Sat.Jun 08, 2013 - Fri.Jun 14, 2013

Increase Productivity and Reach Your Goals. Why You Should Not Eat the Elephant One Bite at a Time.

Dumb Little Man

Is everything taking forever to get done? Does your boss come up to you and ask, “What is taking so long with the project?” Or if you work for yourself, do your business goals never seem to get accomplished. Are you struggling to finish things?

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How to juggle multiple bosses without dropping the ball

Practically Perfect PA

Over the years I’ve had a number of roles that have required me to work for more than one boss. I’ve been Executive Assistant to the CFO, COO and Company Secretary. I’ve been PA to a Director and Administrative Manager for a whole department.

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The Power of Green in the Office Space

Eco-Office Gals

As more and more offices make the move to greener operations, it has become abundantly clear that creating eco-friendly work environments are not only good for the air and physical space, but they are also great for office morale and productivity.

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Career Lessons From My Dad

Eat Your Career

For Mother’s Day last month, I wrote a special blog post honoring the career wisdom handed down to me from my dear mom. It seems only fitting then that I do the same for my father this month, in recognition of Dad’s Day.

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Self Help: Why Bother? Nothing Changes. I’m Stuck. How to get Unstuck and get Moving Again

Dumb Little Man

The repetitive buzzing rattled my brain and startled my body. No – I don’t want to get out of bed! It’s too early, too cold and it’s too much effort to get up… I can’t be arsed to go to boot-camp! This is the conversation I had with myself this morning as my alarm went off at 6.15

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Outsourcing your Business Processes to a Virtual Assistant: What You Really Need to Know

Tips From T. Marie

Categories: Business Tips. Featured.

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Why Leaders Need to Train Like Elite Athletes

On The Job

I''m a baseball fan, and am often concerned about the grueling schedule the players maintain. They play more than 160 regular-season games a year, and that doesn''t take into account playoffs, spring training and playing in other games held around the world.

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Healthy Living: Say Goodbye to Fast Food and Master The Cooking Habit in 3 Simple, Stress-Free Steps

Dumb Little Man

The killer of great cooking is the fear of preparation. In fact, the killer of a great many dreams is the fear of preparation. How many things are on your bucket list that you haven't started because you were frustrated with what had to come first?

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Why I’ve Chosen The Old Reader to Replace Google Reader

The Solopreneur Life

I f you’re an avid Google Reader user, like I am, you know that Google is pulling the plug on its popular feed aggregator. Reader will go dark on July 1. I’ve been playing with various replacements for Google Reader, and I’ve decided to go with The Old Reader.

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Infographic: US Women Business Owners

The Small Business Blog

An interesting trend in the US recovery is how much of it has been driven by women. Female business ownership in the US increased more than 20% between 2002 and 2007. This meant they were an important source of employment for many as the recession began in 2008.

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Aquaponics: Sustainable Urban Fish Farming

Small Business Labs

Fascinating article in IEEE Spectrum on aquaponics , which is a sustainable food production method that combines aquaculture (in this case, raising fish in tanks) with growing plants. Aquaponics creates a sustainable, synergistic food growing system.

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Find Happiness with 5 Sure Fire Ways to Find Out Whether You're Truly Happy in Life

Dumb Little Man

Some people aren't really sure if they are happy. They feel like they're drifting through life, trapped in a sea of indifference. "Life's okay I guess," they might say, attempting to reason out their circumstances.

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Make a not to do list

Clutter Coach

To do lists are a dime a dozen. I’ll bet you have a dozen hiding somewhere on your desk. They have important tasks on them, but are also liberally peppered with: things you don’t really have to do. things you keep saying you’ll do, but don’t.

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Horizon Scanning – Have you heard of it?

The Small Business Blog

In a meeting last week the person I was talking used the term “Horizon Scanning”, I hadn’t come across this before. It has a military derivation, coming from the necessity to scan the horizon for possible threats.

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How to Improve Your Skype Job Interview

Job Advice Blog

An additional burden has been imposed lately on job candidates because more and more companies are trying to save money by resorting to Skype or video interviewing. As if it’s not already difficult to prepare for and undergo an interview, nowadays one has to be an actor on camera on top of that.

Set And Reach Your Goals With This Practical Guide To Forming A Habit

Dumb Little Man

“To have striven, to have made the effort, to have been true to certain ideals–this alone is worth the struggle.” William Penn Writing is a huge part of my life.

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In Praise of Precise, Simple Words

Business Writing

Lately I have been noticing a lot of unnecessarily complex words in the samples I read for business writing classes. Here is a sampling of 10 words I have seen, along with simpler words that match each writer''s meaning: mitigate. Gems of Language Teaching Business Writing

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Is British Telecom letting British Businesses down?

The Small Business Blog

The Internet has changed the way we do business, some say that over 80% of business today is in one way or another conducted via the Internet. It obviously follows that business needs fast and reliable internet connections to conduct more business faster, domestically and internationally.

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The OMPA Show and the Ultimate Travel Itinerary

Practically Perfect PA

Well, I did it! I managed to get through my first public speaking gig without tripping over or throwing up on the microphone! In fact I would go as far as saying that I *quite* enjoyed the experience and that I *might* do more presenting… we will see! As I said earlier this week I wanted to share my slides with those that were unable to attend The Office Manager and PA show.

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Ten Ways To Keep Your Parents From Moving In With You That You Never Thought Of

Dumb Little Man

One side effect of the recent recession has been young adults moving back in with their parents, or not being able to move out at all after college because they can’t find a job. Those who have successfully flown the coop can face a different problem—parents who want to move in with them.

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The Incredible Shrinking PC Market

Small Business Labs

Citibank recently put out their 2013 forecast for the PC and tablet markets. The quick summary is tablets are booming, PC's are dying.

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Feisty Enterprise Tip #5: It’s Often Better To Pay For Professional Advice Than Accept Free Advice

The Small Business Blog

Examples of free advice might be that provided or funded by national, regional or local government or banks or help from volunteer advisers, coaches and mentors that haven’t successfully run their own businesses.

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The Etch Moleskine Cover And Twist Precision Pen by Allegory

Productivity Bits

Disclaimer: I received these items from Allegory in exchange for my review. That didn’t influence my opinion of these products. Check for more information. I’ve always been fascinated by things made by hand.

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Financial Advice: Broker versus Bank The Benefits of a Reverse Mortgage Broker

Dumb Little Man

What’s the difference between walking into a huge commercial mortgage bank and working with a small, independent broker? On the surface, it may seem like a lot. Yes, the big bank may have a big sign, dozens of loan experts at your service and a national advertising presence.

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Donations bag for easy decluttering

Clutter Coach

You know that pile of clothes on a shelf in your closet that you’re going to give to the Goodwill? But it keeps staying on your shelf? It needs an easier, simpler way to get out of the house. Here’s your tip: . Keep a shopping bag in your closet, clearly labelled Goodwill or Donation.

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Business Email: Essential and Affordable

The Small Business Blog

For many businesses, free cloud-based email isn’t fit for purpose. They don’t want advertisements placed in their outgoing messages or appearing in their Inbox. That’s why the Email app from WinWeb is so useful to businesses.

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Government Surveillance May Be Privacy Game Changer

Small Business Labs

The big news last week was that the National Security Agency (NSA) is collecting the communications records of millions of US citizens indiscriminately and in bulk – regardless of whether they are suspected of any wrongdoing. This caused quite a brouhaha and even united democrats and republicans, who joined together in opposition to what many called an abusive overreach of government authority.

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Welcome 1,000+ New Subscribers!

Office Organization Success

First off, a HUGE welcome to the 1,000+ new subscribers who have joined from the Done-For-You Giveaway Event. I’m delighted to have you as part of the Business Success community! And I hope you enjoy your time here. Judging by the response to the Done-For-You Giveaway, I can see this is a topic that so many of you want more information on. Stay tuned … the first training in September will be all about product and program launches!

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Power Through Blocks With A “Finish It” Week

Simple Productivity Blog

Mondays are productivity days at SimpleProductivity blog. I was really out of sorts last night. I hadn’t managed to find time to write the blog, nor my book. I sat in my writing studio, grumpy and resentful at all the things that had kept me from writing. Here’s the thing, though. I am what keeps me from doing the creative things I want to enjoy. And as soon as I realized that, I started asking myself what I felt was standing in my way. Not enough time.

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Tony Robinson OBE in The Telegraph

The Small Business Blog

Business author and longtime contributor to our blog, Tony Robinson OBE, was in The Telegraph on Thursday. The original Enterprise Rocker spoke about his history as a micro-business owner and what he feels the Government can do to help micro businesses.

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More American Whites Dying Than Being Born

Small Business Labs

The Wall Street Journal reported yesterday on U.S. Census data showing that for the first time in modern history more white Americans are dying than being born.   The chart on the right is from the article. The data comes from a new report from the Census.

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Why just one personality type guarantees success – Do you have it?

The Shrink for Entrepreneurs

Your personality type determines your success. Yikes. That’s an idea that shouldn’t resonate with anyone who reads this blog. Entrepreneurs are notoriously optimistic regarding our ability to overcome the cultural and biological conditioning that prevents us rocketing to success.

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5 Reasons to be Constantly in Your Policies and Procedures Docs

Virtual Moxie

I had an interesting conversation with a non-VA coaching client this past week, in which she was extolling the virtues of having well-documented policies and procedures for her business (something you know I was happy to hear!). Then she said, almost in passing, “What I can’t figure out is why, given that I''ve created the Policies and Procedures, things fall through the cracks.”.

How to Combat Poor Morale

The Small Business Blog

It should go without saying that employee morale is a crucial consideration in any business. Stress, fatigue and depression are the enemies of productivity, and if you can avoid these issues then success is far more likely to follow.

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80 Million Americans Own Tablets

Small Business Labs

We thought we would follow our post on the incredible shrinking PC market with data on the incredible booming tablet market. According to a recent Pew Internet study , 34% of Americans own tablets.  This works out to about 80 million Americans. This is up from 18% a year ago.

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Not Everything Needs Lights And Marqees

Simple Productivity Blog

Wednesdays are simplicity days at SimpleProductivity blog. We’ve all seen films of the old Broadway shows, with the lights, glamor, huge casts, glittering costumes and grand staging. These spectacles are meant to be over the top, to overwhelm the senses. And this is good. I started thinking about this because I recently met someone for whom everything was a Big Deal. Every last little action in her life took on the size and glitter of a Broadway production. Being around her was exhausting.

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Monday Motivator: Courageously Living a Spirit-Centered Life in the Workplace

Office Dynamics

“Never talk politics and religion in the workplace” is a rule of thumb and is probably especially true to keep peace in the workplace. However, living in spirit is not religion. Spirit is living out who you were meant to be. There is only one you. Imagine that!

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