Sat.Nov 22, 2014 - Fri.Nov 28, 2014

5 Reasons Why It’s Hard to Be Grateful

Dumb Little Man

The holidays are coming. This is the time of year when we’re reminded to be kind and good and most of all, grateful. If you’re reading this, then you’re probably like most of us; you have a lot to be grateful for.

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How to Write the Opening Sentence

Business Writing

In an online Writing Tune-Up class, an attendee wrote what he wanted to get from the class: "My most time-consuming task is developing a good opening sentence. Any tips on that?" The first sentence can be the trickiest one.

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Black Friday WordPress Deals: Gifts Your Website Will Love!

Eco-Office Gals

I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving! I have so much to be thankful for, including Eco-Office Gals. I could never ask for a better gift then the ability to be my own boss and work with some of the most amazing clients.

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Six reasons every assistant should be using a corporate taxi service

Practically Perfect PA

A few years ago I was travelling with my boss to a number of appointments around London. It was February and it had just started to snow.

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Building Margin Into Your Schedule

Simple Productivity Blog

One easy way to up your productivity and make your life less hectic is to build margin into your life. Building margin gives you a buffer between tasks, appointments and activities and can greatly decrease your stress and sense of overwhelm.

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How to Create the “VIP Experience” for Your Clients with a Welcome Packet

Office Organization Success

Are you making it easy for clients to work with you?

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How to Have a Greener Holiday Season

Eco-Office Gals

There are plenty of ways to live a more environmentally friendly lifestyle this winter, even if the weather isn’t particularly friendly to you. Below are eight tips to make your winter a little bit easier on the earth. Pass on Paper. Gift-wrapping paper, that is.

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Ten tips on preparing board papers

Practically Perfect PA

Working for a Company Secretary in one role and looking after 12 Committees in another means I have spent more time than I care to admit putting board papers together. They have been the absolute bane of my life and I must admit I hated that part of my role.

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Focus with Business Mentoring

The Small Business Blog

Business Mentoring could be just what you need to get your business back on track and you passion back in your life. Remember your ideas and passion for your business when you started – what happened?

Free Get Clients Now! Training

Office Organization Success

If you’re looking to start 2015 with a practice full of clients then you’ll want to register for this free GET CLIENTS NOW! training.

Giving Thanks For Life’s Simple Pleasures

Simple Productivity Blog

Heads I live, tails I die. I flipped a coin. Heads I live, tails I die,” I said as the quarter somersaulted toward the ceiling. My stomach was doing somersaults of its own, and it had little to do with the chemo I was on.

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Cameron House, Loch Lomond

Practically Perfect PA

Venues and hotels often fail when they try to be all things to all people. I first visited Cameron House in 2009 after a £17M refurbishment that took it into the top five best hotels in Scotland. The complex is waring well and in many parts looks like the reworking was done only a few years ago.

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How to Trim the Learning Curve for New Workers

On The Job

It’s often been said that it can take a new employee from six months to a year to really become effective in an organization, but in today’s fast-paced environment that’s like saying it’s OK to still use dial-up.

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When Your Schedule Goes Off Track, Do This

Office Organization Success

This weekend I finally got back into one of my hobbies that I haven’t done for many years — cross-stitching! Before the boys came along I used to spend hours sat doing this craft; I loved it. And then life got busy … as it usually does when you have a young family to care for. But I’m thrilled I now have some time in my schedule to allow me to take up this hobby again. And my youngest was fascinated with what I was doing.

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Boost Your Productivity: Designing A House Cleaning System

Simple Productivity Blog

This month we are taking a look at creating systems. We talked about the basics of systems. Today we will again look at creating a system from scratch. This example will be creating a system to keep a bathroom clean. (By By necessity of brevity, I am only tackling a bathroom.

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Why I’m thankful for my assistant career

Practically Perfect PA

As it is Thanksgiving today – I hope all of my American readers are having a lovely day with family and friends – I thought I would spend a little bit of time reflecting on my career and what I am thankful for. Here are my top five reasons why I am thankful for my assistant career.

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How? You Must Continue.

Virtual Moxie

I love Maya Angelou. And today I thought I''d share something she wrote because I think the message is completely appropriate for this Thanksgiving week, for our 30 Days of Business Thanks event (still going on, if you’d like to join in for the last few days!),

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Employee Misclassification, Labor Laws and the Sharing Economy

Small Business Labs

Two cleaning ladies have filed a class-action lawsuit against Handy , claiming the maid-on-demand service violated a number of labor laws. The basis of the suit against Handy is the folks filing the suit claim they should be classified as employees, while the company claims they are independent contractors. If the courts find they have been misclassified by Handy and should have been classified as employees, Handy will face substantial fines and penalties.

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Open Loops 11/28/2014

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.

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Technology of the week –

Practically Perfect PA

What is is a very simple website that converts various documents to PDFs and converts PDFs back to their original format.

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BLACK FRIDAY CAME EARLY! Get a front row seat in life. starting today!

Office Dynamics

Do you ever feel like you’re living life with “obstructed view” seating? Would you like to take your career to the next level? I’d like to offer YOU a front row seat. and with our Conference on Demand, you can begin right away, from the comfort of your own home or office!

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Thinking of Filing Business Cards Away Forever? Think Twice Before Making This Decision.

Small Business CEO

Business cards. These two words are constantly debated on social media, news sites and in everyday conversation. Perhaps the biggest question professionals are asking is do business cards still matter? The answer to that question is a resounding YES !

Cute Fruit Storage

Clutter Coach

by Originally posted 2008-08-13 10:21:00. Republished by Blog Post Promoter I guess I've got fruit on the brain. I came across this striking fruit holder on Declutter It ! My first thought was that it looks like a toilet seat. But now I think it looks kind of like a life preserver. It's certainly unusual and would be a definite conversation piece.

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Secret Santa presents

Practically Perfect PA

For those of you that are not celebrating Thanksgiving today I thought I would move very swiftly into our next seasonal celebration – Christmas! Last year I wrote a blog which was full of secret santa present ideas for your office Christmas parties.

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100 Ways To Live A Better Life – 12. Start Your Own Business

Brilliantly Better

Be your own boss. Work your own hours. I know, it sounds so shallow, for you, who hate your job but still have to stay … The post 100 Ways To Live A Better Life – 12. Start Your Own Business appeared first on Dragos Roua. Blogging Business start a business

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Further Your Business with These 4 Degrees

Small Business CEO

As an entrepreneur, you know that your business takes hard work and dedication. One of the best things you can do for your business is to get a degree that will help further your knowledge and skills.

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The 2014 Productivityist Holiday Gift Guide


For the past two years, Productivityist has published an annual gift guide that features gifts that won''t just help the "productivityist" get more of the right things done, but they''ll have some tools that they can use that will make the process all the more enjoyable.

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Bare or Bear With Me?

Daily Writing Tips

Commonly seen on the Web is the misspelled phrase “bare with me.” The correct expression is “ bear with me.” It means, “be patient with me.”. One of the many meanings of the verb “to bear” is “to tolerate.” The verb bare , on the other hand, means “to reveal” or “to uncover.”

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100 Ways To Live A Better Life – 17 Wake Up Early

Brilliantly Better

This is not a habit, this is a lifestyle. t just wake up early without a purpose. Be early. Be there before others. Look for … The post 100 Ways To Live A Better Life – 17 Wake Up Early appeared first on Dragos Roua. Health and Fitness Personal Development wake up early

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The Psychology of Shopping: Shop Floor Marketing

Small Business CEO

Search the web and there’s endless information about internet marketing and digital media. It seems that business advice for online operations is readily available anywhere you turn.

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Failing Forward: A 5 Step Process to Fight the Fear of Failure


The following is a post by Lee Garrett. Lee is an IT Consultant and Productivity Coach in the UK with a passion for training and helping others. You can read more of his work at SoliamSays and follow him on Twitter.

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Malarkey Doesn’t Mean That

Daily Writing Tips

In a recent television ad for a cell phone service, potential customers are shown as being afraid of “hidden fees,” “funny business,” and “bamboozling.” The agent asks, “What is bamboozling ?” A potential customer says, “It’s like malarkey.”.

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100 Ways To Live A Better Life – 16. Pay Yourself First

Brilliantly Better

You can’t give something if you don’t have it. You can’t give wealth to others if you don’t have it for yourself first. You can’t … The post 100 Ways To Live A Better Life – 16. Pay Yourself First appeared first on Dragos Roua. Personal Development pay yourself

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100 Ways To Live A Better Life – 13. Change Your Work Space

Brilliantly Better

Clean up your desk. Re-arrange furniture. Add some color to that space. Make the place where you work really enjoyable. So enjoyable that work there … The post 100 Ways To Live A Better Life – 13. Change Your Work Space appeared first on Dragos Roua. Business Personal Development work space

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100 Ways To Live A Better Life – 14. Learn A New Language

Brilliantly Better

Challenge your mind. Constantly. If you’re going to do number 10 (which is, just in case you forgot, travel long distance), you’re going to learn … The post 100 Ways To Live A Better Life – 14. Learn A New Language appeared first on Dragos Roua. Blogging Personal Development language learn

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Daily Writing Tips

A reader writes, The other day I heard a radio commentator constantly using the phrase “in that calculus”, something I’d never heard before.

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Verb Review #4: Using Would to Talk About the Past

Daily Writing Tips

The modal would has numerous applications. Here are a few. One function is to express the idea of habitual action that took place in the past. For example, “When I was ten years old, I would go to the public library every week with my grandmother.”.

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