November, 2010

Are You An Emotional Packrat?

Dumb Little Man

Confession time, until a few years ago I was an emotional packrat. While I would tell others to let stuff go, forgive and forget, and just move on, I would keep adding to my emotional baggage and never dealing with it.

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Bad Career Advice: Never Give Up

Eat Your Career

This post is part of my Bad Career Advice series in which I expose outdated, clichéd, and counterproductive advice for exactly what it is. I understand the sentiment behind this piece of advice and clearly, its intent is to push you past your own perceived limits.

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Green Gift Giving: Soda Stream Review & Giveaway!

Eco-Office Gals

The Sodastream products had struck my fancy for a few holiday seasons. Several blogs had been giving them away and unfortunately, I hadn’t won one yet. So, I was excited when the company agreed to be part of my Green Gift Giving series this season!

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Solopreneur Business Conception: Mix and Match to Spark Ideas

The Solopreneur Life

T his is a guest post written by Rob Place. He is the publisher of Solventurer, a Web site that helps solopreneurs during the start-up stage. Rob works as a small-business coach, trainer, and speaker. Thinking of starting your solo business? Don’t know where to get started?

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7 Things Every Virtual Assistant Should Know

Tips From T. Marie

I love being a virtual assistant. I love educating others about virtual assistance. And I love helping new virtual assistants get started. With that said, I also believe that if you’re thinking about becoming a virtual assistant there are some things that you shouldn’t need to be taught.

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Prepare for the Holidays by Purging Your Possessions

Ian's Messy Desk

Image via Wikipedia. One of the key parts of the holiday season is giving and receiving gifts. How that plays out in your life, depends on the degree of simplicity you embrace. Unless you have decided against gift-giving altogether—and some do—you’ll find yourself with a new load of things.

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Ten Life Lessons from Richard Branson

Dumb Little Man

Richard Branson clearly knows a thing or two about success. At 20, he started a mail order shop, and opened a recording studio a short while later. Now, the Virgin brand boasts dozens of companies and Branson’s net worth is estimated to be more than 3 billion pounds sterling.

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Cyber Monday Deals 2010

Eco-Office Gals

Granted Eco-Office Gals doesn’t offer anything that you can wrap up pretty and slap a bow on, but there are a few deals coming out for Cyber Monday that I would be crazy to keep to myself!

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Featured Soloist Tzaddi Gordon: “Become Great at Networking”

The Solopreneur Life

T his is “Featured Soloist,” a feature that appears every Tuesday at The Solopreneur Life. Tzaddi Gordon. The purpose of “Featured Soloist” is to give all of us a glimpse at how other solopreneurs operate their small businesses.

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Caffeine-Free Ways to Increase Focus & Attention - Productive.

Productive & Organized

Tweet "I just can't focus Stephanie. I've tried different systems and they don't work. I don't think I have ADD, but I'm beginning to wonder." That was one of the first things she said to me on the phone. Sara was taking part in our

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The Pantry Makeover: After

Complete Organizing Solutions

I recently partnered up with The Stow Company to completely makeover my master closet and pantry with custom closet solutions, a dream come true! The Stow Company supplied the product and Nashville ORG dealer Closets & More provided the installation services.

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Will You Regret This When You're 80?

Dumb Little Man

There are so many things I want to do in the short time I'm here. Some of these things scare me, some will challenge me and others are just plain fun. Unfortunately, life is very short and the older I get the quicker time seems to pass. I'm quickly realizing that I probably won't fit everything in.

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20 Questions to Ask Yourself Before Accepting a New Job

Eat Your Career

Woo-hoo! You got a job offer. Way to go. But before you jump at the opportunity, I recommend taking a few minutes to really evaluate the position and how well it meets your needs. (If

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Green Gift Giving: Piggy Paint

Eco-Office Gals

Stocking stuffers, we tend not to do them in this house. I find that there is just too much junk that goes into them, candy, junk toys from the dollar store, etc. I’d rather take the money I would spend on a bunch of junk and get one more decent gift.

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Featured Soloist Angelique Rewers: “It Doesn’t Get Easier If You Wait”

The Solopreneur Life

T his is “Featured Soloist,” a feature that appears every Tuesday at The Solopreneur Life. Angelique Rewers. 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 small-business strategist Angelique Rewers.

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Small Business Labs: Do Business Incubators Work?

Small Business Labs

Business incubators provide startups and small businesses with cheap office space, professional advice and other services designed to help the businesses get off the ground and succeed. Most are run by independent non-profits and they

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8 Tips for Christmas Time Management

Ian's Messy Desk

Image by EverySpoon via Flickr. Set an artificial deadline. Start your planning earlier and have it finished by December 1: the shopping, wrapping, decorating, baking, etc. If that seems too early for your taste, go with December 15th or 20th so you have a few stress-free days before Christmas.

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Six Ways to Trick Yourself into Working Harder

Dumb Little Man

I suspect that, like me, you've had times when you've thought if only I could work a bit harder. Maybe you're worried that your only claim to fame is going to be "World's Greatest Procrastinator" or "Biggest Farmville Addict".

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Creating Your Office in the Cloud

Tips From T. Marie

To the Cloud ! It’s the latest catch phrase for Windows 7 , but the cloud has been around for awhile. In fact, working in the cloud is something that most virtual assistants like me have been doing for quite some time. Virtual office or office in the cloud, they can be used interchangeably.

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Keeping it Green, Clean and Germ Free with Method. Review and Giveaway

Eco-Office Gals

So ya’ll may remember way back when my daughter was attacked by a staph infection in her toe (graphic picture be warned).

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Featured Soloist Amy Pryor: “Embrace Social Media”

The Solopreneur Life

T his is “Featured Soloist,” a feature that appears every Tuesday at The Solopreneur Life. Amy Pryor. 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 artist Amy Pryor.

Small Business Labs: Self-Employed Using Fewer Employees

Small Business Labs

September's Labor Review Monthly from the BLS has an excellent article on US self-employment. One of the most interesting charts is shown below. It shows that the percentage of unicorporated self-employed that have paid employees has

2010 183

Why Employers May Not Be Hiring Veterans

On The Job

Do you know a veteran? Do you know a veteran who can't get a job? Then, this column I did for Gannett/USAToday may be a real eye-opener for you. If you're an employer, I hope it hits home for you and the next action you take is picking up the phone to find a vet to hire.

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How to Have Enriching Relationships

Dumb Little Man

Imagine your life without friends, family, or loved-ones. What would life be like? What would you do? Who would you be? It’s certainly hard to imagine because a major part of peoples’ identity and lifestyle revolves around the people they care about and spend time with.

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How to Find Your Voice at Work

Eat Your Career

I know so many amazing professionals who often tell me that speaking up at work is a challenge. It’s not that they don’t have opinions—the certainly do! And it’s not because they don’t have the smarts—these folks are the best and the brightest.

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Green Gift Giving: Great Eco-Office Gift Ideas

Eco-Office Gals

With Thanksgiving fast approaching, it means one thing: gift-giving season is just around the corner. But kind of clueless on what to get your co-workers this year? Below is a list of great green gift ideas that will help you shine at this year’s office Christmas party. Reusable Water Bottle.

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Featured Soloist Helen Robinett: “Build a Network”

The Solopreneur Life

T his is “Featured Soloist,” a feature that appears every Tuesday at The Solopreneur Life. Helen Robinett. 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 personal-branding expert Helen Robinett.

Get E-mail Reminders Using Nudgemail

Ian's Messy Desk

Whether we like it or not, most of us live and die by e-mail. It's a necessary evil and can get out of hand quickly. One of the problems with e-mail is that not everything needs to be acted on right away, but if you don't have a good

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10 Things That Will Keep You From Being Fired Your First Day

On The Job

I think I've got a bit of a Halloween-candy hangover (who knew you could eat too many Milky Way bars?), so I'm just going to cut to the chase today. Here are my top 10 suggestions for your first day on a new job: 1. Be 10 minutes early.

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10 Life Lessons I've Learned in My First 30 Years

Dumb Little Man

Many people cringe as they approach the age of 30. For some reason, these milestones tend to get people thinking. Am I old? What should I have done differently? Am I really happy with this person I married? Second guessing is normal and I don't have to remind you of the 20/20 hindsight rule.

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Mindful Minutes: A Simple, Effective Way to Manage Stress at Work (or Anywhere)

Eat Your Career

Having written an entire workbook teaching people how to reduce the “frazzle” of life , it always surprises me when I stumble on a new stress management technique that actually works. Sure, there’s always some new fangled idea floating around.

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Guest Post: Simple Green Office Practices

Eco-Office Gals

As recent headlines suggest, going green in the workplace is a steadily growing trend. There are even awards for companies that can do it the best.

Time Management 101

Simple Productivity Blog

Mondays are productivity days at SimpleProductivity blog. Managing time is the basis for all productivity systems, yet the systems assume people already know how to manage time.

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5 Simple Steps to Eliminate Fear and Even Use it as an Asset.

Productive & Organized

Everyone experiences fear. It's a natural part of life and something you can't avoid. But most fear isn't real -- it's created by you. So the good news is that this type of imagined fear, having been created in your mind

2010 239

The Story That Will Last A Lifetime

Complete Organizing Solutions

Last weekend we went on our annual shopping trip to Hallmark to pick up cards and ornaments. This year something new caught our attention. Hallmark now offers Recordable Storybooks for The Night Before Christmas , The Very First Christmas , and Frosty The Snowman !

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5 Amazing Lessons from Isaac Newton

Dumb Little Man

Sir Isaac Newton was an English physicist, mathematician, astronomer, natural philosopher, alchemist, and theologian. He is considered by many scholars to be one of the most influential people in the history of the world.

2010 285

How much success can you stand?

Virtual Moxie

It happens. You envision a goal, work steadily, and reach it. Success! It feels marvelous. And then comes the dip. Perhaps you get a cold. Or you pick a fight with your partner. One way or another, you sabotage the good feeling

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