Sat.Jan 05, 2013 - Fri.Jan 11, 2013

Boost Self-Improvement Results with 20 Minutes a Day Exercises

Dumb Little Man

“We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.” - Aristotle Ever since I was old enough to understand a few things about the world, the rule of cause-effect and reward- punishment, I already knew how to get better.

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Getting your motivation back after a vacation

Practically Perfect PA

Well today I am back to work with a very large bump!

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Giveaway: StudioPress & Genesis

Eco-Office Gals

It’s been a while since we announced our Like EOG & WIN StudioPress Giveaway and it may have gotten lost in the shuffle so I thought I would breath some life into it for the New Year. We love StudioPress at Eco-Office Gals and with the release of Genesis 1.9 and Genesis 2.0

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You Want to Grow Your Business – But Are You Really Ready?

Step It Up VA Coaching

by Donna Toothaker. Wow, I can’t believe we are charging into a new year already! Exciting things are happening, and I’m looking forward to a wonderful year in my business. How about you? Are you anticipating a breakout year in your business?

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Why Less is More And How it Affects You

Dumb Little Man

Ever hear that over used adage “ less is more ”? Have you ever really given it much consideration beyond it being just another catchy “happy-go-lucky” saying? Most people don’t give it much thought, but there is deep wisdom there.

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3 Simple Steps to Get Your Business on Track in 2013

Office Organization Success

As we sit here at the start of a New Year, many of you may be wondering what the heck you’re going to do this year in your business.

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Eco-Friendly Payroll Options for Your Business

Eco-Office Gals

Turning the average business into an eco-friendly enterprise that strives to do less harm through policies and practices is no easy undertaking.

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Are These 8 Mistakes Sabotaging Your Resolution to Change Your Life?

Dumb Little Man

You’ve resolved that this is the year that you’ll change your life. Maybe it’s something simple like getting up an hour earlier every day so you don’t spend the whole morning barking orders at your kids like an army sergeant as your rush them out the door without so much as a goodbye kiss.

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Email Subjects: Specific vs. Vague

Business Writing

What type of email subject gets your attention? This week I deleted 1226 messages from my email inbox. Viewing their subject lines, I was reminded of what typically makes me read a message: specificity--something specific in the subject. These are. Email

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Wireless Charging May Cut the Cord for Electric Vehicles

Eco-Office Gals

50 years ago, we probably wouldn’t have dreamed that there would be a time when many of us wouldn’t have to stop by a gas station to fuel up our cars; that electric vehicles would be on the market, negating the need for gas.

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Top 5 Tips for Small Business Success in 2013

The Small Business Blog

Top 5 Tips posts from the SME Blog are always full of hints and tips for small, home & micro business owners. Start this new year with a post-mortem of all the things you did right (or wrong) in 2012. It is important for you to understand exactly why your actions succeeded or failed…

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If Systems Are So Great Why Don't They Work For Me?

Dumb Little Man

Everyone is looking for the shortest path from where they are to where they want to be. A proven method for success is to model those who have already achieved the very thing you would like to achieve.

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Is Self-Employment Declining?

Small Business Labs

The BLS recently released their Industry Employment and Output Projections to 2020. One of the more interesting projections is the share of the labor force that is self-employed:  it's projected to fall to 5.9 percent in 2020 from 6.3% in 2010. At first this seems somewhat counter intuitive. But it becomes a bit more clear once you understand how the BLS defines self-employment. For most purposes the BLS uses unincorporated self-employment.

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The Job Interview—Morphed into Something Else

Job Advice Blog

Not too long ago, much-respected blogger Tim Tyrell-Smith of Tim’s Strategy conducted a survey, clearly finding that interviewers’ number one concern is “fit with the company’s culture.”

5 Ways to Save Money on Your Company’s Holiday Party

The Small Business Blog

With the Holidays still fresh in your mind, now might be a good time to start thinking about this year’s office party in advance. You and your employees have worked hard this year. It’s only natural that you’d want to reward them for a job well done during the holiday season.

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The World--and Your Biz--Will Spin Without You

Virtual Moxie

I’ve waited a whole eight days to wish you a Happy New Year, not because I was lazy and couldn’t be bothered to eke out a greeting earlier, but because I was enjoying my life and work was the furthest thing from my mind on January 1.

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The Power of LinkedIn Groups

Small Business Labs

We spend a lot of time on social media here at Small Business Labs. Twitter is an important resource for information discovery and, of course, we read of a wide variety of blogs. We're also active on other social media platforms.   But over the last year or so LinkedIn Groups has emerged as one of our key go to sources for information. We've found the discussions in our favorite groups to be excellent, the content relevant and the networking opportunities outstanding.

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New Year; New Focus

Office Organization Success

A Happy New Year to you! I hope you had a wonderful Christmas and New Year break. Here in the Lawton household, we all enjoyed spending time together, and enjoyed a few relaxing days in front of the TV, plus lots of time with friends. Curry night last Friday was a huge success! I do make a great curry … even if I do say so myself. We also enjoyed a fun day out in Columbus, shopping … one of my favorite past times! And we had lunch in our favorite Irish Pub.

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Presenteeism

The Small Business Blog

It is sometimes surprising how easy it is to get managers or business owners to believe their staff are working! Just clock in and all is well, but is it? If you need to worry about staff doing their work, you have problems. Motivating staff has to be the name of the game, not monitoring…

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Copyeditors Killed in Style Conflict

Business Writing

Reader Jennifer Schmidt of the Detroit area tipped me off to this import article in today's Onion, "4 Copy Editors Killed In Ongoing AP Style, Chicago Manual Gang Violence." Based on the comments readers post here, I know passions run. Grammar and Usage Punctuation Pointers

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What Does Your January 2, 2014 Look Like?

The Solopreneur Life

A vision without a plan is just a dream. A plan without a vision is drudgery. A vision with a plan can change the world. Anonymous). You know what visualization is. And you know that visualization is a powerful tool that can be used to help achieve any goal. I encourage you to use visualization in plotting your course for 2013. I want you to find a quiet place, and for 15 minutes I want you to close your eyes and think about the following questions.

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The Future of Administrative Professionals

Office Dynamics

Do you read Executive Secretary Magazine ? We do and we love it! Lucy Brazier and her team do a fantastic job and that is why Joan is honored to be on their advisory board and to contribute occasional articles to this fantastic publication. They care about this profession, as we do.

Moxie Tip 297: Figure Out What Your Real Work Needs to Be

Virtual Moxie

If you resonate with the goat path (as I call it), to be the best damned goat anyone has ever seen, you need to learn far more things, and learn them at the hands-on level. If, on the other hand, you resonate with the eagle path, you need to learn ABOUT all the same things, but instead of the hands-on level, you need to learn about them with the 10,000 foot view.

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Simple Productivity Blog On Vacation

Simple Productivity Blog

I hope you are all enjoying the winter! SimpleProductivityBlog.com will return with regular articles on 14 January 2013. Photo by Evan (Unionhawk). More great content can be found on the site at SimpleProductivityBlog.com., or you can find me on Twitter ( @SmplProdBlog ) and Facebook ( Facebook.com/SimpleProductivity ). The post Simple Productivity Blog On Vacation appeared first on SimpleProductivityBlog.com. Out Of The Box

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30 Problem Words and Phrases

Daily Writing Tips

Tried-and-true words and phrases are convenient, but they are also truly trying — as with clichés, when a writer relies too heavily on stock usage, the resulting prose is tired and uninspired. Watch out for the following deadly usages.

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Are You Dreaming BIG Enough Yet?

Office Dynamics

The theme around our office this month is Dream BIG. We meet daily for our Pillar Huddle and our huddles this week were all around this theme. The discussions have been really great and everyone is really diving deep into thought about what their dreams truly are. Have you done that for yourself yet?

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Moxie Tip 295: Figure Out Who Your Perfect Market is and Connect with Them

Virtual Moxie

It's not the unrealistic ones in the client pool. But who is it? Check in with your heart--it knows. I realize that all of this may require some educating of clients (although probably less than you're thinking when you find your perfect market). All of it requires you to stay grounded in who you are and what you love to do, and to let your work speak for you as you model for clients how much they need both eagle and goat support. But don’t you jump on their crazy.

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The Hard Work Myth: The Missing Piece of the Puzzle

Men With Pens

So you have your blog set up. You have a great idea and some business direction. You’re excited about this! You’ve seen the big guys (and girls!) raking in massive incomes… now it’s your turn. Right? Well, sort of.

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50 Idioms About Meat and Dairy Products

Daily Writing Tips

Expressions that figuratively to livestock and other animals and animal products abound in English idiom. Here are many such morsels. To “bring home the bacon” is to earn money at a job, but to “save (someone’s) bacon” is to help or rescue someone when they are in trouble or risking failure.

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Dream Big!

Office Dynamics

Welcome to a new year Monday Motivators! I have a special video message for you included below before you read my message for today. I imagine many of you are just returning to work after a long holiday break.

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Moxie Tip 298: Tell the Truth

Virtual Moxie

I say damn the torpedoes. You're human. You'll make mistakes--most of which are pretty easily remedied. You have the right to say no and disappoint others. It's ok to be you--fully and transparently. And when you do, it's actually an investment in the relationship. It's saying, "I care more about us and the well-being of our relationship than I do about my comfort or your disappointment." Smart clients will meet you in the wonderful middle space you create. And those who don't?

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How to Win Your Spot in the DFW Writing Course

Men With Pens

Since its inception, Damn Fine Words has changed the way people do business – through words alone.

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"Man. Because he sacrifices his health in order to make money. Then he sacrifices money to recuperate."

Denise Aday

Because he sacrifices his health in order to make money. Then he sacrifices money to recuperate his health.

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Are Administrative Assistants Being Phased Out?

Office Dynamics

As you look through lists of clerical and administrative positions during your job search, you may find yourself wondering if administrative assistants are being phased out in the workplace. This may be a valid concern; after all, much of the work done by administrative assistants in the past can now be accomplished by office automation equipment or advances in technology software. Despite that, more work for administrative professionals can be found in an office setting than you might assume.

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Moxie Tip 296: Standards Aren't About Perfectionism. They're About Fit

Virtual Moxie

Your standards need to fit you now. And since you're a growing being, as you grow, so should they. As you grow, your wits sharpen, life changes, and so should your standards in business and life. Moxie Tips assistu be a successful virtual assistant moxie tips virtual assistant virtual assistant success tips virtual assistants

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Achieving Clearance

Productivityist

Clearance isn't the same as clarity. Yet without clearance, you can't get close to clarity on anything.let alone some things

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5 Errors in Treating Quotations

Daily Writing Tips

When you quote another person, be sure to avoid these pitfalls of quotation format. Sometimes, LaPierre said, “The only thing to stop a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun.”.

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