).

2012 160

Just Stop—You Can do That Next Month

Virtual Moxie

Have you ever reached your retainer hours mid month and although there’s more work to be done, the client tells you to stop working and pick things up again in the new month? Sounds logical, doesn’t it. The client has reached the limits of her financial resources and doesn’t have more money to throw at having her work done this month. Besides, nothing’s critical… it can be done next month. Or can it? The problem with this logic is that it creates a deficit in the next month.

2012 161

How to negotiate when planning an event?

Practically Perfect PA

Pin It. As we all know being an assistant means that our super organised skills are second to none. We are the most organised profession there is available to the working world and our skills can be transferable to many different tasks, including managing an event from start to finish.

7 Habits of Extraordinary People

Dumb Little Man

The concept of living an extraordinary life has been on my mind since I was a child. I wanted to be a singer or an actress like every other girl and I believed that this was the ultimate way of showing that I was special. 20 years later, I’m a tiny bit wiser and know that being exceptional has nothing to do with being famous. But everything to do with your own attitude and mindset. Being extraordinary can have many forms and everyone has his or her own definition.

2012 220

Sitting Is Killing You: Turn Your Desk Into A Standing Workstation

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. As recently as a couple of hundred years ago most of human life was lived on foot; hunting, farming, trading in markets, etc. Today, an average person spends more time sitting than sleeping thanks to computers, TV and desk jobs.

2012 173

Franchising: An Important Sector of the U.S. Economy

Small Business Labs

Franchising is the Rodney Dangerfield of the business world - no respect.  We're guilty of this here at Small Business Labs.  We don't follow, study or report on franchising as much as it deserves. I was reminded of this while reading CNBC's  Hidden Small Businesses: The Case for Franchising Growth.

2012 158

New Life: Eco-Office Gals is Mobile Responsive

Eco-Office Gals

Yesterday was pure misery, I was hacked at 4:30am by some you-know-what in Italy. I did the cardinal sin – I didn’t do my upgrades! BUB was found ! I know I know, but it wasn’t my regular site, it was my host reseller management platform, I’m not on there often and we’re not all perfect. hang head in shame}. My trusty HostGator was right on it and had me back online, but it was a bit of a mess. Hours spent pulling widgets back in, upgrades, changing passwords.

2012 160

Control the Time to Control the Work

Virtual Moxie

Don't get caught up in the thick of thin things. -- Stephen Covey. A friend who's a management consultant told me a story I'll never forget. It’s said that Charles Schwab, when President of Bethlehem Steel, paid $25,000 for one idea—worth about $550,000 today. He paid it, despite immense criticism from friends and colleagues, because he said it was the most profitable thing he'd ever learned.

2012 157

Forget GTD, Focus On Productivity

Productivity Bits

GTD is a system that helps you achieve stress-free productivity. GTD is a means to an end; not the end itself. We all should remember that. Thank you for subscribing! Please grab my free productivity ebook! GTD Hacks Productivity gtd does not work GTD fail

2012 145

9 Warning Signs That Your Friends Are Emotional Vampires (And How To Save Yourself)

Dumb Little Man

Do you ever notice how some people seem to suck all of the energy out of you; you come away from them feeling exhausted and drained? You spend time with them and even though they were all smiles, you still felt like you had been attacked in some way, and it leaves you feeling confused ? You have just been in the company of an emotional vampire. So, how do you spot an emotional vampire?

2012 219

5 Ways To Improve Productivity Right Now

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. All of us interested in enhancing our productivity can be seduced into various self-improvement patterns. These more often than not fail to deliver any real result down the road. We tend to “look the big picture”, which although fairly innocuous to our improvement as a whole, is in a way limiting our potential for improvement. How so?

2012 162

It's All About Flexibility

Small Business Labs

About 5 years ago we quit using the term "work/life balance" in our work and starting using "work/life flexibility" instead.  We did this because almost everyone we interviewed described balance as having a flexible work schedule. Today it seems it's all about flexibility.

2012 154

Remembering and Reflecting 9/11

Eco-Office Gals

I don’t think anyone who witnessed the tragic events on 9/11 will ever forget – I can narrate that entire day as if it happened this morning! Every call, news reporters watching in shock, arguing with the VP that the towers were leaning, insisting they were going to come down. That is one argument I would have gladly lost. The days of heartache and tears for the lives lost. I think my memories are more specific then the birth of my girls!

2012 148

Moxie Tip 250: How do you Show up?

Virtual Moxie

Think about your presence--it really is more than the "look" of your site, or the "design" of your Facebook fan page. It's the moment-by-moment way that you create a digital version of yourself; usually in type; sometimes by voice or video, often in images. What is it that you want people to see and experience of you? How do you know whether they do? And what would you do if you knew that they didn't? What course corrections would you make (if any)? How would things be different (if at all)?

2012 152

Featured Soloist Monique Y. Wells: “I Love the Freedom to Explore”

The Solopreneur Life

T his is The Solopreneur Life’s “Featured Soloist,” the purpose of which is to give all of us a glimpse at how other solopreneurs operate their small businesses. Today we meet Monique Y. Wells. If you would like to be the “Featured Soloist,” please send me an e-mail, Larry@TheSolopreneurLife.com. Monique Y. Wells. Name of solopreneur: Monique Y. Wells. Name of business and city: Understanding Time Management (brand, Getting over Overwhelm) – Paris, France.

2012 204

Eight Tips to Decrease Public Speaking Anxiety

Dumb Little Man

Let’s face it: Many of us would rather dive into a vat of boiling oil than give a speech. Public speaking is one of the major phobias. But it doesn't have to be that way. By following the eight tips below, you can decrease your public speaking anxiety and give an effective speech. Let's start with the first one, which is to be adequately prepared. Prepare Taking the time to prepare thoroughly will give you confidence. This means more than taking notes or doing research.

2012 219

Understanding “Ego Depletion” to Enhance Productivity

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. Whenever we think of ways to enhance our productivity, to get more done in work and in life, we usually think of pushing ourselves, of exerting our will power to avoid temptation and to accomplish more, whether it’s going on a diet, starting an exercise regimen, working toward a promotion, or what have you.

2012 153