Sat.Jan 02, 2016 - Fri.Jan 08, 2016

5 Reasons We all Deserve Forgiveness

Dumb Little Man

Forgiveness is often misunderstood. We tend to think that forgiveness can only be given to others when they hurt us or cause us pain. You say, “It’s okay. I forgive you” and then it’s over. Chapter closed. In reality, though, forgiveness is a much more complex concept. First of all, granting forgiveness is not just a matter of mere words. Truly forgiving someone happens within. It doesn’t mean you forget what happened, but rather accept it and choose to move forward.

2016 159

Top 5 Strategies to Get Your Office Schedule Back on Track!

Office Organization Success

Getting back into the swings of things after a break is always challenging! Whether it’s time taken off during the summer, a break during the Holiday season, or simply a week’s vacation, the first few days back at your desk are usually spent playing catch-up. For me, one of the first things I do is review my stats to see what’s been happening while I’ve been away. I always find just reviewing what’s gone on gets me back into the flow again.

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The Rise of the Independent Professional Working for Businesses

Small Business Labs

Getting lost in the various debates around the "gig economy" is the size and growth of the segment of independent workers who provide professional services to businesses.    As the chart below from the HBR's Your Company Needs Independent Workers shows, the number of U.S. independent workers serving businesses has grown from 4.5 million in 2011 to 6.4 million in 2015.    This is about 3 times as fast as overall employment growth during this period.

2016 136

Well, Hello, New Year--You Look Marvelous!

Virtual Moxie

Ok, I have to ask—where in the name of Pete did the past three months GO? My mother used to say that time flies so much faster as you get older, but I don't think I really felt it in a deep way till this fall. It really seems like my sabbatical just began.except it's January, and it's over. I had such a good time.

2016 122

3 Strategies To Use If You Find Yourself Putting Things Off Until Later

Dumb Little Man

Did you ever feel like you had a lot of work to do, but you just couldn’t muster up the energy to do anything? Or, maybe there’s something that you’ve always wanted to do, but you found yourself putting it off until “later” Instead of figuring out how to get things done right away, it’s easier to just put your work aside and surf the net. As a result, we often find ourselves scrambling madly at the last minute to finish something we should have started earlier.

2016 125

Welcome to the new Practically Perfect PA Website

Practically Perfect PA

Hay everyone, I hope you had a lovely Christmas and New Year! I have been busy busy busy over the festive season sprucing up the website, giving it a bit of a spring clean and adding a few new touches here and there. Basically I have completely changed the website! Why you might ask?

2016 122

It's a Mobile World

Small Business Labs

No matter how much we cover mobile computing, it seems in many ways we continue to underestimate its impact. This is why it shows up yet again on our 2016 small business trends list. As the Business Insider Intelligence chart below shows, there are about 4.5 times more mobile Internet subscribers globally than there are people who access the Internet via a fixed subscription (for example, a cable modem like the one I'm using right now).

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6 Destructive Thoughts That Restrain Your Potential

Dumb Little Man

Our mental makeup can be attributed to the way we’ve been brought up, or our environment and the people we met while growing up or even the people we interact with as adults, somehow have the power to influence our thoughts – if we let them. Someone once said, don’t believe your own thoughts – there is a lot of truth in that.

2016 125

Practically Perfect PA Giveaway: Assist Conference ticket!

Practically Perfect PA

Thanks to our wonderful partners at The PA Show we have a very special giveaway for Practically Perfect PA readers this month. We are offering one lucky reader the chance to attend the Assist Conference for free. Yes that is right – a whole day of fantastic training specifically for assistants – completely for free! The conference is taking place on Friday 26th February 2016 in London. More information on the programme and the speakers can be found on the Assist Conference website.

2016 109

Daily Practice for Those Little Messes

Clutter Coach

by It’s Wednesday! That means time for a new chapter. You can read them here every week, or buy the ebook here. Simple Way #4. Tidy Up. Daily living involves getting stuff out, using it, moving it around and combining it with other stuff. No one stays organized at every moment because life creates little messes. So make it a daily practice to clean up those little messes.

2016 100

Slow Cooker Red Roast Pulled Pork Recipe

Professional Assistant Blog

Comfort food is always welcomed in the winter time when staying in is a choice. Here’s Mardi Michel’s slow cooker red roast pulled pork recipe from JamieOliver.com. Slow Cooker Red Roast Pulled Pork. Serves 6. Ingredients. 1kg pork shoulder, bone in. 2 teaspoons vegetable or peanut oil. For the sauce : 1 large shallot. 2 cloves garlic. 1 thumb-sized piece of ginger. 1 teaspoons Chinese five spice powder. ½ cup (120mls) pomegranate juice. 2 tablespoons brown sugar.

2016 100

3 Tips for Getting the Most Important Things Done Every Day

Dumb Little Man

For the past couple of years I have been paying careful attention to why there were some times where I was able to get a lot done during a certain day and why there were some days where I felt totally overwhelmed and couldn’t get anything done. I remember a time where I was sitting on my bed talking to myself saying, “Wow all these years of school yet still no ability to be productive”. Why do some college graduates from top American schools fail to get to work and just getting things done?

2016 124

How the On-Demand Economy is Making it Easier to Start a Business

Small Business Labs

Intuit CEO Brad Smith's article How On-demand is Ushering in a New Era of Entrepreneurship  covers a very important and under appreciated benefit of the on-demand economy - it reduces the friction and risk associated with starting a business.    "Friction", in this case, means the amount of time, effort and money associated with getting a business going. On-demand economy platforms (Etsy, Upwork, Uber, etc.) reduce the need for all of these resources.

2016 100

Three DIY Organizing Solutions

Clutter Coach

by For today's post, I decided to wander around the Instructables website and see what clever ideas people had for simple household organizing problems. This site always has inspired creations and hacks to improve your daily life. Here are three fun ones I found: Plastic Bag Dispenser This amusing Instructable tells how to make a dispenser out of a sweatshirt sleeve. It hangs on a doorknob with a nylon string that's pinned on.

2016 100

The Foundations of Productivity

Simple Productivity Blog

I’ve been thinking a lot about foundations lately, so I decided to start the year at Whole Life Productivity with an article series about the foundations of productivity. I remember watching my husband pour a concrete slab. He cleared the ground, removing the grass and rocks, then used a tool to pound the dirt flat. It was a lot of effort, and I asked him why. He replied, “Without a good foundation, everything on top will crack.”

2016 100

9 Ways to Feng Shui Your Desk

Dumb Little Man

If you’re struggling to keep your head afloat the cesspool of folders and documents you’ve allowed to accrue on your desk, chances are you may feel a bit uneasy while working. Although having a disorderly desk certainly disrupts the flow of Chi in your vital environment, which cultivates your livelihood and career, it is equally as detrimental to sit in an empty space with nothing to spark creativity or encourage prosperity of the mind, body, and of course- the wallet.

2016 123

Is the Staffing Industry Facing a Kodak Moment?

Small Business Labs

These are good times for the temporary staffing industry. As the American Staffing Association chart below shows, the industry has been booming since the steep declines caused by the Great Recession.    2015 was another record setting year and pretty much everyone in the staffing industry is predicting good times ahead.

2016 100

Starting Somewhere

Clutter Coach

by Starting is hard. It means going from a standstill into some. useful activity that you may not feel confident about doing. Once you have. started, though, it’s much easier to. continue. That’s why I have a bunch of tricks for just getting started, any. which way. One typical problem people have is that everything they need. to do seems equally important. Here are a few ways to handle it. Assign each task a number from 1 through X (whatever the. total is) randomly.

2016 100

How to Better Explain Complicated Information

On The Job

No one doubts the intelligence of technical people, but that doesn’t mean they’re good at everything. One of the areas where many could use some improvement is communicating technical information to non-techies. Techies often believe that communication is one of those skills that is nice to have, but not critical to their career. If they ever need it, they believe they’ll figure it out. How difficult can it be?

2016 109

Why You Need to Get Out and Meet Your Friends

Dumb Little Man

Do you believe that friends just come and go? That those you consider true friends now would surely go at some point later? That other friends—with more or less the same characteristics, traits or even number—are going to come, so you really don’t have to worry about making new ones? We lose friends every decade, give or take a couple of years—because we merely move on with our lives. They’re still our friends, sure, but the truth is, we make new ones.

2016 118

Costly Office Supply Management Discussion

Office Dynamics

In the case of the office supply management that Sula details below, is signage the answer or can this admin team come up with some additional solutions to the costly office supplies issue? Question: “We’re having a real problem keeping office supply costs in check. When things are supplied for people free at work, they seem to get extra careless about their use, and the number of pens, sticky notes, plastic spoons, paper towels and cups we go through is staggering and expensive.

2016 100

Tips for Taming Distractions at Work

Clutter Coach

by I often hear from people that they come in to the office early in the morning or on weekends just to get some work done in peace. They don’t particularly like doing it, but they do like the quiet and the lack of interruptions from phone, email and coworkers. Lifehacker yesterday ran a post about “guerilla tactics” people use to get some distraction-free time at work. This was a favorite: “A couple colleagues of mine and I schedule fake meetings so we can sit.

2016 100

A 5 Step Guide to Productive Travel: How to Keep Going Forward When You’re Going Places

Productivityist

As I write this, I’m sitting in a hotel room in Seattle preparing to head off for a week of travel. It doesn’t matter when travel takes place, it is disruptive. This disruption can wreak havoc on your productivity and can even carry over beyond your travel period if you don’t deal with it accordingly. I’ve been there and it’s not fun. Travel doesn’t have to be so disruptive that it throws you completely off your game.

2016 60

Popularity Pointers – 7 Ways to Get People to Lke You (Better)

Dumb Little Man

Perhaps I’m dating myself, but do you remember Paul Simon’s 1975 classic song, “50 Ways to Leave Your Lover?” ” While there are lots of methods to sever a relationship, and many underlying reasons why bonds can be so easily broken, it seems much more challenging to win others’ hearts. Yes, as a former school guidance counselor, I’m aware that it’s best not to be so outer-directed and even fret over what people think of us.

2016 108

Take a Customer Service Approach to Retain Employees

Office Dynamics

Four ways to use the customer service approach to retain employees. Outspoken billionaire and founder of Virgin Airlines Richard Branson once said that employees come first in a company, even before customers. Research into employee retention and job satisfaction takes Branson’s words a little further, recommending that the same customer service techniques used by successful companies should be used on employees.

Don't Sort Things Unless Absolutely Necessary

Clutter Coach

by Here's Chapter 6 of my book. Not exactly keeping to the Every Wednesday plan. I may have to spend some time automating this procedure (make it happen automagically!). You can read right now, or buy the ebook here. Note: if you're going to read right now, why not take the action step too? Just sayin' Simple Way #6. Avoid Sorting. Don’t sort paper unnecessarily.

2016 100

My 2016 Running Calendar

Brilliantly Better

The first half of 2016 is already planned – there will be 5 races: 1 semi-marathon, 2 full marathons and 2 ultra-marathons. As for the second part of my 2016 running calendar, I chose to keep a little bit of flexibility, party… The post My 2016 Running Calendar appeared first on Dragos Roua. Personal Development Running

2016 60

Seeing Through The Fog

Productivityist

I wear glasses. Thick glasses with progressive lenses because my vision is pretty terrible. I’ve gotten used to wearing them every day, but the one thing that irks me about wearing glasses is how they fog up when I come in from the cold. This morning I walked with my kids to school and then came home to write. The moment I settled into my chair, the fog set in on my glasses. This meant I had to wait for a few moments before I could start the writing process.

2016 52

A Handout About Compound Words

Daily Writing Tips

Recently, this text for an online ad caught my attention: “All she asked for was a hand-up, not a hand out.” What struck me was that the copywriter, though I give him or her credit for a clever turn of phrase that pivots on the contrast in meaning between two idioms starting with the root word hand , erred not once but twice in treating those compounds: The sentence should have read, “All she asked for was a hand up, not a handout.”.

2016 51

How to Optimize Space

Clutter Coach

by Although I still have websites, the blog is the place where I put my new content. The websites are ridiculously hard to a not-too-computer savvy person like me to edit. The blog, by contrast, is easy as pie (thanks, Typepad!). However, there’s some valuable content on the sites that people aren’t seeing as much because my traffic is coming here rather than there. So, today I’m sending you to an article I wrote about using your space.

2016 100

How To Follow Your Passion And Make A Living Out Of It

Brilliantly Better

Everybody and their mother will tell you nowadays to follow your passion. To dream big. To be bold. To make whatever you can to turn your dreams into reality. If you’ve been around on this planet for long enough (let’s… The post How To Follow Your Passion And Make A Living Out Of It appeared first on Dragos Roua. Business Personal Development Success & Wellness

2016 59

The Productivityist Podcast 74: Dmitri Leonov

Productivityist

This week on the show I speak with Dmitri Leonov, co-founder of SaneBox. We talk about why it isn’t always a good idea to use every aspect of a tool (SaneBox naturally gets mentioned here) and a ton of other thoughts surrounding a productivity pain point for many: email. I always enjoy when I speak with someone who makes a tool to help with productivity saying that the tool is not the entire solution to the problem.

2016 43

20 Words That Contain “mn”

Daily Writing Tips

While looking stuff up, I became curious about how many words include the unusual pairing of m and n , and I discovered more than I had expected. Many more than twenty exist, but I’ve listed only that number (along with their definitions), choosing to exclude several categories of words. See below for details.) Words ultimately derive from Latin by way of an earlier form of English or French unless otherwise indicated.

2016 51

Make Time for Your Mail

Clutter Coach

by Last week, I wrote about setting up a way to sort your incoming mail. That’s step one of handling the mail. It paves the way for the more important step of doing something with all that mail. This means getting it to its final destination rather than letting it stack up on the counter or in lovely labeled file folders. The biggest mistake I see people make with mail is that they open it, glance at the contents, then set it down again “for later.”

2016 100

A day in the life: Catheryn Fellowes, EA to Sophie Hulme

Practically Perfect PA

What are the main aspects of your role? I am Executive Assistant to British Fashion Designer (Creative Director & CEO) Sophie Hulme. I have been working for Sophie for almost 2 years, and every day since joining has been different! The main aspect of my role is to support Sophie both professionally & personally across all aspects of her work and personal life.

2016 159

The Productivityist Podcast 74: Dmitri Leonov

Productivityist

This week on the show I speak with Dmitri Leonov, co-founder of SaneBox. We talk about why it isn’t always a good idea to use every aspect of a tool (SaneBox naturally gets mentioned here) and a ton of other thoughts surrounding a productivity pain point for many: email. I always enjoy when I speak with someone who makes a tool to help with productivity saying that the tool is not the entire solution to the problem.

2016 40

Quasi, the Queer Qualifier

Daily Writing Tips

What, exactly, does the prefix quasi mean, and can it stand on its own? The term, from Latin, is used as a qualifier to denote that something resembles or is like something but is not exactly equivalent, and, yes, quasi is an adverb. Quasi often appears in phrasal adjectives as a more formal alternative to “kind of” or “sort of”: A quasinomadic culture, for example, is one that has some but not all characteristics of a purely nomadic society.

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