Sat.Feb 27, 2016 - Fri.Mar 04, 2016

Be The Solution, Not The Problem

Dumb Little Man

If I were to ask you what you want in life, you might say you want more money, a better love life, or better health. That is the answer most people would give. But I want to go deeper than that. What it really comes down to is happiness. We all want to live a long, happy life. But most of us don’t know how to be happy. The problem is we look for happiness in all the wrong places.

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Why Double Denim Could Affect Your Performance

Practically Perfect PA

After Jonathan’s fantastic motivational keynote at the Assist Conference I was keen for him to share his knowledge and experience. Here is his take on how unconscious bias can mean you miss out on the best personal and professional relationships. As a PA you are constantly meeting new people and how you connect with them is fundamental to your professional role. However, did you know that there are various things about a person that may unconsciously affect your perception of them?

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Relaxing a Standard to Help With a Problem? Maybe.

Virtual Moxie

Yvonne wrote a follow-up question to last week’s post. Thanks, Anastacia. I too love the front seat. And in that particular instance, there wasn't a question or a problem. But what if there had been? Who navigates the bus while we're off duty? Will there be instances when we do need to break our standards to respond to a true problem?" Great question! To me, this goes directly to the distinction between allowing people to depend on us and allowing them to be dependent upon us.

2016 116

List Building Teleclass

Office Organization Success

List building! It’s something we, as business owners, obsess over. It doesn’t matter whether your list is on a hand-written piece of paper with all of your contacts & colleagues information on it. Or it’s something more advanced, such as part of an automated online marketing system.

2016 116

The Good and Bad of Freelancing

Small Business Labs

Every so often we need to remind ourselves that freelancing is neither just good or bad. We need to do this because most media coverage present freelancing and independent work as either really good or really bad. Only a few articles point out that freelancing has a good side, a bad side and many shades of grey between the good and the bad. The Huffington Post's Freelance - The Double Edged Sword  is one of the few.

2016 109

ITA* Presented Miniopoly: Wow what a showcase!

Practically Perfect PA

In February our sponsors, ITA* hosted a wonderful venue showcase with a slight twist! I know that some of the Practically Perfect PA readers went along to the showcase and had a smashing time. For those that couldn’t make it this time around I thought I would let the ITA* team tell you a little more about the showcase and some of the awesome venues that took part. WHAT WAS MINIOPOLY? ITA* Venues like to do things a little bit differently!

2016 100

The Influence of Technological Advancements on Employees’ Productivity

Productivity Bits

How to increase employee’s productivity? The world of modern business is a cold and unforgiving place where the big fish eats the small one. Unfortunately, as a startup or a small business, you will most probably be at the bottom of the food chain. Still, this is the way it goes and this lack in size can be compensated for quite easily. All you have to do is find some cost-effective ways to utilize your productivity and that of your employees.

2016 100

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Landlords Rolling out the Red Carpet for Dogs

Small Business Labs

Regular readers know we love pet trends here at Small Business Labs. The New York Times article Pet Amenities for New York's Lucky Dogs covers how NY landlords and developers are adding pet friendly amenities "to entice renters and buyers devoted to the four-legged members of their families." " One of the leaders in dog friendly housing is Related , which has rolled out a concept they call Dog City to several of their housing developments. 

2016 109

Flint Water Crisis – Business Impact and Mitigation

Eco-Office Gals

To many, the water crisis that is currently afflicting the residents of Flint, Michigan is nothing short of shocking. Surely such disasters are few and far between in the western world, where the resources and the technical expertise to prevent the collapse of a life-giving systems are in reassuringly abundant supply.

2016 100

Tips on Staying Focused and Disciplined When Working From Home

Office Dynamics

For many people, working at home is a dream come true. In addition to saying farewell to long commutes in bumper-to-bumper traffic, remote workers can pretty much wear whatever they want and often schedule projects around their families. Come tax time, they may be able to deduct a lot of their home office-related expenses. Of course, there is a flip side to the often glorious world of telecommuting.

2016 141

Seven Myths about Organized People

Clutter Coach

Won't being organized make me dull and boring? Many people have an instinctive aversion to being organized. When they think “organized,” they think of an accountant with a pocket protector sitting at a bare desk in a room full of filing cabinets. Or they think of gleaming supermarket shelves, with rows upon rows of evenly spaced, carefully lined up items. Yikes! Relax, you can be very organized without having your home look like Costco.

2016 100

The Continued Shift to Renting

Small Business Labs

The real estate company and website Trulia recently released the report From Own to Rent: Who Lost the American Dream?   It covers the ongoing growth in the percentage of Americans who rent instead of owning their home. The key finding, which is shown in the report chart below, is the share of U.S. households that rent increased from 36.1 percent in 2006 to 41.1 percent in 2014. The increase in renting was most pronounced among millennials. 

2016 100

Why You're Not Getting Hired -- and How to Fix It

On The Job

In the days leading up to the Oscars, many movie critics ran articles about "who should win" and "who will win," which is sort of an attempt to hedge their bets and say, "Who knows what Hollywood will do?" That's sort of the same case with employers when it comes to hiring new workers. You can predict who should be hired, but that doesn't often jibe with who will be hired. There are a lot of things that come into play, but fear is often a big motivator.

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Leap Into Action

Office Dynamics

This is the perfect time to leap into action… Winter will be coming to an end and spring will be in the air. Last February I hosted a webinar entitled Get Things Done & Control Your Day. So I thought it would be fun and useful to share some of those great tips and add a few more. Are you ready? Empower yourself to take control. Early in the day, clarify the most important priorities. Standardize work processes. Establish some quiet time throughout the day to regroup and reprioritize.

2016 106

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

How to Beat Task Paralysis

Productivityist

At some point, each of us faces a wall that stops us from moving forward. You don’t know why the wall is there, and you’re not sure to get around it. It’s frustrating. You stare at your list of tasks and find yourself frozen in place. You’re stuck in what I call “task paralysis” – and it’s not a fun place to be. Task paralysis is often brought on by one of three things: You have a list of tasks is so long that it is overwhelming. You have things on your list that aren’t tasks at all.

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If You Don't Understand Your Company's Strategy, You're Not Alone

On The Job

Two-thirds of executives say that their organizations don’t have the capabilities to support their strategies, with 80% admitting that their overall strategy is not well understood, even within their own organization. The first question, of course, is why is this is happening? The second obvious question is: How to fix it? That’s at the heart of a new book, “ Strategy: How Winning Companies Close the Strategy-to-Execution Gap ” by Paul Leinwand , Cesare Mainardi and Art Kleiner.

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What’s the best time management tip you’ve ever heard?

Office Dynamics

Question: “Our admin team is compiling one list each month of 10 tips to get better at a certain skill. We simply post these on our walls at work to always keep us in learning mode. This month’s list is about time management. For the first time, we’re not filling up a list very quickly—we keep rejecting ideas because so many of them haven’t really helped us that much in the past. Does anyone have any gems they can share?”

2016 101

Information Overload? Stop Moving

Clutter Coach

by I had the pleasure of hearing the charming and witty Karen Salmansohn speak the other night at the Ladies Who Launch monthly meeting. She's promoting her new book, The Bounce Back Book , about "how to thrive in the face of adversity, setbacks, losses, failures, illness, rejection – you name it." " Karen has a clever way with words. She likened having a case of information overload to being stuck in a snowglobe.

2016 100

3 Comma Splices and How to Repair Them

Daily Writing Tips

A comma often serves to link two independent clauses, but it does so in partnership with a conjunction (as shown in this sentence). When a pair of independent clauses butt up against each other with a comma but no conjunction, the grammatical infraction is known as a comma splice—the name refers to the writer’s effort to splice the clauses together with a comma, which is the wrong use of the tool. Which tool is the correct one?

2016 63

When Are You REALLY Most Productive?

Productivityist

Not all hours in the day are created equal. When you first wake up—especially if you’re a night owl—you’re probably a bit groggy (and desperately in need of coffee). Or maybe you’re an early riser, so for you it’s the hour or two you spend watching TV before bed. You just know your brain is tired, so it’s not a good time to make any difficult decisions or to dive into any important work.

2016 61

Why Inbox Zero works and Tim Ferriss is wrong about email

The Shrink for Entrepreneurs

Unshackling us from the idea that answering email equals “winning” is the best thing Tim Ferris ever did for the entrepreneurial community. However, it’s essential to remember that Tim Ferris is an author, which is a type of artist. For artists, email is an obstacle. It’s a distraction between you and what Steve Pressfield calls “doing the work”. I couldn’t agree more. Entrepreneurs don’t get to be so idealistic. You – as a business owner – are not a creative island.

2016 57

How To Be On Time – The Only 5 Tips You Will Ever Need

Brilliantly Better

Punctuality is heavily underrated these days. Getting on time to your meeting became a bit obsolete. Ironically, the thing that is supposed to make our lives easier, technology, is the same thing that creates time boundaries between us. We’re surrounded… The post How To Be On Time – The Only 5 Tips You Will Ever Need appeared first on Dragos Roua. Personal Development

2016 56

Synonyms for “Sofa”

Daily Writing Tips

The item of furniture that is usually the centerpiece of a living room or family room or a lobby or waiting room goes by any one of many names, but they have useful distinctions in meaning. Here’s a rundown of sofa and its associated terms. Sofa , ultimately from Arabic, originally denoted a raised carpeted floor, but it is now the primary term in American English for a long piece of furniture for seating. (A

2016 61

When Are You REALLY Most Productive?

Productivityist

Not all hours in the day are created equal. When you first wake up—especially if you’re a night owl—you’re probably a bit groggy (and desperately in need of coffee). Or maybe you’re an early riser, so for you it’s the hour or two you spend watching TV before bed. You just know your brain is tired, so it’s not a good time to make any difficult decisions or to dive into any important work.

2016 61

Why Inbox Zero works and Tim Ferriss is wrong about email

The Shrink for Entrepreneurs

Unshackling us from the idea that answering email equals “winning” is the best thing Tim Ferris ever did for the entrepreneurial community. However, it’s essential to remember that Tim Ferris is an author, which is a type of artist. For artists, email is an obstacle. It’s a distraction between you and what Steve Pressfield calls “doing the work”. I couldn’t agree more. Entrepreneurs don’t get to be so idealistic. You – as a business owner – are not a creative island.

2016 40

How To Create A Personal Brand: Offline and Online Techniques

Brilliantly Better

That’s the exact title of my one hour segment in the Authority Supper Summit. Oh, what’s the Authority Supper Summit, you asked? Good question. As a matter of fact, I thought about the same question a few weeks ago when two… The post How To Create A Personal Brand: Offline and Online Techniques appeared first on Dragos Roua. Business Money and Wealth

2016 55

How To Pronounce Swath and Swathe

Daily Writing Tips

When I wrote a post on the confusion between the meanings of the nouns swath and swatch, I discovered that considerable disagreement exists regarding the pronunciation of the noun swath and the verb swathe. NOTE: The noun swath denotes the narrow path of cut grass made by a scythe or mower. The verb swathe means “to wrap up, swaddle or bandage.”.

2016 61

How to Beat Task Paralysis

Productivityist

At some point, each of us faces a wall that stops us from moving forward. You don’t know why the wall is there, and you’re not sure to get around it. It’s frustrating. You stare at your list of tasks and find yourself frozen in place. You’re stuck in what I call “task paralysis” – and it’s not a fun place to be. Task paralysis is often brought on by one of three things: You have a list of tasks is so long that it is overwhelming. You have things on your list that aren’t tasks at all.

2016 61

Rename Your Junk Drawer

Clutter Coach

by It's time to rehabilitate the much-maligned junk drawer. In the unlikely event that you don't have one, this is a drawer, usually in the kitchen, that acts as a catch-all for small items and pieces of other items that you don't have time to put away or don't know where to put. People are often embarrassed to admit that they have junk drawers, but I say using a drawer for this purpose is a heck of a lot better than letting those doohickeys clutter up the rest of the house.

2016 116

Voiced vs. Unvoiced Pronunciation

Daily Writing Tips

Two terms I often use when writing about pronunciation are voiced and unvoiced. Apparently they are not as familiar in this context as I assumed they were. A reader has asked me to explain my use of them. In one sense, to voice something is the same as to say or speak it: Homeowners voice their concerns about increased earthquake activity. Likewise, in some contexts, unvoiced means unspoken: If people seem tense because of unvoiced disagreements, you may have to bring concerns out into the open.

2016 59

Notes About “Note” and Its Relations

Daily Writing Tips

Note (from the Latin noun nota , meaning “note,” and its verb form notare , meaning “to mark or note”) is one of those wallflower words that serves many functions and is the basis of numerous compounds. Here’s a rundown of its uses. The noun note has multiple senses: It refers to a condensed or informal record, a brief comment or explanation, or a comment or reference associated with a text passage.

2016 58

Answers to Questions About Tense #3

Daily Writing Tips

Three questions from readers about mixing tenses, and my responses to their questions, follow. When I read the following quote recently, I wondered whether it’s wrong for all the verbs to be in the past tense: “Smith said he believed that the company was trying to intimidate employees into not participating in the panel’s efforts.” What do you think? Reporting is generally presented in the past tense, but to continue to form verbs in the past tense may misrepresent the facts.

2016 56

The Productivityist Podcast: Getting Reading Done with Mike Dariano

Productivityist

On this episode of the show, I’m joined by Productivityist’s resident book reviewer and fellow avid reader Mike Dariano. We talk about how we go about reading and what we do differently to keep our reading workflow…flowing. The goal of this episode is to inspire you to find a way to read more without overwhelming you in the process. I hope it does the trick! Relevant Links. Mike Dariano at Productivityist. A Mindful Conversation with Patrick Rhone | The Productivityist Podcast.

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The Productivityist Podcast: Getting Reading Done with Mike Dariano

Productivityist

On this episode of the show, I’m joined by Productivityist’s resident book reviewer and fellow avid reader Mike Dariano. We talk about how we go about reading and what we do differently to keep our reading workflow…flowing. The goal of this episode is to inspire you to find a way to read more without overwhelming you in the process. I hope it does the trick! Relevant Links. Mike Dariano at Productivityist. A Mindful Conversation with Patrick Rhone | The Productivityist Podcast.

2016 48

Enigmas, Puzzles, and Riddles

Daily Writing Tips

On the day of the Iowa Caucus, pollster Ann Selzer made the following comment about Donald Trump: He’s just this riddle inside a puzzle. I immediately thought of Winston Churchill’s oft-repeated comment about Russia at the beginning of World War II: a riddle wrapped in a mystery inside an enigma. I couldn’t help wondering if Ms.

2016 57