Sat.Feb 07, 2015 - Fri.Feb 13, 2015

5 Things I Learned about Success from a Cup of Tea

Dumb Little Man

A couple of years ago, I talked to you about the sacrifices you’ll have to make to start a business. Some of you asked me if running a business was all about sacrifice – no, it isn’t. Today, I’d like to talk to you about success.

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How to Write the Perfect About Page: Prove You’re Not a Gangster

The Solopreneur Life

I f your business gets leads and clients online, then the one and only objective of your “About” page is to eliminate any suspicion that your website is a front for organized crime. I’m not kidding about this at all.

2015 208

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The ultimate guide to designing presentations

Practically Perfect PA

At some point in an assistant’s career they will be asked to put together a slide deck for their Executive. This could be for a presentation in front of the board, for other members of staff or a pitch to win new clients.

2015 206

SBA's Small Business Profiles for States

Small Business Labs

The Small Business Administration's Office of Advocacy  released their annual Small Business Profiles for States and Territories. 

2015 197

How to Embrace Losing and Find Out What Really Matters

Dumb Little Man

What’s wrong with being a loser? And aren’t we all? After all, everything is temporary outside of us and eventually we’ll lose it. Losing is basically having less, but you actually gain more freedom. The more you let go, the freer and happier you become.

2015 285

What To Do If You’re Not Naturally Productive

Simple Productivity Blog

One thing people assume about me is that productivity comes naturally. After all, I spend a lot of time reading and writing about it, not to mention adjusting my own methods. Nothing could be further from the truth. I am not naturally productive. But in spite of that, I am still highly productive.

2015 228

Call off the cheerleaders!

Practically Perfect PA

In my many years dealing in personal brand (I’ll be telling you I remember when this was all fields next) I’ve come across many people who subscribe to the view that blowing your own trumpet ‘just isn’t done’ and that doing a good job is all that’s required to get ahead.

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When Life Throws You Curves

Dumb Little Man

With a name like Early it’s never a good idea for me to walk into a meeting a few minutes late. If I had a dollar for every time I’ve heard, “Hey, Early is late!” ” I would be retired on a private island.

2015 284

Thursday from the Trenches Episode 8

Simple Productivity Blog

In this episode of Thursday From the Trenches I talk about using a timer to get through a really large and tough task. The post Thursday from the Trenches Episode 8 appeared first on Simple Productivity Blog. More great content can be found on the site at Simple Productivity Blog.,

2015 223

The Orange Public House and Hotel, London

Practically Perfect PA

Having grown up in a pub owning family I must admit to being sceptical about my stay in one of the five rooms atop the Orange Pub.

2015 156

Frog Design on the Future of Work

Small Business Labs

Despite the odd name (or maybe because of it), Frog Design is one of the world's leading design and innovation firms. I really like their logo, which is pictured. Frog's work combines research, strategy, technology, and design to create products and services for wide array of clients, including many Fortune 500 firms.   They recently released a collection of 10 stories covering how technology is "is reshaping the world of work."

2015 148

How To Survive The Long Distant Relationship

Dumb Little Man

People have started accepting longer distance relationships proactively these days. However it is not easy to maintain as it may look. One needs to be head-strong before picking it up.

2015 283

Moving Action Away From Collection

Simple Productivity Blog

There are systems out there that insist if you touch an item, you have to do it (one-touch methods). There are systems out there that insist if something is going to take less than X minutes, you need to do it right then (2-minute rule).

2015 219

Raise Standards for Easier Juggling of Clients, Work, and Priorities

Virtual Moxie

Every week, I hear from at least one Virtual Assistant who struggles with how she''s managing multiple clients, to-do items, and deadlines. I get it—I really do.

2015 211

People do business with people.

The Small Business Blog

I think anyone knows that doing business is often all about personal relationships, especially in the B2B sector and when it comes to substantial personal investments. Not surprising then that building a personal relationship with your new business partner is essential to the final outcome.

2015 207

5 Universal Truths to Tell Yourself After a Horrific Break-up

Dumb Little Man

Break-ups can be rough. In fact, some scientific studies suggest they cause actual pain to the human body. A 2014 experiment suggested that thinking of our exes triggers activity in the same area of our brain that registers physical pain.

2015 274

New Productivity Forms: February 2015

Simple Productivity Blog

In 2014 I decided I wanted to release monthly productivity forms with a seasonal theme. Fun tools make it more likely I will use them, and honestly, I get bored with the plain old print and line forms. In 2015 I decided to continue this tradition. So to that end, I will be releasing a […].

2015 208

11 Things You’ll Need To Deal With Constant Change In The Workplace

Office Dynamics

For several weeks, I have been presenting full-day workshops, mini videoconference workshops, and hosting a variety of webinars.

2015 179

How I Use Todoist And Evernote Together


I’ve long used Evernote for my resource and reference materials. all of my research is stored there, along with notebooks that contain living documents that I want to share with those who are helping build Productivityist and my virtual assistant.

2015 114

5 Tips to Impress a Guy

Dumb Little Man

Impressing a guy is simple but, not that simple! Many girls think that if they talk in a romantic manner they can win over a guy’s heart.

2015 268

Open Loops 2/13/2015

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. Purging your closet. The best weed trimmers. A different way of looking at cooking at home. Consistency and creativity.

2015 180

How to Become A Valuable Employee

Office Dynamics

Joan Burge, a renowned author and administrative expert, is the creator of the Star Achievement Series®, World Class Assistant™ Certificate Program, more than 40 customized workshops and seminars for administrative professionals and author of several books.

2015 143

Chasing Unicorns: How Using Asana Can Keep Teams Motivated


When you attempt to introduce a new system, workflow, or habit in your life often the biggest hurdle is starting and keeping the enthusiasm and momentum strong.

2015 100

How to Get a Certified Copy of Your Birth Certificate

Dumb Little Man

A certified copy of a birth certificate is necessary for a lot of things. It is one of the documents needed to obtain many forms of ID, including a passport and a drivers license. Some colleges and universities also require a birth certificate to verify your application. It also is a major document used in tracing your family’s genealogical lineage when exploring a family tree.

2015 184

“Too Much Time on My Hands”

Loosely Speaking

I woke up from my antihistamine-fueled dreams today with this song playing in my head. In fact, I was never a Styx fan. The reality is, the tune dates back to 1981, the year my firstborn arrived and, therefore, the last time in my life that … Continue reading → Retirement

2015 100

WinWeb CEO Stefan Töpfer on ABC Radio about small business IT.

The Small Business Blog

How can the right business software help a business of any size to succeed with their business objectives? This and how important are micro businesses are for the economy, are the topics of this interview with Australian ABC chat-show host Ryk Goddard.

2015 130

Review: NewerTech Wireless Aluminum Keypad


Back in my Costco days, I used to have to “ten key” regularly. I was the sales auditor for a short time period, which meant I had to enter a lot of numbers all day long. Using the top row of the keyboard would be a painfully slow process, so I used the numeric keypad on the large keyboard I had.

2015 89

How to Delete Netflix Viewing History

Dumb Little Man

For a long time, it was impossible to delete your netflix viewing history. It was available for viewing not only by yourself, but by anyone who you added as a friend on Netflix. The company looked at is as a way to use social media to get more people to watch things, and potentially bring in more viewers. However, in order to give the company the most exposure to this social advantage, they created a system that originally didn’t allow anyone to delete anything in their browsing history.

2015 177

Podium vs. Lectern

Daily Writing Tips

A reader laments the confusion between these two words: Here in the United States anyway, people are constantly using the word “podium” (what you stand on) to refer to the “lectern” (what you stand behind). The reverse, not so much. Confusing these two words erodes the richness of the language.

2015 112

MYOB vs XERO – War amongst the irrelevant?

The Small Business Blog

It is almost tragic to see the CEO’s of MYOB and Xero have a go at one another. They both seem to forget that what they call innovation may very well damage their clients business, at least in my opinion. Using any of these fragmented software solutions vs. an integrated, simplified business software solution, will… Read the full article here: MYOB vs XERO – War amongst the irrelevant? on: THE SMALL BUSINESS BLOG. Accountants/CPAs Accounting Software Cloud Computing MYOB xero

2015 122

The Productivityist Podcast: Joel Boggess and Dr. Pei


This week on The Productivityist Podcast , I spent some time chatting with (and learning from) Joel Boggess and Dr. Pei, the creators of a slew of podcasts including their latest, the ReLaunch Show.

2015 87

How to Make a Sailor’s Knot Bracelet

Dumb Little Man

A sailor’s knot, turk’s head, or endless knot bracelet is easy to make. It takes few supplies, and once you get the hang of it, it is very easy to do. These bracelets have a lovely nautical look to them, and have the mystery of looking like they have no beginning or end. With bracelets being a very popular fashion choice these days, these bracelets are a lovely addition to any wrist: First, gather your supplies.

2015 173

Smart Ways to Build Credit and Grow Your Business

Small Business CEO

One huge issue for a startup entrepreneur is obtaining credit to finance business growth. All companies need capital to market the business, make a product or provide a service. Without proper financing, a new business may quickly fail.

2015 108

12 Ways to Make a Great First Impression in a Job Interview

45 Things

Hiring managers often make judgments about you within a few seconds of meeting you for the first time. That''s why it''s so important that you not sabotage yourself by making some mistakes with your appearance that could -- either consciously or unconsciously -- turn the hiring manager against you.

2015 103

Book Review: The Gary Vaynerchuk Trilogy


If you want to be more productive, spend more time on your core work. If you want to lose weight, eat less and exercise more. If you want to have a better relationships, hear what the other person says. If you want to use social media, match the message with the medium.

2015 85

How to Delete Cookies and Clean Your Computer

Dumb Little Man

When you first get your computer, you are usually impressed at how quickly it runs, and how rarely it commits errors. After awhile, though, things slow down, and you find that you can no longer start up, restart, stream, or browse very quickly at all. This is a sign that there may be a number of things clogging up the way that your computer is running, and definitely time for a cleaning. There are a number of things to clean and look for, and many ways to do it.

2015 173

Jury-rigged vs. Jerry-rigged

Daily Writing Tips

A reader asks to know the difference between jury-rigged and jerry-rigged. Of the two, the older term is jury-rigged , a nautical term dating from the days of sail. Because they were often damaged in storms, sailing ships carried a spare mast called the jury-mast.

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