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3 Ways You Are Being Controlled By Your Mind

Dumb Little Man

We live in the subconscious. Rather, 90% of our daily operations belong to the subconscious realm. That’s a huge chuck of us we are not in control of. It is therefore imperative we learn to take control. Your mind is a collection of billions of connections constantly wiring and rewiring themselves based on every thought, experience and action you have, experience and do every second, minute and hour of each day.

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PA life as I knew it was over……….or was it?

Practically Perfect PA

I was a career PA who worked hard and played hard. I had never had to separate my work life from my personal life as they had merged into one. My colleagues had become my friends, we worked long hours and we enjoyed venting about our days over a glass (ahem, I mean bottle) of wine. What started out as Wine Wednesday soon turned into Monday Malbec, Tuesday Tipple, Thirsty Thursday and Fizz Friday. Before I knew it I was out 5 times a week.

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London & Barcelona Have More Than 100 Coworking Spaces

Small Business Labs

The European Coworking Conference site's article The Number of Coworking Spaces Exceeds a Hundred in Some Cities i s fascinating. Regular readers know we follow and do forecasts on the coworking industry. But even we're stunned at how big coworking has become in some places around the world.    Spain in particular is simply amazing. Barcelona has over 100 spaces and Madrid has near to 100. Italy is another European country with a large number of spaces.

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Help! My Task List Is Overwhelming!

Simple Productivity Blog

"Help! My to-do list overwhelming! It is too long and I can''t get anything done!". We''ve all been there. We have a task list that has more tasks than we can ever hope to get done today, this week or possibly even this month - and that''s without all the other stuff that comes at us each day. So in order to maintain productivity, I have found that I have to trim and organize the list. This is how I do it. The post Help! My Task List Is Overwhelming! appeared first on Simple Productivity Blog.

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5 Life Lessons Learned From The World Cup

Dumb Little Man

Sports metaphors for life are a bit cliche, and there wouldn’t be so many of them if there wasn’t something to it. As a large portion of the world comes to a near standstill, celebrating I wanted to take a look at the subtext below the dressing up in our country’s colors, drinking and cheering. Progressing Doesn’t Always Mean Winning On the final day of the group games the USA had won its 1st game, drawn its second game, and was facing a superior opponent.

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Regaining your mojo after a mistake

Practically Perfect PA

Anyone that has worked in a high pressured job will, at some point in their career, have made a mistake. For those of us that have to multitask, juggle many many different jobs and work for a number of Executives and colleagues the likelihood of making a mistake increases significantly. Now, I would love to say that I of course have never made any errors at work but, dear reader, I would be lying my backside off.

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Create Something of Value and Then Charge For It!

Virtual Moxie

Just today, I visited two different sites where the business owner gave away something for free: on one, it was a free consultation, and on the other, a free downloadable audio. In both cases, emblazened across the graphic advertising the free thing was something like, "A $400 value!". Now, I know that''s "how it''s done" in Internet-marketing land. And I also know that people are tired of free offers.

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Why You shouldn’t Chase Money and Power (and What to Do Instead)

Dumb Little Man

“The problem with external power is that it is fleeting: when you lose the money, position and possessions, you lose the power. If you have tied your identity to those things, you will also lose a sense of who you are when they fall away.” Robin Sharma There was once a time I was pursuing the things that we all are interested in pursuing: money, prestige, and status. I was working on political campaigns and helping some of the most powerful people in the country get elected.

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This Can Cost You Thousands in Lost Revenues

Office Organization Success

Happy 4th of July, if you’re in the US! We’re enjoying the long weekend here. And we have a perfect view of the City’s firework display from our back deck. If you struggle with writing your own sales copy, you’ll love this article I shared earlier this week: The Ultimate List of Words and Phrases that Convert. I went to the hairdressers earlier in the week to have color added.

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Reuters Top 10 Innovations for 2025

Small Business Labs

Reuters Science Watch has released a set of predictions on the the landscape of science and technology in 2025 by examing global patent data and scientific literature. This was done by data mining the  Reuters Web of Science service. This is an integrated database of curated content that includes cross disciplinary scientific data, books, journals, proceedings and patent information.

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Open Loops 7/11/2014: Articles I Think Worth Passing Along

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 bad ideas, soda alternatives, organizing the pantry, best (and worst) times to grocery shop, secrets for eating less, distractions that will suck away your life, knowing you are doing fine, doing too much, and keeping valuables safe at the beach.

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Body Hack: 10 Ways To Super-Charge Your Memory

Dumb Little Man

Forgetting things suck, doesn’t it? No one knows why our brains are so fickle, but what we do know is the sensation of information we’ve just heard gushing out of our brain faster than hot water through a spaghetti strainer. And the steam of forgetting hurts. But what if I were to tell you that there are ten simple little helpers that can super-charge your memory skills … … almost with zero effort? Cool, right? Let’s get started.

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Grab your free TEMPLATES from Templates-A-Palooza

Office Organization Success

I’m thrilled to let you know about an amazing TEMPLATE giveaway event – Templates-A-Palooza – happening throughout the month of July! There are a ton of free templates from industry experts on business management and online marketing that are just waiting to be snapped up! Grab yours here. We all know that when you’ve got a template to follow, setting up your online business management and marketing systems becomes a cinch!

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The Florentine, Chicago

Practically Perfect PA

Upstairs in the Marriot Hotel on West Adams Street in the Chicago Loop you will find the Florentine. If you are ever in the area I can’t stress this too strongly: you must head up those stairs to the Florentine because failure to do so would be to miss out on what must be one of the finest Italian restaurants in Chicago. Having travelled quite a bit in Italy I can say that true, authentic Italian restaurants are always defined by the same three things.

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How to Live the Freelance Life

Small Business Labs

Last week the Freelancers Union released How to Live the Freelance Life , a report based on a survey of more than 1,100 freelancers nationwide that asked freelancers about their work, money, lifestyle, and values. There were a number of interesting findings, but three jumped out at me: 1. The Why Do You Freelance chart shows that freelancers are choosing to be independent to gain control over their lives and do work they love.      2. Collaboration is King.

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5 Apps to “Gamify” Your Habits and Turn Boring Tasks Into Exciting Ones

Dumb Little Man

Boring. Am I right? Just the thought of of sitting down… opening a text page… getting your work notes out… and doing the work… Bleh, not fun at all. And not just at work either; Is doing laundry fun? Or the dishes? Or vacuuming? Nope, no way. Is there a way to make those boring activities a little more… interesting? Is it possible to find a way to be more motivated to do these things? There sure is, and it’s actually pretty fun to do. You find work boring Yeah, we all do sometimes.

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Is it Christmas in July?

Office Organization Success

As early as 1950 there have been Christmas in July sales… After all, it’s a great excuse to get out and save, right? I’ve teamed up with Shannon Cherry and a few other experts, as we give the ‘annual summer sale’ a new twist. And it’s something you won’t want to miss! Lazy, Hazy, Crazy Summer Sale allows you to buy any item offered (from some truly amazing experts) for $10 each.

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Brasserie Jo, Boston

Practically Perfect PA

Oh my guuuddd it was freezing in Boston. I had already spent the best part of 2 months in the States and thought I had acclimatised to the cold winter weather. But no, Boston plunged me into new depths of frozen despair. The first two days of my stay in Boston were most spent in my hotel room or quickly running across the road to the nearby shopping mall for convenience food and Starbucks coffee. So far, not so good.

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Online Talent Marketplaces Continue Strong Growth

Small Business Labs

The Staffing Industry Analysts  is reporting there are currently more than 145 online staffing platform businesses operating globally.   They also reported in 2013 the industry generated roughly $1.4-$1.6 billion in "gross spend"  This is the dollar value of work completed and paid for.

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Sponsor Post, July 2014

Simple Productivity Blog

In July, my sponsors feature those that can help you plan and overcome procrastination. The post Sponsor Post, July 2014 appeared first on Simple Productivity Blog. More great content can be found on the site at Simple Productivity Blog., or you can find me on Twitter ( @SmplProdBlog ) and Facebook ( ). Blog Business expires

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10 Must Follow Admin Resources On Twitter

Office Dynamics

Twitter was founded March 21, 2006. Many of the early adopters have years of tweets and relationships built on this communication platform. We’ve noticed that the number of administrative professionals have been surfacing on Twitter has been increasing. With more assistants and professionals advocating for and teaching others how to use this valuable communication tool, assistants are seeing the value and deciding to jump on board.

Girly Girl Geek Answers Normal Folks Baffling Tech Questions

Tips From T. Marie

Categories: Girly Girl Geek As a self proclaimed geek people tend to come to me with questions about technology, specifically online technology. Some of you know I have an alter ego known as Girly Girl Geek, the lovable website creating WordPress Whiz and Headway Hotshot. Today’s post is taken directly from tomorrow’s edition of my recently launched […] ( Read more. ). Girly Girl Geek

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Why working hard and doing a good job is NOT (necessarily) a recipe for success

The Small Business Blog

Do you remember that friendly, caring, loving parental advice you received about working hard and doing a good job? I would think most of us have had that talk at some point in our childhood. (If If you didn’t then hopefully it was because you had super smart parents who realised that it might not be… Read the full article here: Why working hard and doing a good job is NOT (necessarily) a recipe for success on: THE SMALL BUSINESS BLOG.

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Idea > Decision > Action

Clutter Coach

by Originally posted 2012-01-26 10:07:37. Republished by Blog Post Promoter For many people, it’s easier and more fun to think up new ideas than to take action on the ones they already thought of. Buckling down and focusing on one idea and making it happen can make them antsy. Sometimes the project you take on is very large and there are so many things to address that you’re tempted to start them all at once. When it comes to organizing, this can get you into trouble.

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Etiquette Lessons for the Company Picnic

On The Job

It’s summer and we’re finally enjoying those carefree days of warmth and sun we dreamed of while enduring one of the most brutal winters on record. And with the increasing temps comes the surest sign of summer: An invitation to the office picnic. Such events are often seen as a way to let your hair down and enjoy time away from the office, but they’re also a minefield of potential etiquette disasters that can derail your career.

Girly Girl Geek Answers Normal Folks Baffling Tech Questions

Tips From T. Marie

As a self proclaimed geek people tend to come to me with questions about technology, specifically online technology. Some of you know I have an alter ego known as Girly Girl Geek , the lovable website creating WordPress Whiz and Headway Hotshot. Today’s post is taken directly from tomorrow’s edition of my recently launched info-letter Geek Speak. That’s right, tomorrow’s info, today. Kind of like Early Edition ( I loved that show!).

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Winning – Quote of the Week

The Small Business Blog

“A business’ flexibility in adapting to change and market dynamics will mark the winners and losers in this fast-changing Internet Age. Flexibility is a tight pairing of speed and agility. Linking businesses together using information is at the center of value creation in the Internet Age.” ” – Michael Dell, US Chairman of Dell Computer Corporation.… … Read the full article here: Winning – Quote of the Week on: THE SMALL BUSINESS BLOG.

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Good At, Good In, and Good With

Daily Writing Tips

A reader wonders about the difference between saying, “I’m good in English” and “I’m good at English”: I always felt that there’s a different nuance there when I’m saying it. I just can’t pinpoint it exactly. One of the numerous meanings of good is “competent, skillful, clever at or in a certain action or pursuit.”. The two expressions in the reader’s question are often used interchangeably, but generally speaking, “good at” is used with an activity: He’s good at football.

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Best Document Tracking Tools and Methods

Office Dynamics

Question: “We have so many people in my office creating and revising so many documents and swapping them around, I don’t know of the best way to ensure someone’s not grabbing the wrong one from the network—or from the person they’re teaming with. Does anyone have any tips so I don’t keep hearing, ‘Oh, I think this is the right version’?” ” - Kristen, Office Manager. See comments below, and send your own question to

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How To Be A Part Of Connect Hub

Brilliantly Better

Launching a new business is always exciting, wether you’re starting it because you want it, or because you’re compelled to. I’ll come back later to this … The post How To Be A Part Of Connect Hub appeared first on Dragos Roua. Business Personal Development connect hub digital nomad

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Online Invoicing App CurdBee To Shutdown As Users Move To

The Small Business Blog

A reimagined approach to online invoicing, Hiveage is a secure, cloud-based billing platform that saves small business owners an average of two days per month and enables them to grow their businesses up to 20 percent annually by reducing the costly, time-consuming administrative tasks associated with billing and invoicing. Read the full article here: Online… Read the full article here: Online Invoicing App CurdBee To Shutdown As Users Move To on: THE SMALL BUSINESS BLOG.

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The Singular Possessive Apostrophe

Daily Writing Tips

A reader asks, Could you please do a post on possessives versus plurals? I’m seeing this mistake more and more, to the point where I saw someone use an apostrophe for a plural on a billboard. That wretched, wretched apostrophe! Why can’t we get it straight? The answer is complicated. In this post I’ll explain why the apostrophe is used to form the singular possessive. Its use with plurals will have to wait for another post. The apostrophe came into English from French in the 16th century.

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Why You Need to Hang on to Troublesome Customers

Small Business CEO

We’ve all been there at one point or another in business: dealing with a mean, snarly, over-bearing, impossible-to-satisfy customer that seems hell-bent on milking every last dime of profit from your business. As a business owner, it’s so easy to focus on these “PIA” customers: concluding that telling them to “hit the bricks” is the only sensible solution.

2014 84

Why Running For A Cause

Brilliantly Better

I started to run roughly 3 years ago. It all started with a year-long challenge, called taming twelve monkeys, in which I picked a specific setback (or … The post Why Running For A Cause appeared first on Dragos Roua. Personal Development Running marathon running for a cause transfagarasan

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A Glowing Testimonial

Denise Aday

A glowing testimonial from another happy (and wonderful) email marketing client! I cannot lie, this one made my spirit soar. The post A Glowing Testimonial appeared first on denise aday. Email Marketing Virtual Assistant clients customer customer service email marketing feedback mailchimp MailChimp Expert open rate quality testimonials virtual assistance virtual assistant

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Five Words in English and in Corporate-speak

Daily Writing Tips

Corporate-speak takes many forms, but especially mysterious is the practice of taking a familiar English word commonly understood to have one meaning and using it with a less familiar meaning. Here are five examples. actionable. common meaning : “giving cause for legal action.”. Example: Disrespect in the workplace may constitute actionable behavior. corporate usage : able to be acted upon or put into practice.

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Retreat, Reset, Results: Why We Need to Step Back More Often to Boost Productivity


"For fools rush in where angels fear to tread." – Alexander Pope, An Essay on Criticism. We live in a world where speed and quantity dominates. Bigger, faster, better, stronger is the motto that a lot of people shoot for, but many tend to spend more time on getting faster so that they can build more things – and they feel as if they''ll do better every time they start something new with that motto in mind. But that''s not always the case. In fact, it''s often the opposite.

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