2012

7 Gratitude Secrets Every Pessimist Should Know

Dumb Little Man

If there was ever a time in history to be a pessimist, it’s today. The economy is terrible, gas prices are insane, and natural disasters seem to be increasing exponentially every year. There’s plenty of uncertainty in the air these days , so in order to not be disappointed or let down, we assume the worst. It’s good not to give your hopes up, right? Better to be pleasantly surprised than to be sadly disappointed, some would say.

2012 219

Why Pinterest is No Longer of Great Interest

Virtual Moxie

An extra smackeral from me this week--about something I felt so strongly about that I didn't want to wait to share it till next week. I admit, I love Pinterest. I love how it’s been a place of pure attraction. And I have been a super-avid Pinner. But when the Boston Business Journal decided to stop using Pinterest out of fear it could be sued for infringing Copyright, I decided to take my own deeper look. Deep thanks to my fabulous client, Jude Rush, for sharing the BBJ decision with me!

2012 219
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Tips on good minute taking

Practically Perfect PA

Pin It. As we all know writing minutes is a basic skill for assistants and we have probably written more over the years than Stephen King has writing novels. I had a job a few years back that provided support for twelve Committees who had four meetings a year, which meant I was writing a set of minutes practically every week.

2012 218

7 Habits of Highly Unproductive People

Simple Productivity Blog

Mondays are productivity days at SimpleProductivity blog. We’ve all heard about the habits of productive people. But productivity is as much about what you don’t do as what you do. Here are 7 Habits of Highly Unproductive People. Do any sound familiar? Procrastination. Why do it today if you can put it off? Procrastination takes its toll in the stress to complete things under deadline, plus the lack of time to do quality work.

2012 218

Top 10 Signs Coworking is Growing Up

Small Business Labs

The recent Global Coworking Unconference Conference left many with the same impression it did Shareable's Neil Gorenflo - that " coworking's all grow'd up "   GigaOm's Jessica Stillman echoes this view, writing in her article The conversion to coworking 2.0 continues : "Coworking, it seems, is growing up and moving out of its original geographic and industry-specific enclaves, penetrating the consciousness of more mainstream institutions."

2012 216

CleanWell: Review and Giveaway

Eco-Office Gals

With summer hitting us with record breaking heat daily, and the kids home everyday it’s been a rough time around here. The kids are in the house most of the day to stay out of the heat, eating me out of house and home, getting crumbs and grubby finders everywhere. Cleaning is a full-time job in itself! Ever since my baby girls 10 day hospital stay a few summers ago, I have a hard time sticking with greener cleaning options.

2012 213

How to Deal with an Overwhelming Workload

Eat Your Career

It’s a common complaint: I’ve got too much work and not enough time to do it all. Considering the alternative (no work at all!), you’re in a decent position. That doesn’t make it any easier to handle though. So let’s talk about ways to manage this overwhelming workload without losing your cool. Note: All of these topics are explored in much greater depth in my Get Productive Now! Boot Camp program. Learn more about it here >> Set Limits.

2012 212

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Five Reasons Why Attending Live Events is a Must

Step It Up VA Coaching

by Donna Toothaker. For those who work virtually, and even some who don’t, we can easily get stuck in a comfort zone of learning and networking solely by email, phone, teleclasses, and internet and don’t always find a way to get out to a live marketing, networking, or educational event or workshop. And there’s SO much more that one can get out of a live event that you can’t get from online networking and learning.

2012 201

10 ways to improve your public speaking

Ian's Messy Desk

According to The Book of Lists , the fear of public speaking ranks number one in the minds of the majority of people. Far above the fear of death and disease comes the fear of standing in front of a crowd. I was a member of Toastmasters for a number of years. I enjoyed the applause and after effects of successful speeches, but I hated the nerves and stress that went with the delivery. It goes without saying, great content can be ruined by poor delivery. Okay, I said it.)

2012 196

Becoming A Better Person With Stephen Covey’s 7 Habits

Productivity Bits

The 7 Habits means many different things to different people, depending on their perspective in life. A businessman would look at it as principles to live by in running his business. A farmer would look at it probably in the same fashion, principles to live by, but through different lens. Thank you for subscribing to my full RSS feed! Please grab my free productivity ebook! Personal Development 7 habits 7 habits of highly effective people stephen covey

2012 183

Stop Being Offended Today: The Cure For Everything That Irritates You

Dumb Little Man

There is an epidemic spreading across the world. And I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but we’re all carriers of the disease. It’s called Offend-initis, a skin condition whereby the thickness of our skin melts away to the point where everything offends us. Symptoms may include: hurt feelings, indignation, irritability, disappointment, grumpiness and an all-around allergic reaction to anyone who says or does something we don’t like. Fortunately, there is a cure.

2012 219

Business Success Lessons I've Learned (Part 1)

Virtual Moxie

AssistU is 15 years old this year. And just more than a week ago, in Minneapolis at our annual Homecoming/Community Recognition Awards event (think spirited family reunion meets Academy Awards and you’ll have a sense of what it’s like), we had a small party in my suite to celebrate. Most everyone came—we had amazing Ho-Ho cake from Key’s at the Foshay , drank champagne, laughed and cried and absolutely celebrated this thing we all love—AssistU.

2012 204

How do assistants get promoted?

Practically Perfect PA

Pin It. Here is a brief history of my career to date – After University I landed my first job as a Team Administrator at Deloitte, after a year and a half I left to join the Institute of Chartered Accountants where again I worked as an Administrator and Assistant to a department manager. Having worked in that position for a few years I was promoted to Account Manager and then a few years later made redundant.

Increase Your Productivity By Touching It Once

Simple Productivity Blog

Mondays are productivity days at SimpleProductivity blog. One of the underlying fundamentals of productivity is to only expend as much energy as necessary, but no more. Yet most of us break this principle many times every day. It’s because we touch things more than once. An Inefficient Strategy. Let’s say you have an email that arrives. You read the email, then decide you need to answer it. But then you notice there are other emails in your inbox, so you go on to read those.

2012 206

Top Ten Small Business Trends for 2012

Small Business Labs

Below is our fifth annual Top 10 Small Business Trends list.    Links to our prior lists are available here.      Our overall economic outlook is for continued moderate growth with U.S. GDP increasing 2.5%-3.0%.    While we expect hiring and the job market to improve, unemployment will remain high, finishing the year around 8%.    Social Trends.   1. 

2012 207

ZeroWater Review & Giveaway {2 Winners}

Eco-Office Gals

I recently had the opportunity to try out the Zerowater system. Zerowater is a water filtration pitcher, with a twist. It comes with a tester for your water – called s TDS (Total Dissolved Solids) tester. The TDS meter helps put a number on what your taste buds already tell you about what’s in water. The higher the reading on the water, the more things dissolved in water. It shows the total number of detectable dissolved solids.

2012 206

How to Manage (and Minimize) Workplace Interruptions

Eat Your Career

One of the most common complaints I hear has to do with something that is so fundamentally a part of the modern workplace, it’s almost impossible to avoid. Yes, I’m talking about the dreaded interruption. We all have to deal with it, though admittedly, some have it worse than others. A client of mine recently shared her very frustrating situation. You see, due to the office layout, her desk was out in the open, right by the front door, making her a sitting duck.

2012 212

How A Simple Email Signature Can Get You More Clients

Office Organization Success

Whenever you receive an email from me you will ALWAYS see my contact information at the bottom and know exactly how you can get in touch with me. You will see: My name. My company’s name. My telephone and fax number. My email address (with an active hyperlink). My website address (with an active hyperlink). And an active hyperlink to the signup page of my newsletter. But do you have all of your contact information on the bottom of all of your emails? If not, why?

2012 206

Do You Respect Your Own Time?

Step It Up VA Coaching

by Donna Toothaker. When it comes right down to it, our most valuable business resource is our time. If you’re like me, you have created systems and outsourced certain tasks so you can make the most of the time you have doing the most important things (like building and marketing your business). This has allowed you to ultimately work less for more, and spend more time with your loved ones, and doing things you love.

2012 165

How to be an Organized Student

Ian's Messy Desk

Starting tomorrow, students in Canada will change from a relaxed summer schedule to the structured program of school and other activities. The key to success in achieving your academic goals is good organization and time management. As you head back to school, here are a series of tips that can help students get organized: Improve your work habits. In class. Have all the materials you need: pen, sharpened pencil, paper, etc. Listen carefully to your teacher.

2012 193

Expand Your Wi-Fi Signal At Home And Make Your Internet Faster

Productivity Bits

S ometimes being productive means having the right tools at the right time. Sometimes having the right tools means having to shell out extra dollars just to get them. I wanted to do stuff over the internet when I am at home during the weekend. Being productive for me also means I have time to do things that I like to do on the side. I have a laptop that I use for everything I do online. I basically run my blog off my trusty, old laptop. I have a decent internet connection around my house.

2012 180

14 Action Inducing Lessons from Benjamin Franklin

Dumb Little Man

Benjamin Franklin was a man of action. Over his lifetime, his curiosity and passion fueled a diverse range of interests. He was a writer (often using a pseudonym), publisher, diplomat, inventor and one of the Founding Fathers of the United States. His inventions included the lightning rod, bifocals and the Franklin stove.

2012 220

Can't Afford Me? That's 100% You.

Virtual Moxie

In a conversation I had yesterday with a group of my Ultimate VA members at AssistU , we talked about when clients decide to move on, stating money problems as their issue. There was a fairly general consensus that they (the VAs) tend to say things to themselves like, “What could I have done to prevent this for them? Could I have done something better, or differently? Should we have considered this program/tool/service/marketing method over what we did choose?

2012 199

How to organise your office and keep it that way!

Practically Perfect PA

Pin It. A few years ago I worked in a department with a dozen or so Project Managers who were all highly qualified Six Sigma professionals. They were a great bunch to be a round and during my time there I did learn a lot about the dark art of project management! Many of the department’s projects aimed to improve the business and eliminate wasted time, effort and general errors.

2012 212

Contest: Win Wonderful Day And Save Your Habits!

Simple Productivity Blog

Fridays are tip days at SimpleProductivity blog. With the holiday season just about upon us, it is very easy for good habits to go right out the window. Or perhaps you need to establish a good habit to get you through. Wonderful Days, the software that lets you “trend” your habits, can be a good tool to help. It will help you keep track of how often you have met your goal of doing something. I find that I do things just so I don’t have to break the chain.

2012 206

Gen Y Delaying Adulthood

Small Business Labs

Those old enough to remember Alice Cooper will also remember his song Eighteen.  Released in 1970, it's about the confusing yet hopeful period of life when you realize you're becoming an adult.   If Alice wrote the song today, he would likely title it Twenty-Eight , or at least that's what the results of Clarke University's poll of emerging adults indicates.

2012 194

Integrating Eco-friendly Practices Into the Business Sector

Eco-Office Gals

In the business sector, there are a lot of trends that come and go. One trend that appears to be here to stay is an emphasis on green or eco-friendly practices. Many businesses are putting more of an emphasis on green practices, and these practices help their bottom line and the environment at the same time. This begs the question: what kinds of green-behaviors are businesses doing, and how are they helping? Eliminating Paper.

2012 179

Is Your Job Getting You Down? Job Happiness Quiz

Eat Your Career

I once read an interesting statistic about how work effects overall life happiness. It basically said that a good job won’t make you happy, but a bad job will make you unhappy. I think this says a lot about how we view jobs. If we hate our work, that frustration and annoyance rules our lives. If we like it, it sometimes goes unnoticed. Think about all the people who quit their jobs thinking that it’s just work that’s bringing them down – only to find that they’re just as unhappy in another job.

2012 202

5 Strategies for a Super Follow Up System

Office Organization Success

Having a super-duper follow-up system in place is a critical, if not the critical, system you need to grow and build your business. Let me ask you…. When you have a client consultation and you ask the client to work with you, and they say something like: I need to think about it; Not yet; Can I get back to you? What system do you have in place to follow-up with them and turn them into a paying client?

2012 200

Weed Out Low Paying Clients

Step It Up VA Coaching

by Donna Toothaker. As a VA, one of your most valuable assets is your passion for helping people, and one of the great sources of job satisfaction is seeing your clients happy and their businesses growing. Yes, most VAs are ‘helpful’ in nature and we want to do what we can for people. But are you doing too much, for too little? If you are holding on to low paying clients, you are hindering your own business growth. Time to tend your garden, and do some weeding!

2012 157

4 Basic Types of Speeches

Ian's Messy Desk

The four basic types of speeches are: to inform, to instruct, to entertain, and to persuade. These are not mutually exclusive of one another. You may have several purposes in mind when giving your presentation. For example, you may try to inform in an entertaining style. Another speaker might inform the audience and try to persuade them to act on the information.

2012 190

How Much Is An Idea Worth

Productivity Bits

E piphany. Eureka. How much is an idea worth? It is virtually worth nothing. Really. The great products we see today are brought forth by some kind of thinking process. We call them concepts. Or imagination. Dream. Before we see products, a thought process must take place. But how important is an idea? If we are to put a tag price to a very important idea, how valuable is that idea in dollar terms?

2012 175

12 Techniques to Help You Live a Happy and Fulfilled Life

Dumb Little Man

It seems that everything comes in a list format nowadays. Wash, Rinse, and Repeat” or “Open box, Remove Contents, Try and Assemble”. Maybe it is because when we see things in a list format our brain interprets them as a set of instructions - rules that must be followed. The proliferation of articles about happiness as of late has been astonishing. Everybody is coming up with the magic formula for finding happiness.

2012 219

Ten Things To Consider When Assessing The Fit Between You And A Prospective Client

Virtual Moxie

As you build or grow your virtual practice, choosing clients will be one of the most exciting and difficult things you'll have to do. So we offer this list of 10 for you to think through as you move through the process. Am I moved and excited by the client's work and personality (do I like who the person seems to be)? If you're not absolutely jazzed by both, the relationship isn't worth pursuing because it will end up being a huge energy drain for you later on.

2012 187

Tips on good minute taking

Practically Perfect PA

As we all know writing minutes is a basic skill for assistants and we have probably written more over the years than Stephen King has writing novels. I had a job a few years back that provided support for twelve Committees who had four meetings a year, which meant I was writing a set of minutes practically every week. As you can imagine I got quite good at bashing out minutes without much thought behind them but no matter how easy I found writing the minutes the process still took forever.

2012 207

The Cat Guide To Productivity

Simple Productivity Blog

Mondays are productivity days at SimpleProductivity blog. I am lucky to share my house with two cats. Felines are independent creatures who do exactly what they want. Mine tolerate my presence as a means to fill the food bowl and turn on the heated mattress pad for their lounging pleasure. I was recently trying to get some work done, and there was one cat on my lap and the other one on the desk draping her legs over my forearm as I tried to type.

2012 199

Food Trucks = Business Model Innovation

Small Business Labs

The gourmet food truck craze sweeping the nation is a classic example of business model innovation.   And the response from brick and mortar restaurants is a classic example of how incumbent industry participants tend to respond - by using their political power to try and fend off the innovative new firms.   Business model innovation refers to taking a new approach to an existing business or industry.

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