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3 Keys to Staying Focused & Reaching Your Goals

Dumb Little Man

It’s easy to drift. Life is hectic for all of us and if we’re not intentional about our direction in life we can easily wake up one day and wonder how we got where we are. A common complaint I hear from people, men in particular, is regret over not having done something in their life that they had always wanted or planned to do. It wasn’t their intention not to do it, but they also weren’t intentional enough to make sure it happened.

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Competition to Hire On-Demand Economy Workers Heating Up

Small Business Labs

Really interesting atricle  by the folks at Zen99 on the amount of money being spent by on-demand economy companies like Uber, Lyft and Instacart are spending to recruit "providers" (contract workers).    The numbers are quite large. For example, Lyft is reported to have budgeted $50 million for driver recruitment this year alone. And  And the major on-demand economy companies are each spending millions of dollars a year on Craigslist ads.

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5 Steps to Increasing Your Cash Flow

Office Organization Success

You’ve done it! You’re generating consistent cash flow month after month — you can predict exactly what’s coming in and exactly what’s going out. For many business owners though, this is still a dream. But, with a few tweaks to your current set up you can start to turn that dream into a reality. Maintaining a consistent cash flow is a critical element of running a successful business — you need to be able to pay your bills and, more importantly, pay yourself!

2015 179

When You Think It, Communicate It!

Virtual Moxie

There are a bunch of requirements our Virtual Mentoring Program participants have to meet before they can graduate; the final exam is the last of them. The exam is rigorous, multi-day, and folks taking it can spend 25+ hours on it. In addition, because it''s done virtually, this exam has very strict guidelines for how it has to be turned in, when, and what happens if it''s late.

2015 172

8 Powerhouse Energy Secrets Every Nine-to-Fiver Should Know

Dumb Little Man

It never works, does it? That one tactic you’re sure will finally energize you all the way from nine to five. Like sleeping. We’ve all heard the advice — sleep eight hours at night, and you’ll feel awake and energetic all day. So you set your alarm for 6:00 am. You got in bed at 10:00 pm. And you lay there worrying about that deadline you’d never meet. That argument you’d never win. That credit card you’d never pay off. Now it’s midnight.

2015 206

A Balanced Life and Work

Simple Productivity Blog

Today we''re going to look at "work some" in the context of living a productive and balanced life. The post A Balanced Life and Work 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

2015 170

Top 10 tips for creating bulk emails

Practically Perfect PA

During the course of my career one of my favourite tasks was creating regular newsletters, marketing emails, company updates and bulk email messages from my Executives. I did this task in a number of roles and found it to be a really creative outlet for me. I used a few different systems – Concep Campaigner, Dotmailer and MailChimp to name a few – however I always found that no matter what message I was creating the emails all followed a similar pattern.

2015 162

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Facing the truth is hard but something you need to do to succeed

Dumb Little Man

There are only two mistakes one can make along the road to truth; not going all the way, and not starting. Buddha It is sometimes very hard to hear the truth especially when it is not what you are hoping to hear. Nobody wants to be told that their lives are a mess because of their own doing? Nobody wants to feel judged, ridiculed and humiliated. Unfortunately, many times that is exactly what some of us need to make the necessary changes in our lives.

2015 206

This Is How To Manage Your Client Follow-up

Office Organization Success

Finally we’re getting a little bit warmer here in our corner of north-west Ohio. And it makes a huge difference to your mindset; suddenly you feel energetic and enthusiastic! My youngest two are on Spring break next week, so maybe the weather will co-operate and we’ll be able to do a few fun outdoor activities!

2015 155

Annual Reader Survey Open For Responses

Simple Productivity Blog

Please take the 2015 Annual Reader Survey and enter for a chance to win a $25 Amazon gift card! link]. The post Annual Reader Survey Open For Responses 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 ( ). Blog Business

2015 138

Nomatik - A Coworking Platform for Digital Nomads

Small Business Labs

Digital nomads are attracting a lot of attention these days.    The Internet and a growing array of telework and online collaboration tools are allowing laptop carrying nomads to work from pretty much anywhere they can find a decent Internet connection.    Due to the growing numbers of digital nomads, there are also starting to be products and services developed to specifically support their location independent lifestyles.

2015 148

Five Inspirational Must Read Books for 2015

Dumb Little Man

What better time than the beginning of a new year to make some positive life changes? The challenge is in figuring out where to begin and how to stay motivated. Here’s the good news: anybody who wants to become healthier, better organized, happier in their relationships, more effective at work, or more financially secure can look for inspiration and guidance in inspirational books. Here are five inspiring books suitable for anybody wishing to make some positive lifestyle changes.

2015 186

How to Shine in a Second Interview

On The Job

Congratulations! You''ve made it past the first round of job interviews, and an employer wants to talk to you again! If you thought your nerves were bad for the first interview, get ready for some more when you meet for the second time. In this round of talks, you''re likely to meet officials who are higher up in the company food chain. You''ll be asked even more questions, and possibly meet with other employees.

2015 189

How to hire a business translator for your boss

Practically Perfect PA

A good PA possesses a range of skills and competencies. But as much as we would like to, we can’t rise to all demands of the job. Dealing with foreign languages is one of those times you’ll need to call in the cavalry. But with search results throwing a real mixed bag of translators at you, it’s difficult to separate the wheat from the chaff. Sadly, the difference is only really apparent once the job has been completed unless you know what you’re looking for.

2015 132

Change Is Here – Ads On The Blog

Simple Productivity Blog

I have been doing a lot of thinking and measuring lately, and I decided it was time for change on the blog. For many years I have been relying on affiliates and ad networks to bring in enough money to cover the blog expenses. Those expenses are just for the outside bills…hosting, newsletter service, social […]. The post Change Is Here – Ads On The Blog appeared first on Simple Productivity Blog. More great content can be found on the site at Simple Productivity Blog.,

2015 131

Ideas On How To Free Yourself From The Reality Trap

Dumb Little Man

Have you ever been told before to be more realistic? I have spent so much of my life, being told this, especially by those closest to me, and it grates on me every time. It seems like such a harmless phrase, but that simple phrase can kill potential and creativity so quickly, especially to kids. Why do we constantly get told this anyway and especially by those closest to us? Simple, they want to protect us and take care of us; they want us to be safe and to not see us fail.

2015 173

10 Steps to Supporting Multiple Managers

Office Dynamics

It is not unusual today for administrative assistants to support more than one manager. In fact, that has been happening for more than a decade. The trend continues as managers become more technically proficient and manage more of their own work.

2015 175

Why You Need to Stop Eating at Your Desk

On The Job

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2015 164

Open Loops 4/3/2015

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. Robert Fulghum''s take on Girl Scout cookies. A single question that can help you avoid impulse purchases. A guide to concise writing. Keeping collections from becoming clutter. Weight loss mythbusting.and more! The post Open Loops 4/3/2015 appeared first on Simple Productivity Blog.

2015 125

Forget about Tax Day, Are You Ready for Mobilegeddon?

Tips From T. Marie

If you thought tax day was the only nail biting deadline in April, think again. Six days later on April 21 st the huge, much anticipated Google search update is rolling out. The new search algorithm could end up hurting businesses who until then rank highly in search results if their websites don’t pass Google’s mobile friendly test. I’ve spent a large chunk of time over the past 10 days creating a new learning unit for virtual assistants regarding responsive website design.

2015 110

Qualities Of A Great Assistant

Office Dynamics

What qualities do assistants think you need to be a great assistant? Many times in my live workshops and seminars for executive and administrative assistants, I ask the participant to create a list of qualities, attributes, and attitudes of star-performing assistants. Over the years, I have collected more than 300 ideas. I recently came across this list from one of my classes and wanted to share it. If you are an assistant reading this blog, check off the ones that describe you.

2015 167

Not Ready to Get Organized?

Clutter Coach

by Originally posted 2007-02-08 10:17:00. Republished by Blog Post Promoter Are you using "I need to get organized" as a smoke screen? You could be doing that without even realizing it. Think about this: what would your life be like if you were already organized? If those boxes were all cleared out of the back closet, if all the Christmas gear were not still on the guest room bed, if those shopping bags of paper weren’t crowding your knees under the desk?

2015 109

A Very Subtle April Fool’s Prank

Simple Productivity Blog

I know I normally do joke posts on April Fool''s Day, but this year I couldn''t think of anything feasible. So I will tell you my favorite prank instead. Note: this has worked on Windows XP, and currently works in Windows 7 and Windows 8. The post A Very Subtle April Fool’s Prank appeared first on Simple Productivity Blog. More great content can be found on the site at Simple Productivity Blog.,

2015 116

3 reasons why it pays to use a broker when looking for Combined Motor Insurance

The Small Business Blog

Choosing the right insurance can seem like a stressful and tedious process, but it doesn’t have to be! There are many reasons to use a broker and we have put together a list of our top 3 to show you why it’s a good idea! You can get to know all of your options.… … Read the full article here: 3 reasons why it pays to use a broker when looking for Combined Motor Insurance on: THE SMALL BUSINESS BLOG. Guest Blog broker Combined Motor Insurance insurance Trade

2015 150

Your Clients Deserve the Best – And So Do You

Step It Up VA Coaching

by Donna Toothaker. If you hire a contractor to remodel your kitchen, of course you’re going to look for someone who has a reputation for being an expert at kitchen remodels. But you will also look for someone you can rely on to get the job done on time and within budget; someone who will take responsibility for any errors or mistakes he or his team makes, and someone who will have solutions in mind when problems arise.

2015 100

Recorded Webinar Replay: The Resilient Assistant

Office Dynamics

Did you miss the webinar, The Resilient Assistant with Peggy Vasquez and Joan Burge ? Watch the replay here: The Resilient Assistant. Every administrative professional knows nothing in life or work is constant. In today’s workplace, we’re continually forced to adapt, shift, think and act on our toes, and just generally CHANGE (a word most people fear!). Those who are too rigidly attached to “the way things are” will constantly struggle to regain their footing when the inevitable upheaval happens.

2015 143

The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up

Clutter Coach

by I’ve been reading Marie Kondo’s book, The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up. Early in the book, she tells readers how important it is to start with a vision of how you want your life to be after getting organized. Be specific about what you want and also why you want it. No matter what your answer is, Kondo says the underlying reason is that you want to be happy. . My free ecourse starts out with that premise too.

2015 100

Bye Bye Ads…But I Need Your Help

Simple Productivity Blog

I have been doing a lot of thinking and measuring lately, and I decided it was time for change on the blog. For many years I have been relying on affiliates and ad networks to bring in enough money to cover the blog expenses. Those expenses are just for the outside bills…hosting, newsletter service, social […]. The post Bye Bye Ads…But I Need Your Help appeared first on Simple Productivity Blog. More great content can be found on the site at Simple Productivity Blog.,

2015 100

Who vs. That: Rule or Stylistic Choice?

Daily Writing Tips

On this language site and others, readers often question a writer’s choice of that instead of who to refer to a person. Here are some typical comments: As the word “that” [in this sentence] refers to human beings, shouldn’t the relative pronoun be “who”? English is my second language, and it hurts to see the rampant disrespect everywhere for “a person who.” Why did you write “person that” and not “person who”?

2015 83

Recovering From Mistakes At Work

Office Dynamics

Help! A fellow administrative professional needs your help. Each month we share a question from our friends Business Management Daily, publishers of AdminPro Today newsletter. This month the question is about making mistakes at work. Are there mistakes that are just too hard to recover from? Are there some mistakes it’s just too hard to rebound from? in ADMIN PRO FORUM. Question: “Last week at my new job I made an oversight when putting together a package of materials for my boss.

2015 138

Turn Followers to Customers with Social Media Conversion Strategy

Small Business CEO

If you are using social media marketing as one of your growth strategies, you are doing yourself a world of good. Growing an engaged audience is swell, but what I find that most developing brands value most is growth of happy customers. Social media today is right at the center of everything. If maximized, it can do a lot more good than attracting Likes and Retweets – but serve as an engine that attracts an audience and sherpas them to buying.

Technology of the week: Piktochart

Practically Perfect PA

What is Piktochart? Piktochart is a great website for assistants who want to create free infographics, charts, marketing material, posters and presentations for their organisations. The standard account for users is free, for pro users the cost is $29 per month or $290 for the year. What does it do? The website is really easy to use. It has hundreds of templates that assistants can use for infographics, free icons, interactive maps, stock images and funky charts.

2015 133

Sentence Adverbs

Daily Writing Tips

Not all adverbs end in -ly , but many do. Like all adverbs, -ly adverbs are used to add meaning to verbs, adjectives, and other adverbs. For example: Jones deals honestly with all his customers. adverb modifying the verb deals ). The lecture on adiabatic and isochoric kinetics was mercifully brief. adverb modifying the adjective brief ). The concert is over. You are unfortunately late. adverb modifying the adverb late ). Some -ly adverbs can also be used to modify an entire sentence.

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The Blog-a-Thon Begins Today!

Office Dynamics

Let’s celebrate the administrative profession together. Starting right now! April 1 – 30, 2015 Office Dynamics International will be posting a new blog each day (weekdays, that is.). So what’s in this big, fun event for you? Other than the awesome content each day, prizes! Lots of sweet prizes. We’ll be giving prizes away each week and throwing in surprises often. How do you get your hands on said prizes? Comments!

2015 100

Supply Chain Management: Benefits to Outsourcing and What to Look For

Small Business CEO

Outsourcing… to many small business owners and startups, the term outsourcing essentially means expense. While it is true that outsourcing various tasks will result in some type of expense, in many instances, the return on investment makes the initial costs worthwhile.

2015 82

Verb Mistakes #4: Loathe

Daily Writing Tips

Loathe is a verb. Loath (also spelled loth ) is an adjective. Loathe means to hate. Loath means reluctant or unwilling : I loathe hypocrisy. verb). The politician was loath to admit that he had taken the bribe. adjective). A mistake with the verb loathe is to use it as if it were an adjective: Incorrect: He’s loathe to invest a lot of time pursuing another profession.—Abbotsford Abbotsford News (Canadian). Correct : He’s loath to invest a lot of time pursuing another profession.

2015 78

Five Terms Related to Submitting a Manuscript

Daily Writing Tips

A reader asks about some terms: I’m confused: What’s the difference between Submissions and Query Letters and Cover Letters and Biographies and Resumés? As these terms are often used interchangeably on writing sites, the reader’s confusion is understandable. Perhaps the following explanations can help. Query Letter. A query letter is a one-page letter intended to interest an editor in something a writer has written or intends to write.

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