December, 2011

7 Secrets to Making This Year the Best Year Ever

Dumb Little Man

It’s the time of year when goals are made and abandoned a few weeks later. Will you be one of them, or will you set goals that have the power to change your life? Not achieving what you set out to do means you’ll yet again fail to move toward the life you desire, which leads to nothing but regret.

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What If You Make 2012 Your Most Extraordinary Year Yet?

Simple Productivity Blog

Mondays are productivity days at SimpleProductivity blog. It’s nearly 2012, and that means that I am in assess-and-plan mode. For the last three years, that has also meant using a tool that makes it a snap to see where I have been and where I am going.

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Your Dreams Are Waiting

Eat Your Career

The other day I heard the following: You’re not waiting for your dreams to come true. Your dreams are waiting for YOU to come true. At first blush, this sounds so strange. What does it even mean? I thought about it for a while and soon, I became fascinated with the idea.

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Featured Soloist Shauna Washington: “Stop Settling!”

The Solopreneur Life

T his is The Solopreneur Life’s “Featured Soloist,” the purpose of which is to give all of us a glimpse at how other solopreneurs operate their small businesses. This week we meet Shauna Washington.

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The Benefits of Renting Office Space

Productivity Bits

O wning a building gives people the freedom to do anything they would like with their property, but this doesn’t always benefit every business owner. Sometimes, renting office space offers business owners more benefits than owning. Renting Means Flexibility . When people rent their office space rather than purchase, they are not forced to remain in one place.

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7 Ways to Stay Sane During the Holidays

On The Job

I carry a list in my purse that if lost, would mean the end of my sanity. The list contains all the presents I have bought so far for Christmas, what I have left to buy and all the things I need to do before I take time off for the holidays.

Trying to Improve Your Willpower is a HUGE Mistake - Here's What to Do Instead

Dumb Little Man

When we're failing to reach our goals, we often blame a lack of willpower: I've gotta try harder. If only I could stay focused. I need to be more determined. I have to be self-disciplined. The problem is, willpower alone won't get you far.

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A Post Holiday Thank You!

Eco-Office Gals

I’ve been quiet over the holidays. Trying to keep up with work, holidays and life in general has been overwhelming. I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas. Ours was very nice, the kids had a great time that’s what really matters when it’s all said and done.

Top Tips and Tools For Managing Emails

Office Organization Success

Earlier this week a client email me asking, “Do you have 2 separate email accounts, one for business and one for personal. That’s what I have right now, but I am wondering if I should merge my email into one account, my business account. What do you suggest?”

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New Year's Wishes for 2012

Business Writing

People from around the world have been writing to me in search of the correct wording for new year's messages to their English-speaking friends and associates. To help them, I have composed these brief messages as models. I hope you. Courteous Writing Email Global Communication How to Write

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What a Rapper Can Teach You About Finding a Job

On The Job

There are some days when I think I possibly have the coolest job in the world. Because I'm a journalist, I've attended presidential inaugural balls, I've been with cops as they raid a drug den and I now have interviewed a rapper.

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Are You Making These 7 Productivity Mistakes?

Dumb Little Man

You want to get things done. You're keen to be efficient and effective. Productivity" is your favorite word – and you're working really hard at it. The problem is, if you're going about being productive the wrong way, you might just be setting yourself up to fail.

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Increase Motivation and Enhance Moods By Interior Design

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. The desire to achieve adequate security and practicality within one’s living quarters while maximizing comfort is nothing new.

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Personal Assistant Super Powers!

Practically Perfect PA

Every PA / EA has a set of skills that enable them to do their job well, senior staff might not notice these unique attributes but we should and more importantly we should know how to use them to the best of our abilities. Assistants are the superheroes of the office, possessing extraordinary superhuman powers, their skills can go unnoticed until there comes a time when they are called upon to help protect their colleagues! So what type of powers do we possess…? Flexibility.

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The REAL Cost of Not Having a Business Plan

Office Organization Success

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Is Donald Trump Wrong About "Apprenti"?

Business Writing

I was listening to a news show on TV tonight, when I heard Donald Trump talking about hiring 10 "apprenti." He pronounced that final word ah-PREN-tie. It is possible that Mr. Trump believes the plural of apprentice is apprenti. Grammar and Usage Teaching Business Writing

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How to Get a Better Performance Review

On The Job

I have mixed feelings about performance evaluations. I've yet to talk to an employee or manager who look forward to them. But sometimes it's the only way to get workers and their bosses to sit down and actually discuss what's going on.

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6 Ways to Start Your Day Off on a High Note

Dumb Little Man

I’m an early riser and I have been most of my life. It’s a habit my parents instilled in me ever since I was a kid, and nowadays I actually look forward to the morning. But for the first part of my life, my mornings used to be a bit chaotic.

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Life Reboot: Where Do You Start?

Simple Productivity Blog

When you’re looking at a life that seems out of balance, and you know that you need to make changes, the toughest part can be knowing where to start. Start With Questions. For me, the best place was to assess where I currently am, before deciding where I am going.

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WordPress 3.3 is here

Eco-Office Gals

It’s that time again – A Fresh roll out from WordPress has been released! Some of the features include: Easier Uploading. File Type Detection – A single upload button. Drag-and-Drop Media Uploader. Dashboard Design.

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An Overlooked Marketing Fundamental That Solopreneurs Must Understand

The Solopreneur Life

I n his book Selling the Invisible: A Field Guide to Modern Marketing, Harry Beckwith tells the story of Joel and Judy Wethall, who were driving from Tampa to Disney World when they were struck with hunger. They selected Burger King, even though they dislike Whopper hamburgers. Why did they choose Burger King? The Wethall’s alternatives were two unknowns — local restaurants with nice facades and hints of quality.

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The Decline of Marriage

Small Business Labs

Pew Research released a study showing only 51% of adults aged 18+ are married.    This is down from 72% in 1960.    The Pew chart below illustrates the steady decline in marriage in the U.S. 

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End Your Multitasking Addiction in 30 Seconds

On The Job

I'll admit I multitask. Not all the time, but sometimes. But I may have really curbed my impulse to do it while working while taking a 30 second test in a story I did for Gannett/USAToday.

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Whose Goals Are You Really Chasing?

Dumb Little Man

Do you have a big goal for the next year – or perhaps a three-year or five-year plan?

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Life Reboot: What Do I Want My Weekends To Look Like?

Simple Productivity Blog

Once I looked at my evenings, the next logical step for figuring out how I want to restructure my life is to look at my weekends. They are my largest chunk of free time, yet I have spent many weekends playing catch up, or doing things that don’t move me toward where I want to be.

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Top 5 Small Business Xmas Tips

The Small Business Blog

The top 5 tips weekly post is always full of hints and tips for small, home & micro business owners. Use the Xmas period as an excellent excuse to conduct marketing activities. Contact all of the people who have purchased from you in the past. Prepare for the festive season well in advance …

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My 2012 Career and Business Plan

Eat Your Career

As we head down the final stretch of 2011, I (like the rest of the world) am engaging in a little annual professional planning and review session. Today, I thought I’d share some of the highlights with you. After all, plans are much easier to keep when you share them with the world, don’t you think?

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Take Control of Your Finances in 2012

Office Organization Success

When it comes to managing the financial aspect of running your business, do you know exactly how much money is coming into and going out of your business each month? Do you immediately know whether you can afford to take advantage of an opportunity that comes your way?

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How to Search for Another Job Without Your Boss Finding Out

On The Job

I spent the holidays with family and friends, and the one subject that came up over and over again (apart from the discussion that we were all eating too much) was about jobs. Some people were looking for jobs, and others were complaining about their current positions. When I asked these people whether they were planning to look for new positions this year, I got a lot of "We'll see" or "YES!"

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How to Lose Weight. By Snacking

Dumb Little Man

Many people make this mistake of thinking that they can't snack at all if they're trying to eat healthily or lose weight. But it's not only okay to snack – it's beneficial. Snacking keeps the cravings down. You don't get over-hungry – so you don't eat as much at mealtimes.

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How Mind Mapping can Improve Creativity and Productivity

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. In our daily lives, we all face challenges and accomplish difficult tasks to meet our goals, whether they are personal, educational, or work-related.

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Top 5 Twitter Accounts to Follow for Business Tips

The Small Business Blog

For small businesses, keeping on top of digital marketing channels such as Twitter can be time consuming. The article identifies five of the best Twitter profiles that are publishing relevant and useful information for SME owners and employees. From online marketing advice to trend analysis and hardcore metrics, these five profiles provide a wide range…

Career Fulfillment Starts With Belief

Eat Your Career

This time of year, it’s always fun to play along with the whole “Santa Claus” thing. Yes, Virginia, he’s real and he’s awesome! Belief is a powerful, magical thing. Why throw that away just because we’ve grown up? Why should children get to have all the holiday fun?

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Should You Upgrade To WordPress 3.3?

The Solopreneur Life

O n December 12, WordPress.org released WordPress version 3.3, also known as “Sonny,” after jazz saxophonist Sonny Stitt. Countless solopreneurs, including me, use WordPress for their Web sites.

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New Manager’s Survival Guide: 8 Manager Mistakes to Avoid

Productivity Bits

W hen you step into your first management position, it can be quite a challenge. You’re worried about how others will perceive you as a leader, and you want to be an effective leader who does the job well. Even if you’ve been a manager for years, you may have these same concerns when you first begin at a new company. Whatever the case, being the “new manager on duty” can be stressful. It is important to step cautiously into your new role.

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Powerful Lead Generation Strategies for Adding New Subscribers Daily

Office Organization Success

With so many different list building strategies available it can be a real headache knowing which one(s) to implement.

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The Downside of Cleaning a Desk: Nature Abhors a Vacuum

Simple Productivity Blog

This post was originally published on 18 January 2008. There is a downside to having a clean desk. If the inbox is empty, something will fill it: Note from 2011: I was going through the archives and laughed loudly when I saw this. I thought I would share it with your for a bit of light-heartedness.

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