Sat.Feb 07, 2015 - Fri.Feb 13, 2015

5 Things I Learned about Success from a Cup of Tea

Dumb Little Man

A couple of years ago, I talked to you about the sacrifices you’ll have to make to start a business. Some of you asked me if running a business was all about sacrifice – no, it isn’t. Today, I’d like to talk to you about success. I’ve had a few successes in my life; my recent experiences launching my own tea company have taught me more than any of them. Here’s what I’ve learned.

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What To Do If You’re Not Naturally Productive

Simple Productivity Blog

One thing people assume about me is that productivity comes naturally. After all, I spend a lot of time reading and writing about it, not to mention adjusting my own methods. Nothing could be further from the truth. I am not naturally productive. But in spite of that, I am still highly productive. Here''s why: The post What To Do If You’re Not Naturally Productive appeared first on Simple Productivity Blog. More great content can be found on the site at Simple Productivity Blog.,

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Raise Standards for Easier Juggling of Clients, Work, and Priorities

Virtual Moxie

Every week, I hear from at least one Virtual Assistant who struggles with how she''s managing multiple clients, to-do items, and deadlines. I get it—I really do.

2015 165

The ultimate guide to designing presentations

Practically Perfect PA

At some point in an assistant’s career they will be asked to put together a slide deck for their Executive. This could be for a presentation in front of the board, for other members of staff or a pitch to win new clients. Whatever the occasion it is really important that the slides reflect the key points that your Executive is delivering.

2015 165

How to Embrace Losing and Find Out What Really Matters

Dumb Little Man

What’s wrong with being a loser? And aren’t we all? After all, everything is temporary outside of us and eventually we’ll lose it. Losing is basically having less, but you actually gain more freedom. The more you let go, the freer and happier you become. Here are a few things about losing you should consider: •it comes from attachment – we get attached to so many things, people, places, activities, memories, etc.

2015 178

Thursday from the Trenches Episode 8

Simple Productivity Blog

In this episode of Thursday From the Trenches I talk about using a timer to get through a really large and tough task. The post Thursday from the Trenches Episode 8 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 ( Facebook.com/SimpleProductivity ). Productivity trench

2015 171

SBA's Small Business Profiles for States

Small Business Labs

The Small Business Administration's Office of Advocacy  released their annual Small Business Profiles for States and Territories.    This report provides a snapshot of small business activity in each state and territory, including information on the number of firms, employment, demographics and other topics.   The report opens with a fun set of 15 "Top 10 Lists" on a variety of topics.

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When Life Throws You Curves

Dumb Little Man

With a name like Early it’s never a good idea for me to walk into a meeting a few minutes late. If I had a dollar for every time I’ve heard, “Hey, Early is late!” ” I would be retired on a private island. To stay true to my name I sometimes find myself rushing to my next appointment or meeting. To be clear, I try to maintain a safe speed limit most of the time. But sometimes you just have to get there.

2015 172

Moving Action Away From Collection

Simple Productivity Blog

There are systems out there that insist if you touch an item, you have to do it (one-touch methods). There are systems out there that insist if something is going to take less than X minutes, you need to do it right then (2-minute rule). The idea behind these ideas is to move the action as close to the collection point as possible to minimize what will get lost in the system. Unfortunately, they can actually cause blocks in the process instead of moving things through more smoothly.

2015 168

What is "Hope Labor"?

Small Business Labs

Hope Labor: The Role of Employment Prospects in Online Social Production looks at the motivations behind "hope labor", which the authors define as: " un- or under-compensated work carried out in the present, often for experience or exposure, in the hope that future employment opportunities may follow." " The paper itself is very academic and most won't want to wade through it. But the concept of hope labor is clearly increasingly common.

2015 147

Call off the cheerleaders!

Practically Perfect PA

In my many years dealing in personal brand (I’ll be telling you I remember when this was all fields next) I’ve come across many people who subscribe to the view that blowing your own trumpet ‘just isn’t done’ and that doing a good job is all that’s required to get ahead. Well, maybe that was true 20 years ago, but if you take that tack today you’ll get left behind like an odd sock in the laundrette of life.

2015 136

How To Survive The Long Distant Relationship

Dumb Little Man

People have started accepting longer distance relationships proactively these days. However it is not easy to maintain as it may look. One needs to be head-strong before picking it up. The only problem with this relationship is that they demand too much and in fact quite more than what any normal relationship calls for. But to keep both the partners happy, here are some small little things which can be done to spice it up and keep the partners working for a longer term.

2015 170

New Productivity Forms: February 2015

Simple Productivity Blog

In 2014 I decided I wanted to release monthly productivity forms with a seasonal theme. Fun tools make it more likely I will use them, and honestly, I get bored with the plain old print and line forms. In 2015 I decided to continue this tradition. So to that end, I will be releasing a […]. The post New Productivity Forms: February 2015 appeared first on Simple Productivity Blog. More great content can be found on the site at Simple Productivity Blog.,

2015 160

Frog Design on the Future of Work

Small Business Labs

Despite the odd name (or maybe because of it), Frog Design is one of the world's leading design and innovation firms. I really like their logo, which is pictured. Frog's work combines research, strategy, technology, and design to create products and services for wide array of clients, including many Fortune 500 firms.   They recently released a collection of 10 stories covering how technology is "is reshaping the world of work."

2015 146

The Orange Public House and Hotel, London

Practically Perfect PA

Having grown up in a pub owning family I must admit to being sceptical about my stay in one of the five rooms atop the Orange Pub. For me staying over at the pub meant waking up after a very noisy evening to find large empty whiskey bottles at the bottom of the stairs and various family members in drunken slumber. Others, I would hope, will have less vivid pictures of “above the pub” accommodation when thinking about the Orange Hotel as an option for their Executives.

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5 Universal Truths to Tell Yourself After a Horrific Break-up

Dumb Little Man

Break-ups can be rough. In fact, some scientific studies suggest they cause actual pain to the human body. A 2014 experiment suggested that thinking of our exes triggers activity in the same area of our brain that registers physical pain. Other symptoms reportedly include disturbed sleep and irrational heartbeats. It may take ages to get over, but a broken heart is still far from a chronic condition. Here are five universal truths to help remind us there’s life after a failed relationship.

2015 165

Open Loops 2/13/2015

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. Purging your closet. The best weed trimmers. A different way of looking at cooking at home. Consistency and creativity. Board games for all circumstances. Should-less days. Pinterest and vision boards.and more! (It It was an interesting week). The post Open Loops 2/13/2015 appeared first on Simple Productivity Blog.

2015 138

How to Write the Perfect About Page: Prove You’re Not a Gangster

The Solopreneur Life

I f your business gets leads and clients online, then the one and only objective of your “About” page is to eliminate any suspicion that your website is a front for organized crime. I’m not kidding about this at all. Your About page needs to prove that your website isn’t a front for organized crime. Photo by David Spinks. Used under a Creative Commons License.). You know that you’re not a foreign-based gangster who steals people’s personal information.

2015 168

People do business with people.

The Small Business Blog

I think anyone knows that doing business is often all about personal relationships, especially in the B2B sector and when it comes to substantial personal investments. Not surprising then that building a personal relationship with your new business partner is essential to the final outcome. Find out how to do better in the future. Read… Read the full article here: People do business with people. on: THE SMALL BUSINESS BLOG. Business Psychology

2015 159

5 Tips to Impress a Guy

Dumb Little Man

Impressing a guy is simple but, not that simple! Many girls think that if they talk in a romantic manner they can win over a guy’s heart. However like women, men are also at times really difficult to understand.This issue becomes more problematic when you have a crush on a guy and you just can’t understand how to impress. Thus to help you out on this critical issue here is mentioned some common ways, by which you can impress a guy.

2015 163

“Too Much Time on My Hands”

Loosely Speaking

I woke up from my antihistamine-fueled dreams today with this song playing in my head. In fact, I was never a Styx fan. The reality is, the tune dates back to 1981, the year my firstborn arrived and, therefore, the last time in my life that … Continue reading → Retirement

2015 100

11 Things You’ll Need To Deal With Constant Change In The Workplace

Office Dynamics

For several weeks, I have been presenting full-day workshops, mini videoconference workshops, and hosting a variety of webinars. I have covered a range of topics from building strategic partnerships to decision-making, success and engagement, creating your career portfolio and emotional intelligence. A group of executive assistants and I were talking about self-management vs. stress management.

2015 136

Why Friction Among Teams is a Good Thing

On The Job

One of the biggest headaches for a manager is when members of a team don’t really like working together. This dislike can range from snotty comments muttered during meetings to outright confrontations among team members. A manager is put in the unenviable position of taking on the role of playground supervisor/negotiator/drill sergeant as he or she tries to get results from a team that needs to function as a cohesive unit.

2015 130

How to Get a Certified Copy of Your Birth Certificate

Dumb Little Man

A certified copy of a birth certificate is necessary for a lot of things. It is one of the documents needed to obtain many forms of ID, including a passport and a drivers license. Some colleges and universities also require a birth certificate to verify your application. It also is a major document used in tracing your family’s genealogical lineage when exploring a family tree.

2015 161

How to Write the Perfect About Page: Prove You’re Not a Gangster

The Solopreneur Life

If your business gets leads and clients online, then the one and only objective of your “About” page is to eliminate any suspicion that your website is a front for organized crime. I’m not kidding about this at all.

2015 130

How I Use Todoist And Evernote Together

Productivityist

I’ve long used Evernote for my resource and reference materials. all of my research is stored there, along with notebooks that contain living documents that I want to share with those who are helping build Productivityist and my virtual assistant. Pretty much everything that is any source of reference material is kept there, and even ideas for blog posts and other content spend some time in Evernote before making their way to Scrivener for bigger projects or Desk.pm for blog posts.

2015 87

Podium vs. Lectern

Daily Writing Tips

A reader laments the confusion between these two words: Here in the United States anyway, people are constantly using the word “podium” (what you stand on) to refer to the “lectern” (what you stand behind). The reverse, not so much. Confusing these two words erodes the richness of the language. We’re on the verge of having two words for “lectern” and none for “podium.”.

2015 86

How to Make a Sailor’s Knot Bracelet

Dumb Little Man

A sailor’s knot, turk’s head, or endless knot bracelet is easy to make. It takes few supplies, and once you get the hang of it, it is very easy to do. These bracelets have a lovely nautical look to them, and have the mystery of looking like they have no beginning or end. With bracelets being a very popular fashion choice these days, these bracelets are a lovely addition to any wrist: First, gather your supplies.

2015 158

MYOB vs XERO – War amongst the irrelevant?

The Small Business Blog

It is almost tragic to see the CEO’s of MYOB and Xero have a go at one another. They both seem to forget that what they call innovation may very well damage their clients business, at least in my opinion. Using any of these fragmented software solutions vs. an integrated, simplified business software solution, will… Read the full article here: MYOB vs XERO – War amongst the irrelevant? on: THE SMALL BUSINESS BLOG. Accountants/CPAs Accounting Software Cloud Computing MYOB xero

2015 122

Chasing Unicorns: How Using Asana Can Keep Teams Motivated

Productivityist

When you attempt to introduce a new system, workflow, or habit in your life often the biggest hurdle is starting and keeping the enthusiasm and momentum strong. I have introduced Asana to many people and after I explain all the benefits of keeping everyone’s actions in one centralised location, collaborating on tasks, sharing the status of projects and reviewing progress towards goals, I bring it back to actually getting tasks completed.

2015 77

Jury-rigged vs. Jerry-rigged

Daily Writing Tips

A reader asks to know the difference between jury-rigged and jerry-rigged. Of the two, the older term is jury-rigged , a nautical term dating from the days of sail. Because they were often damaged in storms, sailing ships carried a spare mast called the jury-mast. Apart from scholarly speculation, the etymology of jury in this context is unknown. The jury-mast was like a spare tire, to be used only in an emergency and replaced by the real thing as soon as possible.

2015 77

How to Delete Netflix Viewing History

Dumb Little Man

For a long time, it was impossible to delete your netflix viewing history. It was available for viewing not only by yourself, but by anyone who you added as a friend on Netflix. The company looked at is as a way to use social media to get more people to watch things, and potentially bring in more viewers. However, in order to give the company the most exposure to this social advantage, they created a system that originally didn’t allow anyone to delete anything in their browsing history.

2015 158

How to Become A Valuable Employee

Office Dynamics

Joan Burge, a renowned author and administrative expert, is the creator of the Star Achievement Series®, World Class Assistant™ Certificate Program, more than 40 customized workshops and seminars for administrative professionals and author of several books. Joan equips administrative assistants, executive assistants and office support professionals to move beyond task work to higher-level functions that meet the ever-changing demands of today’s workplace.

2015 109

100 Ways To Live A Better Life – 90.Stop Being A Follower

Brilliantly Better

Admiring is nice. But being admired is even better. Stop trying to fit in other people’s shoes. Find your own path. If that means breaking … The post 100 Ways To Live A Better Life – 90.Stop Being A Follower appeared first on Dragos Roua. Personal Development

2015 71

Punctuation Mistakes #3: Possessive of S-Nouns Singular in Meaning

Daily Writing Tips

The rule that plural nouns ending in s form the possessive by adding only an apostrophe is well understood. For example: the babies’ beds. the writers’ laptops. the witnesses’ testimony. The rule that nouns singular in meaning but ending in s also form the possessive by adding an apostrophe is perhaps not so well understood. For example: mathematics’ rules. politics’ true meaning. Highland Hills’ late mayor. the United States’ role.

2015 72

How to Delete Cookies and Clean Your Computer

Dumb Little Man

When you first get your computer, you are usually impressed at how quickly it runs, and how rarely it commits errors. After awhile, though, things slow down, and you find that you can no longer start up, restart, stream, or browse very quickly at all. This is a sign that there may be a number of things clogging up the way that your computer is running, and definitely time for a cleaning. There are a number of things to clean and look for, and many ways to do it.

2015 157

Cameron to help 500 companies, out of 5.2 million – how fair is that?

The Small Business Blog

Our political ‘elite’ is really struggling to understand the business landscape. This focus on fast-growing companies is short sighted as usual. What counts is the five year mortality rate of businesses, nothing any government has ever done has changed the 50% plus failure rate. Read the full article here: Cameron to help 500 companies, out… Read the full article here: Cameron to help 500 companies, out of 5.2 million – how fair is that? on: THE SMALL BUSINESS BLOG.

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