Sat.Feb 14, 2015 - Fri.Feb 20, 2015

12 Powerful Questions to Help You Live Your Life on Your Terms!

Dumb Little Man

“Successful people ask better questions, and as a result, they get better answers.” ” – Tony Robbins Do you often ask yourself questions like, “Why does this always happen to me” and “Why am I always doing everything wrong?” or “Why did he do that to me?” Now, do you honestly expect to get an empowering answer from these types of questions?

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PayPal, Square & Others Moving Into Small Business Lending

Small Business Labs

BI Intelligence , the research arm of new site Business Insider, has an excellent report on PayPal and Square's activities in the small business lending space. Their report - The Small Business Lending Opportunity - requires a paid subscription. But they don't seem to mind if I publish a couple of their charts, especially if I mention how much I like their service (it's great) and how cheap it is ($495 a year).

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Why I Make My Own Planners

Simple Productivity Blog

One of the questions people ask me when they find out I love productivity is what my tools are. Most expect me to be completely electronic because I am a software engineer. But the truth is, things stick with me longer when I write them down, and I am less likely to overload myself if I write my plan every day. I don''t, however, use a commercially-produced planner. I make my own. Here is why: The post Why I Make My Own Planners appeared first on Simple Productivity Blog.

2015 173

Does your boss make decisions?

Practically Perfect PA

I’ve worked with a number of Executives over the years and seen many many different types of management styles. Some Executives have been incredibly inspirational, others have been controlling and micromanage your every move and then there are those type of managers I want to discuss today – the manager that never makes a decision. The non-manager so to speak! These types of Executives will leave a decision unmade until someone else makes it for them or the problem simply goes away.

2015 157

6 Tips for Getting Things Done

Dumb Little Man

People have always commented at my ability to get things done. At school, university, work or on the various courses I’ve taken over the years, I’m generally met with the same question: ‘How do you find the time?’ In my mind, I don’t do anything special; like many others, I procrastinate when I don’t want to do something, and I often do the minimum amount of work required, but even that seems to be miraculous to some people.

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Small Businesses Turn to Their Accountants & Each Other for Advice

Small Business Labs

Barlow Research Associates is an analyst firm that works with banks to help them better understand the needs of small businesses. According to one of their recent surveys, small business owners turn to a number of sources for advice and as the chart below shows, accountants are their first choice. We were somewhat fascinated that the survey asked about Google. Surveys have traditionally asked about turning to the Internet for advice.

2015 157

Why You Should Clean Your Task List

Simple Productivity Blog

A couple of weeks ago we talked about how to spring clean your calendar. The same sort of productivity boost can be had by cleaning your task list. Today we will look at why and how to clean your task list. The post Why You Should Clean Your Task List 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 ( ). Productivity

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Never Let Your Fears Prevent You From Succeeding

Dumb Little Man

I am talking about a great deal of things right here. You might be tempted to think that money making or planning and business strategies are the main stuff on my mind when I am saying this. But they are actually not, so what is success really?Sadly, Sadly, far to often in today’s society, success in ones life is basically measured by the size of a bank account or success at work.

2015 174

Go Native India Street, London

Practically Perfect PA

Go Native have fast become our favourite serviced apartments in London. Having previously visited the Creechurch Lane and Monument apartments it was time to stay at their new venture: 8 India Street in the heart of the City of London. For Assistants booking serviced apartments for their executives, colleagues, contractors or clients, many of whom have stays stretching across weeks or even months, the “service” part of the serviced apartment is crucial.

2015 152

Choose Your Battles Wisely

Virtual Moxie

A friend sent me this funny thing (whether or not it''s factual is in debate!): You''ve Gotta Love the Irish! This is the transcription of the ACTUAL radio conversation between the British and the Irish off the coast of Kerry, October 1998. Radio conversation released by the Chief of Naval Operations 10-10-98. IRISH : Please divert your course 15 degrees to the South to avoid a collision. BRITISH : Recommend you divert your course 15 degrees to the North to avoid a collision. IRISH : Negative.

2015 149

Not Enough Clients? What’s In Your Way?

Office Organization Success

What’s stopping you from getting all the clients you want? Do you know? The answer to this one question may be the key to making your marketing more successful. It would seem from the questions people ask me about marketing that everyone is trying to fix just one type of problem — how to fill their marketing pipeline with more new prospects. “What else should I be doing to attract potential clients?” ” they ask.

2015 146

8 Steps to Having the Perfect Marriage Proposal

Dumb Little Man

Proposing to your partner is the ultimate way to show your love and commitment and with that come many emotions like happiness, excitement, and nervousness. Here are 8 steps to help ensure the perfect marriage proposal: 1) Make sure that you and your partner are on the same page. No one should plan a proposal if there is a possibility of their partner turning them down, so take the necessary steps of talking about marriage before you blindside your partner with a proposal.

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How to Make Any Job Interview Pay Off

On The Job

It can be frustrating when you interview for a job and then aren''t offered the position. What a waste of time," you think. But it doesn''t have to be. That''s because you can always learn from every interview, and taking the time after meeting with a hiring manager to sort of "debrief" yourself can provide valuable insight so that the next interview could be the one to nab you a job. After every interview, take the time to think about: What kind of questions were asked?

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Open Loops 2/20/2015

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. not pushing yourself too hard; an analog task tracking/prioritization on the wall. how Bill Nye The Science Guy works. why you should take notes by hand (and plan by hand!). lessons from dogs on expectations. the most important question to ask yourself at the end of the day. when time-tracking hurts. saving money on food.

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The Assist Conference is just over a week away

Practically Perfect PA

Yup, that is right my event baby is almost ready to be born (my actual baby *fingers crossed* will arrive a few weeks later). I must say it has been an amazing few months getting the Assist Conference up and running. The initial idea was first conceived in September last year while eating a sandwich in the lovely Cameron House just outside Glasgow.

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Two Renegade Hacks to Help You Land That Dream Job

Dumb Little Man

What’s your dream job? C’mon, don’t be shy. Writer? Designer? Lion tamer? Everyone’s got one: the job title they drool into their lap over. But with so much competition for so few positions, what chance do you have of turning that dream into a reality? The key to winning the hearts and minds of any prospective employer is to stand out from the crowd (in a good way).

2015 164

How to achieve simplicity in a complex world.

The Small Business Blog

Making it easy for your customers to do business with you is one of the cornerstones of business success. Customers are happy to invest in relationships that promise simplicity in the future, i.e. with their personal data. But what good is all that if that data is then locked away and not available when needed,… Read the full article here: How to achieve simplicity in a complex world. on: THE SMALL BUSINESS BLOG. Cloud Computing

2015 158

Find Your Thunder Snow and Geek Out Like Jim Cantore

Tips From T. Marie

Jim Cantore from the Weather Channel went viral in the aftermath of winter storm Neptune with his reaction to capturing several incidences of thundersnow and lightning on video. I dare you to watch the video and not smile. His enthusiasm and excitement are fun to watch. If we didn’t all know it before, this video makes it abundantly clear that he is truly a weather geek. His celebration clearly shows that this moment is a championship moment for someone who loves weather.

2015 110

It’s February – Do You Know Where Your Resolutions Are?

Step It Up VA Coaching

by Donna Toothaker. Hard to believe we’re already deep into February. How are you keeping up with your business resolutions? For some of us, the resolutions we made a very short time ago are already just a memory, having been “hijacked” by other pressing matters. Others of us are struggling to make good on our intentions, but may have over reached by expecting too much of ourselves too quickly (i.e.

2015 109

Technology of the week: Highrise

Practically Perfect PA

What is Highrise? Highrise is a flexible contact management tool which helps users keep their contacts organised. Prices start from $24 per month. What does it do? Highrise has a number of features which allow users to track the people, conversations and tasks that make up any business. This includes: Highrise can be used to track contacts and communication so that a team can view the status of any deal or relationship.

2015 109

This Easy List-Building Tweak Has Boosted My Newsletter Opt-In Rate 345 Percent

The Solopreneur Life

S ix weeks ago I made an easy list-building tweak. Since then I’ve experienced a 345-percent increase in the number of newsletter signups I receive per month at my website. And if you’re like me, you’ll want to kick yourself when you learn how small the tweak is. Six weeks is a very small sample size, but I have every reason to believe the increase is not a fluke.

2015 152

How High Achievers Keep Things Running Smoothly

On The Job

Every day millions of us search for our car keys, our smartphones and our sunglasses. We can’t remember passwords for our online banking account and lose critical emails or other bits of data important for our work. While dealing with such stress and frustration, we’re being constantly bombarded with information from thousands of different sources. For example, in 2011, Americans took in five times as much information every day as they did in 1986, or the equivalent of 175 newspapers.

2015 149

Is Labour saying all small businesses are tax dodgers?

The Small Business Blog

It is so ‘cute’ to see how naive Ed Balls really is – £10 to have your hedge cut? What century is he living in? No wonder we are struggling with the minimum wage. Better yet, he seems to say that most micro and small business owners are tax dodgers. Does he ever consider how… Read the full article here: Is Labour saying all small businesses are tax dodgers? on: THE SMALL BUSINESS BLOG. Comments

2015 148

Manage Expectations with Email

Clutter Coach

by Originally posted 2008-05-29 09:15:00. Republished by Blog Post Promoter People put a variety of information in their email signature files , from business phone numbers to favorite quotations to colorful images of their signatures. I recently got an email that had a very clever sig line , as follows: "I reply to emails at 8AM, 2PM and 4PM. Calls returned: 10-11AM, 1-2PM and 5-6PM." " Short and sweet, gets right to the point.

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3 Ways To Create Start Dates In Todoist


One of the biggest pain points that Todoist users have is the lack of start dates in the app. To be fair, not many of the task management apps out there have starts dates. And those that do have start dates don’t have the scalability that Todoist offers in terms of features and platform ubiquity. If you’re a fan of David Allen’s Getting Things Done methodology, then start dates are going to be something you’ll want.

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Where Will You Be Five Years From Now?

Office Dynamics

While going through the books in my office last week, I was reminded of an incredible book called FIVE: Where Will You Be Five Years From Now? It is one of the most inspiring books I have read in a long time. More than inspiring, it helps you dig deep down to uncover what’s important to you, your 5 top values, life’s mission, and more. While we teach goal setting in our Star Achievement Series®, I find the author’s approach to the subject matter in this book amazing.

2015 108

Pronouncing Dour and Other OU Words

Daily Writing Tips

A reader asks: How does one pronounce properly the word “dour”? Should it rhyme with “sour” or “door” or be pronounced something like the whiskey “Dewar’s” or perhaps “doer”? Dour is an adjective that came into English from a Scottish word that in turn probably came from the word that gives us durable : durus : “hard.” A dour person presents a stern, harsh, forbidding exterior.

2015 73

100 Ways To Live A Better Life – 96. Enjoy

Brilliantly Better

Like being in joy. Like giving permission to yourself to extract joy from any situation you’re in. Even if it’s bad. Or especially if it’s … The post 100 Ways To Live A Better Life – 96. Enjoy appeared first on Dragos Roua. Personal Development

2015 70

How I Use A Paper Fortune Teller To Decide My Next Project


Remember paper fortune tellers? You probably do, but you may not know them by that name. Here’s what they are and what they (traditionally) do: A fortune teller (also called a cootie catcher , chatterbox , salt cellar, or whirlybird ) is a form of origami used in children’s games. Parts of the fortune teller are labelled with colours or numbers that serve as options for a player to choose from, and on the inside are eight flaps, each concealing a message.

2015 78

5 Ways a Virtual Assistant is Better than a Regular Employee

Small Business CEO

With everything we do moving in to the virtual sphere the need for adding the “virtual” edge to our office and administration becomes more pronounced. In times when companies are accepting telecommuting employees and work from home as alternatives, virtual assistants come to the rescue of many a professional who is hard pressed for time.

2015 82

Imaginary vs. Imaginative

Daily Writing Tips

Reading that a child in Texas was suspended for bringing “an imaginary ring” to school, I marveled that the school officials were able to detect the ring’s presence. Here’s the headline: Texas School Suspends 9-Year-Old for Terrorism. Because He Brought Imaginary Hobbit Ring To School. In fact, the child brought a real ring to school, presumably a replica of the ring carried by Bilbo Baggins in the Peter Jackson movie The Hobbit. The ring was real , but its magical powers were imaginary.

2015 72

100 Ways To Live A Better Life: 100. No Regrets

Brilliantly Better

First of all, there are two forms of regret: the intelligent one (in which you realize the s**t you’ve done to yourself) and the dumb … The post 100 Ways To Live A Better Life: 100. No Regrets appeared first on Dragos Roua. Personal Development

2015 69

The Productivityist Podcast: Everything Is A To Do


I’m not a fan of the term “have to” do. When someone tells me that I have to do something, I get my back up. I know there’s no maliciousness attached to the term “have to” but the phrase repels me all the same. Now if you were to say that I “need to” do something, that’s different. There is something about the way that term resonates with me that adds some level of connection that “have to” doesn’t. In fact, “have to” disconnects me from the task far more than “need to” does.

2015 62

7 Ways an Apprentice Can Help Your Business Grow

Small Business CEO

Apprenticeship jobs are usually work-based training and education programmes for individuals of all age groups. You can find over two hundred and fifty types of apprenticeship programmes readily available, across a selection of market sectors and companies. If you would like enthusiastic talent that you could train and develop for your organisation, then the solution is to hire an apprentice.

2015 80

Hyphenating More + Adjective

Daily Writing Tips

A reader questions the standard advice that the adverb more should not be linked to an adjective by a hyphen: I find that most style guides do not favor hyphenating phrases starting with “more” (e.g., more honest). I find the following phrase in the manuscript that I am currently editing: “more explicit predictions.” This could mean predictions that are more explicit or more predictions that are explicit. From the context, I believe the author means the former.

2015 72

100 Ways To Live A Better Life – 98. Love

Brilliantly Better

Unconditionally. Totally. Constantly. Relentlessly. Love is the only glue that keeps your life running. You were born out of love and you carry it deep … The post 100 Ways To Live A Better Life – 98. Love appeared first on Dragos Roua. Personal Development

2015 65

Ask the Admin: Greeting clients

Administrative Arts

We have a question today about greeting clients. Good morning Ma, I am going for an interview for the post of a hotel Receptionist Pls i would like to know more on how to greet a customer when they walk in. Thanks. How you greet clients is extremely important. Let’s face it, you are one of the first faces a client sees. One of the first voices a client hears. The first thing to remember is that many companies will have a standard greeting they want everyone to use.

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