July, 2012

Mastering The Art of a Worry-Free Life

Dumb Little Man

At one time or another, we’ve all been around worried family or friends. Sometimes it’s awkward and uncomfortable. We don’t know what to say, so we say something fast and easy, like “everything’s going to be okay,” “you’ll be fine,” or even worse, “stop worrying.” It’s as if we think we can change behavior with a smile and a few words of encouragement. But, face it…words mean nothing. Not when you’re the one without a job and no way to pay the mortgage.

2012 219

CleanWell: Review and Giveaway

Eco-Office Gals

With summer hitting us with record breaking heat daily, and the kids home everyday it’s been a rough time around here. The kids are in the house most of the day to stay out of the heat, eating me out of house and home, getting crumbs and grubby finders everywhere. Cleaning is a full-time job in itself! Ever since my baby girls 10 day hospital stay a few summers ago, I have a hard time sticking with greener cleaning options.

2012 213
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Food Trucks = Business Model Innovation

Small Business Labs

The gourmet food truck craze sweeping the nation is a classic example of business model innovation.   And the response from brick and mortar restaurants is a classic example of how incumbent industry participants tend to respond - by using their political power to try and fend off the innovative new firms.   Business model innovation refers to taking a new approach to an existing business or industry.

2012 192

Can’t Keep Up? 10 Ways to Simplify Your To-Do List

Simple Productivity Blog

Wednesdays are simplicity days at SimpleProductivity blog. This post was written by a guest author. If you want to guest post on this blog, check out the guest post guidelines. Many individuals struggle to finish their daily tasks. With people getting pulled in several directions at once, it’s difficult to stay on top of everything that needs to be done. That’s why to-do lists are popular in today’s busy world.

2012 188

Becoming A Better Person With Stephen Covey’s 7 Habits

Productivity Bits

The 7 Habits means many different things to different people, depending on their perspective in life. A businessman would look at it as principles to live by in running his business. A farmer would look at it probably in the same fashion, principles to live by, but through different lens. Thank you for subscribing to my full RSS feed! Please grab my free productivity ebook! Personal Development 7 habits 7 habits of highly effective people stephen covey

2012 183

Do You Trust Your Knowing?

Virtual Moxie

Like many of you, I’m sure, the tragedy in Aurora, CO last week still weighs heavy on my heart. I’ve focused my maitri and tonglen practices there since I heard the news, and it’s still very heavy for me. I feel so deeply for the senseless loss of life—including the senseless loss of the person that James Holmes must have been at some point in his life, before he became a person who felt compelled to hurt others.

2012 170

Do You Recognize These 7 Tricks Your Mind Is Playing on You?

Dumb Little Man

So, you want to change your life and be happier? Maybe happiness means unlocking your greater potential, enhancing your quality of life, or realizing your lifelong dreams. By now you may have absorbed countless personal development books, videos, or blogs. Sometimes you find something that resonates but the excitement constantly fades. Too often, you feel like you're back right where you started. Have you ever considered that your own mind is sabotaging your path to happiness?

2012 219

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Small Businesses Often Choose Not to Grow

Small Business Labs

One of the things we consistently hear in our interviews with small business owners (male and female) is most don't want to grow their businesses beyond a certain size.  In most cases the size they want to limit their business to is quite small.   We first explored this topic years ago when we held a series of focus groups to define small business success.  We found small business owners defined success as meeting their personal objectives for the business.

2012 188

5 Productivity Errors That Make You Look Flaky

Simple Productivity Blog

Mondays are productivity days at SimpleProductivity blog. Most of the time, if we’re not functioning at peak productivity, no one knows. But there productivity errors that can make us look totally flaky. Do you make any of these mistakes? Not Writing Things Down. Have you ever not written something down, telling yourself you would remember? And then completely forgotten? If we don’t write things down, there is no guarantee we will remember them later.

2012 175

How to Deal with a Condescending Boss

Eat Your Career

This is one thing I hear a lot about in my free coaching calls : The dreaded condescending superior. It seems this particular conflict runs rampant in the business world and today, I’m going to provide a few simple strategies for dealing with the boss who always thinks he (or she) knows better. First off, it’s important to recognize that “condescension” is usually a tone of voice more than anything. Often, the person’s words aren’t even the problem.

2012 167

Blog Post Ideas: 3 Simple Strategies for Creating 3 New Blog Posts Every Week

Office Organization Success

Having a blog is an excellent marketing tool for a solo service business owner. But for many business owners the real issue is creating enough content on a regular basis to make it an effective strategy … they could really do with some blog post ideas. To get the most bang for your buck from your blog, you need to be posting new content two to three times every week … and for many of you this is a real sticking point!

2012 166

3 Questions to Inspire Action in the Face of Fear

Dumb Little Man

I sat at my desk, waiting for the inevitable. That morning I put my letter of resignation in my boss’ mail bin. He was out of the office at a meeting at the time and I knew it would only be a matter of time before he came back and checked his mail to discover the fact that I had found a new (and better) job.

2012 213

Moxie Tip 205: Creating Change

Virtual Moxie

Just as you’ve created your current circumstances, you can create new ones of your own choosing. Just decide; then move in that direction. Can you change things 100% in one move? Sometimes. Most often, though, changes to your circumstances involve a lot of small moves in the direction you want to go. But it all starts with a decision, and then a first move. Nothing will ever be different for you if you sit still where you are.

2012 166

Gallup Says Move to the Upper Midwest

Small Business Labs

Gallup's Where You'll Want to Live in 2032 looks at the state and regions of the U.S. with the brightest future.   Aftering crunching a series of metrics that include economic, workplace, community and personal choice factors, they  are suggesting we all move to North or South Dakota (or at least nearby).   The Gallup chart shows the results of their study by state.  Ice fishing anyone?     trends

2012 181

Turning Your Office into a Sanctum of 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. It doesn’t matter if it’s your office space or workspace is a huge corner office overlooking a green space or a storage closet in your basement — the space you designate for work can really affect the productivity and the quality of your work if it’s distracting or creatively stifling in some way.

2012 171

More resources for assistants

Practically Perfect PA

Pin It. In my last blog I wrote about the resources that are available for assistants and administrators in the form of magazines and websites. I thought I would also list a few associations and networking clubs that I have found useful over the years. . Professional Bodies / Trade Associations. The Association of Personal Assistants.

2012 165

Career Lessons I Learned from Katy Perry

Eat Your Career

Confession: I saw the Katy Perry movie. Bigger confession: I LOVED IT. I know this puts me somewhere in the realm of teenybopper, but I don’t care. In truth, Katy has a pretty powerful story and a very inspirational message. And yes, the costumes were fantastic, okay?! All around, it was a worthwhile way to spend a Saturday afternoon. Odd as it sounds, I actually took note of several important career lessons Katy demonstrates throughout the film.

2012 160

Seven Great Ways to Make Your Good Intentions Last

Dumb Little Man

How often have you made a New Year’s resolution, only to give up by February? How often have you started a new diet on Monday, only to give up by Wednesday? All of us have good intentions for positive change in our lives. We come up with great goals – like losing weight, getting fit, writing a book, changing career, quitting smoking, cutting down on caffeine. All too often, though, our good intentions don’t last very long. Here’s how to boost your chances of success.

2012 213

Deciding How (and When!) to Share Your Fees

Virtual Moxie

Two weeks ago, to this post , Ann asked a question in a comment. I started the answer, then realized that it was really deserving of a full-blown post. So that's what you have here. For continuity sake, I've included what I already shared with Ann, plus the "more" I think it needs. Ann asked: Anastacia, do you recommend telling potential clients, in advance of interview, your rates to weed out clients that aren't willing/able to make the investment? That decision is individualistic and complex.

2012 165

The Rise of Gourmet Food Trucks

Small Business Labs

The chart below shows the stunning growth in the number of Google hits for the search term "food trucks" over the last 4 years.       I even had to cheat a bit on the chart to get the 83,000 hits in 2008-2009 to show up.   The rise of food trucks is being driven by a variety of trends, many of which we're seeing across the small business space.

2012 180

Open Loops 7/17/2012: Articles I Think Worth Passing Along

Simple Productivity Blog

Tuesdays are open loop days at SimpleProductivity blog. How many alerts are pinging at you? Can you do anything about them at the time? If not, consider getting rid of them. From Lifehacker’s “Turn Off All Your Alerts–Except the Immediately Actionable Ones” I’m not sure this isn’t obvious, but it is best to only get notifications of those things that are important.

2012 165

Resources for assistants

Practically Perfect PA

Pin It. Welcome to my new blog site. I hope you are enjoying the new features. I’m hoping to make the blog a lot more interact so watch this space! As this is the first blog on my new website I thought I would share with you some of the resources I find really helpful. There are loads of websites, training providers and magazines out there for assistants and some are definitely better than others! Over the course of the next few days I will blog about my favourites. Magazines. Executive PA.

2012 162

Why Going Green Is Good for Business

Eco-Office Gals

Going green benefits businesses in many ways, from decreasing overhead expenses to increasing clientele. Becoming a green business also improves your reputation in the community and online. A few key ways that going green will overall improve your business include: Better Indoor Air Quality . Using green products while remodeling or refitting your business improves the indoor air quality in your building.

2012 154

How Minimum Targets Can Mean Maximum Progress

Dumb Little Man

Do you tend to set yourself ambitious, challenging targets – like “work out for an hour every day” or “write 1,000 words a day”? You might have managed to reach that target on Day 1, and Day 2, perhaps even Day 3 … but if you’re like most people, life probably got in the way and you ended up ditching that target completely. There’s nothing wrong with a big goal – but on a day to day basis, that big goal needs to translate into little steps.

2012 206

Moxie Tip 204: Responsibility

Virtual Moxie

No one can significantly improve her circumstances unless she first accepts responsibility for putting herself in those circumstances to begin with. While you’re looking at where you are, also look at where you want to be. And realize that every bit of any shift that’s needed is 100% inside you. Moxie Tips anastacia brice assistu business standards small business foundation virtual assistant

2012 160

Food Trucks as Lean Startups

Small Business Labs

Information Week's  What Food Trucks Can Teach IT Pros came out of discussions we had with the article's author, Patrick Houston , on the early findings of our food truck research project. After hearing a bit about our research, Patrick suggested that food truck lessons also apply to IT. We were a bit skeptical, but he quickly convinced us. He also got us thinking about about how food trucks relate to another tech trend - lean startups. 

2012 176

Why Being A Morning Person Is Not Essential

Simple Productivity Blog

I see articles all the time on how being a morning person is wonderful and how you can easily transform into one. The articles generally promise sunshine and rainbows, peace and super-productivity. I am not a morning person. I cannot wake up easily or without external interference if the sun hasn’t risen. And you know what? I will never be a morning person.

2012 163

CV Template for Assistants

Practically Perfect PA

Pin It. This month is a bit of a fresh start for me, I’ve just turned a decade older and I’ve also just started a new job… this week in fact! It is all going well so far, as always lots to learn and new people to meet but I’m excited about the role and working for a different company with fresh challenges.

2012 157

Honoring an Inspiration: The Passing of Stephen R. Covey

Eat Your Career

The sad news came out earlier today that author and personal development guru, Stephen Covey, passed away. If you’re not familiar with him, Mr. Covey is probably best known for his work, “ The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People ,” which sold 20 million copies and is commonly referred to as the most influential book for businesses. This is a book I’ve used in my coaching and training for years and it’s also a personal favorite.

2012 153

How to Train Your Virtual Assistant?

Tips From T. Marie

Over the weekend I stumbled across a video on YouTube entitled “How to Train Your Virtual Assistant” posted by a virtual assistant service company. Just the title alone set all kinds of alarm bells off in my head. I’ve mentioned before that although you may need to give direction and communicate clearly , there should be no need to literally train a virtual assistant.

Moxie Tip 203: Yesterday, Today & Tomorrow

Virtual Moxie

The now is all you have. Focus on what’s in front of you, and stop staring sadly at the past and/or longingly at the future. It’s a crappy game. And you’ve much better things to do with your time than play it. Moxie Tips anastacia brice assistu business standards small business foundation virtual assistant

2012 160

Confirmation Bias and Decision Making

Small Business Labs

Regular readers know survivor bias is our favorite bias here at Small Business Labs.  But if we had a 2nd favorite bias, it would be confirmation bias.  This is the tendency for people to favor information that confirms their beliefs or hypotheses. There's been a flurry of recent articles on confirmation bias: 1.   Doctors, Scientists say fracking critics misrepresent some facts to make their points is from the Washington Post.

2012 175

The Different Types Of Open Loops

Simple Productivity Blog

Mondays are productivity days at SimpleProductivity blog. One of the concepts of David Allen’s Getting Things Done is the concept of an open loop. An open loop is an unfulfilled commitment to yourself. But when we think about open loops we most often think about tasks we haven’t completed, but there are other different types of open loops. Physical Open Loops. These are the typical open loops we think of; something we must accomplish to fulfill a commitment.

2012 158

CV Template for Assistants

Practically Perfect PA

This month is a bit of a fresh start for me, I’ve just turned a decade older and I’ve also just started a new job… this week in fact! It is all going well so far, as always lots to learn and new people to meet but I’m excited about the role and working for a different company with fresh challenges.

2012 157

Week 4 #Cinchspiration

Eco-Office Gals

I’ve reached my Cinch Journey Week #4 aka 1 month of my #Cinchspiration journey. It’s been a challenging week. Not for this program – Friday the 13th just seemed to get extended a week. Tackling one obstacle after another made it hard not to cheat. Exercise – it didn’t really happen. I skipped a few shakes/meal bars for some real grub. I opted for a cup of coffee over the energy tea a couple of times and I barely touched the snack bars. The real downer?

2012 148

Contact Management Systems: A Great Way to Keep a Steady Flow of Clients and Prospects Coming Into YOUR Business

Office Organization Success

Building a successful long-term profitable business isn’t about “marketing” your business, it’s about “managing” your business – the marketing comes once you have your management systems in place. You cannot begin to market your business if you can’t find the information you need, don’t know who you are marketing to, and don’t know where you are in your business.

2012 140

Why Ask Why When Clients Choose Other VAs?

Virtual Moxie

In May, I wrote a post about letting go of the disappointment when a client chooses another VA. A related question I am sometimes asked by Virtual Assistants is why clients choose VAs other than themselves. These are Virtual Assistants who have mad skills, and who generally are befuddled when clients don't work with them. Mental masturbation--that's what pondering is. For me, pondering about why is pure mental masturbation. If you really want to know, ask the person who made the decison.

2012 159