June, 2012

8 Lies You’ve Been Told About Following Your Passion

Dumb Little Man

Are you doing what you truly want to do? Are you following your passion to the best of your ability? If you’re reading this post, the answer is most likely no. Time and time again, I see people who can follow their passion, but they don’t, because they hold themselves back. I know how hard it can be, because I’ve been in the same situation. There are many lies we’ve been told about following our passion.

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Moxie Tip 186: Fake It Till Ya Make It.Fake WHAT?

Virtual Moxie

When you're new, whether to being a Virtual Assistant, or to a type of work, system, or process, you'll often hear people saying, "Fake it till ya make it!" as a way to help you jump in with both feet. That's not unwise, yet.if you're going to fake anything, make sure that its attitude, and confidence, rather than know-how:faking know-how is likely to get you into hot water, but a can-do attitude mixed with serious confidence can get you much further along than anything else. Moxie Tips

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Creating the Perfect Week

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. I recently listened to Jim McKelvey speak at the Big Omaha conference, a gathering of entrepreneurs and entrepreneurs in training and he told a story about driving through a terrible Colorado blizzard. He said he remembers not being able to even see the road and he was the only person on the road.

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Email Opt In: 3 Simple Strategies to Higher Opt In Rates

Office Organization Success

How to opt in to your email list should be a relatively easy process for a new subscriber. However, one of the biggest frustrations when running a double opt-in email list is that even though you initially get a lot of people signing up to your list, the number of people who actually confirm their opt-in is quite small. And unless they do confirm their opt-in you CANNOT send them emails, which is why this is so frustrating for many business owners!

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The Different Types of Green Hosting

Eco-Office Gals

Most people don’t know, but the Internet is a major contributor to Global Warming. How so? The Internet is really just a bunch of interconnected computers, and those computers need energy, a lot of energy. Sadly, most of the energy used to power all those computers comes from the burning of coal and other fossil fuels. In fact according the GreenPeace.org, the Internet produces the same amount of CO2 as the world wide airline industry.

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How to Be Proactive about Career Success

Eat Your Career

Here’s something that happens to me at least several times a month: I get an email from a blog reader. It usually contains a very long, very elaborate description of his or her career problem. And then, at the very end, the person says something along the lines of, “What do you think I should do? Oh, and by the way, I can’t afford to pay you.”. Every time I read this kind of message, I’m conflicted.

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7 Rules of Listening, Really Listening

Dumb Little Man

A few days ago, I got a message from one of my best friends. She asked if we could meet and maybe have a little chat. I didn’t hesitate and said yes. It was great way to catch up. When we saw each other inside the quiet little café we agreed on, she immediately went onto a sort of rant right after the usual pleasantries. She lamented about how she had this huge problem with a co-worker and how the situation was upsetting her and disrupting her work life.

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What You Don’t Know About How To Use A Calendar

Simple Productivity Blog

Mondays are productivity days at SimpleProductivity blog. You probably have a calendar. Whether it is on your phone, email program, desktop, or tacked to a door, there is generally a calendar around. But the question is: are you using it well? What A Calendar Is For. A calendar is for appointments you have made for yourself (or family) at a specific date, usually with a time.

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Is Going Public Obsolete?

Small Business Labs

An interesting academic paper (yes, that's possible) - Where Have All the IPOs Gone -  suggests that the main reason for the decline in initial public offerings (IPOs) is small, high growth companies are finding it harder to compete with big firms.   This is cutting their profitability, reducing their ability to go public.   As the graph below shows, the number of U.S. public companies has steadily decreased over the last decade.

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LEED: Changing the face of green business

Eco-Office Gals

Once upon a time, the only way to go green at the office was to employ paperless practices and energy-conscious efforts. Although businesses across the country use these green practices and more to make a lighter impact on the environment, eco-friendly individuals and businesses can now take the task of keeping our Earth healthy to the next level. With LEED. What is LEED?

2012 165

Effective Communication – What does this actually mean?

Practically Perfect PA

I was having a look through my CV recently, just adding a few bits and bobs and generally updating it and I noticed I tell my would-be employer how well I communicate both effectively and efficiently. As I was reading this I thought to myself, ‘what does that actually mean?’ and then it occurred to me that if I wasn’t sure then I doubt any potential employer would be!

2012 146

Stand on the Edge of Your Comfort Zone If You Want to Get Past It

Dumb Little Man

The more you're willing to try new things, the more you'll evolve and grow as a person. As kids we embrace this fully. We chase every interest imaginable much to the irritation of our parents who pay for karate lessons, guitar lessons, art classes, basketball leagues and just about everything else that captures out interest for even the slightest of moments. Of course we lose interest in some of those things and eventually we get told "just pick something and stick with it."

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Breathing for Balance

Virtual Moxie

As much as we'd like it, life does not always behave itself. Some days are wonderfullydeliciousIcouldspinaroundandaroundlikeachildI'msohappy sorts of days, and others. well, they're less so. On the days that are fantastic, remember to be grateful (ok, be grateful for every day, and enjoy them all to the utmost!). On the days that are not so wonderful.when you have problems, get hurt, hurt someone else, or feel stressed, remember that your perception of it changes the experience you have.

2012 155

Managing Family Schedules Using Google Calendar

Simple Productivity Blog

Fridays are tip days at SimpleProductivity blog. One of the challenges of having a family with activities and schedules is that it can be difficult to coordinate things. Even in my small family, it can be difficult to keep track of where everyone needs to be. In order to have a good handle on activities, you need to have a good calendar system. A paper calendar can work, but it has disadvantage of being in one place, and if you’re not standing in front of it, you don’t have access.

Tablets Taking Over at Work - And at Home

Small Business Labs

Marketing Charts - one of our favorite sites - has an interesting post on tablet computers at work.  It covers an IDG Connect study showing that 71% of 3000 IT and business professionals they recently surveyed owned tablets.   And most of those folks, roughly 3 out of 5, use their tablet daily for work. Also, as the chart below from Marketing Charts shows, only 8% don't use their tablet for work.

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5 Ways Proper Power Management Can Make for a Greener Office

Eco-Office Gals

There’s a lot of big ideas for how to make an office greener, from uploading your office onto the cloud to biking your way to work. With all the outlets you have for making a greener office, there may be a (literal) outlet you’re overlooking. Your surge protector. It’s probably better known as that hunk of plastic you plug any of a thousand devices into. You may look at it as a necessary evil, but, with a little know-how, it can save energy in surprising ways.

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Help Desk

Practically Perfect PA

A few days ago I was getting ready to go home after a long day in the office when it dawned on me that I had been at my desk all day. Yes, I had got up to make the odd cup of tea or make a quick trip to the bathroom but I hadn’t been out for lunch or in any meetings that day so effectively I had been sitting in my chair at my desk for a good 8 hours. I think this tale might be familiar to a lot of assistants who seem to spend more time at their desk than at their home!

2012 144

Do You Know What "Success" Means for You?

Dumb Little Man

It’s a pretty good bet that you want to succeed in life – whether that’s at work, in your relationships, with your hobbies, or in any other domain. But how will you know when you get there? Have you thought about what success really means to you? It might seem like a silly question. Perhaps you think success is obvious … it means making a good salary, being healthy, and having a happy family life. But what exactly is a “good salary”?

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Check Your Reasons

Virtual Moxie

I don't know about you, but when I stop to think about it, there are many times when the reasons why I think I'm doing something aren't the real or true reasons. Currently, that plays out in one area of my world, and I want to change it, so when I find myself acting on auto-pilot , I have to stop and get to the source of what's going on.

2012 155

Why Task Lists Will Not Make You Productive

Simple Productivity Blog

Mondays are productivity days at SimpleProductivity blog. An acquaintance of mine is constantly making lists. She makes them on old envelopes, scratch pads, her phone, her laptop, her email and even her hand. Yet she is one of the most scattered, disorganized and unproductive people I know. She doesn’t know the secret: lists alone won’t make you productive. The Purpose Of Task Lists. Lists exist simply as a place to write things down.

2012 162

Showrooming is Just Beginning

Small Business Labs

Showrooming is the trend towards shoppers visiting stores to see a product, but then buying it online or from some other store.  The reason they go elsewhere is usually price and they often use their smartphones to compare prices. There's been a number of recent stories on showrooming with varying points of view of it's impact. CNN's Will Showrooming Kill Businesses takes the view the trend is quite damaging to brick and mortar stores.

2012 147

Three Eco-Friendly Office Products That Make A Difference

Eco-Office Gals

If your office needs a “green makeover”, it can be difficult just knowing where to start. With so many eco-friendly products on the market, the choices can be overwhelming. To cut through the noise, I’ve chosen three of my favorite eco-friendly office products. These items are must-haves and can help get you started on your path to a greener work environment. Eco-Friendly Office Lighting. This is a no-brainer.

2012 162

Personal Organizer

Ian's Messy Desk

5 Advantages of a To-Do List. One of the fundamental personal-organizer tools is the list of things you need to get done daily. It consolidates all your tasks in one place. From there you can prioritize them and tackle the important ones first. There are 5 key advantages to maintaining a to-do list: 1) A to-do list doesn’t forget. Your brain is not the most efficient memory tool and will only trust systems that it knows works.

2012 143

The 5 Commandments for Saving Time and Reducing Stress

Dumb Little Man

I know a lot of people who would give anything to get more done and in less time. They typically respond by freaking out, being rushed, and living a high stress life. This stressful existence isn't the answer. Instead, here's a chance to have both productivity and freedom from stress. Now I can't promise this will be easy, fun, or something to brag to friends about. But, I can tell you this is very possible and that the answer lies in the 5 Commandments of Time Management.

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Moxie Tip 195: Self-care and Reserves

Virtual Moxie

The more self-care you engage in, the better prepared you are for lifes tiffs, or whoop-dee-doos. Also, having reserves of things like time, money, love, community, space, and opportunity makes you infinitely more present to yourself, which in turn makes you more responsive (rather than reactive) to others. So even if something goes awry, you’re more likely to handle it with ease, rather than freak out about it. You’re more able to see many options, rather than none—or just one. Moxie Tips

2012 146

Simplifying My Books

Simple Productivity Blog

Wednesdays are simplicity days at SimpleProductivity blog. It’s not springtime, so I can’t blame the urge to spring clean. All I know is that I walked around my house last week and got the overwhelming urge to purge. There are many, many areas where things are going away, but the place I always start is my books because I can go through them rapidly. Not that it’s easy. Getting rid of books has always been painful, particularly if I haven’t read the book yet.

2012 161

Our Food Truck Project

Small Business Labs

Emergent Research  (that's us) just kicked off a new project on the economic impact of food trucks in San Francisco.   On the off chance you haven't noticed, the food truck phenomenon has taken the nation by storm.    And while there are no firm national numbers on the size and scope of the industry, it's clear the segment is experiencing rapid growth. 

2012 145

Eco-Friendly Mobile Web Tools

Eco-Office Gals

In today’s society, more people are starting to become aware of the importance of reducing their impact on the environment. In the business world, there are a number of different mobile Web tools that can help your business be more eco-friendly. Here are a few of the tools that you should consider using. Mobile CRM . Many businesses are starting to turn to mobile CRM solutions to interact with their customers.

2012 158

Your GTD Setup Isn’t Working And Here’s Why

Productivity Bits

The Getting Things Done productivity system is the most successful of its kind in this decade. One reason is its being not dependent to particular platform or tool. GTD is a philosophical approach to productivity. You can practically apply its principles to any industry or domain. We’re all witnesses to the numerous successful implementation of GTD around us. Despite the wide array of GTD blueprints available to us, why most of us are still failing?

2012 142

How To Be Smart

Dumb Little Man

Too many people think that intelligence is a gift of nature and that there is little anyone can do to improve theirs. IQ tests have managed to confuse many of us, leading us to believe that intelligence is largely fixed. It is not. Just like swimming, cooking, dancing, and just about anything else, being smart is a skill that requires training. Unfortunately, our schools neglect to give us some of the most essential tools for being smart. So how did I discover these tools?

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Moxie Tip 183: Clients Expect Administrative Experts

Virtual Moxie

No matter what they say they want, clients are expecting you to be the expert. They came to you believing you know more and better than they do. And if you’re playing your best game, you should absolutely be the expert for them. You cannot be that expert and morph yourself into someone you’re not, using tools and playing with client policies and procedures you know won’t work.

2012 146

Clear Your Head (and Your Tasks) With a Weekly Review

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 obvious as it sounds, you won’t be productive if you don’t know what you need to do. Yet, many of us don’t have a system to ensure we’re aware of our obligations. Making calls, finishing projects, and other vital tasks may be done on an ad-hoc basis.

2012 154

Women - The Chief Life Officers

Small Business Labs

The rise of women is a topic we often write about.  The basics of this trend are that women are playing increasingly important roles in business, government and society.   The trend holds true for small business ownership and especially women as independent workers. Large corporations are starting to pick up on this trend, so I wasn't surprised to see Lincoln Financial pushing the idea that women are Chief Life Officers in their advertising.

2012 145

WordPress 3.4 “Green” is here!

Eco-Office Gals

What do I love about WordPress? It’s open source which means super talented people are always putting their brilliant minds together to make it better everyday! However, In order to keep up with the latest and greatest of WordPress you have to perform updates to your site. WordPress just rolled out v. named Green, in honor of guitarist Grant Green, but since EOG loves some Green Eco Goodness, we like to think we were on their mind too! The biggest change in 3.4

2012 157

7 Ways to Make the Most of an Internship

On The Job

By now, many college interns have started their summer gigs. Eager, bright-eyed and bushy tailed, they're ready to tackle the problems of the world, to impress their employers so much that job offers are tendered before the third week of their programs. Unfortunately, many interns, bored with the mundane tasks they've been assigned or disillusioned that higher-ups consider them too young and inexperienced, begin to lose that optimism around Week 2.

2012 201

How to Stay Focused When You’re Tempted to Slack Off – in 3 Simple Steps

Dumb Little Man

Do you ever find yourself staring at web comics or news sites (or even blogs on personal development…) when you’re supposed to be working? We all do, right? We all lack focus at times – especially if we’re struggling with a hard or boring task. And with computers / tablets / phones close to hand, we’ve got a world of distractions at our fingertips. Don’t feel bad if you don’t always concentrate as well as you’d like.

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Moxie Tip 182: Choose Your Tools

Virtual Moxie

When discussing how things will happen with your clients, unless the client is absolutely tied to a particular tool or system, pick the ones that you prefer, that you know work best for you, and that allow you to look like a super hero. Tell the client you want to use those, and how they'll help. Moxie Tips

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