November, 2012

4 Ways Making Assumptions Can Ruin Your Life

Dumb Little Man

I remember a date I had back in college. We talked, ate a great dinner and had a few drinks. Things were going very well and I thought this girl and I were making a great connection. Then it started to get late so we called it a night.

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How do assistants get promoted?

Practically Perfect PA

Pin It. Here is a brief history of my career to date – After University I landed my first job as a Team Administrator at Deloitte, after a year and a half I left to join the Institute of Chartered Accountants where again I worked as an Administrator and Assistant to a department manager.

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How to Manage a Micro-Manager

Eat Your Career

There’s nothing worse than feeling like you’re being smothered, and micro-managers are really good at making you feel that way. They hover over you, constantly check in, offer instruction when none is needed, and expect you to do things their way and on their schedule.

DogVacay - Airbnb for Dogs Raises $6 Million

Small Business Labs

OK, I have to admit I think this is a great idea. DogVacay is an Airbnb-like service for dogs. The site lets users search for, find and hire dog sitters for the day, overnight or longer stays.

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Integrating Eco-friendly Practices Into the Business Sector

Eco-Office Gals

In the business sector, there are a lot of trends that come and go. One trend that appears to be here to stay is an emphasis on green or eco-friendly practices.

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What Should My Solo-Business Blog Be About?

The Solopreneur Life

T his is a guest post written by Dana Sitar, who is a freelance journalist and indie author. Dana Sitar. She shares resources, tips, and tools for dreamers in search of a path at DIY Writing.

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Are You Making This Common Mistake With Your Family When You Work?

Dumb Little Man

For practical reasons, you have set your work-space to be at your kitchen table (that’s where your laptop is). Since you work before your family wakes up, you are forced to be located in the kitchen: That’s the only available space to do work during those hours of the day.

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How to Deal with Constant Complainers in the Workplace

Eat Your Career

You know that person who always has something to whine about? Super annoying, right? Working with a constant complainer can be a challenge for a variety of reasons. And if you’re not careful, the situation could go from an irritation to a serious career killer.

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Are Kids Too Expensive?

Small Business Labs

Of course kids are too expensive. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, it costs $234,900 on average to raise a kid. This is up from an inflation adjusted $191,000 in 1960. By  By the way, these numbers do not include college costs.

Black Friday Deals Your Website Will Thank You For

Eco-Office Gals

We’re going to try to battle the Black Friday crowd this year to get both of my girls a 4G ipod touch. If we can grab them up we can finally have our iphones to ourselves. We haven’t done this in years and I can’t say I’m looking forward to it.

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Contest: Win Wonderful Day And Save Your Habits!

Simple Productivity Blog

Fridays are tip days at SimpleProductivity blog. With the holiday season just about upon us, it is very easy for good habits to go right out the window. Or perhaps you need to establish a good habit to get you through.

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12 Ways to Fail in Goal Setting

Dumb Little Man

Do you have something you really want to have in your life? Is there an ultimate thing that would make you the happiest person in the world? I think we all have at least one thing we badly want to get. It could be popularity, power, friends, love, money, lasting marriage, children, or health.

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Should assistants ‘make themselves look busy’?

Practically Perfect PA

Pin It. During my formative years I had a number of part time and weekend jobs to earn some extra money.

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How to Stay Focused at Work During Personal Crisis

Eat Your Career

They say work and life aren’t supposed to intermingle , but I’ve never believed that to be possible. No matter how hard you try, there will inevitably be a time when stress in your personal life distracts you from matters of work.

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Are We Becoming a Part-Time Nation?

Small Business Labs

The U.S. has always had a lot of part-time employment.  In 2007, a year when the economy was strong and unemployment low, a bit over 22 million Americans worked part-time. This was about 16% of U.S. non-farm employment.    The vast majority of these folks - 88% - chose to work part-time.  Only 12% would have preferred a full-time job.   As of October 2012, about 27 million Americans worked part-time.  This is just over 19% of non-farm employment.

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The Importance of Office Space and Location for a Business

Eco-Office Gals

Many business owners are unaware of just how important location and space are to their business. Getting the right office space is essential from the beginning because you will need to stick with this space until your lease is up. This makes it very important that you choose wisely.

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Make The Final 45 Days Your Most Productive Yet

Office Organization Success

It’s that time of year when we start to hear about setting goals for 2013; make 2013 your best year ever; up level your business in 2013; and all that other stuff. However, what’s being overlooked is that there are still 45 days left of this year … and you can achieve a lot in just 45 days!

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Working From Home: How To Protect Yourself Against Your 7 Deadly Habits

Dumb Little Man

Your friends are jealous of you. You work from home and you’re always bragging about how flexible, fulfilling and rewarding it is. No awful commute, no terrible boss, no pointless conversations with awful work colleagues. You’re in control and accountable to no-one.

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How do assistants ensure their emails are read?

Practically Perfect PA

Pin It. I got back from my holiday last week to discover over 200 emails for me to read, delete, action and generally sort through (I’d only been away for 4 days and that included the weekend)!

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Review: The Dalai Lama’s Cat

Simple Productivity Blog

Wednesdays are simplicity days at SimpleProductivity blog. I have a hard time reading non-fiction. But put the concepts in a novel, and I am right there! The Dalai Lama’s Cat is a book that teaches the concepts of Buddhism through a work of fiction.

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Go to School or Go To Jail

Small Business Labs

I was looking through some data from the Brookings Institute and ran across the graph below on the percent of Americans aged 25 to 64 that are "institutionalized" by education level.   Institutionalized is a nice way of saying in jail.

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3 Benefits of Going Green in Business

Eco-Office Gals

Many people have heard about going green with one’s business, but it’s becoming more and more apparent that not everyone realizes what this actually means.

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5 Etiquette Lessons for the Workplace

On The Job

The workplace sometimes changes so rapidly it's hard to keep up with what we're supposed to do and not do. But some things stick around -- like the importance of good manners. That's why I thought it was a good issue to explore for my Gannett/USA Today column.

7 Ways to Make Money From Your Smartphone or Tablet

Dumb Little Man

You may see your smartphone and data plan as just another monthly expense. However, many cash-strapped smartphone users are turning their mobile devices into portable ATM machines.

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Office Politics – do you play along?

Practically Perfect PA

Pin It. Last week I wrote a blog which asked the question ‘ Should assistants make themselves look busy? ’ I’ve had some great responses from people regarding the issue of perception, the way we carry ourselves in the office and the interaction we have with our colleagues.

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Crazy for Office Products: 16 Ways to Bring Fun, Function and Beauty to Your Work

Virtual Moxie

Tidbits about me. I have come, over the years, to know that I do my best work in a space that is, to me, lovely. As part of that, I surround myself with things that have meaning to me on a personal level, and use products that are efficient, effective, and generally beautiful.

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The Startup Fiscal Cliff

Small Business Labs

We hear lots of discussion these days about the fiscal cliff. This, of course, is about taxes and federal spending. But startups face their own fiscal cliff. Over the last few years, there's been a surge in startup activity. This has been driven by several trends. First, It's never been easier or cheaper to start a tech and/or web company. And the the maturation and growth of the Internet and other technologies and industries (genomics, clean tech, robotics, Big Data, etc.)

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How to Educate Your Employees About Going Green

Eco-Office Gals

In today’s society, it is incredibly important to instill green practices into your business. More and more companies are beginning to understand the importance of implementing these kinds of practices into your company.

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Why You're Never Too Old to Launch Your Dream

On The Job

Workers over age 50 may only feel exhausted when they think of starting over. But there are plenty of older workers that are successfully launching new businesses that will inspire anyone of any age.

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5 Reasons Why You Should Give Up Your Goals and Live Goal-Free

Dumb Little Man

How often have you struggled with your goals? Most people set goals to get away from something. Don’t have money? Set a goal to make $100,000/year and you’re on your way. But there’s a problem hiding in plain sight. It often doesn’t make you happy.

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Practically Perfect PA: Featured

Practically Perfect PA

I recently wrote an article for Olé Magazine entitled Travel: Do it yourself or use an agency? I thought I would share it with you…. Pin It. Blogger Practically Perfect PA aka Nicky Christmas gives us her expert tips on booking business travel.

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4 Areas To Hack Your Workspace For Better Productivity

Simple Productivity Blog

Fridays are tip days at SimpleProductivity blog. Whether you work in a cube farm, or in your own office, chances are you spend a lot of time there. The space where you work can have a direct effect on your productivity. Here are 4 areas you can hack to make your workspace a more productive place.

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Good Advice on Working From Home

Small Business Labs

I saw two good articles on working from home yesterday. Is Working at Home Right for You  does a nice job outlining the key issues one should consider prior to deciding to work from home.   The one item they left out is loneliness, which is interesting because it's the single biggest complaint about working from home we hear in our research. People miss the human interaction and social aspects of work. There's also a professional aspect to this.

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Digital Printing for your Paprless Needs: Holiday Gift Guide

Eco-Office Gals

I recently completed a project I had been working on the last few months. It was a great opportunity to flex my photoshop skills and learn about the world of publishing – or shall we say digital print.

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How to Stop Procrastinating

On The Job

I'm not a big procrastinator. In fact, I probably try to do too much all the time, which would account for waking at 4 a.m. and making lists and putting the pork chops in the dishwasher instead of the oven (multitasking is a problem for me.)

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5 Steps to Laser-Sharp Focus

Dumb Little Man

Procrastination, fear , and overwhelm are just some of the things that stop us from taking action and reaching our dreams. Is focus the absence of all distractions, or is it just a state of mind that can be attained whenever, wherever?

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PA in Europe

Practically Perfect PA

I did something a bit crazy this weekend and now writing this blog I am absolutely exhausted and in complete recovery mode but at the same time I wouldn’t change my weekend for the world. So what did I do?

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