Sat.Dec 26, 2015 - Fri.Jan 01, 2016

This Is What A Side Hustle Can Do For Your Career

Dumb Little Man

Meet Molly. Since graduating college, Molly has worked in the same entry-level position. She’s been waiting patiently for a promotion that will eventually lead her to her dream job. But when she sees the sad state of her bank account each week, Molly worries about how much longer she can hold out. Unfortunately, for many young adults, Molly’s not alone.

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Small Business Trends for 2016

Small Business Labs

Over the past 8 years we've published an annual top 10 small business trends list ( click here to see last year's list and a link to prior years). This year we decided to shake things up a bit. Instead of our usual 10 trends, we're covering 3 broad trend areas. And in addition to trends you should pay attention to, we've add a few technology trends that are getting a lot of hype that we think you can ignore in 2016. The Economy. We're forecasting moderate U.S.

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Decluttering in Depth

Clutter Coach

by Okay, so maybe it is time to declutter than closet. This basic technique works for desktops, drawers, cupboards and any other spots where you keep a lot of stuff together. It’s not for attics or out of the way storage spots where you’re allowed to keep things that are rarely used and off-season clothes. This is for high traffic spots. The idea is that you have to take all the stuff out of where it is now in order to properly sort it.

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Completely Unprepared For The Holidays and What I Did About It

Simple Productivity Blog

OK, I really don’t have a good reason. After all, every calendar I have seen for the past two months has reminded me that the holidays were barreling down on me like a freight train. And yet, I didn’t start my shopping until the 19th, when I was in bed, frantically trying to find things that were Amazon Prime. My cards are still not mailed. Heck, they’re still in the place I put them after last holiday season.

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15 Lessons You Can Learn From Jedi Master Yoda

Dumb Little Man

“Do or do not, there is no try.” Yoda He’s the size of a small dog, green, and talks funny. But he’s also a wise master, and a great warrior. He took the world by surprise in 1980 in The Empire Strikes Back, and has been shaping culture ever since. He may be old, but he’s a badass. He has a fun sense of humor, and he’s a great mentor. Here are some lessons you can learn from one of the greatest Jedi Masters of all time.

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Different Strokes for Different Folks

Laughing all the Way to Work

It's funny how as I have moved through my career from office to office the way I organize myself has changed. When I was at the law firm, I used tasks extensively and had a wait bin where I put things I was waiting on. I had a lot of trigger dates I needed to remember such as when to file a statement of defence after receiving a statement of claim, or putting in a reminder when the mandatory mediation kicked in.

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How to Make New Year's Resolutions

Clutter Coach

by This year, don’t let your New Year’s resolutions be just another list of to do’s that you never get to and feel guilty about. Here are some tips on how to make some resolutions that you can actually keep. Don’t pick too many. Challenging yourself is a great idea, but be kind to yourself too. Keep in mind that a resolutions typically involve major changes in lifestyle and habits, and those don’t occur overnight.

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The Uncomfortable Three Step Truth about Self-Improvement and Why I Finally Gave Up My Dreams For Something Better

Dumb Little Man

I am pathetic. I am a walking (well, maybe not walking), talking cliché. I am one of those people who is so desperate to overcome their own sense of lack that they create some giant obstacle to overcome, or some massive achievement to attain, in order to feel that they might just be worth something. I am an over-compensator; so desperate to feel okay about the fact that I am, in some ways, not as capable as other people that I seek to achieve the impossible.

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Skeleton Staff

Laughing all the Way to Work

During the holidays it is important to have people in the office to keep things going. I like working during this time because you can get so much done that you normally don't have time to do. Here are some of the things I will be doing: Cleaning out my desk drawers - I just started this job a little over a month ago.

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My 2015 Year in Review (and How a Journal Made It Easy to Do)

Productivityist

As I write this, there are 37 hours left in 2015. It’s amazing how quickly the calendar year has flown by. It seems as if each year passes faster than the last. At the end of each calendar year, I like to look back and see where I’ve been and what I’ve done. Thankfully, this is a really easy thing to do because I journal every day. This Friday (January 1) I’ll spend the majority of my day reading my journal entries from 2015.

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The Argentine and Ukraine

Daily Writing Tips

A reader wonders about the phrase “the Argentine”: I often come across the phase “the Argentine” in older books. People are said to “go out to the Argentine” for vacation or business. Mostly, these books are by British authors. I can’t find any information about why Argentina was once called “the Argentine”—what does “Argentine” mean that it would need the definite article?

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How I Brought My Debt Under Control

Dumb Little Man

Sometimes, debt sneaks up on you when you least expect it. You think you’re doing all right, but suddenly, you realize that your debt has spiraled out of control. For me, the wake-up call was realizing that, while my income hadn’t changed, I had more credit card debt, higher payments, and less available money each month. I was struggling. My spending habits were completely out of control. Here’s the good news: I’m a success story.

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Use Subtraction to Add Happiness to Your Life

On The Job

As the new year approaches, it's the time when many of us think about making our lives better. We vow to run a marathon in 2016 (even though our new Nikes have been in the box for six months). We promise to stop relying so much on social media to make connections, and instead will have more one-on-one conversations (even though we can't put down our phones long enough to do it). We state emphatically that we will begin online classes (as soon as find the time to sign up).

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My Three Words for 2016

Productivityist

Over the past few years, I quit making New Year’s resolutions. Instead, I’ve taken to choosing three words as guiding principles for my year. (A A grateful nod to Chris Brogan who pioneered this concept.) I find that when I focus on three target words, I have a more fulfilling and successful work and home life. 2016 is no different. Here are My Three Words from previous years: 2014 – Family, Focus, Forward. 2015 – Generosity, Gratitude, Growth. Now here are My Three Words for 2016…. Harmony.

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Myself Included

Daily Writing Tips

A reader questions my use of the phrase “myself included” in the following extract from a post on who versus that : Many speakers, myself included, feel that who is usually the first choice when the antecedent is human, but recognize that its use is a stylistic choice and not a matter of rule. Sometimes that may be the better choice. Says the reader: I’m wondering about your use of ‘myself’. I would have assumed it should be ‘me included’. Or have I misunderstood the reflexive pronouns?

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Retirement Activities that are Financially Viable

Dumb Little Man

We spend a significant part of our lives focused on our career or jobs and the responsibilities and obligations that come along with it. Post retirement, most folks have to deal with a big chunk of work-free time. Life after retirement can mean a lot of things to a lot of us. It involves a host of changes, which we might or might not want. Some look forward to this phase of life to take it real easy or do all those things that they had planned for their retirement.

The 2 Most Important Things I Did In 2015

Brilliantly Better

At the end of each year I take some time to look back. It’s not an evaluation in the strict sense of the word, but … The post The 2 Most Important Things I Did In 2015 appeared first on Dragos Roua. Personal Development

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The Productivityist Podcast 73: Cal Newport

Productivityist

To ring in 2016, on this episode of the show I speak with my friend Cal Newport, the author of So Good They Can’t Ignore You and his latest effort, Deep Work: Rules for Focused Success in a Distracted World. We talk about the difference between deep and shallow work, why focusing on doing more deep work may not be for everyone, and how you can start to create more time to do deep work. Relevant Links. Excerpt from DEEP WORK by Cal Newport | Medium. Resolve to Live a Deep Life | Cal Newport.

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Radishes and Radicals

Daily Writing Tips

Both words, radish and radical , derive from the Latin word for root ( radix ). The vegetable we call a radish is an edible root. Radical , functioning as both noun and adjective, is used with multiple meanings, depending upon context.

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Eco-Friendly Ways Of Disposing Of Your Electronic Gadgets

Dumb Little Man

Have you recently upgraded to a new phone? Perhaps you have received a new laptop as a gift? Either way, if you have any type of electronic gadget that you no longer use, or that has broken, then you need to make sure you dispose of it in the right way; a way that won’t harm our environment or contribute to polluted air or contaminated land.

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The Verb “To Twit”

Daily Writing Tips

Sometimes being ignorant is not such a bad thing. As widely as I read in all kinds of sources, I was ignorant of what has happened to the verb twit. I knew that it was old-fashioned of me to use it as a synonym for tease , but I like the word. I’d no inkling of the other meanings that are out there. For example, some speakers assign sexual connotations to the word. (I’m I’m not even going there in this post.). The verb twit comes from Old English atwite , “to blame, to reproach.”

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First an Emoji, Now a Suffix

Daily Writing Tips

A writer at Business Inside r begins his report on Merriam-Webster’s “word of the year” by saying, Merriam-Webster’s word of the year is actually a suffix: -ism. Actually, ism has been used as a noun in English since 1680, when a critic referred to Milton as “the great Hieroglyphick of Jesuitism, Puritanism, Quaquerism, and of all Isms from Schism.”.

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Deplete

Daily Writing Tips

A reader questions the following use of depleting : The following headline appeared in Jamaica’s leading newspaper today: “My Savings are depleting. What am I doing wrong?” ” The reader suggests changing “My savings are depleting” to “My savings are being depleted.”. Like the reader, I thought the headline sounded wrong.

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My 2015 Year in Review (and How a Journal Made It Easy to Do)

Productivityist

As I write this, there are 37 hours left in 2015. It’s amazing how quickly the calendar year has flown by. It seems as if each year passes faster than the last. At the end of each calendar year, I like to look back and see where I’ve been and what I’ve done. Thankfully, this is a really easy thing to do because I journal every day. This Friday (January 1) I’ll spend the majority of my day reading my journal entries from 2015.

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Bar vs. Debar

Daily Writing Tips

A reader asks, Could you perhaps elaborate on the use of the verbs “bar” and “debar” in the sense of “exclude from”? The sources available to me are not clear in this instance. Both verbs are figurative expressions that derive from a use of the object called a bar : “a straight piece of wood, metal, or other rigid material, long in proportion to its thickness.” Bars are used to limit the ability of people or animals to enter or leave an area. As a verb, bar has these uses: 1.

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