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The Best Way to End The Day: 5 Things to Do Before You Go to Sleep

Dumb Little Man

You know that moment between going to bed and falling asleep, right? Some watch movies, read a book, force their eyes to close, plan and worry about tomorrow, or think about the things they had to do today but didn’t manage to. I say eliminate all this and make the best of the end of the day. It’s a period of time that’s important for your personal development whether you realize it or not. It’s as important as the morning routine. A day that’s started well should also end well.

2015 211

7 Simple Steps to Organizing & Hosting a Successful Teleclass

Office Organization Success

This simple strategy can add hundreds of new subscribers to your list … practically overnight! And it’s a very simple, yet low-cost marketing strategy that you can implement on a regular basis to reach your target market. Plus you’ll have the advantage of you being able to interact with your audience – they’ll be able to hear your voice and you will become more ‘personable’ to them. So what is this amazing online marketing strategy? Hosting your own teleclass!

2015 202

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10 Easy Ways to Make Your Home More Eco-Friendly

Eco-Office Gals

When you hear the term “eco-friendly,” your mind might jump to advancements like solar panels , electric cars, and walls that keep heat inside. And, while these certainly fit the bill, they aren’t always the most budget-conscious options for everyday individuals who simply want to minimize their negative effects on the Earth. Fortunately, there are plenty of ways to make your home a greener place without spending a ton of green.

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Practically Perfect PA Giveaway: Assist Conference ticket!

Practically Perfect PA

Thanks to our wonderful partners at Tate we have a very special giveaway for Practically Perfect PA readers this month. We are offering one lucky reader the chance to attend the Assist Conference for free. Yes that is right – a whole day of fantastic training specifically for assistants – completely for free! The conference is taking place on Friday 27th February 2015 at the Proud Archivist, London.

2015 189

8 Principles to live by for an Epic Life

Dumb Little Man

In our modern society, it’s really rare seeing people living on principles. A life principle is basically something that drives you to be the best image of yourself every single day. It is an invisible force that defines who we truly are. Life principles have the power to transform you from the inside out, defining how much happy, successful and productive you will be.

2015 204

Don't Leave Money on the Table!

Virtual Moxie

Jasmine picked my brain with a billing question. One of her clients has her making lots of phone calls. Often, Jasmine ends up sitting on hold for long periods of time. And when she does, there’s another client’s work that’s easy to do at the same time. Her question was whether she should be billing them both for the same time, or not. It’s a great question—and the answer is yes; bill them both.

2015 175

Review: 13 Things Mentally Strong People Don’t Do

Simple Productivity Blog

In order to change, we need to have an awareness of what we are trying to change/improve/remove. Only with that awareness can we see what we are striving for. For general improvement, though, it can be difficult to find what we are moving away from. That''s where the book 13 Things Mentally Strong People Don''t Do come in handy. Today I will review the book and explain why this book is different.and more helpful.than others in its genre.

2015 157

More Trending


Dumb Little Man

Fear Of Failure. This is one of the restricting factors at start. When you try to think about failure in the first place, there is a high probability that you could restrict yourself from starting even when failure has been discovered to be a subset of success. What to do: Take failure to be one of the factors of success and over expect to be successful overnight. Whenever one fails, the truth is that s/he has taken a step further towards success because of the experimental lessons learned.

2015 183

Sources of Contingent Talent Shifting

Small Business Labs

DCRTrendline's New Sources of Talent  covers research by Ardent Partners showing that hiring firms are shifting how they locate and hire contingent talent (freelancers, contractors, etc.). The Ardent Partners chart below from the article shows survey data on this shift. According to the article, the big shift is away from traditional staffing firms and towards: Private Talent Pools. This source of talent is something that is already known to employers.

2015 149

Is Article Marketing Still a Good Strategy?

Office Organization Success

One of my members in the School for Online Business Success asked me recently about article marketing. She wanted to know if it was still an effective marketing strategy as she’d heard it wasn’t that great any more. Whilst article marketing isn’t as *hot* as it used to be (my very first info product in 2007 was called The Complete Article Tracking Toolkit ) it’s still very much a viable online marketing strategy.

2015 146

Networking with other departments

Practically Perfect PA

We all know that networking is really important for assistants. There are plenty of external networking events out there but really the first place to start with building your network is within your organisation. It is important that you know and get on well with your team and your department but it is equally as important that you know as many members of staff as possible and you have contacts within other departments. A well-connected assistant will benefit their Executive immensely.

5 Ways Athletes (and anyone else) Can Connect Their Mental and Physical Self

Dumb Little Man

Everything we do, sports included, is 90% mental. In fact, saying that sports is 90% mental might be one of the most overused clichés. The truth is, anything we do is both 100% mental and 100% physical. Think about it. Our thoughts influence our actions, and our actions influence our thoughts. What is more important? Thinking about this further will lead us to the “chicken or the egg” debate.

2015 177

Thursday from the Trenches Episode 7

Simple Productivity Blog

In this episode of Thursday From the Trenches I talk about getting things done as opposed to waiting to do it "right". The post Thursday from the Trenches Episode 7 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 ( ). Productivity trench

2015 146

The Internet of Pets

Small Business Labs

The giant, annual Consumer Electronics Show held last week in La Vegas was a major coming out party for new products with sensors, advanced network connectivity and products related to the emerging  Internet of Things.    Internet products for pets were a part of this and Popular Science's article CES 2015: The Internet of Pets  covers several connected pet products.

2015 143

Ten tips for organising a business trip to… Geneva

Practically Perfect PA

At some point or another you will book a business trip to Geneva for your Executive or they will pass through the city before leaving for another destination. It really is one of Europe’s main business hubs. After booking many many business trips to Geneva I finally went to there earlier this year. It is without doubt a beautiful city but boy is it expensive! Restaurants, hotels, transport – everything that you encounter on a trip is costly.

2015 162

Introducing The “DEAL-WITH-IT DOZEN” To Lift You Up When You Are Down

Dumb Little Man

“I don’t regret what I’ve been through. I’ve had ups and downs, super highs and some really low lows. I’ve been so blessed that I could never say, ‘I wish this didn’t happen.’ It’s part of who I am.” Jennifer Lopez We’re all familiar with the phrase “Life has its ups and downs”, and we’ve experienced both. We’ve been buoyed by trivial things, or had our feelings dashed by equally minor events. Do we focus too much on the downs? To many people, it seems there are more downs to life than ups.

2015 174

The Power of Review

Simple Productivity Blog

Reviewing isn''t just to keep you on track. Reviewing is also about seeing where you have been so you can appreciate where you have come from. The power of review lies in both looking forward and looking back. Today we will look at how looking back is essential to your direction. The post The Power of Review appeared first on Simple Productivity Blog. More great content can be found on the site at Simple Productivity Blog.,

2015 146

Book Review: The Future of Work

Small Business Labs

I'm more than a bit behind on my book reviews, which is why it's taken me so long to get to Jacob Morgan's excellent book, The Future of Work. Morgan is one of the leading futurists examining work, so it comes as no surprise he does a great job of describing the forces that are changing work and explaining how organizations and their leaders can successfully respond to these changes.

2015 138

The Marriott, Edinburgh

Practically Perfect PA

The Marriott in Edinburgh is in a perfect location for those flying into and out of the city. It is 10 minutes from the airport, which is great for an early departure, and 20 minutes from the city centre using public transport. There is a very conveniently located bus stop directly outside the hotel which takes you into Princes Street for £2.50. The hotel itself is huge, on arrival the reception staff are there to greet you and guide you around the hotel.

2015 146

5 Ways To Find New Leads For Your Business

Dumb Little Man

2015 is here and if you are a business owner, one of your new year resolutions ought to be taking your business to greater heights. Most small business owners rely on word of mouth referrals to get new clients for their product or service. This works great – but is not enough to evolve to the next stage of growth; which is exactly what every business owner should be looking at.

2015 169

Why I think we should kill multitasking.

Office Dynamics

Kill multitasking! Juggle with precision focus. As I perform seminars throughout North America in every kind of business you can think of, I often encounter people who are proud that they can multitask. I have been engaged in this topic and spoken on it for the past few years. What about you? Do you regularly multitask, such as reading e-mails while someone is talking to you on the telephone? Or you watch a webinar while working on your executive’s project?

2015 189

How Your Business Could Benefit from Mobile Shredding Services

The Small Business Blog

All businesses, whether large or small, will produce or possess sensitive information. This data must be kept confidential in order to protect the interests of an organisation. If you do not dispose of this data in the right manner, it could compromise your company as well as your clients. It is important to get rid… Read the full article here: How Your Business Could Benefit from Mobile Shredding Services on: THE SMALL BUSINESS BLOG.

2015 188

The Real Reason You Aren't More Productive

On The Job

Rory Vaden wants you to forget everything you know about time management, because it’s probably wrong. He wants you to ignore the advice on doing the most difficult tasks first every day, or the rule about answering emails during certain time periods. Those kind of activities are simply muddying the waters when you’re searching for a way to be more productive with the time you have , he contends.

2015 188

Open Loops 1/23/2015

Simple Productivity Blog

#Excerpt. 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 cleaning your freezer out in winter; unreasonable bosses; defusing heated arguments; a different type of planner. The post Open Loops 1/23/2015 appeared first on Simple Productivity Blog. More great content can be found on the site at Simple Productivity Blog.,

2015 125

Why Big Business Has Customer Service All Wrong (and how small businesses can take advantage of it)

Tips From T. Marie

I’m a stickler about customer service. I could blame it on being a waitress in my teens, but it’s more likely because I was taught that we should always treat people the way we ourselves would like to be treated. I have experience serving and helping others, so when it comes time for me to be the customer I have high expectations. This morning I read Seth Godin’s latest blog post entitled, Please Go Away in which he talks about the way most big businesses deal with customer service.

2015 124

Technology of the week: MailChimp

Practically Perfect PA

What is MailChimp? More than 7 million people around the world use MailChimp, which means that if you are not already using their services you probably know what they do! Just in case, MailChimp allows users to create and send bulk emails to clients, staff and potential customers. The website works on a freemium model and is priced based on the number of subscribers you have in your email lists. At the moment it is free until you reach over 2,000 subscribers. What do they do?

2015 116

Own Your Career, Build a Professional Development Plan

Office Dynamics

Your career should be a work in progress whether you are climbing the corporate ladder or staying in your current position and wanting to increase your effectiveness. There is a difference between having an occupation and a career. In an occupation, you are stagnant. A career is taken seriously; you continually seek out ways to grow and improve. An occupation is short term; it is drudgery, draining and just something you do until something better comes along.

2015 156

How to Stay Focused in an Open Office

On The Job

There are a lot of complaints these days about open concept offices. Workers complain there are too many distractions, they’re so loud you cannot hear yourself think and everyone is in everyone else’s business. But organizations like the idea of workers being close enough to one another to collaborate easily or come together for quick brainstorming. I’ve been working in open concept offices since the beginning of my career decades ago. Of course, then they were just called newsrooms.

2015 152

The Best Inbound-Marketing Resources: HubSpot and Impact

The Solopreneur Life

A n important part of what I do here at is spend a ton of hours searching for the resources that are worth your time. You’re welcome! In the area of free inbound-marketing resources, I’m here to tell you I’ve found none better than Massachusetts-based HubSpot and Connecticut-based Impact. Inbound marketing refers to marketing activities that bring visitors in, rather than having to go out to get prospects’ attention.

2015 149

Embrace your personal organizing style

Clutter Coach

by Originally posted 2012-10-30 20:33:07. Republished by Blog Post Promoter “I can’t be organized.” ” “I never learned about organizing.” ” “My mom was a packrat and so am I.” ” “My father was super neat and always gave me a hard time about my mess.” ” “My grandparents lived through the Depression so they keep everything.” ” Have you said any of those things?

2015 100

Beginning A Business Letter with First Person Singular

Daily Writing Tips

A reader wonders about beginning a letter with the first person pronoun: I was taught never to begin a letter (business or personal) with the word “I.” This must certainly have to do with the mostly outdated concept of humility being a virtue. However, I continue to believe that humility is a virtue and that the root cause of much evil is egocentrism. This rule does cause me to rewrite the beginning of many letters to comply with this admonition. .

2015 80

The Context Conundrum


Whenever I deliver a workshop or talk and bring up the phrase “work by context instead of by project” I get a lot of curious looks. Some of the looks are indicative of “a-ha moments” while others are more quizzical. The thing is that most people don’t think of their work in terms of context. Instead, we tend to work by project. And breaking the habit of working by project is difficult. But it can be done…with the right contexts. The thing about contexts is that they are subjective.

2015 78

Inbound Marketing: Its Advantages and Disadvantages for Solopreneurs

The Solopreneur Life

I nbound marketing can be an efficient method for building your solopreneur business. It’s a great tool if you have the proper skills, knowledge, and tools to make it work. However, inbound marketing’s myriad of moving parts can make it feel like a Rube Goldberg machine (see below) — a lot of pieces have to be lined up to get the job done.

2015 142

100 Ways To Live A Better Life – 69. Stop Faking Your Life

Brilliantly Better

It’s so easy to get caught in a flow of fakes. Society wants us to politely lie and you need to lie sometimes too. Just … The post 100 Ways To Live A Better Life – 69. Stop Faking Your Life appeared first on Dragos Roua. Personal Development

2015 67

Personification vs. Anthropomorphism

Daily Writing Tips

A reader asks: Is there a difference between Personification and Anthropomorphism? If they’re not the same, could you please explain it? Both words convey the idea of attributing human characteristics to something not human. Personification comes from the verb personify. One meaning of personify is “to represent or imagine a thing or abstraction as a person.” For example, “Wisdom has built her house; she has set up its seven pillars. Proverbs, 9:1.”

2015 75

The Productivityist Podcast: Built Unstoppable with Justin Levy


This week on the podcast, I spend time with Justin Levy. I’ve known Justin for a few years now (although we only first met in person last year), and the story that has unfolded for him in the past few months has been very inspiring. Justin, who works for Citrix as Head of Global Social Media, is a young and active guy. In the late summer of 2014, he suffered a seizure. Then it gets even more unreal. “Once at the hospital I had another seizure.

2015 75

The 3 Things You Must Do To Be “All In”

The Solopreneur Life

G ive your all to your life. You can’t be half-in, half-out.” ” –Urban Meyer. You’ve heard the term “all in,” haven’t you? It means being fully committed to something. The term is borrowed from poker, where “all in” means having all of your chips at stake in a particular hand. As you know, I’m a football fan. I enjoy watching the games, and I also enjoy learning life lessons from the sport, its players, and its coaches.

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