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3 Important Steps toward Living the Dream

Dumb Little Man

“It takes a lot of courage to release the familiar and seemingly secure, to embrace the new. But there is no real security in what is no longer meaningful. There is more security in the adventurous and exciting, for in movement there is life, and in change there is power.”

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How to Communicate With Confidence

Ian's Messy Desk

The post How to Communicate With Confidence appeared first on Ian's Messy Desk. Listening well, speaking clearly and asking the right questions—these skills are vital to your success as a communicator.

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Three Charts on the Economy That Everyone Should See

Small Business Labs

The Great Decoupling is a term economists use to describe the economic decoupling of productivity, wages, jobs and GDP growth. These 4 factors used to move more or less in unison.

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A day in the life: Saba Ali, Royal Academy of Dance

Practically Perfect PA

What are the main aspects of your role? I support both the Artistic Director and Director of Marketing, Communications and Membership. I provide extensive diary management including global travel arrangements, compile reports, agendas and for Committee and Board meetings.

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5 Tricks How to Overcome Anxiety and Fears

Dumb Little Man

Our brain is an amazing tool that makes us who we are. Unfortunately, it cares more about surviving than our happiness and for that reason, it sometimes makes calculations that can make our lives quite difficult. We all have fears, anxieties, thoughts or beliefs that hold us back.

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25 Years Has Been Quite a Ride!

Office Dynamics

Welcome to June! While I don’t like the fact that 2015 is passing quickly, I am eager to welcome June because this is the official month of Office Dynamics 25th Year Anniversary.

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The Number of Nonemployer Businesses Grew to 23 Million in 2013

Small Business Labs

The U.S. Census released the 2013 nonemployer business data. In 2013 there were 23.0 million businesses without paid employees in the U.S. This  This is an increase of 270,000, or 1.2% over 2012.

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3 Small Things You Can Do To Make a Big Difference in Your Relationship

Dumb Little Man

Every now and then it is good to take stock of our relationships to see what could be improved or worked on. Even if you do not feel that anything is “wrong,” there are still things you can do to make things even better and prevent anything from ever going “wrong.”

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Administrative Training Pioneer Celebrates Unlikely 25-Year Anniversary

Office Dynamics


Why Worry About Ethics?

Virtual Moxie

Almost as soon as I created AssistU , I created the AssistU Standards of Excellence and Ethics pledge.

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The GAO Finds Twice as Many Self-Employed as the BLS

Small Business Labs

According to a recently released report by the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO), 40% of the U.S. workforce is contingent, up from 30% in 2005.    The GAO's definition of contingent covers the broad category of workers who aren't full-time, permanent employees. The GAO includes the following in their definition: Agency temps: (1.3%). On-call workers (people called to work when needed (3.5%). Contract company workers (3.0%).

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Karmic Justice: Calm your soul and save your life

Dumb Little Man

It’s okay to admit that you sometimes feel lonely. That sometimes you wonder ‘If I were to die today, would anyone even care?’ Do my friends and loved ones care about me as much as I think they do? I myself have struggled with those same thoughts. At the time, they were my reality. But there’s a secret that I now know that you will too at the end of this post.

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Is It The Breakdown Before the Breakthrough?

Step It Up VA Coaching

by Donna Toothaker. As an entrepreneur, part of the challenge is getting out of your comfort zone-and dealing with the fears that come up. For most of us starting a business is challenging, yet breakthroughs happen when we step out of our own way.

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Are You A Productivity Evangelist?

Simple Productivity Blog

What do you think of when I say the word "evangelist"? Chances are you think religion. But evangelists aren't just for religion. Evangelism, according to, is "missionary zeal, purpose, or activity."

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Marcus Buckingham: The 2 Questions Every Leader Needs to Ask

On The Job

It seems a little odd when Marcus Buckingham states emphatically that leadership is “going away.” It’s quite a statement from a man who is billed as a leadership expert when being interviewed by Oprah or being quoted in numerous national publications.

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OPEN NOW! 7th Annual Done4You Giveaway

Office Organization Success

It’s that time again… it’s the most anticipated event of the year. For the 7th year in a row, the Done4You Giveaway of the Century is here with DONE-FOR-YOU business services and products — all FREE. No hype. No gimmick. All legitimate. All at no cost to you. And it’s open NOW! Click here to get your gifts now!

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My new organizing guide is here!

Clutter Coach

by Here’s the press release. Oakland, CA. On May 11, 2015, Claire Tompkins, the Clutter Coach, released her new book, Five Minutes to a Relaxing Bedroom , on Amazon. Compact and to the point, this book is designed to be read quickly and acted upon immediately, like an instruction manual. No one has any time anymore and that’s not likely to change. Yet, we all want our homes, and particularly our bedrooms, to be peaceful, uncluttered refuges from the pace of modern life.

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Productivity Tool Overview: Autofocus

Simple Productivity Blog

I have long believed that true productivity requires a variety of methods. Some days you need to may need to focus on a specific task and power through. Some days you may need to sprint through a bunch of tasks. Some days you may need to focus on your energy.

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What the Vanderbilts Knew About Employee Loyalty

On The Job

I recently visited the Biltmore Estate in North Carolina, a beautiful attraction in Asheville, N.C. that is the setting for the largest privately owned home in the U.S. Built by George Washington Vanderbilt between 1889 and 1895, it is nearly 179,000 square feet. Of course, with that kind of square footage and the thousands of acres that surround it, it's clear that this is a home that has always needed dozens and dozens of employees.

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The Story Of My First 220km Race – Ultrabalaton – The Second Marathon

Brilliantly Better

When I left the first drop off bag checkpoint I was in the race for 5 hours and 15 minutes. The first marathon was finished … The post The Story Of My First 220km Race – Ultrabalaton – The Second Marathon appeared first on Dragos Roua. Personal Development

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A Conversation about Clutter with Nicolette Toussaint

Clutter Coach

by Originally posted 2009-09-11 09:46:00. Republished by Blog Post Promoter I met interior designer Nicolette at a networking event (we are indebted to Irene Kohler, moderator of Linking Northern California, for introducing us) and found a lot of common ground in the subject of clutter. Her clients have needed organization as much as the space planning solutions she provides, so she had quite a few questions for me.

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Open Loops

Simple Productivity Blog

On Fridays I pull the best of my blog readings to share with readers. Topics can come from anywhere, and cover anything. This week I highlight articles on. Distilling books into short videos. Subtract large numbers with addition. Making a bowl with plastic Army men.

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When To Keep “That”

Daily Writing Tips

Since the 9th century, the word that has been one of the most frequently used words in the English language. It functions as pronoun, adjective, adverb, and conjunction. A browser search for “that” brings up 14,490,000,000 hits.

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The Story Of My First 220km Race – Ultrabalaton – The Third Marathon

Brilliantly Better

I left the second big checkpoint refreshed and eager to run. Unfortunately, the heat was at its peak, it was half past 4PM and the … The post The Story Of My First 220km Race – Ultrabalaton – The Third Marathon appeared first on Dragos Roua. Personal Development

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How Did Ben Franklin and Isaac Newton Accomplish the Work of 10 People? Rigorous Note Taking


(Note from Mike: I’m still very much in “Workshop Mode” as the recorded version of the Beyond Productivity workshop is being launched today. So we’ve got more guest posts this week.) The following is a guest post written by Michael Rank.

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What Do You Really Need to Think About When Setting Up a ‘Work From Home’ Business?

Small Business CEO

There are lots of options these days if you want to make use of your skills and work for yourself. Thanks to the internet, there are plenty of people out there hiring people with good skills in all kinds of sectors to work for them from home on a freelance basis.

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How to Write Without Really Trying

Daily Writing Tips

A paradox of our times is that, although schools no longer insist that students master standard writing conventions in order to graduate, more people are writing for publication than at any previous time in human history.

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The Story Of My First 220km Race – Ultrabalaton – The First Marathon

Brilliantly Better

We woke up as we planned at 3 AM and we ate. It was a very light breakfast, bananas and some protein bars. And some … The post The Story Of My First 220km Race – Ultrabalaton – The First Marathon appeared first on Dragos Roua. Personal Development

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Planning a Productive Summer


The grass is green, the birds are chirping, and teenagers are driving around listening to Alice Cooper’s School’s Out. I’m working on a plan for the upcoming summer.

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5 Major Concerns of Small Businesses as They Grow

Small Business CEO

All businesses begin small. And it is these small businesses that are incubators for innovation in any economy. They foster new ideas and generate employment opportunities.

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The definitive guide on how to choose your business name

Men With Pens

Click here to read the full article →Another rocking post from Men With Pens! The definitive guide on how to choose your business name first appeared on Men With Pens Copyright 2006. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]. Better Busines

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The Story Of My First 220km Race – Ultrabalaton – The Preparation

Brilliantly Better

I’m writing this 48 hours after the race. I’m already at home and the worst – in terms of physical stress – has passed. I … The post The Story Of My First 220km Race – Ultrabalaton – The Preparation appeared first on Dragos Roua. Personal Development

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Each vs. Both

Daily Writing Tips

A reader asks, What is the correct usage for each and both? Example: You and I both know what it’s like. You and I each know what it’s like. Each is singular. In relation to a group, it means “all of any number, considered individually.”

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Grow Your Business in Ways your Customers Will Appreciate

Small Business CEO

In today’s competitive global business environment, pleasing customers is no longer just about providing quality products and services. Winning customers’ loyalty requires you to engage them and stand out from the sea of other businesses.

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Ask the Admin: Notifications in Public Calendars

Administrative Arts

Today I’m revisiting an old Ask the Admin question from 2011. Because I’m constantly learning new things. This question came from Stan: I have a shared public calendar in Outlook 2007. Can I set it to notify sharing users of changed appointments? We found two workarounds. One was to create a public distribution list and add it as an attendee to each meeting on the public calendar.

Sense vs. Sensibility

Daily Writing Tips

A reader asks about the words in a Jane Austen title: You may already have discussed ‘sense’ and ‘sensibility’, but if not, could you program an entry. I am not sure if Jane Austen’s word meant something particular to that time.

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Preposition Mistakes #3: Two Idioms

Daily Writing Tips

in my defense/to my defense. Note: defense (US) defence (Br.). When speakers wish to excuse or justify something they have done, they often use the expression “in my defense.” For example, “Yes, I hit the mailbox while parking the car, but in my defense, I haven’t slept for the past 48 hours.”.

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