April, 2014

How to Stop Black-and-White Thinking from Destroying Your Life

Dumb Little Man

“Black” or “white”, “right” or “wrong”, “good” or “bad”, “smart” or “stupid”, “strong” or “weak”. Do you live your life in black and white terms? Is your mood in constant fluctuation, going from great to depressed in under one minute? Many people suffer from this black-and-white thinking pattern, which is greatly influenced by their childhood and earlier experiences. The all or nothing type of thinking can seriously damage your sense of self, well-being, happiness, and relationships.

2014 219

Owning It: A VA Success Story

Virtual Moxie

It''s rare that I find a post by a VA that makes my toes curl, but this post by Amy Kazor does just that. I remember the Amy before now. She was eager, and bright, willing to try new things, desirous of getting things right, and being hard on herself when she didn''t.

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Hotel Casablanca, New York City

Practically Perfect PA

The Hotel Casablanca is a good quality hotel in the middle of Time Square. Yup, you read that correctly! There aren’t many nice hotels near Time Square but The Hotel Casablanca certainly fits that description. The location is great and I would say it is the real selling point for The Hotel Casablanca. All of New York’s major attractions are within walking distance. The name of the hotel evokes images of an exotic and romantic destination.

2014 202

Solopreneurs Generated $1 Trillion in Revenue in 2012

Small Business Labs

The U.S. Census recently reported that the number of U.S. nonemployer businesses reached 22.7 million in 2012. This is up 1.1%, or 245,000 businesses, from 2011.   These businesses generated $1 trillion in total revenue, up 4.2% from 2011. This translates into an average of $45,300 per business.   "Nonemployer business" is the term the Census uses to describe businesses that don't employ anyone besides the owner.

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6 Simple Ways To Balance Work and Life

Simple Productivity Blog

As the world has gotten busier, our work life has crept into our home lives. Much is made of work-life balance. How is your balance? We will look at what it is, and some simple ways to attain it. The post 6 Simple Ways To Balance Work and Life appeared first on SimpleProductivityBlog.com. More great content can be found on the site at SimpleProductivityBlog.com., or you can find me on Twitter ( @SmplProdBlog ) and Facebook ( Facebook.com/SimpleProductivity ). Simplification

2014 183

How New Hires Can Make a Great First Impression

Eat Your Career

Congratulations! You got hired! Now the hard part starts. The first 30 days on the job is a critical time for creating your professional reputation. Like it or not, first impressions are often lasting impressions. But most of us are so focused on learning the ropes, we forget to consider how others might be receiving us. So, how do you ensure you make a strong, professional first impression even as you ramp up to speed in your new gig?

2014 182

10 Ways to Be a Better Man (No you aren’t already doing them all)

Dumb Little Man

You may be a great guy and have good intentions, but until you become the man that you know you can and should be, people won’t rush to show you more respect. This is a subject that I know a lot about because it is something I went through myself.

2014 218

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Networking – it doesn’t have to be a chore!

Practically Perfect PA

Networking can be a scary word can’t it? At the start of my career aged just 21, I had no real grasp of what networking was, nor was I interested in finding out. Now, just 5 years on, I have come such a long way and networking has been a huge part of my journey and contributed to my success. Years ago I would attend events with the sole purpose being to chat to my friends and drinking as many free glasses of wine as possible.

2014 194

Use Lists to Manage Your Life

Ian's Messy Desk

The post Use Lists to Manage Your Life appeared first on Ian's Messy Desk. My wife is the queen of lists. She uses an iPHone 4s and can, a swipe and a couple of taps, pull up whatever information she needs to plan her next action. For example, she uses SplashShopper to track all our shopping lists. If we pop into Home Depot to pick up a gallon of paint, she checks to see what other hardware items we might need, saving a second trip.

2014 174

How To Set Up Your DIY Planner

Simple Productivity Blog

One of the advantages of making a DIY planner is that you can customize exactly what goes into it. Anything you need, in.anything you don''t, out. Today we will look at some useful sections to help you set up your DIY Planner. The post How To Set Up Your DIY Planner appeared first on SimpleProductivityBlog.com. More great content can be found on the site at SimpleProductivityBlog.com., or you can find me on Twitter ( @SmplProdBlog ) and Facebook ( Facebook.com/SimpleProductivity ).

2014 175

5 Systems For Success Tips

Office Organization Success

Entrepreneurs are generally the creative type, they love to create and come up with new ideas – that’s what makes them an entrepreneur. As solo business owners, that’s all we want to do – create products and programs, and come up with new ways of delivering our services. So when the talk turns to systems and processes, this is where most business owners’ eyes will glaze over … after all it doesn’t sound like a very exciting way to spend your day, does it?

2014 166

Before You Quit Your Job – Ask Yourself These 5 Things

Dumb Little Man

It’s no mystery that most people are unsatisfied in their jobs. Statistics show that more than 70% of the U.S. workforce is unhappy with their current jobs. Why is this happening in this great and free country? Don’t we ALL have more resources and opportunity than any other place on Earth? If so, why are we all sitting around complaining about our miserable jobs?

2014 217

Build Trust Through Vulnerability

Virtual Moxie

Jane came to me to discuss a client. When Sarah had let Jane know she wanted to work with her, Jane was actually surprised, because during the interview, she didn’t really get a good feeling about Sarah, didn’t get that Sarah felt trusting at all, and didn’t even really like Sarah that much. I suggested that she try to create a bond with Sarah by making herself vulnerable and telling Sarah the truth (what Jane had shared with me).

2014 175

Giveaway: 5 sets of Uni-ball Eye Designer Pens!

Practically Perfect PA

Like many other assistants I am also a stationery addict – Hello! I’m not here to suggest you go into rehab – quite the opposite in fact. I am about to encourage your habit! Consider me your stationery supplier… (see what I did there!). I have 5 sets of uni-ball’s brand new Eye Designer pens to giveaway! If you love stationery you will love these pens!

2014 188

Learn to Stop to Keep Going

Ian's Messy Desk

The post Learn to Stop to Keep Going appeared first on Ian's Messy Desk. Imagine getting behind the wheel of your car and driving continuously, without any thought to refueling or maintenance. It would run along for a while, but sooner or later something would bring the car to a halt. To keep a car going, you need to stop it periodically. Frequent stops are needed to add fuel. Less frequent stops are needed for maintenance and repair.

2014 171

Balancing Your Tasks

Simple Productivity Blog

How often do you complete everything on your task list for the day? Do you always have things left over that you just didn''t have time to get to? The problem with operating in this mode for an extended period of time is eventually all those un-done tasks pile up and you end up with a task list so massive it will topple over and smother you. How do you avoid this? By balancing your tasks. The post Balancing Your Tasks appeared first on SimpleProductivityBlog.com.

2014 169

Corporations Continue to Cut Employee Benefits

Small Business Labs

Despite the economic recovery large corporations continue to cut benefits and have layoffs.   The  Towers Watson's 2013/2014 Global Benefits Attitude Survey has an interesting chart (below) showing the substantial reduction in benefits by U.S. companies with more than 1,000 employees over the last 2 years.

2014 158

10 Ways to Stop All That Drama in Your Life

Dumb Little Man

Choose – Diplomacy or Silence? As you grow up you realize that being honest and straightforward doesn’t mean you blurt out everything that comes into your mind. You have two choices, either you learn to be diplomatic or if that route is too political for you then learn to keep quiet! If you choose neither then you would only create trouble for yourself.

2014 212

Interview With a VA: Pam Ryan

Virtual Moxie

As a new monthly feature here in VMoxie, I''ll be introducing you to one of the wonderful AssistU VAs via a short audio interview. To set up the interviews, each VA is asked the same questions except for the very last question, which, while short, sweet, and fun to answer, remains a complete mystery to the interviewee until I ask it. :). This series is fun to do for me and the VAs, and I hope you enjoy meeting the fine women I''m fortunate enough to interview!

2014 164

The Lowell, New York City

Practically Perfect PA

This is me arriving at The Lowell , New York City. It was freezing cold and I was actually wearing two coats. The doorman was lovely and didn’t mind carrying my bright pink suitcase. I was really excited about my stay at The Lowell because I had heard great things about the hotel – particularly from Goop, Gwentyh Paltrow’s blog. The lobby area was quite small but perfectly formed.

2014 183

How to Write a Speech to Inform

Ian's Messy Desk

The post How to Write a Speech to Inform appeared first on Ian's Messy Desk. If you’ve ever told your spouse about your day at work, or explained how to make an omelet, you already have experience giving an informative speech. An informative speech can be used to tell people about something you’re interested in or to explain how to do something. If that sounds easy, it’s because it is. Just choose your topic and make sure you know what you’re talking about. Choose a topic.

2014 170

Bind It Up: DIY Planner Binding Options

Simple Productivity Blog

Once you decide to make your own planning system, the binding becomes the first matter of choice. It dictates the size of your pages, as well as any special equipment you might need. Today we will look at the various binding options and how they work with different DIY options. The post Bind It Up: DIY Planner Binding Options appeared first on SimpleProductivityBlog.com. More great content can be found on the site at SimpleProductivityBlog.com.,

2014 166

Do Indoor Plants Really Provide Return On Investment?

Eco-Office Gals

There are numerous reasons to invest in indoor plants for the office environment. Plants help to create a welcoming atmosphere, they can clear airborne nasties from the air, and of course, they are nice to look at. But do they provide a return on investment? Increasing Productivity. Various studies have shown that introducing plants into an office environment can help to increase productivity among workers.

2014 155

How To Live a Life That Is Uniquely Yours

Dumb Little Man

The biggest mistake people make in life is that they pursue dreams and goals without taking the time to discover what they are truly passionate about, and then allowing their dreams to unfold naturally as an expression of their passion and who they really are. If you are doing something under the impression that you will be happy once you achieve this or that, or that you’ll love your job when you get that promotion, but not right now, then you are mistaken.

2014 209

Forbes and its Freelance Workforce

Small Business Labs

Forbes recently released some fascinating data on their use of freelance writers. They have roughly 1200 freelancers working for them, of which 400 are paid and 800 provide content for free. Forbes says the folks providing free content do so because they "find rewards in an association with FORBES that often leads to paid opportunities elsewhere." " Based on our interviews and discussions with freelancers who are contributing to Forbes for free, this description is accurate. 

2014 152

What can Oprah Winfrey teach assistants?

Practically Perfect PA

I bloody love Oprah Winfrey! I can remember watching her chat show when I was a young girl and I just thought she was the most amazing women in the whole wide world. As I’ve got older my opinion hasn’t really changed. I think she is truly inspirational and can teach all of us so much about life, how to conduct ourselves and how to be a women in business. Seeing her promote The Butler recently got me thinking…What can Oprah Winfrey teach assistants?

2014 183

3 tips for a stress-free connected workplace

Ian's Messy Desk

The post 3 tips for a stress-free connected workplace appeared first on Ian's Messy Desk. (NC) NC) Does your workplace stress you out? It may not be the everyday tasks, projects and deadlines, but rather the physical environment. Maybe your desk is too messy, or your colleagues are too loud. Perhaps your boss is always looking over your shoulder, the dated technology gives you anxiety, or you can’t stand the fluorescent lights.

2014 168

Balancing Chores and Fun

Simple Productivity Blog

There are those who work before playing.and never get to playing at all. On the opposite side, there are those who play before working.and important things never get done. The secret lies in the balance. The post Balancing Chores and Fun appeared first on SimpleProductivityBlog.com. More great content can be found on the site at SimpleProductivityBlog.com., or you can find me on Twitter ( @SmplProdBlog ) and Facebook ( Facebook.com/SimpleProductivity ). Simplification

2014 159

Creating Leverage is Not Always The Answer To More Income

Office Organization Success

We’re constantly told that we need to create leverage in our business; that working with one-on-one clients is too time-consuming. However, there’s one vital step that is missing from this scenario, and this is why many business owners are frustrated; they’re not filling their programs; they’re not selling their products. Watch this week’s quick video tip to discover what that missing key is.

2014 151

The Dark Side of Perfectionism

Dumb Little Man

Growing up, we all want to be accepted. For some of us, we work hard at a project, making it perfect in our minds, and when we receive praise for it, we associate acceptance with perfectionism. From that point on, we strive to be perfect in all that we do and in all that we are. But perfectionism isn’t a good thing – in fact it’s detrimental. Here are the many downsides to perfectionism: Perfection is Subjective Everyone’s definition of perfection is different.

2014 202

The Rise of the Extended Workforce

Small Business Labs

The consulting giant Accenture has released a study showing the use of contingent workers and other external talent is growing in importance for major corporations. Accenture uses the term "extended workforce" to describe the many types of workers companies use. This  This definition includes internal employees, vendors, consultants, alliance partners as well as contingent workers who work for the organization on a project basis.

2014 149

Top tip guide to managing global ground transport

Practically Perfect PA

It sounds simple. All you have to do is book a car to Heathrow Airport, organise transfers on arrival at the foreign destination and then make sure that all your travellers get to every meeting in their jam-packed itinerary without a hitch. Organising the most appropriate ground transportation supplier for your company can be straightforward, but to get the best value and the best travel experience from your service provider, you need to find out a bit more information.

2014 181

Control your body language for effective communication

Ian's Messy Desk

The post Control your body language for effective communication appeared first on Ian's Messy Desk. Communicating effectively means more than knowing what to say and when to say it. Communication involves the subtle signals your body language sends to those listening. Over half of the information you provide as you connect with others comes from your body language. Some body language provides positive information and some negative information.

2014 168

Open Loops 4/18/2014: Articles I Think Worth Passing Along

Simple Productivity Blog

On Fridays I pull the best of my blog readings to share with readers. Topics can come from anywhere, and cover anything.

2014 156

Spring Clean Your All-in-One eCommerce System

Office Organization Success

Like your desk becoming overrun with paper piles, or your PC becoming littered with folders and files, so too can you ecommerce system become disorganized and out-of-control. It’s a good idea to go through it, at least once a year, and see what can be re-organized or deleted. Some areas that you may want to look at: 1.

2014 149

Working Hard With No Results? 5 Simple Steps To Re-motivate Yourself

Dumb Little Man

You’ve spent a lot of time, energy, effort and money to achieve your goal. You’ve even sacrificed your favorite TV shows, shopping, dating, and your sleep. You utterly, wholeheartedly want to succeed. And yet your results seem insignificant. It’s frustrating, isn’t it? But remember this: “Giving up on your goal because of one setback is like slashing your other three tires because you got a flat.” It’s not the time to give up yet. Here are 5 simple steps to revive your motivation and keep going.

2014 187

Investment Bank "Kiosks" Take On Big Banks

Small Business Labs

The New York Times article Goldman, Citi, UBS. and a Guy in an Office  describes a successful one man firm that is currently the world's 11th ranked merger and acquisition adviser.   The article describes this as the "trend toward merger and acquisition microfirms, or, as in his case, sole practitioners." " Key quote: Bankers have already coined a new catchword for such small firms: “kiosks,” as opposed to the somewhat larger “boutiques,”. Such

2014 147