January, 2011

7 Tips to Boost Your Memory

On The Job

Blogs such as The Cynical Girl (by Laurie Ruettimann) have generated some entertaining -- and informative -- discussions about what older applicants should wear to an interview.

2011 264

How To Simplify Flylady

Simple Productivity Blog

Wednesdays are simplicity days at SimpleProductivity blog. Flylady is one of the biggest systems for managing your home cleaning out there. It works for many people.

2011 256

Guide to Eco Cruises

Eco-Office Gals

Eco cruises are steadily growing in popularity as more and more cruise enthusiasts, and travelers in general, discover the friendlier way to enjoy a cruise vacation.

2011 255

Fear is a Good Sign

Eat Your Career

As a career coach , I often work with people when they’re in the process of a major career transition. They’re moving slowly towards something great and new, taking serious action towards achieving what they once considered an impossible dream.

2011 236

10 Tips for Protecting Personal Data While Travelling

Ian's Messy Desk

Image via Wikipedia. Thanks to technology, work is not confined to the office. Laptops and phones are powerful enough that we can complete most types of tasks while travelling; any location can be a workstation. This can be a major productivity boon if you’re traveling on business. But should you?

2011 224

Virtual Assistants – Get in Touch!

The Small Business Blog

Happy New Year to you all – I hope that 2011 brings you all health and prosperity. My last post of 2010 spoke about the “ Trough of Disillusionment ” that many Virtual Assistants currently find themselves in.

2011 208

The 1 Word Every Successful Career Needs

On The Job

Here's my 2011 gift to you: I'm not going to write a list of new year's career resolutions. I'm not going to come down in favor -- or not -- of setting goals for yourself this year. (If If you'd like to read such a post, there are about 62 million out there floating around on the blogosphere.

2011 264

More Trending

Take Your Lunch to Work!

Eco-Office Gals

Late last night I read another article about chicken nuggets, this one about the 50% non-chicken ingredients in McNuggets. Last month it was the gag factor image of the pink goop that makes a nugget.

2011 244

Understanding the Process of Career Reinvention

Eat Your Career

The idea of career reinvention is nothing new. It’s an annual tradition for some people. I used to make a New Year’s resolution every year to “figure out what I want to be when I grow up.” Luckily, I got to cross that one off the list a few years ago!

2011 213

Featured Soloist Andy Hayes: “I Find Innovation When I’m Away From My World”

The Solopreneur Life

T his is “Featured Soloist,” a feature that is published on Tuesdays at The Solopreneur Life. Andy Hayes. The purpose of “Featured Soloist” is to give all of us a glimpse at how other solopreneurs operate their small businesses. This week we meet Andy Hayes, who is based in Seattle.

2011 208

What You Must Know About "All Told" and "All Tolled"

Business Writing

I paused over the expression all told in a piece of business writing the other day. Because I had not seen the phrase in a long time, I decided to make sure it was correct. Sometimes expressions we think are. Gems of Language

2011 201

Are You Aware of Your Rude Workplace Behavior?

On The Job

Do you think other people in the workplace are rude? If you have a pulse, the answer is probably "yes," or "hell, yes." I've yet to talk to someone in the last 20 years who doesn't think workplace manners could be improved.

2011 248

How to Finally Get Better Sleep

Dumb Little Man

When it comes to being healthy and living a vibrant and energy filled life, sleep seems to be one of the most elusive aspects to conquer. Certainly we know that getting a good night’s sleep is important - crucial, even, to good health.

2011 285

The Green Job Front – Five Tips to Find a Green Career

Eco-Office Gals

Are you hoping to find an environmentally friendly employer? It may seem like a daunting task, but it is actually getting easier every day. Here are five tips that you may want to keep in mind: Brand yourself green. Environmentalism starts at home.

2011 231

8 Reasons Your New Year’s Resolution Didn’t Stick (and What To Do Differently Next Time)

Eat Your Career

I know the title of this article assumes the worst in you and maybe that’s not fair. But let’s be honest here. Statistics show that, right now, about half of you have already given up on your New Year’s resolution.

2011 208

When the Money Isn’t in the List: The Case Against Freebies

The Solopreneur Life

T his is a guest post written by Susan Daffron. Susan owns a book publishing and consulting company called Logical Expressions, Inc. and spends most of her time writing, laying out books in InDesign, or taking her five dogs out for romps in the forest. Susan also teaches people how to write and publish profitable, client-attracting books at SelfPubU and puts on the Self-Publishers Online conference every May.

2011 207

Top 10 Small Business Trends for 2011

Small Business Labs

Continuing our annual tradition, below is our Top 10 Small Business Trends list for 2011.    To see our past lists, click on the year: 2010 , 2009 , 2008.    Our overall economic outlook is for continued moderate growth with U.S. GDP increasing 3%-3.5%.    While we expect hiring and the job market to improve, unemployment will remain stubbornly high, finishing the year around 9.2%.    Economic.

2011 198

Is It Time to Prune Your Rosebush?

On The Job

I do not call myself a gardener, because that seems to intimate that I have some level of proficiency at planting and growing stuff. Based on the number of plants, trees and bushes I ripped out last fall because they were dead, dying or just looked like crap, I'd say P. Allen Smith's job is safe.

2011 203

5 Lessons That Professor Failure Taught Me About Success

Dumb Little Man

Failure has become a faithful friend throughout the years. Early on in my life I thought failure was my mortal enemy. But life’s experience has taught me that Professor Failure is on the academic staff of my personal University Of Success that I attend.

2011 285

Paperless College Degrees: Five Online Programs for Sustainable Business

Eco-Office Gals

Even for students who go to class on campus every day, the amount of college academic activity that occurs online today is amazing to someone who attended twenty years ago.

2011 224

Building a Holistic Planner Using Rollabind

Simple Productivity Blog

Mondays are productivity days at SimpleProductivity blog. Have you ever been frustrated because you can’t find a planner that has what you want in it?

2011 198

Would Your Customers Elect You? How to Use Political Campaign Tactics to Connect With Your Customers

The Solopreneur Life

T his article was written by Laura Petrolino, managing director of Flying Pig Communications, a communications and business consulting firm that focuses on the needs of startups, small businesses, and nonprofits. Laura is an expert in the art of relationship management, and she guides entrepreneurs and executives at all levels on how to best cultivate their networks. The idea for this article arose from comments Laura made during this episode of The Solopreneur Life on BlogTalkRadio.

2011 197

Letting Customers Contribute to the B2B Experience

Customers Rock!

How can companies get their customers more engaged and involved? Social media has been making it easier for user-generated content to appear as part of a brand’s marketing, usually with consumers.

2011 197

4 ways to Boost Your Standing at Work

On The Job

I can't tell you the number of people in the last two years who recommended to me that workers should just "hunker down" or "keep their heads down" while the job market was in such turmoil.

2011 197

7 Simple Ways To Burst Out of Bed Each Morning

Dumb Little Man

Way before the sun peeks over the horizon, a few chosen people awaken from their slumber and dive head first into their day. These chosen few accomplish a ton before the rest of us would ever consider rising from our nice warm beds. Who are these juggernauts that have command over the morning hours?

2011 286

Green Options: Green Printing Revisited

Eco-Office Gals

I have been a promoter of paperless options since the start of Eco-Office Gals, but I also acknowledge that sometimes you just have to print. When your green business is in need of business cards, stationary, brochures or holiday cards you should at least consider printing responsibly.

2011 219

Blast Through Tasks with Super Autofocus

Simple Productivity Blog

Wednesdays are simplicity days at SimpleProductivity blog. Back in November, Mark Forster announced the “Super Autofocus&#. The modifications were meant to sit on top of the standard Autofocus.

2011 198

Would You Be Friends With YOU?

Eat Your Career

I’ve always had really high expectations for my friends. Sometimes, this leaves me disappointed. But the people with whom I develop real friendships are truly the most trustworthy, compassionate people in the world.

2011 195

Featured Soloist Melissa Dinwiddie: “Start. Just Start.”

The Solopreneur Life

T his is “Featured Soloist,” a feature that is published on Tuesdays at The Solopreneur Life. Melissa Dinwiddie. The purpose of “Featured Soloist” is to give all of us a glimpse at how other solopreneurs operate their small businesses.

2011 193

Can Meetings Sabotage Your Career?

On The Job

“The brain will absorb only what the butt can endure.” -- Anonymous Who hasn't sat through a meeting and wished there would be a fire alarm (false, of course), just so the torture would come to an end?

2011 194

How to Start Your Morning and Set up the Day for Success

Dumb Little Man

Some days are just golden right from the start. You get up bright and early, you have a good breakfast, your coffee is perfect, and you get through your most important work first.

2011 285

It's Time to Worry About Commodity Inflation

Small Business Labs

Commodity prices have been on a tear over the last 6 months.    A United Nations index that tracks 55 food commodities is at a record high (see chart on right).    It's not just food.    2010 saw a wide range of commodity prices shoot up. 

2011 188

How To Break Out of A Sh y Day

Simple Productivity Blog

Fridays are tip days at SimpleProductivity blog. We all have them. Days that suck the life out of you, run you over like a steamroller and then back over you for good measure. Days when staying in bed would have been a better option.

2011 196

6 Tools to Help You Manage Large Projects with Local & Virtual.

Productive & Organized

"Rob" is a project manager that is responsible for a number of projects across the world and he needs to keep track of all of them. His team is global, so physical solutions (like white boards and sticky notes on a big wall) will not

2011 267

Have A Successful and Organized New Year! + A Giveaway

Complete Organizing Solutions

I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas and a Happy New Year! Our family enjoyed Christmas festivities in New York this year which included an extended stay due to a wintry snow storm that canceled our flight home for several days.

2011 186

7 Ways to Become a Better Writer

On The Job

Writing is easy for me. Figuring out how to work my food processor or keep the cats from chewing on plastic bags until they puke is much tougher. Fortunately, there is help for those who struggle with writing.

2011 185

How to Study Effectively (Not Just for Students!)

Dumb Little Man

Most of us don't stop learning after school's out. We may study for a professional qualification, in the hopes of a promotion, to make our working lives easier, or simply for the joy of learning.

2011 285