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The Best of Life Metaphors & Similes

Dumb Little Man

You can look at life in many ways. Below are my favorite life metaphors and similes categorized based on the lesson it evokes. Depending on what’s going on in my life, it often helps to remind me of what life is all about and how I can choose to play a part. On Attitude You may not have control over what life throws at you but you do have control of your attitude. Choose wisely.

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Ensure your clothes work for you!

Practically Perfect PA

“No-one will champion you or your career if you don’t.”. Karren Brady. To really start championing your career you have to ensure your clothes work with you, rather than against you. Clothing covers 90% of your body so make what you wear count! Here are The Wardrobe Angel’s Top Five Tips to get your wardrobe going in the right direction: Personalise the Dress Code.


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Using Excel To Take Apart and Consolidate Text

Simple Productivity Blog

I deal with a lot of information, for my job, for my classes, and for Girl Scouts. When I get information in a form that is readable, but not quite usable, I have the option to re-type it.or I can put Excel on the task and let it do the work. Most people assume that Excel, as a spreadsheet, is just for crunching numbers. Truth be told, I use Excel more for text manipulation than I ever do for numbers. Today I am going to show you how to put text together -- and take it apart -- using Excel.

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The Pet Sitting Dog Fight

Small Business Labs

Seattle based , a site that connects dog owners and sitters, recently announced a $25 million funding round led by Technology Crossover Ventures. This brings the total amount raised by Rover to $50 million across 4 funding rounds. Other investors in Rover include Menlo Ventures and actor/tech investor Ashton Kuchar. It also sets Rover up for a dog fight with the other dog sitting startup, DogVacay.

2015 173

15 Values That Make You a Better Partner and a Better Person

Dumb Little Man

I believe that every man has certain values that he lives by. The only problem is that a lot of men are either not consciously aware of them, or they adhere to values that are not really beneficial for their personal development. A couple of years ago I was one of those guys. I had no idea what my values were and the more I thought about them, the more I realized that I lived by values that were anything but good for my development.

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CV tips for PAs and EAs

Practically Perfect PA

For PAs and EAs, writing an impressive CV requires many of the same techniques and conventions applied in other occupations. But there are also ways of boosting your CV that are unique to your profession. This guide provides handy tips for your next PA application. Write a new CV for every job. A large proportion of CVs received for every job are generic – in other words, they’ve not been customised.

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Creating an Idea Notebook in OneNote

Simple Productivity Blog

This month on Mondays we are going to be looking at how a suite of tools - namely Microsoft Office - can make you more productive. Our first post in the series comes from one of my readers, who is organizing everything using OneNote, Microsoft''s notebook tool. David Allen, in his book Getting Things Done , suggests creating a "Someday/Maybe" list for action ideas that you want to remember, but aren''t ready to commit to doing.

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How to Become a Spiritual Badass – The 20 Laws of Spiritual Power

Dumb Little Man

So you want to become a spiritual badass? By following these laws you will learn to be a spiritual badass, to be both perceived as spiritually powerful and, more importantly, feel the depth of your own latent spiritual power. This is a play on Robert Greene’s book called The 48 Laws of Power, a book geared toward sociopaths and narcissists about how to be powerful. It tells you how to be powerful without use of morals, ethics, or care for anyone but yourself.

2015 220

Increase Product Sales with These 3 Types of Special Offers

Office Organization Success

Sometimes you need a quick cash injection in your business. And having a few options available can really help you create some immediate cash flow.

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New Productivity Forms: April 2015

Simple Productivity Blog

We''re all sick of winter. The first sign of spring where I live is the daffodils poking their cheery yellow heads out. So they''re poking out on this month''s forms, too. The post New Productivity Forms: April 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 ( ). Planning Productivity

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Americans Consume an Amazing Amount of Media

Small Business Labs

The audience measurement giant Nielsen released new data on the total number of media users across connected devices. Their chart below (click to enlarge) summarizes the data. Not only are lots of Americans using connected devices, they're spending a stunning amount of time on them.

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Strategies And Tips On How To Avoid Procrastination

Dumb Little Man

“How soon ‘NOT NOW’ becomes ‘NEVER’ ” Martin Luther King Jr. With today’s constant flurry of activities, it’s easy to fall into the habit of procrastination. People find it difficult to focus on things that truly matter because they’re afraid that doing so will bring about unnecessary stress and unhappiness. But the truth is, not taking the time for this focus is what causes more unhappiness and stress than anything else.

2015 220

Are You Cleaning Out Your List Regularly?

Office Organization Success

The boys are on Spring break this week, and so I’ve adjusted my schedule to give me time to spend with them. Before we know it they’ll be on summer vacation and I’ll be working my “summer” schedule. Something that I do regularly (and you need to do this too) is clear out my list.

2015 152

New Productivity Form Bundles Released

Simple Productivity Blog

Make productivity fun with the themed forms included in the new productivity pack. I’ve now packaged a set of themed productivity forms — 14 themes in all — together with new undated calendar pages. In addition, there is now 2 pages per sheet, letter sized, and a combination where you get both sizes. The bundles […]. The post New Productivity Form Bundles Released appeared first on Simple Productivity Blog.

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The Advantages of Being a "Global Cosmopolitan", or a Digital Nomad

Small Business Labs

"Global cosmopolitans" are people who have lived, worked and studied for extensive periods in different countries. And according to a professor from the highly regarded European business school Insead , because of their travels and life paths: "They have often developed skills that allow them to think flexibly and creatively to find workable solutions to complex work and life challenges." 

2015 147

5 Types of Bad Conversationalists and How to Avoid Being One

Dumb Little Man

We have conversations every day, but not every conversation is equally pleasant. There are people who can engage you in a conversation and make you feel so comfortable that you hope the conversation never ends. They get you to share things that you haven’t even told your best friends. Then there are people who engage you in a conversation and you look for the first opportunity to leave. Who are these bad conversationalists and how can you avoid being one?

2015 219

A day in the life: Danielle Howes, Linley

Practically Perfect PA

I have worked at LINLEY since August 2013, initially as an Office Manager and then moving into the EA role in January this year when Anna took over the running of the business. Prior to this I worked for a large International Marketing Agency organising events and promotions for one of the UKs biggest retailers. LINLEY, the British luxury brand founded by David Linley in 1985, aims to design and manufacture furniture of the highest quality.

2015 130

Make Your Boss Look Good [Part 2]

Office Dynamics

Did you read Part 1 of this 2-Part series? Read: Make Your Boss Look Good [Part 1]. Helping your executive shine is about doing 100 little things, not 1 big thing. In the previous blog, I shared tips specific to teaching your executive how to work with you. Today’s blog is about a variety of things you can do. Remember, when you help your executive look good, you win! And you win in a big way. One thing is that other executives in the organization notice what you do to make your executive shine.

2015 184

Could One Item in Your Office Be Hurting Your Productivity?

Tips From T. Marie

Do you ever get to the end of a long day and wonder just where the time went? Do you find your to-do list still looks the same as it did when you started and you feel like you accomplished nothing? Of course you have, we all have days like that. What if your week consists of more days like that and less days where you felt productive? Instead of wondering what is wrong with you , consider this. Your lack of productivity could be your chair''s fault. Click To Tweet. Seriously.

2015 126

Natural Organizing

Clutter Coach

by Originally posted 2011-05-03 13:55:30. Republished by Blog Post Promoter You aren’t a cookie cut from a generic mold (even though you’re sweet). You deserve more than a cookie cutter approach to organizing. Methods you’ve read about in books may partially work, or not work at all. Or they’ll work for awhile but then something happens to make them stop working. That’s why it’s so important to have your own personalized system.

2015 118

Science Shows Us How to Perform Under Pressure

On The Job

There is no shortage of inspiring messages about how you must learn to rise above the occasion and show your brilliance under pressure if you want to be successful. When we think of people who epitomize such messages, those who come to mind are often sports superstars like Michael Jordan. How many times did he pull out a game-winner at the buzzer?

2015 160

Open Loops 4/10/2015

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. Learn what ala carte TV really costs. A rant against K Cups (mine) in response to a "reuse" article. 5 daily rituals for happiness. The anti-bucket list. When good enough really isn''t good enough.and more! The post Open Loops 4/10/2015 appeared first on Simple Productivity Blog.

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Tips To Spring Cleaning At Work

Office Dynamics

With the onset of spring, now would be a good time to do a little clean up. Here are a few ideas to get you started with your spring cleaning at work. S pruce up your work area with fresh flowers. P urge files; clean up computer files. R earrange furniture. I nform your team of new concepts. N egotiate your work load. G ather information on new office products. C luster similar tasks and office supplies. L ose unproductive habits. E ngage in an attitude renewal. A nalyze current work flow.

2015 155

Bring Success to Your Business by Respecting Your Money— Practically and Spiritually

Step It Up VA Coaching

by Donna Toothaker. As a successful business owner, you should have systems in place for tracking and measuring the various aspects of your business. Without these measurement tools, there’s no accurate way to tell if you’re on the right track to meet your goals. If you don’t have such systems in place, you need to get on that immediately (once you finish reading this article)!

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Never Forget That You're Always Expendable

On The Job

The March unemployment report wasn''t as rosy as was expected as employers only added 126,000 jobs. But no one appears to be panicking, as the unemployment rate remains at 5.5%, and some economists dismiss the lackluster hiring as simply a result of bad winter weather. Still, this is no time to get overconfident.

2015 155

Issues vs. Problems

Daily Writing Tips

The word issue has been used with various meanings since the Middle Ages. For most of that time, English speakers have talked about issues, but rarely have they had issues. Issue derives from classical Latin exitus : “to go out.”. The noun issue can refer to the action of flowing out, as in the medical sense of “a discharge of blood or other matter from the body”: Three days afterward there was an issue of pus through this opening.

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Blog-a-Thon Bonus Announcement

Office Dynamics

BONUS BONUS BONUS!!! Get Bonus Entries In Our Blog-a-Thon For The Administrative Profession. For those of you who are participating in our blog-a-thon this April we want to give you even more ways to get entered to win. Announcing BONUS entries with social sharing. You MUST hashtag your past #adminblogathon in order to be entered for the bonus entries. Example of a Tweet or Facebook Post: This article changed my life [add your favorite article link] #adminblogathon.

2015 153

Why I’m Not Getting An Apple Watch


With the Apple Watch hitting the market, you’d think that someone involved with productivity – or, more specifically, time management – would be chomping at the bit to pick one up. While the Apple Watch would be the natural choice for me (all of my devices are Apple-oriented), there are other smart watch options out there. I even reviewed the Galaxy Gear when it first came out. But I’m not getting an Apple Watch anytime soon.

2015 85

First Race Of 2015 – Half Marathon Brasov

Brilliantly Better

Last year I started the season with a race in the mud, and boy, that race was cold. And muddy. And hard. And it kinda … The post First Race Of 2015 – Half Marathon Brasov appeared first on Dragos Roua. Personal Development

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Some Thoughts on Dashes

Daily Writing Tips

A reader wonders about the use of dashes to replace colons: More and more I see dashes (of various sorts) used to do the work you say that the colon should do: introduce a word, phrase, clause, list, or quotation after a complete sentence. Is either acceptable?

2015 85

Personal Growth Is Your Responsibility

Office Dynamics

<Guest Blog Post by Judi Moreo> One of the biggest assets any Administrative Assistant can have is the understanding that her personal growth is her responsibility. This may mean attending training programs to increase your skills. Very often your companies will pay for these courses if your employer sees the benefit to the company for you to have the training. It is your responsibility to source the training you need and bring it to the attention of your employer.

2015 151

5 Ways to Be a Responsible Writer

Men With Pens

Click here to read the full article → Another rocking post from Men With Pens! 5 Ways to Be a Responsible Writer first appeared on Men With Pens Copyright 2006 — 2015, All Rights Reserved. Better Business Better Writing

2015 65

How to Crowd-design your Way to Entrepreneurial Success

Small Business CEO

You don’t need to seek out the services of a fancy design firm, or risk wasting hours of time communicating with an online freelancer to get the best logo, website and other graphics you need for your business. In fact, after using an online design marketplace for the first time, you’ll soon realize that the traditional method of requesting samples (which can easily be copy/pasted – ie.,

2015 82

Minuscule vs. Miniscule

Daily Writing Tips

When a reader kindly pointed out that I’d misspelled minuscule in a post, my first reaction was puzzlement. I’d written about “a miniscule difference,” meaning “a tiny difference.” I spelled the word the way I pronounce it: min-i-SKYOOL. On the other hand, the term minuscule is in my vocabulary. I know that Carolingian minuscule is a type of rounded script developed in the court of Charlemagne. When I learned the word in that context, I was taught to pronounce it mi-NUHS-kyool.

2015 85

Free Webinar Replay: 7 Steps To A Ridiculously Radiant Career

Office Dynamics

In today’s busy working world, it’s easy to get so distracted with the daily tasks of your job, that you forget what you’re really building is a career. Administrative professionals in particular often don’t even recognize the difference. As a result, they end up with little to show for their efforts, wondering what the next step is, how to get recognized and rewarded for all they do, and why it even matters anyway.

2015 141

Make Your Boss Look Good [Part 1]

Office Dynamics

As an executive or administrative assistant, you will find that your light will shine brighter when you help your executive shine. The more you enable your executive’s success and freedom to focus on their important work, the more valuable you will become. Not all executives know exactly how to work with their assistant. This is Part 1 of a two-part series.

2015 137

Make Learning Fun For Your Admin Team

Office Dynamics

Office Dynamics launched a series of webinars this year and online courses. We have received numerous requests from assistants for permission to view our recorded or live webinars with their administrative peers or team. This seems to be a hot trend, learning as a team. Here’s some advice on how you can make training for your administrative team fun. 6 Tips To Make Learning Fun & Ensure Your Team Will Remember What They Learned.

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