Sat.Feb 06, 2016 - Fri.Feb 12, 2016

A staff away day that worked

Practically Perfect PA

Many of us will have no doubt at some level been involved in the Staff Away. Love it or loath it, they are events that we need to support. I’ve actually in the past run the entire event and it is such a large challenge.

2016 179

What do Do If You Love Your Job But Hate Your Boss

On The Job

When you love your job, but hate your boss, it can be tough. While you may look forward to doing your job every day, the thought of dealing with your boss is enough to make your morning latte curdle in your stomach. It's often said that people don't leave jobs -- they leave bosses.

2016 173

Startups are Everywhere in the U.S.

Small Business Labs

CB Insights The United States Of Startups: The Most Well-Funded Tech Startup In Every US State  illustrates that there are tech companies all across America. The article chart below (click to enlarge) shows the tech startup that has raised the most money by state.

2016 152

30 Inspiring Quotes By Rumi

Dumb Little Man

Rumi, also known as Mawlānā, is one of the world’s greatest poets of all time. Born in the city of Balkh, located in Northern Afghanistan, this mystical man was heavily influenced by Sufism and had a deep love for humanity.

2016 207

Bruntsfield Links Golfing Society – Edinburgh

Practically Perfect PA

The Bruntsfield Links Golfing Society are Golf’s great wanderers. The fourth oldest Golf Society in the world their Society dates back to 1761.

2016 169

How Eco-Friendly is your Furniture?

Eco-Office Gals

This probably isn’t a question that you ask yourself often, but: just how eco-friendly is your furniture? As a matter of fact, what is eco-friendly furniture anyway?

2016 141

The Five Faces of the On-Demand Economy

Small Business Labs

Last week Intuit released The Five Faces of the On-Demand Economy , which covers 5 common profiles of on-demand workers.

2016 142

More Trending

Take Control of Your Jargon

Business Writing

If you are an expert in your field or industry, you have probably learned a lot of jargon--and you've earned the right to use it. But you don't want runaway jargon to get in the way of successful communication. Gems of Language Positive Language Teaching Business Writing Writing Tips

2016 130

Gretchen Rubin: How to Make Teams Better Than Ever

On The Job

If you want your team be happier and more productive, help them develop the individual habits that are right for them and you will reap the rewards of a better team. Do you have team members that drive you crazy? Perhaps one employee hates rules and fights any kind of oversight.

2016 130

Interesting Academic Paper Deep Dives on Coworking

Small Business Labs

You rarely sees the words "interesting" and "academic paper" in the same sentence. But despite its title, Coworking: A Transdisciplinary Overview  is one of the best and most interesting articles I've read on coworking.    Key quote from the paper's abstract on what it covers: It argues that coworking is a complex social phenomenon that can be differentiated from other spatial concepts that relate to work, learning and social interactions.

2016 130

How to Pick the Best Wine at a Restaurant (Without Overpaying)

Dumb Little Man

We’ve all been there… You engage in a few minutes of small talk with the rest of the table. A couple of bread baskets later, it’s time to get this party started.

It’s Healthy to Have High Self-Esteem

Office Dynamics

Love yourself. In honor of the month of love, I am going to offer some great info I wrote a few years ago with my BIG Life project. People often describe their self-esteem like a thermometer. It goes up and down.

Just Because You Can Doesn’t Mean You Should

Office Organization Success

As exciting as working from home can be when you first start out, after a while it can become very isolating. Even though I’ve been doing this for over 14 years, there have been times where I’d wished for the office environment again just so that I can be with people and have face-to-face conversations. Over the years I’ve developed some tricks and strategies to help combat the isolation that we can sometimes feel: 1. Get dressed for work every day.

2016 120

Fighting a Hidden Distraction at Work

Clutter Coach

Many a blog post has been written about turning off your phone and closing your email program and browser so you can get some work done. Tips about deflecting office visitors and avoiding meetings can combat those in-person distractions. But there's another subtle way that you get off track, and that's by doing other people's work. The thing is, it's usually easier to solve someone else's problems than your own.

2016 100

3 Selfish Rules That Will Make You Happy

Dumb Little Man

From a young age we are being taught to be selfless. To consider the feelings of the people around us and put them before our own. Selfless people are likeable, always nice to be around and they just make our lives a little bit easier. But are they happy? Some of them certainly are.

2016 207

6 Ways to Boost Your Productivity When Travelling for Business

Productivity Bits

Productivity on any business travel is necessary, but it can become a major setback. We don’t always get to leave at the most opportune times, and that means we wind up having to shift our priorities to what we’ll be able to do at the moment. There’s no reason to agonize while you’re on the road. You can’t bring your office with you, but you can work remotely with what you have. There’s no reason to agonize while you’re on the road.

2016 100

Watch the Courageous Living Replay!

Virtual Moxie

Apologies if you're seeing this twice; for some reason, technology failed me and sent out the post in draft over the weekend. But here it is again, complete, this time. :) Last week, I had the best time being interviewed by M. Shannon Hernandez for her Courageous Living show and thought that some of what we discussed may be applicable to your life and work.

2016 113

The Pile-Free Zone

Clutter Coach

by Years ago I had a client who was plagued by what she called CHS. That stands for Convenient Horizontal Surfaces. Whenever there was one, she found herself filling it up with something and then had to work to get it free again. Your desk is a prime candidate for attracting piles, especially when there is empty space on it. It’s a conundrum; you want to have space to work at your desk, yet that empty space inevitably calls out to have paper piled on it.

2016 100

The Honest And Painful Truth About Success

Dumb Little Man

Let’s talk about Your success for a moment. The one you have always dreamed of. The image that fills your mind the moment I say the word. Yes, that one! That success that you have been making passes at. That success that you have entertained in surges of motivation. And shelved in moments of apathy.

2016 207

Why I Stopped Doing GTD: Part 1

Productivityist

This is a piece that was originally published in The Productivityist Weekly newsletter. I wanted to share it with you on the blog as well to explain why Productivityist no longer writes or focuses on the GTD methodology.

2016 75

75 Names of Unusual or Obsolete Occupations

Daily Writing Tips

The English language abounds with word describing occupations and professions that are rare or obsolete or are otherwise unusual and hence obscure. Here is an incomplete but extensive list of such terms, along with brief definitions. ackerman : a plowman or oxherder.

2016 75

Decluttering = Cheap, Fast Redecorating

Clutter Coach

by Sure, you can put some fancy European handles on your kitchen cabinets or install track lighting, but designer Christopher J. Grubb also recommends this approach (this quotation came from today’s New York Times and the link may only be temporarily available): The fastest and least costly way to update your kitchen is by removing clutter. “Do Do you really need the canister set, breadbox and all of the appliances out on the counters?” Mr. Grubb asked.

2016 100

5 Divorce Mistakes to Avoid Right Now

Dumb Little Man

Although feeling overwhelmed and confused during divorce is normal, remember to avoid the egregious divorce mistakes. It will save you time, money, and your sanity so that you can move on to the next chapter of your life better, not broken or bitter.

2016 197

Why I Stopped Doing GTD: Part 1

Productivityist

This is a piece that was originally published in The Productivityist Weekly newsletter. I wanted to share it with you on the blog as well to explain why Productivityist no longer writes or focuses on the GTD methodology.

2016 75

Ken Thompson's New Book on GAME-BASED LEARNING (GBL)

BioTeams

I am very pleased to announce the release of my new guide book: A SYSTEMATIC GUIDE TO GAME-BASED LEARNING (GBL) IN ORGANIZATIONAL TEAMS.

2016 52

Chasing Pigeons, Motivation and Barking

Brilliantly Better

For the last 2 years I lived in a block house downtown Bucharest. It’s a small and cosy place and it’s very close to the center (that’s why we picked it in the first place). It certainly has it quirks,… The post Chasing Pigeons, Motivation and Barking appeared first on Dragos Roua. Personal Development

2016 48

Synonyms for “Answer”

Daily Writing Tips

Answer is a word of noble pedigree—it dates back nearly a thousand years in its original sense of “swear against” (from Old English andswaru ). However, it’s bland and neutral, and a variety of synonyms with more precise connotations exist.

2016 59

The 106 Year Old Problem

Productivityist

I’ve just finished reading How to Live on 24 Hours a Day by Arnold Bennett. I discovered this book through reading Cal Newport’s latest book, Deep Work. I’m surprised I hadn’t heard about this book before as it tackles the topic of time management.

2016 71

The Productivityist Podcast 79: Think Productive with Graham Allcott

Productivityist

On this edition of the podcast, I speak with founder of Think Productive and productivity ninja Graham Allcott. We focus on the nine characteristics you need to have to become a true productivity ninja and dive into a myriad of other offshoot topics as a result.

2016 69

The Productivityist Podcast 79: Think Productive with Graham Allcott

Productivityist

On this edition of the podcast, I speak with founder of Think Productive and productivity ninja Graham Allcott. We focus on the nine characteristics you need to have to become a true productivity ninja and dive into a myriad of other offshoot topics as a result.

2016 69

Inundating and Drowning

Daily Writing Tips

I heard a reporter on NPR refer to something that had been “inundated by water.” Looking online, I found this headline: Family of Five Inundated by Water No Assistance Provided—Belize News. In each example, “by water” is redundant.

2016 58

The Multiple Meanings of “Hail”

Daily Writing Tips

When listing hail as one of the words used to describe precipitation recently , I thought about the other definitions of the word. Hail is also used as an interjection to acclaim (“Hail to the chief!”) or salute (“Hail, fellow well met!”) someone, though it’s an archaic usage rarely applied anymore.

2016 58

Bingeing or Binging?

Daily Writing Tips

What’s the rule for attaching an -ing ending to a one-syllable, short-vowel word ending in -ge ? Is the act of doing something too much, for example, an instance of bingeing , or has one been binging ?

2016 57

Without Let

Daily Writing Tips

A reader coming across this sentence in Arthur Miller’s An Air-conditioned Nightmare (1945) was puzzled by the use of the word let: Night and day without let the radio drowns us in a hog-wash of the most nauseating, sentimental ditties. Asks the reader, “Could this be a typo for “without let-up”?

2016 56

The 106 Year Old Problem

Productivityist

I’ve just finished reading How to Live on 24 Hours a Day by Arnold Bennett. I discovered this book through reading Cal Newport’s latest book, Deep Work. I’m surprised I hadn’t heard about this book before as it tackles the topic of time management.

2016 56

The Productivityist Podcast 79: Think Productive with Graham Allcott

Productivityist

On this edition of the podcast, I speak with founder of Think Productive and productivity ninja Graham Allcott. We focus on the nine characteristics you need to have to become a true productivity ninja and dive into a myriad of other offshoot topics as a result.

2016 56

10 Words Derived from “Scribe”

Daily Writing Tips

Scribe , from the Latin term scribere , meaning “to write,” referred to a person who performed the responsibilities of an accountant, a secretary, or both but later denoted any writer. Scrivener is a synonym from medieval Anglo-French.)

2016 56