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7 ways I Dealt With My Depression

Dumb Little Man

Somewhere in life we all go through the deepest layers of depression. Some survive while others keep drowning from one layer to other. It is very necessary to come out from this phase as it affects not only your mental health as well as makes you physically unfit. Like everyone else, I myself went through depression and I made a mistake of giving in somewhere between that phase and I had to suffer the consequences. Not only had I started getting sick as well as became mentally tired.

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How to Design an Office that Is Eco-Friendly

Eco-Office Gals

The amount of energy that is used by offices and other types of commercial buildings is staggering. This is why it is vital that the business world commits to energy efficiency. In so doing, they will reduce the tremendous environmental impact they have. At the same time, however, it actually improves the bottom line, which means the benefits are there not just for the world as a whole, but for the business in particular as well.

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Millennials Pass Gen X as Largest Generation in the U.S. Workforce

Small Business Labs

Pew Research's Millennials surpass Gen X'ers as the largest generation in the U.S. labor force  reports that in Q1 of 2015 Millennials surpassed Generation X to become the largest share of the American workforce. The report chart below shows the generational shifts in the U.S. workforce over the past two decades.   An interesting sidelight to the report is Pew's definitions of age cohorts.

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How to Get Out of the House More Quickly in the Morning

Productivity Bits

Even if you love the mornings and bound out of bed as soon as your alarm rings, there’s a good chance your sunrise routine could use some refining. Many people find they feel flustered trying to figure out what they need to bring with them before leaving the house, which results in them getting out the door later than planned. If that sounds familiar, the tips below should help you get ready to go more efficiently. Thank you for subscribing! Please grab my free productivity ebook!

2015 164

5 Simple Ways to Question Your Life and Your Writing

Dumb Little Man

Do you have a goal on your bucket list that you can’t wait to finish but have no idea where to start? Do you have an email, essay, article or blog post that you have to write but can’t seem to get the right words on the screen? A technique that should work for anyone are the “5W’s”. You can use these as stepping stones and guides to build a solid frame around your goal. Now let’s start with the smallest but often the heaviest of W’s. Why are you doing this?

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5 Tips to Ensure Your Emails Get Opened (and Read)

Office Organization Success

It’s getting harder and harder to get your subscribers to open your emails… Let alone read and act on them! As a result, business owners are seeing plummeting open rates for their email newsletters (ezines) … some email open rates are being reported as low as 8.6%. With the sheer volume of other information avenues we’re constantly subjected to these days, it’s not surprising that email open rates are taking a hit.

2015 162

Resolve to Clear Away All Bugs on the Windshield of Life

Virtual Moxie

Imagine yourself driving down the road. It's a sunny day, you're listening to great tunes, singing along, and everything's groovy in your world. Just then, a bug lands on your windshield, right in your line of vision. You immediately stop singing and frown. The bug isn't being blown off the windshield, either. It's riding along, bothering you, pulling your focus. Your choices?

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The Reports of the 1099 Economy's Death Have Been Greatly Exaggerated

Small Business Labs

If you followed most of last week's news about a ruling by  by the California Labor Commission that a Uber driver was an employee and not a contract worker, you'd think the 1099 economy will soon be dead.    But, of course, it's not. My first thought was to write a long article listing the reasons. But I decided it would be easier to reference the articles already out there that present a balanced view of this decision.

2015 147

Decision vs. Action: A Key Distinction for Success

Eat Your Career

I have a question for you: Three frogs are sitting on a log and one decides to jump off. How many frogs are left? If you answered two, you’re wrong, but don’t sweat it. Most people fall for it. Here’s the thing: One frog decided to jump off the log, but that doesn’t mean he necessarily did anything about it. Decision is not the same thing as action. We often confuse it as such, but deciding to become a millionaire is entirely different from actually doing what it takes to make it happen.

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Taking a mum break

Practically Perfect PA

A close friend of mine is due to welcome her first baby to the world any day soon. During one of her recent WhatsApp grillings amongst those of us already flung into the joys of motherhood, she was panicking about something that only lunatics or agitated pregnant people ponder – feeling bereft at not being at work.

2015 130

10 Ways To Cut Your Reading Expenses

Simple Productivity Blog

How much do you spend on reading material every week? Whether it is magazines, newspapers, books or ebooks, costs can add up quickly. Today we are going to look at how to cut your reading expenses. Not only will this give you back your money, but it will also simplify your reading list! The post 10 Ways To Cut Your Reading Expenses appeared first on Simple Productivity Blog. More great content can be found on the site at Simple Productivity Blog.,

WeWork Moves into Coliving

Small Business Labs

Coworking giant WeWork is launching WeLive, a project combining their coworking spaces with dorm-style micro apartments. Here's the description of the Arlington, VA project from the press release : The Crystal City project will be WeWork's first residential building, bringing the same benefits of co-working – shared amenities, a sense of community and opportunities for collaboration – to a residential building.

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How to Make Anyone More Excited About Their Job

On The Job

Brittle. Bureaucratic. These are the terms that Jason Jennings uses to describe the companies that have fallen by the wayside since the Fortune 500 was first published in 1955. In the last 60 years, the majority of those original companies are gone. Jennings, author of “ The High-Speed Company, ” says that managers must create a sense of urgency and growth in this “nanosecond culture,” or find themselves in the same boat as Sears and Kmart. (He

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Networking Is Important For Your Business — And The Follow Up Is Critical

Step It Up VA Coaching

by Donna Toothaker. Developing a solid plan for marketing and networking takes work, doesn’t it? And then the commitment it takes to carry out that plan sometimes takes even more effort. Hopefully, you do have a plan and you are making that effort because you know how important it is to your business growth. So, what are you doing to follow up with the contacts once you’ve had that initial meeting?

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How to Start a Successful Online Eco Business

Eco-Office Gals

Starting an online business is the dream of many people. However, in a space that is already crowded, it is often difficult to find a niche that doesn’t have far too many players already. One niche that is not yet saturated is the online eco business niche. As the days roll by, more individuals are becoming aware of the dangers of our actions on the ecosystem.

2015 116

Open Loops 6/26/2015

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. Checking whether you are getting the Internet speeds you are paying for. Cleaning water bottles. Stores that let you return used merchandise.and more! The post Open Loops 6/26/2015 appeared first on Simple Productivity Blog. More great content can be found on the site at Simple Productivity Blog.,

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The Future of Cloud Computing

The Small Business Blog

Focussing exclusively on cost-savings is no longer sufficient when evaluating the benefits of cloud computing. Although there can be substantial cost savings, it is increasingly important that cloud services support businesses as a whole. This will allow companies to streamline business processes and react swiftly to market changes. The concept of cloud computing is actually… Read the full article here: The Future of Cloud Computing on: THE SMALL BUSINESS BLOG.

2015 163

3 Keys to Making This Your Best Week Ever

Office Dynamics

Can’t attend the live webinar? Don’t worry! All registered attendees will receive access to the recorded webinar. Three Keys to Making This Your Best Week Ever. Do you ever feel like some kind of 9-1-1 dispatcher for your office? Most administrative professionals are intimately familiar with “emergency” business situations and sky-high stress—their own, as well as the stress that practically radiates off of others.

2015 158

What Incivility at Work Costs All of Us

On The Job

I'd say there's probably more than a few discussions today around the watercooler and via email about mean bosses after a New York Times opinion piece "No Time to Be Nice at Work." In the article by Christine Porath, associate professor at Georgetown University, she noted that after studying the cost of incivility for nearly 20 years she finds that "insensitive interactions" hurt a person's health, performance and souls.

2015 144

School Is Done!

Simple Productivity Blog

As of 4pm this afternoon, I am done with my teacher preparation course. My license has been applied for, and I will have a provisional teaching license from the state in about 4 weeks. I finished my coursework last Sunday, and today I taught four of my fellow students and an English professor how to […]. The post School Is Done! appeared first on Simple Productivity Blog. More great content can be found on the site at Simple Productivity Blog.,

2015 116

Decision vs. Action: A Key Distinction for Success

Eat Your Career

I have a question for you: Three frogs are sitting on a log and one decides to jump off. How many frogs are left? If you answered two, you’re wrong, but don’t sweat it. Most people fall for it. Here’s the thing: One frog decided to jump off the log, but that doesn’t mean he necessarily did anything about it. Decision is not the same thing as action. We often confuse it as such, but deciding to become a millionaire is entirely different from actually doing what it takes to make it happen.

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Why e-Mail Isn’t Always Your Best Option

Office Dynamics

A White Elephant Called “e-Mail” I’m still digging through my Office Dynamics archives and found this great topic I want to share with you. It is in regards to an article I had read a while back called: E-mail Overload Costs Companies Billions in Lost Productivity. I am very passionate about this topic and have been speaking to assistants and their executives on this subject for the past several years. The need to deal with the white elephant is more important than ever.

2015 152

I’m A Night Owl (And Proud Of It)


I am so tired of hearing how early risers are more productive than night owls. That’s not true. Not in my case, anyway. Look, I’m a night owl – and proud of it. Because despite having many say that my sleeping habits make me less likely to achieve, I prove them wrong. I don’t just do that every once in a while. I do it every single day. I also know that, as a night owl, I’m not alone.

2015 87

Verb Mistakes #7: Four Irregular Past Participles

Daily Writing Tips

It’s difficult to understand how any native English speaker manages to complete eight years of formal education without mastering irregular verb forms. When people who view themselves as writers or entrepreneurs won’t take the trouble to learn them, they stamp themselves as unprofessional. The following examples have been taken from writing blogs and professional sites: Automobile dealership.

2015 80

How to take a break from writer’s block

Men With Pens

Click here to read the full article →Another rocking post from Men With Pens! How to take a break from writer’s block first appeared on Men With Pens Copyright 2006 — 2015, [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]. Better Writing

2015 68

Does a Performance Improvement Plan Mean You’re Getting Fired?

Office Dynamics

A post from our friends at The Admin Pro Forum and Business Management Daily has generated a lively discussion with mixed views on whether an employee put on a performance improvement plan is on a slow road to nowhere or if it means opportunity lies ahead with a little effort and a bright outlook.What are your thoughts? Is a performance improvement plan the end of opportunity? by MARY ELLEN SLAYTER on JUNE 3, 2015 8:56AM. in ADMIN PRO FORUM.

2015 149

The Zoomout Chart: How to Stay Present and Motivated


The following is a guest post from Luke Burkey. Luke is a student at Wheaton College and a software entrepreneur looking to solve pressing problems in the staffing industry. You can connect with him on Twitter @luke_burkey or via email. In my last post here at Productivityist, I gave you a glimpse of the custom productivity process I now use. It is a reminder board I developed called the “Zoomout Chart”.

2015 76

10 Deliberately Misspelled Words

Daily Writing Tips

If all English speakers left school having mastered English spelling conventions, the deliberate misspellings seen in movie titles and various products might not bother me as much as they do. As it is, I dread the effect of the relentless modeling of incorrect spellings in the marketplace. Here are ten of these deliberate misspellings. Misspelling: Biutiful. Correct: Beautiful. Biutiful is the title of a 2010 movie starring Javier Bardem.

2015 78

Smart Tax Strategies for Audit-Proofing Your Small Business

Small Business CEO

Going through an audit can be nerve-wracking and time-consuming. Most business owners would rather pull their own teeth out than deal with the IRS. Here’s how to survive the ordeal and avoid future audits in the future. Outsource Your Accounting and Tax Work. If you want to avoid a lot of trouble with the IRS , pay someone else to deal with them for you. Outsourcing your tax and accounting work is one of the best moves a small business can make.

2015 75

The New Frontier for Business: Work-Life Integration

Office Dynamics

The days of a clear separation between work and home are a thing of the past, and we’re still trying to figure out how to integrate life and work in a healthy way. In a recent Advise America survey, 87 percent of respondents felt they overwork — but at the same time, more than a third also said they don’t feel overloaded by work. Work-life integration is different than simply trying to find balance and separation, however. Let’s take a look. Integration vs. Separation.

2015 143

Tip for Purging Email

Clutter Coach

by Originally posted 2010-03-09 16:18:28. Republished by Blog Post Promoter I admit it, there are tons of unattended to emails in my inbox. The vast majority of it is reading. I'll probably never get to it, but I don't mind it being there. The rest is threads about events or plans that needed some back and forth before getting resolved. Just going backwards in time is a slow and unappealing way to find emails to delete.

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Copying Files On, To, or Onto

Daily Writing Tips

Preposition use is not easy to formulate. In this post I will focus on incorrect—or at least ambiguous—uses of on , to , and onto in the context of electronic file transfer. First, some definitions: to : expressing motion directed toward and reaching a place. I took the book to the library. I copied the file to a jump drive. on : expressing a position above and in contact with; at rest on the upper surface of. She laid the book on the counter. I saved a copy of my dissertation on a CD.

Why Covering Your Business Vehicles Is Important

Small Business CEO

No matter how good you think you are at fixing vehicles , you and your company will feel much safer having the right cover for all work vans and cars. For many small and new businesses it can be incredibly tempting to avoid the added expense of breakdown cover and any extras, especially when you feel confident fixing problems yourself. However, this isn’t always the safest or cheapest option.

2015 73

Sometime, Sometimes, and Some Time

Daily Writing Tips

A reader questions a friend’s use of sometimes : She will say “I hope we get to see you sometimes.” Is there supposed to be a plural for sometime ? There is an s form of sometime , but it is not a plural. Adverbs don’t have plural forms. The morphemes some and time occur in three combinations: sometime , sometimes , and some time. Written as one word, sometime is an adverb implying a vague time in the future: I hope we get to see you sometime.”.

2015 77

Five Ways to Look Up

Daily Writing Tips

ESL learners have a tough row to hoe when they set themselves to learn English idioms. Note: “to have a tough row to hoe” = “to have a difficult task to carry out.”. For example, each of the following sentences contains the verb look and the word up , but each conveys a different thought: 1. It’s a surprise! Keep your head down and don’t look up. In this sentence, up functions as an adverb modifying the verb look. In this context, “to look up,” means, “to direct one’s gaze upward.”.

2015 75

10 Fleshy Words

Daily Writing Tips

Latin words meaning flesh and fleshly ( carnis , carnalis ), have given English several words, some of which refer to human flesh and some to the flesh of animals. carnage noun : a heap of dead bodies, especially of men killed in battle. The Anglo-Saxon poem “The Battle of Maldon” describes the carnage that ensues when the local militia confronts Viking raiders.

2015 71

Tracking an Odd Construction in the Media

Daily Writing Tips

The following usage struck me as odd when I read it in the roundup column that appears on the front page of my daily paper: Rumsfeld says that George W. Bush was wrong to try to create democracy onto Iraq. I assumed that “create democracy onto Iraq” was simply an unfortunate stylistic lapse on the part of a local harried reporter. It can’t be easy to fit an entire news item into one coherent sentence of fewer than 50 words, especially under a tight deadline.

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