Sat.Aug 22, 2015 - Fri.Aug 28, 2015

No time for meditation? Try this instead.

Dumb Little Man

“I have so much to accomplish today that I must meditate for two hours instead of one.” ” – Gandhi So you want to try meditation? You’ve heard there are many health benefits: it boosts the immune system, lowers blood pressure, reduces depression and improves mental focus. Also, your favourite celebrity practices meditation, so it must be useful, right? I know what you’re thinking; ‘That’s OK for some people, but I don’t have time to sit around for 2 hours meditating.’

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Shunpike to Find New Ways to Be Your Best!

Virtual Moxie

This past weekend was really wonderful. Here in Baltimore, we had rare August weather (not hot, not humid), and as a result, we were up and out each day really early, and back long after dark, exploring places near home we'd not seen before. I love road trips--long or short. I actually prefer them to any other sort of travel. And I prefer taking road trips with Dominic over anyone else.

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5 Winning Strategies For Getting Highly Targeted Traffic To Your Website

Office Organization Success

Website traffic is not a problem. Getting it to visit YOUR website is! There are an abundance of your ideal clients out there all searching for the solutions that your services offer. But the problem is they don’t know about you … yet! As a solopreneur, one ingredient you need for a successful online business is traffic… and lots of it! But there are so many websites out there, all competing for the same traffic, that it can be difficult to attract visitors to YOUR website!

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The 4 steps of business travel planning: Waving goodbye to your Executive

Practically Perfect PA

This week I am concentrating on the tricky task of business travel planning. Today I will be writing about the first step which is ‘ waving goodbye to your Executive ‘ Firstly I think we all breath a sign of relief when our Executive pays that final visit to our desk to say goodbye before they head out of the office to start their business trip.

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9 Ways Reading Fiction Can Jump Start Your Career

Dumb Little Man

Do you remember how excited you were when you landed your first job, or your dream job? It may seem like a work of fiction now, a story about someone else, but those were probably among the most giddy and dream-filled days of your life. You were going to storm into your new company and make an impact they could not ignore. You would work nights and weekends on major, inspirational projects, and you would blast your way out of that entry-level job within just a few months.

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Airbnb Creating Micro Hotel Chains

Small Business Labs

Pacific Standard's Who Really Runs the Airbnbs  looks at the boom in Airbnb rentals in New Orleans with a focus on better understanding whether or not Airbnb hosts live in the space they rent. In New Orleans, most don't. Key quote: Only 34 percent of rentals are for rooms or shared rooms; 66 percent of listings are for an entire home or apartment. More than two-thirds (69 percent) are rented year round. Almost half of all hosts operate at least two rentals.

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Visualize Your Home Office into Reality

Clutter Coach

by Originally posted 2007-03-05 12:46:33. Republished by Blog Post Promoter Last week I made a presentation to a group that included a visualization at the beginning. I wanted to talk to this group of nascent entrepreneurs about their home offices. For me, one of the best things about having my own business is my home office. It’s not fancy, but it’s mine! This visualization is about on how your office should feel, rather than how it should look.

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5 Ways to Beat the Crap Out of the Bully in Your Head

Dumb Little Man

You aren’t satisfied with your life because you’re not getting everything you want out of it. You’ve figure out what you need to change to move you closer to the amazing life you want. And you know it’s possible because other people have done it. But every time you get close to making the change, a little voice in your head pops up and says: “Come on, you’re not the kind of person that does this.” That’s reserved for people that won some kind of cosmic lottery.

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The Growing Importance of Managing Freelancers

Small Business Labs

The Harvard Business Review's 7 Tips for Managing Freelancers and Contractors  provides advice on how managers can successfully navigate their relationship with contingent workers.    Talent shortages and the shift to hiring more contingent workers means companies are becoming more reliant on contingent talent - even for core and/or strategic jobs. This means freelancers are often just as valuable as full-time staffers.

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Why You Shouldn’t Over-Plan

Simple Productivity Blog

Planning is the basis of any productivity system. Yet many people struggle with the two extremes: under- and over-planning. Today we will look at why you shouldn't over-plan and how to make sure you are planning at the right level. The post Why You Shouldn’t Over-Plan 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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Multi-tasking is not what it’s all cracked up to be.

Office Dynamics

Must We Multi-task? Maybe It’s Better Not To. After all, multi-tasking is not what it’s all cracked up to be. As I deliver sessions at seminars and conferences throughout North America in every kind of business you can think of, I often encounter people who are pleased, even proud, that they can multi-task. What about you? Do you regularly multi-task, such as reading emails while someone is talking to you on the telephone?

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6 Low Paying College Degrees to Avoid

Dumb Little Man

It’s obvious that salary prospects for different college degrees vary. The Economic Value of College Majors report by Georgetown University and Kiplinger’s list of low paying degrees shed light on how great the difference in salary really is. Compared to majors in STEM and healthcare where the entry-level salary starts at $43,000 and $41,000 respectively, the majors below earn less, and the gap continues to widen long after graduation.

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The Ups and Downs of the 3D Printing Industry

Small Business Labs

The 3D printing industry is at an interesting point, with both good and bad news coming out on a regular basis. The most recent bad news comes from the earnings (losses, actually) reported by 2 public makers of 3D printers. As reported in the WSJ article 3D Printer Firms Fall Flat , both 3D Systems and Stratasys reported ugly earnings due to "an increasingly uncertain outlook as many potential buyers hold out for what they hope will be better, faster machines."

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How to Deliver Bad News to the Boss -- and Survive

On The Job

One of the toughest things to do in your career is to make that long, long walk into your boss's office and tell her that you're not going to make a deadline. If you're very, very lucky, the boss may respond with "That's OK." But if you don't have such a boss, you may get a) a frown b) yelled at c) a frown, yelling and perhaps a stinging rebuke that will go into your personnel file. Is there any way to minimize the chances of getting a nasty memo and a very loud verbal reprimand?

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5 Ways I Read More Than 50 Books Last Year


Everyone wants to read more books, but we don’t spend the time required to do so. Reading is difficult in an environment based on feed refreshes and new blog posts. It’s a noisy world, and reading just doesn’t fit in that well. Or does it? In many ways, reading is like a home-cooked meal compared to the fast food diet of instant information found on your screen. When you create a good menu you need to plan for it, acquire it, prepare it and then digest it. Reading is no different.

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Discover Factors That Can Seriously Hurt Your Promotion Chances

Dumb Little Man

Undeniably every employee wishes to drive endless opportunities in the professional world to make their career prosperous. But the surprising fact is that there are numbers of things that can spoil our promotion chances, if not handled effectively. However, you can get promotion easily and comfortably by learning about factors that affect the chances of growth in the professional world. Check out the information shared in the below passage to grow your career effectively with timely promotions.

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Amazon and the Growth of the Independent Workforce

Small Business Labs

The Internet has lit up with reactions to the New York Times article on Amazon's bruising, data-driven, "purposeful Darwinism" culture. The vast majority of reactions are negative. This not surprising given how harsh the article makes Amazon sound - people crying at their desks, sick people callously culled, lots of backstabbing, etc. The reason we care about this issue is how companies treat their workers has a major impact on the independent workforce.

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Why IT Needs to be Ready to Lead

On The Job

Having your department compared to the DMV isn’t very flattering, but that’s what is happening to many IT departments. That’s because many CIOs are focused on the technology and they don’t really care about the user experience, hence the DMV reference. The comparison is made in a new book, “ The Big Shift in IT Leadership ,” by author Hunter Muller, who contends that many CIOs remain focused inward, only concerned with technology.

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How To Pronounce Divisive

Daily Writing Tips

A reader has called my attention to the changing pronunciation of divisive : I am very active in politics and frequently watch television programs which feature political topics. One of THE most frustrating—and very common— mispronunciations I hear is with the word divisive. I was taught that it is pronounced with a ‘long i’ on the second syllable—ie: resulting in it having the same, ‘long i’ sound as the word divide.

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Be More Productive With JUST A Pen And Paper


After I wrote this post about how notecards helped me write a book , I began to wonder what other tactile tools I have missed. Was there something else that might work better than the many–and I do mean many–different apps I have used? After I looked around the productivity sites for a good pen and paper system, I settled on the dash plus system created by Patrick Rhone.

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Swipe File: Winning Confirmation, Thank You, and Welcome Messages

Denise Aday

Confirmation, thank you, and welcome messages are an important of the new subscriber experience and another marketing opportunity for you. You’ve already made your signup offer enticing enough for someone to submit their email address (and perhaps more). Why not make the most of your confirmation and welcome messaging, too?

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Attracting Millennials: Understanding What Millennials Want in a Career

Office Dynamics

This year millennials surpassed Gen Xers as the largest generation in the U.S. labor force , according to Pew Research. Instead of debating about millennials’ work style or views, companies need to embrace this new generation and figure out how to attract and retain top talent. Gone are the days when attractive salaries and retirement options were enough to land top recruits. Millennials want more than just a paycheck.

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How Long Is A Novel?

Daily Writing Tips

Before the advent of ebooks, modern fiction writers concerned themselves chiefly with two lengths: long (novels) and short (short stories). With the advent of digital publishing, the terms novella and novelette have taken on a new significance. In the 17th century, the word novel referred to a book-length story shorter than a romance.

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How To Use Multiple Task Managers


While it is ideal to have one task management solution on an ongoing basis, for some of us that just isn’t a reality. Maybe it’s because you have to use a specific app for work and you don’t want to use it for activities outside of work. Perhaps others on your team use different tools that you don’t want to use. Maybe the tool you use doesn’t allow for collaborative task management but has an outstanding feature set that is very tough to beat – such as OmniFocus.

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Swipe File: Winning Confirmation, Thank You, and Welcome Messages

Denise Aday

Confirmation, thank you, and welcome messages are an important of the new subscriber experience and additional marketing opportunities for you. You’ve already made your signup offer enticing enough for someone to submit their email address (and perhaps more). Why not make the most of your confirmation and welcome messaging, too?

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How Short Is Short Fiction?

Daily Writing Tips

Readers and listeners have enjoyed short fiction since antiquity, but the Web reveals an enthusiastic surge of interest in it, along with various terms to describe it. The traditional term for fiction shorter than a novelette (7,500—20,000 words) is “short story.” In the old days, short stories in print magazines averaged about 7,500 words. Some magazines published “short-shorts,” stories that topped out at 1,000 words and could be contained on a single page of the periodical.

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From Memory and By Heart

Daily Writing Tips

A headline on the National Public Radio (NPR) site prompted this post: A Self-Taught Artist Paints the Rain Forest By Memory. The more common idiom for doing something that is recalled and not seen is to do it “from memory.” From is more appropriate than by in this idiom because memory may be regarded as a receptacle and not as an agent. For example: Painting from memory can be just as productive as painting from sight.

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Peruse and Some Alternatives

Daily Writing Tips

A reader asked me about the use of the transitive verb peruse : I have a question please. On the National Geographic Facebook page, they wrote “Today marks the third Earth-year since NASA’s Curiosity rover made its nail-biting descent through Mars’ thin atmosphere, successfully landing on its dusty surface—and plans for the next mission are in the works. Peruse through this gallery to see stellar snapshots of Curiosity’s journey to the red planet.”

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Friends and Amici

Daily Writing Tips

English boasts numerous words to convey aspects of friendship. Some are Germanic in origin and others, Latin. An early Old English word for friend was freond. The Beowulf poet tells us that Heorot (Hrothgar’s hall) was filled with friends: Heorot innan wæs freondum afylled. The opposite of Old English freond was feond : “enemy.” In modern English, the word that initially referred to a human foe has developed into the word fiend : “an evil spirit.”.

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Daily Writing Tips

A reader who lives in Cardiff, Wales wants to know more about the word maven : In the last fortnight or so I’ve twice seen a word I’ve never come across before (and I read a lot!). The word is ‘maven’, and I’ve encountered it in the self-development context. I’ve looked it up and it seems to have come into use in the US in the 1980s, from a Hebrew term. A post on this word would be very interesting. .

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The Productivityist Podcast 54: Voice Lessons with Todd Henry


In this week’s episode of the podcast I chat with Todd Henry, author of the new book Louder Than Words: Harness The Power of Your Authentic Voice. We discuss the importance of delivering your work and how your voice plays a huge role in that and also talk about our favourite football team, the Cincinnati Bengals. Links Discussed. Louder than Words: Harness the Power of Your Authentic Voice by Todd Henry | Amazon. Inside The Jungle Podcast | Patreon.

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