November, 2011

27 Productivity Killers: Why Nothing Ever Gets Done!

Dumb Little Man

There is always more to do than time in which to do it. And the more you take on, the more there is to do. You finish one task and six more pop out of no where; it never ends. To toss a major understatement at you - you need to invest your time wisely and that means being productive.

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Gartner's Top 10 Strategic Technologies for 2012

Small Business Labs

Gosh, is it already time for 2012 top 10 prediction lists?    I guess so since Gartner recently released their list of the top 10 technologies and trends they think will be strategic for most organizations in 2012. Gartner's top 10 are: 1.    Tablets:  No great shock here, tablet sales are booming.

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Participate In the Second-Annual Solopreneur Life End-of-Year Survey

The Solopreneur Life

I invite you to participate in the Second-Annual Solopreneur Life End-of-Year Survey. The anonymous survey will reach just a fraction of solopreneurs, yet I believe the information gathered will advance our knowledge of the state of solopreneurship in the United States and beyond. We all stand to benefit from the info in the survey results. Click here to take The Solopreneur Life 2011 End-of-Year Survey. The survey, which will be conducted using Survey Monkey, consists of 25 questions.

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The mindset of small business

The Small Business Blog

I recently came across a couple of interesting INFOGRAPHICS relating to small and micro-enterprises in the UK and USA which I would like to share with you. The first is from the UK based on research from Smarta – the DNA of Sole Traders. In a nutshell it says that UK sole traders are ‘motivated…

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How to Create a Marketing Strategy

Office Organization Success

Creating a business plan and having a specific marketing strategy is the foundation of building a thriving and profitable business, but how many of you are reading this article right now and wondering, “What’s that? What is a marketing strategy?”.

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Adminology Article: Optimizing Space and Time

Office Dynamics

I have a sneak peak for you! Our freshest article is available for your reading pleasure. Check out to see where chickens and eggs fit into this subject! Excerpt from the Adminology article: Optimizing Space and Time.

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Some of the Best GTD Apps for Android Phones

Productivity Bits

Copyright © 2011 Productivity Bits. Visit the original article at [link]. O rganization is key to a productive life. People tend to fill their lives with a million different tasks to accomplish in a single day.

Why a Missing Button Could Keep you From Getting Ahead

On The Job

I recently watched a news clip about a local mall where the shop owners stated that not only were they currently hiring for seasonal jobs, but they were hoping some of those candidates would turn out to be permanent hires. Good news right?

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Building better relations with your customers starts at the end

The Small Business Blog

Today, I want to tell you a personal story of doing new things, taking risks, being innovative and being willing to fail in the quest to create something of value for my business, the people that I know, the small business community and my customers. View the story “RARE Forum, The Drill Hall, London 3rd…

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7 Warning Signs That You’ve Given Up on Your Dreams

Dumb Little Man

What do you REALLY want from life? What’s your big dream? Are you taking steps toward it? If not, why not? What’s stopping you from taking action today ? Perhaps you’re scared, or maybe you've built a huge wall of procrastination that you'll never scale.

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The Rise of Big Coworking

Small Business Labs

The recent European Coworking Conference was hosted by two coworking spaces, Club Office and Betahaus.    Both of these are very large compared to most coworking facilities. Betahaus is housed in a 4 story building and has a cafe, several floors of open coworking space and a big events space on the top floor.    I didn't find out their exact size, but my guess is they have around 10,000 square feet.    Club Office is even bigger. 

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The Balancing Act: Safety versus Risk

Office Dynamics

In today’s society, maintaining “safety” is prized above all else. The definition of safety is “secure from risk; certain; sound.” It actually makes risk sound like a bad thing! I’d be the first one to tell you to take a jacket and pack a snack. As in, “Safety = Prepared.”.

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20 Types and Forms of Humor

Daily Writing Tips

Humor comes in many flavors, any of which may appeal to one person but not to another, and which may be enjoyed in alternation or in combination. Here are names and descriptions of the varieties of comic expression: 1. Anecdotal : Named after the word anecdote (which stems from the Greek term meaning “unpublished”); refers to comic personal stories that may be true or partly true but embellished.

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Networking Key for Vets to Find a Job

On The Job

I just have one question for you today: What have you done to help a vet find a job? Read this story I did for Gannett/USAToday and promise yourself that you'll spend some time this Thanksgiving holiday giving thanks for our military and their families. And then help one of them find a job.

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‘Build it and they will come’ leaves too much to chance

The Small Business Blog

There’s an old adage “Build it and they will come” I’m not sure where it originates from but it was popularised by James Earl Jones, playing Terence Mann, when speaking to Ray Kinsella, played by Kevin Costner, in the film: Field of Dreams. I’ve heard this seen and heard this idea used in business, particularly…

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Five Simple Steps to Improve Your Concentration

Dumb Little Man

Whatever you do during the day, there are probably times when you need to concentrate. Perhaps you’ve got a project at work that requires focus (it could be anything from writing a report to carrying out some important lab tests).

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Startup Accelerator Dogpatch Labs' Impressive Numbers

Small Business Labs

Polaris VC Dave Barrett's A Deep Dive Into Dogpatch Labs  provides an interesting view and set of numbers on the startup accelerator. According to Dave (who is a former Lotus collegue): To date, over 350 emerging companies have been residents. Right now, there are more than 70 teams in the Labs. Team quality has never been higher & incredibly-interesting stuff is being worked on.    The waiting lists in each location range from over 60 to over 100 interested teams.

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30 Productive Things To Do In Under 1 Minute

Simple Productivity Blog

Mondays are productivity days at SimpleProductivity blog. At Your Desk. Throw Away some paper you don’t need. Check your pens to make sure they work. Reload your stapler. Delete 10 emails. File 10 emails. Cancel 1 meeting you don’t need to be at. Clean your computer monitor.

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Principles of Plain English

Daily Writing Tips

Perspicuous written communication is fundamental in every aspect of human interaction — or should I say, “Clear writing is important whenever people interact”? If I support the triumph of plain English over byzantine jargon and sesquipedalianism, I should. But rather than explain what plain English is, I’ll state what it isn’t: It isn’t all about short sentences. It isn’t all about single-syllable words. It isn’t elimination of elaboration at the expense of erudition. (I

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5 Reasons Being Self Employed Sucks

Productivity Bits

T here is a temptation at times to lionize the self-employed for taking control of their occupational future. The self-employed make their own hours and have the freedom to work hard or hardly work. However, while the idea of being your own boss is nice, the uncertainty and financial constraints of being self-employed can be a harsh reality. In fact, it might even suck.

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The Best Biz Mentors Can Be A Tad Crazy

The Small Business Blog

My Dad I reckon my first business mentor was my Dad. He started his own business, working from home, because, like many people I know, it was the best way of earning a living. His health was very poor so he had to pack in his job. In the five years between me being 13…

Ways to Master the Art of Perseverance

Dumb Little Man

Whether you’re trying to get out of debt, obtain a college degree, build a start-up company, or stick to a healthier diet, many of life’s most meaningful goals require a great deal of perseverance. Have you ever tried to tackle a difficult long-term goal and failed?

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Non-Profit Sector Added Jobs During the Great Recession

Small Business Labs

Non-profits were hit hard by the Great Recession.    But despite the negative impact of the recession on grants, donations and other sources of funds, the overall sector managed positive job growth from 2008 to 2010.

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Creating a PowerPoint Presentation Fast by Organizing All of Your Presentation Slides - Even if you have 1000s

Productive & Organized

Last Friday, I shared a post on how you can save time using a Master Power Point (Keynote if you are a Mac user) file to create your custom presentations really fast.    The post was shared on Facebook and I received some great comments.    But, what if you have 100s or even 1000s of slides to manage?    What if the files are huge ?    Today, I'm sharing one of the comments (with permission of course) and expanding on the idea of a Master File.

10 Christmas Organizing Tips

Ian's Messy Desk

Have you been a bit stressed during past Christmas seasons? Does it seem like the holidays bring too much to do? By organizing Christmas this year you can help to make this a low-stress holiday. Here are a few Christmas organizing tips to get organized for Christmas. Automate your card list.

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Be More Productive By Working Less

Simple Productivity Blog

Fridays are tip days at SimpleProductivity blog. This post was written by a guest author. If you want to guest post on this blog, check out the guest post guidelines. Conventional wisdom tells us that working harder means working longer.

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Life’s a Pitch and then they buy

The Small Business Blog

As a small business you know that every communication counts. When speaking with customers, suppliers, investors, competitors, or peers, the way in which you present yourself and your business will have a lasting impact on whether or not they do business with you, or in the case of competitors treat you as a genuine threat…

Play The Game of Life As If You Have Nothing to Lose

Dumb Little Man

A few days ago I was surfing with a friend of mine and what appeared to be a perfect wave appeared on the horizon. So, I started paddling for it. From where my friend was sitting he could see exactly what the wave was going to do, so I shouted to him “is it going to close out?”

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Affect vs. Effect

Daily Writing Tips

Among the pairs of words writers often confuse, affect and effect might be the most perplexing, perhaps because their meanings are so similar. Affect , derived from affectus , from the Latin word afficere , “to do something to, act on,” is easily conflated with effect , borrowed from Anglo-French, ultimately stemming from the Latin word effectus , from efficere , “to bring about.”. Affect.

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Are you just looking for a job, or do you have a campaign going?

Job Advice Blog

No one needs to reiterate that today’s is a difficult job market that is unprecedented in recent times or that regrettably, many people are looking for jobs for extended amounts of time—sometimes for years! As a career coach, I often work with such people, and I notice that they have things in common: None of [.]. Interview Skills by Alex Freund

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Good Ol’ Fashioned Marketing is Still Good For Business!

Step It Up VA Coaching

by Donna Toothaker. Most online businesses naturally focus on online marketing and social media to drive their business. However, traditional “offline” marketing methods are invaluable. They are still some of the most effective ways to growing your business, and should not be overlooked. First, are you using your mailing list effectively? A good mailing list is the foundation for your business. This is not just an e-mail list.

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For Retirement, 80 May be the New 65

Small Business Labs

We've long been forecasting and writing about the growing trend of Americans working past traditional retirement age.    But even we're surprised by a Wells Fargo survey showing that 75% of Americans plan to work in their retirement years - and 25 percent saying they'll need to work until at least age 80 because they will not have enough money to retire comfortably.    According to a Business Week article on the study, this means 80 is the new 65. 

Top 5 Tips for Running Your First Business

The Small Business Blog

The weekly top 5 tips post is always full of helpful hints and advice for small, home and micro business owners. Make sure that your chosen area of business is something that you know and understand, but most importantly it should also be something you enjoy and are enthusiastic about doing. Be frugal…

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5 Small Things You Can Do Today to Infuse Your Day with Positivity

Dumb Little Man

Everyone wants to make big life changes because they believe that it will make their life better. I am talking about HUGE life changing events that will transform you into some other, more powerful you. And, I think you’ve experienced it first hand just like everyone else reading this article.

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