Sat.May 09, 2015 - Fri.May 15, 2015

6 Ways to Find Your Calling

Dumb Little Man

Ah, to find your life’s calling. It might be big, it might be small, but it will definitely be meaningful. It might be something you do for a living, or it might be something you do on the side, but it will definitely be fulfilling.

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Are you a networked PA?

Practically Perfect PA

The word networking can strike fear, horror and / or joy into the best of us. Networking is without a doubt a valuable skill set and resource tool but for many it can involve going outside our comfort zone when confronted with the notion of chatting to a complete stranger.

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64% of Americans Own Smartphones

Small Business Labs

Pew Internet's U.S. Smartphone Use in 2015  profiles American smartphone usage and the growing role that "smartphones play in helping Americans access, share, and create information and communicate with others."

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5 Green Upgrades That Add Value to Your Home

Eco-Office Gals

By Jane Blanchard via Modernize. When you’re preparing to sell your home, any upgrades that add value are worth your time and effort.

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Dumb Little Man

I do not think that if you repeat a thousand times a day: “I am tall,” you will grow by the power of self-suggestion. Nor do I believe to repeat: “I am rich”, will miraculously turns it into a rich person for the night. But many people believe that.

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5 Key Steps to Creating Your Free Taste

Office Organization Success

You’ve done all the hard work in getting your blog site up and running… You’ve even got a sign-up box on every page of your site. Now all you need to do is get your web site visitors to part with their name and email address so that you can start and build your database of potential clients.

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Coworking Spaces are Human Spaces

Small Business Labs

Last week the results from the spring coworking space member survey were released at the Global Coworking Conference Unconference (GCUC). Emergent  Emergent Research (that's us) partnered with GCUC and Jacob Sayles of Office Nomads on this study. The key finding is while coworking spaces are definitely workspaces, they are also much more. They are places where members work, network, learn and socialize together.    In other words, coworking spaces are human spaces.

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Little Known Ways of Being Productive

Dumb Little Man

I still remember one of the first days after starting at University. Sitting at the back row of the auditorium, shooting the s**t with the others, hot girls with short skirts, no worries what so ever. It was all good and terrific for a young man growing up in a village of 200 inhabitants.

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When Things Don’t Go As Planned …

Office Organization Success

Our house move went smoothly, except for the cable/internet connection!

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Are Excuses Derailing Your Career?

On The Job

How many times have you made a New Year's resolution, or a promise to yourself that you will change? But within a few months of making such an assertion, you have fallen back into the same old behaviors. You make excuses to yourself, of course, but those are often ridiculous.

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How I Got Out Of Getting Things Done

Simple Productivity Blog

Last week I talked about my problems with Getting Things Done in the article "When Getting Things Done Gets In the Way". Readers were quick to email and comment that they wanted to know what I would use. (In In hind sight, I should have indicated this article was coming!)

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5 Ways to Manage Your Emotional Health Like Your Financial Health

Dumb Little Man

All too often our finances get most of the attention, and our emotional health gets put on the shelf to be visited another day. But the truth is, gaining financial health means nothing, if we can’t enjoy it once we get there. But how do we manage our emotions?

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Invest In Yourself

Office Dynamics

“You are your most precious asset. You are your most precious thing in your world. You must invest in yourself every day. Never be cheap on yourself. You are worth it. Everything you are and everything you will be. is the result of how you use your mind.”. – Brian Tracy.

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Systemizing For Team Empowerment

Step It Up VA Coaching

by Donna Toothaker. For any business, there are oodles of benefits of having effective systems – increased productivity, greater profitability, and ease of growth, to name just a few.

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Make Task Collection Easier

Simple Productivity Blog

"Out of sight, out of mind" is an old adage that I find holds true, particularly when it comes to the things I need to pull together, organize or simply remember. Yes, I have my task list, but it is the collection of these items that snags me, so often these things don't make it into the task list.

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5 Ways to Make a Workout Schedule that WORKS

Dumb Little Man

Starting a workout routine can be a hassle for a lot of reasons, for those of us that enjoy working out you’ll be pleased to know that working out has never been easier but for the REST of us there are a lot of “hurdles” that come with starting a workout routine and MAKING it work.

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How To Think Like Leonardo Da Vinci

Office Dynamics

“The desire to know is natural to good men.” ” – Leonardo Da Vinci. One of my favorite books is the fascinating book by Michael J. Gelb, How to Think Like Leonardo Da Vinci. It would take an encyclopedia to begin to share the full scope of his accomplishments.

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Why Some Leaders are Terrible Communicators

On The Job

If you’re a leader and your team complains about being overwhelmed, you’re not alone. We often blame technology – whether it’s the telephone 50 years ago or social media today – for much of our ills at work.

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Thursday From The Trenches Episode 13

Simple Productivity Blog

In this video I talk about how a simple sticky note keeps projects from falling through the cracks. The post Thursday From The Trenches Episode 13 appeared first on Simple Productivity Blog. More great content can be found on the site at Simple Productivity Blog.,

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5 Ways To Keep a Conversation From Coming To a Dead-end Standstill

Dumb Little Man

You’re nodding along as the other person talks to you about something. She might be an acquaintance you bumped into, or someone you’ve met for the first time. And as the other person finishes talking, she waits for you to say something. Then, it happens. The deadly, awkward silence.

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How to hire an organizer and be happy about it

Clutter Coach

by Originally posted 2012-11-27 22:08:29. Republished by Blog Post Promoter. When I’m stumped for blog topics, or I just want to see what people are saying about organizing, I go online and surf around. Today I came across a post from someone who had a bad experience hiring an organizer. If you’ve had this issue or have read about it and been scared off hiring someone, read on.

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When the boss gets the wrong impression, is there a limit to how hard you should try to fix it?

Office Dynamics

Question: “I recently had a performance review in which a couple of the things that were said about me were simply untrue. These comments took me completely by surprise, and I realize that in defending myself I probably came off as whiny and was very ineffective.

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Open Loops 5/15/2015

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: Getting more done on side projects. Replacing your blender with a smart stick (I don't think son!).

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How to Stand Out in a Sea of Content

Men With Pens

Click here to read the full article →Another rocking post from Men With Pens! How to Stand Out in a Sea of Content first appeared on Men With Pens Copyright 2006 — 2015, All Rights. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]].

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How to Free Up Time for Exercise at Work

Productivity Bits

Between meetings, emails, projects, reports and presentations, you might not think there’s room left in your work schedule for much else besides, well, work. You might want to reconsider, though, because a mid-day workout could be just what you need to power through your packed schedule. It might seem counter-intuitive to add yet another bullet point to your to-do list, but the benefits of exercise far outweigh the time it’ll take to reconfigure your daily agenda.

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Why I Journal (And Why You Should Too)


I journal so that I can celebrate the day gone by…and to plan for the day to come. Without writing out my successes and failures of the day, I’d have less direction to go forward.

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Financial Pointers for the Start-Up Business Owner

Small Business CEO

Working for yourself and running a start-up business can be a dream come true for many, being both rewarding and profitable. However, if taking the risk and setting up on your own is something you’re willing to do, make sure you know which financial pitfalls to avoid.

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“Comprised of” Revisited

Daily Writing Tips

More than one reader has chided me for writing “comprised of” in a recent post. Here’s the culprit: In the ancient Roman army, a centurion was the officer in charge of a century, a unit originally comprised of 100 men.

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Be Careful What You Keep On Your Work Computer

Administrative Arts

I was just reading an article at Office Ninjas about Journaling in the Workplace. It’s a good post and well worth reading. Be sure to follow her links, they’re quite interesting. It made me think of an experience I had a few years ago. I was working at a small non-profit (the home of wearing many hats). I had system admin duties as well as working as the Executive Assistant. I had been tasked with finding a certain file containing a memo that no one could remember who wrote.

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Why You Need To Take Personal Productivity Personally


Over the past few weeks, I’ve published a series for newsletter subscribers that discusses why I am no longer using Getting Things Done as my personal productivity approach.

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6 Top Tips on Promoting Your Business on Social Media

Small Business CEO

Social media is increasingly becoming a tool for organizations, both big and small, to promote their business and create awareness about their current and upcoming offerings.

Don’t They Have Spell Check?

Daily Writing Tips

We all know that spell checkers aren’t much help in catching homonyms. English speakers are still expected to discern the difference between pear , pare , and pair by drawing on what they should have learned in school. Some words, however, have no sound-alikes.

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Why It’s Time to Retire Your Fax Machine and Embrace the Cloud

Small Business CEO

Smartphones, tablets, and laptops are the top tools of choice in today’s business world. And before we know it, we’ll even conduct business on our watches! These technological advancements have made us more mobile, connected, and paper-free than ever.

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Belt Idioms

Daily Writing Tips

A striking headline from The Daily Beast got me thinking about all the expressions that make use of the noun belt : The Rustbelt Roars Back From the Dead. I thought a post about belt idioms might be especially useful to ESL speakers.

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Note or Notice

Daily Writing Tips

A reader wonders if there is a significant difference of connotation between the verbs “to note” and “to notice.” The question arose as he tried to decide between the following sentences to express the inner dialogue of a character: Rory noted that the CEO never asked for details.

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Daily Writing Tips

In response to my post about the use of the word unctuous in the context of cooking, several readers suggested that speakers might be confusing unctuous with sumptuous. If they are, they must not know the meaning of sumptuous.

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Dissembled vs. Disassembled

Daily Writing Tips

A reader offers this interesting use of dissembled : On CNN a state department spokesperson just referred to our soldiers having dissembled some weapons in the hands of Iraqis. If what the soldiers did to the weapons was take them apart, then the word the spokesperson wanted was disassembled.

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