Sat.Jan 16, 2016 - Fri.Jan 22, 2016

From Startup Idea to Successful Business: 7 Questions to Ask Before You Pursue That Venture

Dumb Little Man

According to a study conducted by Bloomberg, 8 out of 10 startups fail within the first 18 months of doing business.

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How to deal with conflicting priorities

Practically Perfect PA

Although the role of an assistant can be incredibly varied, there are certain aspects that all of us will face at some point in our career.

2016 177

How to Change Your Writing Style

Business Writing

My friend John has a graceful, sophisticated writing style in which paragraph follows elegant paragraph. John wants to change his style so that it takes him less time to communicate in letters, emails, and other pieces. He also wants his.

2016 158

How to Be More Productive When You're Crazy Busy

On The Job

If you’re not able to self-regulate – to shift gears when necessary – then you may find yourself burned out and unproductive. A new book looks at how to find the right gear at the right time in order to thrive.

2016 188

5 Ways Video Games Can be Good For You

Dumb Little Man

Growing up, a lot of us heard our parents, teachers and other authority figures telling us that all that video gaming was going to hurt our eyesight, give us headaches and ruin our lives.

2016 205

How to deal with conflicting priorities

Practically Perfect PA

Although the role of an assistant can be incredibly varied, there are certain aspects that all of us will face at some point in our career.

2016 174

Let It Go or Risk Freezing Your Business to Death

Tips From T. Marie

I started this blog post as a follow up to a prior post on second chances. Funny how some posts end up having a life of their own somehow. As I sat down to share a recent personal experience in my business, it dawned on me that it was pretty certain that I wasn’t the only small business owner who deals with it. Deals with what? Hanging on to things that are no longer working for us or our businesses. Click To Tweet.

2016 116

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Avoid These 5 Habits at Workplace To Get A Promotion

Dumb Little Man

People do presume in workplaces. They do snap judgments about their co-workers. If they notice one bad habit they’ll label you as misfit. A single bad habit may not affect your career instantly but will mark a bad impact on your workplace and surrounding. Well who hates promotion?

2016 205

News from Assist 2016

Practically Perfect PA

With just over a month to go until the Assist Conference we are hard at work making sure that we put together the best conference for our amazing readers. I’m so happy to share the following updates with you!

2016 155

Create the Career and Life You Want

Office Dynamics

Your destiny is in your hands. I was in the middle of finalizing several items that are going to be placed in a new product: Star Achievement Series® Facilitator Kits. I came across a letter I wrote that gets distributed to participants who go on the Star Achievement journey.

2016 145

Is Your Phone Hurting Your Career?

On The Job

Are you being held hostage by your phone? Is it preventing you from being successful in your career? A recent article in the Harvard Business Review notes research findings that say Millennials become anxious when not around their smartphones.

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7 Things to Look For in a Professional Organizer

Clutter Coach

by Working with an organizer can be immensely helpful to get you to your organizing goals faster , just as hiring a personal trainer keeps you on track with getting in shape. It can be a little intimidating to think of hiring a stranger to come inside your home, so I wrote this list of things to consider. Trust is vital. You’ll be sharing with your organizer parts of your life that you’re embarrassed about or even ashamed of.

2016 116

Do 45 Million Americans Work in the On-Demand Economy?

Small Business Labs

Last week in our article Confusion Reigns Over the Number of People Working in the Online Gig Economy  we reported that a recent study developed jointly by Burson-Marsteller, The Aspen Institute’s Future of Work Initiative and TIME found that 45 million Americans have worked in the on-demand economy. We suggested the reason why their numbers are so much larger than other sources – our work, for example found about 3.2

2016 116

Virtual Moxie - Untitled Article

Virtual Moxie

Last week, I had the best time being interviewed by M. Shannon Hernandez for her Courageous Living show and thought that some of what we discussed may be applicable to your life and work. I did realize afterwards that we didn't talk about how corageous it is to start your own business, or what courage it takes to keep going for years, but I'm going to ask Shannon if I can come back to do that! I'm considering doing a regular Blab show for VAs, dealing with every topic under the sun.

2016 100

Use Tools Appropriately: The Foundations of Productivity

Simple Productivity Blog

There is a tool for everything. Take a look around any home improvement store, and you will see exactly what I mean. But even with this variety of tools, it is still tempting to use a tool inappropriately. It is important to the success of the project for you to use tools appropriately. Productivity requires a solid foundation if the methods are going to be successful.

2016 100

Use Your Laptop at the Beach (!?)

Clutter Coach

by I’m buying a laptop soon. One of the big reasons I want one is that I’m itching. to do my computer work out in the garden, now that warm weather is here. I’m already wondering how I’m going to see the screen when I’m sitting out in the sun. So I surfed around and came upon this wacky product on Lifehacker that shades the laptop screen. Some commenters point out that you could make one of these yourself with a cardboard box or a couple of file folders.

2016 100

Survey Finds 1 in 8 Office Workers Moonlight as Freelancers

Small Business Labs

The Fiscal Times article This Is Why Freelancing Is the Hot Work Trend  covers a Staples survey showing that 12 percent of office workers do freelance work on the side in addition to their regular job. It also found that the same percent of office workers are full-time freelancers. Key quote on why they freelance: Top drivers for freelancers include the flexibility to make their own hours (cited by 37 percent of those surveyed) and work-life balance (32 percent).

2016 100

Contest: Win a scholarship to the Damn Fine Words writing course

Men With Pens

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2016 67

35 Synonyms for Rain and Snow

Daily Writing Tips

A rich variety of words and phrases are available to describe an array of wet weather conditions. Here are nearly three dozen terms for rain and snow events and their definitions (some accompanied by other meanings).

2016 69

Get Organized with these 52 Simple Ways

Clutter Coach

by 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. You’ll be in control of your environment. Your life will be simpler. You’ll save money. No more replacing lost items. You’ll be prepared for the unexpected. Because it’s going to happen! You’ll experience zen-like calm because you can lay your hands on what you need, when you need it.

2016 100

Diving Into Deep Work

Productivityist

What is the most valuable work you do? I’m willing to bet it doesn’t have to do with email, meetings, social media statuses or updating websites. Rather, your best work pushes you to your creative limits, generates value, and is of the very best quality.

2016 67

The 10 Golden Rules Of Productivity

Brilliantly Better

As an early GTD adopter and as a long time follower of my own productivity framework (Asses – Decide – Do) I came to realize that, beyond any technique or framework, there are a few rules that need to be… The post The 10 Golden Rules Of Productivity appeared first on Dragos Roua. Business Productivity and Effectiveness

2016 64

50 Idioms About Roads and Paths

Daily Writing Tips

all roads lead to Rome : an expression meaning that many methods will lead to the same result. get (back) on track : resume focus. get off track : lose focus.

2016 61

The Four Poxes Upon Productivity

Clutter Coach

by I'm starting a new four-part series that will include the Packrat Factor, Procrastinators R Us, Prioritizizing and Paperphobia. Each post will discuss a different obstacle to being productive. Keeping too much stuff, not doing stuff, not knowing which stuff to do first and not knowing where stuff is are all common problems. The Packrat Factor This just in: Stuff is not the problem, you are.

2016 100

How to Get Back on Track in January

Productivityist

This is a piece that was originally published in The Productivityist Weekly newsletter. Not signed up for it yet? Click here and you’ll get it delivered to your inbox every week and you’ll also receive a copy of The Way of The Productivityist Manifesto absolutely FREE!

2016 63

Latest News, First Webinar And Call For Q&A

Brilliantly Better

It’s been quite a busy week for me. A few projects are coming to fruition and some of the older projects are getting more and more structure. Let’s take them one at a time. Open Connect Summit First of all,… The post Latest News, First Webinar And Call For Q&A appeared first on Dragos Roua. Personal Development

2016 55

The Meanings and Origins of Common Greetings and Pleasantries

Daily Writing Tips

Greetings and pleasantries, often uttered without sincerity or conviction as rote statements, are often also used without appreciation of their literal meanings. Here are the connotations and derivations of common comments. Adieu.

2016 60

Cool Bubble Wrap Calendar

Clutter Coach

by Yes, a calendar where you get to pop a bubble each day! If you’ve been on vacation, a whole row at once! According to the website, this calendar is great for that special designer / obsessive / compulsive in your life. If you’re really obsessive, you could find a way to write on the bubbles… Found on Guy Kawasaki’s blog. Originally posted 2015-04-13 23:23:07. Republished by Blog Post Promoter The post Cool Bubble Wrap Calendar appeared first on Clutter Coach.

The Productivityist Podcast 76: Andy Mitchell

Productivityist

In this episode I speak with the founder of ActiveInbox, Andy Mitchell. We talk about email and how you can (if you want) use it as a task manager. (It’s It’s not something I do (or advocate) but for those of you who want to hear why you may want to give this a go…then this episode is for you.).

2016 63

How to get organized for everyday disasters

Clutter Coach

by When disaster strikes, being prepared is essential. That means knowing how to get organized to recover. It means knowing where that solar powered radio is is critical. Having a food stash means not worrying about scavenging. Creating a plan for your family to keep them safe and in communication is comforting. Now, what if you had such a set up for your everyday life? How to get organized so you can recover fast? I live in earthquake country.

2016 100

What I Learned at Burning Man about Time

Clutter Coach

by I was at Burning Man for about three months. Okay, not really, but it felt that way. I'd talk with my camp mates about something that had happened a few days before and we'd joke that it was six weeks ago. And it was a good thing! How did it happen? Because I was in the present. Pretty much the whole time. I did get pretty overstimulated initially by the weather, the constant music, all the new people and not being able to sleep enough.

2016 100

Perfectionism or Death

Clutter Coach

by What’s the biggest problem with perfectionists? It’s that they don’t know they have a problem! Perfectionism is a habit that people are proud of, even when it causes them anxiety and trouble. This New York Times article describes how being a perfectionist can lead to mental health problems and even suicide, not to mention garden variety unhappiness and stress.

2016 100

Making Notes on the Go

Clutter Coach

by Well, my love affair with Jott is pretty much over. Jott is still a very clever and wonderful system for capturing to do's and other info via cell phone. And in true Web 2.0 fashion, its now offering links to Twitter and Facebook and a ton of other features. But the free account does not send my Jotts to my email anymore and that's a drag. I don't blame them for making money from their service; it's very worthwhile. But it's not what I need anymore.

2016 100

Does a To-Do List Have to be a List?

Clutter Coach

by Most of us are way too busy to remember all that we need and want to get done. That means it’s important to use a tool of some kind to keep track of it all. The most common one is a to-do list. What if you hate lists? What if the prospect of making a list fills you with terror? What if your list is so long that you want to go straight back to bed and forget about it? The good news is, you can use other tools. To get your list down to a manageable size, divide and rename it.

2016 100

What To Do with All Those Notes

Clutter Coach

by I wrote a post this morning on this topic but then I was feeling adventurous, so I made it into a video. It’s my first video blog post! Remember that this is just the way I do things. It’s my system. My current system, that is. If you have ways of doing things that work, you have a system, and there’s no need to change it. I like to write on paper. It helps me think better. But I also store notes in electronic form. It’s a hybrid system. A mongrel, perhaps. A mutt!

2016 100

Multitasking vs. Creativity

Clutter Coach

by Here’s another, unsung reason that multitasking is not so great: it stifles creativity. I’ve been reading Marc Lesser’s book, Less: Accomplishing More by Doing Less. He focuses a lot on what “doing” is. Much “doing” is what he calls busyness. It’s extra effort we put in because we feel it’s required, or we’re just not comfortable not doing, or we crave activity of some kind.

2016 100

Organizing Philosophy for the Holidays

Clutter Coach

by The current economy may end up making this year's holidays less stressful, just because we won't be  shopping and traveling as much. But if you find yourself feeling stressed by holiday planning and the looming prospect of a new year, keep these in mind: Make lists to prevent tasks from being forgotten in the chaos. Keep the list for next year. If list items aren't coming to mind, reflect on past fun holidays and visualize what you want for this year.