August, 2017

Happiness Techniques From Around The World That Can Change Your Life

Dumb Little Man

When we look back across our lives, it is often the most prominent of events and landmarks that we remember: a kiss, a birthday party, a new job, or a sporting achievement. Yet it is the way we live our day-to-day lives that truly defines who we are and how we feel. Happiness breeds happiness, and it is important to start with the fundamentals. All around the world, ordinary people and famous achievers alike have developed ways to buoy their daily experience for thousands of years.

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27 Ways to Re-Energize Your Career Without Changing Jobs

Eat Your Career

You know that feeling you have when you first start a new job? It’s a mixture of excitement and challenge, nervous energy and high hopes. Everything is new, and opportunity seems to live around every corner. At some point in your career, you may experience a deep desire to recapture those feelings. Sometimes, it takes a dramatic shift in your current circumstances—like finding a new job or an entirely new career. Other times, it requires a lot less.

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Managing meeting rooms

Practically Perfect PA

Ahhhhhhhhhh!!! Was pretty much the sound I made when I was asked to take on the task of managing meeting rooms for my office. I say ‘asked’, if I’d been asked, obviously I would have said ‘hell will freeze over before I manage the meeting rooms’ No, I was told I had to manage the meeting rooms because I was the only Assistant on the same floor as all the meeting rooms so it made sense for me to manage who was using them.

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Tips and Tricks for Making Your Business Greener

Eco-Office Gals

Going green seems to be all the rage with businesses recently, with everyone from Coca-Cola to SC Johnson launching widely publicized environmental initiatives. The shift towards this greener way of doing business is occurring because of consumer demand, increased environmental awareness and because it saves money. If you’ve been wanting to green your business, but aren’t sure how to get started or looking for the next step in your environmental impact improvement process, keep reading.

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Online Accounting Among Top Tips for New Entrepreneurs

The Small Business Blog

Starting a new business is more than just coming up with an idea and pitching it to customers. There is a tonne of planning that goes into a new enterprise, followed by convincing financing sources to get behind the idea. Then there are tasks like hiring, securing necessary space, developing a marketing plan, and so on. Even accounting has to be considered long before the first sale is ever made.

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Podcast 068: Start somewhere

Clutter Coach

by Subscribe: iTunes ⋅ Stitcher ⋅ Soundcloud ⋅ YouTube ⋅ Google Play. You can leave a review here! This podcast is about a trick you can use if you’re having trouble starting something. Back in podcast 24, called Baby Steps, I talked about a similar thing, how you can make progress on a project by taking the smallest possible step; the least intimidating, easiest step. Subscribe: iTunes ⋅ Stitcher ⋅ Soundcloud ⋅ YouTube ⋅ Google Play.

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Increase Sales Leads With These Best Marketing Strategies

Dumb Little Man

You’ve got big dreams for your business. Unfortunately, your budget is in the opposite direction. And if you think you’re alone in this dilemma- you’re not. The majority of small companies are chartering the same waters. However, this doesn’t mean that there’s no way out. It just means you need to be smart if you want to outwit your bigger competitors.

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Skills required to be a good minute taker

Practically Perfect PA

Nobody readily puts up the hand to take minutes and those of us who do sometimes fear the job because of the expectation that is put on us to produce discussions accurately. Not everyone can be a good minute taker – it’s a definite skill and quite often an art, hence the name of my course, The Art of Minute Taking. There are definite skills required to be a good minute taker and I’ve listed some of them below: Listening. Obviously!

2017 158

5 Amazing Ways New Farming Methods Will Save Our Fresh Water

Eco-Office Gals

There isn’t a lot of fresh water on earth and 50 percent of the total amount lies in half a dozen countries. It means billions of people are currently living without enough clean water. How much do you think that number will increase by due to population growth? It’s even worse because our supply of fresh water is running out. NASA satellite have already shown a third of our largest aquifers reached the point of no return a while ago.

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12 Strategies To Help You Cope With Change

Office Dynamics

As I’m sitting here on Friday afternoon catching my breath from a very busy week and working on my speeches for our Annual Conference for Administrative Excellence , I am reminded how change is more prevalent than ever in our lives. In the past week, I have personally been through lots of changes; my staff has gone through changes; family and good friends of mine are experiencing change; and the world is changing every day. I’m not saying they are necessarily bad changes.

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Podcast 067: Project strategies

Clutter Coach

by Subscribe: iTunes ⋅ Stitcher ⋅ Soundcloud ⋅ YouTube ⋅ Google Play. You can leave a review here! Got a big event coming up? Here’s how not to go crazy and get the wrong things done. Subscribe: iTunes ⋅ Stitcher ⋅ Soundcloud ⋅ YouTube ⋅ Google Play. This podcast is based on my book, 52 Simple Ways to Get Organized, available on my website. Each week I go into greater depth about one of the 52 ways.

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Friendship’s Day Special: Why Friendship Makes Marriage More Fun

Dumb Little Man

A healthy marriage comprises of many different roles. On any given day, you may be the sexy lover, the secret keeper, the playmate or the best friend. This plethora of roles you play contributes to the quality of your marriage. Being friends with your spouse is guaranteed to make your marriage more fun for both of you. It will help deepen your bond as well. Being friends with your mate means more shared activities, free and open communication and a marriage that is the envy of all your friends.

2017 186

Career Lessons Learned from the 2017 Solar Eclipse

Eat Your Career

Those of you who have read my blog for a while know that I’m always looking for career lessons in the strangest of places. This past Monday, I found a few in the sky. Here in the U.S., we experienced our first total eclipse of the sun since the 1970’s. It was quite a sensation, as the “ path of totality ” spread all the way across the country. Enormous groups of eclipse enthusiasts gathered at various points along the way to appreciate the rare phenomenon.

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Is running your own VA business the new career progression for PAs?

Practically Perfect PA

The roles of Personal and Executive Assistants are changing. For many, that means increased responsibility and a role that’s evolved from the traditional one they first stepped into. Many EAs and PAs are therefore looking for viable alternatives, where they can be more in control of their working patterns and tasks – and running their own VA business is becoming a preferred career progression option. Is running your own VA business the new career progression for PAs?

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Create Your Own Eco Bedroom for Summer 2017

Eco-Office Gals

Summer has officially begun! School’s out on summer break, so it’s time to spend and spend some outdoor fun with the kids—pool parties, picnics, barbeques, you name it! If it gets too warm outside, or you just prefer to be indoors, you can still enjoy summer relaxation mode with a good book and some iced tea. Usually air conditioners are used for cooling off, but with our society’s growing concern for the environment, they aren’t as eco-friendly as we may want to live.

2017 100

5 Tools to Help You Automate Your Work

Office Dynamics

One of the greatest advantages organizations achieves from automating various processes is saving time, among other resources. In the entire history of human development, the need to make work easier, faster and even cheaper comes naturally. This is what has led to various discoveries and developments of tools that automate work. Phenomenal examples include manufacturing, mechanized farming, retail, and many other sectors.

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Podcast 066: Attachment to things

Clutter Coach

by Subscribe: iTunes ⋅ Stitcher ⋅ Soundcloud ⋅ YouTube ⋅ Google Play. You can leave a review here! People keep things they aren’t actively using for many reasons. Sometimes these things are valuable items that could be sold. Sometimes they’re gifts one can’t bear to get rid of. Subscribe: iTunes ⋅ Stitcher ⋅ Soundcloud ⋅ YouTube ⋅ Google Play. This podcast is based on my book, 52 Simple Ways to Get Organized, available on my website.

2017 100

How to Create and Maintain Personal Boundaries

Dumb Little Man

Personal boundaries are limits we set for other people regarding their behavior towards us. Establishing personal boundaries means stopping other people from pressuring us to do what we don’t want to do or put up with things we don’t want. There are people in our lives that can violate our personal boundaries and make us feel uncomfortable, used and emotionally drained. Many of us put up with poor treatment by others because we are afraid to make them feel angry or lose their friendship.

2017 181

The Importance of a Positive Workplace Culture to Enable High Performance

Productivity Bits

The environment or culture within a workplace has a lot to do with how well or how bad the performance of the employees is. There are some qualities that must be present within a healthy work environment in order to perk up the progress and help the organization to evolve into something better. The person in charge within any organization, whether it’s big or small, is the leader who sets a standard for the rest of the people who work under them – notably, the employees.

2017 126

Day in the life: Torsten Maerz, PA at Deutsche Bank

Practically Perfect PA

Today’s Day in the life: Torsten Maerz, PA at Deutsche Bank for Dr. Ulrich Stephan, Global Chief Investment Officer of Private & Commercial Clients in Frankfurt, Germany. What are the main aspects of your role? My most important tasks are to make sure my boss is well-prepared for meetings, to take care of his schedule and to ensure that his diary isn’t overloaded. He needs time for emails, preparation, lunch – and I use my initiative to prevent clashes.

2017 152

How to Be Productive When You’re Sick and Tired

Productivityist

We can’t be running at 100 percent for 100 percent of the time. We need time to rest, recuperate, and recharge. There will be days when we feel under the weather (or worse). There will be days when we are wiped out from what the world has presented to us. We still have to show up, and, as Steven Pressfield says, “Do the work.”

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Is it ok to leave the office for lunch?

Office Dynamics

Each month we feature a question from our friends at Business Management Daily’s Admin Pro Forum. Please enjoy engaging in a conversation over this month’s question.

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Pet Boarding Video for Come Sit Stay in Parker Colorado

Andrea Kalli

It was fun creating a special video for a local Pet Boarding place – Come Sit Stay in Parker Colorado. They wanted to promote their special VIP boarding service. Designed and edited by [link] – Andrea Kalli – Video Design. Video Editing Services. Video Marketing. If you want to see more, check out my showcase videos: [link]. The post Pet Boarding Video for Come Sit Stay in Parker Colorado appeared first on Video Design, Editing, and Marketing Virtual Assistant. Video Marketing

2017 100

10 Things At Home That Are Making You Unwittingly Sick

Dumb Little Man

Can your house make you sick? Being sick can derail our life for a short period and depending on what you do for a living, it can really have an impact on your livelihood. It is something we all want to avoid, yet there are many things in our environment that put us at the risk of falling ill. And some of those things are in our own homes. From dirty door knobs to silverware, a lot of the things we have at home have the potential to become breeding grounds for bacteria.

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How to Make a Small In-Home Office Work for You

Productivity Bits

Working from home offers many benefits to those that simply don’t want to drag themselves to the office every day. For instance, you can create any type of office you want, maintain control over your schedule, and even be your own boss. Plus, your salary is seemingly limitless, you can take your work on the road with you, and you even avoid the sometimes petty office politics that swirl the office cubicles. Sounds appealing right?

5 Ways People Dislike Your Emails (And Possibly You)

Practically Perfect PA

An interesting bit of research came to my attention recently, courtesy of the BBC website. It concerned the findings of Professor David De Cremer from Cambridge University’s Judge Business School who’d looked into the emotional undergrowth of office email (at least that’s how the BBC put it). From what he uncovered, Professor De Cremer highlighted 10 things many people do when sending an email, which could lead the recipient to dislike or even distrust them.

2017 150

The Shut Up Strategy

Productivityist

A few weeks ago, I shared a post from Austin Kleon called Just shut up and write the book. This post reminded me of a video by Derek Sivers. I had the opportunity to meet Derek at World Domination Summit, a couple of years ago. He talked about not sharing your goals and that there’s some science behind like keeping those things to yourself. A couple of months ago, I spoke with Jeff Goins. Jeff shared with me a story about J. Tolkien and C. Lewis.

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Drone Sales Taking Off

Small Business Labs

Over 3 million drones are expected to be sold in the U.S. 2017, with 4.45 million forecast to be sold in 2018. This data comes from The Consumer Technology Association via the Axios article Demand for Drones is Exploding. The chart below (click to enlarge) is from the article. Most of these drones are for personal use, but a growing number are being used in business. Examples include real estate and insurance photography and broadcast TV. 

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Top 10 Writing Apps for Android Smartphones

Daily Writing Tips

Today’s modern writer doesn’t always have time to sit down at his desktop and write. With more and more writers living the digital nomad style, there is a major demand for technology that can help. If you are an Android user, here are 13 writing apps that you should know about. Dictionary.com App. This one is pretty self-explanatory. Even the best writers make spelling mistakes from time to time.

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7 Ways To Save Money While Traveling

Dumb Little Man

Are you planning to go on a vacation soon? Do you have an urgent business trip coming up shortly? Leaving your home and going for a vacation can sound fun. But, without proper preparation, it can easily burn holes in your wallet. If you’re like me, you want to save money whenever you can. Unfortunately, things always cost more than you plan for them to, especially when you are on vacation.

2017 180

7-Step Checklist to Successfully Launch Your Startup

Small Business CEO

Launching your business takes a lot of hard work and determination. However, many still believe that launching a startup is like switching on the light. Having launched a couple of businesses, I’ve realized that launching a startup is like launching an aircraft. You need to keep pushing till you hit the right speed and take off. It doesn’t happen overnight. Most entrepreneurs are so focused on their product or service that they don’t realize that it’s only a part of the puzzle.

2017 69

Your invitation to a very special event this September

Practically Perfect PA

Do you organise meetings, away days, conferences, private dinners, summer parties, teambuilding or other events? As a PA or EA, finding the perfect venue can often be tough – especially when you’re simply asked for ‘something different’! But there’s one thing you can do to ensure you always make the right choice. The events show from SquareMeal.

2017 127

Worth It with Amanda Steinberg

Productivityist

On this episode of the podcast, I speak with Amanda Steinberg. Amanda launched DailyWorth in 2009 to bring a fresh voice and an outsider’s perspective to personal finance and the Daily Worth website has made Forbes’s 100 Best Websites for Women three years running. Amanda has appeared on Good Morning America, Today, CNN, and MSNBC, among others.

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Will Consultants be Replaced by AI?

Small Business Labs

Since we're consultants, we hope not. But that's thesis of HBR's  AI May Soon Replace Even the Most Elite Consultants. Key quote: “Quant Consultants” and “Robo Advisers” will offer faster, better, and more profound insights at a fraction of the cost and time of today’s consulting firms and other specialized workers. The reason, according to the article, is that machines are much better and faster at processing information than humans.

2017 60

How to Test for Coordinate and Noncoordinate Adjectives

Daily Writing Tips

One of the ways adjectives can be categorized is to determine whether they are coordinate or noncoordinate adjectives. This distinction is important, because it dictates whether two or more consecutive adjectives are separated by punctuation. For many writers, however, deciding which category an adjective belongs to can be a challenge. Fortunately, two simple tests are available to help writers know how to treat strings of adjectives.

2017 68

5 Easy Steps to Gain Financial Freedom

Dumb Little Man

Feeling anchored down by debt is defeating. You’ll have a hard time setting aside money into savings, purchasing your dream home or embarking on enthralling vacations. Instead of spending decades weighed down by debt, start working toward financial freedom now. Assess the Situation. To begin, you must know where you are. Personal finances are like a bucket with holes: the money you earn is poured into the bucket and what you spend trickles out the bottom.

2017 178

How to Choose The Best Type of Ice Machine for Your Business?

Small Business CEO

Are you looking for the best type of ice machine for your restaurant, bar , hotel , smoothie bar, or coffee shop? With different types, styles, and sizes of ice makers on the market—it’s hard to know if you are choosing the right one. We’ve collects some the steps you need to take, and the questions you need to cover, before you buy an ice machine. Ice Machine Styles and Configurations. First check out the size of the space that you have available to put in your ice machine.

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