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9 Reasons Why We Procrastinate and How to Address Them

Dumb Little Man

‘Only put off until tomorrow what you are willing to die having left undone’ ~ Pablo Picasso. Procrastination can be one of life’s biggest barriers to success. If we don’t tackle it, it can really prevent us from moving forward towards our goals. Everyone puts off tasks they don’t want to do from time to time, but chronic procrastinators deliberately look for distractions to avoid these tasks. In this era of technology there are many distractions readily available.

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Sharing some feedback

Practically Perfect PA

Over the years I’ve had some wonderful feedback from readers that I tuck away and come back to when I need a little confidence boost but I never share the messages with other readers. Well, today is a new day, folks. This week I received a wonderful email from an assistant and reader of Practically Perfect PA who attended the Assist Conference last year.

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2017 Top 10 Pet Product Trends

Small Business Labs

Package Facts recently released their list of 10 Pet Product Trends to Watch in 2017.    Key quote from their press release: From leather collars to fur-lined carriers and orthopedic bedding, there's no shortage of innovative and human-inspired products trending in the U.S. pet industry. The key point here is "Human-inspired" This is because the pet humanization trend continues to grow in strength.

2017 130

8 Killer Tips for a Successful Executive and Assistant Partnership

Office Dynamics

There is no greater relationship in the workplace than that of an executive and assistant. I can honestly say that because of my experience as an assistant for 20 years and as an executive for 27 years. While the world is a much different place today, there are core strategies for a successful executive and assistant partnership that do not change. That is because they are the interpersonal side of the partnership.

2017 182

How Social Media Helps Students Study

Dumb Little Man

Social media in education is a no-brainer and many studies and experiences have proven its efficiency. Once you get serious about your education, you then realize that you must take the hand of as many resources as you can. Studies reveal that more and more students like yourself believe that the technology they use to study should have the same format as social media. We are social creatures.

Test, Analyze, Course-Correct

Office Organization Success

The month of January has just flown by — I feel we were just celebrating Christmas and poof! it’s the end of January! One of the reasons I think is that (as well as a trip to San Diego) I’ve been knee-deep in a client’s launch campaign for one of her online training programs. We’ve also been testing several different marketing strategies too to see what works best.

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The Growing Biotech Gig Economy

Small Business Labs

Unlike traditional pharma or biotech companies, most of the people working at  Nimbus Therapeutics  are gig workers.    And the primary reason Nimbus hires gig workers is not to cut costs. It's to increase their business flexibility and agility and access hard to find, highly skilled talent.    According to their blog post Talent in the Biotech Gig Economy , only 25 of the roughly 150 people working at Nimbus are traditional employees. 

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Five Ways of Overcoming the Problem of Getting Sleep

Dumb Little Man

Sleep. An important and inevitable physiological body function. An effortless activity in past years but an increasingly difficult one in the present day. Many people in our contemporary society are struggling with sleep — correctly termed insomnia — in their daily lives. The lack of it has been shown by scientist to have a ripple effect on the overall productivity and health outcomes of individuals.

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Practically Perfect PA giveaway: The Assist Conference winners are…

Practically Perfect PA

Thank you to everyone who entered the Assist Conference giveaway! Originally we could only give one free place away, but thanks to our wonderful sponsors, we can now pick five winners!! I can announce the winners are … drum roll please…. Leigh Adams. Victoria Abebrese. Deborah Dei. Karen Coote. Emma Bennett. Congratulations…! We will contact you to get your details and we will see you at the Assist Conference! We had over 200 assistants enter the competition this year.

2017 100

Podcast 042: Options are illusions

Clutter Coach

by Subscribe: iTunes ⋅ Stitcher ⋅ Soundcloud ⋅ YouTube ⋅ Google Play. You can leave a review here! In this episode, I’ll talk about how keeping your options open is not always a good strategy, plus, it can make you unhappy. Here are some highlights: But I could make a mistake. Isn’t it better to have options? It’s scary not to have them! Subscribe: iTunes ⋅ Stitcher ⋅ Soundcloud ⋅ YouTube ⋅ Google Play.

2017 100

Learn To Become A Better Leader: 10 Most Important Must Have Skills

Office Dynamics

Being a leader is so much more than just being the person in charge of your team or company. It’s a unique set of skills that you must have, in order to lead and take care of the people under your charge. Here are the ten most important skills you must develop to be a good leader. Listen to others. No one knows everything, even a good leader. Listen to others when they come to you. They’ll have good ideas, and takes on situations that you may not even have thought of.

2017 150

How To Overcome Negative Emotions Using 5 Writing Techniques

Dumb Little Man

Having a positive attitude is important when it comes to improving your mental heath, but it can be difficult to push through negative thoughts. No one is immune to negative emotions – they can occur very suddenly, and in the most inappropriate situations. These emotions can also have an impact on work, studying, and our relationships with colleagues, friends, family, and loved ones.

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Uber, Lyft and Airbnb Rapidly Gaining Share in the Corporate Market

Small Business Labs

According to a survey from the Global Business Travel Association  (GBTA), half of corporate travel policies allow for the use of ride-sharing services such as Uber or Lyft. That’s up from 44% just six months ago and less than 10% 4 years ago.   More corporations are also allowing the use of Airbnb and other home-sharing services. with 30% of the corporations surveyed officially allow home-sharing service for their traveling employees.

2017 100

How to Create a Stellar Video Marketing Plan – 7 Essential Components of a Cohesive Video Outreach Strategy

Andrea Kalli

How to Create a Stellar Video Marketing Plan – 7 Essential Components of a Cohesive Video Outreach Strategy. How to Create a Video Marketing Plan. According to data from eMarketer, 62% of global internet users will view video in 2017 ( emarketer.com/Article/eMarketer-Releases-New-Estimates-Video-Audience-Worldwide/1015031 ). Let’s think about that for just a minute: 62% of all online individuals will be consuming video content.

2017 116

4 Ways to Get the Boss to Give You What You Want

On The Job

If you're having difficulty getting what you want at work -- perhaps a promotion or a big project -- it's time to rethink your negotiating skills and learn from the best. Chris Voss, a former FBI hostage negotiator, says one of the best strategies is learning from those who have made a living by making others feel comfortable, such as Oprah Winfrey.

2017 116

How to Increase Your Instagram Followers in 2017

Dumb Little Man

With over 500 million active users, Instagram is a popular social media app mostly for youngsters, creatives, and photographers. But, how do you increase Instagram followers? After the addition of Instagram Stories to the app, it is now becoming more popular and controversial. You might be wondering why I am telling you all this. Well, Instagram can also make you famous.

2017 128

A Simple 24-minute Morning Ritual To Kickstart Your Day

Productivityist

This guest post is by Amy of Brainy Owls. Amy likes to write about self-improvement and productivity. Check out the free email course , The Strategies of Enormously Successful People. These science-backed lessons with highly actionable worksheets will help you unfold the path to success. Let me start by saying this: How you begin your mornings can either make or break your day. For years, getting out of bed every morning was a big struggle for me. Every morning was chaotic and stressed.

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How to Use Video to Drive Business – to – Business Sales

Andrea Kalli

How to Use Video to Drive Business – to – Business Sales . Business-to-Business Video Marketing. Business-to-business, or B2B buyers today do not contact a supplier directly until 57 percent of the purchase process is complete, research shows. For businesses, this means that much of the decision-making process takes place before a potential B2B purchaser even contacts you to discuss your products or services.

2017 100

What Others Really Think About You

On The Job

Were you the smartest kid in school? The funniest? The most athletic? It's a little strange to think that we like to label people from an early age. What's even more strange is how some of us like to label ourselves -- to the detriment of our own happiness or career success. One of the problems with seeing yourself in a certain way is that often it's not how others see you. For example, you may consider yourself a real problem-solver, able to jump in and find a solution to just about anything.

2017 109

The Romantically Challenged Guy’s Guide to a Successful Valentine’s Day

Dumb Little Man

No matter what your significant other has said about Valentine’s Day, it’s still important to her. Whether you’ve been married for twenty years or just went on a few dates with someone, Valentine’s Day matters. Even men with the best of intentions need a little help sometimes with this love holiday. This foolproof list will help guide you through this tricky holiday so you don’t end up screwing it up. Remember the day.

2017 128

Hyphenation Rules for 35 Prefixes (and 1 Suffix)

Daily Writing Tips

There was a time when prefixes were routinely attached to root words with hyphens, but that time has, for the most part, passed. Now, hyphens are the exception, as detailed in the following list, which also provides simple definitions. ante (before): closed. anti (against): closed except before a proper noun or a word starting with i. bi (twice, two): closed. bio (life): closed. co (with): generally closed; exceptions include co-op and co-opt. counter (opposite): closed. cyber (computer): closed.

2017 55

The Productivityist Podcast: The Mikes on Mics 5 Year Anniversary Show with Michael Schechter

Productivityist

It’s been 5 YEARS since my very first podcast recording with Michael Schechter. I thought it would be fitting to bring him back this week. We caught up on what has happened since we stopped recording podcasts together roughly 2 years ago. This episode at its core is just the two of us being nostalgic. I even injected in some clips of our podcasts together.

2017 52

How CRM Can Help Grow Your Small Business

Small Business CEO

It’s challenging to maintain a customer relationship in a business landscape where your biggest competition could be right across the street or one click away. Finding creative and sustainable ways to rise above the rest helps win the race, but it’s important for small business owners to adopt CRM systems as early as possible. When you manage your relationships better, your earning potential could skyrocket.

2017 65

10 Amazing Business Ideas For Stay-At-Home Retirees

Dumb Little Man

Retirement does not mean that a senior just has to sit at home and do nothing. Many seniors prefer to work even after they have crossed the retirement age. Some seniors actually perceive this as a golden opportunity to follow their long forgotten entrepreneurship dreams. Listed below are 10 businesses that seniors can successfully run from home. Knitting. Knitting is an excellent activity to be pursued in the later years. It is known to reduce stress and boost self-esteem and cognitive functions.

2017 124

Vocabulary Quiz #3: Commonly Confused Words

Daily Writing Tips

In each sentence, choose the correct word from the pair of similar terms. (If If both words possibly can be correct, choose the more plausible one.). Any business leader with a of sense would say this is the perfect time to borrow money to rebuild the country. a) whit. b) wit. In an integrated curriculum, subjects are not dissected and separated into __ chunks. a) discreet. b) discrete. She finally __ in her silliness and got back to work. a) reined. b) reigned.

2017 55

My Monthly Theme Report: January 2017

Productivityist

Every month I send out an email to subscribers of the My Monthly Theme Series that dives into my plans for the month ahead. I publish the results of said plan here on the blog within one week of the month ending. If you’d like to subscribe to the monthly series so you have an understanding of what I’m working on each month, then click here. During the month of January, my focus was on Productivityist Coaching. My plan was to take this aspect of Productivityist to the next level.

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How to Prioritise Employee Wellbeing in Your Business

Small Business CEO

Sometimes in the work place the wellbeing of employees is sacrificed in the flow of business. It might sound like something well out of your capacity, but it happens more often that you’d think and generally without anyone even realising. It’s important to stay aware of the spirit of your employees as, apart from the social and moral responsibility that comes with being an employer, maintaining a happy workforce is proven to improve your company’s performance and efficiency.

2017 62

Stumble, Success, Stumble, Success – 11 Simple Steps to Improve Your Life

Dumb Little Man

In its simplicity, life can be difficult. Then we make it more tortuous by the way we treat ourselves — feeding our minds with thoughts that reinforce the negatives. So what can you do to focus on the positives? Get off Facebook. Comparing your life with others’ is a sure-fire recipe for depression. Stop looking over the “neighbour’s” fence and looking at what they’ve got and you haven’t. If you are tempted to peek, look at all the things you’ve got that they haven’t.

2017 123

Pleasing Words

Daily Writing Tips

The Latin verb placere , meaning “be acceptable” or “be liked,” is the source of a number of English words pertaining to agreeability. This post lists and defines these terms. The verb please , meaning “be agreeable,” is from plaisir , the Old French intermediary of placere , which is also the origin of pleasure , meaning “give pleasure to” and, as a noun, “enjoyment” or “something enjoyed.” (The The synonym pleasance is rare.)

2017 53

Inspiration

Musings of a High-Level Executive Assistant

Hello, Readers! It has been forever! I've been alive and well. The last half of 2016 was CRAZY for me. It's why I've been so absent from my blog. The more I write, the harder it is to find inspiration. I have so many ideas brewing, but not enough to churn out a post worthy of your eyes of lessons I've learned or tips to give you or any answers about life. With the New Year, life has been about finding inspiration. What drives me? What burns a desire in me?

2017 40

How To Make Sure Your Business Is Creating Happy Customers

Small Business CEO

Customers are the bread-and-butter to all businesses. Even if you are a business-to-business corporation, your other businesses that you work with are still your customers and you still want to make them happy. If you don’t have happy customers, it’s very likely that you will lose those customers and that they will tell other people that you aren’t a very good business to work with. It’s really not that hard to create happy customers. Like they say, the customer is always right.

2017 59

7 Tips to Happy Coworking with Your Pets

Dumb Little Man

It may surprise you to know a few facts: There are about 80 million dogs and more than 90 million cats nice and comfy in U.S.A. homes. According to the New Jersey Institute of Technology, 45% of people telecommute for at least part of their work week.

2017 109

Using Repetition to Produce Parallel Structure

Daily Writing Tips

Sentences that fail to observe a sound grammatical structure sometimes do so because a key word or phrase is not repeated (or balanced with a similar word or phrase) as part of an element equivalent to a previous element in the sentence. Each of the sentences below is missing a repeated word or phrase; the discussions that follow the examples explain what is lacking and the revisions demonstrate how to resolve the issues.

2017 48

10 Brain Damaging Activities You Need To Stop Doing Now

Dumb Little Man

The brain is one of the most vital organs in the human body, and it is everyone’s responsibility to keep it in optimal condition. People race for time, information and money nowadays and some even cling to limitless brain pills out of their desire to perform better mentally. However, even with the desperation to become mentally infinite, there is little to no attention given to brain health.

2017 108

4 Ways to Enjoy Each Day and Do More With Your Life

Dumb Little Man

I have a good friend who recently received some bad news concerning his health. A couple of days later, this same friend bumped into a co-worker in the hallway at his office. When my buddy asked his colleague how his day was going, the guy replied, “It’s OK, but I sure can’t wait until this week is over!” ” My friend just nodded and walked back to his cubicle with tears in his eyes.

2017 108

6 Best Valentine’s Gifts For Her This 2017

Dumb Little Man

Valentine’s day is just around the corner and if you are a man who hasn’t figured out the best Valentine’s gift for her yet, now is probably the right time to narrow down your choices. Deciding on the last minute isn’t only stressful but it can also put you at risk of buying the wrong gift. For Valentine’s Day, you want your partner to feel as special as possible. To make sure you impress your loved one, here are 6 awesome Valentine’s gift ideas you should consider this year.

2017 103

5 Essential Tips for Keeping Your Sobriety When Traveling

Dumb Little Man

*This article is for recovering addicts and how you can stay sober while traveling. Our battered suitcases were piled on the sidewalk again; we had longer ways to go. But no matter, the road is life.” – Jack Kerouac. Traveling may bring a multitude of new sights, new experiences and new cultures. However, as a recovering addict, there is one very important fact you need to remember – you are still YOU.

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