April, 2012

You've Got One Change Left. What Do You Do?

Dumb Little Man

Something extraordinary happened while you slept last night. Your world has changed forever, because today you woke up being able to make just one more change before you die. You get to make a single change before you buy the farm, pop your clogs and kick the bucket. One last thing you can implement.

2012 285

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.

2012 275

5-Step Checklist for Sending Out Email Broadcasts

Office Organization Success

Being consistent in your business is one of the critical factors for ensuring long-term growth, and one of the ways to ensure consistency is to create systems.

Email 268

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.

2012 268

Network Like It's 1959

On The Job

In fashion, what's old is often new again. If you doubt it, just look at the styles coming out this spring: 1950s-style dresses for women and streamlined suits for men just like the characters in Mad Men. You may also want to heed another fashion from that era: in-person networking.

Why Simplify?

Simple Productivity Blog

Wednesdays are simplicity days at SimpleProductivity blog. One of the questions I get asked frequently when I am telling people about this blog is how productivity and simplicity fit together. “After all, productivity is getting things done, and simplicity is living like a monk, right?”

2012 237

3 Easy Ways to Improve Your Brain Power

Dumb Little Man

Google "improve brain power" and you'll find all sorts of tips, techniques, books, and games explaining how you could improve your brain power. Most of them involve physical exercise, balanced nutrition and complex mental exercises.

2012 286

More Trending

The Under Educated Male

Small Business Labs

Two good articles from Bloomberg Business Week highlighting a huge issue that is not getting enough attention - the lack of men getting college educations.

2012 209

A Green Life is a Good Life

Eco-Office Gals

Do you strive for a green lifestyle? It can sometimes be a struggle to keep with the latest green trends as you live your busy life. However, you might be surprised to learn how changing small facets of your everyday life can add up to big changes for preserving the planet.

2012 206

Infographic: How Your Spend Your Time at Work

On The Job

2012 214

Kill Your Productivity With A New Device

Simple Productivity Blog

Mondays are productivity days at SimpleProductivity blog. You might think that purchasing a new productivity tool would make you more productive. It can, if you do it right.

2012 228

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

Systems: This Is What Happens When You Have The RIGHT Systems But In The WRONG Order

Office Organization Success

I recently held a virtual workshop where I talked about the three biggest mistakes I see many business owners making in their business, which leaves them feeling overwhelmed, frustrated, and basically stuck. One of those mistakes I shared was having the right systems in place, but in the wrong order.

2012 203

Why Are Women the Majority of Freelancers?

Small Business Labs

GigaOm's Women make up the majority of online freelancers, study says covers research from Zinnov showing that women comprise 55% of the workers on online talent sites like Elance and oDesk.   This is consistent with  our research on U.S. independent workers.

2012 207

10 Bootstrapping Businesses Share Their Knowledge (Part One)

The Small Business Blog

To run a business you need to go to a bank and borrow lots of money, sign your house, dog and granny away, right? Wrong! Here are 10 business owners who share their information on how they bootstrap their business, how to get free stuff and what the challenges are (these are in no particular…

2012 200

How to Develop Your Charisma

On The Job

People known for their charisma must have been born with it — because if charisma could be learned everyone would have it, right? Olivia Fox Cabane says charisma can be learned, but many people don't understand how to go about it.

2012 211

8 Ways To Get To Super-Productive Flow Faster

Simple Productivity Blog

Mondays are productivity days at SimpleProductivity blog. Flow is that state where everything just flows out of you. Ideas, words, code, anything just streams out easily and effortlessly. It is productivity at its pinnacle.

2012 223

How to Stay Motivated When the World's Against You

Dumb Little Man

As a blogger, an entrepreneur or even an employee you can tend to feel a lack of motivation when times are rough or your products and services simply don’t get the attention they deserve. It is easy to give up, drown in self-pity or insecurity, which ultimately leads to you giving up or simply not performing in the best way possible. I have certainly been there and I am sure most of you have too. However, it is in those moments that we can show our real strength and our determination for success.

2012 220

What Will You Do When Your Passion Disappears?

The Solopreneur Life

W hen evaluating a business idea, I measure three areas: • The market’s wants and needs. • The ability to meet the market’s wants and needs. • The level of passion for the work. But I’ve learned that I shouldn’t be measuring passion at all. Passion Does Not Last. Passion is like “falling in love” or “being in love.” ” Passion is the emotional, irrational euphoria that occurs at the beginning of a relationship.

2012 196

The Reshoring of Manufacturing Continues

Small Business Labs

Reshoring is the latest term for manufacturing returning to the U.S. from overseas.  "Insourcing", "boomeranging" and "inshoring" are also used to describe this shift.

2012 192

10 Bootstrapping Businesses Share Their Knowledge (Part Two)

The Small Business Blog

Continuing on from yesterday, we are busting myths about bootstrapping and sharing tips from the professionals. Here are the rest of our 10 business owners sharing information on how they bootstrap their business, how to get free stuff and what the challenges are (these are in no particular order): 6. Melissa Picolli, founder of Bija…

2012 187

Is Working 24/7 the New Normal?

On The Job

Achieving work/life balance has been credited with making workers more productive, more loyal and less stressed, and yet a recent survey from Harvard Business School shows that even global executives feel the need to be on the job 24/7.

2012 200

Great Lifehack/Tip Articles You Might Have Missed

Simple Productivity Blog

Fridays are tip days at SimpleProductivity blog. I’ve decided to take a week off from blogging. For your reading, I have put together some posts with links to posts you might have missed! How To Have Gourmet Bread without Breaking The Bank. How To Bake Potatoes Without An Oven.

2012 211

Incredibly Simple Steps to Living a Truly Great Life

Dumb Little Man

Living a truly great life seems impossible. Days and weeks go by and is just feels like we're stuck in this never ending world of mediocrity. I don't know. Maybe we're all defining 'great life' the wrong way. What does it mean to live a truly great life ? I can tell you one thing. It’s different for every person, and each one of us has to come up with our own definition. It’s not up to society, our friends, or our family. And - it's certainly not up to me or some guy on the internet.

2012 220

Eco-Friendly Flooring: Top 3 Green Options for Your Business Space

Eco-Office Gals

As most businesses begin looking to green solutions for sound business/environmental practices, as well as added savings, they often neglect to consider the very ground they walk on.

2012 182

Industry Structures - Big Get Bigger, Small Get Smaller

Small Business Labs

We've done a lot of work looking at Barbell Industrial Structures.

2012 191

Top 5 Tips for the New Tax Year

The Small Business Blog

Top 5 Tips posts from the SME Blog are always full of hints and tips for small, home & micro business owners. If you found the tax deadline to be very stressful, it is likely that you are doing something wrong throughout the year. Use this opportunity to get more organised and get your…

2012 180

Real-World Experience Pays Off

On The Job

Journalism has always been one of those professions that demands experience before you even get your first job at a television station or newspaper. In my case, I began working for the school newspaper and writing articles for my hometown newspaper by the time I was 17.

2012 200

Productivity Articles You Might Have Missed

Simple Productivity Blog

Mondays are productivity days at SimpleProductivity blog. I’ve decided to take a week off from blogging. For your reading, I have put together some posts with links to posts you might have missed! Filing Heresy: One Box Filing Using a filing cabinet is optional.

2012 208

Increasing Your Productivity: The Big Picture AND the Little Picture

Dumb Little Man

Everyone wants to boost their productivity, whether it’s at your day job or your personal development goals. Why does it seem so difficult? One of the reasons many people fail to see results when attempting to increase productivity is because they don’t realize there are two very different levels to which attention must be paid. Focusing on one to the exclusion of the other will usually result in only short-lived gains if not outright failure.

2012 219

Does WordPress have a BUB?

Eco-Office Gals

Years ago a computer teacher told the class “You will not find a BUB on your keyboard!” ” Huh?? Blow Up Button – Ohhhhh! I’m not saying wordpress has a blow up button but if you don’t take simple measures – it might as well!

2012 176

Rise of Women News Roundup

Small Business Labs

Lots of news on the Rise of Women this week.   For those new to this trend, the quick summary is that a growing set of data indicates women are out performing men in a wide range of well-being, educational and employment measures.   Recent news includes: 1.

2012 175

Does Education Still Matter? Yes and No

Eat Your Career

Today, I’d like to address the age-old question of education and employment. What’s the correlation? And, given today’s economy, how much does education matter? Unfortunately, the answer isn’t perfectly clear.

2012 174

Tips for Setting Up a Remote Workforce

On The Job

Since technology can keep us connected to work 24/7, many companies are scrapping the idea of traditional office space and instead embracing the idea that work can happen remotely.

2012 186

The Apps I Use

Simple Productivity Blog

When this blog first started, many eons ago, it was Palm-centered. About two years ago I switched over to an iPod Touch, and while I do miss some of the functionality of my Palm, I find myself happy with the trade offs.

2012 203

Why You Need to Delegate More

Dumb Little Man

Do you live by the motto, “If you want a job done well, do it yourself?” And do you feel stressed out, rushed, or anxious a lot of the time? Perhaps you’re worried about forgetting one of the many tasks on your mental list (you’ve not had time to sit down and commit it to paper).

2012 219

Top 5 Tips for Small Business Collaboration

The Small Business Blog

Top 5 Tips posts from the SME Blog are always full of hints and tips for small, home & micro business owners. Make sure that you set achievable goals for your team to give them something to work together for. Identify the skills of your team and organise workloads so that these strengths…