Sat.Dec 29, 2012 - Fri.Jan 04, 2013

How to Work Less, Earn More, and Spend More Time with Your Loved Ones

Dumb Little Man

Most of us aren’t satisfied with the balance between our work and personal lives. We believe that if we work longer and harder, we’ll make more money for our family – and that will make us happier. But just the opposite happens.

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What can assistants expect in 2013

Practically Perfect PA

Well 2012 is over and done with and we are now already two days into 2013. Over the holidays I´ve been thinking about the year ahead and have lots of exciting things planned which will keep me busy. I hope you all feel the same and are looking forward to the next twelve months.

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The Top 5 Cities for Green Jobs

Eco-Office Gals

Eco friendly business and environmental responsibility are becoming more widely accepted–in many places, they are even being demanded. Reckless actions in the past have had a serious effect on the environment, and many people are trying to repair the damage.

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Quiz: Are You a Respectful Co-Worker?

Eat Your Career

Your office is probably full of different personalities— some easier to get along with than others. No matter where you work, or what you do, respecting your co-workers is an essential part of being a high-quality professional. Your team is there to support and guide you.

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88 Simple New Year’s Resolutions that Sneakily Change Your Life

Dumb Little Man

Don't you just hate New Year's Day? Even if you consider yourself a mostly positive person, I can bet that a part of you secretly despises this time of the year and all the baggage it brings along. I know I do. Another year gone by with so little to show for.

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Leap to Success in 2013 with Donna

Step It Up VA Coaching

Questions continue to come in about my 6-Month Lead, Leverage & Leap Private and Group Programs. I created a video, below, to answer the latest questions. But be sure to also read the Q&A post here which answers some others: [link].

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How One Seattle School District Saved $1.5 Million by Turning Off Lights

Eco-Office Gals

Every time that you get an electricity bill in the mail (especially in the heat of the summer or during very cold winter months), you probably find yourself wondering what you could have done to keep it from being so high.

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More Trending

You’ve Got To Pay The Toll

Dumb Little Man

Growing up in the Hampton Roads area as a youngster, I have seen my share of toll roads. In fact, I remember along one particular expressway you couldn’t even get off an exit without paying. As I grew up and began to travel I have been taken by surprise by unexpected toll booths.

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It’s Your Business – Play Big or Don’t Play at All

Step It Up VA Coaching

by Donna Toothaker. When Donald Trump began to map out his future, do you suppose his plan was to build just one hotel, or one casino, and stop there? What about Bill Gates? I wonder if his dream was to create a better operating system simply for his own personal use.

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Top 5 Tips for Finding Green Collar Jobs

Eco-Office Gals

Green collar jobs, those that promote environmental consciousness and sustainability in the green industry, are becoming more desirable every day. As the reality of our ecological problems becomes ever more present, people everywhere are starting to push for a greener tomorrow.

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How to Make New Year’s Resolutions that Stick

Ian's Messy Desk

It’s traditional to mark the beginning of the year with commitments to change, and goals to be accomplished in the next twelve months. However, it doesn’t take long to discover at the end of the year that we came no closer to achieving those resolutions than when we made them. Here are four useful suggestions to increase the probability that your New Year’s resolutions will stick this year. Be specific. A resolution such as, “I want to lose weight this year” will probably fail. It is too vague.

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The Big Finish

Loosely Speaking

Right here in public I am vowing to finish at LEAST 6 of my works in progress before starting any new knitting in 2013. Some of the pieces I have to choose from in narrowing down to six are delightful. I haven’t lost interest, I just needed something different to do at the time.

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6-Month Lead, Leverage & Leap Programs – - Q&A

Step It Up VA Coaching

My team and I have been fielding a LOT of phone calls and emails with questions about my 6-Month Lead, Leverage & Leap Programs for 2013. As such, I wanted to pass those questions and answers along to you, as you may have had similar questions. As a reminder, the details of these high-level programs are found here: [link] leaptosuccess . There are still open spots, I’m still accepting applications and I’ll be reviewing more this weekend.

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How to Develop a Sustainable Vision for Your Business in the New Year

Eco-Office Gals

Every new year brings new opportunities, and it is important for businesses to always seize those opportunities when they arise.

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Named In Top 5 Simplicity Blogs!

Simple Productivity Blog

A big thank you to everyone who voted for me over at Midway Simplicity. I have been included in the top 5 Simplicity Blogs! More great content can be found on the site at, or you can find me on Twitter ( @SmplProdBlog ) and Facebook ( ).

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How to Deal with Your Stress While in Transition

Job Advice Blog

Physicians and psychiatrists have proved that there is a positive correlation between stress and illness. People in transition experience various and variable levels of stress. And such stress is not a stand-alone issue but is compounded by other stressors.

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What are the admin’s ironclad rules?

Office Dynamics

What are the admin’s ironclad rules to live by? by MARY ELLEN SLAYTER on DECEMBER 26, 2012 8:31PM. in ADMIN PRO FORUM.

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5 Ways Your Company Can Get Even Greener in 2013

Eco-Office Gals

A new year is here.

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Is Your System Authentic? Or Is It Valid?

Simple Productivity Blog

Mondays are productivity days at SimpleProductivity blog. I was listening to a podcast a few weeks ago and the question that was being discussed was the idea of authentic versus valid. The discussion was in relation to a religious tradition, and as my mind wandered away from the theological arguments, I found myself thinking that this is often the debate in productivity circles, though few would label it as such. What Is Authentic? Authentic is the label we give to something that has a history.

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How to know your purpose with utter certainty

The Shrink for Entrepreneurs

Beyond my roster of paying clients, I deal with a ceaseless flow of entrepreneurial enquiry. Thanks to my free Clarity Couch , I have my finger on the pulse of the entrepreneurial mind. Getting stuck making the “big decision” is the most common issue I hear.

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Remembering Dave Burge

Office Dynamics

Today marks the anniversary of the day we lost one of our own. Dave Burge was the Chief Operating Officer for Office Dynamics International when he lost his battle with pancreatic cancer on January 3, 2011. His passing was peaceful and he was with loved ones.

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Top 5 Ways to Greenify Your Computer

Eco-Office Gals

If you’re someone who is passionate about being energy efficient, then you’re probably always on the hunt for how to greenify just about every facet of your life, right? Well, living in this day and age, you probably have a computer (or several).

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Are You Afraid Of Missing Out?

Simple Productivity Blog

Wednesdays are simplicity days at SimpleProductivity blog. I was weeding through my someday list in Bonsai earlier this week ( Reader Question: What Do I Use? ) and dumping things. I had so many projects in there that I knew I would never get to. And the recipes to try…it would take years at one new recipe per week to try all of them! I dumped most of my lists, and wondered why they had gotten so bad. True, I really haven’t been paying much attention to that list in the past year.

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Thinking Ahead


The best thing we can do on a daily basis is take time to think ahead. When we start doing that, we gain more time as a result

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10 Tips About Basic Writing Competency

Daily Writing Tips

Here are ten areas to be sure to attend to if you wish to be taken seriously as a professional writer. Formatting. Do not enter two letter spaces between sentences. Use of two spaces is an obsolete convention based on typewriter technology and will mark you as out of touch.

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Welcome 2013!

Eco-Office Gals

Out with the Old: I don’t enjoy the New Years Eve blow out very much, maybe I’m just getting old? The plan if I have my way, is a quiet night with the family.

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Open Loops 1/4/2013: Articles I Think Worth Passing Along

Simple Productivity Blog

Fridays are open loop days at SimpleProductivity blog. An interesting way to prevent burnt: take regular productivity cheat days. From Stepcase Lifehack’s “How to Use Productivity Cheat Days and Still Get Things Done” Do you ever find yourself upset after having listened to the news? How about skipping the news for one week and see how you feel? I did this as part of a media fast a few years ago and I’ve never looked back.

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Crisis Management – The Pacifier Model

Brilliantly Better

If you have kids, you know what a pacifier is. If you don’t have kids, chances that you do know what a pacifier is are still pretty high, because you may already have used one as a child. But if you don’t know what a pacifier is, I’m gonna tell you anyway: it’s a rubber, [.]. Relationships & Society attachment crisis fear

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The Most Overused Words of 2012

Daily Writing Tips

Words are sometimes randomly reincarnated to serve new purposes, and usually, the new usage is anything but offensive, and its connection may even be obscure: Does anyone object to the use of the word plane (meaning, basically, “surface”) to describe aircraft?

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How to Create a Positive Image for Your Green Brand

Eco-Office Gals

When you have a business, one of the best ways to market it so that it will become successful is to create a brand. Branding is about doing things that will help people to automatically associate certain techniques with your particular kind of service.

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2012: My Year in Review


Mike Vardy looks at 2012 and offers up his thoughts on what he did -- and didn't do -- in the year as it comes to a close

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2012 – The Aftermath

Brilliantly Better

I know I already sketched the most important things I did in 2012, but, following the tradition on this post I’ll do an aftermath too. Technically, this post is written in the last hours of 2012, but I decided to publish it in the very first hour of 2013, for beauty reasons. It just looks [.]. Blogging Business Personal Development 2012 aftermath

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3 Erroneous Uses of Scare Quotes

Daily Writing Tips

Rules are made to be broken, but more often they are made to be followed, because violation of those rules, in writing as in any other human endeavor, often leads to unintended consequences. One case is the careless use of quotation marks for emphasis.

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9 Useful Tools for a Small Business to Manage Work Better

Small Business CEO

A small business requires a lot of work in order to prove successful. You can use all the help you can get in order to manage the work and the employees better. Luckily for you, there are many useful tools available that will make your job much easier. PandaForm.

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The Apps and Services I Need to Use More in 2013


Mike Vardy offers up the apps and services he wants to spend more time evaluating in 2013

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Will You Be Making This Your Best Year Ever?

Men With Pens

Every year come January, millions of people all around the world decide to make sure the coming 12 months are better than those that came before. Last year was okay. This year can be so much more. And they’re ready to do what it takes to change the status quo and push into success.

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5 Other Online Dictionaries

Daily Writing Tips

Regular Daily Writing Tips readers know that I often extol Merriam-Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary , the dictionary of record for the American publishing industry.

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