Sat.Jan 24, 2015 - Fri.Jan 30, 2015

5 Easy Ways to Improve your Mental Clarity

Dumb Little Man

You turn on the TV and you are bombarded with images and stories of disaster and tragedy from around the world, you are getting 100 emails a day, your finances need attention and you still haven’t fixed the leak in your bathroom. With modern life pulling us in so many different directions, coupled with a connection to so many people across so many platforms it is becoming increasingly challenging to keep our mental faculties working at their absolute best.

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Are assistants overqualified?

Practically Perfect PA

I have just spent the last hour looking through jobs that are currently available to assistants. It has been really interesting reading all of the different job descriptions, the skills that are required and the salaries attached to different levels of the role. The first thing I noticed is that most of the positions are fairly similar.

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Digital Nomad Trend Taking Off

Small Business Labs

Tanya Mohn's New York Times article Coworking on Vacation: A Desk in Paradise  hit a cord with readers. It lit up social media with thousands of tweets and Facebook posts.    The article focuses on coworking facilities in exotic or tourist oriented locations that also provide accommodations.

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What I Use: My iPad Productivity Tools

Simple Productivity Blog

I''ve been getting a lot of questions lately about the tools that I use to operate at peak productivity. Today we will start a series of articles about my go-to productivity tools by looking at what I use on my iPad. The post What I Use: My iPad Productivity Tools 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 ( ).

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5 Reasons Your Life Should Have a Theme

Dumb Little Man

You should have a theme, a motto, a definite thing that you stand for. Does that sound a bit corny to you? It did to me too until I realized how much having one could affect all aspects of my life. I’m not talking about a theme song here, even though I have wished my life had a soundtrack from time to time. Instead I’m talking about a saying that represents the concepts you find most important in life.

2015 219

Working with a self-reliant boss

Practically Perfect PA

I’ve often been asked to give advice to assistants who work with a self-reliant boss. I have experienced this myself and it can be really frustrating. I’ve worked for Executives who have employed assistants because the business expects them to have one, I’ve worked with managers who are unable to or are unwilling to delegate work and I’ve worked with Directors who are so highly organised they don’t need the extra support.

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NBC Comedy to Look at Life in a Coworking Space

Small Business Labs

According to Variety , NBC has ordered a pilot of the comedy "Sharing", which it describes as: “Sharing” is a single-camera entry from Universal TV about disparate groups of people who work side-by-side in a shared office space. Jeremy Bronson wrote the pilot and exec produces with Jimmy Fallon and Rick Schwartz. Damian Lanigan is a co-exec producer. I wonder if Fallon has ever worked in a coworking space? Coworking

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5 Motivation Secrets of Successful People

Dumb Little Man

Because motivation is such a powerful, driving force, it is one of the most important elements of the corporate world and can be the difference between failure and success. However, since no two individuals are ever alike, whatever you use for motivation may not work for others, especially in business. Motivation enables individuals to overcome the challenges of setting and accomplishing goals in their lives by taking consistent action to do so.

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Minute taking tips

Practically Perfect PA

As any PA knows, taking minutes is a challenging and essential skill. This guide provides some handy tips on getting it right, every time. Do your research. Our PAs have suggested that the toughest aspect of taking minutes is understanding what is being discussed – summarising information you don’t understand is particularly tough when you’re having to summarise it rapidly. As is often the case, the key is doing your research.

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Are You Taking the Easy Options?

Office Organization Success

This past week I’ve been working with several clients helping them to create their 28-day marketing plan. And one of themes that has come out of it is that when we market our businesses we very often take the easy option, rather than the option that is going to push us out of our comfort zone and get us the results we’re looking for. Easy is: Updating your website. Posting a status update to social media. Writing a new article.

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Why "Total Talent Management" is Important to Freelancers

Small Business Labs

One of key trends we follow is the growing awareness of the importance of contingent talent by corporate HR departments.    Long viewed by HR departments simply as a way to save money, the independent workforce (freelancers, contractors, independent consultants, etc.) is starting to be be seen as a strategic resource.

2015 146

10 Ways to Embrace Changes In Your Personal and Professional Life

Dumb Little Man

For many individuals, accepting change in their personal and professional lives is oftentimes a difficult proposition. Yet change is inevitable; it is the only thing that is constant in our world. Whether it is in your personal life or your professional life, you can anticipate changes that you will have to adjust to. However, accepting change is not a popular idea and we typically oppose or resist it.

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Feeling unappreciated?

Practically Perfect PA

Over the last few weeks I have been wondering how my initial thoughts about running an event have turned into the Assist Conference – which is just a month away! I’d been thinking about running an event way back in 2013 but I was too busy with other things (living in a foreign country, starting a new job and juggling Practically Perfect PA) to really do anything with the ideas I had.

2015 166

Open Loops 1/30/2015

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 setting up for success with decluttering; creating a morning routine with habit stacking; 5 good reasons to quit your job; things to not do if you want a productive morning; and 12 knots you should know how to tie. The post Open Loops 1/30/2015 appeared first on Simple Productivity Blog.

2015 138

Uber Study - Drivers Satisfied, Like the Flexibility

Small Business Labs

Uber released a survey of their drivers last week.  As with all things Uber, it's being widely covered. The key findings, at least from my perspective, are: 78% of Uber drivers are satisfied with their experience driving for Uber. 74% reported Uber has made their lives better by giving them more flexibility with their schedule. 81% of the drivers work part-time as Uber drivers. As of December 2014, Uber had 162,037 active drivers on its platform.

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Don’t Quit Your Jobs…Yet

Dumb Little Man

It’s the new year. If you’ve put off pursuit of your dreams, I have a message for you. And no, it doesn’t require that you write a resignation letter, tell off your boss or make a viral video informing company management that you quit. You could do all that, but what’s the point? You would soon be unemployed, homeless and living on someone’s couch with your dog, Fido. Throughout the past few years, I’ve made a transition in my career, starting in law and politics, then working for myself.

2015 216

Five Things Small Businesses Need to Know About Free

Tips From T. Marie

When I first started my virtual assistant business I was on a tiny budget. Surviving on unemployment and taking part in Maine’s Self Employment Assistance Program meant that I just didn’t have any extra money to invest in my little start up. Even so, I cut back on the things that I could in order to get a business phone line, a multi-function fax/printer/copier and a couple of business books.

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The Bonham, Edinburgh

Practically Perfect PA

The Bonham, a 4 star boutique hotel, is situated in the West-end of Edinburgh. It is a lovely small (or should I say ‘wee’), quiet hotel and it has a very relaxed atmosphere. The reception area leads on to the restaurant area and to a small bar space – The Consulting Room which serves cocktails and afternoon tea. I arrived on a wet and windy Sunday morning and was immediately whisked up to my room.

2015 109

Break Through a Career Plateau and Climb to the Stars!

Office Dynamics

Employees often ask me “How can I continue advancing my career after I feel I’ve hit a career plateau?” They also tell me that they like who they work for and the work they do, but feel stagnant. Anyone who asks that question is a go-getter! How does an employee continue moving forward in his or her chosen profession? Expand your job. A lull in your career may signal you’re ready for new challenges – not necessarily a new job.

2015 147

How to Get Out of Work You Don't Want to Do

On The Job

We all have tasks as work we''d rather avoid, but usually we just suck it up and get them over with as quickly as possible. But is there a way to get out of doing work you really don''t want to do? What if you always get stuck with jobs that don''t stretch your skills or provide you any new opportunities? Or, you''re always getting the drudge work because you''re the youngest member of a team? Is there a way to say "no" without killing your career?

2015 143

“This is the Year” to declutter your life!

Clutter Coach

by Originally posted 2007-02-09 13:01:17. Republished by Blog Post Promoter Oprah has declared it! This is the year! And if Oprah says it, well… On Wednesday, Oprah’s guest was Peter Walsh of Clean Sweep. I saw him speak at the NAPO Regional Conference a few years ago and really enjoyed his down to earth, funny style. With clients he’s direct without being mean and compassionate without being indulgent.

2015 100

My First Impressions of the New Mailchimp Popup Forms

The Solopreneur Life

T his afternoon I went to my Mailchimp to make a change to a signup form. At the forms list, I scrolled down and saw “Subscriber popup.” ” I was surprised to see this today when I was in my Mailchimp account. Wait, what? Yep, Mailchimp has (finally) added popup forms. It’s about three years overdue. Mailchimp apparently had a popup in the past, but the first time I heard about it was in Mailchimp’s announcement of this new popup.

2015 139

Empathize vs. Sympathize

Daily Writing Tips

A reader says, I’ve always been confused on how to use [the words empathize and sympathize ] in proper context. For about 300 years, English speakers didn’t have to choose between sympathize and empathize to express the idea of sharing another’s feelings. Empathize hadn’t been invented yet. The first OED example of sympathize in the sense of “to share the feelings of another” is dated 1607; the first use of empathize with this meaning dates from 1916. .

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Why It's Your Fault You're Out of the Loop at Work

On The Job

Take a look at comments posted on workplace blogs or on social media sites, and it won’t be long before you find an employee complaining that they’re often left out of the loop regarding business decisions. These employees complain that their boss doesn’t keep them informed of strategic business decisions, what’s in the pipeline for the next year or even how their work is part of the bigger picture. Senior leaders are even worse, they contend.

2015 140

Review – Casual.PM


Project Management tools can be unwieldy beasts, that’s for sure. In some ways, this can be understandable. I mean, managing a project is supposed to be complicated, isn’t it? So many things to track, people to monitor, vendors to liaise with, stakeholders to keep happy.

2015 86

Solopreneur Online-Marketing Survey

The Solopreneur Life

I need your help (again!). Online marketing is a perennial challenge for solopreneurs, and I’m conducting a three-question survey that deals with it. The results will help you and me solve solopreneurs’ biggest online-marketing challenges. I will publish the results in a post here in February. This is an anonymous survey, and I’m using Survey Monkey. Please take the survey now, so you don’t forget. Click here to take the survey.

2015 139

Starting a Business Letter with Dear Mr.

Daily Writing Tips

Several years ago, when a reader said he refused to use “Dear So-and-So” to begin a business letter because dear is too intimate a word to use with a stranger, I assumed that he represented a minority of one. Who, I wondered, would interpret an established convention like “Dear Sir” literally? Little did I know! I’ve recently stumbled across numerous articles with titles like “Is ‘Dear’ Dead as a Salutation?”. I was amazed to find comments like these: From an English professor.

2015 83

100 Ways To Live A Better Life – 80. Stop Complaining

Brilliantly Better

Complaining is like an open invitation for troubles. The more you complain about something, the more of that something you invite into your life. Cut … The post 100 Ways To Live A Better Life – 80. Stop Complaining appeared first on Dragos Roua. Personal Development

2015 71

The Productivityist Podcast: Intentions, Time, and Saying No with Patrick Rhone


This week Patrick Rhone makes his third appearances on The Productivityist Podcast. I always enjoy chatting with Patrick because even when we don’t see eye to eye on a topic, we always manage to find common ground on several others. This time around we talk about our disinterest in new year’s resolutions and what we prefer to focus on instead.

2015 74

The Inbound Marketing Grader Examines Golf Instructor and YouTube Star Shawn Clement

The Solopreneur Life

S hawn Clement is a golf instructor based in Canada. He’s the most popular golf instructor on YouTube, with more than 22 million views since he started making YouTube videos in 2006. The home page at Shawn Clement’s Wisdom In Golf website. The Inbound Marketing Grader looks at successful coaches, consultants, trainers, and other solopreneurs who do inbound marketing well.

2015 139

Healthy vs Healthful

Daily Writing Tips

A reader wonders about the use of the adjectives healthy and healthful : Would you please do a segment explaining how, when, and why “healthy” and “healthful” should be used correctly. My tentative belief is that people are “healthy” or not so; and that foods are “healthful” or not so. Am I correct? Many speakers like to draw a strict difference between these two adjectives, but it’s not necessary. The argument.

Tips On How to Secure a Job in the Oil and Gas Industry

Job Advice Blog

The oil and gas industry is an ever-evolving marketplace with new technologies constantly being developed. But potential applicants shouldn’t be put off by the task at hand; many leading companies offer a raft of varying position to a plethora of different professions such as engineers, accountants, scientists, project managers, safety inspectors and much more. The [.]. Interview Advice by Jeff LeFevre Interviewing advice Job Advice

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Why I’m Passionate About Personal Productivity


Over the weekend I spent time watching Saturday Night Live, as I usually do. Sure, it’s not as funny as it used to be, but it’s something I’ve always done and enjoyed doing – especially as a former comedian. In fact, I dreamed of being on the show back when I was in high school and that dream stuck with me for years afterward. Even as recently as ten years ago I felt compelled to do what I could to get closer to making that dream a reality. But no longer.

2015 66

How to Get a Premium YouTube Channel

The Solopreneur Life

I f you’re looking for potential revenue streams, consider trying to get a premium YouTube channel. A screen shot from the Fix My Hog premium YouTube channel. YouTube paid channels, which launched in May 2013, give video creators the opportunity to earn revenue from paid subscriptions. Viewers to pay a monthly (or annual) fee, which is set by each video’s creator. Fees are $2.99 to $6.99 per month for the channels I’ve seen. You can apply here for a premium YouTube channel.

2015 131

Punctuation Review #3: Introducing Quotations

Daily Writing Tips

A reader questioned the introduction of a direct quotation with the word that : I’ve had the understanding that preceding what was said with the word “that” indicates that what follows is not a verbatim quote, but rather a description of what was said, and quotation marks are thus not to be used. The conjunction that is used to introduce an indirect quotation: The officer said that we would have to cancel our travel plans.

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100 Ways To Live A Better Life – 76. Do A Random Act Of Kindness

Brilliantly Better

It doesn’t have to be in the form of a nice compliment this time. You don’t even need to communicate it to the target person. … The post 100 Ways To Live A Better Life – 76. Do A Random Act Of Kindness appeared first on Dragos Roua. Personal Development

2015 66

How to Turn a Prospect into a Paying Customer

Men With Pens

Click here to read the full article → Another rocking post from Men With Pens! How to Turn a Prospect into a Paying Customer first appeared on Men With Pens Copyright 2006 — 2015, All Rights Reserved. Better Business

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