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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Change Your Life With A 5 Minute Habit

Simple Productivity Blog

This post was written by a guest author. If you want to guest post on this blog, check out the guest post guidelines. I love optimizing my life, but I often find that the idea of changing everything at once is so daunting.

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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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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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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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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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Should You Go Back to School?

On The Job

When I graduated from college you could not have gotten me back in a classroom for any amount of money. Could not have paid me to go back to school. I was done. Kaput. Enough. No more term papers, no more boring lectures, no more studying for stuff I didn't care about.

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Interview Part 1 With Paula Renaye

Simple Productivity Blog

I am thrilled today to publish an interview I had with Paula Renaye, author of The Hardline Self Help Handbook: What Are You Willing to Do to Get What You Really Want? She is currently on a virtual book tour to promote the book.

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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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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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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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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Is Your Good Work Ignored?

On The Job

I hate it when I do great work and it goes unrecognized by everyone except my own family, who I whine to until they say "good job!" They usually have no idea what they're congratulating me for.)

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8 Ways To Simplify Moving

Simple Productivity Blog

Wednesdays are simplicity days at SimpleProductivity blog. A reader is facing a major move in her life, from a small attached house to a free-standing house, this time with a young child in tow. She asked me to write an article on how to simplify moving. So here it is!

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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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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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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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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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Are You Crossing the Line When It Comes to Online Communications With Colleagues?

On The Job

When I was a young reporter -- way before the advent of social media or email -- a fellow reporter and I began leaving anonymous message's on an editor's computer. They were something about gremlins from outer space wanting to recruit him for evil purposes.

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The Slippery Slope of Non-Productivity

Simple Productivity Blog

Mondays are productivity days at SimpleProductivity blog. Have you ever noticed how one thing can cause an avalanche? A house with a broken window can spread unkempt into a neighborhood. A single piece of paper on the dining room table leads to piles that seem to spring from nowhere.

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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.

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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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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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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