May, 2011

Six Ways to Stay Motivated during Hideously Boring Tasks

Dumb Little Man

Motivation can be tough. Even when you want to do something – like exercising regularly, eating right or keeping a journal – it’s easy to find your enthusiasm slackening off. But motivation gets really tough when the task at hand is downright boring.

2011 285

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.

2011 275

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How Your Weaknesses Can Make You Strong

Eat Your Career

Let’s talk about your weaknesses, shall we? Yes, I’m looking at you. Take a seat. Get comfortable. I know it hurts to hear, but you’re not perfect. Don’t worry. No one expects you to be. We all have weaknesses because (surprise!) we’re human.

2011 250

5 Common Communication Mistakes

Ian's Messy Desk

Image via Wikipedia. Good communication and interpersonal relationships are imperative to overall business performance and sustainability. Yet they tend to be neglected in terms of their importance.

2011 235

Time Management Tips that DON'T Work -- Yet You Try Them All of the Time

Productive & Organized

What happens when you get a group of organizing and productivity pros together and ask them a goofy question?    Well. You get this post! Here is a bit of background:  Earlier this week, I shared a link on my Facebook Page called 10 Time Management Tips that Work.

2011 283

No Solopreneur Ever Went Wrong…

The Solopreneur Life

F or many years I have enjoyed Matt Kramer’s column in Wine Spectator magazine. In the May 31, 2011 issue (membership site) he wrote a piece titled “Nobody Ever Went Wrong.&# Matt is talking about wine, of course, in this column, and he writes: It seems a good — indeed, useful — exercise to see what truths might be extracted from this “nobody ever went wrong&# formulation. I think it works for our solopreneur lives, too, so here we go.

2011 198

7 Must Read Life Lessons from Benjamin Franklin

Dumb Little Man

Benjamin Franklin was one of the Founding Fathers of the United States of America (USA). A famous polymath, Franklin was a leading author and printer, political theorist, politician, postmaster, scientist, inventor, satirist, civic activist, statesman, and diplomat.

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How to Ask for What You Want, Need and Deserve at Work

Eat Your Career

Here’s a hard truth that some of you will hate to hear: If you don’t stand up for yourself and specifically ASK for what you want, need and deserve in the workplace, you probably won’t get it. Most people (your managers, coworkers, clients, etc.) aren’t looking out for anyone but themselves.

2011 247

How to Improve Your Problem Solving Skills

Ian's Messy Desk

Image via Wikipedia. Solving problems creatively means getting past your self-limiting thoughts. Creative problem-solving has countless uses.

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Productive Communication & Marketing : How to Manage All of Those Links! Interview with @ItsMyURLs CEO @hustle247

Productive & Organized

How many social networks do you belong to?    How many different web sites are related to you personally or professionally?    I bet the number is more than five.    How are you managing all of those different urls? Do you even remember signing up for everything?

2011 280

Thoughts on Memorial Day

Tips From T. Marie

Starting your own business is the stuff the ‘ American Dream ’ is made of. The fact is that in the U.S.A., anyone with the passion and drive to take their dream to reality can do so. It’s one of our freedoms. We should never, ever forget that those freedoms come at a price.

2011 196

How to Turn Your Dream Into a Plan In Five Simple Steps

Dumb Little Man

I’m sure you have plenty of dreams for your life. They might bubble away at the back of your mind. They might loom in your thoughts all day. They might even keep you awake at night. Dreams can be powerful, encouraging and even a bit scary. A dream alone, though, isn’t going to get you far.

2011 285

How to Create an Eco- Friendly Funky T-Shirt

Eco-Office Gals

Nowadays, it is very fashionable to be “green” or what others call “environmentally friendly”. A lot of people do it for the sake of mother earth and for the future of the next generation. It is a very noble thing to do and so we must all do our part to be green, even in little ways.

2011 205

Help! My Boss Is a Jerk

Eat Your Career

I’m not naming names but I’ve worked for some pretty difficult people in my life. Oh, who am I kidding? They were jerks. It’s probably just the nature of the professional world. Some people are cut out for management and some aren’t.

2011 224

Use Mind Maps for Better Notes and Ideas

Ian's Messy Desk

Image via Wikipedia. A neat page of notes or a well-structured outline might not be the most effective way to capture and organize your thoughts. A page of something that looks like scribbles, complete with drawings, arrows and plenty of colour, may be just the “structure&# you need.

2011 197

Evernote For iPhone: How To Clip a Web Page

The Solopreneur Life

T his weekend, inspired by Claudine Motto’s “10 Tips On How To Use Evernote To Its Fullest&# post, I was exploring Evernote for iPhone (a free app). Using my iPhone and Safari, I wanted to learn how to “clip&# Web pages to Evernote.

2011 193

Best Business Technology for Small Businesses & Their Owners (28 ideas from them to you!)

Productive & Organized

" Stephanie you are such a geek." " That is what I heard from her as we were talking on the phone.    OK!    I'll own that.    I like to share various tools that help to make you more productive.

2011 261

Thoreau’s Guide to Living More by Spending Less

Dumb Little Man

There are lots of reasons for living a more minimalist life. By owning less you reduce your impact on the environment, you spend less, and you live more simply. For Henry David Thoreau, the reason for spending less boiled down to a simple formula. It’s what I call “the life calculation.”

2011 286

Earth-Minded Storage and Packing Solutions: Five Sustainable Business Storage Strategies

Eco-Office Gals

There’s a certain sense of purpose that comes with fresh cardboard boxes and the loud swak of wielding a tape gun with reckless abandon. Add a few jumbo-sized smelly permanent markers, and boxing up old office files and materials seems almost adventurous. But the novelty quickly wears off.

2011 198

Why Surveys Show Wide Differences in Small Business Social Media Use

Small Business Labs

You many have noticed that different surveys show very different small business social media usage rates. They also show very different views on how effective social media is for small businesses. For example, the Wall Street Journal article Facebook Tops for Small Business reported on a survey that found small businesses quite positive about social media. 

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.

2011 194

6 Ways to Handle Criticism at Work

On The Job

After a week lounging around on the beach, I'm back on the job and trying to catch up with my blog. So, here's the latest column I did for Gannett/USAToday: Unfortunately, criticism is a part of the working world. • A co-worker criticizes your contribution to a report. •

2011 250

Productive Communication: You Don't Have to Yell To Be Heard - Part 1

Productive & Organized

Sometimes productivity has to do with systems and processes.    I've written about that a lot recently, but often it is about effective communication too. 

2011 252

Facing Rejection? Here Are 5 Key Steps To Handle Them Like a Pro

Dumb Little Man

Rejection can be tough to handle. I know because I face them often in my life. As a personal development blogger, some readers reject what I write in my articles, sometimes writing lengthy personal emails to tell me why I'm wrong.

2011 285

Special Price: StudioPress Pro Plus All-Theme Pack

Eco-Office Gals

An important announcement has been released regarding EOG’s favorite theme company. Studiopress will be raising the price on their Pro Plus All-Theme Package next week.

2011 194

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.

2011 249

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.

2011 192

4 Tips for Doing Well in a Surprise Phone Interview

On The Job

I've written before about phone interviews , and my friend Scot Herrick over at Cube Rules recently addressed the issue in a helpful post. I think anyone can do well in a phone interview if they're prepared, but what happens when you get an ambush call?

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Productive Communication: You Don't Have to Yell To Be Heard - Part 2

Productive & Organized

Do you have good ways to communicate with your team? If you don't the systems and processes you are trying to implement or maintain can fall flat.    One critical question to ask yourself is if the current mode of communication is working in your organization. 

2011 239

7 Simple Tips That Will Turn You Into a Powerful Leader

Dumb Little Man

You don't have to be in a position of authority to be a leader. Conversely, just because you have authority doesn't mean that people will follow you. You must be a leader to get others to follow you. There are many books on leadership.

2011 285

How Can Being A Green House Reduce The Greenhouse Effect?

Eco-Office Gals

Having an eco-friendly office is fantastic and will really help to save the environment from global warming. So why not be as green at home as you are in the office? There are so many ways you can reduce your carbon footprint within the home and protect endangered wildlife, with minimal effort.

2011 186

AZVAs the Podcast: Social Media Success Stories

Loosely Speaking

Season 2/Episode 14 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 !

8 Simple Ways to Encourage Others

Ian's Messy Desk

Encouragement goes straight to the heart. In fact, the word itself comes from a combination of the prefix “en” which means “to put into” and the Latin word “cor” which means heart. Knowing what a big difference encouragement makes in your own life, what can you do to help others “to take heart” when things get tough or you want to acknowledge a job well-done? The following tips were handed out at a meeting I attended.

2011 166

Top 10 Emerging Technologies 2011

Small Business Labs

Each year MIT's Technology Review chooses 10 emerging technologies they think will have the greatest impact on the world.    This year's top 10 are: Social Indexing. Smart Transformers. Gestural Interfaces. Cancer Genomics. Solid State Batteries. Homomorphic Encryption. Cloud Streaming. Crash Proof Code. Separating Chromosomes. Synthetic Cells. IT and biology dominate the list, which is no surprise. 

2011 160

Is Quiet Time Productive?

Productive & Organized

The other day I mentioned on Twitter that the "in-between" time where you are in a waiting pattern can be the most non-productive.    @pinwheelgirl shared her perspective and it inspired this post.    To see our conversation, take a look at the picture to the right. 

2011 232

20+ Ways to Get Rid of Your Debt for Good

Dumb Little Man

This is not a step-by-step guide to reducing debt. Rather, it is a collection of a lot of the wisdom I have read so far on this topic and a list of some of the things that worked for us.

2011 285

Managing Risk During a Career Change

Eat Your Career

In 1967, two psychiatrists named Thomas Holmes and Richard Rahe performed a rigorous study to better understand the correlation between stress and illness. Ultimately, they created the Homes and Rahe Stress Scale, a comprehensive list that ranks the 43 most stressful life events. (

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