Sat.Dec 19, 2015 - Fri.Dec 25, 2015

The Empty Bag – Why You Can’t Manifest Dreams

Dumb Little Man

I remember watching Judy Garland sing, ‘Somewhere Over the Rainbow’ in the ‘Wizard of Oz,’ at the impressionable age of 5. But even though I was so young and lacking in any sense of emotional maturity, I poignantly recall how the song affected me.

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4 Ways to Ask for Help From Your Network

On The Job

Is it difficult for you to ask for help? For many people it can be tough. While you may have no problem making a request on behalf of a colleague or a boss, when it comes to asking for assistance for yourself, you shut down.

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The Shrinking U.S. Middle Class and Economic Uncertainty

Small Business Labs

Pew Research's The American Middle Class is Losing Ground helps illustrate one of the most powerful trends impacting society - rising economic uncertainty. The reason economic uncertainty is growing is fairly straight forward.

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Making The Most of Sales

Simple Productivity Blog

One of my readers asked me how I keep track of sales. She wanted to know the magic formula for getting the best prices. The truth is that I really don’t shop around. I refuse to go store to store tracking down prices. I would rather sit and home and let my fingers do the work.

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4 Ways to Avoid Overspending and Still Have a Happy Holiday

Dumb Little Man

Overspending at Christmas can be so easy to do and has happened to nearly all of us! Commercials suggest the perfect piece of jewelry to give her, the newest gadget to give him, and the latest toys for the kids.

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Working 9 to 5

Laughing all the Way to Work

Dolly Parton's Nine to Five no longer applies to me. I've become an early bird. For those who know me that will seem almost impossible, but I've done it. At least during the work week and it's proving to be very interesting. I was always a 9 to 5 person, but would typically arrive a few minutes late.

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The History of Santa Trackers

Small Business Labs

This is also the 60th year the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) in Colorado Springs is tracking Santa's progress.    Live Science explains how to track Santa and they also include how NORAD got into Santa tracking.

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The Productivityist Podcast 72: Simon Tyler

Productivityist

In this edition of The Productivityist Podcast I speak with Simon Tyler, author of The Impact Code and The Simple Way. We talk about raising your impact level in business, simple ways to be more productive, and much more. Relevant Links. Simon Tyler | Website. The Impact Code by Simon Tyler.

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Top 10 Confused Words in English [S]

Daily Writing Tips

My cumulative list of “words commonly confused” continues with ten that begin with the letter S. The confusion relates to spelling or meaning. sight / site. Both words function as nouns and verbs. As a noun, sight is a thing seen. The Pont du Garde is an astounding sight.

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Why You Should Keep Working in Retirement

Small Business Labs

There have been several interesting articles over the past couple of weeks on working in retirement and/or working later in life. The consensus of these are those working full or part-time instead of fully retiring are happier, healthier, more engaged and in better financial shape. Some examples: Next Avenue's 4 Traits of the Happiest Retirees  report all 4 happiness traits are related to working during retirement.

2008 Organizing Awards: Vote Now!

Clutter Coach

by John Trosko , president of NAPO in LA, just reminded me that it’s time to vote for your favorite organizing product, helpful organizing technology, best organizing TV show, and more! Voting is open to the public and continues through December 31. You can read more about it and vote here on the NAPO LA website. Help spread the word about whatever it is that helps make your life easier, more productive and better organized! The post 2008 Organizing Awards: Vote Now!

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How To Procrastinate Productively

Productivityist

This is a guest post by Niraj Ranjan. He is the founder of Hiver (formerly GrexIt), an app the lets you share Gmail labels with other Gmail users. Niraj works on programming, customer support, sales, and contributes to design and UI.

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What Coders Need to Know for Career Success in 2016

On The Job

Coding is the hot job of the near future, and the word is out. It's becoming more competitive and employers are raising the bar for jobs.

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Paraphrase vs. Summary

Daily Writing Tips

A reader asks for clarification of the difference between a paraphrase and a summary : I was in a large classroom with other teachers when the science teacher told the students to read a 2-page article and then to “paraphrase it [in] three sentences.”

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Do You Want Fast Or Do You Want Forever?

Productivityist

The other night I was watching television and saw an ad for the online dating site, eHarmony. The gentleman behind the desk asked the potential client whether she wanted a relationship that’s “fast or forever.” ” That quotation has stuck with me ever since.

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Do You Want Fast Or Do You Want Forever?

Productivityist

The other night I was watching television and saw an ad for the online dating site, eHarmony. The gentleman behind the desk asked the potential client whether she wanted a relationship that’s “fast or forever.” ” That quotation has stuck with me ever since.

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Definite vs. Definitive

Daily Writing Tips

A reader asks, Would you please explain what is the difference between “definite” and “definitive.” ” Definite is the adjective to use in the sense of clear , certain , unambiguous.

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Is Inferencing a Word?

Daily Writing Tips

A reader questions the use of the term inferencing : I have seen inferencing used recently. It would suggest that inference is a verb. Shouldn’t it be inferring ? Inferencing is psycholinguistic jargon for “getting meaning from a text.”

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Impede and Impinge

Daily Writing Tips

A reader questions the use of the preposition on after impede in a newspaper headline: I don’t think “on” is needed or correct [in this headline]: “Washington’s weeklong power outage impeding on Thanksgiving.” I’d love to hear your thoughts. The reader is correct. Impede does not take a preposition.

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Buster

Daily Writing Tips

A reader has a question about the word buster : Is the word “buster” ebonics or not? Where does this word come from? And how is it formed?

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Brexit and the Fantods

Daily Writing Tips

My mistake with the portmanteau word Brexit brought me so many kind corrections that I feel a need to thank the readers who sent them and to apologize for making such a big gaff. I got my information directly from the Oxford site, so there’s no excuse for such a mistake.

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