April, 2010

Fight procrastination by eliminating distractions

Ian's Messy Desk

Procrastinators actively look for distractions, particularly ones that don't take a lot of commitment on their part. Checking e-mail is almost perfect for this purpose. They distract themselves as a way of regulating their emotions such

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Complete Your First Book with these 9 Simple Writing Habits - by.

Dumb Little Man

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5 Easy Ways Kick-Start Your Daily Personal Productivity.

Productive & Organized

As you search for your ultimate personal productivity blueprint, don't forget to think about how you get going in the morning. There are some simple things that you can put in place to make sure you hit your full potential

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Women In The Workplace

The Small Business Blog

This weekend I watched a debate on BBC televisions' 'The Big Questions' about working mothers and their cost to small businesses. There were two very definitive sides in this debate; the small businesses saying they can't afford to pay

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SMART Goals for Administrative Assistants

Office Dynamics

Guest blogger Kathy Tosoian shares a blog about SMART goals. How many times have we heard someone say, "I need to lose weight," or "I'm going to start college this year," or "I want to be promoted to Office Manager sometime soon"?

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Preparing for the Phone Interview

Job Advice Blog

It has become commonplace for companies to conduct phone interviews before bringing candidates in for a full screen. This has become a good way to identify unsuitable candidates and avoid wasting time. Many of my clients have asked me

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How to be content with what you have

Ian's Messy Desk

Do you remember buying your first car? You worked hard, saved your money, and went out and bought a 15-year-old used car. You were so proud as you drove home. Along the way, or even out of the way, you stopped to show all your friends

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Your Etiquette Practice Could be Killing Your Productivity

Productive & Organized

Stephanie Calahan 2 Today I received a really nice note from one of my contacts, Amy Humphreys, at Illinois State University. Last month I presented and emceed at a College of Business event on business etiquette

On the Job by Anita Bruzzese: 5 Important Rules for New Employees

On The Job

No one forgets their first job, just like no one forgets their first love. It's imprinted in our brains, part of what makes us who we are today. While many first jobs are tough -- who doesn't remember the boss yelling or co-workers

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Why Do So Many Small Business Start-Ups Fail? | THE SMALL BUSINESS.

The Small Business Blog

Why Do So Many Small Business Start-Ups Fail? by Stefan Töpfer on Apr 07, 2010. Small business success. Starting a small business can be a worrying and daunting time for would-be entrepreneurs. With four out of five small business

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AZVAs Podcast 3: Prepping to Attend Industry Events

Loosely Speaking

Here' Podcast s your quick link to the April 2010 AZVAs Podcast: [Listen Now!] You can also find AZVAs the Podcast on iTunes in the podcast directory. Here's that link: [link

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5 Ways to Free Up Room on Your Brain's Hard Drive

Ian's Messy Desk

can: you to: Give you error messages. Make mistakes; Forget to do something; Things start “slipping through the crack”. Run Slower; Take longer to process tasks and information. Slow down; Become mentally or physically sluggish

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How to Deal With Annoying People - by Dumb Little Man

Dumb Little Man

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Get Organized and Lose Weight!

Productive & Organized

Scale1 At the end of every year individuals across the world make New Year's Resolutions for the upcoming year. Weight loss is always on the top 10 of those resolution lists. It is likely that you had weight loss on your list for 2010

2010 218

5 Steps You Must Take Now to Help Your Career

On The Job

I sort of feel like I've been holding my breath since last fall when the economy started to fall apart and people were losing their jobs right and left. While I've always taken the job of writing career advice seriously

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Confront Your Fears and Grow by Jeff Keller

Office Dynamics

Have you ever been afraid or filled with anxiety before trying a new or challenging activity? Has that fear or anxiety ever stopped you from moving forward? If you answered "yes" to either or both of the above questions, welcome to the human race. Before going on, let's clarify.

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Making Getting Up 15 Minutes Early Easier

Simple Productivity Blog

One thing I have read over and over about increasing productivity is to get up 15 minutes earlier. People claim to have done everything from completing a degree to writing a book during this extra 15 minutes

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8 Ways to Calm Nerves When Give a Speech

Ian's Messy Desk

Anxiety is a natural state that exists any time we are under stress. Giving a presentation normally causes stress. When this happens, the speaker experiences symptoms such as a nervous stomach, sweating, tremors in the hands and legs

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7 Habits of Highly Excellent People - by Dumb Little Man

Dumb Little Man

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How Working From Home Can Work For You

The Small Business Blog

As regular readers of my blog will know I strongly believe that working from home is one of the best ways to do business. Not only have I worked from home for over ten years, but the majority of my staff at WinWeb.com also work from

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What toll has workplace stress taken on your life?

On The Job

Since last October, it seems like every time I interview someone they're sick, just getting sick -- or coming off a bout of illness that has lasted weeks. I've heard people cough so hard I thought they would hack up a lung

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11 Halos: Epicenter

Loosely Speaking

Baseball at its best: the minor leagues. The third week of April has us watching the Rancho Cucamonga Quakes in the California League.

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The Importance of Customer Listening

Customers Rock!

(Note: This post is a reprise of an earlier Customers Rock! blog post, and one that was very popular with my readers. As customer listening has become a common topic recently, I felt it would be helpful to post it again, especially as it discusses NON social media listening.

2010 183

Procrastination Carries Big Costs

Ian's Messy Desk

This is post 9 of my series: Inside the Mind of a Procrastinator. There are big costs to procrastination. Health is one. Just over the course of a single academic term, procrastinating college students had such evidence of compromised

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6 Ways To Become Productive on Facebook - by Dumb Little Man

Dumb Little Man

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The Zen of Social Media Marketing

The Small Business Blog

I'ma great believer in social media as an avenue through which small businesses can build a customer base and engage with influencers within their specific sector. Entrepreneur, Shama Kabani (formerly Hyder) also believes in social

How to Create a Sales Policy That is Fair to ALL of Your Clients

Office Organization Success

When you start developing your multiple streams of income business by adding products and programs which are available on your website, there’s a very specific policy you need to have in place … and that is a clearly defined Sales Policy.

Blog Hopping Tour pulls into the Loosely Speaking depot

Loosely Speaking

A huge welcome and a big hug for Sharon Williams , president of 24-Hour Secretary! Sharon’s been hopping around the blogosphere answering industry questions and promoting this year’s Online International Virtual Assistants Convention (OIVAC).

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Creating Meal Time Sanity with Make-Ahead Meals

Simple Productivity Blog

I am tired of cooking. There, I said it out loud. Putting healthy meals on the table, day in and day out, is time-consuming and can be a bit tedious. Fast food isn'ta healthy option, and prepared meals from the grocery are not much

2010 180

How to Improve Your Public Speaking

Ian's Messy Desk

Steve Pavlina has a great tip on one of his podcasts for this. What you do is see yourself as being in a dream and all the “other people” there are just projections of your own mind that you're creating and then that allows you to

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How Procrastination Can Make You More Productive - by Dumb Little Man

Dumb Little Man

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Expert’s Corner: Delivering Voice of the Customer

Customers Rock!

Recently on Customers Rock! Radio , I had the opportunity to have a conversation with Richard Owen, CEO of Satmetrix.

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Top 5 Tips for Small Business Taxation

The Small Business Blog

The top 5 tips weekly post is always full of hints and tips for small, home & micro business owners. Seek advice from a tax professional – although it won't be free, ultimately it will save you time and money

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Getting face time with peers

Loosely Speaking

This is the last full day of IVAA Live Summit 2010 in Phoenix. Whatever your industry, getting together for some face-to-face with your industry peers is more important than ever in this virtual world.

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Practical Productivity: How To Quickly Clean a Messy Microwave

Simple Productivity Blog

How To De-gunk A Microwave. Fill the measuring cup with cold water. Add a hefty amount of lemon juice. Put the cup in the microwave, and on high power, nuke the water until it has boiled (full boil) for about 10 seconds

2010 176

What kind of procrastinator are you?

Ian's Messy Desk

This is post 8 of my series: Inside the Mind of a Procrastinator. There's more than one flavour of procrastination. People procrastinate for different reasons. Dr. Ferrari identifies three basic types of procrastinators

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The Golden Rules of Great Leadership - by Dumb Little Man

Dumb Little Man

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