Sat.Oct 31, 2015 - Fri.Nov 06, 2015

Are You Feeling Stuck? Questions to Ask Yourself To become Unstuck

Dumb Little Man

Do you currently feel stuck? Have you been working your finger to the bones and yet you feel that you aren’t making any headway? Has life just been keeping you in the dumps? Feeling stuck can be the most frustrating feeling you will ever have in your life. A feeling of helplessness, and dis-empowerment. Unfortunately, too many of us feel that way sometimes. Let’s be honest life has its ups and downs.

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A day in the life: Amanda Barlow, Senior EA, PZ Cussons

Practically Perfect PA

What does your career path look like? I have been working as the Senior EA at PZ Cussons for over a year now and have developed my role to become an integral part of the ExCo Team. As we have operations in Europe, Africa, Asia and Australia, amongst others, I am already looking at ways to improve how all of the EAs spread across the globe can work more efficiently as a team, and make a more telling contribution to the ExCo and Senior Management Teams.

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The Growing Array of Pet Startups

Small Business Labs

CB Insights  From DogBnBs To Subscription Dog Treats: The Tech Startups Unbundling PetSmart covers the growing number of pet focused startups.    BTW, if you're interested in what's happening with startups or venture capital you should definitely subscribe to CB Insights' newsletter  and/or follow their blog. Both are free and they do a great job covering these topics. Back to pet startups.

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Easy Ideas For A Greener Office

Eco-Office Gals

We would all like to be a little greener but being eco-friendly at work doesn’t always seem the easiest task. It doesn’t have to be difficult though. If the willingness is there, it doesn’t have to cost the earth – excuse the pun – or require drastic changes to your work environment. You don’t even have to be the boss or in charge of the office budget to start some green office initiatives with some of these easy ideas: Car share. Encourage car sharing.

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The Truth About Why Men Aren’t Romantic Anymore

Dumb Little Man

If you’re frustrated with the fact that men aren’t chivalrous and romantic anymore, you’re not alone. As a women’s dating coach, I constantly get emails from women who complain that chivalry is dead… romance is dead. Believe it or not, it’s actually not dead. Men don’t act more romantic because they’re afraid. Let me explain what I mean… The other day my girlfriend was telling me a story about a guy who gave her friend a promise ring.

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Technology of the week: Touchjet Pond Projector

Practically Perfect PA

What is Touchjet Pond Projector? The Touchjet Pond is great piece of kit from over the pond. It is a tiny projector / tablet with built in WiFi and sound. What does it do? This nifty devise is a mixture of a projector and a tablet. It can project an image, around the same size as an 80 inch TV, and users can also download Android Apps which makes it a very big tablet. All of the Android apps can be downloaded including presentation software and games.

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SEC Approves Equity Crowdfunding

Small Business Labs

Up until now, entrepreneurs raising money through crowdfunding platforms such as Kickstarter promised their backers products in exchange for funding.    But last week the Securities and Exchange Commission approved a law allowing the general public to participate in equity crowdfunding campaigns.    The new rules will allow small investors to buy shares of private companies under the provisions of the Jump-Start Our Business Start-Ups (JOBS) Act.

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9 Things to Let Go to Find Ultimate Happiness

Dumb Little Man

Obtaining happiness doesn’t always have to be about gaining. When we think about things that would make us happy we usually find ourselves daydreaming about things we could add on to life: new house, beautiful car, a great lover, a fancy job, an amazing vacation, etc. But what about the things that we could lose or let go of to find our happiness? Often times, it’s what we already have in our life that obstructs us from finding ultimate happiness.

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Easy event management

Practically Perfect PA

We recently worked with Gallus Events who managed our Assist Travel event in London. The event management was seamless and one of the main reasons was because they used an online event registration / management platform called Eventbrite. I’ve mentioned Eventbrite a few times on the blog and it has been my ‘event tech of the week’ So good is the system that I wanted to highlight it to you guys. Eventbrite Event Management.

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Book Review: Raw Deal - How the Uber Economy is Screwing American Workers

Small Business Labs

Steven Hill's  Raw Deal: How the "Uber Economy and Runaway Capitalism are Screwing the American Worker  makes no attempt at being balanced. It's a non-stop attack on Uber, Airbnb and any other company or person who offers contract work or suggests freelance work isn't awful.    In case you didn't guess, Hill is a political progressive. But even other progressives are targets. 

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Are You A (Productivity) Spoiled Child?

Simple Productivity Blog

Have you ever been at a child’s birthday party? If the children are young enough, there is an almost-guaranteed scenario that will play out when it comes time for the cake. Some child will want the piece with all the frosting flowers, and it will be claimed by someone else. And instead of accepting another piece, the child will sulk and refuse to eat any cake at all. This type of behavior isn’t limited to spoiled children at birthday parties.

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5 Ways to Start Putting Yourself First

Dumb Little Man

There’s often a bad stigma that is attached with putting yourself first. You feel guilty and worry about what others think. But at the same time you know the benefits that come from taking care of yourself first. After all, how are you going to give to others if your cup is not full? In order to function in life, there needs to be a balance of give and take. So you imagine what your life will be like if you can start to say no to people and turn the attention to fulfilling your needs first.

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The Paperless Payroll

Eco-Office Gals

Almost all of the positons worked in today’s offices and cubicles around the world are worked entirely with technology. Be it computers, phones, tablets, and other digital devices, seldom will you find a position that doesn’t utilize at least a computer. But one, non-technological phenomena in today’s business world is the continued use of paper timesheets and timecards to manually add-up and calculate hours.

The One Thing You Should Never Do as a Business Owner

Tips From T. Marie

After 8+ years of being the owner of a small business, there are a ton of lessons I’ve learned. Many of them have been critical in keeping my business going as long as it has. Some of the most critical lessons have been things like understanding value vs price , and the importance of knowing when to pivot and adopt new things. But perhaps the most important lesson I’ve learned as a business owner and personally is the one thing I should never do.

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The Science of Motivation

On The Job

Lindsay McGregor says she understands why many companies have turned their corporate backs on the idea of investing in cultural changes touted to drive better employee engagement, productivity, innovation and collaboration. They just didn’t have anyone who could prove to them it worked,” she says. They couldn’t go to the boardroom and say that you get better bottom-line results by changing the culture.”

2015 160

How Rise Up When Disappointment Gets You Down

Dumb Little Man

Not getting what you expect can be a pleasant surprise – or a devastating disappointment. When things didn’t turn out the way I hoped while traveling with a friend, I was quick to blame it on her. But once I started taking responsibility for my negative feelings, I realized how easy it is to rise above disappointment.

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How can you stay energized throughout the week?

Office Dynamics

I usually share tips on combating the Monday-morning “blahs,” especially after a nice, relaxing weekend. I recently met someone who says she has a different problem: “Monday, I am refreshed from the weekend and ready to tackle just about anything,” she explains. But by Friday, I am usually struggling to finish what I started. I’m pooped!”. That’s an interesting twist on the same theme, and a challenge that some of you probably face as well.

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Remind me

Clutter Coach

by Originally posted 2014-06-12 11:41:08. Republished by Blog Post Promoter Although I use an electronic calendar, I love to write by hand. It’s been proven that moving your pen across a page induces “motor memory.”. That means that simply writing something down can help you remember it, even if you don’t look at your notes again. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~. Even I need reminders. Actually, I especially do.

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Graduating FROM High School and College

Daily Writing Tips

A reader asks, When did it become acceptable to drop the preposition after the verb graduate, as in “I graduated high school in 2000”? This nonstandard usage has become common in colloquial speech, but it is still not acceptable in formal English. The American dictionary Merriam-Webster includes an example from ESPN that suggests that dropping the from is acceptable: … smiling like dudes who’ve just graduated college or just reached the legal drinking age … — Jeff Bradley, ESPN, 23 Aug.

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Too Much Of A Good Thing

Productivityist

A while ago, I went to the dentist for a cleaning. I got the same report as I did the previous time and the time before that. Your teeth look good. You need to floss more. Thanks for coming. Before I was called back, I waited in the lobby with a book. I picked up this idea from Stephen King who once said “the trick is to teach yourself to read in small sips and long swallows.” The waiting room was perfect for reading, but only to a point.

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Records Management Strategy

Office Dynamics

Do you have a records management strategy in place? Question: “We’re getting concerned where I work that the overwhelming amount of documents and data that we generate every day aren’t being safely stored and tracked.

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Why Some Freelance Writers Struggle to Get Clients

Men With Pens

Click here to read the full article →Another rocking post from Men With Pens! Why Some Freelance Writers Struggle to Get Clients first appeared on Men With Pens Copyright 2006 — [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]. Better Business

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When “So” Becomes Annoying

Daily Writing Tips

The tiny English word so has numerous uses. Merriam-Webster gives it separate entries as adverb, conjunction, adjective, and pronoun. Most of the time, little so goes about its business unnoticed, but one of its functions has been provoking heated discussion on the Web: the use of so as “a discourse marker.”. The term “discourse marker” was coined in the 1960s to describe “a word or phrase whose function is to organize discourse into segments and situate a clause, sentence, etc.,

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The Productivityist Podcast 64: Passionate About Productivity with Amber De La Garza

Productivityist

On this episode I chat with fellow productivity specialist Amber De La Garza. We talk about the reason you want to be productive, how multiple screens can help (or hinder) your productivity, messy desks, and why the apps out there aren’t enough to make you more productive. Relevant Links. Amber De La Garza, The Productivity Specialist. ProductivityPowerHourParty Tips From The Best On Personal Productivity! Why You DON’T Want to Improve Your Productivity | Amber De La Garza.

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Top 10 Words Confused in English [N-P]

Daily Writing Tips

My cumulative list of words commonly confused continues with ten that begin with the letters N and P. The confusion relates to spelling or meaning. nutritional / nutritious. The adjective nutritional means, “related to the process of nutrition,” that is, using food to support life. The nutritional value of one egg is the equivalent of one ounce of meat. The adjective nutritious means “nourishing or healthy to eat.”

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“As Well As” Does Not Mean “And”

Daily Writing Tips

A reader asks, Will you please comment on the use of “as well as” as used below: “Deng Xiaoping made a significant contribution with his theoretical courage of Marxism, matter-of-fact attitude, rich experience, as well as his foresight and sagacity.”. “As As well as” doesn’t seem to me to be equivalent to “and.”. According to Merriam-Webster, “as well as” is equivalent to and : as well as conjunction : and in addition, and.

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Quest and Pursuit

Daily Writing Tips

A reader asks, . What’s the difference between ‘Quest’ and ‘Pursuit’? Under which situation their usage should be preferred. Please offer some examples. . On one level, the words are synonyms: . The congressman himself has been fascinatingly silent in pursuit of the nomination. . He had resigned his ambassadorship to return home in quest of the nomination. . However, the words differ in connotation.

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Trustworthy vs. Trustable

Daily Writing Tips

Hearing the word trustable used twice on National Public Radio (NPR) in what seemed to be a serious context, I decided to explore the usage. Although the form trustable can be documented—the OED cites examples dated 1606, 1884, and 1900—it’s a rarity in modern usage. Both, trustable and untrustable make a slight showing on the Ngram Viewer beginning in 1824 and 1852, respectively, but compared to trustworthy and untrustworthy , they never rise from the very bottom of the graph.

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Water Ski, Water-ski, or Waterski?

Daily Writing Tips

A reader wants to know how to write the word that describes the sport of propelling oneself over water on long narrow pieces of wood: Should it be water-ski , water ski , or waterski ?”. Naturally, I went directly to the OED, where I found the following spellings: waterski (noun). waterski (verb). waterskiing (noun). water-skier (noun). Second stop, Merriam-Webster, which offers only: water ski (noun). water-ski (verb).

2015 78

At The Age That

Daily Writing Tips

A reader has a question about a “cute little sign” she bought: Something just isn’t right. Here’s the wording: “I am at the age that makeup is no longer optional.”. . I want to replace “the age” with “that age” and change “that makeup” to “when makeup.”. Any insights or suggestions? The difference between “ the age” and “ that age” is a matter of style, but when is the better grammatical choice than that.

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The Trick to Getting Projects Back on Track

Productivityist

I’m a fan of fables, and Hansel and Gretel is one of my favourites. I like the resilience and resourcefulness the children employ to keep themselves going. They didn’t give up and are rewarded for their efforts. I believe if you are resilient, even in the face of circumstances that aren’t in your favour, you will find yourself on the right path again. When I was directionless in what I wanted to do for work, I turned to building frameworks that would help guide me.

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The Productivityist Podcast 64: Passionate About Productivity with Amber De La Garza

Productivityist

On this episode I chat with fellow productivity specialist Amber De La Garza. We talk about the reason you want to be productive, how multiple screens can help (or hinder) your productivity, messy desks, and why the apps out there aren’t enough to make you more productive. Relevant Links. Amber De La Garza, The Productivity Specialist. ProductivityPowerHourParty Tips From The Best On Personal Productivity! Why You DON’T Want to Improve Your Productivity | Amber De La Garza.

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