2011

Interns (& Internships) ROCK!

ProAssisting Blog

I know, I know… ProAssisting is a blog and on-line learning environment for assistants… and it is but before one becomes an assistant, they usually have had some experience working as an intern. Basically, we believe, interns and internships rock and that anyone in college (and even high school) should be interning during summer breaks and potentially during semesters when they have a break in their schedule. But why? What’s the point?

7 Secrets to Making This Year the Best Year Ever

Dumb Little Man

It’s the time of year when goals are made and abandoned a few weeks later. Will you be one of them, or will you set goals that have the power to change your life? Not achieving what you set out to do means you’ll yet again fail to move toward the life you desire, which leads to nothing but regret. Inertia can be difficult to overcome, but something you may overlook is the influence from friends, parents, and society in general. Often what you believe you want is not what you want at all.

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The Benefits of Renting Office Space

Productivity Bits

O wning a building gives people the freedom to do anything they would like with their property, but this doesn’t always benefit every business owner. Sometimes, renting office space offers business owners more benefits than owning. Renting Means Flexibility . When people rent their office space rather than purchase, they are not forced to remain in one place.

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31 Ways To Recycle Your Home Waste

Eco-Office Gals

Recycling begins in the home. If every person starts recycling home waste, we’ll be that much closer to a cleaner planet. However, recycling has to become part of your daily routine, a part of your home care. Here are 31 great methods to recycle home waste. Make Recycling A Part Of Your Life. Keep a recycling container next to your bin; this makes it easier to collect recyclable items.

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How to Have a Positive Attitude at Work (While Still Being Yourself)

Eat Your Career

My former co-worker (let’s call her “Ruth”) always saw the negative in everything. When an idea was presented, she was the first one to say, “That won’t work.” Fair enough. But she never offered alternatives. She never looked for solutions. She never, ever gave anything or anyone the benefit of the doubt. Ruth was an absolute nightmare to work with. I understand that some people are just naturally more positive than others.

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Gmail Email Management: Create Filters and Labels for Quick and Easy Email Organization

Office Organization Success

We all know that email is a huge source of overwhelm for many solopreneurs, and also one of the biggest time drains. However, email is essential to a solopreneur’s success, so you have to find a way of organizing your emails. If organized properly you’ll quickly and easily be able to: Focus on the top priority emails first. Skim your emails and see which ones need your attention. Get quick and easy access.

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Coworking at a Growth Inflection Point

Small Business Labs

Coworking facilities - shared, collaborative workspaces - are rapidly gaining traction as a work location option.    This is illustrated by several clear signals. Web traffic and activity related to coworking continues to surge.    The chart below shows the number of Google search hits for the term "coworking"   Yes, you don't want to read too much into Google search data, but we've found it to be a good indicator of trend directions.

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How to Praise Good Performance

Ian's Messy Desk

You should remember that, as a supervisor, you’ll always get what you reward. if you ignore good behaviour, you may lose it and perhaps a good employee as well. While this may appear to be common sense, it is far from common practice. We like to be recognized for doing good work. We crave praise , but do not always like to give praise. One of your jobs as manager is to make sure you give out praise as often as possible.

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How I Stay Productive

Virtual Moxie

Today, a question of a very concrete nature submitted to Pick Anastacia’s Brain , from Jacqui, a VA in Alabama, who wrote: Anastacia, as I look around, I see you everywhere. You’re in social media, blogging in at least two places, guesting on talk shows, coaching, leading classes and retreats, speaking at telesummits, reworking your entire virtual training program, writing a BOOK, and I want to know how you do it. I’m specifically wondering if you will share with me your best productivity tips?

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Personal Assistant Super Powers!

Practically Perfect PA

Every PA / EA has a set of skills that enable them to do their job well, senior staff might not notice these unique attributes but we should and more importantly we should know how to use them to the best of our abilities. Assistants are the superheroes of the office, possessing extraordinary superhuman powers, their skills can go unnoticed until there comes a time when they are called upon to help protect their colleagues! So what type of powers do we possess…? Flexibility.

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Some Useful Links

ProAssisting Blog

Believe it or not, we are not the only website out there dedicated to career development, job searching and work/life balance. I know, crazy, right?

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Are You Making These 7 Productivity Mistakes?

Dumb Little Man

You want to get things done. You're keen to be efficient and effective. Productivity" is your favorite word – and you're working really hard at it. The problem is, if you're going about being productive the wrong way, you might just be setting yourself up to fail. These are seven common mistakes that people make when they're trying to be more productive. Do any of them sound familiar?

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The Benefits of Chair Massage Therapy in the Workplace

Productivity Bits

Copyright © 2011 Productivity Bits. Visit the original article at [link]. Guest Post. I f a company is full of unhappy employees, there is a distinct possibility that the business is not thriving as it should. But how is an employer supposed to placate employees without blowing the bank? In response to this prevalent problem, businesses are more frequently turning to some form of massage therapy provided during regular work hours.

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3rd Annual GMW Earth Day Giveaway 2011

Eco-Office Gals

Let’s get this party started! Earth Day (Month) is here and Eco-Office Gals wants to get as many people as possible on board to grow a little greener. If you’ve been wanting to, trying to, thinking about growing a little greener there’s no better time to do it then now! We don’t want to make you go it alone either. We have once again reached out to our great green cyberspace friends to bring you green products to Green Your World!

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It’s Not My Job: The Attitude That’s Killing Your Career

Eat Your Career

This article is the second in a 10-part series on the topic of overcoming career-limiting habits. In a recent study identifying the most common career-limiting habits , “It’s Not My Job” came in second place. This attitude is so prevalent in the workplace and, if you’ve ever worked with a person like this, you know how frustrating it can be. This is not the mindset of a team player.

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Gmail Email Management: Create Filters and Labels for Quick and Easy Email Organization

Office Organization Success

We all know that email is a huge source of overwhelm for many solopreneurs, and also one of the biggest time drains. However, email is essential to a solopreneur’s success, so you have to find a way of organizing your emails. If organized properly you’ll quickly and easily be able to: Focus on the top priority emails first. Skim your emails and see which ones need your attention. Get quick and easy access.

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Top 10 Small Business Trends for 2011

Small Business Labs

Continuing our annual tradition, below is our Top 10 Small Business Trends list for 2011.    To see our past lists, click on the year: 2010 , 2009 , 2008.    Our overall economic outlook is for continued moderate growth with U.S. GDP increasing 3%-3.5%.    While we expect hiring and the job market to improve, unemployment will remain stubbornly high, finishing the year around 9.2%.    Economic.

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30 Productive Things To Do In Under 1 Minute

Simple Productivity Blog

Mondays are productivity days at SimpleProductivity blog. At Your Desk. Throw Away some paper you don’t need. Check your pens to make sure they work. Reload your stapler. Delete 10 emails. File 10 emails. Cancel 1 meeting you don’t need to be at. Clean your computer monitor. Remove everything from your desktop you don’t use daily. Make a list of needed office supplies. In Your Bathroom. Replenish your toilet paper stock. Discard unused soaps and shampoos from the shower.

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75 Reasons to Volunteer

Ian's Messy Desk

I posted the following list a few years ago. However, given natural disasters being dealt with in North America and around the world, I thought it would be beneficial to re-post these reasons to volunteer. Here in Alberta , wildfires have forced the evacuation of communities. In the most extreme case, the town of Slave Lake has be evacuated of its 7,000 residents. Thirty percent of the town has been burned and people are living in evacuations centres.

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Life will never pass you by as long as.

Virtual Moxie

I’ve talked, at different points in time, about how certain business behaviors can put you on—and keep you on—a gerbil wheel in constant motion. This weekend, especially, I was noticing how many tweets and FB updates and blog posts I saw that make it sound like constant motion is THE thing to work toward.THE way to get a successful life. They don’t say that, exactly, but I'm not sure whatever other message a person can take away from things like: 1. Be a fanatic. Give life everything you’ve got.

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AZVAs the Podcast: Transitioning from employment to self-employment

Loosely Speaking

Season 2/Episode 11 Program Notes. Scroll to the bottom of this page and click on the “AZVAs the Podcast&# link to listen to the episode now. iPod users can find the episode in the podcast directory at the iTunes Store. Here’s that link ! A portion of this episode was recorded live at Olde World Bagels & Market (here’s their Facebook page ) in Prescott Arizona. In recent months, we asked you to share with us your questions about transitioning to self-employment.

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Travel Itineraries

Practically Perfect PA

A well organised travel itinerary is an essential service that assistants can provide for their managers. Think about all the different bits of paper you have to keep with you – tickets, hotel details, travel guides. Well along with the usual stresses of travelling your boss also has to attend meetings and act professionally when in many cases they are dealing with jet lag and the continuous business activities back in the UK office.

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Trying to Improve Your Willpower is a HUGE Mistake - Here's What to Do Instead

Dumb Little Man

When we're failing to reach our goals, we often blame a lack of willpower: I've gotta try harder. If only I could stay focused. I need to be more determined. I have to be self-disciplined. The problem is, willpower alone won't get you far. You know that, really; you've seen the times in your own life when you tried to be determined and self-disciplined. but when you still failed to reach your goal. Maybe you tried to lose weight – but ended up scoffing junk food every evening.

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6 Things The Navy SEAL Team Six Can Teach Us About Getting Things Done

Productivity Bits

Copyright © 2011 Marlon Ribunal. Visit the original article at [link]. Post written by Marlon Ribunal. Follow me on t witte r. Ten years of intelligence gathering. Two major wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Thousands of lives have been sacrificed. Millions of dollars have been spent on logistics and fighting the wars offshore. Osama bin Laden is dead. Forty minutes of military operation with surgical precision. High efficiency of operation. And Justice has been done.

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Giveaway: Like Eco-Office Gals Win Studiopress!

Eco-Office Gals

It’s no secret that I have fallen in favor of the StudioPress Genesis Theme Framework and child themes over the past year and have been working nearly exclusively with the themes. Eco-Office Gals has been redesigned on the Enterprise Child Theme and I am finally happy – third time IS the charm! StudioPress has been rolling out several new child themes lately, including the Social Eyes Child Theme. One of the great benefits of Social Media is the ability to meet people where they are.

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5 Simple Career Management Tips Everyone Should Follow Starting Now

Eat Your Career

There are a few standard career management tips I recommend to every professional regardless of position, industry, experience level, or future ambitions. These things are super easy to do and they help ensure you’re taking at least a minimally active role in your professional development. No matter how busy you are, there’s just no excuse to ignore these tips. Get started NOW. Keep your resume up-to-date. You never know when opportunity will knock.

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5 Simple Steps to Getting More Clients

Office Organization Success

One of the biggest problems my clients tell me they have is getting more clients – or even getting their first client. And I’m not talking about the number of new subscribers to your list, or the number of customers you can get to purchase your product or home-study program, but the clients that you work with one-on-one.

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For Retirement, 80 May be the New 65

Small Business Labs

We've long been forecasting and writing about the growing trend of Americans working past traditional retirement age.    But even we're surprised by a Wells Fargo survey showing that 75% of Americans plan to work in their retirement years - and 25 percent saying they'll need to work until at least age 80 because they will not have enough money to retire comfortably.    According to a Business Week article on the study, this means 80 is the new 65. 

How To Deal with Clueless People

Simple Productivity Blog

Fridays are tip days at SimpleProductivity blog. We all have experienced them: the people whose boorish behavior shows a callous disregard for everyone around them. They surround us everywhere. I like to think that rather than being malicious, they are just clueless that their actions are affecting other people. Can’t Change Them. I want to point out that even though the behavior infringes on me, there is nothing I can do to make them stop.

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How to Use Evernote: 22 Ways

Ian's Messy Desk

Image via Wikipedia. Yesterday, Evernote announced they had passed ten-million registered users. I don’t know how that stacks up against active users, but I suspect the ratio is high. What is Evernote? If you’re not familiar with Evernote, it’s an application that helps you get organized and remember everything.

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Taking a chance

Virtual Moxie

This chance taking is something some of you probably do pretty easily; so second nature that you may not even think of what you do as anything special. But for those of you who insulate, who don't reach out, who get into your comfort zone and stay there, this post is really for you. In the past couple weeks, I've seen just a HUGE amount of growth in my coaching clients and their practices as a direct result of their taking chances.

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19 Work From Home Success Secrets to Eliminate Distractions & Get More Done!

Stephanie LH Calahan

There are more professionals working out of their home now than ever before. Working out of your home can be a blessing and a curse at the same time. Distractions can come from every corner. Today we will cover 19 tricks or tips to make working from home. work! Create Your Office Space! One of the most important steps I did when creating my business was to create a REAL office space! As many mom-preneurs do, I started from my dining room.

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Participate In the Second-Annual Solopreneur Life End-of-Year Survey

The Solopreneur Life

I invite you to participate in the Second-Annual Solopreneur Life End-of-Year Survey. The anonymous survey will reach just a fraction of solopreneurs, yet I believe the information gathered will advance our knowledge of the state of solopreneurship in the United States and beyond. We all stand to benefit from the info in the survey results. Click here to take The Solopreneur Life 2011 End-of-Year Survey. The survey, which will be conducted using Survey Monkey, consists of 25 questions.

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Whose Goals Are You Really Chasing?

Dumb Little Man

Do you have a big goal for the next year – or perhaps a three-year or five-year plan? You might have a whole bunch of goals, even if you don't call them that – perhaps ranging through things like: Lose weight Make lots of money Get a promotion Study for a new qualification Stop reading for a moment, and think about some of the goals that are currently lodged in your mind – they might be things you've told yourself you "should" do, but you've not made much progress on them.

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How Richard Branson Lives Life By Making Lists

Productivity Bits

Copyright © 2011 Marlon Ribunal. Visit the original article at [link]. Guest Post. I am proud to say that this guest post is from Erik Calonius, an author, former foreign correspondent for the Wall Street Journal and a writer for Fortune. His latest book is “ Ten Steps Ahead “ I n one of your recent posts, Marlon, you advised your readers to keep a notebook with them at all times.

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How to Start a Workplace Garden

Eco-Office Gals

Although you may have never heard of it, workplace gardening has become increasingly popular over the past decade or so. Establishing a garden that employers and employees collectively tend to can promote new relationships and strengthen teamwork within a company. A workplace garden can also provide a sense of wellness among employers and employees, as the emphasis on healthy living is quite strong these days. Starting a workplace garden requires planning, time, and effort between all involved.

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10 Career-Limiting Habits: Are You Guilty?

Eat Your Career

I stumbled upon this great article the other day and I wanted to share it with all of you. According to new research, 97 percent of employees report that they have a Career Limiting Habit (CLH) that keeps them from achieving their potential at work. Here is a list of the Career Limiting Habits identified in the article: 1. Unreliability. 2. “It’s not my job.”. 3. Procrastination. 4. Resistance to change. 5. Negative attitude. 6. Disrespect. 7. Short-term focus.

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