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Fitter, Happier and More Productive in 5 Simple Steps

Dumb Little Man

Many people complain that they lack the energy to meet all the demands of their day. Human beings are not equipped by nature for the modern pace of living, so you must adapt, managing your input and output of energy carefully. Once you have this down pat, you’re well on the way to thriving as a happier, more innovative and more resilient person. This is how I do it.

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A day in the life: Hannah Rogerson, PA, Absolute Taste

Practically Perfect PA

What are the main aspects of your role? My role is very varied and probably doesn’t sit within the ‘traditional PA’ job description that many would think. Having been with Absolute Taste for 14 years there are lots of jobs that I do which are a hangover from when we were a very small company with 10-15 people so we all mucked in, saying that I still do these tasks because I enjoy these aspects and I don’t want to relinquish them!

2015 196

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Virtual Moxie

Waaaay back in the day, I was Cheryl Richardson 's Virtual Assistant, she was the new president of ICF, and we were deeply engaged in working on the first-ever International Coach Federation conference. Although instructions had been given to attendees about how to handle their own special dietary requests directly with the hotel, one woman decided she HAD to talk with me about it. And she went on and on about how she needed ME to handle it for her.

2015 186

Coworking, Social Contacts and Weak Ties

Small Business Labs

The Pacific Standard's The Future of Work: The Water Cooler and the Fridge covers a fascinating academic research study  on the important social role offices play.    Key quote from the article: But the office is not merely a place for productivity; it is also a place for social contact.

2015 154

Do These 5 Things To Wake Up Energized (And Productive) Every Day

Dumb Little Man

Picture this: you open your eyes as you wake up to a sunrise. Without a moment’s delay, you get out of bed and stretch. It’s an exciting day ahead and you can’t wait to get started. You quickly get changed into your gym clothes and head outside for a nice jog in the quiet, peaceful morning. When you get home, you take a shower and come out refreshed. By the time you finish eating breakfast, it’s still early outside. Yet you feel energized and fully awake, ready to take on the day.

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Technology of the week: Canva

Practically Perfect PA

What is Canva? Canva is a start-up based in Sydney which aims to make graphics design easier for small businesses and individuals. What does it do? Designing graphics for websites, social media platforms, presentations, and brochures can be a tricky business. It can be expensive to hire a professional and painstakingly difficult to do with inadequate tools and software.

2015 146

10 Productivity Tips for Around the Office

Productivity Bits

Offices were meant to be the best place to get work done. But between the people milling around, the allure of the internet to distract us and the general din that occurs when you stick hundreds of people in a big room together, sometimes it can be hard to be productive. We’ve got 10 tips to keep you going, even in the most distracting of offices. Thank you for subscribing! Please grab my free productivity ebook!

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Three Absolute Musts If You Want To Grow Your Business Working In Your Pajamas

Dumb Little Man

Let me let you into a secret… I am usually working in my pajamas! And yes, it is kinda weird and maybe that puts you off me but the truth is, I love the flexibility of my life! I love the fact that I can work from my bed if I so choose and I can still create wealth while doing it!

2015 219

Practically Perfect PA 2015 Survey

Practically Perfect PA

Practically Perfect PA is nearly four years old. The blog has come a long way since October 2011 and I’m really excited about what we have planned for the next few months, including Assist Travel and the next Assist Conference. The last few years I have conducted a reader survey that really helped me move the blog forward and I would love to hear your thoughts and opinions again.

2015 144

5 Fantastic Examples of Eco Sticker Design

Eco-Office Gals

Great stickers can have a multitude of uses from giving you a quick and easy way to promote your brand to making your home look fantastic. Creating custom stickers is an art form so lets look at some great examples to help you on the way ecooffice-gals chatted with custom sticker experts Blue Bee Printing who recommended some cool eco sticker examples to get inspired from. Hand Writing Think Green Ecology. We forever speak of writing our destinies and stories.

2015 122

The State of the VC Industry - Fewer Firms, More Funding

Small Business Labs

TrueBridge Capital Partners recently released a report on the State of the Venture Capital Industry. It covers venture capital firm fundraising, investments, valuations, exits, and returns with a focus on 2014, but also has a lot of historical data. A couple of charts jumped out at me. The first is the number of active VC firms. As the study chart below shows, there's been a steady decline in the number of VC firms since the Internet bubble of the late 1990's.

2015 145

4 Branding Secrets from Eminem

Dumb Little Man

In 1996 we were a world in transition. From Osama Bin Laden being expelled from Sudan, Mad Cow Disease outbreak in Britain and turbulent economic times in the US, our news was flooded with woes. But quietly that summer an obscure underground rapper whose flow nearly defied his ethnic background hit the mainstream and nearly 19 years later we are still mystified.

2015 219

Supercharge Your Google Calendar

Simple Productivity Blog

Google Calendar is a powerful tool. It allows you to access your calendars from anywhere on the web.and there are many applications that allow you to get the data offline as well. However, there are some features that make Google Calendar even more powerful, and most people don't know or take advantage of them. Here are 5 little-used features that can supercharge your Google Calendar. The post Supercharge Your Google Calendar appeared first on Simple Productivity Blog.

4 Ways Over-Delivering at Work Can Backfire

Eat Your Career

After a brief hiatus, I’m proud to announce that I am, once again, a featured career expert on US News & World Report ! I’ll be contributing an original article over there once a month on various career-related topics so keep your eye out. Don’t worry; I’ll share them here as well!). This month’s article challenges a popular workplace rule: “under promise and over deliver” I know, I know. In the past, I’ve touted the benefits of this rule.

2015 122

6 Clear Steps to Resolving Team Problems

Office Dynamics

No team exists without some problems. No relationship exists without some problems, whether small or large. It is important to the team relationship not to let problems tear down the team and reduce the team’s effectiveness. Turn obstacles into opportunities for growth. Focus on possibilities. Put all your energy into finding solutions and work around the obstacles. Some ways to resolving team problems are: Have clear team goals.

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Sleeping Always Matters

Dumb Little Man

Sleeping is usually an underestimated activity either because we are not aware of what goes on during sleep or due to such a tiring and stressful routine that we only want to lie down and fall asleep. When scientific connections are brought to light about sleeping and our general health, we become more attentive than ever. And because we are not conscious during sleeping hours, we have little record on how we are doing or even how to improve it.

2015 219

Why "Busyness" is Ruining Your Career and Business

On The Job

Shaa Wasmund says she often advises entrepreneurs or those scaling their business to identify the one thing they can do that day that will make the biggest difference. Not five things. Not three things. That’s when she usually sees the panic start to set in. People who are always, always busy – multitasking their way through life – often are very resistant to the thought of only doing one thing. They may even get angry.

2015 167

Re-inspire Yourself this Fall!

Step It Up VA Coaching

by Donna Toothaker. The fall is nearly upon us, and sure – this is the time of year when the air cools down, the sun sets earlier, and we prepare for the dormant winter season. But in business, fall is also a time of new beginnings. The new “school year” cycle signifies a clean slate, a time for learning, and growth – even for those of us who graduated years ago. Harness the renewing energy of this cycle to reinvigorate yourself and your business, and end the year on a high note.

2015 109

Freedom's Just Another Word for Nothing Left to Lose

Clutter Coach

by Originally posted 2011-05-12 15:48:09. Republished by Blog Post Promoter Two years ago, Jenny’s life turned upside down. “The Universe,” she says, “picked me up and spun me around.” ” She landed in Detroit with her computer and a few bags of clothes. Nothing else. At first, she missed her books and her photo albums, but none of the other stuff. Not a thing. That came as a big surprise.

2015 109

3 Signs You’re Losing Hope

Dumb Little Man

On the subject of hope, civil rights hero Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. said, “We must accept finite disappointment, but never lose infinite hope.” This would suggest to me that life will surly deal us all plenty of opportunities to embraced the darkness of hopelessness, but we have to learn to dig deeper to lay hold of an expectation that we are always progressing. Without this trait, we run the risk of be swallowed whole by the monster of despair.

2015 210

A Secretary vs An Executive Assistant

Office Dynamics

As the CEO and founder of Office Dynamics International, I’ve been fortunate to work side-by-side with CEOs, Presidents, and Vice Presidents for more than 40 years. I highly respect and admire these individuals. I always learn a great deal from them. One aspect I love about the executive leader is that they have a way of sharing important insights in a unique way. Here is an example of what I mean. A Secretary vs An Executive Assistant.

2015 143

4 Ways Over-Delivering at Work Can Backfire

Eat Your Career

After a brief hiatus, I’m proud to announce that I am, once again, a featured career expert on US News & World Report ! I’ll be contributing an original article over there once a month on various career-related topics so keep your eye out. Don’t worry; I’ll share them here as well!). This month’s article challenges a popular workplace rule: “under promise and over deliver” I know, I know. In the past, I’ve touted the benefits of this rule.

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5 Communication Mistakes Made By Young Leaders

On The Job

Young leaders are faced with numerous challenges, but perhaps none are greater than learning to communicate and connect with employees. If they fail in those areas, they may find their teams underperforming and their own careers in jeopardy. Dianne Booher , a business communications expert and author of What More Can I Say? explains the bad habits to break: 1.

2015 140

Exceptions for Hyphenating Compound Adjectives

Daily Writing Tips

Sometimes readers ask for posts that would require superhuman powers on my part: Kindly produce an article containing all the exceptions for hyphenating compound adjectives, with examples. Hyphenation is not an exact science, and not all style guides agree on the rules. The chief purpose of hyphenating compound adjectives is to avoid ambiguity. Most modern usage authorities opt for what The Chicago Manual of Style calls “a spare hyphenation style”: 7.

2015 86

Win On The Weekends By Losing Football


Recently, Mike wrote a post titled Throw The Deep Ball where he wrote about the forward pass and how sometimes we need to take risks and go for big gains rather than small improvements. That works well for Mike, but I wanted to switch to the other side of the ball and tell you why I disagree. He’s right that the National Football League season is just around the corner, but I’m no fan of the sport. I used to be.

2015 71

Loan or Line of Credit? 7 Key Differences you Need to Know

Small Business CEO

There are several key differences between a loan and a line of credit ( LOC ). Differences you need to go before putting yourself at the mercy of a bank loan manager or outside lender. A loan is a one time deal. Once a loan is paid off, you have to reapply again if you need a cash-infusion in the future. A line of credit is always there to be drawn upon as needed, provided you keep it in good standing. Loans are largely based on needs.

2015 82

Win a Scholarship to the Damn Fine Words Writing Course

Men With Pens

Click here to read the full article →Another rocking post from Men With Pens! Win a Scholarship to the Damn Fine Words Writing Course first appeared on Men With Pens Copyright 2006. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]. Better Writing

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Diminish, Decline, and Dwindle

Daily Writing Tips

A reader asks, Can you please post an article on the correct usage of the words diminish , decline , and dwindle ? I believe diminish is used with uncountable nouns such as the light diminishes, decline is used with abstract and uncountable nouns such as “decline in quality” or “decline in performance,” and dwindle is used only with countable nouns such as “the population of tigers has dwindled.”.

2015 82

The Productivityist Podcast 53: Making Teamwork Work with Sebastian Klein of Blinkist


Being productive on your own can be a challenge with everything we face today but being productive as a team can be even more daunting – especially when they are spread out across the globe. On this episode of the podcast, I chat with Sebastian Klein of Blinkist about how his team has adopted (and adapted) Holacracy as a productivity approach to make teamwork, well, work. Links. Sebastian Klein (@kl1eb) | Twitter. Holacracy – A complete system for self-organization.

2015 66

Demanding, Demandable, and In Demand

Daily Writing Tips

This may be chiefly an ESL phenomenon, but confusion exists concerning the use of the adjective demandable. My attention was drawn to the topic by this email: I am an English teacher [from Turkmenistan]. I know English pretty well; however, I confuse the words “demanding” and “demandable.” Can you help me to distinguish those words? “He He has a demandable character.” Or, “he has demanding character, or characteristics?”. The OED defines demandable as “That may be demanded or claimed.”

2015 81

8 Expressions with the Word Quick

Daily Writing Tips

The English word quick is related to Latin vivus , “alive.”. The version of the Apostle’s Creed I grew up with contains this sentence: “Thence He shall come to judge the quick and the dead.” The line echoes 1 Peter 4:5 (KJV): ‘Who shall give account to him that is ready to judge the quick and the dead.” The “ quick and the dead” are the “ living and the dead.”. When a fetus begins to move in the womb, it is said to quicken , that is, “show signs of life.”.

2015 80


Daily Writing Tips

This use of the word dispositive in a letter to the editor in my morning paper left me puzzled: Religious dogma and scripture tend to be grab-bags out of which all kinds of often-contradictory points can be made by [whoever] wants to reach in, and who is to say which of them is dispositive? I think I know what the letter-writer meant by dispositive , but I can’t help wondering why he didn’t use a more familiar word when addressing a general audience.

2015 78

It Ends When…

Daily Writing Tips

A reader is puzzled by a line in a movie: While watching The Bourne Ultimatum, I observed a CIA officer saying “It ends when we’ve won “ [I’m] a bit confused with this construction as it does not indicate future though the context of sentence [indicates that] the officer is talking about some time in future. If the statement stood alone, one would expect the verb in one of the clauses to be in future tense: “The killing will end when we have won.”

2015 77

Rite, Shine, and Recognize

Daily Writing Tips

Here are three miscellaneous errors that cropped up in one morning’s batch of letters to the editor in my morning paper. A reader responding to an editorial opposing a proposed state requirement for schools to provide compulsory instruction in cursive handwriting: Your thumbs-down reasoning on the state imposing cursive ( a right of passage ), and linking that to change vs. “old” ways, overlooks, as many often do, an important point.

2015 77

How to Take OmniFocus to the Next Level


I had the privilege of reviewing Creating Flow with OmniFocus 2 by Kourosh Dini and I took many positive influences from it. In fact, the mainstay of my current setup is down to the advice and recommendations that are laid out in the book. This post is being created as a direct result of the book. Now I am able to compartmentalize certain areas of my life and block out all of the ‘stuff’ that doesn’t currently need my attention.

2015 65

A Look At 3 Great Alternatives To IQTell


All-in-one task management solution IQTell is shutting its doors (more specific details here ) and now a loyal user base is looking for other options to keep tabs on everything they’ve got on the go. Ran Flam, CEO of IQTell, stated in the announcement of the closure the following as one of the reasons for the shutdown: “This space has become filled with much simpler solutions that prevented the growth we were expecting for IQTell.”.

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