October, 2010

Tips for Being a Good Boss & An Update

ProAssisting Blog

A member of ours recently read our white paper, “Defining Assistant Excellence” (.pdf pdf format) and suggested that we create a white paper for bosses entitled “Defining Executive Excellence” that might help bosses create a better working relationship with their assistants.

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Why People Complain and What We Can Do About It

Dumb Little Man

Know any chronic complainers? You may want to pass this on to them. and if it's you, read on. I think it's natural for people to complain. Everyday we're faced with a lot of reasons to complain: we're not tall enough, we don't have the latest and greatest, it's too hot, it's too cold, they get everything handed to them, they shouldn't be doing this they should be doing that, etc. Having the occasional complaint is fine. To expect a life without complaining (by you or others) is unrealistic.

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Five Essential Steps to Create Career Fulfillment

Eat Your Career

Career fulfillment (or, as I like to call it, career nourishment ) can often seem like an elusive beast. Figuring out what it is and how to find it is a difficult process for many. The first thing I tell my coaching clients is that career fulfillment isn’t something you FIND, it’s something you CREATE. And the process, while different for everyone, involves five essential steps: 1. Know Your Needs. The vast majority of the people I coach know quite clearly what they don’t want from their work.

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Crazy, Foolish, Ridiculous

Virtual Moxie

In just a few days, I'm going to attempt something ridiculous: Raise $100000 in a single day to fight child trafficking. I think that's moxie, right? My goal for this Sunday, October 10, is 10000 people each giving $10 on 10/10/10 to

2010 193

Earth Talk: Building a Green Economy

Eco-Office Gals

EarthTalk®. From the Editors of E/The Environmental Magazine. Dear EarthTalk: What does it mean when one uses the phrase, “building a green economy?” I’ve heard it repeated a few times lately and would like to have a better understanding of the concept. – Rosie Chang, Islip, NY.

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8 Ways To Eliminate Distractions When Working On A Computer

Productivity Bits

Copyright © 2011 Marlon Ribunal. Visit the original article at [link]. Post written by Marlon Ribunal. Follow me on t witte r. W ith all the cool social networking tools that are available to us today, our need to be connected are easily satisfied by a simple click on the mouse. We are in an era where collaboration and communication are the main elements that drive the society.

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Tips for Being a Good Boss | Online Executive and Admin Assistant.

ProAssisting Blog

A member of ours recently read our white paper, “Defining Assistant Excellence” (.pdf pdf format) and suggested that we create a white paper for bosses entitled “Defining Executive Excellence” that might help bosses create a better working

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4 Reasons to Stop Thinking and Start Doing

Eat Your Career

I’m a compulsive over-analyzer. Rarely am I able to just “let things go” when I should. Instead, I dwell. I pick apart. I dissect until whatever it is no longer resembles itself. I think way too much. The human brain has a remarkable ability to find order in chaos. I blame my need to over-analyze on this biological fact. I think, ultimately, I’m searching for some sort of reason in an unreasonable world.

2010 183

Will you be there for it?

Virtual Moxie

Surprise--Anastacia here, guest posting on my own blog. And during my sabbatical. Well, even crazier than all that is that today is also my 20th wedding anniversary. I should be focused on the man, dontchaknow, and I am, really

2010 186

Gartner's Hype Cycle for Emerging Technologies

Small Business Labs

One of my favorite technology trend analysis and forecasting efforts is Gartner's annual Hype Cycle report.    Gartner analyzes hundreds of technologies and forecasts which will - and will not - enter the mainstream over the next 2-5 years.      The Gartner chart below summarizes the analysis for 2010.      As you review this chart please keep in mind that Gartner mostly takes an enterprise viewpoint on technology. 

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How To Effectively Manage Your Priorities – Part II

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 last part of a two-part series on "How To Effectively Manage Your Priorities" and a quick Review of Field Notes Notebook ]. In the first part of this series, we’ve discussed about an effective method of setting your task priorities.

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5 Different Ways to Reduce Waste in an Average Office

Eco-Office Gals

The easiest way to reduce office waste is to avoid creating it in the first place. Of course, the advent of electronic communication has helped businesses decrease waste substantially, but there’s always room for improvement. Stay Up-to-Date. Mailing bulk materials to the wrong address or sending newsletters to people who are no longer customers is a major source of paper waste.

2010 175

The 15 Timeless Secrets of Happy People

Dumb Little Man

How we achieve happiness can be different for each one of us. Our passions, expectations, life experiences, and even our personalities all contribute to the level of happiness we experience in our lives. Some people find happiness in their careers while others prefer the bliss found in their marriages or other intimate relationships. No matter how you define happiness for yourself, there are certain universal and time-proven strategies to bring, and sustain, more happiness into your life.

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On the Selling of Souls: Where Do YOU Draw the Line?

Eat Your Career

A good friend of mine once told me that every soul is for sale. He said it’s just the way the world works, that we do what we can to stay whole but sooner or later, we let pieces of ourselves go in exchange for what we need. It’s a matter of survival, he said. His is a cynical view of the world but, after years of reflection, I think he’s right. To get ahead, we all have to make sacrifices. We give up on one thing in order to gain another. Some sacrifices are small; others much larger.

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When you can't go back, and you don't know how to go forward, make.

Virtual Moxie

In the 90s I reached a low point in my life. I'd left the navy, the defining experience and society of my adult life until then. I was in college, a good college, but I felt disconnected from that experience and that society

2010 182

Learn to Communicate With WARMTH

Ian's Messy Desk

Wear a smile – A smile is one of the strongest communication tools. You don't have to spend the entire time grinning like an idiot, but there is nothing quite as infectious as sharing a smile. Dale Carnegie said, “It costs nothing

2010 168

Productivity Nuggets Of The Week (October 15 2010)

Productivity Bits

Copyright © 2011 Marlon Ribunal. Visit the original article at [link]. Post written by Marlon Ribunal. Follow me on t witte r. Here’s another round of Productivity Nugget Of The Week. I hope you find these links valuable and beneficial to your quest of productivity. The 5 Keys To GTD – This post lists the core keys of GTD. You’ll notice that the GTD’s core is centered to these 5 key element. The typical rant against the GTD System is it’s an overwhelming system.

2010 169

Influenster: Green VoxBox Review

Eco-Office Gals

Twitter is a game changer for new blogs. By far, it is the easiest and cheapest way to get readers to your blog. However, effectively using twitter to get noticed is more art than science. When I started, I made some embarrassing goofs. Such as: retweeting my own posts, posting my blog links 10-15 times a day, not retweeting other people’s stuff, and other knucklehead moves. In fact, my results were so bad that I didn’t use Twitter for about 6 months.

2010 172

7 Amazing Success Lessons from Thomas Edison

Dumb Little Man

Thomas Edison was a very successful inventor, scientist, and businessman whose inventions significantly impacted the world. Inventions such as the phonograph, the motion picture camera, and a long-lasting everyday electric light bulb were all the result of Edison’s work. Called "The Wizard of Menlo Park" by a newspaper reporter, he was one of the first inventors to mass produce his inventions and is therefore often given credit for creating the first industrial research laboratory.

2010 219

5 Sure-Fire Ways to End Up With a Career You Hate

Eat Your Career

I spend a lot of time sharing information on how to love your career. I talk about making thoughtful decisions , establishing a path and actively managing your goals. But, equally important, is avoiding those roads that will lead to inevitable career unhappiness. Sometimes, they’re hard to spot. But I’ve found five that are clear, unmistakable danger zones. Take a look below and make every effort to avoid these traps. but I’m good at this”.

2010 165

Minimizing The Facebook Time Sink/Information Overload

Simple Productivity Blog

Wednesdays are simplicity days at SimpleProductivity blog. Recently a reader commented that back in April I said I didn’t use Facebook because I considered it a giant a time sink, (see Time Sinks, Or Why I Don’t Use Facebook ), and recently talked about modifications I made to Facebook (see Break Through Stagnation by Editing Commitments (Editing Life Series) ) that I should write an update. So here it is.

Plan your personal development with a “To Be” list

Ian's Messy Desk

How many of you begin your week by writing a to-do list to track the things you want to accomplish over the next seven days? How about writing a weekly 'To Be' list capturing the kinds of personal characteristics you would like to

2010 165

Education Driving the She-conomy

Small Business Labs

It's a She-conomy is one of my favorite  Intuit 2020 Report trends.    Intuit's Michael Runzler came up with this clever term to describe the growing role women are playing in the global economy.    I want to focus on one of the key drivers of the She-conomy in the U.S. education.  Over   Over the last couple of decades women have passed men in most measures of educational achievement.   

2010 162

Free Services to Green Your Holidays!

Eco-Office Gals

The holidays are coming up quick and it’s time for Eco-Office Gals to get in the giving spirit. Many of you will have printing needs for the season. Christmas cards or holiday catalogs may be on the holiday horizon. At Eco-Office Gals we promote paperless, but we know that’s not always possible. So, in cases where printing is a must, consider printing responsibly! Printing For Less offers several aspect of responsible printing services including: FSC Certified Paper.

Are You Overworking? 7 Important Steps To Avoid Burnout

Dumb Little Man

Do you have a good work-life balance right now? Do you spend a good amount of your time working? Do you feel like you have a lot of things to do but you can't seem to finish them? Has it been a long time since you had a break or a vacation? If you answered yes to any of the questions, there's a good chance you're prone to burnout. That's especially so if (a) you're a workaholic or (b) you constantly receive (and accept) more work than you can handle.

2010 217

Career Fulfillment: Why It Matters

Eat Your Career

I consider myself very fortunate: My career gives me a deep sense of purpose. Luck is definitely part of it, but it also took a lot of work to get to this point. Like everyone, I’ve had jobs that left me feeling empty at the end of the day. But this— coaching and training others about career development —isn’t one of those jobs. In fact, I see it as more than just a job or even a career: It’s a mission. Everything changes when you love your career.

2010 162

Get Hours Back By Editing Time Wasters (Editing Life Series)

Simple Productivity Blog

This is the eighth article in the Editing Life series. One of the first things I do when I feel overwhelmed is I take a break. By itself, this is not a bad strategy. But some of the things that I take breaks with can actually use up more time than I intend and add to the problem; for now am I not only overwhelmed, but I have less time to get things done. Finding Your Time-wasters. Determining time wasters is not hard. I don’t recommend doing a time log; it just seems like busy work.

2010 158

10 Tips for Taking Effective Phone Messages

Ian's Messy Desk

In today's computer-orientated business world, the telephone is still an important tool for connecting with your customers. There are few things more annoying than being handed a half crumpled piece of paper with semi-legible scrawl on

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Is the Product & Marketing Funnel Model Dead?

Office Organization Success

First off let me explain what I mean by the Product & Marketing Funnel, and then I’ll share with you my thoughts on this particular business model. Building your solo service business using the multiple streams of income model means that you are not only working one-on-one with your clients but you are also developing additional ‘streams’ of income, i.e. other revenue lines. .

2010 155

3 Steps Toward a Paperless Office

Productivity Bits

Copyright © 2011 Marlon Ribunal. Visit the original article at [link]. Note: This is a Guest Post from James Adams. James is from a company called Cartridge Save , a leading online ink supplies specialist. ]. It used to be that people could never fathom the idea of going paperless. However, with the turn of technology and a need for greener life, many people are interested in going paperless in the office.

2010 154

5 Productivity Myths That Need to Be Busted

Dumb Little Man

When there is so much advice and information on productivity floating around, it is obvious that not all of that is worth paying heed to. There are certain popular beliefs on productivity that some consider useful, which in reality do nothing but to hamper their efficiency. This article talks about five productivity myths which the sooner you come to know about and understand, the better. I'm sure most these tips are something you could actually relate to. Check them out.

2010 215

The Top 5 Coworking Myths

Small Business Labs

Since starting our research project on coworking , we've noticed there's a lot of confusion about what coworking is and what the most important benefits are.    Because of this, we decided to put together a list of the most common coworking myths and misconceptions we hear in discussions, presentations and interviews.    The myths/misconceptions are in bold below. 

2010 151

What’s In Your Trash? A Review

Eco-Office Gals

Over a year ago I posted about starting a compost pile in my back yard. I started out with several biodegradable lawn bags full of leaves and added kitchen scraps as I went along. Eventually, we made an area for the pile and put it all together. I used an old coffee can to collect the kitchen scraps and dumped it when it was full (or started stinking). I can’t say it was the best system, but it worked. A few month down the road, I was contacted by BuyGreen.com.

2010 149

Next Actions Are Procrastination Makers

Simple Productivity Blog

Mondays are productivity days at SimpleProductivity blog. The ubiquitous Next Action. The granular task on which Getting Things Done is based. When I first read Getting Things Done , I was fascinated by the concept of Next Actions. After all, figuring out what the very next physical action to take on a project was concrete and easy. Next Action As Procrastination Buster. The whole concept of the next action seemed to inspire action.

2010 147

Memory Makeover: Tips to Spruce Up an Absent Mind

Ian's Messy Desk

It's Monday morning. You have one minute before you have to leave for work, but can't find your keys. Ransacking your home in a frantic search, you finally locate the keys—right where you left them—on the kitchen counter

2010 144

How To Effectively Manage Your Priorities – Part I

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 Part I of a two-part series on "How To Effectively Manage Your Priorities" ]. If you are familiar with productive systems like GTD, Pomodoro, Zen to Done , and many others, chances are you know that one of the hardest aspects of such systems is how to effectively set priorities so you can maximize your effort and resources.

2010 152

How to Know When to Quit

Dumb Little Man

How would you feel if someone called you a "quitter"? My guess is – not good. You might feel hurt, guilty or upset. You almost certainly wouldn't feel proud of yourself. Quitting gets a bad rap. We're often encouraged, from an early age, to stick with our projects at all costs – even when we're totally fed up. You might have come across quotes like Napoleon Hill's "A quitter never wins and a winner never quits." Frankly, that's nonsense.

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