Sat.Apr 25, 2015 - Fri.May 01, 2015

Zen in The Art of Productivity

Dumb Little Man

Zen aims to simplify the mind. To exclude any concepts. Beginner’s mind has too many options. Master’s mind just knows.“ In Japan, archery is not only a sport where hitting the targets is the main purpose. Archery is also meant to train the mind. If one really wants to master the art of archery, technical knowledge is not enough. Only those who approached the state of clearness and emptiness of mind would overcome themselves and then the arrow would hit the target spontaneously.

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Diary management for PAs and EAs

Practically Perfect PA

While the role of a PA or EA is constantly evolving, diary management continues to be a fundamental task. PAs spend at least a third of their time managing diaries, so it’s essential that you’ve mastered this aspect of your job. This guide provides tips to help you on your way. Own the calendar. Problems often arise when both you and your boss adjust and maintain your boss’ calendar. For obvious reasons, this is a recipe for disaster.

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Save Time In Excel By Formatting Multiple Sheets

Simple Productivity Blog

This is a little-known and huge time saver in Microsoft Excel. Using this tip, you can save time in Excel by formatting multiple sheets at the same time. The post Save Time In Excel By Formatting Multiple Sheets 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

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Setting Yourself Up For Failure by Trying to be All Things to All People

Virtual Moxie

After last week's Moxie , several of you wrote to ask me to explain what standards are, and what the benefit of having standards is, in an easy-to-understand way. I'm always happy to do that, so here goes: When you created your Virtual Assistance practice, chances are some of the reasons you did it were: more freedom, more control, more time with friends and family, more choices. In short, you wanted to have your work contribute to your living a terrific life.

2015 158

5 Life Lessons From Running Your First Marathon

Dumb Little Man

Running a marathon is for people who are either crazy, or ridiculously fit….right? right? Well, so I thought, until I decided to run one. Was it because I was always interested in sporty and fit? Take that reason, turn it on its head, and that’s where I came in. As a kid, I wasn’t interested in sports. I always got picked last, and I just knew that was my place…I’m sure you know exactly which kid I’m talking about. Hey, maybe you were that kid, too.

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The Rise of the Dependent Contractor

Small Business Labs

It seems like every day there is a new article slamming sharing economy platforms and marketplaces for their labor practices. Recent examples include: NPR's In Sharing Economy, Labor Laws Fall Short  US New's The Not So Nice Sharing Economy. SF Weekly's Codependent Contracting: Couriers Demand App Company Accountability. Former Labor Secretary Robert Reich's How the New Flexible Economy is Making Workers Lives Hell.

2015 156

Calendar Control: How to Organize Your Calendar for Greater Efficiency

Productivity Bits

Anyone who has things to do probably tries to make use of a calendar. Of those calendars, Google calendar online is probably the most versatile. You can set your schedule […] Thank you for subscribing! Please grab my free productivity ebook! If you're not reading this from Productivity Bits - Smart Productivity and GTD Hacks , please read the original post here Calendar Control: How to Organize Your Calendar for Greater Efficiency. Thank You! ~

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The ABC of an Epic Friendship: 26 Simple Ways To Be the Best Friend Ever

Dumb Little Man

I grew up in a broken home. It was 1999 when my father left and it’s been more than a decade since the last time I saw him. When I was in grade school, I was teased and bullied for being “fat” Then came high school when we struggled financially because my mother had difficulty finding a stable job. College happened and I got my heart broken over and over in ways I had never imagined possible. Through all this, my friends stick with me and never left me hanging in the air.

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The Appification of Small Business

Small Business Labs

The Appification of Small Business is a new research report from Intuit shows the extent to which small businesses have moved to the cloud, a trend they forecasting to continue (disclosure: Emergent Research contributed to this report).

2015 155

Well, this is embarrassing…

Simple Productivity Blog

This is a pretty spectacular illustration that I don’t always have it together. I have overextended myself…I knew I was doing it, but told myself that if I just worked a little bit harder, I could still keep everything moving along, and no one would know the difference. Right. (<- read this with sarcasm) The […]. The post Well, this is embarrassing… appeared first on Simple Productivity Blog. More great content can be found on the site at Simple Productivity Blog.,

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Planning music for business events

Practically Perfect PA

All business events, from client socials and staff parties to corporate awards dinners, benefit from a considered soundtrack. When it comes to organising a work event, the expectation for the music extends beyond your a personal playlist. Your selection of band or DJ, scheduling for the event and the invited attendees all need to be co-ordinated. Get it right and it will be a runaway success and raise the bar for future events.

2015 138

5 Ways to Help Get Out of Debt

Dumb Little Man

Everything is becoming too instantaneous in this world these days, with the advancement of technology. Things like instant coffee, instant food, instant relationships, instant credit and what not? Gone are the days where you order for something and wait patiently for weeks or months before you could actually lay your hands on it. The more instantaneous everything in life becomes, the more humongous is the trouble that comes along with it.

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Seth Godin's Freelancer Course

Small Business Labs

I can't imagine any clearer signal that the freelance economy is happening than having one of the most successful business authors of past decade or so - Seth Godin - release a training class on becoming a freelancer. The class is available on Udemy at a cost of $57.   According to an interview with Godin on the Gaping Void blog , here's reason he's done this course: This is the golden age for freelancers. More opportunities, more tools, more leverage than ever before.

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Gain Their Loyalty. Stop Giving Them What They Want.

Tips From T. Marie

We all know that loyal clients, customers, readers, etc. are the bread and butter of whatever endeavor you happen to be embarking on. Bloggers want readers to become fans, retailers want customers to become repeat customers, and service businesses want clients to remain loyal and maybe even refer them to others. And just how are we supposed to get that type of loyalty? Many experts will tell you that you have to give them what they want.

2015 135

The Future of the Administrative Profession

Office Dynamics

The Future of the Administrative Profession – Surviving or Thriving? By Joan Burge, Founder and CEO, Office Dynamics International. Changing the Lives of Administrative Professionals Since 1990. It’s important to recognize the difference between surviving and thriving, because the key to success is available to those who successfully manage to cross the bandwidth between the two.

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4 Tips for Finding a Great Pre-Owned Diamond

Dumb Little Man

There is a common misconception surrounding pre-owned diamonds. Some people think of them like used cars, as if use and age greatly affect their value. But a diamond doesn’t have an odometer, and although there can be a price difference between new and pre-owned diamonds, the quality and value of a diamond do not diminish over time. Let me put it this way: A diamond isn’t going to break down after 200,000 miles, so you don’t have to worry about the fact that it was previously owned.

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Technology of the week:

Practically Perfect PA

What is Wisestamp is a download with gives users a rich HTML editor that creates signatures with links, colors, images, and formatting, plus links to users favorite social network profiles. What does it do? Wisestamp is available for individuals using Gmail, Hotmail and other personal email systems. It is also available for businesses that want all employees to use the same signature on their email communications.

2015 130

5 Apps You Can Use Right Now to Become More Eco-Friendly

Eco-Office Gals

It’s easy to talk about eco-friendliness. We’ve all been doing it for decades. Some of us haven’t moved beyond adding a recycle bin for plastic and aluminum. Even that is no great boast in states like Oregon, that require such measures. Some have taken it a step further by making home improvements such as adding solar panels, ceiling fans, and low-flow shower heads. This is a significant step. The environment thanks you for taking it seriously.

2015 116

5 Steps Towards a Much Needed Break

Office Dynamics

Guest Post by Adam Timm, Speaker at 2015 Annual Conference for Administrative Excellence. Regular breaks are a great way to stay positive and uplifted throughout the day… you’re not working through your breaks, are you? Does this sound like you? – You normally work through your break periods. – You eat your meals at your desk or miss lunch entirely. – You head into work early and you leave too late. – You bring work home at night and sometimes over the weekends.

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5 Creative Contemporary Beer Pairings

Dumb Little Man

While I won’t be covering nearly every possible beer combination, hopefully these pairings will spark an ingenious idea for your next gathering. If you want to make yourself some hor d’oeuvres while in your PJs that’s totally okay too. Don’t know which beers to choose? Choosing a great beer can be intimidating even for a more experienced beer drinker. If you are new to the beer world or just want to break out from your usual comfort zone – don’t’ fret!

2015 209

How to Hire More Innovative Thinkers

On The Job

Edward D. Hess, author of “ Learn or Die ,” is interviewed by Anita Bruzzese about how individuals and organizations can change their attitudes and practices to embrace more critical and innovative thinking. He discusses a roadmap into how companies can use science to build leading-edge learning organizations. AB: You note in the book that becoming a learner – whether it’s as an individual or an organization – is much more complicated than just learning to think better and make better decisions.

2015 165

Top 10 Reasons to Hire an Organizer

Clutter Coach

by Originally posted 2011-08-09 10:40:47. Republished by Blog Post Promoter Is getting organized on your to-do list? You’re not alone. Unfortunately, for most folks, it just stays on the to-do list, year after year. See if any of these scenarios sounds familiar. If they do, I can help. You want to have guests over without stashing things in the bathtub and praying no one looks behind the shower curtain.

2015 109

Growing New Habits

Office Dynamics

Good morning and welcome to the last week of April. Brian Tracy is a favorite author, speaker, and consultant who I have admired for two decades. I’d like to share something with you that he said and then build upon it. Success is 95% habit. Successful people are those who have developed good habits and follow them over and over. Unsuccessful people have poor habits or don’t have good habits. If you develop good habits, they become automatic.

2015 154

Spelling and Pronunciation

Daily Writing Tips

Posts on the topic of pronunciation usually provoke a lot of attention, often drawing heated defenses of one pronunciation over another and suggesting that only one can ever be “correct.” In fact, “correct” pronunciation differs from century to century and from region to region. Words are affected by pronunciation changes of two kinds: 1. Changes that have taken centuries to develop, the kind that have transformed Old English into the English spoken today.

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4 Pitfalls of Workplace Friendships -- and How to Fix Them

On The Job

Most of us develop friendships at work, but sometimes these relationships go off the rails. When that happens, it's often a slippery slope because having a disagreement with a friend at work can cause you professional problems, as well. Andrea Bonior, a licensed psychologist, offers some potential friendship pitfalls and how to deal with them in her book, "Friendship Fix." Among her tips: 1. Your friend is using something in your personal life against you at work.

2015 133

How To End This Month (And Start The Next Month) Right


There are certain aspects of the calendar that I really appreciate , and the end of the month is one of them. Even more so than the end of the calendar year (which – as I’ve written about – doesn’t hold as much significance for me), the end of the month is a time where I can get set for the next 30 or so days while looking back at the 30 days prior. I start and end my days the same way and over the past few months, I’ve done the same with a calendar month.

2015 77

What learning method do you prefer? Webinar or Podcast

Office Dynamics

We’ve been having a great time with you this year as we introduced free monthly webinars. We’re curious, do you prefer learning via a webinar or podcast? Don’t worry, we aren’t doing away with the webinars but we wonder if adding a podcast in the future would be something that you would use? Please take our poll and comment below to share your input with us. Webinar or Podcast Poll. The post What learning method do you prefer?

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Punctuation Review #6: The Despised Semicolon

Daily Writing Tips

A friend whose novel is in the works for publication has been told by her editor that “publishers hate semicolons.”. Wondering if this were a common attitude, I did a little exploring. Apparently writers, if not publishers, have harbored strong feelings about this punctuation mark for some time: With educated people, I suppose, punctuation is a matter of rule; with me it is a matter of feeling. But I must say I have a great respect for the semicolon; it’s a useful little chap. Abraham Lincoln.

2015 85

Maybe You Got Some Kind Of Superpowers

Brilliantly Better

Last week Bia, my daughter, caught chickenpox. And, because of that, she had to stay in isolation for a week. So, here I am, spending … The post Maybe You Got Some Kind Of Superpowers appeared first on Dragos Roua. Personal Development

2015 74

Guitars, Growth, and Self-Assessment


This past weekend I decided to purchase a guitar. I’ve been thinking about it picking up the instrument for a while. What finally convinced me was hearing an interview with Grammy Award winner Steve Martin talk about learning to play the banjo. You could just hear the passion and excitement in his voice when he talked about playing music. I was convinced. I bought a guitar the next day. Years ago, I once tried to play the guitar when I was younger.

2015 77

Thank you for joining our Admin Blog-a-thon, what’s next?

Office Dynamics

Wow, what a fabulous April! Did you have the most incredible Administrative Professionals’ Week this year? Here’s a recap of just some of the amazing things that went on this year in celebration of you, Administrative Professionals: Executive Secretary Magazine sent out daily gifts from a variety of organizations specifically for administrative professionals learning benefit. IAAP teamed up with Staples to #CelebrateAdmins.

2015 116

Unctuous, A Humpty Dumpty Word

Daily Writing Tips

A reader alerted me to a new use of the word unctuous that has escaped me until now: When did “unctuous” start having a positive connotation? Watch any cooking show lately and it’s likely you’ll hear someone describe a dish as “unctuous,” as if that’s a good thing. Many celebrity chefs seem to now use the word to suggest a dish is rich, smooth, or maybe even creamy.”. Like the reader, my reaction to hearing the adjective unctuous applied to food is one of disbelief and gagging repugnance.

2015 81

We’re Gods. Really.

Brilliantly Better

Today I woke up with a feeling of soreness. It was like my entire body was stiff and I could barely move around. But this … The post We’re Gods. Really. appeared first on Dragos Roua. Personal Development

2015 70

This computer programming principle may be the key to unlocking entrepreneurial success 

The Shrink for Entrepreneurs

Apologies for the radio silence lately – I haven’t been missing-in-action, but simply enthralled and digging in deep with the work we’re doing over at Commit Action. Turns out, scaling a coaching service to thousands of entrepreneurs becomes statistically fascinating. If you could see some of what we’re uncovering – trends, tendencies, cognitive biases – and what it suggests about the nature of entrepreneur success, you’d be stuck in the bat cave with me too!

2015 67

How to Rewrite Old Content and Make It New Again

Men With Pens

Click here to read the full article →Another rocking post from Men With Pens! How to Rewrite Old Content and Make It New Again first appeared on Men With Pens Copyright 2006 — 2015, [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]. Better Writing

2015 66

Whom: More Than A Matter of Grammar

Daily Writing Tips

A reader browsing the DWT site reacted disdainfully to the use of who as an object in a DWT post about letter writing: With all due respect, if you’re going to give advice, not only on content but on grammar, surely you need to double and triple-check that what you write is correct.

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The Key to Success in The Hospitality Industry

Small Business CEO

The hospitality industry is very attractive to those who are looking for career progression and plenty of opportunities. However, you need to be aware that it is also quite difficult to succeed and you do need to be prepared to work hard. There are so many factors that can affect how well the industry does so you need to know your market and be prepared to adapt as necessary. What elements does a successful hospitality business have?

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