October, 2012

The 3 Simple Reasons Why Goals, Diets and Relationships Fail

Dumb Little Man

You’ve set a plan with your goals in mind. You’ve chosen a new diet. Or you’ve started a new relationship, filled with hope that this time it will work out. And then soon enough you’ve slipped back into old ways.

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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.

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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.

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Email Newsletter: 3 Alternatives to an Ezine

Office Organization Success

This article was inspired by a conversation I had today with a client; in fact this isn’t the first time I’ve had a similar conversation with clients, so I thought I’d share my response to them with you. This client basically said to me, “Tracey, please tell me I don’t have to send a weekly ezine!”.

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Mobile Marketing Techniques for Eco Friendly Businesses

Eco-Office Gals

The recent buzz about global climate change has spurred a number of other changes in the world. Green consciousness and eco-friendly movements are gaining more momentum every day, manifesting themselves in everything from recycling to organic produce. Even the world of marketing has changed.

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Commas With Adjectives Before Nouns

Business Writing

One of the trickier comma rules involves separating adjectives when they come before nouns. It's tricky because only some adjectives in some situations require commas, while others do not. It depends on the relationship between the consecutive adjectives and the. Punctuation Pointers Teaching Business Writing

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How to Realize Your Dreams Even If You Don’t Know How to Get There

Dumb Little Man

You can't go after your dreams if you don't know what steps to take. Or can you? Yes, you can. You'd be amazed at just how easily you can begin to make your dreams a reality, if you are determined enough to start. It won't happen overnight. And you do have to put in the work, but it's well worth it.

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How to Deal With Credit Thieves in the Workplace

Eat Your Career

What do you do when someone else takes credit for your work? It’s a common problem—one often exaggerated and made light of in sitcoms—and yet, in the real world, it can lead to some pretty serious career damage if not handled properly.

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A Lesson From Trader Joe’s: Your Customers Might Want Less Choice, Not More

The Solopreneur Life

I ’m a big fan of Trader Joe’s. "My" "My" Trader Joe's, on the corner of Randolph and Lexington in St. Paul The most convenient one to my house is about 50 miles away.

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Upcycle Your Way to An Eco Friendly Office Wardrobe

Eco-Office Gals

All of us have had moments when we’ve looked into our closets and said, “I have nothing to wear” and we weren’t being dramatic. Sometimes, the reality is that while we do have things hanging up, we don’t always have just what we need.

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Acronyms Make Me Work Too Hard!

Business Writing

What do writers have against me and other readers? Why do they splatter acronyms and initialisms across their messages to us without telling us what they mean? Let me pause here for a couple of definitions: A true acronym is. Teaching Business Writing Writing Tips

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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.

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Pros and Cons of virtual meetings

Practically Perfect PA

Pin It. Long gone are the days our executive managers fly all over the world attending an hour’s meeting here or there.

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How to Deal with Annoying Coworkers

Eat Your Career

We’ve all had coworkers who just rub us the wrong way. Maybe they have some annoying habit that gets under your skin. Maybe they don’t follow the same social “rules” you follow. Maybe they’re just different. Annoying or not, you still have to work with these people.

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Featured Soloist Avrum Nadigel: “Security Wasn’t Worth Sacrificing My Values”

The Solopreneur Life

T his is The Solopreneur Life’s “Featured Soloist,” the purpose of which is to give all of us a glimpse at how other solopreneurs operate their small businesses. Today we meet Avrum Nadigel. If you would like to be the “Featured Soloist,” please send me an e-mail, Larry@TheSolopreneurLife.com.

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What Makes for a Healthy Green Office?

Eco-Office Gals

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What Does Your Facebook Photo Say About You?

On The Job

I'm always amazed by the truly stupid photos people post of themselves online. The reason I'm surprised is that we're so quick to judge a celebrity with a hair out of place, that sometimes we fail to consider the image we're projecting to the world.

Six Thought-Provoking Quotes from Albert Einstein

Dumb Little Man

Do you want to live a more enjoyable and creative life? One great way to get inspired is by reflecting on words of wisdom from the past. Words that have stood the test of time and been a powerful motivator for generations of people.

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Pros and Cons of virtual meetings

Practically Perfect PA

Pin It. Long gone are the days our executive managers fly all over the world attending an hour’s meeting here or there.

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Quiz: Is Your Attitude Hurting Your Career?

Eat Your Career

There’s an old saying: “Attitude is everything”. And it’s really true. Did you know that your perspective can actually change your reality? After all, your attitude shows up everywhere: In your words, your tone of voice, even your physical look. And it also guides your actions.

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Why I'm Going to Stand Like Wonder Woman and You Should Consider it Too

Productive & Organized

We've known for years that our body language can communicate without. words and affect how others see us. We know that as non-verbal communication. However, did you know that your. body language may also change how you see yourself? Ever since I was a little girl, I've loved Wonder Woman. 

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5 Tips for Eco-Friendly Organization in the Office

Eco-Office Gals

Getting your office in ship shape can be a trying task, but when you try to instill your green sensibilities in the course of the project you may find yourself facing an uphill battle fraught with resistance and setbacks.

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How To Give Yourself A Break

Simple Productivity Blog

Fridays are tip days at SimpleProductivity blog. We live in a time when people are going all the time. Rest seems to be unobtainable, and many people sacrifice sleep in order to get more done. But there is a time in your life when you need to step back and relax.

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How to Build Self-Discipline – The 6 Key Elements

Dumb Little Man

Do you often find yourself procrastinating? Perhaps doing things that you know you shouldn’t be doing? Do you find it hard to stay focused and perform at your peak? If you answered yes to any of these questions, you may need to build self-discipline.

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Effective Committee meeting management

Practically Perfect PA

Last week I wrote a blog on minute taking during meetings. It provided quite popular so I thought I’d write a little something on working with Committees in general.

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The Final Stretch of 2012: Three Questions to Ask Yourself

Eat Your Career

Note: Please leave your answers to these questions in the comments below! I don’t want to scare you but…brace yourself… we’re in the final stretch of 2012 ! Cue screams of horror and outrage).

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How to Write Sales Pages that Empower and Sell!

Productive & Organized

As solo-entrepreneurs, we have a lot of stuff that we are supposed to write for our business >> blog posts, articles, web site content, Facebook posts, LinkedIn profiles, ezines, etc. (I'm I'm exhausted just thinking about it.)

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Incorporating Sustainability into Urban and Regional Planning

Eco-Office Gals

Urban planning–the notion of sculpting the layout of cities and managing their development–is a fairly old discipline at this point, but it has been revolutionized in recent decades by an emerging emphasis on sustainability.

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Clark Kent Becomes a Freelancer

Small Business Labs

In the latest issue of the Superman comic book , Clark Kent quits his job at the Daily Planet and is becoming a freelancer. Clark quits because the Daily Planet is acquired by a media conglomerate that cares more about entertainment than hard news.

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The Lost Art of Encouragement

Dumb Little Man

We've all heard of American literary great Walt Whitman. But did you know that Whitman struggled through years of obscurity to get anyone interested in his poetry? One day, in the midst of crippling discouragement, Whitman received a life-changing letter from an admirer of his work.

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Effective Committee meeting management

Practically Perfect PA

Last week I wrote a blog on minute taking during meetings. It provided quite popular so I thought I’d write a little something on working with Committees in general.

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How to Keep Your Competitive Edge in the Workplace

Eat Your Career

During a recent free coaching call , one individual asked the following question: “I’ve been employed at the same company for over 10 years. I feel secure in my position but, with all the turmoil in the economy, I guess anything could happen. How can I make sure I’m staying competitive?”. What a great question! I love this kind of proactive thinking. Even though there’s no immediate danger, this person is looking ahead and preparing for the future.

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Learn How to Manage Your Boss

Ian's Messy Desk

No matter where you work, you report to someone – maybe even to two or three bosses. And whether you think your boss is brilliant or a bore, the fact is that you have to manage the relationship with your boss if you want to advance your career. Many of us give little thought to managing our supervisors. We do so at our own peril. Supervisors can have a lot of influence over our success in a job and our long-term career plans.

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Environmentally Friendly Powered Access Equipment

Eco-Office Gals

The construction industry has come a long way in recent years with some of best innovations in green technology.

4 Ways to Handle Your Workplace Jealousies

On The Job

Most of us have had feelings of jealousy or envy in our lives, but nowhere may it be more difficult to deal with than in the workplace. Of course you’re supposed to wish Jim well on his new promotion – even though you worked hard for it and you believe Jim is a slacker.

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Live Big and Drive in Your Own Lane

Dumb Little Man

What are you good at? This one question terrifies most people. The reason is we’ve been taught to stress our weaknesses instead of celebrating our strengths.

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Happy Halloween Assistants!

Practically Perfect PA

Pin It. I have mixed feelings about Halloween. Growing up in the UK trick or treating wasn’t quite the craze it is now.

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