Sat.Aug 15, 2015 - Fri.Aug 21, 2015

Fitter, Happier and More Productive in 5 Simple Steps

Dumb Little Man

Many people complain that they lack the energy to meet all the demands of their day. Human beings are not equipped by nature for the modern pace of living, so you must adapt, managing your input and output of energy carefully.

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A day in the life: Hannah Rogerson, PA, Absolute Taste

Practically Perfect PA

What are the main aspects of your role? My role is very varied and probably doesn’t sit within the ‘traditional PA’ job description that many would think.

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The State of the VC Industry - Fewer Firms, More Funding

Small Business Labs

TrueBridge Capital Partners recently released a report on the State of the Venture Capital Industry. It covers venture capital firm fundraising, investments, valuations, exits, and returns with a focus on 2014, but also has a lot of historical data. A couple of charts jumped out at me.

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6 Clear Steps to Resolving Team Problems

Office Dynamics

No team exists without some problems. No relationship exists without some problems, whether small or large. It is important to the team relationship not to let problems tear down the team and reduce the team’s effectiveness. Turn obstacles into opportunities for growth. Focus on possibilities.

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Do These 5 Things To Wake Up Energized (And Productive) Every Day

Dumb Little Man

Picture this: you open your eyes as you wake up to a sunrise. Without a moment’s delay, you get out of bed and stretch. It’s an exciting day ahead and you can’t wait to get started. You quickly get changed into your gym clothes and head outside for a nice jog in the quiet, peaceful morning.

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Technology of the week: Canva

Practically Perfect PA

What is Canva? Canva is a start-up based in Sydney which aims to make graphics design easier for small businesses and individuals. What does it do? Designing graphics for websites, social media platforms, presentations, and brochures can be a tricky business.

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Help Everyone Who Asks

Virtual Moxie

Waaaay back in the day, I was Cheryl Richardson 's Virtual Assistant, she was the new president of ICF, and we were deeply engaged in working on the first-ever International Coach Federation conference.

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Three Absolute Musts If You Want To Grow Your Business Working In Your Pajamas

Dumb Little Man

Let me let you into a secret… I am usually working in my pajamas! And yes, it is kinda weird and maybe that puts you off me but the truth is, I love the flexibility of my life! I love the fact that I can work from my bed if I so choose and I can still create wealth while doing it!

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Practically Perfect PA 2015 Survey

Practically Perfect PA

Practically Perfect PA is nearly four years old. The blog has come a long way since October 2011 and I’m really excited about what we have planned for the next few months, including Assist Travel and the next Assist Conference.

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Coworking, Social Contacts and Weak Ties

Small Business Labs

The Pacific Standard's The Future of Work: The Water Cooler and the Fridge covers a fascinating academic research study  on the important social role offices play.    Key quote from the article: But the office is not merely a place for productivity; it is also a place for social contact.

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Why "Busyness" is Ruining Your Career and Business

On The Job

Shaa Wasmund says she often advises entrepreneurs or those scaling their business to identify the one thing they can do that day that will make the biggest difference. Not five things. Not three things. That’s when she usually sees the panic start to set in.

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4 Branding Secrets from Eminem

Dumb Little Man

In 1996 we were a world in transition. From Osama Bin Laden being expelled from Sudan, Mad Cow Disease outbreak in Britain and turbulent economic times in the US, our news was flooded with woes.

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A Secretary vs An Executive Assistant

Office Dynamics

As the CEO and founder of Office Dynamics International, I’ve been fortunate to work side-by-side with CEOs, Presidents, and Vice Presidents for more than 40 years. I highly respect and admire these individuals. I always learn a great deal from them.

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Retail and the Growing Experience Economy

Small Business Labs

The New York Times article Stores Suffer From a Shift of Behavior in Buyers  covers the growing consumer trend towards purchasing experiences over objects. Key quote: Analysts say a wider shift is afoot in the mind of the American consumer, spurred by the popularity of a growing body of scientific studies that appear to show that experiences, not objects, bring the most happiness. Millennials

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Re-inspire Yourself this Fall!

Step It Up VA Coaching

by Donna Toothaker. The fall is nearly upon us, and sure – this is the time of year when the air cools down, the sun sets earlier, and we prepare for the dormant winter season. But in business, fall is also a time of new beginnings.

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Sleeping Always Matters

Dumb Little Man

Sleeping is usually an underestimated activity either because we are not aware of what goes on during sleep or due to such a tiring and stressful routine that we only want to lie down and fall asleep.

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5 Communication Mistakes Made By Young Leaders

On The Job

Young leaders are faced with numerous challenges, but perhaps none are greater than learning to communicate and connect with employees. If they fail in those areas, they may find their teams underperforming and their own careers in jeopardy.

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4 Ways Over-Delivering at Work Can Backfire

Eat Your Career

After a brief hiatus, I’m proud to announce that I am, once again, a featured career expert on US News & World Report ! I’ll be contributing an original article over there once a month on various career-related topics so keep your eye out. Don’t worry; I’ll share them here as well!). This month’s article challenges a popular workplace rule: “under promise and over deliver” I know, I know. In the past, I’ve touted the benefits of this rule.

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Supercharge Your Google Calendar

Simple Productivity Blog

Google Calendar is a powerful tool. It allows you to access your calendars from anywhere on the web.and there are many applications that allow you to get the data offline as well.

3 Signs You’re Losing Hope

Dumb Little Man

On the subject of hope, civil rights hero Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. said, “We must accept finite disappointment, but never lose infinite hope.” This would suggest to me that life will surly deal us all plenty of opportunities to embraced the darkness of hopelessness, but we have to learn to dig deeper to lay hold of an expectation that we are always progressing. Without this trait, we run the risk of be swallowed whole by the monster of despair.

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10 Productivity Tips for Around the Office

Productivity Bits

Offices were meant to be the best place to get work done. But between the people milling around, the allure of the internet to distract us and the general din that occurs when you stick hundreds of people in a big room together, sometimes it can be hard to be productive. We’ve got 10 tips to keep you going, even in the most distracting of offices. Thank you for subscribing! Please grab my free productivity ebook!

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4 Ways Over-Delivering at Work Can Backfire

Eat Your Career

After a brief hiatus, I’m proud to announce that I am, once again, a featured career expert on US News & World Report ! I’ll be contributing an original article over there once a month on various career-related topics so keep your eye out. Don’t worry; I’ll share them here as well!). This month’s article challenges a popular workplace rule: “under promise and over deliver” I know, I know. In the past, I’ve touted the benefits of this rule.

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Win On The Weekends By Losing Football


Recently, Mike wrote a post titled Throw The Deep Ball where he wrote about the forward pass and how sometimes we need to take risks and go for big gains rather than small improvements. That works well for Mike, but I wanted to switch to the other side of the ball and tell you why I disagree.

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Exceptions for Hyphenating Compound Adjectives

Daily Writing Tips

Sometimes readers ask for posts that would require superhuman powers on my part: Kindly produce an article containing all the exceptions for hyphenating compound adjectives, with examples. Hyphenation is not an exact science, and not all style guides agree on the rules.

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Freedom's Just Another Word for Nothing Left to Lose

Clutter Coach

by Originally posted 2011-05-12 15:48:09. Republished by Blog Post Promoter Two years ago, Jenny’s life turned upside down. “The Universe,” she says, “picked me up and spun me around.” ” She landed in Detroit with her computer and a few bags of clothes. Nothing else. At first, she missed her books and her photo albums, but none of the other stuff. Not a thing. That came as a big surprise.

2015 109

Loan or Line of Credit? 7 Key Differences you Need to Know

Small Business CEO

There are several key differences between a loan and a line of credit ( LOC ). Differences you need to go before putting yourself at the mercy of a bank loan manager or outside lender. A loan is a one time deal.

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The Productivityist Podcast 53: Making Teamwork Work with Sebastian Klein of Blinkist


Being productive on your own can be a challenge with everything we face today but being productive as a team can be even more daunting – especially when they are spread out across the globe.

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Diminish, Decline, and Dwindle

Daily Writing Tips

A reader asks, Can you please post an article on the correct usage of the words diminish , decline , and dwindle ?

2015 102

Win a Scholarship to the Damn Fine Words Writing Course

Men With Pens

Click here to read the full article →Another rocking post from Men With Pens! Win a Scholarship to the Damn Fine Words Writing Course 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 Writing

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How to Take OmniFocus to the Next Level


I had the privilege of reviewing Creating Flow with OmniFocus 2 by Kourosh Dini and I took many positive influences from it. In fact, the mainstay of my current setup is down to the advice and recommendations that are laid out in the book. This post is being created as a direct result of the book.

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A Look At 3 Great Alternatives To IQTell


All-in-one task management solution IQTell is shutting its doors (more specific details here ) and now a loyal user base is looking for other options to keep tabs on everything they’ve got on the go.

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Demanding, Demandable, and In Demand

Daily Writing Tips

This may be chiefly an ESL phenomenon, but confusion exists concerning the use of the adjective demandable. My attention was drawn to the topic by this email: I am an English teacher [from Turkmenistan]. I know English pretty well; however, I confuse the words “demanding” and “demandable.”

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8 Expressions with the Word Quick

Daily Writing Tips

The English word quick is related to Latin vivus , “alive.”. The version of the Apostle’s Creed I grew up with contains this sentence: “Thence He shall come to judge the quick and the dead.”

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Daily Writing Tips

This use of the word dispositive in a letter to the editor in my morning paper left me puzzled: Religious dogma and scripture tend to be grab-bags out of which all kinds of often-contradictory points can be made by [whoever] wants to reach in, and who is to say which of them is dispositive?

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It Ends When…

Daily Writing Tips

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Rite, Shine, and Recognize

Daily Writing Tips

Here are three miscellaneous errors that cropped up in one morning’s batch of letters to the editor in my morning paper.

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