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5 Habits to Make The New Year Your Best Year Yet

Dumb Little Man

A new year is now ahead of us. Every year, people make goals and resolutions to better themselves only to fail. Rather than making big resolutions, how about just adding a new habit to your life? Make this new year your best year yet by developing these five habits. Have fun being active. Instead of having a tangible goal to lose five pounds or to fit into your skinny jeans, make it a goal to be active and to have fun while doing so.

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Getting buy in from the boss

Practically Perfect PA

“Succeeding in business is all about making connections. Business is all about personal contact. No matter how heavy your workload is… Everyone can and should be a Networker.” Richard Branson. Generation Y makes about 50% of the current workforce. Millennials belong to a Show and Tell Culture. This is a culture which embraces tooting your own horn and showcasing your productivity. I grew up in a different age where working hard and being humble were par for the course for the PA.

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Why Coworking is Booming

Small Business Labs

Back Channel's The “Work from Home” Dream Doesn’t Work  provides an excellent overview of the trends and shifts driving the coworking movement. Simply put, the article explains why coworking is working.

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Better Eco Friendly Choices for Your Business in 2017

Eco-Office Gals

Making your business more eco-friendly (green) is a wise move to make. By doing so you’re doing your bit towards cleaning up the environment, while also helping your company’s bottom line because going green saves money. Running a green business also helps you stand out as an environmental conscious entrepreneur. Here are eco-friendly choices you should make for your business in 2017: Reduce energy usage in the office.

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5 Little-Known Reasons Why a Simple Life is a Happy Life

Dumb Little Man

I wonder what my parents were thinking the day I came home from college and said, “I want to put my education to work. I want to homestead!”. There may have been a long pause — I can’t remember now — followed by some expertly crafted support rhetoric. I do remember, though, how that passion was sparked in what seemed like an instant. It was as if there was an unfinished puzzle sitting in front of me, and I had finally put enough of the pieces in to figure out what the picture was.

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The Accelerated Assistant Webinar Replay and Conference for Assistants

Office Dynamics

In our free webinar program, The Accelerated Assistant, we shared more about this year’s upcoming theme for our administrative assistant conference held every fall. The workplace is accelerating faster than anyone ever thought possible. Every day, we absorb more information, connect with more people, and utilize more technology than our ancestors did in their entire lives. In the coming year, we’ll experience more in a single day than we did in two days in the previous year.

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Forecasts: 2017 the Year Corporations Embrace the Gig Economy

Small Business Labs

Based on the 2017 trends forecasts we've been reading, corporations are going to actively expand their use of contingent labor in 2017.

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5 Barriers That You Need To Cross To Achieve Success This Year

Dumb Little Man

It is a fact that success is achieved with a lot of hard work, struggle and persistence. However, one important factor that is usually ignored is mental strength. Some people are generally good when it comes to emotional stability while others can still work on it. To be able to develop emotional strength, it is important to analyze how you are spending your time. This will help you explore things that you need to quit doing and things that you need to work on.

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Free Coaching Call:January 2017

Eat Your Career

In case you missed it, I hosted my first monthly free coaching call of 2017 earlier this week! This call is exclusively for members of the Free Career Resource Library. Members can ask questions of their own, attend the call live and access the recorded version. The recording of this month’s call is now available for download in the Member Library, and you can also listen to it there if you’d prefer.

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Lessons From the Luddites

Small Business Labs

It turns out there wasn't anyone named Ludd behind the British Luddite rebellion in the early 1800s. And despite their reputation, the original Luddites didn't fear technology or even really oppose it. They just wanted a share of the profits generated by the productivity improvements technology provided. This comes from the Smithsonian's fascinating article  When Robots Take All of Our Jobs, Remember the Luddites. 

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Podcast 038: Time is short

Clutter Coach

by Subscribe: iTunes ⋅ Stitcher ⋅ Soundcloud ⋅ YouTube ⋅ Google Play. You can leave a review here! In this episode, I’ll talk about how time is short. That means, use it carefully and thoughtfully. Here are some highlights: If time is short, shouldn’t I speed up? I have so much to do! How do I prevent overwhelm? Subscribe: iTunes ⋅ Stitcher ⋅ Soundcloud ⋅ YouTube ⋅ Google Play.

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Smart Ways to Navigate Office Politics and Emerge as a Winner

Dumb Little Man

Office politics is part and parcel of the workplace. Sometimes, you are left with no option but to navigate office politics smartly to fast-track your career. It doesn’t mean that you need to jump right in and push your agenda. You need to prepare yourself carefully and know a good time to get involved. Also, you need to stay away from things that don’t matter to you. Here are six ways to navigate office politics and emerge as a winner: Build on your influence.

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Career Success A to Z: G is for Gender Gap

Eat Your Career

This article is part of a series. Learn more about it and access links to other articles in the series here. Unlike some of the other articles in this series, I knew immediately that “G” would be devoted to discussing gender and, more specifically, the gaps that exist in the workplace between men and women. Let me say at the offset that I wouldn’t necessarily label myself a feminist, but I am a female (surprise!)

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5 Ways to Make a Great First Impression

On The Job

I want you to think back to the last person you met for the first time and name as many details about the person as you can. Now, look at your list and consider the first three items. Do they look something like this? Limp handshake. Rarely made eye contact. Awkward conversationalist. Or, more like this: 1. Great smile. Confident manner. Asked great questions. The difference between these two assessments can make or break a career.

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Bulldog Reporter publishes my article about Video Marketing in 2017

Andrea Kalli

Another great publisher picked up my article – “ Why All Businesses Should Be Using Video in 2017 to Grow Their Business ” was picked up by Bulldog Reporter – A few key points about the article are: Short-form video of less than 30 seconds is likely to garner more views and might even be shared more on social media. Video is terrific for branding and audience recall.

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5 Awesome Tools To Help You Newbie Geeks With Your Open Source Project

Dumb Little Man

Every new year welcomes new resolutions. We probably all want the same thing — to achieve more and feel proud of what we have achieved. For example, Mark Zuckerberg’s is to visit and meet someone in every U.S. state and mine is to keep my website alive for as long as I am living. If you are one of those passionate IT folks, technical nerds and computer enthusiasts who are still looking for a challenge this year, here may be one that will interest you: an open source project.

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Which administrative task or responsibility would you like to see disappear?

Office Dynamics

Each month we feature a question from our friends at Business Management Daily’s Admin Pro Forum. Please enjoy engaging in a conversation over this month’s question. Which administrative task or responsibility would you like to see disappear? Question: “Say your boss came to you tomorrow and said that starting in the new year, one and only one of your admin tasks is going away forever—and you get to pick which it is.

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Are Your Customers Devoted to You?

On The Job

Do you like Gatorade? Sure, maybe you like to drink Gatorade after a big workout, or you give Gatorade to your daughter after she’s finished soccer practice. But do you like Gatorade so much that you buy not only the drinks, but the chews and protein bars? Are you so devoted to the brand that you believe consuming it will make you perform better and improve your time in your next marathon?

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Vocabulary Quiz #2: Confused Words

Daily Writing Tips

In each sentence, choose the correct word from the pair of similar terms. (If If both words possibly can be correct, choose the more plausible one.). He runs the from slapstick comedian to arch satirist. a) gamut. b) gauntlet. We went to see her perform in a musical _. a) revue. b) review. To what _ are you willing to go to prevent that from happening? a) extant. b) extent. The major __ of the religion are listed below. a) tenants. b) tenets. The place has a certain _ to it. a) cache. b) cachet.

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8 Bad Food Habits That are Sabotaging Your Weight Loss Goals

Dumb Little Man

It’s the hardest part, right? You’ve made the commitment to change your life for the better. You’re unhappy with feeling like a prisoner in your body. You’re fed up with that voice at the back of your mind telling you you’re the biggest person in the room. You’re tired of looking in the mirror, because who you see is not who you are. Enough is enough! If you think about it, where you are today in life is a result of your current habits.

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How to Get the Most Out of Your Upcoming Administrative Conference

Office Dynamics

Next week I’ll be attending a large conference in Las Vegas to further my education. Today, my head is swarming after reading through what seemed like a never-ending website, each page loaded with tons of information. This is a training-industry conference and is one of the big ones. This is the first time I am attending this particular training industry event which is mostly focused on learning technologies. But it’s not that simple. It is a massive arena.

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The Easy Way To Plan Out Your Year


This guest post is by Camilla Kragius. Camilla is the founder of No More Hamster Wheel. She loves to teach people how to work smarter instead of harder, to start living and to excel their life. You can connect with her on Facebook. Have you ever wondered how you got so much done in school but now it feels like you never have enough time? After graduation, we tend to start winging it. We go off schedule.

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30 English Words Borrowed from Dutch

Daily Writing Tips

During much of the 1600s, the Netherlands was a world power, especially at sea, and this influence contributed to the English language in the form of borrowings from Dutch into English of various nautically and aquatically themed words. Here’s a list of many of these terms (a few of which were adopted from, or may derive from cognates in, other languages) and their definitions and their Dutch origins. avast (“stop”): from hou vast , meaning “hold fast”.

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7 Simple Ways To Overcome Negative Thinking & Set Yourself Up To Win This Year

Dumb Little Man

Negative thinking is such a downer and it gets in the way of most things. You start to lack creativity, you feel down in the dumps, and you actually start to get exactly what you expect – NEGATIVITY! Most of us know that it would help to be a lot more optimistic about life but how do you do that when you are so used to thinking and feeling the way you do? I personally attack negative thinking in a range of ways. Here are a few ideas that will work for you too.

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How to Be a Better Communicator At Work Part 1

Office Dynamics

Be a better communicator at work. Leverage communication skills for business success. I thought I would start 2017 by focusing on one of the most vital business skills – communication. We can never know enough about effective ways to communicate. Remember that if you aren’t thinking about the who, what, when, where, and what tool to use, you will not have as great an impact.

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The Productivityist Podcast: A Focus on Flourishing with Charlie Gilkey


This episode’s guest is a long-time friend whom I met at the World Domination Summit. He is the founder of Productive Flourishing, a best-selling author, the host of the Creative Giant podcast, and a productivity expert: Charlie Gilkey. Charlie helps creative people to start finishing stuff that matters. This involves weeding out through the noise of various tasks, priorities, and projects through Project Cagematch , and other productivity concepts up his sleeve.

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3 More Rules for Producing Consistent Content

Daily Writing Tips

Here are a handful of tips that will help you produce clean, clear writing regardless of topic, intent, and audience. Insert or Omit Hyphens as Needed. Adjectival phrases that precede a noun, such as “free range” before chicken , generally take hyphens, though if the phrase is a standing phrase documented in dictionaries (as is “high school”), leave the hyphen out when using the phrase to modify a noun (“high school student”).

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How to Leverage Your Problems in Order to Become Happier

Dumb Little Man

How is it that some people can go head to head against seemingly impossible odds, and still maintain a sense of balance and perspective? Do they know something we don’t? Or do they just think differently than we do? Maybe they just have different ways of viewing the world in which they live? Perspective is going to serve you very well, no matter which struggles you face, chosen or otherwise.

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Dressing For Success While Cracking That Office Dress Code

Office Dynamics

Your professional appearance says volumes about who you are, the way you value your work and your personal self-image. Studies have proven how critical the first 10-50 seconds of your initial introduction is during an unfamiliar social setting. A high majority of people (90%) form an opinion about you within a very short time. When this setting includes interviews and more importantly the path of your future it is imperative that you consciously craft the right professional image.

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How to Get Paid Faster Every Time You Send an Invoice

Small Business CEO

Getting your invoice paid faster is the most important goal for both small business owners and freelancers. This is the fastest way to having positive cash flow, which is very important for a business’s sustainability. However, getting your invoices paid on time can be quite difficult. As one report showed, small businesses have to wait 72 days on average to get their invoices paid.

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Synonyms for “Think”

Daily Writing Tips

The bland verb think (from the Old English word thencan , and cognate with thank ) is easily supplanted by any one of an impressive assortment of synonyms, each of which has a precise connotation think cannot match. Here are some to think about. To cogitate is to think deeply and intently; the root of the word, which is unrelated to cognition (which refers to knowledge rather than thinking), stems from agitare (meaning “drive”), from which we also get agitate.

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10 Ways Your Life Improves When You Become a Freelancer

Dumb Little Man

Have you ever considered how your life might change if you became a freelancer? It’s nice having job security. You know you have a guaranteed paycheck every two weeks, a set schedule, good benefits, and two weeks of vacation each year. But deep down inside, there is a nagging question that never really goes away: Could I have a better life if I hung my shingle as a freelancer? For many, the answer is a definite yes.

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Contest: Win a scholarship to the Damn Fine Words writing course

Men With Pens

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Choosing a Location for Your Small Business

Small Business CEO

One of the more important decisions that you may end up making as an adult is where to locate your small business, if you choose to have a physical building. This will have a huge impact on your overall success as a business person, so it’s one decision that absolutely should be made with the utmost respect to detail, and not be taken lightly.

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The Functions of Boldface

Daily Writing Tips

Boldface type, which has a heavier weight than, meaning it is thicker than, roman type, is employed to provide emphasis but has a prescribed set of uses. This post outlines those uses. In running text—the default wording in a piece of context, as opposed to display copy, which consists of headings, subheadings, captions, footnotes, sidebars, and other special text—boldface is appropriate only in certain circumstances.

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9 Tips To Overcome Stress For Freelancers

Dumb Little Man

You’re a freelancer. You work day in and out, Mondays to Fridays, and sometimes even during the weekends. You spend more than 8 hours a day sitting in front of your computer with occasional coffee and TV breaks. Your inbox is always full, you never run out of deadlines, and your unfinished work is piling up on your desk. The question is: How do you survive? Stay on Schedule. Stress is a feeling brought by lack of control of a situation. And it happens to me whenever I break my schedule.

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7 Smart Reasons Why Small Businesses Should Develop Their Own Mobile Apps This 2017

Dumb Little Man

You won’t believe how much a mobile app can change your small business. Over the years, more and more people are getting hooked on mobile purchases. Did you know…69% of millennials purchase from their mobile phones and this projection is expected to increase up to 2020. In addition, 62% of smartphone users have made at least one mobile purchase in the last 6 months. At this rate, it won’t be a surprise if mobile apps become more than just an extra treat for consumers, but a necessity.

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