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An Amazing Pencil Sharpener

Simple Productivity Blog

Productivity is hampered by poor tools. This amazing pencil sharpener keeps productivity flowing. The post An Amazing Pencil Sharpener 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 Reviews

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3 Simple Ways to Change the World for the Better

Dumb Little Man

So you want to change the world. You’re not alone. Deep down, I think most people want to have a positive impact on society and make the world a better place for themselves and others. But it can seem like you need a lot of money to make significant changes, like Bill Gates or Elon Musk. Maybe you think things like, “I could never do that,” or “I’m not good enough.” Good news! You can change the world. You just have to think about it differently.

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Cloud Security a Plus for Small Businesses

Small Business Labs

The Wall Street Journal's Small Firms Shift Towards Cloud-Based Software covers the "fundamental shift" towards the use of cloud software and services by small businesses. The article points out one of the major concerns on the part of small businesses is cloud security and whether or not their data will safe. It also nicely covers why this shouldn't be a major issue. 

2015 173

Green Building Principles That Will Make Your Home More Sustainable

Eco-Office Gals

Photo source: architektur. As more and more people get accustomed to the idea that fossil fuels are finite and that it’s every person’s responsibility to ensure the transition towards a healthier and more environmentally conscious lifestyle, sustainable homes are rapidly gaining foothold in the contemporary housing marketplace. It is also worth mentioning that buildings consume a substantial amount of resources through their inhabitants.

2015 171

[Quick Tip] For a Successful Launch Campaign

Office Organization Success

What a busy couple of weeks it’s been. I’ve been working diligently behind the scenes for one of my clients getting everything set up for her to launch her live 3-day event in October … and we got it launched earlier this week. There was a ton of set up work to do in Infusionsoft to ensure that the campaign would work correctly and the attendees would get all the necessary information that they need.

2015 158

How to increase productivity while doing ‘Work from Home’?

Dumb Little Man

Nowadays most of the companies allow their employees to do work from home. Companies want their employees to avoid time spending on travelling and make that time more productive. Work from home is always a win-win situation for both sides. In this condition main goal is producing proper results and getting things done.

2015 179

Mobile Ad Spending Booming

Small Business Labs

Not surprisingly given the growth of mobile computing, spending on mobile digital advertising is booming. As the chart  below shows, eMarketer is forecasting that in 2016 digital ad spend will surpass $100 billion and account for more than 50% of all digital ad expenditure.          They are also forecasting that in 2015 there will be there will be more than 2 billion smartphone users and about 1 billion tablet users worldwide.

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Productivity Tool Overview: ABC-123

Simple Productivity Blog

I have long believed that true productivity requires a variety of methods. Some days you need to may need to focus on a specific task and power through. Some days you may need to sprint through a bunch of tasks. Some days you may need to focus on your energy. All of these strategies will help you get things done, but work best under the right circumstances. This June I will be looking at my go-to tools - the ones in my productivity toolbox.

2015 142

Why It’s Hard To Break a Habit And How To Do So Easily

Dumb Little Man

Have you ever wondered why breaking a habit is so very difficult? Are you like so many of us who wake up and decide that today is the day to make changes to your lives. You either decide to quit something or include something new into your life. You are enthusiastic about it, and you are rearing to go. You start out well and within a day or two you are exhausted or it doesn’t seem like such a great idea anymore.

2015 175

How Silicon Valley is Changing How and What We Eat

Small Business Labs

KQED's 6 Technology Trends That are Changing How We Eat covers a group technology startups that "help people choose healthier, and affordable, food options." " Food products and technology have become a hot area in Silicon Valley. According to Time's How Silicon Valley is Addressing the World's Food Crisis : the food industry and tech industry have started to intersect and companies like Google and Yahoo have major research projects related to the future of food.

2015 143

The Science Behind Getting What You Want at Work

On The Job

When you were a kid, your mom probably asked you to say the “magic word” when requesting something. You quickly found out that saying “please” could get you what you wanted. But Tim Davis, a professional magician and communications expert, says there are actually seven magic words backed up by science that can help you persuade, influence and engage others. By knowing the right thing to say, you’ll be able to get your team to perform better and get others to make concessions when negotiating.

2015 181

Why Are You Hauling All That Stuff?

Simple Productivity Blog

How much stuff do you tote around that you don't use? I want you to either go over the bags/backpacks/purses/etc in your mind, or actually unpack the bag(s) and lay it all out. Go on. I'll wait. The post Why Are You Hauling All That Stuff? 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 Simplification

2015 139

Top 5 Ways to Reverse A Negative First Impression

Dumb Little Man

First impressions are long lasting and hence it can be tough to shift someone’s view after you’ve made a negative first impression. Sometimes, first impressions are so bad that it becomes nearly impossible to recover from those. When you are the leader of a team, then it becomes essential for you to create a positive impression on the minds of others. Great leaders are aware of the importance of building and maintain good working relationships.

2015 173

4 Ways To Get Noticed At Work

Office Dynamics

Don’t Get Lost In The Clouds … The Visible Assistant . Hello Monday Motivators! I hope you had a great weekend. To continue our travels through this special month of June, the official month of the 25 th year anniversary of Office Dynamics, I found more goodies to share with you! Star Quest was the first newsletter I published. Last week I shared with you a story about Office Life which came after Star Quest , an 8-page color newsletter we published monthly.

2015 166

6 Tips to Help You Get a Pay Raise

On The Job

It's time to ask for a pay raise. You know it, and I know it. You've been busting your butt for years now, telling yourself that the piddly 2% annual raise you've gotten for the last five years is OK. You're lucky to have a job, you tell yourself. You have benefits, you argue. Your boss tells you that he knows you work hard, and didn't he just give you a gift certificate for $20 to the car wash around the corner? That's enough for now, you contend. No, it's not.

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Open Loops 6/19/2015

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. Dirt cheap meals. Items that pay for themselves. Living at the beach.and more! The post Open Loops 6/19/2015 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 ( ). Open Loops

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Being the Lone Ranger

Dumb Little Man

A month or two back, I had an experience in which I felt like I was lonely. I was out speaking to a group of students and had this feeling of disengagement and loneliness based on the response I was receiving from the students, and I began to question my mode of operation. Another example of this is when I made the choice that going out to bars and drinking every weekend was not the best use of my time at the age of 23.

2015 168

Tech Choices for the On-the-Road Office

Office Dynamics

These days, many employees and entrepreneurs find themselves working outside the traditional office and on the road at least some of the time. According to the software developer Cint, seven in ten U.S. employees work outside office hours. Almost 60 percent of the employees interviewed felt that just owning a smartphone or tablet encourages them to work outside of the office. What Employees Are Working on Outside the Office.

2015 142

Diving Deeper Into Dropbox: The Ultimate Unofficial Dropbox Guide


I’ve been a Dropbox user for as long as I can remember. The thing is, I feel as if I’ve used it in the same way that I initially used Evernote – by throwing a lot at it and not necessarily organizing it while doing so. So what happened? Well, the same thing that happened with Evernote. I now have a resource that isn’t very effective because it’s in disarray. To be clear, my Dropbox isn’t out of control.

Between vs. In Between

Daily Writing Tips

A reader wants to know how between and in between differ in usage: Please explain the usage of the term “in between.” It’s been many years since I heard anyone say this. I always thought it was unnecessary to combine the words “in” and “between”. What’s the difference if you say that one thing is between another thing as opposed to saying that it’s “in between”? When between functions as a preposition, placing in before it is nonstandard usage.

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6 Secrets to Achieving a Good Work-Life Balance for Busy Mums

Small Business CEO

When done solely, having a job, managing a household and raising kids are all extremely time consuming and sometimes difficult elements of everyday life. But what happens when all of these elements are combined together and one person is required to do all three of these things? For many busy working mums, it can all become a little too much sometimes which is why achieving a good balance between work and home life is extremely important and essential for success in all parts of life.

2015 84

Boost Your Brand Credibility with Personality Traits

Men With Pens

Click here to read the full article →Another rocking post from Men With Pens! Boost Your Brand Credibility with Personality Traits 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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Practical Productivity: Personalize Your Own Process


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. The world of productivity is overflowing with amazing thinkers, innovative methods, and practical software tools.

2015 81


Daily Writing Tips

Because I’m in the habit of blithely flinging the word idiom about as if everyone should know what I mean by it, this comment from a reader brought me up short: I guess I don’t know what an idiom is. The word idiom derives from a Greek word meaning “appropriate to oneself.” In the context of language, an idiom is a usage peculiar to a particular language. When I use the word idiom , I usually mean one of two things: 1. A construction or usage peculiar to English.

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The 3-Dimensional Roles of Exceptional CEOs

Small Business CEO

Being a successful small business owner is about delivering results consistently through your products/services to those you serve. It demands a high level of coordination and execution of several key activities. These activities cannot be handled successfully by only one person over a long period of time without creating an operational structure/system. Being small is no excuse for wanting to be a one-man army.

2015 83

13 Tips for Establishing Healthy Boundaries at Work and in Life

Musings of a High-Level Executive Assistant

Hello New and Returning Readers, Many apologies that I have not been blogging as much. I have been getting your comments and emails. It’s been a very busy year so far and I can’t believe half of the year is almost over. Time flies when you are having fun! It’s startling to me how things seem to be getting more amazing every year, and until you try something new or different, you don’t realize how much more your happiness can grow exponentially.

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Check Out the Clutter Diet

Clutter Coach

by Originally posted 2008-06-18 10:13:00. Republished by Blog Post Promoter Getting organized can be challenging and time consuming. My aim with the blog is to help people with that task as much as I can without actually being there in person. Of course, I'd be happy if you wanted to hire me, but if you have a large project, hiring a professional can be pricey, to be honest. So, I'm thrilled to recommend my colleague Lorie Marrero's Clutter Diet service.

2015 109

Wound vs. Injury

Daily Writing Tips

A reader questions the media’s use of injury and wound as if they were interchangeable: I had always thought that “to wound” describes the deliberate infliction of an injury, while the injury itself could be the result of an accident. If this is still the case, could you address the confusion. In modern usage, the noun wound [WOOND] refers to any injury that tears the flesh.

2015 76

Bulleted Lists

Daily Writing Tips

More than one reader has asked me to write about bulleted lists. The term takes its name from a typographical symbol called a bullet , a round dot used to mark or emphasize a paragraph or an item in a vertical list. Nowadays, typographical bullets are not limited to dots, but can be any geometric shape. They can even be little pictures or company logos. The English word bullet comes from French boulette , a diminutive of boule , “ball.” Until the 19th century, bullets were round.

2015 75

Sing, Sung, Sung?

Daily Writing Tips

A reader wonders if the verbs rung , sung , hung , stunk and “their ilk” can ever be used without a helping verb. For example, is it possible to say “He sung tenor with the choir”? It’s possible, but speakers who do so may find themselves the target of such comments as these: Yes, there are still people in the world who know, and practice the knowledge that the simple past tense of sing is sang. But many poor benighted souls seem to be under the misapprehension that the simple past is sung.—American

2015 74

Brave New World

Daily Writing Tips

The phrase “brave new world” is popular in headlines used to introduce a variety of topics: High School Basketball: Brave new world in regionals. The Brave New World of Ferraris in China. The Brave New World of Food. Oldman’s Brave New World of Wine. Why We Need To Talk Now About The Brave New World Of Editing Genes. Internet Eavesdropping: A Brave New World of Wiretapping. Welcome To The Brave New World Of The Corporate-Sponsored Artist . Cubicles Rise in a Brave New World of Publishing.

2015 73

Is “Dystopic” a Word?

Daily Writing Tips

When in a recent post I referred to “Orwell’s dystopic novel Nineteen Eighty-Four ,” a reader from the Czech Republic asked when the adjective dystopic should be used instead of dystopian. After referring to my usual authorities and giving the matter some thought, my answer is: “never.”. That’s not to say that the form dystopic isn’t to be heard and seen. I think my use of it in the article may stem from frequent reading of film criticism. For example: The L.A.

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