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If Your Goals Don’t Scare You, You’re Setting Them Wrong

Dumb Little Man

“The greater danger for most of us lies not in setting our aim too high and falling short, but in setting our aim too low, and achieving our mark.” – Michelangelo. When I was six years old, my alcoholic mother forced me to drink saltwater, then laughed in my face as I vomited into the sink. By the time I was 20, I was in an abusive relationship with a man. I had anorexia and had been depressed for 13 years. Now, I’m 30 and I have a Ph.D. in Mathematics.

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Connecting Artisan Makers With Retailers and Customers a Rapidly Growing Industry

Small Business Labs

Two companies that connect artisan makers with retailers and customers announced large funding rounds last week. The wholesale marketplace Faire raised $100 million while the wholesale and licensing business Minted said they raised $208 million. Both firms connect retailers, who are often small independents, with small and solopreneur maker businesses. Faire reports having "15,000 stores actively buying on the platform?—?more

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Key skills roundup for 2018

Practically Perfect PA

I hope you enjoy our key skills roundup for 2018. We focussed really heavily this year on increasing our content around the key skills Assistants need to develop in their role this year. We covered a lot of skills including minute taking, event management, organising business travel, project management and everything in between! Here are […]. Core Skills Featured admin administrators assistants EA Executive Assistant Key Skills Office manager PA Personal Assistant Tasks Virtual Assistant

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3 Ways to Handle Nosy Co-Workers

On The Job

Believe it or not, some people don't like to talk about their personal life. I know, I know, this seems bizarre in a time when people post photos of themselves sitting on the toilet or reveal every detail of giving birth. In the workplace we often form friendships -- some of them very close -- and as a result we share details of our lives. The woman in the next cubicle, for example, knows that your teenager is getting into trouble and your husband lost his job last week.

2018 155

4 Unexpected Ways Playing Board Games Can Improve Your Well-Being

Dumb Little Man

Have you ever heard that you need to exercise your mind as well as your body? Play is an important part of human development, but adults are notoriously bad at making time for it. Finding time to relax is important to our health and even our sanity. Lucky for us, board games have been shown to reduce stress and have a myriad of unexpected benefits. Some board games, like Nine Men’s Morris, are so old that experts aren’t even sure where or when people started playing them.

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Gig Workers and Economic Anxiety

Small Business Labs

Marketplace and Edison research recently released Americans and the Gig Economy, a survey of gig workers.    The survey covered a lot of ground, including finding about 24% of American 18 and older are gig workers. This works out to a bit more than 60 million.    The survey also asked a series of questions about economic anxiety. They found gig workers, on average, experience more economic anxiety than those with traditional jobs.

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Career development round up for 2018

Practically Perfect PA

Welcome to the career development round up for 2018. This year we have written a lot of blog posts dedicated to the career development of our Practically Perfect PA readers! Career development round up for 2018 Here are some of our highlights and a video from our first Virtual Summit – Developing your business acumen on […]. Career Development Featured admin administrators assistants Business Career EA Executive Assistant Office manager PA Personal Assistant Virtual Assistant

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16 Great Reasons to Meditate That’ll Convince You to Start Now

Dumb Little Man

Not only the monks or the devotees of Lord Shiva meditate. You don’t have to belong to a specific religion nor convert into an ascetic to meditate. There are many definitions of meditation by distinct people, but I feel this is where we are wrong. We cannot define meditation because it’s a different experience for every individual. And so, we should not compare those experiences.

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Happy Holidays!

Small Business Labs

We'll see you in 2019

Competencies for Assistants roundup for 2018

Practically Perfect PA

During 2018 we delved into everything from influencing, productivity, resilience, rapport building and a whole load of competencies that Assistants need to thrive in the role. Here are just a few of our highlights from this year including videos from our recent Virtual Summit. Please enjoy our competencies for Assistants roundup for 2018. Competencies for Assistants […].

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Do You Need Fast Internet? The Answer May Surprise You

Eco-Office Gals

When it comes to speed, internet users are divided into 3 major camps: people who think they need the fastest internet, people who don’t think they need much internet speed, and people who have no idea what they need. People who know how to measure internet speeds and performance will have multiple tools available and experience to rely on, but what if you’re just trying to make the right purchase without any formal training?

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5 Ways to Stop Millennials From Killing the Workplace

Dumb Little Man

Millennials are accused of killing banks, breakfast cereals, and bars of soap. As they take on leadership roles in companies, how can they keep the workplace humming and thriving in the new gig economy? Short History of Generations at Work. Every incoming generation is like a tide that reshapes the sand on the beach. And by the beach, I mean…everything— culture, social mood, institutions, politics, and technology — all conforming to the indelible imprint of the emerging generation’s will.

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Deliberate Task Management: Responsibility

Simple Productivity Blog

One of the things about living a more deliberate life is that it means I have to take full responsibility for my decisions. It has been brought home to me that what I do is a choice, which requires a decision, and this has led me to consider more of what I am doing - and not doing - at any time. I see too many instances of blame and excuses every day. What do blame and excuses do to help me live a more deliberate and productive life? Nothing.

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Career development round up for 2018

Practically Perfect PA

Welcome to the career development round up for 2018. This year we have written a lot of blog posts dedicated to the career development of our Practically Perfect PA readers! Career development round up for 2018 Here are some of our highlights and a video from our first Virtual Summit – Developing your business acumen on […]. Career Development Featured admin administrators assistants Business Career EA Executive Assistant Office manager PA Personal Assistant Virtual Assistant

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Before You Get Booked as a Guest, be Ready to Say “Yes!”

Stephanie LH Calahan

One of the best ways to attract amazing clients and customers for your business is to powerfully demonstrate your knowledge, expertise and problem-solving abilities. Being a guest expert on podcasts, radio shows, and web shows is a great way to do that. Are you ready to say “Yes!”

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How to Cope with The First 90 Days of Addiction Recovery

Dumb Little Man

The most critical and challenging period of addiction recovery, according to the Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment , is the first 90 days. It is during this period that a newly recovering addict is overwhelmed with rebuilding his life from the ground up. This includes facing disregarded responsibilities, fears, and emotions from the past. The pressure and the anxiety from these overwhelming tasks often make the recovering patient susceptible to relapse, thus requires the most help.

2018 202

11 Writing Exercises to Inspire You and Strengthen Your Writing

Daily Writing Tips

Whether you’re writing just for fun, for school, or with professional goals in mind, these exercises can all help you to improve your writing. Some will give you inspiration, others will help you avoid editing as you write, and many of them will help you pay closer attention to your word choices. I hope you’ll enjoy giving them a go! #1: 1: Cover Your Screen While You Write.

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Happy Holiday Season from Office Dynamics

Office Dynamics

As 2018 comes to a close, we think of all the people we have served this year and are blessed to know. It has been an incredible year of meeting new people around the world and working with new organizations. We thank you for your time, energy, support, and friendship. We look forward to being of even greater service in 2019.

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How Texting Can Ruin Your Career -- and What to Do About It

On The Job

Everyone knows you shouldn't text and drive, and several cities (such an Honolulu) make it illegal to text and walk. The reason is clear: people driving or walking distracted are not only a danger to others, but to themselves. But there is something equally damaging going on in workplaces today that has to do with texting. It's texting too fast. It's responding immediately to a text, rather it's a question from a colleague, a request from a boss or a complaint from a customer.

2018 100

Six Ways to Stay Motivated during Hideously Boring Tasks

Dumb Little Man

Staying motivated is difficult. Finding motivation to do something you don’t really like is even harder. And when the task is boring, it gets more challenging. I don’t know exactly what your most-dreaded things are, but maybe they look something like this: Repetitive, boring data entry or copy-and-pasting tasks on the computer. Housework, like laundry, cleaning, cooking, tidying, washing dishes. Sorting and filing papers. Delivering leaflets door-to-door.

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1,462 Basic Plot Types

Daily Writing Tips

For centuries, writers and critics have tried to put stories into basic categories. I’ve written about the scientific quest for universal plot types using the Hedonometer and the theories of Kurt Vonnegut. My colleague Mark Nichol has written about several lists of types of plots : three types, seven types, another seven types, twenty types, and thirty six types. Before I reread Mark’s article, I thought I could combine them all and write my own article called The 69 Types of Plots.

2018 86

A Simple Guide To Managing Short Term Property Rentals

Small Business CEO

Managing short term property rentals is becoming easier and more profitable with every passing year. With technology and automation, this shared-economy business model is both welcoming and lucrative. However, it’s a good bet if you’re reading this, you’re not looking for a side gig or a hobby. You can make a fortune running a short term property rental business by prepping as much as possible before opening the doors to your first guest.

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On Being Steadily Fluid

Brilliantly Better

Bruce Lee famously said once: “Be like water my friend, be like water. If you pour water in a bottle, water becomes the bottle.” ” I thought a lot about stability versus fluidity lately. If you look at these two concepts… The post On Being Steadily Fluid appeared first on Dragos Roua. Blogging

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9 Proven Secrets and Health Tips for Men Over 50

Dumb Little Man

Hi, my name is Lou and I want to talk to you about something that is really important to me and hopefully, to you as well. What is up with men’s health? Why is it that in a country with the best health care in the world, we have so many unhealthy men? And the problem gets worse as we age. Men who are 50+ are the worst offenders.

2018 201

Merriam-Webster’s 2018 Words of the Year

Daily Writing Tips

Toward the end of every calendar year, Merriam-Webster, like other major dictionaries, shares a list of the words most frequently searched for on its website. As usual, this search traffic is largely driven by public discourse, as people look up words they see and hear in the media and in conversations, seeking to learn definitions of unfamiliar words or to clarify for themselves the meanings of words they know (or think they know).

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The Secret to Exhibition Success

Small Business CEO

Having a successful exhibition is all about being organized and knowing the steps you should take. However, doing so isn’t as easy as it sounds because there’s a lot to consider. What do you need to do before the exhibit? Who will oversee the brochures and booklets printing ? How are you going to bring people to your booth? Is training your staff really necessary?

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DumbLittleMan’s Wellness and Productivity Gift Guide 2018

Dumb Little Man

Buying gifts this Christmas season isn’t as easy as you might think. With all the choices, you can easily end up spending hours and hours thinking about the perfect gift. And who has such free time? To save you from the hard work of coming up with the right gifts for your friends, family, and co-workers, we’ve put together this list of great holiday gift ideas that won’t just make them healthy but productive, too.

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9 Sleep Hacks to Elevate Your Mood and Improve Your Health

Dumb Little Man

Lack of sleep is hazardous to your physical and mental health. It’s connected to a variety of health-related risks, including cardiovascular disease, depression, and car accidents. Even though adults generally need at least seven hours of sleep each night, many Americans sleep for a shorter amount of time. The reasons are varied and include certain medical conditions, a high workload, elevated levels of stress, and a lack of effective sleep habits or strategies.

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Alien Landscapes: Places on Earth You Should Totally See

Dumb Little Man

Planet Earth has more than its share of magnificent spectacles, many of which tourists queue to see. Earthly wonders like the Niagara Falls and spectacular man-made miracles such as Egypt’s pyramids are fascinating for sure, but they keep our feet and imaginations planted firmly on the familiar ground. Postcards, textbooks, and holiday brochures make us feel we’ve seen these sights before even when we haven’t.

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Self Reflection Questions for When You Need A Moment of Clarity

Dumb Little Man

Have you ever had one of those moments where you feel like your life has become stagnant and nothing seems to be working out? You are not able to create anything you’d like to accomplish and just feel absolutely useless? I am talking about that self-appreciation phase where you love the concept of self-doubt and self-loathing. Well, one thing is for sure, you are not alone.

2018 184

7 Actionable Hacks for Creating a High Converting Website Homepage

Dumb Little Man

Ask any E-commerce business and they will say that their biggest concern is driving traffic to their website. However, what many businesses don’t do is look at the big picture. They don’t take into account what happens when that traffic actually reaches their website. Honestly, traffic alone means nothing because the traffic number will never pay the bills. That’s why you need to know how to convert traffic into sales.

2018 174

5 Tips for Finding a Fitness Program That You’ll Never Want to Quit

Dumb Little Man

It’s happened again. You gave up on another workout plan. You’ve gone through at least half a dozen and haven’t stuck to one. You vowed that this time would different, that you would push yourself and see this through to the end. You did the research, found the perfect program, and finally got your mind right. But at the first bump on the road, you’re right back where you started — looking for the next plan. You’re so frustrated that you want to give up on getting fit all together.

2018 169

How to Tell Someone You’re a Recovering Addict

Dumb Little Man

Many recovering addicts view getting sober as a chance to start over and re-invent themselves. The process is challenging, but the benefits are worth the work. Unfortunately, telling people you’re in recovery can be just as daunting. Our society isn’t sure whether to treat addiction as a disease, mental illness or moral failing that can be overcome. In talking about your addiction, you could jeopardize your social standing, job or relationship with someone you really care about.

2018 166

6 Effective Tricks to Make Your Apartment Look Bigger and Spacious

Dumb Little Man

Living in an apartment unit isn’t new to everyone, especially those people living in the heart of the city. It’s very convenient since it gives you easy access to shopping malls, department stores, restaurants, and most importantly, your workplace. There are a lot of apartment providers that will give you many options. In fact, there are various mobile applications designed to help you find an apartment of your preference location-wise.

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Is Workplace Drug Testing Changing?

Dumb Little Man

Back in 2012, positive drug test rates among American employees were just under 5%, hitting a 30-year low. Today, 88% of employers conduct drug testing at any point in the tenure of their employees. And as marijuana legalization continues to move forward, more employers are considering it critical for their business and employees. However, there are few business owners who are considering in eliminating it. The Upside To Drug Testing.

2018 168

Choosing the Right Shipping Partner for Your Business

Small Business CEO

If you are a starting a business or you are simply fed up with your current shipping partner and are looking for options in the market, this article is for you. The following points are important factors you should evaluate before choosing the right shipping partner for your business: Price. This is probably the factor most evaluated when looking for any product or service.

2018 58

5 Reasons Why Sharing Is Caring in Small Business Time Management

Small Business CEO

Time management is important to SMEs, as this is the one resource that can’t really be bought. For small businesses, limited staffing and a small budgets are common. For SME team leaders, this negatively impacts their work-life balance, often resulting in those at the top taking zero holidays throughout the year. However, there are a few tools that can help to reduce the workload and save time, but they all require team effort. This is why sharing is caring in small business time management.

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