October, 2011

Steve Jobs' 10 Secrets to Building a Huge Empire

Dumb Little Man

Steve Paul Jobs was born on February 24th, 1955. He is known to be the Chairman, co-founder as well as the CEO of the Apple Inc. He was also the former CEO of well known Pixar Animation Studios. He was also represented among the Board of Directors of the Walt Disney Company. Not bad! He completed his studies in California and later he did his frequent after-school lectures in Palo Alto at the Hewlett Packard Company.

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The Benefits of Chair Massage Therapy in the Workplace

Productivity Bits

Copyright © 2011 Productivity Bits. Visit the original article at [link]. Guest Post. I f a company is full of unhappy employees, there is a distinct possibility that the business is not thriving as it should. But how is an employer supposed to placate employees without blowing the bank? In response to this prevalent problem, businesses are more frequently turning to some form of massage therapy provided during regular work hours.

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Gmail Email Management: Create Filters and Labels for Quick and Easy Email Organization

Office Organization Success

We all know that email is a huge source of overwhelm for many solopreneurs, and also one of the biggest time drains. However, email is essential to a solopreneur’s success, so you have to find a way of organizing your emails. If organized properly you’ll quickly and easily be able to: Focus on the top priority emails first. Skim your emails and see which ones need your attention. Get quick and easy access.

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Coworking at a Growth Inflection Point

Small Business Labs

Coworking facilities - shared, collaborative workspaces - are rapidly gaining traction as a work location option.    This is illustrated by several clear signals. Web traffic and activity related to coworking continues to surge.    The chart below shows the number of Google search hits for the term "coworking"   Yes, you don't want to read too much into Google search data, but we've found it to be a good indicator of trend directions.

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"Affording" Time Away is All In the Numbers

Virtual Moxie

One of my fondest desires is that Virtual Assistants be profitable in their businesses. To be profitable means that the business pays you, pays expenses not passed through to clients for their own work, and has a little left over. When I hear people talking about VAs “underearning” as a platform for telling them how to make MORE, my first thought is, “First you have to teach them to know if what they have NOW makes them profitable. From there, they can decide if they want MORE.”

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Green Pick of the Week: Caroma Showerhead

Eco-Office Gals

I was given the opportunity to try out the Caroma Flow Showerhead over the last few months and I have really enjoyed this addition to the master bath. It has a unique look and great pressure for being low flow. From the site: New Caroma Flow shower offers the ultimate shower experience. Delivering a comfortable flow rate of just 6.5

2011 175

How to Kill Your Painful Habit of Wishful Thinking

Dumb Little Man

Do you constantly hope that your situation will improve, but find yourself unable to start or finish projects that are going to contribute to your growth. If you do, you may be falling victim to the trap of “if only”. Even celebrities, even the richest of the rich, even people who guide the course of history tend to fall into the same exact unhappy trap as the rest of us. Thinking “if only” has you want what you don’t have, distracting you from what you do have and making you unhappy.

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Gmail Email Management: Create Filters and Labels for Quick and Easy Email Organization

Office Organization Success

We all know that email is a huge source of overwhelm for many solopreneurs, and also one of the biggest time drains. However, email is essential to a solopreneur’s success, so you have to find a way of organizing your emails. If organized properly you’ll quickly and easily be able to: Focus on the top priority emails first. Skim your emails and see which ones need your attention. Get quick and easy access.

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The Trend Towards U.S. Manufacturing Continues to Accelerate

Small Business Labs

The Boston Consulting Group (BCG) is forecasting a major uptick in U.S. manufacturing.    Key quote from their most recent study: "Over the next five years, a U.S. manufacturing renaissance in home appliances, car parts, and other sectors could accelerate—boosting output by $100 billion and adding 2 million to 3 million jobs." " There are currently about 11.7 million manufacturing jobs in the U.S. down from over 16 million in the late 1990s. 

2011 185

The Myth of Life Balance

Simple Productivity Blog

It’s amazing to me that people are still trying to balance their lives. It’s as if they see life as slices of a time pie that can be equally shared amongst a hungry crowd. The truth is that life balance, thought of in this way, is unobtainable. Slicing our lives into equal portions will give some areas of our lives artificial importance, and under-value others. Can you imagine placing scrubbing dirty pots on the same level as spending time with your children? What Balance Isn’t.

2011 174

A Change of Attitude Changes Everything

Virtual Moxie

BWYFA -- An acronym meaning "Be where your feet are." -- Unknown. I live in Baltimore -- not too far from Amish country. In my 48 years on this planet, I've been there several times, and there has always been one thing about the Amish that has touched me most. It's that, in their lives, every act or action is equal. No matter what they do, they are fully present in the moment.

2011 174

One Question That Will Change Your Life Forever

Dumb Little Man

Did you know that, barring some radical scientific advancement, you and everyone you know will be gone in 100 years? All of that hard work and perseverance disappears, just like that. All of those years of striving and "just holding on", jettisoned into oblivion in an instant. Now that I've hopefully got your attention and giving you the right mindset, here's the question: How does that make you feel? I'm not trying to depress you, but I'm being completely serious here.

2011 218

10 Simple Steps To Make Your Business More Green

Eco-Office Gals

It should not take a large outlay of money in order to take your business from consuming more energy to one that is eco-friendly. As a matter of fact, once you have worked out all the details, you can actually raise your businesses profit margins. Just by adopting small, simple measures, any size organization can help their business to go “Green.”. Reduce paper use: Let everyone in your organization know that they should not be photocopying or printing documents when it is unnecessary to do so.

2011 172

5 Simple Steps to Getting More Clients

Office Organization Success

One of the biggest problems my clients tell me they have is getting more clients – or even getting their first client. And I’m not talking about the number of new subscribers to your list, or the number of customers you can get to purchase your product or home-study program, but the clients that you work with one-on-one.

2011 179

Is the Traditional Office the Least Productive Place to Work?

Small Business Labs

Last summer we did a lot of interviews (over 60) with members of U.S. coworking facilities.  One message we consistently heard was coworkers felt they were more productive at a coworking facility than they were working from home or from coffee shops. We heard this so consistently, we included several folks explaining why in our Voices of Coworking video.

2011 174

The Easy Way To Beat Clutter

Simple Productivity Blog

Wednesdays are simplicity days at SimpleProductivity blog. Clutter. It’s everywhere. But it’s easy to beat clutter, with one simple rule: Don’t let it become clutter. Now before you start sending nasty emails at the simplicity of this, let’s talk about how to keep from clutter from happening. Clear the Horizon. Clutter accumulates on flat surfaces. If you make a habit of scanning flat surfaces and cleaning them off, you will find your clutter goes down exponentially.

2011 168

On Trains, Goats, Eagles, Social Media, and Not Jumpin' on the Crazy

Virtual Moxie

Another question from Pick Anastacia’s Brain , the service where you get to ask me anything for free, if I can use it here on the blog.or for a very small sum of money if you'd prefer to do it privately. :). Monica wrote: Y ears ago, being a VA was generally about administrative tasks; coordination, newsletters, travel, research, proofreading, a bit of ghostwriting, etc.

Six Ways to Become More Self-Motivated

Dumb Little Man

Do you find it tough to work towards your goals – even when you know they’re worthwhile? Perhaps you’ve tried to push yourself forwards with willpower. but it hasn’t worked. Instead of willpower, you need more self-motivation. That way, you won’t run out of energy – and you might even find yourself enjoying life more!

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One Minute Monday – Don’t Hit the Snooze Button

Ian's Messy Desk

More than a third of all adults hit the “snooze” button an average of three times before getting up each morning. That adds up to 27 minutes each day. Imagine what you could do with an extra 14 hours per month. 1-Minute Strategy

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Organize Your Blog in 3 Simple Steps So That You WOW!, Not Overwhelm, Your Visitors

Office Organization Success

These days the website of choice for many business owners is a simple WordPress blog site, for a variety of reasons: They’re so easy to maintain and update. You can really show off your expertise by posting on a regular basis. Blog posts don’t need to be very long – approx. 200-350 words. If you have some important information to share, you can instantly create a post – no waiting for your next newsletter to make your announcement!

2011 178

Habit Hack: How To Form A Habit

Productivity Bits

Copyright © 2011 Productivity Bits. Visit the original article at [link]. Guest Post. I n 1947, the Norwegian explore Thor Heyerdahl and his crew boarded the Kon-Tiki , a makeshift raft and floated the Humbolt Current across the Pacific from Peru to a small Island near Tahiti. It was an unimaginable journey completed in 101 days. The men, the Kon-Tiki and the ocean current they rode highlight the power of creating habits in our lives.

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How Simplifying Choices Can Save Time In the Morning

Simple Productivity Blog

Wednesdays are simplicity days at SimpleProductivity blog. Have you ever stood in your closet in the morning, losing minutes because you don’t know what to wear? Or because you can’t decide what cologne or eyeshadow to put on? I wrote a few weeks ago about Eliminating Choices to Get More Done as a way to simplify your life. I took that advice to heart and streamlined my morning routine by eliminating choices. Dressing. I am not particularly chipper in the morning.

2011 167

Moxie Tip 60: Your Value

Virtual Moxie

You have the right to… work with people who completely see the value you create in their lives. . Why waste time on people who don't get it--or you? . . Moxie Tips

2011 154

How to Deal With a Job You Hate

Dumb Little Man

Do you dread Monday mornings? It’d be great if we all had creative, fulfilling jobs with fantastic bosses and brilliant colleagues. The truth is, though, that an awful lot of people – some figures suggesting as many as 80% - are dissatisfied with their jobs. Maybe you’re one of them. You might have once enjoyed your job – but either you’ve changed or the work environment has. Perhaps there’s more pressure, longer hours, colleagues that drive you mad, a boss who’s got it in for you.)

2011 209

Simple Changes Have Compound Effects

Ian's Messy Desk

I came across two articles today that talk about the larger, long-term effect realized by making small and simple changes daily. Image via Wikipedia. Lifehacker points to an article at Science Daily that talks about the long-term health benefits of simple lifestyle changes.

2011 158

5 Simple Steps to Getting More Clients

Office Organization Success

One of the biggest problems my clients tell me they have is getting more clients – or even getting their first client. And I’m not talking about the number of new subscribers to your list, or the number of customers you can get to purchase your product or home-study program, but the clients that you work with one-on-one.

2011 162

Cut Back Your Cost Of Living

Productivity Bits

Copyright © 2011 Productivity Bits. Visit the original article at [link]. Guest Post. L ethargy is the retailers’ and bankers’ greatest money-making asset. Most consumers consider themselves to be savvy shoppers but only in these tougher times is that really being put to the test. In a period when every penny counts, there are a number of simple ways to stretch the household budget and make your money work harder for you. Credit Cards.

2011 148

Email Productivity: My GMail Secrets

Simple Productivity Blog

Mondays are productivity days at SimpleProductivity blog. With all the talk I’ve been doing recently, I thought I would write two final articles on how I actually process email. This week I’ll talk about GMail, which is how I process all non-employer email. Next week I’ll talk about Outlook and how I manage my email at work. One Inbox. For all of my email addresses, everything goes to my GMail account.

2011 165

Moxie Tip 55: Growth Matters

Virtual Moxie

You can have all the experience in the world, but what matters is whether you've grown because of it--not whether you can do more as a result of it. At the end of the day, who cares about the doing? What I want to know is. is what you're learning helping you be a better person? . . Moxie Tips

2011 152

7 Tips for Accomplishing your Goals in Bite Sized Pieces

Dumb Little Man

When it comes to accomplishing our goals we’re encouraged to reach for the stars and set big hairy audacious goals. Although it’s great to be ambitious when we set goals like this, we get so overwhelmed by how we’re going to actually manage to accomplish such things that we don’t bother to take action in the first place. As a result our goals simply remain unrealized dreams.

2011 208

How to be Green When Dining Out

Eco-Office Gals

If you are an eco-savvy individual who is aware of the importance of the “go green” efforts to sustain the environment, you might question whether or not you can maintain a green lifestyle while dining out on the town. Well, with these tips it is easy to enjoy a meal at a restaurant while saving the planet at the same time. Carefully choose a restaurant. Before you head out to eat, it doesn’t hurt to do a little light research.

2011 147

Gmail Email Management: Create Filters and Labels for Quick and Easy Email Organization

Office Organization Success

We all know that email is a huge source of overwhelm for many solopreneurs, and also one of the biggest time drains. However, email is essential to a solopreneur’s success, so you have to find a way of organizing your emails. If organized properly you’ll quickly and easily be able to: Focus on the top priority emails first. Skim your emails and see which ones need your attention. Get quick and easy access.

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One Minute Monday – Boost Your Influence

Ian's Messy Desk

Use Warren Buffett ‘s secret – listening. He makes whoever he is listening to feel like they are the centre of the universe. In return, they give loyalty. Productivity

2011 145

Book Review: You Can Create An Exceptional Life

Simple Productivity Blog

What a concept: creating your life instead of just taking what comes. When I was offered a chance to review the new book by Louise Hay ( You Can Heal Your Life ) and Cheryl Richardson ( Take Time for Your Life and Life Makeovers: 52 Practical & Inspiring Ways to Improve Your Life One Week at a Time ), I was intrigued. These two women have written books that have caused me to re-assess where my life was; what would they do together? I was not disappointed.

2011 162

Moxie Tip 65: Why Me?

Virtual Moxie

Next time you're stuck wondering “why you ” or something else like that, turn it upside down and ask boldly, why not? Every situation is an opportunity in which it's equally easy to look up as it is to look down. So look up. Find the good. There's a reason you are where you find yourself. Make the best and the most of it. . Moxie Tips

2011 149

How to Write Like a Professional

Dumb Little Man

As part of your job (or your personal life), you’ll sometimes have to write more than a simple email. Chances are, you put off doing the writing for as long as possible. Writing can be incredibly hard, especially if it’s something you feel that you’re not very good at. You might have no idea where to begin. Here’s how to make it a whole lot easier – by following what the professionals do. Step #1: Understand Your Purpose What’s the point of your writing?

2011 204

Yes, I’m a Virtual Assistant. No, I’m not Siri. I’m better.

Tips From T. Marie

As if there wasn’t enough confusion out there regarding virtual assistants, along comes the iPhone 4S. The S, I’m guessing, stands for Apple’s version of a virtual assistant and ‘her’ name is Siri. Articles and blog posts have been singing her praises, absolutely amazed at the way she answers their questions and requests. I suppose some virtual assistants might be irritated.

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