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Do You Need to Quit Being a Perfectionist?

Dumb Little Man

Perfection is impressive, but if it’s taking over your life it’s gone too far. If you think you might be getting overwhelmed by your perfectionist ambitions, ask yourself these questions. Then decide if you should become a recovering perfectionist. Why Do You Aim for Perfection? There are as many reasons to aim for perfection as there are people, more than one reason could be driving you to be the best. Figure out whether your reasons align with the kind of person you want to be.

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Take your boss’s business trip virtually

Practically Perfect PA

According to a recent survey conducted by PA Life assistants spend at least 20% of their time organising travel. That time will be taken up by meticulously planning trips with the hope that nothing will go wrong while their Executive is away from the office. But from missed flights to delays and double booked hotels – lets face it when the boss is out of our sights and flying solo we should expect some issues! But what if we can take out boss’s business trip virtually?

2015 190

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Simple Tools for Big Productivity Gains, Part One

Simple Productivity Blog

What are the simple things you do or use every day that make a huge impact on your productivity? In July we are going to be looking at some of my favorites. Today we begin with my morning routine and mini-habits. The post Simple Tools for Big Productivity Gains, Part One 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 ( ).

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Economic Uncertainty Changing People's Decision Making

Small Business Labs

The American Institute of CPA's just released the results of an interesting survey looking at major life event decision making by Americans.    The  survey found that half of American adults (51 percent) have delayed at least one important life decision in the last year due to financial reasons. This up from 31% in 2007. The survey chart below shows that for many life events twice as many Americans are delaying decisions for financial reasons than in 2007.

2015 143

3 Easy Steps to Take Back Control of Your Life’s Direction

Dumb Little Man

It makes you feel helpless, doesn’t it? Being in a situation where you feel you have so little control over your life. Perhaps when the housing bubble burst, your finances, investments, and retirement nest egg went down the drain as well, and you’re finding it increasingly difficult to continue working and saving money. Or maybe you’ve gone through a gut-wrenching divorce that’s zapped all of your confidence and self-esteem. You feel like you’ve just entered the Twilight Zone.

2015 182

Job descriptions for Personal Assistants – Merited or inherited?

Practically Perfect PA

Once upon a time you spotted or were presented with a Job Spec which caught your attention. You applied for the role and after an interviewing process were offered the coveted position. I’m curious to know how the original Job Spec evolved. Job Descriptions for Personal Assistants – Merited or inherited? I attended the Assist Conference earlier this year. During the afternoon there was a very interesting break-out session on Job Specs which had us all hooked.

2015 147

Thursday From The Trenches Episode 15

Simple Productivity Blog

In this episode I talk about "start as you mean to continue.". The post Thursday From The Trenches Episode 15 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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10 steps to write the perfect elevator pitch

Dumb Little Man

Having an elevator pitch ready is very critical not only for entrepreneurs but also for those looking to take the next step in their career. You never know when will you come across someone who could make a difference in your professional future, that’s why having your perfect elevator written and memorised is so necessary. If you follow these easy 10 steps you will be in a position to write your own perfect elevator pitch to take advantage of the next career opportunity you come across.

2015 180

Cats in Kimonos

Small Business Labs

According to Fast Company , cats wearing kimonos are taking over Japan. Key quote: Yes, friends, cats wearing kimonos are having a moment in Japan, much the same way cats as pin-ups and Quokka selfies sparked crazes in other parts of the world.    It turns out you can buy cat kimonos on Amazon. In case you don't want a kimono for your cat, they also have hundreds of doggy dresses for sale , most of which can fitted to your cat.

2015 138

Presenting The Productivity Toolbox

Simple Productivity Blog

Over the past month we have looked at various productivity methods and when to apply them. Today I present to you a handy sheet that summarizes everything, with room to add your own favorite tools. The post Presenting The Productivity Toolbox 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

2015 142

Top 5 Tips to Become a Better Public Speaker

The Small Business Blog

For many people the fear of speaking in public is second only to the fear of dying. Don’t let this put you off: Giving presentations, speeches and talks is an effective and valuable undertaking to promote your business and generate leads. It raises your professional profile, too, and can help you become an expert in… Read the full article here: Top 5 Tips to Become a Better Public Speaker on: THE SMALL BUSINESS BLOG.

2015 158

Do Your Penis A Huge Favor, Follow These 10 Sensible Tips

Dumb Little Man

It’s easy to be preoccupied with the size and shape of your penis or obsess over how magnificent you think it is. However, you may be overlooking how your daily habits are negatively affecting your most valued appendage. The poor health choices you make each day not only influence the quality of your erections and semen, but can also be a cause of erectile dysfunction you may suffer over time.

2015 169

Time on Happy Independent Workers and Survivor Bias

Small Business Labs

Time's This is Why You Should Consider Dumping Your Traditional Job covers data from the 2015 MBO Partners State of Independence study showing that 79% of independent workers are happier working on their own.    The article also points out: To some extent, the study’s findings are to be expected. The majority of those surveyed say that, for a variety of reasons, they voluntarily chose the independent work life over more traditional gigs.

2015 136

Open Loops 7/3/015

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. Ways to engage on road trips. Keeping your phone from interrupting you. The value of practice. The post Open Loops 7/3/015 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 ( ).

2015 116

Keep Tabs on Your Credit

Clutter Coach

by Originally posted 2008-02-26 09:36:00. Republished by Blog Post Promoter Recently, I got a brochure in the mail about identify theft from the Federal Trade Commission. It reminded me that it’s time for my yearly request for free credit reports. The Fair Credit Reporting Act says that all three of the major credit reporting agencies offer free credit reports to everyone once a year.

2015 109

5 Mistakes Men Often Make In Their Love Relationships

Dumb Little Man

If at least one of the partners shows some degree of prudence, on most occasions the majority of untoward circumstances can easily be avoided in a relationship. When you are in a relationship, and you know that you have some nasty habit whether it’s smoking, alcohol or any other that is not liked by your partner, changing yourself for your soul-mate can go a long way towards building a strong bond of trust and love.

2015 167

Being Too Casual Could Cost You at Work

On The Job

As you work your way up the career ladder, it may be gratifying to know that your hard work has paid off. Your skills and experience are valued, and you feel that your career is on the right track. Still, don't rest on your laurels. Right when you start to see your future become bright you could lose it all. You wear yoga pants on casual Friday with the word "sweet" across the butt. You haven't washed your hair for more than a week, nor shaved in the last three days.

2015 152

How to Go Digital

The Small Business Blog

This week, Ofcom has called for a joint effort by regulators, industry and government to improve broadband services for smaller businesses. There are 5.2 million SMEs in the UK, and 83 per cent of these consider communications services to be fundamental to their business. In view of another recent report – by the International Telecommunications… Read the full article here: How to Go Digital on: THE SMALL BUSINESS BLOG.

2015 148

Which companies use social media the best?

Office Dynamics

Who’s using social media the most effectively? This month’s question from our friends at Business Management Daily’s AdminPro Forum asks which companies use social media the best. Join the conversation and help Everett as well as other administrative professionals. Question: “My company is gearing up to get into social media.

10 Types of Annoying Characters in the Gym

Dumb Little Man

The Stare Machine – Checking out once in a while in an inconspicuous way for inspiration or admiration is alright. But it’s rude to stare. Don’t be a creep! The Skunk – Okay, so 99% of the people hit showers after their workout. But don’t be a skunk and spread your body odor that sucks life out of everyone else in the gym. Be kind, use a deodorant! The Sweat-er – No me no one wants to see the sweat dripping from your face and running into you-know-where. Use a towel.

2015 166

Why All Leaders Need to Understand Big Data

On The Job

Do you only care about statistics when discussing fantasy football? Is the only knowledge you have of data is how to spell it? If so, you better wise up – fast. While data and statistics are changing the way companies like Google and Amazon do business, they also are impacting industries from manufacturing to health care.

2015 139

Ofcom Calls For Improved Broadband

The Small Business Blog

This week, Ofcom has called for joint action between the regulator, industry and government to improve broadband services for smaller businesses. Wile 85 per cent of UK SMEs feel their business needs are well catered for by the communications market, a significant number expressed concerns about speeds, availability, quality of service, and choosing between providers.… … Read the full article here: Ofcom Calls For Improved Broadband on: THE SMALL BUSINESS BLOG.

2015 146

4 Ways to Boost Your Gmail Productivity for Good


The following is a guest post from Timo Kiander. Timo is a blogger , author, and speaker who helps work-at-home professionals get stuff done fast so that they have time for living. To make this post even more effective, you can grab a special report that helps you to improve your email (Gmail) productivity. Click here to download it! I got my first email account in 1994. Back then, using email was exciting but somewhat complicated.

2015 87

Grammar Review #3: Misplaced Modifiers

Daily Writing Tips

The error known as a “misplaced modifier” often results in hilarious images. Some of these errors, whether originating in actual writing or invented by clever English teachers, have achieved classical status and are quoted on numerous websites. Here are five of my favorites: 1. With his tail held high, my father led his prize poodle around the arena. Holding a bag of groceries, the roach flew out of the cabinet.

2015 84

Persevere No Matter What!

Office Dynamics

I recently read a statement that resonated with me. It says: Never let the circumstances of the moment supersede your dream. That statement struck me hard and made me stop and think: “How many times in the past did I let the circumstance of the moment impede my progress or stop me from doing something I really wanted to do?”. In honor of the upcoming 4th of July holiday, it struck me how our forefathers from decades ago persevered. They had dreams, ideas and a vision for a better life.

2015 108

Independents Happier, Healthier Working on Their Own

Small Business Labs

MBO Partners released a preview of their 5th annual State of Independence study. We worked with MBO Partners on this study. One of the key findings is that 79% of independent workers (freelancers, contractors, self-employed, etc.) report being happier working on their own than if they worked in a traditional job. 59% also reported they are healthier. There are many reasons for this, but the key factors are they have work control, autonomy and flexibility. 

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Five Proven Ways To Have a Better Work Day


The great places to work are rare. There’s only so many places that put in ping pong tables, cater lunch, and install meditative egg chairs. But hope is not lost. Rather than going to work someplace great, you can bring the qualities of a great workplace to you. Ron Friedman is a researcher and author of The Best Place to Work. He has five proven ways for a better work day. Start the day right. Friedman suggests that you start the day looking in rather than out.

2015 87

Barbecue vs. Barbeque

Daily Writing Tips

We all have our lists of language peeves. Most likely, no two of our lists are the same. The reader whose email prompted this post can’t stand the spelling barbeque : One of my pet hates (I have more than a few) is “barbeque”. When I hear that this spelling…has entered into common usage I become uncommonly angry. I have entered it into the NGram and [discovered] the wrong spelling has gradually gained ground and the right spelling is declining. Is this the future of language?

2015 83

Motivation through Gamification: The Path to Productivity?

Small Business CEO

For years, GTD (get-things-done) advocates, efficiency experts and HR professionals have searched far and wide for the best way to enhance productivity in the workplace. For a small business, it may not be that simple, especially when people are wearing several hats at the same time. Image Credit: Grasko via Creative Commons license. For any size enterprise, perhaps the best way to enhance productivity is to establish targets and find creative ways for people to reach these.

2015 81

How to tell clients you’ll increase your writing rates

Men With Pens

Click here to read the full article →Another rocking post from Men With Pens! How to tell clients you’ll increase your writing rates first appeared on Men With Pens Copyright 2006. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]. Better Business

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Formatting Dialogue

Daily Writing Tips

A reader has a question about formatting dialogue in a novel: I have some confusion regarding speakers when writing dialog, and when you should start new lines. The logic I remember being taught is that every time the speaker changes in a story we should start a new paragraph. Is that always the case, or is it possible to have a quick line from another character or speaker in a paragraph where another character spoke?

2015 83

Pike’s Peak or Pikes Peak?

Daily Writing Tips

Attempts by city governments in England to drop apostrophes from official signage frequently provoke enraged opposition from local taxpayers, but in the United States, observes Jennifer Runyon, “We don’t debate the apostrophe.”. Runyon works for the US Board on Geographic Names, a federal body set up by President Benjamin Harrison in 1890 “to maintain uniform geographic name usage throughout the Federal Government.” .

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Conventional Letter Salutations in English

Daily Writing Tips

A reader asks if a letter salutation can include more than one honorific. For example: Dear President Dr. Turner. The short answer is, “not in English.”. . The conventional letter salutations in English are these. Dear Mr. Adams. Dear Mr. and Mrs. Adams. Dear Ms. Adams. Dear Margaret Adams. Dear Harry (if you know the person well). Dear Dr. Adams. Dear Dr. and Mrs. Adams. When the name is unknown to the sender, the following are common salutations: To Whom It May Concern. Dear Finance Officer.

2015 76

Believes is a Verb

Daily Writing Tips

Some bloggers, academics, and authors with books on Amazon seem to be confused about the verb believe and the noun belief. Here are just four examples: INCORRECT: Manobo Religious Believes and Practices—title of paper published at CORRECT : Manobo Religious Beliefs and Practices. INCORRECT: A recent study examines how religious and spiritual believes can impact our health in different ways.—Science Science World Report.

2015 74

Different Meanings of Hallmark

Daily Writing Tips

Until recently, I attached only one figurative meaning to the word hallmark : A distinctive mark or token of genuineness, good breeding, or excellence. Here are some examples of the word used in the sense of a trait that denotes admirable excellence: The hallmark of a scholar is attention to detail. Indeed, if style, grace, intellect, and capacity for rebirth are the hallmarks of [a Renaissance woman], then Lois Wilson qualified in every sense.

2015 69

Are You Ready for a Mortgage?

Small Business CEO

As a CEO, you’re used to making some big decisions. Every day, you’re responsible for securing the future of your business, and for helping it to thrive. However, sometimes the most momentous choices that you have to make affect your personal rather than your professional life. The money that you earn from your enterprising endeavours won’t just sit in your bank: you’ll use it to support, improve, and attain the lifestyle that you want.

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