July, 2011

Interns (& Internships) ROCK!

ProAssisting Blog

I know, I know… ProAssisting is a blog and on-line learning environment for assistants… and it is but before one becomes an assistant, they usually have had some experience working as an intern. Basically, we believe, interns and internships rock and that anyone in college (and even high school) should be interning during summer breaks and potentially during semesters when they have a break in their schedule. But why? What’s the point?

13 Ralph Waldo Emerson Quotes That Transformed My Life

Dumb Little Man

It was well over a decade ago, and a time in my life where I desperately wanted to discover the very purpose I had been planted on planet earth. I knew that I had something of significance to offer others, but yet didn’t know what it was.

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24 Time Management Tips

Ian's Messy Desk

Image via Wikipedia. Know what is important to you. Figure out your values. Make goals and review them regularly to keep focus. Learn to delegate: co-workers, professionals, family members, neighbour teenagers earning extra money can all help with your workload. Learn to say no.

Five Eco-Friendly Toothbrushes

Eco-Office Gals

Looking for a more eco-friendly way to brush? Ever consider the amount of waste that accumulates from old toothbrushes? It may not seem like much when you only consider yourself, but think about your entire family, neighborhood, town, or state.

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Two Years Later, Small Business Economy Finally Improving

Small Business Labs

The Great Recession officially ended two years ago.    But the recovery has been weak and uneven, with large corporations benefiting much more than small businesses.    This is continues to be the case. 

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Procrastination: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly

Eat Your Career

This article is the third in a 10-part series on the topic of overcoming career-limiting habits. Let me be honest: I’ve been putting off writing this article for a few days. Since we’re looking at the career-limiting habit of procrastination, I feel it’s appropriate that you know this.

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Some Useful Links

ProAssisting Blog

Believe it or not, we are not the only website out there dedicated to career development, job searching and work/life balance. I know, crazy, right?

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Staying Focused and Avoiding BSOs - 31 Tips to Take You to Focused Success

Productive & Organized

Do you get caught up in BSOs?    BSOs are "Bright Shiny Objects" -- those things that easily catch your attention and steal your focus.    You spend time there, but you know that you should not be spending your time on them. 

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How to rid the world of bottled water

Eco-Office Gals

Lately, all around us more and more cities, universities, companies, and the like are banning bottled water. Time even named ‘the war on bottled water’ #4 on its Top 10 Food Trends. Once hip, bottled water is now unforgivably ‘90s,” John Cloud writes in the article. But why you might ask? Well, cost.

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China's Rising Cities

Small Business Labs

Newgeography's A Guide to China's Rising Urban Areas lists the Middle Kingdom's 20 largest cities and provides a brief description of the 16 you've likely never heard of.    Below are the top 10.

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Learning to Love Change in the Workplace

Eat Your Career

This article is the fourth in a 10-part series on the topic of overcoming career-limiting habits. I heard once that the Chinese character for the word “change” was a combination of two other characters: chaos and opportunity. Now, don’t quote me on this. I have no idea of if it’s correct.

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How to Apologize

Ian's Messy Desk

Erich Segal gave us the classic line, “Love means never having to say you’re sorry.&# However, just because you love your doesn’t mean you never have to say you’re sorry. When an apology is in order, what questions do we ask? How to apologize? What’s the best approach to take? How do I say I’m sorry? For a child, an apology consists of a half-hearted “sorry&#. However, that won’t work for an adult. An apology needs to be sincere.

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9 Immediate Tips To Stay Focused on Your Goals

Dumb Little Man

Do you remember the new year's resolutions you set at the beginning of this year? What are they? How are you faring in them right now? If you're like most people, chances are you've long abandoned those goals. Some of you may not even recall what goals you have set.

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Creative Uses for 3M Post It Notes

Productive & Organized

Creativity with post it notes has been happening for quite a while.    In fact, the history of the 3M sticky note is that it is an adhesive experiment gone bad. 

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Reduce Your Household Bills By Going Green

Eco-Office Gals

Times are tough and money is tight for a lot of us. Here are a few tips you can easily implement to reduce your household bills whilst you save energy. Go Paperless.

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10 Signs You're a High Maintenance Employee

On The Job

There's been publicity in the past about demands by high-profile celebrities and music stars. They insist on only white in their dressing rooms -- from white M&Ms to white sofas to white flowers.

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If At First You Don’t Succeed…

Eat Your Career

If at first you don’t succeed, skydiving is not for you. – Arthur McAuliff. If at first you don’t succeed, failure may be your style. – Quentin Crisp. If at first you don’t succeed, destroy all evidence that you tried. – Author Unknown. If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again. Then give up. There’s no use in being a damn fool about it. – W.C. Fields. If at first you don’t succeed, do it like your mother told you.

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What You Can Learn from @Charter about Social Media

Tips From T. Marie

As a Virtual Online Technology Assistant and a small business owner who has had a good deal of success using social media I’m often asked by others about how to use social media successfully for their own businesses.

Mental Mistakes That Make You (And Others) Feel Like Crap

Dumb Little Man

Are you a robot? Most people would say no, but they don’t know what you are about to discover in this article. In order to function in our society, we have a lot of processes, beliefs and generalizations that keep us efficient.

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5 Simple Tips for Boosting Productivity

Ian's Messy Desk

Has this ever happened to you? You start the day at your desk full of energy. You’ve got things to do today and you wait to get started. You anticipate a productive day. However, when you get to the end of the day and look at what you’ve accomplished, most of what you wanted to complete is still undone. You were busy, but you can’t put your finger or what you actually accomplished.

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10 Apps for the Entrepreneur 2011

Eco-Office Gals

An entrepreneur is constantly on the go and needs applications on their iPhone that not only keeps up with a busy schedule, but which also helps their business in some way. Fortunately, the iPhone apps cover almost any business need an entrepreneur might want handy.

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Long Term Earnings Trends for Women (and Men)

Small Business Labs

Brookings has an interesting article on the long term earnings trends for women.    Since 1963 the median, inflation adjusted income for a women who works full-time has increased by 56%. 

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Break Through Stuckness With Hardline Self Help

Simple Productivity Blog

Look for the interview with Paula Renaye, author of. The Hardline Self Help Handbook: What Are You Willing to Do to Get What You Really Want? on Monday 11 July 2011. The Law of Attraction is all well and good, but it doesn’t work for everybody. Or most people, actually.

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Why Laughter May be Critical to Career Success

On The Job

There are certain jobs I've had that I didn't like. The boss was a nut job, the commute was a killer -- and there was never much laughter.

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How To Live The Maximalist Life

Dumb Little Man

Cut back. Reduce. Restrict. Minimalize. I constantly hear and read these words being proposed as to the future that we all need to face.

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How to retain what you hear

Ian's Messy Desk

Image via Wikipedia. Effective listening requires a degree of skill to retain what you’ve heard. After listening to someone speak for ten minutes, the average person understands and retains about half of what’s been said. Two days later, the amount drops to 25%.

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The Effects of Water Fluoridation on Children and Animals

Eco-Office Gals

Fluoride is a naturally-occurring compound that is present in water and soil. Some communities add fluoride to their municipal water supplies to prevent tooth decay in children.

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Is Small Business Ownership the Great Equalizer?

Small Business Labs

I recently posted on a study we did comparing the demographic and motivational differences between traditional small business owners and high growth-entrepreneurs.    Another part of that study looked at the competitiveness and success differences between different types of small business.    Our focus was to better understand how women and minority owned small businesses compared with small businesses owned by white men. 

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Why Planning Is So Important to Productivity

Simple Productivity Blog

Mondays are productivity days at SimpleProductivity blog. Do you use your productivity system for planning? Or just for keeping track of where you have to be and what you have to do?

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How to Beat the Sunday Night Blues

On The Job

Lots of people get the Sunday night blues, even if they love their jobs. There's just something about the thought of getting up early on Monday, facing traffic, dealing with a blizzard of e-mails and attending yet another meeting that can turn even the best weekend a little blue.

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10 Things That Hold You Back from Outrageous Success

Dumb Little Man

If I could show you how you can become an outrageous success, would you be interested? You see, human beings are naturally happy when everything negative is removed. It’s like trying to hold a beach ball underwater. As soon as you let go, it pops back up to the surface.

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Put Yourself and Your Team On the Road to Real Results

Ian's Messy Desk

Image by danielito311 via Flickr. The following is an excerpt from the book Revved! by Harry Paul and Ross Reck, Ph.D. Published by McGraw-Hill; May 2006;$19.95US/$24.95CAN; 0-07-146500-6. How do you inspire people to work harder, reach higher, and achieve more?

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A Green Kitchen Is A Happy Kitchen

Eco-Office Gals

If you love to cook then you know that your kitchen can sometimes take on a life of its own. Some kitchens are warm and inviting. Others are cluttered and can seem to suck the life right out of a person.

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Are You a Business Do It All?

Tips From T. Marie

We’re all familiar with the term ‘ know it all’ It’s a rather negative term for someone who acts as though he or she knows everything and who dismisses the opinions, comments, or suggestions of others. But do you know what a ‘do it all’ is?

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Does Your CRM System Help Your Business Grow? Interview: @batchblue

Productive & Organized

The other day I was working with a new strategy client and we were reviewing her client sales and communication processes. When I asked her what she did to manage all of her client communications she showed me a pile of sticky notes on her desk. 

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Three of Our Favorite Trend Sources

Small Business Labs

Our job is tracking and forecasting small business trends. As part of this task, we keep up with a lot of trends which at first glance don't seem directly related to small business.    We do this for two reasons.    First, a lot of trends that don't look important to small businesses right now end up being very important in the future. 

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How to Write a Great To-Do List (And Why You Need To)

Dumb Little Man

Do you have so much to do that you just don’t know where to begin? We all feel like that sometimes – maybe most of the time. When there’s a whole bunch of different commitments and responsibilities pressing on is, it’s easy to freeze up and do nothing at all.

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