2010

8 Reasons Why You Should Work for a Tough Boss

ProAssisting Blog

When we say work for a tough boss, we're not necessarily saying someone like the Kevin Spacey character in “Swimming with Sharks” or the Meryl Streep character in “The Devil Wears Prada”—although if you can tough it out with someone

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7 Secrets of the Super Organized

Dumb Little Man

A few years ago, my life was a mess. So was my house, my desk, my mind. Then I learned, one by one, a few habits that got me completely organized. Am I perfect? Of course not, and I don't aim to be. But I know where everything is, I know what I need to do today, I don't forget things most of the time, and my house is uncluttered and relatively clean (well, as clean as you can get when you have toddlers and big kids running around). So what's the secret? In truth, there aren't any secrets.

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How to Be Proactive at Work: My 5 Step System

Eat Your Career

Let’s take a few minutes to look critically at your actions in the workplace. Do you react to the events happening around you or do you take initiative to prepare for, participate in and/or control the events? Do you take an active or passive role? Do you think in terms of the present or do you look to the future, anticipating outcomes and preparing for the consequences?

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Conquering The Open Loops Of Productivity

Productivity Bits

Copyright © 2011 Marlon Ribunal. Visit the original article at [link]. Post written by Marlon Ribunal. Follow me on t witte r. Author's Note: This is the Fourth Part of the Series " The 3 Fundamental Principles Of Productivity "]. Introduction. Part I – Rituals. Part II – Systems. Part III – Tools. Summary. Part III – Tools. A n open loop, according to David Allen , is “anything pulling at your attention that doesn’t belong where it is, the way it is&#.

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Green Gift Giving: Soda Stream Review & Giveaway!

Eco-Office Gals

The Sodastream products had struck my fancy for a few holiday seasons. Several blogs had been giving them away and unfortunately, I hadn’t won one yet. So, I was excited when the company agreed to be part of my Green Gift Giving series this season! Sodastream’s products are a great addition to the home or office making green steps: How Does SodaStream Help the Environment?

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Personal Organizer

Ian's Messy Desk

5 Advantages of a To-Do List. One of the fundamental personal-organizer tools is the list of things you need to get done daily. It consolidates all your tasks in one place. From there you can prioritize them and tackle the important

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The Trend Towards US Manufacturing

Small Business Labs

The New York Times article Is Manufacturing Coming Back to the US? discusses the increasing and hidden costs of manufacturing in China, resulting in manufacturing in the US becoming more cost effective. Chinese manufacturing costs are

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3 Essential Financial Reports to Ensure YOUR Profitability

Office Organization Success

Okay, I’m going to dive right in to one of the biggest problems for many solopreneurs, and one that quite likely will keep them awake at night … finances!

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Time Management 101

Simple Productivity Blog

Mondays are productivity days at SimpleProductivity blog. Managing time is the basis for all productivity systems, yet the systems assume people already know how to manage time. It doesn’t matter if your files are organized, you have all your next actions laid out, your tasks prioritized in a grid, or your most important tasks picked out; if you don’t know how to manage the time that these things take, you will never make progress.

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Virtual Assistant Rates- You Want to Charge What?

Tips From T. Marie

Don’t let the title mislead you, this post is for both those of you that are interested in using a virtual assistant as well as virtual assistants themselves ( and those that want to be one). I love hanging around the virtual assistant forums. It’s become just one of the ways that I try to give back to the virtual assistant community. The forums were an important place for me when I was first starting my business and I got tons of great advice and information there.

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From Executive Assistant to CEO

ProAssisting Blog

The New York Times has a great article about Ursula Burns, the new CEO for Xerox. She has held many different positions throughout her 30 years working for the company but what is particularly interesting to us here at ProAssisting is

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40+ Tips to Improve your Grammar and Punctuation

Dumb Little Man

After all these years you finally have the courage and opportunity to write the email announcing that you and you alone have single handedly saved the company from utter disaster. You're excited, you type it, you spell check it, and you hit send. Everything is great except that your gold star memo has dangling modifiers, double negatives and run-on sentences colliding with each other. Now I am no grammar whiz but I know a good resource when I see it.

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51 Ways to Break a Limiting Belief

Eat Your Career

Are limiting beliefs preventing you from achieving the personal and professional success you deserve? Discover 51 simple strategies for breaking limiting beliefs and free yourself once and for all

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How Your Daily Rituals Can Set The Tone Of Productivity

Productivity Bits

Copyright © 2011 Marlon Ribunal. Visit the original article at [link]. Post written by Marlon Ribunal. Follow me on t witte r. Author's Note: This is the Second Part of the Series " The 3 Fundamental Principles Of Productivity "]. Introduction. Part I – Rituals. Part II – Systems. Part III – Tools. Summary. Part I – Rituals. O ur daily rituals directly affect our performance, and, therefore, our productivity.

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Cyber Monday Deals 2010

Eco-Office Gals

Granted Eco-Office Gals doesn’t offer anything that you can wrap up pretty and slap a bow on, but there are a few deals coming out for Cyber Monday that I would be crazy to keep to myself! Here are a few deals that will move you into the world of WordPress and make your business green and paperless with HUGE savings! Enjoy! StudioPress Disconts No More (Except this one). Through Tuesday, StudioPress will offer their last sale on any and all StudioPress products.

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8 Time-Saving Tips

Ian's Messy Desk

Use the “standby” or “hibernate” feature on your PC instead of shutting it down when you step away for a short time. You'll be able to resume your work much faster than from a cold start. Find urgent computer files faster by starting

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Gartner's Hype Cycle for Emerging Technologies

Small Business Labs

One of my favorite technology trend analysis and forecasting efforts is Gartner's annual Hype Cycle report.    Gartner analyzes hundreds of technologies and forecasts which will - and will not - enter the mainstream over the next 2-5 years.      The Gartner chart below summarizes the analysis for 2010.      As you review this chart please keep in mind that Gartner mostly takes an enterprise viewpoint on technology. 

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Will you be there for it?

Virtual Moxie

Surprise--Anastacia here, guest posting on my own blog. And during my sabbatical. Well, even crazier than all that is that today is also my 20th wedding anniversary. I should be focused on the man, dontchaknow, and I am, really

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3 Simple Steps to Taking Time Away from Your Business

Office Organization Success

When you’re constantly working on and in your business you forget to schedule in some down time for yourself. The summer is the perfect time to take that downtime, especially if it means taking a vacation somewhere nice. But then there’s always the worry that if you’re not involved in your business on a daily basis that things will fall apart and you won’t have any business to come back to when you return.

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The Productivity Commandments

Simple Productivity Blog

Mondays are productivity days at SimpleProductivity blog. And the website opened up, and they were pleased to behold a new set of wisdom, shining before them. It shone forth on them, bathing them in a white glow from the screen. And thus it read: Thou Shalt Write Everything Down. For without the writing, the memory shall lapse. And a memory lapse will beget forgetfulness. And forgetfulness will beget not getting things done. Thou Shalt Not Multi-task.

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10 Creative Ways To Reuse Gift Bags

Complete Organizing Solutions

Having three children with birthdays around Christmas means our holidays are filled with parties and gift giving galore. In preparation for wrapping some of my daughters gifts I noticed I had an over abundance of baby shower gift bags left over from when she was born. It was then that I realized two things, my daughter is quite spoiled, and there is know way I will ever use all of these bags!

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Raise your hand if you like automated phone message systems…

ProAssisting Blog

I don't know about you but whether I'm making calls for my boss or myself, I try as much as possible to bypass those pesky recorded messages that prompt you to input all sorts of information before it lets you speak with an actual

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Ten Life Lessons from Richard Branson

Dumb Little Man

Richard Branson clearly knows a thing or two about success. At 20, he started a mail order shop, and opened a recording studio a short while later. Now, the Virgin brand boasts dozens of companies and Branson’s net worth is estimated to be more than 3 billion pounds sterling. As well as immense business success, Branson has personally broken a number of world records for high-speed boat and balloon journeys. Often witty, always insightful, here are some choice Branson quotes to ponder.

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Bad Career Advice: Never Give Up

Eat Your Career

This post is part of my Bad Career Advice series in which I expose outdated, clichéd, and counterproductive advice for exactly what it is. I understand the sentiment behind this piece of advice and clearly, its intent is to push you past your own perceived limits. While its heart is in the right place, I believe the advice to “never give up&# also ignores the blatant reality of life and instills the idea that quitting for any reason is an unacceptable act of defeat.

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How To Take Advantage Of The 80/20 Rule

Productivity Bits

Copyright © 2011 Marlon Ribunal. Visit the original article at [link]. Post written by Marlon Ribunal. Follow me on t witte r. If you are like most knowledge workers, you might be familiar with the 80/20 rule or the Pareto Principle which states that the 80% of the effects come from the 20% of causes. This means that 80% of your output is produced by 20% of your input.

2010 209

Earth Talk: Building a Green Economy

Eco-Office Gals

EarthTalk®. From the Editors of E/The Environmental Magazine. Dear EarthTalk: What does it mean when one uses the phrase, “building a green economy?” I’ve heard it repeated a few times lately and would like to have a better understanding of the concept. – Rosie Chang, Islip, NY.

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10 Time Management Tips

Ian's Messy Desk

Updated and reposted from May 2008. 1) Always Look Ahead. It is human nature to want to live in the past: to savour accomplishments or to wallow in defeats. However, you will not effectively move forward if you are constantly looking

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The Structural Shift to a Contingent Workforce

Small Business Labs

One of the most important trends of the last few decades is the growing use of contingent workers. This is a structural shift towards employer use of contractors, freelancers, part-timers, etc. instead of hiring full-time

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How much success can you stand?

Virtual Moxie

It happens. You envision a goal, work steadily, and reach it. Success! It feels marvelous. And then comes the dip. Perhaps you get a cold. Or you pick a fight with your partner. One way or another, you sabotage the good feeling

2010 184

10 Tips to Beat the Overwhelm and Stay Focused

Office Organization Success

Many business owners share with me that one of their biggest problems is information overwhelm which in turn leads to lack of focus, and therefore they don’t actually get stuff done in their business. They’re so busy trying to keep up with all the information that they’re being hit with that they don’t actually get around to any implementation and so they stay stuck.

2010 182

10 Reasons To Simplify Your Life Now

Simple Productivity Blog

I am currently taking a break. This article was first published on 14 September 2007. One of my main interests is how I can simplify my life. Back when I became interested, I wanted to get off the merry-go-round of too many activities and demands on my time and energy, but I didn’t know how. The U.S. culture is very good at encouraging us to stay on the ride; “consume&# , “buy&# , “keep up&# are the messages that are thrown at us day in and day out.

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stephenfry: Must say I really really enjoyed Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part One. Just emerged from a screening. Best one yet, IMHO

Clutter Coach

stephenfry: Must say I really really enjoyed Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part One. Just emerged from a screening. Best one yet, IMHO

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Some BIG News To Share

ProAssisting Blog

Yep, your eyes are not deceiving you… that's Baby Bull sucking its thumb! Stephanie and I are thrilled to announce that we are expecting at the beginning of November. Needless to say, life has gotten a little bit crazy real quick in the

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10 Life Lessons I've Learned in My First 30 Years

Dumb Little Man

Many people cringe as they approach the age of 30. For some reason, these milestones tend to get people thinking. Am I old? What should I have done differently? Am I really happy with this person I married? Second guessing is normal and I don't have to remind you of the 20/20 hindsight rule. However, as I approach 30, I'm taking a different tact.

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20 Inconvenient Career Truths

Eat Your Career

This post was inspired by Charlie Gilkey’s recent (genius) post 20 Inconvenient Business Truths. I read it and realized that, in career coaching , I share inconvenient truths with my clients on a regular basis. I know it’s sometimes hard to hear these things but, in the end, they make you stronger. Almost everyone starts at the bottom. Regardless of what you think you deserve, you probably will to. There are no “right” answers for finding career fulfillment.

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Dropping The Unimportant: 5 Things You Should Stop Doing

Productivity Bits

Copyright © 2011 Marlon Ribunal. Visit the original article at [link]. Post written by Marlon Ribunal. Follow me on t witte r. Don’t sweat the small stuff – this idiom has a lot to tell about productivity. You don’t only need to stop worrying about unimportant issues; you should also drop the unimportant things as well.

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Green Gift Giving: Piggy Paint

Eco-Office Gals

Stocking stuffers, we tend not to do them in this house. I find that there is just too much junk that goes into them, candy, junk toys from the dollar store, etc. I’d rather take the money I would spend on a bunch of junk and get one more decent gift. BUT this year I’ve discovered a cute gift that may make me think twice. Piggy Paint™ is specially formulated from God’s natural ingredients and dries to a hard, durable finish.

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