Sat.Dec 22, 2012 - Fri.Dec 28, 2012

5 Unconventional Tips for Finding and Following Your Passion

Dumb Little Man

There are a lot of people today that are fresh out of college or university, and they don’t know what to do. Or maybe someone has lost their job , and they are staring into the dark abyss of the future without a clue as to where to start.

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How to Conduct an Energy Audit at Your Place of Business

Eco-Office Gals

Have you looked at your utility bills at work and wondered what you can do to lower the amount that you pay each month? One of the most effective steps that you can take the decrease the levels of energy that you (and your coworkers) use is conduct an energy audit.

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Planning to Keep Your Goals Moving Forward in the New Year

Ian's Messy Desk

Project planning (Photo credit: Wikipedia) Each January 1 my wife and I head for a quiet table at a local coffee shop and set some goals for the upcoming year. We begin the process by reviewing what we set out to accomplish in the year past: to look at our successes and failures.

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Top Ten Countdown of Best Business Tips for 2012 – Part 2

Step It Up VA Coaching

by Donna Toothaker. As you recall, last week I began the countdown of my top ten best business tips for 2012, pulled from this year’s Step It Up VA articles. I’m sure you’ve been waiting anxiously for the remainder of the list, so I will keep you in suspense not a moment longer!

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Next Level Living: How To Have A Happier New Year

Dumb Little Man

No doubt we have all heard the masses preparing for the huge New Year’s rush of resolutions. Many of our peers, friends and family members will be highly motivated for all of five days past January the 1st. So the question remains; how do we go past a feeling into an intentional transformation ?

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Keep WordPress Secure in 2013 – SALE!

Eco-Office Gals

All of our wordpress sites are under constant attack from hackers looking for loopholes into our websites. Hackerbots don’t care about traffic or ranking, they are programed for one thing only – to find weak spots in our platforms.

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Merry Christmas

Ian's Messy Desk


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7 Sleeping Tips to Boost the Quality of Your Sleep

Dumb Little Man

Picture this. It’s 2 AM. You’ve been trying to fall asleep for the past two hours. You drift in and out of light sleep, not really able to reach that deep, restorative sleep you need to prep you up for the day that is to come.

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Smartphones May Soon Double As Air Pollution Monitors

Eco-Office Gals

lt almost doesn’t matter what you do — your smartphone, tablet, or mobile device has probably helped you do it better or more efficiently, in one way or another.

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10 Tips for Taking Back Christmas

Ian's Messy Desk

Peace on Earth and Goodwill toward men are common sentiments at this season of the year. There are times when, Christmas is too commercialized, seems to join that list. As seasonal greetings go, it seems to be the most meaningless.

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Happy Holidays!

Small Business Labs

We had an interesting discussion last week on how small business owners define success. We explained they tend to define success as meeting personal goals and objectives. We  We also explained that most small business owners aren't interested in building or running a high growth business. We used our firm, Emergent Research, as an example. The owners (my wife and I) consider Emergent Research a lifestyle business.   This is not to say we don't work hard - we do.

5 Simple Ways to Survive the Holidays (And Avoid Post-Celebration Blues)

Dumb Little Man

Are you feeling overwhelmed yet by the onslaught of parties, present buying and organization required for the holiday season?

Merry Christmas from Eco-Office Gals 2012!

Eco-Office Gals

Wishing all of my loyal readers, clients, family & friends the most wonderful holiday season! Another year has gone by, and it has been another year of growing and working with the most wonderful clients I could ever ask for! A huge thank you to everyone, I look forward to many more years.

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Planning for 2013: Why Plan?

Simple Productivity Blog

Instead of our regularly scheduled program, this week I am going to open my planning sessions for the new year. I’ve been working through my planners, and I remain convinced this is the best thing I can do for myself as I go into the new year. I don’t do resolutions, because those end up being more things to be ignored on the task list. I don’t do firm goals, because things change, and I don’t want to be tied to something that is no longer in my best interest.

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Season’s Greetings 2012

The Small Business Blog

To All Our Readers, Followers & Friends May the magic of Christmas Bring wealth and prosperity to your home like a Christmas that brings merry and fun to the season Merry Christmas and Happy New Year

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The Rainforest Of Youth And The Machete Consequences

Brilliantly Better

A few months ago I started a networking event, called OpenConnect. One interesting thing about those networking events is that, if you do your job correctly, you end up with a lot of people attending. Which is kinda the whole idea of a networking event, of course.

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The Benefits of Using a Green Data Center for Your Business

Eco-Office Gals

Many people don’t realize it, but technology is about as green as an oil spill in many ways. Millions of servers are running all over the world to process data, host websites, maintain networks, and perform a variety of other tasks.

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Planning for 2013: 100 Things To Do In 2013

Simple Productivity Blog

Instead of our regularly scheduled program, this week I am going to open my planning sessions for the new year. Part of the planning process is that I have to come up with 100 things to do in the new year. In 2012, I struggled with this, big time. It took me almost three weeks to get enough material. Most of them I didn’t care if I did or not, really. The results of my 2012 list can be found at Planning For the New Year: My 2012 100 Things List. This year, it was much easier.

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The Word of the Year for 2012

Daily Writing Tips

Each year, the major dictionary companies trot out their choice for Word of the Year and its runner-ups, based partly on search frequency and partly on staff consensus.

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Take it Slow


As an unusually quiet week begins, there's no better time than now to take it slow

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Eco-Friendly Business Promotion Techniques for 2013

Eco-Office Gals

The end of 2012 is looming on the horizon, which means it’s once again time to buy new calendars, reset the budget, and start thinking about your business strategy for the coming year.

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Planning for 2013: Looking Back to 2012

Simple Productivity Blog

Instead of our regularly scheduled program, this week I am going to open my planning sessions for the new year. Part of the process of planning is looking back to find out what I did accomplish. It is easy to lose sight of the accomplishments after they have passed by. Since my accomplishments are not of the huge variety, few people except me know they have been done…and consequently there is no fuss about them. By looking back, I get to really look at what I have accomplished.

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25 Idioms About Bread and Dessert

Daily Writing Tips

Wheat — the staff of life — and the baked products derived from it invite many idiomatic associations. Here are references to bread and other flour-based products in phrases and expressions. Bread and butter” refers to the basics in life.

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3 Things for the Next 3 Days


Here are 3 things a productivityist should do over the next 3 days in order to get set for the month -- or months -- ahead

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Bioteams: Learning from Nature to improve Project Management


Fabio Padilla from Brazil has written a very interesting review of Bioteams for his MBA thesis at the Universidade Católica de Brasilia - Universa. Fabio has very kindly allowed me to republish a summary of his conclusions which he has translated from the original Portuguese.

Planning for 2013: Dreams and Roadmaps for 2013

Simple Productivity Blog

Instead of our regularly scheduled program, this week I am going to open my planning sessions for the new year. So I’ve taken a look back. Now I have a blank landscape ahead. I made a list of 100 things I’d like to do in 2013. We’ll call these contours in the landscape in front of me. But where am I going? Looking Forward. Once I know where I am, I can starting thinking about where I want to be. I can look forward to the year ahead and dream about what’s to come.

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The Meanings of “Like”

Daily Writing Tips

What’s not to like about like ? It’s a versatile word, but one easily misused and abused. Like is a preposition: “He is like me in that regard”; “Like him, I fail to see the humor.” Take care to use me and us (and, in the third person, them ), rather than I and we (and they ) in association with it.

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How to Get Paid What You’re Worth

Small Business CEO

Few moments are as energizing in your business as sitting across from a potential client in a meeting that is going well. Your presentation came across smoothly, the client is engaged, they’re ready to buy…the only thing left is the price. You quickly calculate a reasonable price in your head.

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What's the difference between a promise and a responsibility?


In the recent UK floods we heard a lot about defences failing and phrases being bandied about by engineers such as "a once in a hundred years" event and "could never have been envisaged."

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Planning for 2013: The End Result Of Planning

Simple Productivity Blog

Instead of our regularly scheduled program, this week I am going to open my planning sessions for the new year. So I’ve looked back, and I’ve looked forward. I’ve written out the dreams, and the ways I can get there. So what does that mean? Changes in the Blog. Blog Vacations. I will be taking four vacations. I’ve been writing this blog for years, and I have taken exactly one week off without writing.

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5 Parallelism Problems in Sentence Structure

Daily Writing Tips

It’s easy to produce a faultily constructed sentence by neglecting to install all the necessary parts. Each of the sentences below lacks a small but essential component that helps render the statement sturdy and structurally sound; read each discussion for an explanation of the flaw.

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How to ‘WOW’ customers at a buffet

Service Untitled

The luxurious and extravagant hotel on the island of Palm Beach, Florida touting two turrets with waving flags reminiscent of a Roman palace immediately creates the illusion of a magical kingdom fit for the most discriminating clientele. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the Breakers Hotel sits on 140 acres of manicured lawns, hedges, pools, spas, hotel rooms, and exquisite restaurants. The staff ranges from 1600 to 1800 depending on the time of year and covers 50 languages.

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A Very Merry Christmas Indeed: The Front Nine is Now Available


Today’s a big day for a lot of people all over the world. This year, however, Christmas is especially big. That’s because today also marks the release date of my first e-book published through a manner other than on my own. Today is the day that my e-book The Front Nine: How to Start the Year You Want Anytime You Want hits the virtual shelves. And you can order it here.

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"Everyone has inside them a piece of good news. The good news is you don’t know how great you can be! "

Denise Aday

“Everyone has inside them a piece of good news. The good news is you don’t know how great you can be! How much you can love! What you can accomplish! And what your potential is.” - Anne Frank (via journal-of-hope ). quotes

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The Difference Between Appositives and Descriptions

Daily Writing Tips

It is important for writers to distinguish between appositives and mere descriptions. A noun is said to be in apposition when it is set off from another noun that refers to the same idea.

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3 Punctuation Problems

Daily Writing Tips

In each of the three sentences below, the internal punctuation employed does not support the sentence construction. Discussion below each example explains how to provide sufficient scaffolding. Enjoy the break in the weather, a major storm is set to hit Northern California tonight.”.

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