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5 Reasons to Use Pinterest to Create A Vision Board

Dumb Little Man

“Vision without action is merely a dream. Action without vision just passes the time. Vision with action can change the world.” Joel A. Barker As we reflect on the past year and welcome the new, many of us may start to think about what we would like our new year to look like. And what better way to capture what it is we want then to ‘pin’ it on a vision board. A vision board is a collection of images and photos of what you want in your life.

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What can assistants expect in 2015?

Practically Perfect PA

Every January I seem to find myself in a bit of a confused state. I’m excited about the year ahead and yet seem to ask anyone who will listen ‘how fast did last year go?’ ’ It is a good time to reflect on achievements from the previous year but also a great time to set objectives for the year ahead. The last few years I have written a blog about what assistants can expect from the year and here you will find the tradition has continued into 2015.

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Should Your Home Go Solar?

Eco-Office Gals

Solar panels are gaining quite a bit of popularity. Still, they’re a relatively new innovation. Most people know what they are, but don’t know much about the specifics such as how exactly they work or how to install them. Unless you’re an engineer, you will probably need a professional to give you specifics for your home, but we can start here as a jumping-off point. Why should I go solar?

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Having the Moxie to be a Legend

Virtual Moxie

Nearly a decade ago, Oprah did a special event that she called the Legend''s Ball, to honor a group of African American women who had paved the way for others. I can''t tell you what an impact it had on me. . Among the "Legends" were Maya Angelou, Coretta Scott King, Rosa Parks, Alice Walker, Lena Horne, and Toni Morrison. Among the "young ''un''s"—the younger women who were paying tribute to the Legends—were Phylicia Rashad, Angela Bassett, Judith Jamison, Anna Deveare Smith, and Iman.

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7 Hard Truths About Success From John D. Rockefeller

Dumb Little Man

We love to celebrate the success of technology entrepreneurs such as Bill Gates and Steve Jobs. Their technologies and companies have shaped our era. Every single day, I use Apple and Microsoft products for productivity and leisure. Their impact of these entrepreneurs has rightly caused many to seek success lessons from them. Many writers and authors have analyzed these and other technology companies for success lessons.

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1 in 3 Small Business Owners are 65 or Older

Small Business Labs

Barlow Research Associates is an analyst firm that helps financial institutions better understand the small business sector of the economy.    For over a decade Barlow has fielded a quarterly survey of businesses on topics of interest to financial institutions. Because of their history and the comprehensive nature of the their surveys, Barlow has lots of interesting and insightful information on small businesses.    The Barlow chart below shows the rapid aging of U.S.

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Creating Your Online Marketing Flow in 3 Simple Steps

Office Organization Success

Are you doing what many service professionals are doing when it comes to marketing? And jumping around from one online marketing strategy to the next? Without giving any one of them any time to really work?

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Does Money Equal Success?

Dumb Little Man

Wouldn’t it be great if you could win the lottery, or if that rich uncle in Nigeria you keep getting emails about, really was true and not just a scam, but you were really about to become fantastically rich? Having a great deal of money would certainly make life easier, but does it lead to happiness? To most people health and wealth are two completely different concepts, but to anyone who is truly interested in having a wealthy life they are synonymous.

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Gallup Wrong About Solopreneurs

Small Business Labs

I'm a big fan of the Gallup organization and often reference their work. Which is why I'm so disappointed by their article  American Entrepreneurship: Dead or Alive? Gallup is simply completely wrong about solopreneur businesses. Key  Key quote from the article: Let's run some numbers. You will often hear from otherwise credible sources that there are 26 million businesses in America.

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News from the Assist Conference

Practically Perfect PA

With just over a month to go until the Assist Conference we are hard at work making sure that we put together the best conference for our amazing readers. I’m so happy to share the following updates with you! For more information and to book your place please visit the Assist Conference website or you can register here. Assist Conference Programme. I am absolutely delighted to announce the Assist Conference 2015 programme.

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Don’t Work From Your Inbox

Simple Productivity Blog

When people have email lingering in their inboxes, there is generally one reason why. It''s not because they aren''t opening the emails, or because they''re not realizing they have to do something with the email. It''s because they are trying to work from their inboxes. This is a really bad idea, and today we will look at why people do it, and what should be done instead. The post Don’t Work From Your Inbox appeared first on Simple Productivity Blog.

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The Wisdom of Procrastination

Dumb Little Man

We are all familiar with the concept of procrastination. Not being able to take actions, struggling to complete a straightforward task, stuck midway through finishing a report, etc are all different examples of this little devil. And because you are reading this article, I am sure you are smart enough to understand that this situation needs dealing asap. WHAT IS PROCRASTINATION? In simple terms, procrastination is “failing to act”.

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The Boom in Ag-Tech

Small Business Labs

Entrepreneurs Push to Raise More Food More Cleanly, Profitably covers the rapidly growing field of agricultural technology. Key quote: Experts predict that, in five years or so, the growth of the so-called ag sector will outpace today’s hottest technologies in terms of the number of startups and venture-capital investments. “It’s It’s going to be bigger than cloud software, it’s going to be bigger than Big Data, because everybody eats,” said Paul Matteucci, a partner with U.S.

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Creating an Ideal Office at Home

Productivity Bits

Working from home has its own share of pros and cons. While it is a more feasible option for many, there are people who would choose to work in a proper professional setup without even a hint of homely feeling to it. The choice varies from person to person but recently there is a growing trend of home-office setups. People give their homes the touch of an office ambiance.

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Open Loops 1/16/2015

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 Pixar''s Lessons For Success; a better way to declutter - by category; and why electronics don''t belong in the bedroom. The post Open Loops 1/16/2015 appeared first on Simple Productivity Blog. More great content can be found on the site at Simple Productivity Blog.,

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New Year’s Resolutions Won’t Work

Dumb Little Man

Last year you vowed to lose 27 pounds. You lost 4. Then gained 12. The year before you said you’d quit drinking so much. And you did. For a month. Until your productivity bottomed out (@ work) in February and nothing you did worked to get it back up…until April. I need a beer! The problem isn’t you. It isn’t that you have no willpower or that you don’t know how to make change. It’s that you followed the old tradition of setting New Year’s resolutions just for the sake of setting them.

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S?r Steak + Spirits, Dallas

Practically Perfect PA

Ask any Texan or in fact anyone who has visited the lone star state and they will sum up Texas, this massive expanse in one word, and that word is big. It is a cliché but like many clichés it is true. From the ice-cream scoop sized portions of butter which accompany your melon sized jacket potato to the thousand bedrooms hotels. While in Texas using the word big is as ubiquitous as the Texan flag.

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Misconceptions of the Open Plan Office

The Small Business Blog

Over the past decade, our obsession with the open plan office has well and truly skyrocketed. Small businesses everywhere have been following in Google, Facebook and eBay’s footsteps, knocking down the dividers and grouping people together in a desperate bid to save space, encourage collaboration, and increase teamwork. All of this sounds great, especially when… Read the full article here: Misconceptions of the Open Plan Office on: THE SMALL BUSINESS BLOG.

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What Is HTTPS? And Why Your Website Will Need HTTPS Soon

The Solopreneur Life

H ave you ever noticed how some websites have “http” in their URL while others have “https”? This post explains what HTTPS is and why your website will need it soon. What is HTTPS? HTTPS stands for Hypertext Transport Protocol Secure. HTTPS protects the integrity and confidentiality of website users’ data. HTTPS was installed on today.

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Reduce Gift Clutter

Clutter Coach

by Originally posted 2010-10-21 12:44:37. Republished by Blog Post Promoter It’s book chapter Wednesday (um, Thursday). Here you go! Like it? You can buy the ebook here. Simple Way #8. Reduce Gift Clutter. Request non-cluttering gifts such gourmet food, show tickets, donations in your name, wine, flowers, etc. It may seem awkward at first to tell friends and family about your new policy; after all, they’re giving you a gift!

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The Key to Feeling Less Overwhelmed

On The Job

One of the solutions being touted more and more as a solution to the emotional and physical overload many of us experience is mindfulness. But is mindfulness the answer ? Or is it just the latest fad that you don’t have the time or inclination to try? Scott Eblin, an executive coach and speaker, says he understands the skepticism many feel when they’re told they will be happier and less stressed if they’re more “mindful” in their lives.

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Good Cookware Set Make All the Difference

Professional Assistant Blog

Are you tired of using an old set of cookware that even don’t heat evenly? Are you thinking of buying a new set of cookware? If yes, then you must think about Calphalon cookware set. But before purchasing one, you should read the best cookware set reviews. They will help you to make a better choice. Though Calphalon Cookware were initially designed for use at home, the technology behind it is simply innovative.

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How Chris Como, a Quiet, Obscure Golf Teacher, Became Tiger Woods’s New Coach

The Solopreneur Life

I n November, Tiger Woods announced that he’d hired a new golf-swing coach to help him with his game. The coach’s name: Chris Como. This is a screen shot of Chris Como taken from a Golf Magazine YouTube video that features him. Ninety-nine percent of the golf world said, “Who?” ” I published a golf-swing website for three years and I admit I’d never heard of Chris Como.

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Certain Truths That Never Change In Professional Development

Office Dynamics

I am so excited to kick off 2015 with a bang for many reasons. One big reason is I am feeling great and healthy. Second is because Office Dynamics will be celebrating its’ 25th year anniversary all year long and boy, do we have surprises for you! So please take 2 minutes to read today’s Monday Motivator. It is a special message and I don’t want you to miss one word. 25 years! What have you done almost non-stop for 25 years?

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Acronym vs. Initialism

Daily Writing Tips

Every so often I’m taken to task for referring to an unpronounceable string of letters as an acronym instead of an initialism. I’m sure there must be contexts in which the distinction is important, but I’ve never felt the need to distinguish between acronyms and initialisms in writing for a general audience. For one thing, the word initialism in its modern sense is even newer than the word acronym.

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How To Do A Yearly Preview In 3 Steps


I take the month of January and slowly build up the muscles and energy I’ll need to see all of what I’ve planned to the end. There’s just something about taking the first month of the calendar year slowly in order to really set up the next eleven months properly, and since I really start this process during the first week of the Christmas break I have about six weeks to reflect on the months gone by and mindfully prepare for the months ahead.

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How Chris Como, a Quiet, Obscure Golf Teacher, Became Tiger Woods’s New Coach

The Solopreneur Life

In November, Tiger Woods announced that he’d hired a new golf-swing coach to help him with his game. The coach’s name: Chris Como. Ninety-nine percent of the golf world said, “Who?” I published a golf-swing website for three years and I admit I’d never heard of Chris Como.

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100 Ways To Live A Better Life – 62. Get A Pet

Brilliantly Better

Whatever works for you, a bird, a guinea pig, a dog or a cat. It will keep you alert and it will cheer you up … The post 100 Ways To Live A Better Life – 62. Get A Pet appeared first on Dragos Roua. Personal Development Relationships & Society pets

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Punctuation Review #3: En Dashes

Daily Writing Tips

Dashes are not the same as hyphens. An en dash is wider than a hyphen, and an em dash is wider than an en dash: hyphen: – en dash: –. em dash: —. The terms en dash and em dash originated in the days when text to be printed was set in type by hand. Each letter and punctuation mark was cast on a separate piece of lead type. An en dash was a line the width of a letter n. An em dash was a line the width of a letter m. Not all style guides agree as to the use of en and em dashes.

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Three Uncommon Hacks For Better Team Productivity


A note from Mike: I am not a fan of bookkeeping. When we started to expand Productivityist into a full-fledged company, we knew we’d need a service to help us out with that. One of the services we looked at was Bench. Bench is the online bookkeeping service that pairs you with a dedicated bookkeeper and uses elegant, simple software to do your bookkeeping for you.

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What Is HTTPS? And Why Your Website Will Need HTTPS Soon

The Solopreneur Life

Have you ever noticed how some websites have “http” in their URL while others have “https”? This post explains what HTTPS is and why your website will need it soon. What is HTTPS? HTTPS stands for Hypertext Transport Protocol Secure.

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100 Ways To Live A Better Life – 66. Say Something Nice To Yourself

Brilliantly Better

Ok, but if nobody is telling you nice things, why not start it yourself? Do it in whatever form you think it’s appropriate: send yourself emails, … The post 100 Ways To Live A Better Life – 66. Say Something Nice To Yourself appeared first on Dragos Roua. Personal Development Spirituality & Beliefs

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Confused Words #6: Imply vs. Infer

Daily Writing Tips

A commonly cited usage error is that of mixing up the verbs imply and infer. Here are some examples from the Web: Incorrect: My girlfriend inferred it was over without actually saying it. Correct : My girlfriend implied it was over without actually saying it. Incorrect: In your letter, you infer that your partner is over 18. Correct : In your letter, you imply that your partner is over 18. Incorrect: I didn’t mean to infer by my remarks that the business doesn’t have the correct zoning.

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Book Review: Switch


Until now I had never read the Heath brothers, which is a shame. Their books are good. Switch: How to Change Things When Change is Hard is a mix of business experience, academic research, and productivity tools that anyone can apply. The machine that Switch attempts to fix is you – or more specifically – your attempt to make a switch. Whether it’s at the corporate or personal level, we all make changes. Of those attempts, many fall short.

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Why Should a CEO Care About Employer Brand?

Small Business CEO

CEOs have many things to occupy their attention. There’s share price, growth, profit levels, competitors and new product development. Why should they add Employer Brand to their list? Isn’t it just another fad? Perhaps they remember the noise around CSR a few years ago that has now become a faint whisper? Will the same happen to the term Employer Brand? To decide its value, it might be useful to explore the impact of being seen as a great employer with a strong Employer Brand. Recruitment.

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100 Ways To Live A Better Life – 65. Say Something Nice To Somebody

Brilliantly Better

Just like that. Out of the blue. Pick an unknown person and say something nice. After the initial surprise you’ll be amazed by the unmasked … The post 100 Ways To Live A Better Life – 65. Say Something Nice To Somebody appeared first on Dragos Roua. Personal Development Relationships & Society

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What is Grammar?

Daily Writing Tips

A Web search for the word grammar brings up about 171,000,000 hits. Many of the links lead to discussions of “bad grammar.” In popular usage, grammar can mean anything from misspelling a word to putting an apostrophe where it doesn’t belong. In Modern English Usage (1926-1964), Fowler defines grammar as “a general term for the science of language.” In the 1965 revision, Gower points out that the science of language is now called linguistics and that grammar is a branch of it.

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