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6 Smart Habits for Effective Morning Routines

Dumb Little Man

Is it common practice for you to hit the snooze button on your alarm? Maybe twice? Or even three times? You’re not alone. For many, waking up is the worst part of the day. You just want to keep sleeping, but reality is banging loudly at your door. Do mornings always have to be such a drag? Does it need to be so darn hard just to wake up? No it doesn’t, and all it takes are a few good habits to get you going.

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Improve your attention to detail

Practically Perfect PA

A few years ago an interim manager praised me on how much work I could churn out within a short amount of time (I was getting in to the office at 7am so the short amount of time wasn’t actually that short!) but he wanted me to improve the quality of my work. I had to agree with him. I could get through so much administrative work, most of which was fine but not as detailed as I would have like. More complex tasks also rushed through and not much thought given to them.

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Don't Disappoint by Being Unwilling to Disappoint

Virtual Moxie

Over the years, I’ve had experiences with contractors that never should have happened. With the one, she just wasn’t jazzed by the work she was doing. The other was overcapacity and unable to handle everything on her plate. Both of them didn’t want to disappoint me by telling me, so they continued to work, made really silly and stupid mistakes that ended up costing me time, energy, a lot of grief, and (you guessed it), they ended up disappointing me, anyway.

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Simplifying Multiple Calendars

Simple Productivity Blog

Back in the day, it used to suffice to have a single calendar for the family, and everyone''s activities got written in. These days, with interest groups, volunteer commitments, work seminars, sports practices, music lessons and everything else, one calendar is barely sufficient for one person! Today we will look at how to simplifying multiple calendars to make this a productive tool instead of an appointment sinkhole.

4 Sneaky Unknown Secrets For Eating Less

Dumb Little Man

Struggling to keep your calorie intake down? If you’re like most people on a fat loss diet plan, food is one of the top things on your mind on a day to day basis. You might be feeling deprived of the foods you enjoy most and all you want to do is give in to those cravings. How can you combat these feelings and stay on course? You simply need to know a few sneaky strategies that are used by those who successfully lose weight to go about their diet with ease.

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A guide to online job searching

Practically Perfect PA

Where to search. It’s very easy to get lost on the internet – a simple search can quickly turn into a series of dead-ends if you don’t think carefully about where you need to be looking: Search engines are a good starting point, but without carefully considered keywords and terms you could easily be misdirected. We touch upon how you can refine these terms below. Social media platforms can be useful, particularly LinkedIn.

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Are You Overlooking This Simple Marketing Strategy?

Office Organization Success

This week has been all about getting back into the swing of things again after the crazy few weeks with graduation and family visiting. The first thing I did on Monday morning was to re-organize my calendar so that I can follow my summer schedule (afternoons free for the pool), and then I added in day trips with the boys. Creating a structure around your work week is one of the secrets to a successful business.

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Six Surefire Ways to Lose an Argument

Dumb Little Man

Why can’t we all just get along? Oh, that’s right – because we’re human. Being individuals with our own unique attitudes, ideas, and opinions is generally a good thing. However, it can also be the breeding ground for conflict in relationships, whether that relationship is with a coworker, friend, or our partner. With disagreements sometimes come arguments. The two are never far from each other.

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Get the best corporate hotel rates

Practically Perfect PA

It can be quite a daunting task asking assistants to negotiate corporate rates with hotels. It is obviously a lot easier booking hotels either through a 3 rd party website like or just accepting the hotel’s rack rate. But assistants can save their organisations a lot of money if they negotiate a special rate with local hotels, particularly if many of their colleagues or clients stay overnight.

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Coworking for Moonlighters

Small Business Labs

The coworking space Grind is now offering a coworking option for moonlighters.  According to their press release the new service provides: dedicated "after-work" and weekend hours, specifically for those who are working a second job, creating a new venture, building a side business or any other reason that might warrant the need for time outside of traditional business hours. We've been spending a lot of time recently looking at the growth of side gigs.

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Open Loops 6/27/2014: Articles I Think Worth Passing Along

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: How making the bed sets the stage for a productive day. Dealing with difficult people. Using public accountability to make sure you get a task done. An important question for decluttering. Essential steps to taking action now. Managing important documents. Keeping track of borrowed items. Escaping perfectionism on a project post-completion.

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Top Five Red Flags Of Online Dating

Dumb Little Man

Online dating is a great tool for meeting people, especially when you have a good filtration system! Here I have devised the top 5 red flags to look out for when online dating. If a guy does any of these things don’t waste your time with him because you will likely never meet him and if you do, he is probably a creeper! He has no pictures Everyone knows that online dating provides a quick way to sort through potential suitors.

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How to Take the First Step Toward Building New Business Relationships

The Solopreneur Life

Below is an excerpt from the book Relationship Marketing for Solopreneurs: How to Build Rewarding Connections in Work and Life, written by Jim Sheard, Ph.D., and Larry Keltto. Relationships are the foundation for marketing your solo business. And taking the initiative is the first step toward building relationships. To take the initiative, you must be […]. Related posts: Building Relationships: How to Take the First Step. The #1 Cause of Unhealthy Business Relationships.

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Virtual Companies Becoming More Common

Small Business Labs

The Wall Street Journal's Virtual Biotechs: No Lab Space, Few Employees  focuses on how biotech startups are outsourcing lab work and hiring consultants and other contingent workers instead of traditional employees. Key quote: Hundreds of virtual biotechs are estimated to be operating today, in tech hubs from San Francisco to Cambridge, England. Bruce Booth, a partner at venture-capital firm Atlas Venture in Cambridge, Mass.,

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Wyndham Houston, West Energy Corridor

Practically Perfect PA

When arriving at the Wyndham Hotel my first impression was that it seemed far from the main Houston drag – 33 miles from the International airport and 18 miles from Downtown. However, if you are booking business trips that will take your Executives to the Oil & Gas ‘Energy Corridor’, this location is absolutely perfect!

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Leading Certification Provider for Executive and Administrative Assistants Cites Top HR Trends, Celebrates 24th Year

Office Dynamics

Founded by CEO Joan Burge, Office Dynamics International reached its 24th year of providing the most trusted certification and training systems for peak performance of administrative professionals. Their nearly quarter century of experience has allowed them to identify critical new trends in human capital management.

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Change – Quote of the Week

The Small Business Blog

“Business leaders must not cling to old ways of doing business, or allow inertia or complacency to prevent them from making the decisions that they will eventually be forced to make.” ” – Patricia Hewitt, British government minister Complacency is one of the biggest causes of problems for businesses as they grow. Unlike in the early… Read the full article here: Change – Quote of the Week on: THE SMALL BUSINESS BLOG. Business Quotations Business Quotes change

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The Freelancers Union National Benefits Platform

Small Business Labs

Yesterday the Freelancers Union launched their National Benefits Platform. This is a one-stop, online site that will enable freelancers and other independent workers to access a suite of curated, freelancer-focused benefits, including: 401(k) plans. Health insurance. Dental plans. Disability insurance. Term life insurance. Liability insurance. According to the site there will be additional options coming in the near future.

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Clutter is Tiring

Clutter Coach

by Originally posted 2012-01-17 15:58:31. Republished by Blog Post Promoter It’s exhausting, actually. It’s hard on the eyes. It hems you in. Sometimes it feels like it’s just in the background, just there in case you need it. But then you remember how relieved and calm you felt last time you cleared out that clutter, as if a weight had been lifted. Clutter niggles at you, subtly draining your energy. Old magazines whisper “read me!”

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How to Curb Your Addiction to a Frantic Pace

On The Job

There''s a famous quote from “Alice Adventures in Wonderland” author Louis Carroll that says: “The hurrier I go, the behinder I get.” Since Carroll died in 1898, it’s clear that the current-day dilemma we seem to have with rushing around and trying to get more done isn’t a new problem. But as Carroll points out, all that hurrying doesn’t seem to pay off in getting ahead.

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Make the Most of Your Business Downtime This Summer

Step It Up VA Coaching

by Donna Toothaker. It is not uncommon for the summer season to be a slow period for many Virtual Assistants and business owners. This shouldn’t be a time to sit back and ride it out. Take advantage of this time to do those things that oftentimes get put on the back burner or at the bottom of the priority list. There can be a happy medium.

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Amazon's Shopping and Showrooming Phone

Small Business Labs

Amazon is a retailer, so it's not surprising their new cellphone would be built for shopping. It's key feature is called Firefly, which uses object recognition software so that users can scan items and then buy them immediately on Amazon. It can also recognize sounds and link back to the music, movies and TV shows they come from.

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Technology Training Tuesday: Creating Newsletters & SharePoint Team Sites

Office Dynamics

7 Strategies for Creating E-Newsletters That Get Results. Date: Wednesday, June 25, 2014. Time: 1:00 PM – 2:15 PM ET. Effective newsletters take a little thought and effort, but the results are worth it! This educational webinar will provide you with valuable information on creating successful e-newsletters for your organization that inform and engage participants.

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How to Quiet That Inner Voice of Doubt

On The Job

We all have experienced, at one time or another, that tiny voice inside our head that tells us we can’t do something or that we’re failures. But once we start listening to that tiny voice, it can become a self-fulfilling prophecy. If that voice tells you, for example, that you won’t give a successful presentation , then you may decide not to even try to prepare – and you actually give a rotten presentation.

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Work out vs. Workout

Daily Writing Tips

A reader who frequents health and fitness sites is disturbed by a lack of professional editing: I’ve noticed that nobody, literally nobody makes a distinction between the noun “workout” and the verb “work out.” ” On every website, I find statements like “You have to workout three times a week.” ” So I was wondering if you could address that issue in one of your upcoming posts. The reader is not exaggerating by much.

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3 Things To Help You Get Your Focus Back When You've Lost It


3 Things is a weekly series that highlights three things you can do to overcome a challenge, enhance your productivity, and improve other aspects of your work and life. One way to boost our will power and focus is to manage our distractions instead of letting them manage us." – Daniel Goleman. It took me a long time to write this piece.

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What the Palm Tree Can Teach Us About Resilience

Office Dynamics

STAYING POWER: The Power of Resilience. Staying power requires that we be resilient. We have to be resilient to changes at work and home life; changes in the economy and world events. How many times in life did you feel like you finally got things in order only to get side-swiped? Every day we are faced with unexpected events, constant changes, information overload, upheaval, time compression, a multitude of personalities, technology excess and much more.

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What is The Best Online Address Book? A Debate Revisited

Small Business CEO

Let’s get clear up front – we’re talking about ‘online address books’, which for the purposes of this article means an address-book, a place where you hold information on how to get in touch with people, that is online. No, I promise this will not be the most patronizing article ever written, but it is important to clear up a potentially misleading set of terms.

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Comment Etiquette

Daily Writing Tips

Paul Krugman, in his capacity of Op-Ed columnist for the New York Times, recently felt the need to remind his readers to stay on topic when commenting on his posts. The admonition to stay on topic is found in every article on the subject of web comment etiquette. etiquette : the customary code of polite behavior in society; good manners. Stay on topic” is one of the five basic rules offered by the editors at : 1. Be specific. Don’t leave a link. Stay on topic. Be nice.

What's The Next Horizon?


We all get stuck. Sometimes using apps like Unstuck help this “state of stuck” last only for a short while. Sometimes meditation and exercise works. Sometimes asking yourself “What’s the next action?” ” does the trick. And sometimes none of that stuff works. The Horizons of Focus. So what do you do when you really can’t get unstuck? Ask yourself a deeper question. Instead of asking yourself “What’s the next action?”

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6 Steps to Being Resilient

Office Dynamics

STAYING POWER: The Power of Resilience. Staying power requires that we be resilient. We have to be resilient to changes at work and home life; changes in the economy and world events. How many times in life did you feel like you finally got things in order only to get side-swiped? Every day we are faced with unexpected events, constant changes, information overload, upheaval, time compression, a multitude of personalities, technology excess and much more.

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5 Benefits of Project Management

Small Business CEO

SMB CEOs – if you want to get things done within your company, you need to set every goal as a project, and projects need to be managed for the best results. Let’s explore project management benefits , shall we? On a contrary to what people believe, project management is not only about new product launch or customers’ orders. Let’s define “project”: It’s a temporary group activity designed to produce a unique product, service or result ( source.).

Concerning as an Adjective

Daily Writing Tips

If hearing the word concerning used as an adjective to mean “causing anxiety” gives you a chalkboard moment, you may as well get used to it. The usage has yet to make its way into all the dictionaries, but it has hit the mainstream and it won’t be turned back. For about 200 years, concerning has been functioning quite happily as a preposition to mean any of the following: regarding. relating to. with reference to. referring to. with regard to. as regards. with respect to. respecting.

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Could Coulson Yet Bring Down Cameron?

Catch Friday

The conviction of Andy Coulson for phone hacking goes much further than the naked eye, and indeed it rocks David Cameron and the cabinet - how so? No doubt we are just gripping our seats waiting for the revelation to come out - Gordon Brown was heard to say ''Bigot" under his breath, and this comment no doubt stole the election from Labour! How was it done? No doubt from a bug - a phone hack arranged by no other than Coulson. We appear to be the only PR network talking about this.

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Executive Assistant Time Management Tips

Office Dynamics

There are many activities throughout the day that waste our time. They may not seem significant individually, but can add up to equal minutes or even hours of wasted time! Where does your time go? Get morning beverage, say hello to co-workers and unpack desk 20 min. Online surfing at work 120 min. Social networking (non-work related) 30-180 min. Stop in hall throughout the day to speak with co-workers 45 min. Take time in restroom to visit with co-worker 20 min. Extended lunch and breaks 30 min.

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Innovation in Marketing Creates Impact That Lasts

Small Business CEO

Marketing has taken a new turn in the recent years. Innovation and creativity should not only reflect in the advert being showcased but also through the media being used. “Nobody remembers the number of ads you run, they just remember the impression you make,” said Bill Bernbach, founder of the world-renowned Doyne Dale Bernbach Advertising Agency. Integration of marketing with technology has become a must in today’s world where everything has become digital.

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Aphorisms, Mottos and Sayings

Daily Writing Tips

Many depictions of old people on American television–for example, Grandpa Simpson–reflect contempt for the elderly, but the language presents a different picture. The variety of words for “wisdom passed down the generations” suggests a tradition of respect for the experience of one’s elders. I’ve already written about the words proverb and adage. Here are a few more English words that mean “an often-repeated wise saying.” The dates in parentheses correspond to the earliest citations in the OED.

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