June, 2014

21 Questions to Ask Yourself When All You Seem to Do is Fail

Dumb Little Man

Am I grateful? Gratitude is a great balancing force. It allows us to be kind to ourselves and have a greater perspective of where we REALLY stand. Find something to be grateful for and remind yourself of it everyday! Are my expectations/goals realistic? Sometimes we can set goals higher than we can climb at one time. Let yourself off the hook and break down your goals/expectations into smaller more do-able pieces. What actions I am I repeating over and over again that never seem to work out?

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The $11 Billion Workspace-as-a-Service Industry

Small Business Labs

The 1st Annual Local-Mobile Workspace-as-an-Industry conference was recently held in San Jose. The CloudVo site provides an excellent summary of the event, including links to the conference presentations. The workspace-as-a-service industry includes office business centers, coworking facilities, incubators and other shared office environments and services.   The industry is quite large, as shown in the slide below from Scott Chambers'  state of the industry presentation.

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Improve your attention to detail

Practically Perfect PA

A few years ago an interim manager praised me on how much work I could churn out within a short amount of time (I was getting in to the office at 7am so the short amount of time wasn’t actually that short!) but he wanted me to improve the quality of my work. I had to agree with him. I could get through so much administrative work, most of which was fine but not as detailed as I would have like. More complex tasks also rushed through and not much thought given to them.

2014 207

How to be an Effective Employee

Ian's Messy Desk

The post How to be an Effective Employee appeared first on Ian's Messy Desk. Sometimes being an effective employee is easy and sometimes it’s not —work responsibilities and circumstances vary, as do relationships with co-workers. One thing is certain: your attitude makes a big difference in how successful you are at work. A positive attitude is a requirement of all of the following tips for improving your chances of succeeding at work. Communicate positively and co-operate with others.

2014 193

5 Simple Procrastination Busters

Simple Productivity Blog

We''ve all had days where we have had trouble getting things started. Perhaps it is just a general disinclination; or perhaps we are dawdling. The end effect is we are not getting done what needs to be done. Today we will look at five procrastination busters to get you started on your tasks. The post 5 Simple Procrastination Busters appeared first on Simple Productivity Blog. More great content can be found on the site at Simple Productivity Blog.,

2014 186

Don't Disappoint by Being Unwilling to Disappoint

Virtual Moxie

Over the years, I’ve had experiences with contractors that never should have happened. With the one, she just wasn’t jazzed by the work she was doing. The other was overcapacity and unable to handle everything on her plate. Both of them didn’t want to disappoint me by telling me, so they continued to work, made really silly and stupid mistakes that ended up costing me time, energy, a lot of grief, and (you guessed it), they ended up disappointing me, anyway.

2014 186

6 Smart Habits for Effective Morning Routines

Dumb Little Man

Is it common practice for you to hit the snooze button on your alarm? Maybe twice? Or even three times? You’re not alone. For many, waking up is the worst part of the day. You just want to keep sleeping, but reality is banging loudly at your door. Do mornings always have to be such a drag? Does it need to be so darn hard just to wake up? No it doesn’t, and all it takes are a few good habits to get you going.

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20 questions to ask before you book a venue

Practically Perfect PA

It goes without saying that the venue is a crucial part of any event that you organise, there are a lot of factors that need to be considered before you book the venue. Let’s assume that all of the groundwork has been completed. you know why you are having the event and hoe much you have to spend, you have conducted some research on venues and you have a short list. The next step is visiting the venue itself. There are a lot of questions that you should ask the venue, here are my top 20.

2014 185

Cooking for Your "Pet Partner"

Small Business Labs

Pet trends and new buzzwords are two things we like at Small Business Labs. So we get really excited when there's a new pet related buzzword. "Pet "Pet Partner" is the latest way to describe the relationship between a pet and its "pet parent" Pet parent, of course, is a term used instead of "pet owner", which pet parents consider too coarse a term for the relationship they have with their pet.

2014 160

7 Ways To Regain Your Focus

Simple Productivity Blog

We all have those days where we seem to easily get off track. We head for the kitchen to do the dishes, and an hour later find ourselves in another room with another task - and the dishes are still not done. Focus is hard, particularly in a world where we are training ourselves to be distractable with the pings, pop-ups and interruptions. Today we will talk about 7 ways to regain your focus. The post 7 Ways To Regain Your Focus appeared first on Simple Productivity Blog.

2014 176

What to Consider When Seduced by Possibility

Virtual Moxie

We all want what we want. And the more seductive something is, the more we sometimes want it. I''m convinced that there''s nothing more seductive in all the world than possibility; the mere thought that something could happen, even in the face of evidence that says it''s entirely unlikely, is enough to get entirely sane people behaving as if they''d lost their minds.

2014 185

5 Lesser-Known Must-Read Books For Entrepreneurs

Dumb Little Man

As any entrepreneur will tell you, starting your own business is like giving birth to a child; only much more painful and demanding. Despite that, it’s an addiction that aspiring entrepreneurs just can’t let go of. There are a number of popular books available at your local bookstore that is aimed at aspiring entrepreneurs. A few of the popular ones include ‘The 4 hour work-week’, “The E-Myth Revisited”, “Rich Dad, Poor Dad”, “Think and Grow Rich” and “The Lean Startup”.

2014 219

The R’s Of Employee Motivation

Ian's Messy Desk

The post The R’s Of Employee Motivation appeared first on Ian's Messy Desk. If you think your employee’s poor performance is costing you profit, instead of overhauling your employee roster, why not try motivating them to become better employees ? Smart managers never overlook this fact: loyal, productive employees are one of your biggest assets. From corporate cubicles to the factory floor, the collective skills and efforts of people keep your operation going.

2014 152

Tips for booking entertainment at your events

Practically Perfect PA

Over the years I have booked many different types of entertainment for events I have been asked to organise. I once booked a caricaturist that pretty much offended everyone he drew. I also booked a band that thought they were The Beatles, bringing way to much kit, throwing a strop when they saw the small stage and generally acting like divas. I’ve booked entertainment that has brought the house down and entertainment that has made people leave the conference.

2014 179

Here’s Why I’m Glad I Didn’t Jump on the Infusionsoft Bandwagon

Office Organization Success

A quick note from me today as tomorrow is graduation day! It’s a big day for all of us, and I can’t honestly say that there won’t be a few tears shed. This week I wrapped up the final week of the Your Systems For Success Six-Week Challenge and I took my students through creating their own 90-day strategic business & marketing action plans (MAP). Over the next week or two I shall be putting my own 90-day MAP together for July, August, and September.

2014 152

Simplifying Multiple Calendars

Simple Productivity Blog

Back in the day, it used to suffice to have a single calendar for the family, and everyone''s activities got written in. These days, with interest groups, volunteer commitments, work seminars, sports practices, music lessons and everything else, one calendar is barely sufficient for one person! Today we will look at how to simplifying multiple calendars to make this a productive tool instead of an appointment sinkhole.

Caring Too Much Isn't Actually Helpful to Anyone

Virtual Moxie

Wowser—I''ve clearly hit a nerve or two on the topic of providing coverage for clients during your absence. After my last two posts ( here and here ), Belle wrote to say: “I absolutely feel responsible to provide for my clients in my absence. After all, It’s not their fault I’m going on vacation. I can’t leave them high and dry while I’m gone. Besides, what if something happens while I’m gone that they can’t handle?

2014 166

These 5 Every Day Distractions Will Suck Your Life Away if You Let Them

Dumb Little Man

We live in a world where almost everyone is in a rush – whether it’s getting to a meeting venue on time, submitting work notes on schedule, beating traffic so as not be late to work or school – these are just some of the common scenarios that mirror how hectic our schedule have become. With so many things to do in 24-hours, we seldom get the chance of getting everything done. When did things get so complicated???

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Big Versus Small Companies - Who's Winning?

Small Business Labs

There's an active debate going on in academia, think tanks and businesses around who is better positioned to win in the new economy, big companies or small companies. The Harvard Business Review's Economies of Unscale: Why Business Has Never Been Easier for the Little Guy argues in favor of small businesses.  Key quote: A series of breakthrough technologies and new business models are destroying the old rule that bigger is better. 

2014 151

A guide to online job searching

Practically Perfect PA

Where to search. It’s very easy to get lost on the internet – a simple search can quickly turn into a series of dead-ends if you don’t think carefully about where you need to be looking: Search engines are a good starting point, but without carefully considered keywords and terms you could easily be misdirected. We touch upon how you can refine these terms below. Social media platforms can be useful, particularly LinkedIn.

2014 171

Are You Overlooking This Simple Marketing Strategy?

Office Organization Success

This week has been all about getting back into the swing of things again after the crazy few weeks with graduation and family visiting. The first thing I did on Monday morning was to re-organize my calendar so that I can follow my summer schedule (afternoons free for the pool), and then I added in day trips with the boys. Creating a structure around your work week is one of the secrets to a successful business.

2014 149

You Are Not Responsible For Other’s Expectations

Simple Productivity Blog

It is easy to do something because someone expects it. But that doesn''t account for whether we want to do it, or if we even should do it. But that doesn''t mean we should continue to do what is expected, if it doesn''t work for us. The post You Are Not Responsible For Other’s Expectations appeared first on Simple Productivity Blog. More great content can be found on the site at Simple Productivity Blog.,

2014 175

More on Creating Back-up Plans for Clients

Virtual Moxie

You’ll remember that last week I wrote about the client of my VA pal who was insisting the VA create a back-up plan for when the VA was on vacation, was ill, or just needed some other sort of personal time. Since last week, several people have written to ask me why it would be a big deal to do as the client requested and provide the required back up, and/or back up plan. Let me see if I can add to what I shared to make this more clear.

2014 139

How to Nail a Job Interview Before You Even Step Into the Room

Dumb Little Man

Oh how I used to hate interviewing. I would lay awake the night before dreading the whole thing and really not wanting to even go. I remember there were moments where I would try and convince myself that if I didn’t go, I could take the whole morning off and do something I really wanted to do. Read a book, lay at the beach, watch Reno 911.

2014 220

Coworking for Moonlighters

Small Business Labs

The coworking space Grind is now offering a coworking option for moonlighters.  According to their press release the new service provides: dedicated "after-work" and weekend hours, specifically for those who are working a second job, creating a new venture, building a side business or any other reason that might warrant the need for time outside of traditional business hours. We've been spending a lot of time recently looking at the growth of side gigs.

2014 147

Becoming a Social Media Specialist

Practically Perfect PA

‘We don’t have a choice on whether we do social media; the question is how well we do it?’ ’ Erik Qualman, author of Socialnomics. I started my career as a PA back in 2010 and although it was only four years ago, I’ve really noticed how much the role of a PA/EA/Office Manager has grown and what is now expected of us. One of the biggest changes I’ve seen is how social media now plays a crucial part in the role of an admin professional.

BIG Closeout SALE Starts Today!

Office Organization Success

It’s time to let go of the old to make way for the new! And that means some of the On Demand Workshops in the School for Online Business Success are going away. Rather than just letting them quietly disappear, you can get them at 50% OFF ( that’s just $23.50 per workshop! ). So which one(s) do you want: How To Easily Create a Stay-in-Touch (a.k.a. Ezine) System to Grow Your Business. How To Put Your Follow-Up On Autopilot Using Autoresponders.

2014 149

Why Doing Non-Productive Things Are Necessary To Productivity

Simple Productivity Blog

Stress injuries are not just of the body. They can happen to our minds, requiring spurts of non-productive time to maintain our overall productivity. The post Why Doing Non-Productive Things Are Necessary To Productivity appeared first on Simple Productivity Blog. More great content can be found on the site at Simple Productivity Blog., or you can find me on Twitter ( @SmplProdBlog ) and Facebook ( Facebook.com/SimpleProductivity ). Productivity

2014 168

The Case of the Disappearing Virtual Assistant

Tips From T. Marie

Categories: Business Tips. Virtual Assistance for Businesses. Working with a Virtual Assistant This article written by a Virtual Assistant made me cringe this morning. In it they claim to have ‘crashed and burned’ several times in their VA career. And then the author goes on to claim that it’s ‘a rather common occurrence’ amongst virtual assistants and then extends it to ‘Western freelancers and other […] ( Read more. ).

2014 135

Downtime? 25 Alternatives to Reaching for Your Smartphone

Dumb Little Man

You may not realize it, but you’re a drug addict. The drug I’m talking about is your smartphone. You can’t deny it. The first moment you have a second free, what do you reach for? You’re waiting for the train or the bus. Or you’ve just gotten out of a meeting. You’ve been disconnected for like, 27 minutes now! Got to check what’s going on in the world. Did you get an email? Did someone “like” your status? Did you get retweeted? You’ve gotta know now.

2014 220

Self-Employed Men Have Higher Testosterone Levels

Small Business Labs

According to a study of Australian men, the self-employed have higher levels of the male sex hormone testosterone.   Key quote from a Business Insider story on the study : The scientists found an increase in total testosterone, which is associated with so-called manly traits such as strength and dominance, increases the probability of self-employment by 10%. The article doesn't explain why such a study was done, but as a self-employed man I find the results interesting. self-employmen

2014 146

Get the best corporate hotel rates

Practically Perfect PA

It can be quite a daunting task asking assistants to negotiate corporate rates with hotels. It is obviously a lot easier booking hotels either through a 3 rd party website like booking.com or just accepting the hotel’s rack rate. But assistants can save their organisations a lot of money if they negotiate a special rate with local hotels, particularly if many of their colleagues or clients stay overnight.

2014 165

You’re the Boss … Take Time Off When YOU Want!

Office Organization Success

My son’s graduation party last weekend was lovely; the weather co-operated and we all had a lot of fun. I’ve put some more photos on Facebook , if you’re interested in seeing them. We had a lot of family visiting from the UK these past two weeks; as you can imagine, it’s been very chaotic. So much so that I decided to give myself the week off! I’d planned on taking a few days away from the office but, in the end, I took the week.

2014 139

Comfort and Productivity

Simple Productivity Blog

Anything that distracts you from the task at hand is counter to productivity. Have you ever considered how any discomforts in your environment is negatively affecting your productivity? Just like an itch that can''t be scratched, a little discomfort can grow in our minds until we completely derail our productivity. The solution is usually very simple, though. Recognize the problem, and move to a solution. Here are some ways to get back on track for some common discomforts.

2014 162

How to Take the First Step Toward Building New Business Relationships

The Solopreneur Life

Below is an excerpt from the book Relationship Marketing for Solopreneurs: How to Build Rewarding Connections in Work and Life, written by Jim Sheard, Ph.D., and Larry Keltto. Relationships are the foundation for marketing your solo business. And taking the initiative is the first step toward building relationships. To take the initiative, you must be […]. Related posts: Building Relationships: How to Take the First Step. The #1 Cause of Unhealthy Business Relationships.

2014 189

8 Negative Thought Patterns That Are Hurting Your Relationships

Dumb Little Man

When the negative thoughts come – and they will; they come to all of us – it’s not enough to just not dwell on it… You’ve got to replace it with a positive thought. Joel Osteen Has someone ever told you that you were negative? How did you react to this comment? Some of us might say, “Who me?” Others might stay quite but, the mind would be racing around guiltily looking for examples. We all have some negative patterns.

2014 219

What is Computational Anthropology?

Small Business Labs

MIT Technology Review's The Emerging Science of Computational Anthropology  covers how digital data is creating new opportunities to study human behavior. Key quote: The increasing availability of big data from mobile phones and location-based apps has triggered a revolution in the understanding of human mobility patterns.

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