September, 2010

10 Ways To Earn the Respect of Others

Dumb Little Man

Have you ever met someone who was rude to you and didn't hold you with much regard? How did you feel? Did you feel annoyed? Peeved? If you are a self respecting individual, chances are you want others to treat you with respect. And you know what, age isn't a prerequisite nor is it a magic key to gaining respect. I've seen plenty of people who are young be highly respected from their elders. I've also come across older people who I'd never respect because their actions are so out of line.

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Conquering The Open Loops Of Productivity

Productivity Bits

Copyright © 2011 Marlon Ribunal. Visit the original article at [link]. Post written by Marlon Ribunal. Follow me on t witte r. Author's Note: This is the Fourth Part of the Series " The 3 Fundamental Principles Of Productivity "]. Introduction. Part I – Rituals. Part II – Systems. Part III – Tools. Summary. Part III – Tools. A n open loop, according to David Allen , is “anything pulling at your attention that doesn’t belong where it is, the way it is&#.

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Bad Career Advice: Do What You Love and You’ll Never Work a Day

Eat Your Career

This is post is part of my Bad Career Advice series in which I expose outdated, clichéd, and counterproductive advice for exactly what it is. Oh man, this one kills me. It’s so frequently repeated that hardly anyone questions its truth anymore. And the sad fact is this: If you do what you love for a living, you’ll probably end up loving it a little bit less. Let me back up for a second: Yes, it’s a wonderful goal to strive for finding work that you enjoy.

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3 Essential Financial Reports to Ensure YOUR Profitability

Office Organization Success

Okay, I’m going to dive right in to one of the biggest problems for many solopreneurs, and one that quite likely will keep them awake at night … finances!

2010 192

10 Time Management Tips

Ian's Messy Desk

Updated and reposted from May 2008. 1) Always Look Ahead. It is human nature to want to live in the past: to savour accomplishments or to wallow in defeats. However, you will not effectively move forward if you are constantly looking

2010 190

Eco-Office Gals Is Live, again…

Eco-Office Gals

So, I debated, I polled my readers and I debated some more. I simply wasn’t happy with the last redesign of the Eco-Office Gals site. So, I re-re-designed it with an awesome StudioPress Theme and I am very happy with the results! I feel that it’s less busy, has a nice home page that highlights the company and our services more. I also designed a brand new logo, featuring bamboo. Bamboo is a sustainable grass used in so many products, including office supplies, building and furniture.

2010 178

7 Must Read Success Lessons from Ralph Waldo Emerson - by Dumb.

Dumb Little Man

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When to Give Up on Finding Your Dream Career

Eat Your Career

Everyone wants a job they love. We all want to wake up excited to go to work, spend our days accomplishing goals we’re proud of, and come home feeling pleasantly fulfilled. Oh, and somewhere in there, we’d like a paycheck that provides us with a comfortable lifestyle and may one day put our kids through college. That’s the dream anyway. But, in reality, we often have to settle for less. We put our dreams on hold in order to put food on the table.

2010 193

3 Simple Steps to Taking Time Away from Your Business

Office Organization Success

When you’re constantly working on and in your business you forget to schedule in some down time for yourself. The summer is the perfect time to take that downtime, especially if it means taking a vacation somewhere nice. But then there’s always the worry that if you’re not involved in your business on a daily basis that things will fall apart and you won’t have any business to come back to when you return.

2010 189

Stand for something so you don't fall for anything.

Virtual Moxie

How many standards do you have for your business? When I ask new coaching clients to tell me their standards—all of 'em—I routinely hear about fees, invoicing, and hours. It's one of the things that lets me know when a business doesn't

2010 177

Eco-Options: Paper

Eco-Office Gals

Yes, I just said the “P&# word — Paper. I have no use for it. I still don’t have my printer hooked up and have no intentions of doing so. Eco-Office Gals has no letterhead, no business cards, no paper contracts, we won’t do any job where the end result is paper – it’s just that simple. However, what options are available if you do have to print? Using recycled materials, FSC certified paper, or tree free paper is always a good direction.

2010 175

61 Ways To Find Inspiration When You're Stuck and Feeling Down

Dumb Little Man

Life isn't always hunky dory. No matter how good we are at what we do, and how well we plan things out, we do get stuck. That's when we need inspiration - inspiration to move on, to do what we are supposed to do, to start something new, to build what we were trying to build.inspiration to carry on with life. This article has a number of tips to help you find inspiration. They are written keeping in mind everyone who's stuck at something, doesn't matter what it is, is looking to get inspired.

2010 199

The 3 Fundamental Principles Of Productivity

Productivity Bits

Copyright © 2011 Marlon Ribunal. Visit the original article at [link]. Post written by Marlon Ribunal. Follow me on t witte r. Author's Note: This is a series on " The 3 Fundamental Principles Of Productivity "]. Introduction. Part I – Rituals. Part II – Systems. Part III – Tools. Summary. Introduction. T here are ways to establish or improve the culture of productivity in your workplace or home-office.

2010 206

Over 250 US Coworking Facilities

Small Business Labs

As part of our broader project on coworking, we recently conducted a count of US coworking facilities. As of the end of August, we found 226 office-based coworking facilities in operation in the US. We also found 28 shared "industrial

2010 165

10 Tips to Beat the Overwhelm and Stay Focused

Office Organization Success

Many business owners share with me that one of their biggest problems is information overwhelm which in turn leads to lack of focus, and therefore they don’t actually get stuff done in their business. They’re so busy trying to keep up with all the information that they’re being hit with that they don’t actually get around to any implementation and so they stay stuck.

2010 182

Moxie and Me

Virtual Moxie

I've had a life-long relationship with my good friend and partner, moxie. My family moved often when I was a child, and moxie served me well as I entered new schools from Florida to Alaska to California to Virginia

2010 174

Guest Post: Green Benefits of Virtual Events

Eco-Office Gals

by: Tricia Heinrich, ON24 ’s Senior Director of Strategic Communications. The high price and inconvenience of air travel have spurred companies to look for more cost-effective ways to get people together, and the virtual event is the perfect alternative. The environmental benefits of virtual events are positive side effects of this trend. Virtual events just make sense as a means of offsetting carbon-intensive travel activities. Simply put, they are greener than their real-world counterparts.

2010 169

What Does Success Mean to You?

Dumb Little Man

All of us want to succeed in life. We want to accomplish something – to feel that in some way, we’ve “won”. It’s easy to get sucked in to thinking that we have to succeed on the world’s terms when, really, we each need to define success for ourselves. What does success look like to you? Is it the model set down by your parents or grandparents: a steady job, your own house, kids? Is it what all your friends are chasing: big salaries, a huge television and a flashy phone?

2010 194

Putting The Importance Of Productivity Back On Top

Productivity Bits

Copyright © 2011 Marlon Ribunal. Visit the original article at [link]. Post written by Marlon Ribunal. Follow me on t witte r. Author's Note: This is the Fifth and Final Part of the Series " The 3 Fundamental Principles Of Productivity "]. Introduction. Part I – Rituals. Part II – Systems. Part III – Tools. Summary. Series Summary. W e’ve come to the conclusion of our series dealing about The 3 Fundamental Principles of Productivity.

2010 203

18 Stress Reducers, By Waking Hour

Simple Productivity Blog

Stress is everywhere. I recently found that having a list of stress busters handy gave me a good selection of tools to apply when I started to feel edgy. Here is my list. Feel free to add your favorites in the comments

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Beware: Thinking Hurts

Eat Your Career

The great philosopher Ralph Waldo Emerson wrote, “Beware when the great God lets loose a thinker on this planet. Then all things are at risk.”. I love this quote. To me, it really pinpoints why many people are afraid of thoughtfully confronting issues in their lives. They don’t want to take the risk—to find out what they already “know” no longer applies.

2010 160

Virtual Moxie - The Cure For The Common Virtual Assistance.

Virtual Moxie

I'm just back from the AssistU Homecoming weekend, and boy—was it amazing! If you have the chance to spend time, in person, with your virtual community, please do it. What comes of it is absolutely a game changer. Still

2010 165

Coaching vs. Consulting vs. Training vs. Freelancing: Which One Is Best For You?

The Solopreneur Life

T his is a guest post written by Rob Place. He is the publisher of Solventurer, a Web site that helps solopreneurs during the start-up stage. Rob works as a small-business coach, trainer, and speaker. Client-focused (clifo) solopreneurs have to come to terms with one fundamental question when they start their business: how will I deliver my service to the client? Will I coach, consult, train, or freelance?

2010 219

30 Ways to Make TV Watching More Productive

Dumb Little Man

Do you ever hear yourself saying "I just don't have time " yet find yourself plopped in front of the TV for the better part of every evening? As our to-do lists grow so does our stress and anxiety over getting everything done. While we can't add any more time to our day (unfortunately) we can use the time we do have in a more productive manner. Let's face it watching TV isn't that interactive or demanding. Below are 30 simple little ways to make the most of your TV watching time.

2010 194

Identifying The Key Elements Of Your Productivity System

Productivity Bits

Copyright © 2011 Marlon Ribunal. Visit the original article at [link]. Post written by Marlon Ribunal. Follow me on t witte r. Author's Note: This is the Third Part of the Series " The 3 Fundamental Principles Of Productivity "]. Introduction. Part I – Rituals. Part II – Systems. Part III – Tools. Summary. Part II – Systems. P roductivity is very difficult to achieve in the absence of a workable system.

2010 201

The Future Job That's Here Today

Small Business Labs

I've been a regular reader of Popular Science since junior high and have always enjoyed their visions of the future. The article 10 Best Jobs of the Future includes the usual far out, futuristic stuff Popsci is known for. Bestjob3_0

2010 151

Nine Insights for Getting Ahead

Ian's Messy Desk

from Charles R. Swindoll. WORK HARD. Follow tasks through to completion. THINK CREATIVELY. See challenges from new angles. SPEAK GENTLY. Consider the impact of your words. COOPERATE FREELY. Meet the need of the moment – even

2010 151

Unload Ambitions (and Projects) (Editing Life Series)

Simple Productivity Blog

This is the sixth article in the Editing Life series. When I was young, I believed I could do everything. People told me I could do “anything&# and I assumed that meant “everything&#. Unfortunately, this has given me a “put more on my plate than I can eat&# with respect to the things I want to do. The truth is, I am not Wonder Woman. I am human. I have limited time and energy. And deciding to do everything right now takes a lot of energy and accomplishes little.

2010 147

Is It OK to Hug at Work?

On The Job

I got into a conversation recently about how "chummy" people should be with one another at work. I've written about this before, but it seems to be an issue that comes up again and again. One person I know expressed the opinion that she didn't mind it when others hugged her at work -- even if she barely knew them. She didn't think it was offensive, and was merely a way to say "hello."

2010 199

Simply Said.How to Motivate Yourself - by Dumb Little Man

Dumb Little Man

2010 187

The Nirvana Of Task Management

Productivity Bits

Copyright © 2011 Marlon Ribunal. Visit the original article at [link]. Post written by Marlon Ribunal. Follow me on t witte r. The Getting Things Done system (GTD) is undoubtedly one of the best productivity systems out there. It is widely adopted in many workplaces around the world. In fact the GTD book is translated into more than two dozens languages. The GTD System has helped millions of knowledge workers get through their workdays stress-free and more effective.

2010 154

Feeling Lost in Your Career? I Can Help

Eat Your Career

Picture this: You’re driving along, singing at the top of your lungs to your favorite tune on the radio, and—all of the sudden—you realize you have absolutely NO IDEA where you are. You’re completely lost. At some point or another, it’s happened to all of us. There could be a number of reasons: Maybe you failed to print a map or forgot to program the GPS for directions.

2010 139

Effective Time Management

Ian's Messy Desk

Effective time management doesn't mean doing more things or doing them more quickly. Effective time management means getting more of the important work done in a day. In fact, effective time management is even more important than

2010 143

Reduce Holidays And Get Your Stress Down (Editing Life Series.

Simple Productivity Blog

Holidays and special occasions can be managed so you don't have to put everything on hold

Wall Street Journal on the Two-Track Economy

Small Business Labs

The Wall Street Journal has an interesting article today on what they call "the two-track economy." You need to be a WSJ subscriber to see the entire article. The article looks at how companies with a large exposure to international

2010 136

7 Ways To Instantly Meet Like Minded People

Dumb Little Man

Have you ever felt that it's hard to meet like-minded people? Such as, people with the same interests. Or, people with common goals and aspirations. And last but not least, people with whom you can build a rapport and camaraderie with. I do, sometimes. While I love and appreciate every single one of my friends, sometimes I wish they share some of my passions, so we could bond over them.

2010 187

Why The Drop In Productivity Is Not So Bad After All?

Productivity Bits

Copyright © 2011 Marlon Ribunal. Visit the original article at [link]. Post written by Marlon Ribunal. Follow me on t witte r. “Productivity falls in the spring by largest amount in nearly 4 years while labor costs rise.&#. San Francisco Examiner – 2 September 2010. With more work load and leaner workforce, drop in productivity is inevitable.

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