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16 Habits That Are Killing Your Productivity and How to Fix Them

Dumb Little Man

We’ve never had more tools at our disposal to work more efficiently, and yet we’ve never been more distracted. We spend most days trapped in our inboxes and shuffling around our calendars, only to be left wondering where the day went.

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6 benefits of humour at work

Practically Perfect PA

This is a guest post by Mike Martin… Some people think that fun and a sense of humor have no place at work, that work is very serious business. Our advice to them? Lighten Up.

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Top 10 Small Business Trends for 2014

Small Business Labs

Below is our 7th annual Top 10 Small Business Trends list.  2013's trend list is available here. To see earlier lists, click on the year: 2012 , 2011 , 2010 , 2009 , 2008. Our overall economic outlook for 2013 is for solid if moderate growth with U.S. GDP increasing 2.5% to 2.75%.    We expect hiring and the job market to continue to improve with unemployment falling and finishing the year in the 6.5% range.   Technology   1.

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Reduce Your Company’s Carbon Footprint

Eco-Office Gals

Today’s environmentally-minded companies are always looking for ways to make their carbon footprint smaller. From offsetting to telecommuting, we give you several ways to make this goal a reality: Computers.

Why It's Hard To Be Yourself (And How To Do It)

Dumb Little Man

We've all been told to "just be yourself" at some point in life. It's good advice, but deceptively hard to follow. Hive Mind” Compels Us To Think Or Act Like Someone Else Imagine you're in a business meeting, and Jane stands up and proposes regular brainstorming meetings.

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Where do assistants draw the line?

Practically Perfect PA

I’ve been working really lllllooooonnnnggggg hours recently and I can definitely say it has taken it’s toll! I can not wait to have a break over Christmas and New Year. I bet most of you feel the same!

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Fisher Price's Baby iPad Chair

Small Business Labs

I have to say when I first heard about this product I thought it might be a joke. But Fisher Price really is selling what they clumsily call the "Newborn-to Toddler-Appivity Seat for iPad Device" The picture below is from their website.

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Positive Attitude: You Can’t Kill My Vibe

Dumb Little Man

The other day I found myself pressed for time and extremely hungry. To my dismay I ended up in line at a local McDonald's and I wasn't proud of it. As I previewed my limited opportunities I found myself behind a rude older man and his wife.

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3 “Needs” of Time Management

Ian's Messy Desk

The post 3 “Needs” of Time Management appeared first on Ian's Messy Desk. Before you can start managing your time, you have to analyse how it’s being used. Keep a log of your daily activities for 2–3 weeks. Once you have a fair representation of your regular time usage, ask yourself the following three questions for each of the items in your log. Does it need to be done ?

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Are Chimps People?

Small Business Labs

Animal activists have long been agitating for greater animal rights and protections.   The Nonhuman Rights Project is one such group.

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Top 5 Tips for Morning Productivity

The Small Business Blog

Nearly half your working day takes place in the morning, but despite this many people accomplish much more in the afternoon than they do in the morning. If this sounds like you, here are our Top 5 Tips for improving your morning productivity: 1.

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Have Yourself A Merry Different Christmas

Dumb Little Man

For anyone contemplating Christmas far from home or holidays after a significant life change, the prospect of celebrating may seem daunting. After all, ‘tis not only the season to be jolly but a time that’s deeply nostalgic and sentimental for many.

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5 Ways To Build Better Workplace Relationships

Ian's Messy Desk

The post 5 Ways To Build Better Workplace Relationships appeared first on Ian's Messy Desk. Building good workplace relationships requires the same approach and commitment as building any other relationship. Just because work throws people together, it doesn’t follow that they will instantly connect and become the best team. It takes effort to build workplace relationships: Here are 5 tips that can help: Take time to try to understand others. Find out what’s important to them, and why.

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Why I Chose The Kindle Format To Publish My Ebook

Tips From T. Marie

Categories: Business Tips I’ve been getting some great reviews for my e-book, The No B t Guide to Virtual Assistant’s for Businesses. I’m especially fond of the fact that one reviewer appreciated the fact that I used a touch of fun to lighten things up a bit.

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31 Ways to Be Less Wasteful In the Office

Eco-Office Gals

Businesses across the UK are being wasteful. They are wasting energy and they are not being money-savvy, despite being in such tough economic times. Squandering valuable cash and energy is bad for the environment and your wallet.

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10 Ways To Fight Holiday Depression

Dumb Little Man

Christmas is supposed to be “the most wonderful time of the year,” but for some of us, it’s the most depressing. If you’re eight years old and dreaming of all the great gifts Santa will leave for you on Christmas morning, you’re all aquiver with anticipation.

Christmas Scams

The Small Business Blog

The festive period is a fun and often busy time for people and businesses. But it is also a time in which it is very easy to let your guard down and fall for scams that normally you would not think twice about, especially when you are online.

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Get Organized with these 52 Simple Ways

Clutter Coach

Originally posted 2010-08-09 13:53:09. Republished by Blog Post Promoter This ebook will help you get organized. What exactly will you get out of it? Lots of creative, helpful and immediately useful tips, including: You’ll get more time. Time to spend the way you want to.

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Home (or Away) for the Holidays

Tips From T. Marie

Categories: The Home Office I spend a lot of time talking about working from a home office. I even co-host a podcast called Biz Buddies for Virtual Professionals that focuses on tips and helps for those who provide virtual services from their home offices. What I don’t talk about as often is one of the best perks of having […] ( Read more. ). The Home Office

5 Essential Steps to Setting New Year Resolutions You Will Actually Achieve

Dumb Little Man

Why do you think that so many New Year resolutions are never achieved? Is it because you simply lack motivation? Is it because you found it too difficult to achieve? Is it because you thought it would be a nice to have a New Year resolution but didn’t really believe in it? Potentially.

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Why going green at work makes perfect business sense

The Small Business Blog

Whenever I work with an organisation on improving their environmental performance there are always a few people in the company who bring a good dose of scepticism about the merits of going green.

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7 Ways to Lighten Up the Office when Winter Strikes

Office Dynamics

Gone are the vibrant leaves of fall and the anticipation of cool breezes. As the wind turns bitter cold and the shortened days keep closing in, the winter blues come calling too.

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How to Rejuvenate Motivation When You’re Tapped Dry

The Shrink for Entrepreneurs

T he term “self-sabotage” is thrown about a lot these days, but it’s only ever meant one thing: Self-sabotage is when you know you should be doing better – that it would be easy for you to do better, in fact – but you just can’t seem to get motivated.

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3 Types Of Excuses And How To Handle Them

Dumb Little Man

I've been thinking about the excuses we make to avoid the work it takes to better ourselves. I think they fall into three categories. 1. Know I Need To, But 2. Don't Know How 3. Legitimate Excuse That's it.

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5 Steps to Career Success

The Small Business Blog

Our regular contributor Dene Stuart is an expert when it comes to providing career advice. He has come up with an excellent five point plan that is designed to transform your career and improve your success in life. Simply remember the R.A.I.S.E.

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Gratitude Project

Office Dynamics

One of our favorite things is the “Daily Huddle.” ” Our team gets together briefly each morning to talk about one of our 5 Pillars or a foundational element to the Pillars.

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Reveal Gifts to Clients, Not Flaws

Virtual Moxie

More on weakness. I''ve already said that it''s not moxie if you spin the truth. Yet it''s not untruthful to uncover and expose the other side of a perceived weakness or flaw. It''s the classic "glass half empty or full" analogy; the glass may be half empty (truth), but it''s not a lie if you say instead, "the glass is half full," which is also the truth. Judy once told me that she was concerned that she might be too slow for clients.

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How to Maintain Independence in a Long-Term Relationship

Dumb Little Man

When you’re in a long term relationship, it’s all too easy to lose yourself. This is particularly true if you live with your partner and, before long, that line where you start and they begin can become very blurry indeed. But why does that matter?

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Banking – Quote of the Week

The Small Business Blog

“A bank is a place that will lend you money if you can prove that you don’t need it.” ” Although this is a joke that is over fifty years old by the excellent US comedian Bob Hope, it is also completely true and now more so than ever. Small business owners simply cannot rely on… Read the full article here: Banking – Quote of the Week on: THE SMALL BUSINESS BLOG. Business Quotations banking Banks Bootstrapping business quotes

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Managing your end of year budget

Office Dynamics

The end of the year is always a challenging time for businesses.

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The Art and Science of Managing Expectations


The following is a guest post by Art Gelwicks. Art is a solutions consultant by profession and a technologist by passion. Since Day-Timers and Palm Pilots, he has always had a soft spot for turning processes into successes and techniques into tools.

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3 Steps To Easily Organize A Productive Week (And Avoid Holiday-time Overwhelm)

Dumb Little Man

In those insanely busy, hectic times, don’t you wish you had something like a simple 3-step process to organize an effective and productive week? It is clear that when things are planned and organized, you can manage to do much more!

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Win a NeuYear Calendar!

Simple Productivity Blog

I love the NeuYear calendars. They show the whole year in continuity.not broken into 12 blocks. By taking away that arbitrary distinction, I can see what is coming in the next two weeks.without fooling myself that I have time because something is "next month". NeuYear is going to give away a calendar to one lucky reader. There are two ways to enter.go to the blog to find out more. The post Win a NeuYear Calendar! appeared first on

Shorter, More Effective Meetings

Office Dynamics

The biggest time waster in organizations today is an unproductive meeting… and another under productive meeting…and another. The cost of the average meeting, including salaries, expenses, and opportunity costs is estimated at $5000.

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The Power of Polarizing Through Your Writing

Men With Pens

Many writers who get negative reactions often take it a sign that they''re not good writers, or that their writing style is ''broken'' and that they need to fix it. Unfortunately, if you change your writing, there''s a consequence.

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Healthy Living: 12 Ways to Avoid Gaining Weight Over the Holidays

Dumb Little Man

For too many of us, the holiday season is an excuse to eat, drink and be merry. This month-long orgy of self-indulgence can leave us with regrets—and too-tight clothes—come January.

Open Loops 12/20/2013: Articles I Think Worth Passing Along

Simple Productivity Blog

On Fridays I pull the best of my blog readings -- my open loops -- to share with readers. Topics can come from anywhere, and cover anything. This week I highlight articles on being productive with you don''t feel like it, habits, and circuits you can draw. The post Open Loops 12/20/2013: Articles I Think Worth Passing Along appeared first on More great content can be found on the site at,

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