December, 2012

3 Facts About Life Every Grown-Up Should Know And Live By

Dumb Little Man

Have you ever looked at one of those optical illusions where there were two pictures in the same image, and once someone told you what they were it became so obvious? This is what you are about to experience right now. I am about to give form to something that is in front of you that you haven't taken the time to name, or explain to yourself. Just knowing what something is, being able to identify it and define it, makes it much easier to deal with.

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How to Deal with an Overwhelming Workload

Eat Your Career

It’s a common complaint: I’ve got too much work and not enough time to do it all. Considering the alternative (no work at all!), you’re in a decent position. That doesn’t make it any easier to handle though. So let’s talk about ways to manage this overwhelming workload without losing your cool. Note: All of these topics are explored in much greater depth in my Get Productive Now! Boot Camp program. Learn more about it here >> Set Limits.

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How to organise your office and keep it that way!

Practically Perfect PA

Pin It. A few years ago I worked in a department with a dozen or so Project Managers who were all highly qualified Six Sigma professionals. They were a great bunch to be a round and during my time there I did learn a lot about the dark art of project management! Many of the department’s projects aimed to improve the business and eliminate wasted time, effort and general errors.

2012 212

The Cat Guide To Productivity

Simple Productivity Blog

Mondays are productivity days at SimpleProductivity blog. I am lucky to share my house with two cats. Felines are independent creatures who do exactly what they want. Mine tolerate my presence as a means to fill the food bowl and turn on the heated mattress pad for their lounging pleasure. I was recently trying to get some work done, and there was one cat on my lap and the other one on the desk draping her legs over my forearm as I tried to type.

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4 Simple Steps to Securely Send Credit Card Information

Office Organization Success

Many business owners find themselves in a situation where they are asked to send their credit card information in order to finalize a business transaction. If the vendor you’re using doesn’t have a secure shopping cart interface that you can use, there are a few other alternatives. But first, a word of caution …. Don’t EVER send sensitive financial data via email – even if it is split across two emails. Sending info via email is like sending a postcard via mail.

Three Qs and As About Taking Time Away From Your Biz

Virtual Moxie

Whether you celebrate the Christmas holiday or not, there's no way around the fact that, in many parts of the West, things slow down--or stop completely--around the Christmas and New Year holidays. That makes it a perfect time to either get more stuff done for your business, or take time away. I rarely hear from the people who want to use the time to get more stuff done, but the people who want to take time away often write to ask me a variety of questions about how to make it work.

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4 Success Secrets That Every Successful Person Knows

Dumb Little Man

Are you someone who’s striving to achieve success in work, love, or life? Do you crave more than your current lot? Maybe you want a better career. Maybe you want to start up your own business but you’re not quite sure how. Or perhaps you’re looking for that perfect love match, but just can’t seem to “find” him or her? Don’t worry, you’re not alone, because most people ARE striving for more in life (it’s just part of our human nature).

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Christmas gifts for assistants!

Practically Perfect PA

It’s nearly Christmas! As assistants I’m sure you have been aware of this fact for quite some time as you would have been running around organising everyone’s Christmas festivities including parties, cards, presents, decorations and goodness knows what else! I hope all of your efforts have been greatly appreciated by your colleagues and if not you at least have some time off over the holidays to relax with your loves ones.

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Minimizing Distractions to Increase 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. For the most part it is extremely common for most people to have difficulties in keeping focused on a single task, especially in today’s multitasking environment at any office or job you might undertake.

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Eco Friendly Ways to Warm Up Your Office This Winter

Eco-Office Gals

As summer fades into fall, and fall into winter, the seasons change for everyone and we start to get a little colder. Office workers feel the change of seasons more than most, leading largely sedentary days that leave little time for activity. Those seeking to stay warm in their offices while remaining eco-friendly often feel like they are at an impasse, but there are a few great green ways that anyone can warm up their offices when winter sets in.

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You Don't Need to Brag to Talk About Your Biz (But You Can if You Want!)

Virtual Moxie

So many women I work with struggle to share themselves and their businesses with others. They say things to me like, “But Anastacia, it’s so hard to brag about myself!”. I think talking about oneself is difficult for many people, especially those who were taught as kids to be “seen and not heard,” or that “nobody likes a braggart,” or that it’s simply not polite to brag, or that bragging is prideful—which is a sin, and a deadly one at that!

2012 170

5 Unconventional Tips for Finding and Following Your Passion

Dumb Little Man

There are a lot of people today that are fresh out of college or university, and they don’t know what to do. Or maybe someone has lost their job , and they are staring into the dark abyss of the future without a clue as to where to start. All of this can seem scary, but it’s an opportunity for change. You are no longer the person you were when you started on your current path, and if you want to be fulfilled, you have to be willing to leap into the unknown and find what makes you come alive.

2012 205

Quiz: Are You a Workplace Bully?

Eat Your Career

Sometimes, the office can feel like high school. There are all kinds of cliques and gossip. Occasionally, you even run into a workplace bully—someone who constantly criticizes, aggressively points out mistakes, and refuses to be part of your team. Of course, dealing with a bully in the office can be a real challenge. But what if you’re the one doing the bullying? Maybe you don’t even realize how devastating your words and actions can be for others.

2012 186

Surviving Redundancy

Practically Perfect PA

Pin It. Unfortunately most people have lost a job in one way or another over the course of their career; they have either been let go before the end of their probation, fired or made redundant. It definitely seems the way of the world where no job is guaranteed for life anymore. This isn’t a topic I would generally blog about as I do prefer to write about happier more upbeat things but I have been made redundant in the past and do know it is a horrible and unsettling time in anyone’s life.

2012 167

Planning for 2013: Why Plan?

Simple Productivity Blog

Instead of our regularly scheduled program, this week I am going to open my planning sessions for the new year. I’ve been working through my planners, and I remain convinced this is the best thing I can do for myself as I go into the new year. I don’t do resolutions, because those end up being more things to be ignored on the task list. I don’t do firm goals, because things change, and I don’t want to be tied to something that is no longer in my best interest.

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How to Conduct an Energy Audit at Your Place of Business

Eco-Office Gals

Have you looked at your utility bills at work and wondered what you can do to lower the amount that you pay each month? One of the most effective steps that you can take the decrease the levels of energy that you (and your coworkers) use is conduct an energy audit. While you can certainly have a professional energy auditor come out and inspect your place of business, did you know that they are things that you can do on your own that will basically bring forth the same results?

2012 167

What's Driving Food Trucks Forward?

Small Business Labs

Food truck are hot. They have been highlighted as a food trend, new industry model, cultural fad and a political hot potato in the press. But despite their popularity, there's been surprisingly little research on why they're so successful. We decided to spend some time figuring this out and just released our findings in  Food Trucks Motor Into the Mainstream , a new research report from Intuit and Emergent Research (that's us).

2012 165

The Importance of Being Early

Dumb Little Man

We all notice the people who are always late. There’s no hiding it when a report is handed in after a deadline. Or when the same person arrives late for meetings every day. But what about those who are habitually on time? Those who walk in at 9, avoiding trouble by the skin of their teeth? What benefits could being early possibly give to the 'okay' time keepers? The fact is that being early actually saves time – here’s why. Getting work done early.

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Top 6 Reasons Why Your Business Isn’t Growing

Office Organization Success

I speak to clients all the time who are frustrated and overwhelmed because: Their business isn’t growing; They don’t have any clients (or very few clients); And their income isn’t where they want it to be. And after having many such conversations over the past few years, I’ve identified six key reasons why they’re not seeing the results they want to see. Read through these reasons and see if you can identify with any of them yourself … you may have more than one! No Clear Strategy or Vision.

2012 165

Moxie Tip 289: Speaking the Truth

Virtual Moxie

It's important to always speak your truth. It's even more important, however, to speak it consciously. and very gently. There's no such thing as brutal honesty there's brutality, and there's honesty. and the two don't go hand in hand. Always be fully aware of what you're saying, and how you're saying it. To free yourself from stress that isn't yours, speak your truth with love, conviction and clarity.

2012 165

4 Things To Do Before Leaving Work On Holiday

Simple Productivity Blog

Mondays are productivity days at SimpleProductivity blog. Have you ever come back from some time off from work to find absolute chaos? Your email overflowing, tasks strewn everywhere, people clamoring for information and dozens of voice mail? Most people will take some time off over the holidays. Setting things up ahead of time can make easing back into the work flow faster and more productive. Here are 4 things to do before leaving work on holiday: Set Up Your Email.

2012 174

Keep WordPress Secure in 2013 – SALE!

Eco-Office Gals

All of our wordpress sites are under constant attack from hackers looking for loopholes into our websites. Hackerbots don’t care about traffic or ranking, they are programed for one thing only – to find weak spots in our platforms. Some of you have experienced the misery of compromised sites in 2012, it’s not fun or cheap and if you didn’t I promise you don’t want to.

2013 167

Intuit and Instagram - Two Views on Who Owns Your Data

Small Business Labs

I was not surprised to hear Instagram, the photo sharing site acquired by Facebook, was changing its privacy policy.   But I was stunned by the change. In addition to the expected changes to allow Facebook advertisers to be able access your personal data, they are also reserving the right to use your username, photos and other data in advertisements. You agree to all of this when you sign up for the service. And there doesn't appear to be an opt-out.

2012 165

Next Level Living: How To Have A Happier New Year

Dumb Little Man

No doubt we have all heard the masses preparing for the huge New Year’s rush of resolutions. Many of our peers, friends and family members will be highly motivated for all of five days past January the 1st. So the question remains; how do we go past a feeling into an intentional transformation ? I believe the answer resides in the understanding that life is not a puzzle to be solved, but rather a journey to be embraced.

2012 195

How to Handle (and Relieve) Boredom at Work

Eat Your Career

For some of you, the title of this article may cause a double take. Boredom?! Are you kidding? I have way too much to do and not enough time to do it.”. If that’s you, cool. Head on over and read, “ How to Manage an Overwhelming Workload ” instead. But not everyone can be so lucky (if you want to call it that). If you experience boredom at work, keep reading. This one’s for you.

2012 164

Moxie Tip 287: Gut Reactions

Virtual Moxie

I admit I'm far from perfect. Sometimes, I have an instant reaction to someone I see. But when I do, a teacher's words immediately come to me and I backtrack and reframe my view. We’re all different. We’re all special. We need to see that before we can learn from it. So my wish is that you remember that in our differences we find strength. That in our varied traditions and backgrounds and colors and sizes and experiences.

2012 153

Is Your Productivity System Complicated?

Simple Productivity Blog

Wednesdays are simplicity days at SimpleProductivity blog. I was reading an article recently that laid forth a system that was incredibly complicated, using three calendars, two (at my best count) project and task tracking, and two feeder systems. The person was proclaiming how using this electronic system would save tons of time. And perhaps it would. But it was so complicated that I couldn’t follow it. It left me wondering, where does simplicity play into productivity systems?

2012 169

Green Christmas Wishlist

Eco-Office Gals

Trying to find the perfect gift for your Eco-concious friend or just want to make a lighter impact with your giving? Here are some of our favorite gift picks: For Kids: Eco-Friendly Gourmet Chef Kitchen in Green – My girls always loved their play kitchens growing up and this product made from sustainable, renewable and durable materials that can endure children’s play would have been perfect. Fair Trade Sports Equipment – My kids love soccer, football & basketball.

2012 164

Together We’ll Level The Playing Field

The Small Business Blog

Proud to be Micro Some of you know that I’m the co-founder of the Enterprise Rockers movement – a massive free-to-join-in, global, self help community to make life better and fairer for micro (0-9 employees) enterprise owners. We launched in January so we’re coming up to our first anniversary. The Enterprise Rockers movement is unlike…

2012 217

What Are You Waiting For? When Is Your Next Workout?

Dumb Little Man

"Sleep. Train. Repeat." It's as simple as that. If you train hard, eat well, recover and repeat this countless of times, then you are on the right path. Well, this is just some ancient bodybuilding wisdom. It appears, that there is no magic recipe or secret back door in bodybuilding, and this is exactly why this sport is so demanding. It's not primarily about the weights, neither the reps nor the sets - it's about the mind: The mind is the limit.

2012 189

Survey - How Small Businesses View Big Data

Small Business Labs

As part of the broader Big Data for the Little Guy project, Intuit surveyed 500 small business owners to learn more about how they view big data and its potential.   The results are pretty interesting. Small business owners see the potential power of big data, but also realize there are costs and barriers associated with its use.  71% of the respondents noted potential barriers, with the top being: 15% felt big data might be too costly.

2012 152

Spotting Bad Clients Before it's too Late

Virtual Moxie

I had the great fortune to do a call with David Ackert of The Ackert Advisory, and Ed. Gandia of the International Freelancers Academy to talk through ways to spot the crap clients so as to not get sucked in to working with folks who aren't ideal for you. It's was a fun conversation, we shared a lot of good stuff, and I hope you'll take a peek at the transcript or a listen to the audio if this is a place you struggle in your practice.

2012 152

Planning for 2013: 100 Things To Do In 2013

Simple Productivity Blog

Instead of our regularly scheduled program, this week I am going to open my planning sessions for the new year. Part of the planning process is that I have to come up with 100 things to do in the new year. In 2012, I struggled with this, big time. It took me almost three weeks to get enough material. Most of them I didn’t care if I did or not, really. The results of my 2012 list can be found at Planning For the New Year: My 2012 100 Things List. This year, it was much easier.

2013 166

Smartphones May Soon Double As Air Pollution Monitors

Eco-Office Gals

lt almost doesn’t matter what you do — your smartphone, tablet, or mobile device has probably helped you do it better or more efficiently, in one way or another. No matter what it is you’re trying to accomplish, your smartphone or tablet has a way to help you accomplish it in serious style, and it can get to the point where it’s pretty incredible to imagine that these devices are actually only a few years old.

2012 159

Planning to Keep Your Goals Moving Forward in the New Year

Ian's Messy Desk

Project planning (Photo credit: Wikipedia) Each January 1 my wife and I head for a quiet table at a local coffee shop and set some goals for the upcoming year. We begin the process by reviewing what we set out to accomplish in the year past: to look at our successes and failures. It would be easy for us to spend the time focusing on the things we didn’t get done. It’s human nature to want to live in the past: all the more so when wallowing in defeat.

2012 149

5 Ways I Stopped Depriving Myself of Sleep

Dumb Little Man

I used to stay up really late knowing I had to get up early. Sound familiar? You know how it goes, that book just has to be read the same night, you just don’t feel like going to bed when there’s so much on TV or you just left it too late to catch up on work. So I’d take a few hours from my sleep here and there, get up four or five hours later and curse my stupidity. Blindly running to the bathroom, I’d promise myself that the next evening would be different, only to repeat the cycle again.

2012 186

Big Data: The Great Equalizer for Small Businesses and Consumers

Small Business Labs

The New Data Democracy: How Big Data Will Revolutionize the Lives of Small Businesses and Consumers is a new research and trends forecast report from Intuit and Emergent Research (that's us).    The report is on big data for the little guy , which is Intuit's phrase for describing how the data and analytics revolution is empowering consumers and small businesses with new opportunities to improve their lives and businesses. Big Data is clearly a hot topic these days.

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