Sat.Oct 10, 2015 - Fri.Oct 16, 2015

7 Ways to be More Productive and Less Busy

Dumb Little Man

It can be hard to see the difference between being productive and just staying busy. But there is a difference – a big difference. It’s possible to be busy all day long and at the end of the day feel like you haven’t accomplished much. We all know what it’s like to feel overwhelmed by all the things in our lives that pull us in different directions. Yet it’s important in life to feel like we are getting somewhere, not just treading water.

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List Building: Get Your First 1,000 [Fill-in-the-Blank]

Office Organization Success

Build your list! The money is in the list! That’s what the experts tell you do when you’re just starting out in your business. And it makes sense. If someone willingly gives you their name and email address, then they are putting their hands up and letting you know they’re interested in what you have to offer. So you focus on building your list.

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A Day in the Life: Simone White, PA, BlackRock

Practically Perfect PA

What does your career path look like? I started my life as a temp at the V&A in London, after graduating and realising that the world of fashion journalism & promotion was not for me. I took all my skills learned from my studies to organise people and offices instead. What are the main aspects of your current role? I support the Head of EMEA iShares Product alongside a small team and coordinate the assistants within the iShares department.

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The Continued Rise of the Collaborative Economy

Small Business Labs

Crowd Companies has released their 2nd annual report on the collaborative economy - The New Rules of the Collaborative Economy.    It's full of interesting information and data on why consumers are participating in the collaborative economy.

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How a Healthy Lifestyle Affects Your Career

Dumb Little Man

Any kind of job requires you to have healthy not just physically but as well as mentally and emotionally. Unfortunately, not everyone has a healthy lifestyle. And considering how stressful certain jobs can be along with the other obligations and responsibilities, a lot of people fail to realize the importance of having a healthy lifestyle. This alone has a huge impact on your career. Having a healthy and active lifestyle can definitely affect your career in a good way.

Managing Your Executive’s Day [Free Webinar Replay]

Office Dynamics

Managing Your Executive’s Day (October Free Webinar). As an administrative professional, you probably already know that a big part of your job involves “managing” other people—namely, the Executive(s) you support. It’s your mission to ensure they have what they need to reach their goals. It’s about keeping them focused, minimizing their stress, and pointing them in the right direction so they actually achieve those goals.

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The tax implication of business travel

Practically Perfect PA

In this blog post we have concentrated on the tax implication of travel, as we believe it’s a very relevant issue today. As a company Voyage Manager provides end to end travel tracking and monitoring services, with a historical focus on safety and security. In recent years governments and tax authorities have increased their focus on getting their share of tax revenues. Not a week goes by without the media reporting on corporate or personal tax.

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3 Reasons Why Most Entrepreneurs Drop Out Of The Race, Here’s How To Prevent It.

Dumb Little Man

It is so easy right now to start a business working out of your home but it is not actually quite so easy to make that business, start making you money. And this is where a lot of entrepreneurs find themselves. And this is why a lot of entrepreneurs quit. How can you make sure that you do not become one of these people that this happens to? Do you know these three major issues that cause entrepreneur to drop out of the race?

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New Productivity Forms: October 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 new set of productivity forms every month. They are free…all you have to do is sign up for the mailing list here. This month: Pumpkins. Fall is in the air where I live, but the leaves have barely started to turn.

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Assistants Speak Out: The Biggest Struggles In Partnering With Their Executive

Office Dynamics

Happy Monday! Fall is in the air and I love it. Fall is all around us whether you live where the beautiful trees are overflowing with color or in the West where we feel the crisp morning and evening air. Halloween decorations and costume advertisements popping up everywhere. This is my favorite time of year. What about you? I am very eager and excited to share with you the top 3 struggles assistants face in partnering with their executives.

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Greening Your Roof to Life

Eco-Office Gals

For any environmentally conscious homeowner, there are a multitude of things you can do to your property to make it more ecologically sound. For example, insulation and high-albedo siding can both reduce fuel costs and help fight climate change , and installing smart meters to monitor your energy and water usage can help you cut down on consumption.

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5 Tips for Effective Online Dating

Dumb Little Man

Years ago, some people might have said that online dating is the future. They were right. Today online dating is commonplace. There is no longer as much stigma attached to it as there was in the past. There are many different sites/types of online dating you can engage in. This article isn’t about that. This article is here to give you Six Tips on Effective Online Dating so you can make the most of your experience. Fill out your About Me Section with more than two sentences.

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What Is Whole Life Productivity?

Simple Productivity Blog

As I mentioned in my last article , work and life no longer have distinct boundaries thanks to the technology that we carry with us at all times. Whether it is work jumping into our non-work time, or just the abundance of information we now have at our fingertips, life is much more complicated than it was 50 years, or even 20 years ago, which is when most of the current productivity systems were formed. It Was More Distinct…. Life used to be much more compartmentalized.

2015 131

Being a Good Helper May Be Bad for Your Career

On The Job

It's often advised that those seeking to make their mark at work should be willing to stick up their hand and volunteer for a project, lend a helping hand to others when it's needed and generally be the person who is willing to do what it takes to help the team succeed. The reason, of course, is that by taking such action you will garner the notice of higher-ups. They will realize what a great employee you are, and then promote you and give you great projects. Hold on.

2015 158

Pay Your Bills

Clutter Coach

by Originally posted 2012-02-16 14:10:31. Republished by Blog Post Promoter Next week is National Pay Your Bills Week. Isn’t that exciting? Okay, so it’s not. It’s important though. Like filing, death, taxes and going to the dentist, bill paying is a must. How could it be easier? Use online banking. I believe this is a very safe way to pay, despite recent alarms. You have to do your part to make it safe, however. Remember: Don’t click on links from bank emails!

2015 109

5 Tips to Convince Your Overprotective Parents to Let You Travel Alone

Dumb Little Man

You want to go traveling to Europe or spend a summer abroad in Asia. But your parents say no. They think it is unsafe. It is a waste of time and money. It takes away your focus from what is important in life like your education and career. However you and I know, traveling is actually one of the best ways to learn and grow. You encounter new and diverse experiences that are not always comfortable and it forces you to take responsibility for yourself and grow into your own being.

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What’s the learning hurdle you’re most proud of clearing?

Office Dynamics

Question: “I could have many more opportunities, and higher pay, if I learned French and could reply to emails from our French customers. At 38, though, I wonder if I really have the capacity to learn a different language just by taking a class three times a week—the local community college has a program. What’s the toughest thing people had to learn for their jobs long after they left school? I’m looking for inspiration!” ” — Erin, Imports Staffer.

2015 131

Why Your Team Sees You as Manipulative -- and What to Do About It

On The Job

In a new book, “Work Rules! Insights from Inside Google That Will Transform How you Live and Lead,” author Laszlo Bock says that the company wants to serve as an example of how to better treat employees and do business. Bock, senior vice president of people operations at Google, stresses that the key for any manager is to share information and be transparent with workers. The benefit of transparency “is not just that people feel trusted…The other benefit is that they’ll know what’s going on.

2015 133

Not An Umlaut

Daily Writing Tips

A reader has posed a question about a mark he noticed in The New Yorker : In a recent copy of The New Yorker the word ‘reëlection’ appeared with an umlaut over the second ‘e’ I had not seen the umlaut used that way before. . Is the umlaut making a comeback? Should it also be used in similar situations such as ‘realignment’, or ‘reengineer’ or ‘deescalate’? Or is the hyphen more appropriate? Or nothing?

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How To Be Productive Again After Vacation


Carina Parry-Stevens is class of 2014 graduate in Broadcast, Journalism and Media Communication. She loves communicating with people through articulate speech, vision and writing. Engage with her on Linkedin here. Now that you’ve taken some time to relax, it’s time to go back to the office. You sit down and fire up your computer as a feeling of nervousness washes over you. Your mind starts to drift toward the emails waiting in your inbox. We’ve all been there!

2015 85

Why “Finding Your Passion” is self sabotage 

The Shrink for Entrepreneurs

Passion is misunderstood. Entrepreneurs LOVE to be passionate. We don’t consider someone to be truly successful unless they’re making (a ton of) money by following their true love in life. Finding your passion” is practically a spiritual quest. What could be more important? If you’re unfulfilled by your work – or disillusioned by your lack of results – you might just need to find your passion to fix all that! Or so the saying goes.

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8 Traits of Millennial Independent Workers

Small Business Labs

Millennial Independents in 2015: 8 Things the "Work to Live" Generation Wants You to Know , from MBO Partners, summarizes detailed information on Millennials (born 1890 - 2000) from the MBO Partners 2015 State of Independence study. The key traits of this group include: The number of Millennial independent workers is growing rapidly : the number of Millennial independents has grown from 1.9 million in 2011 to 5.35

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All Things Political

Daily Writing Tips

During the Pope’s visit to the United States, social media and television abounded with comments discussing what is and isn’t political. For example, a television anchor expressed surprise that anyone would categorize such things as “caring for the poor, protecting religious minorities and integrating refugees” as political : “I think we are in a weird place in the world when [such things] are considered political.”. The anchor’s surprise would have surprised Aristotle (384-322 B.C.E.):

2015 75

Goodbye Tabbed Browsing, Hello Focus


I have a confession to make: I am the king of tabbed browsing. I have the unique ability to crash any browser within minutes. Click here and click there and suddenly there are countless tabs staring back. I bet you know what I’m talking about, right? For me, tabbed browsing is a lot like being an unsupervised kid in the candy store. Instead of stuffing myself with sugary treats, I fill myself with information and content. Inevitably, this leads to a loss of focus.

2015 83

Population vs Populace

Daily Writing Tips

Lately I have begun to notice speakers and writers using the word populace where I would expect to see the word population. For example: With a young and skilled workforce – 65% of Turkey’s 74 million populace is under the age of 34 – producing 500,000 graduates a year, Turkey is now classified as a fast developing economy. Meanwhile, 3.7 percent of the 2012 populace – or roughly 23,436 people – held doctorates.

2015 74

Punctuation Review #7: Family Relationships

Daily Writing Tips

A random Web search suggests that people writing about families are not all on the same page when it comes to hyphenating terms for family relationships. For example: A step-sister is the daughter of a step-parent to whom one is not biologically related. I drew closer to my stepsister because I thought that we had something in common. This is exactly what I loved about my grand Aunt, her passion for life and living. My grandaunt’s husband was a businessman who ran a printing press.

2015 73

Mea Culpa

Daily Writing Tips

The Latin expression mea culpa is used as an interjection and as a noun. mea culpa interjection : an exclamation acknowledging one’s guilt or responsibility for an error. For example: MOTHER: The garbage is overflowing! SON: Mea culpa! I’ll take it out right now. As a noun, a mea culpa is the acknowledgement of one’s guilt or responsibility for an error and is often used as a synonym for apology.

2015 73

The Productivityist Podcast Episode 61: The Power of Focus with Shawn Blanc


This week on the show I welcome my friend Shawn Blanc, creator of The Focus Course. We have a deep discussion about intentionality, being attentive, the creative process, productivity, and – fittingly – focus. Relevant Links. The Awareness Building Class. The Focus Course. Tools and Toys. Delight is in the Details. 2 Experts Share Exactly How to Use a Productivity Journal (& Increase Productivity by 23%) | The Fizzle Show 99. Shawn Blanc (@shawnblanc) | Twitter.

2015 71

To Relish Memories or To Revel In Them?

Daily Writing Tips

I noticed this use of the verb relish on a cooking site: I was happy to find the recipe again at Sweet Little Bluebird so I could relish in my childhood memories. In current use, the verb relish is transitive. It takes an object. One might relish childhood memories, but one does not relish in them. I think the writer was confusing the verb relish with the verb revel.

2015 70

Why I Am Writing Two Books At Once (and How I Am Doing It)


This piece was originally published in The Productivityist Weekly. Not signed up for the newsletter yet? Click here and you’ll get it delivered to your inbox every week and receive a copy of The Way of The Productivityist Manifesto absolutely FREE!” ” I’ve got two ideas for a book that have been eating at me for a while now. Two ideas and neither will go away. Now if both weren’t pulling at me, this wouldn’t be a problem.

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Porn Joins Pimp

Daily Writing Tips

A reader has called my attention to a new use of the word porn : I would like to know, what do you think of the recent use of the word “porn” to mean anything pleasurable to view (i.e. “Earth Porn” or “Word Porn”)? I’m interested in hearing your thoughts on this. A Web search showed me that the word porn is indeed being used as if it were an innocuous synonym for beauty (“Earth Porn”) or wisdom (“Word Porn”).

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