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9 Little Things Happy People Don’t Do

Dumb Little Man

Have you ever noticed that the happy people in this world seem to do things, or rather not do things that differ to what the majority of unhappy people would do? Sure they may only be small things, but they great factors in the overall happiness someone has in their life. The majority of people in this world are in the constant pursuit of happiness, and it’s not because of what they do and don’t have.

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Work-Life Balance for Parents

Simple Productivity Blog

It can be really hard to be a parent. It’s even harder when you are working, being a parent, managing a home and doing all the other things that come from having non-adults in your house. It is really easy, however, to get out of balance while managing those hard tasks. Below is an info […]. The post Work-Life Balance for Parents appeared first on Simple Productivity Blog. More great content can be found on the site at Simple Productivity Blog.,

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Ten tips for managing multiple Executives

Practically Perfect PA

Speaking to assistants at the Assist Conference back in February I was surprised at how many of the delegates worked for multiple Executives. I would say the majority worked for two or more bosses. I knew the traditional one on one assistant position was on the decline in most organisations but I thought that the majority of board level Directors still had a dedicated assistants – this just isn’t the case anymore. Managing multiple Executives can be tricky and a constant juggling act.

2015 170

Coworking and the Blending of Work and Life

Small Business Labs

We quit using the term "work/life balance" many years ago. It simply doesn't fit the world most of us live in. Instead, we started using "work/life flexibility" This term fit what we were hearing in our interviews and seeing in our survey results. People consistently tell us they want to be able have some control over where, when and how they work. But even this doesn't really describe what's going on.

2015 164

Buying an Investment Property? Here’s What You Should Care About

Dumb Little Man

A lot of people consider investing in real estate a great investment option. And why not? The ultimate aim of buying an investment property is to increase your wealth and safeguard your financial future. However, if you think property investments are devoid of any risk whatsoever, you’ve set yourself up for something else. Several people think that investing in property always delivers stellar returns.

2015 217

Boost Your Word Productivity With Styles

Simple Productivity Blog

This month on Mondays we are going to be looking at how a suite of tools - namely Microsoft Office - can make you more productive. Our second post in the series is one of those power user tricks that is actually really easy to use - and can save a ton of time. One of the things I really hate to see people doing is formatting a Word document. They select text, then change the font, size, weight and color. Then they repeat it for other like text in the documents. Why do I hate to see it?

2015 171

Practically Perfect PA Giveaway

Practically Perfect PA

Thanks to the lovely folk at Biscuiteers , the luxury, hand-iced biscuit gifting company, we have a very special giveaway for Practically Perfect PA readers. We are offering one lucky reader the chance to attend the Biscuiteers School of Icing with a friend. You’ll both enjoy an afternoon at the stunning Biscuiteers Boutique and with the help of their talented icers, be taught all the tricks and techniques to create your very own iced biscuit collection.

2015 169

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The Myths About Working in Retirement

Small Business Labs

A good study from Merrill Lynch on working in retirement is nicely covered in the Fast Company article The Real Reasons More People are Working in Retirement.   The study covers in detail what they call the 4 Myths of working in retirement. According to the study summary, these are: Myth 1: Retirement means the end of work. Reality: Over seven in 10 pre-retirees say they want to work in retirement. In the near future, it will be increasingly unusual for retirees not to work.

Get Your Productivity In Order…Backed By Science

Simple Productivity Blog

It seems like every time I step into a bookstore, the business section has proliferated a few dozen more time management books. Unfortunately, most of these are either re-hashes of old material, or a description of what has worked for the author. Francis Wade has a new book, Perfect Time-Based Productivity, that turns this on its head. The post Get Your Productivity In Order…Backed By Science appeared first on Simple Productivity Blog.

2015 165

20 questions to ask a new boss

Practically Perfect PA

For assistants to be successful in their career they must must must have a good working relationship with their boss. The role is ultimately making the boss a success so the assistant has to ensure that the relationship is strong from the outset. The first meeting an assistant has with their new boss is so important and must be used wisely.

2015 164

Want Your Small Business to Make Big Ripples in the Business World? Try this.

Tips From T. Marie

You may have read the trending news story about Dan Price, the CEO who took a cut in pay in order to give raises to everyone in his company that weren’t making $70,000.00 a year. Turns out, the average salary at the company is around $48,000.00, which means the majority of employees are going to see a substantial increase in their income. His reasons? Mr. Price said he wasn’t seeking to score political points with his plan.

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Dogs Helped Humans Outcompete Neanderthals

Small Business Labs

Really interesting review of the book  The Invaders  in the Wall Street Journal. The book argues that humans and their dogs outcompeted Neanderthals, leading to their demise.    Homo sapiens arrived in Europe about 40,000 years ago. It appears they quickly domesticated wolves, who helped them hunt and defend their camp sites. 

2015 134

Professionalism Without The Price Tag

The Small Business Blog

When embarking upon a new small enterprise or startup money tends to be on the tight side. But a lean budget doesn’t have to mean unprofessional looking. Clients don’t need to know if you’re operating out of your basement or not – you can still maintain a very high quality front without wasting too much… Read the full article here: Professionalism Without The Price Tag on: THE SMALL BUSINESS BLOG. Guest Blog Price Tag professionalism

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Technology of the week:

Practically Perfect PA

What is provides airport information on hundreds of airports, including flight status & tracking, airport amenities, terminal maps, parking, layover ideas, security information, and a wealth of information aimed at easing the burden of air travel. What does it do? has absolutely loads of information for travellers going through and between commercial airports.

2015 152

Who Is Office Dynamics International?

Office Dynamics

At Office Dynamics International we are celebrating 25 years of serving the administrative profession. Perhaps you’ve known us for a long time or you’re new around here. Either way, we want you to know who we are and what we believe. We Passionately Believe. The administrative role is a noble calling. In a “Career of Choice” mentality. “Falling into a job” will never compare to “falling in love with your career.”

Cool Bubble Wrap Calendar

Clutter Coach

by Originally posted 2008-07-11 10:33:00. Republished by Blog Post Promoter Yes, a calendar where you get to pop a bubble each day! If you’ve been on vacation, a whole row at once! According to the website, this calendar is great for that special designer / obsessive / compulsive in your life. If you’re really obsessive, you could find a way to write on the bubbles… Found on Guy Kawasaki’s blog. The post Cool Bubble Wrap Calendar appeared first on Clutter Coach

Emotion Can Spur Greater Team Performance

On The Job

In a recent survey , 46% of employees report they’d prefer to do anything else than sit in a team meeting, with 17% reporting they would be willing to watch paint dry and 8% saying they’d be willing to endure a root canal. That level of dislike is a wake-up call for managers who need teams to be engaged and positive when they’re together – not grumpy, bored and frustrated. But how do managers inspire the right kind of emotions in team members so that it drives high-level performances?

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Open Loops 4/17/2015

Simple Productivity Blog

On Fridays I pull the best of my blog readings to share with readers. Topics can come from anywhere, and cover anything. This week I highlight articles on. How to clean the heating shell of a slow cooker. How to make steel cut oatmeal easily. Getting over the paralysis of a huge workload. A great way to close open loops around the house. Bedtime rituals to boost your productivity. Ways to stay optimistic.and more! The post Open Loops 4/17/2015 appeared first on Simple Productivity Blog.

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Reward Your Toil

Loosely Speaking

All I can say is, Prescott gives Chicago a run for the money in the moniker “The Windy City.” ” It’s dry, on top of windy, meaning we are rapidly approaching the day when we are on high alert for wildfires. … Continue reading → Prescott Arizona Retirement acreage landscape manual labor

2015 100

5 Ways to Thank the Assistants Who Help You Succeed

Office Dynamics

Did you know Administrative Professionals Week is April 20 – 24? This happens to be one of my favorite weeks of the year – and not just because I was once an assistant myself before I founded my training company, Office Dynamics, back in 1990. I love celebrating Administrative Professionals Week because it gives me a chance to thank my own assistant for everything she does to help me be even more successful. If it weren’t for administrative professionals, business would cease.

2015 138

Tell Your Boss Not to be Afraid of Failure

On The Job

Success today often depends on being innovative and testing boundaries, but with that comes the risk of failure. While failure can certainly be an important part of the learning process, it also can bog down projects or processes. But what if there was a roadmap that used best practices and research to show how to embrace failure better and faster? Would that be a key to competitive advantage?

2015 136

Top 10 Confused Words in English

Daily Writing Tips

affect / effect. These two words have specialized meanings in psychology, but in ordinary speech and writing, affect is most often used as a verb meaning “to act on or to cause a change” and effect as a noun meaning “a change that is the result of some action”: How will the move to New Orleans affect the family? verb). What is the effect of this move on the children? noun).

2015 87

The Story Of My First 100 Kilometers Race

Brilliantly Better

At the end of May I will run in a 220 kilometers race around Lake Balaton, in Hungary, called Ultrabalaton. As part of the training … The post The Story Of My First 100 Kilometers Race appeared first on Dragos Roua. Personal Development

2015 76

How To Do More With Less Effort by Adam Timm

Office Dynamics

<Guest Post by Adam Timm > Ever feel like when you get to the end of the day, you’ve worked really hard but don’t have much to show for it? To prevent these moments, we can choose to work smarter, instead of harder. The energy of springtime (even for us in the land of eternal summer) is ripe for planting new seeds, starting new projects, and getting in the creative flow. Once the project is rolling, we might notice that we’ve taken on too much, adding to our already full plate.

2015 133

Is WixStores the Best Ecommerce Platform for Small Business Owners?

Small Business CEO

The answer to that question is a resounding yes! In fact, there is a recently-launched platform with the small business owner’s needs totally in mind, WixStores. WixStores is Wix’ new online ecommerce store builder.

2015 86

How to Pronounce Mobile

Daily Writing Tips

A reader wonders about the American pronunciation of the word mobile : When Americans refer to the thing that all of us carry around as our personal digital appendage, they rhyme it with “bill.” The rest of the. world (i.e., where I live) pronounce it to rhyme it with “bile.”. I’m not talking about the adjective “mobile,” but the noun “mobile,” short. for “mobile phone.” Does this have to do anything with the gas company. which sounds the same?

2015 87

Book Review: Zero to One


There are two qualities to good advice, but good advice rarely satisfies both. It should either be so specific, it’s only relevant to a handful of people in a handful of situations (“Red sky at night, sailor’s delight. Red sky in morning, sailor’s warning”). Or, it can be so general that it applies to everyone all the time (“Guests and fish both stink after three days”).

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How Well Do You Communicate? by Judi Moreo

Office Dynamics

<Guest Post by Judi Moreo> Administrative Professionals are the key to good communication in an organization. It is imperative that we are able to communicate clearly and precisely in order to avoid misinterpretation and misunderstandings that can be extremely costly to the organization. When communication is not good, it can cause serious damage to our organization, our executive, and even ourselves.

2015 131

How the Right ERP Tools Can Help Scale your Business

Small Business CEO

The idea of deploying an enterprise resource planning solution might be daunting for small businesses, especially given cost considerations. For one, the more popular ERP vendors such as SAP, Oracle and Microsoft, among many others, are often perceived to have a focus on enterprise clients. And even if the SME were to get enough funding to subscribe to an ERP license, it can be expensive to customize these solutions according to their needs.

2015 83

Grammar Review #2: Parallelism

Daily Writing Tips

When two or more things are parallel, they have a similar function, role or structure. In grammar, “parallel structure” refers to the balanced construction of a sentence. A balanced sentence will present the items in a series by using the same grammatical form for each item in the series. For example, if the first item in a list is expressed as a single word, the remaining items will also be expressed that way: My favorite flowers are pansies , daffodils , and roses.

2015 87

Should you pursue your Bright, Shiny Idea?

Men With Pens

Click here to read the full article → Another rocking post from Men With Pens! Should you pursue your Bright, Shiny Idea? first appeared on Men With Pens Copyright 2006 — 2015, All Rights Reserved. Better Business

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What Makes You Proud?

Office Dynamics

<What Makes You Proud? Guest Post by Kemetia Foley> Seems like each year that Administrative Professionals Day rolls around that there is a frenetic discussion about what sort of recognition is appropriate for Administrative Professionals and it ranges from ‘Why recognize?’ to the overkills of obligatory ‘flowers and lunch with the team’, and everything in between. And, you have the Administrative Professionals that lament that their employer does NOTHING for them. I mean, nothing.

2015 125

6 Ways to Select the Best Employees

Small Business CEO

An article appearing in Harvard Business Review showed that of 2,700 employers surveyed in a recent study, 41 percent reported a poor hiring choice cost the company as much as $25,000. The costs of an unsuitable hire come as the result of problems like poor productivity, the individual’s negative impact on morale and expenses of training a new hire.

2015 82

To Curry Favor

Daily Writing Tips

A reader asks, Does the expression “Curry Favour” have anything to do with curry? Short answer: “No.” But the long answer is pretty cool. The gastronomical word curry derives from a Tamil word for sauce , whereas, the curry in the expression “to curry favour/favor” is a verb meaning “to comb a horse.”.

2015 84

For Beginners: Keyboarding

Administrative Arts

I will be writing some posts especially for beginners in the clerical field. Helpful tips and what to learn to progress in an administrative career. These will be posted to the category For Beginners and will include For Beginners in the title. For those just starting out in the clerical field, I cannot stress enough working on your keyboarding skills. Many secretarial and administrative assistant jobs will require typing at a rate of 50 words per minute or higher.

Put A Lid On It: Venting Is Bad For You

Office Dynamics

<Guest Post by Courtney Clark> Don’t you hate that feeling when stress starts to build up, until you reach your boiling point and you feel like you just can’t take it any more? When most of us get to that point, there’s a solution: venting. You vent to your friends, your family, or other administrative professional colleagues, who understand the pressure of your job. Venting makes us feel like we can take action, in a situation where we really don’t have any power.

2015 123

Is Your Business Ready for the Cloud?

Small Business CEO

Information technology (IT) decisions at the small business level can be very challenging; traditional server-client models are often a poor solution for small businesses that need flexibility, scalability, convenience, and support at a manageable price. Cloud-based services are great alternatives for many, but the proliferation of these services can be overwhelming. Here’s how to know if your small business is ready for the cloud. Types of Cloud-Based Service Models.

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