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8 Tips To Make Better Decisions in Your Life

Dumb Little Man

Making a Better Decision in your Life is something that each & every one of us comes across in our daily lives.

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A team away day with a difference

Practically Perfect PA

Many of us are often asked to find venues for team days or to organise corporate events. Sometimes these tasks can give us sleepless nights! Waitrose can offer a venue with a difference, at one of their three Cookery Schools.

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1 Billion Digital Nomads by 2035?

Small Business Labs

I ran across a really fun and interesting presentation on digital nomads. It  It was created by the founder of Nomad List , which is a site catering to digital nomads. 

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Yes, You Need to Dress Better at Work

On The Job

In today's Wall Street Journal there is a story about how to dress for success. This is a topic I've been writing about for years, but many people have decided they can ignore such advice because of Mark Zuckerberg. After all, Zuckerberg is a bazillionaire and he dresses like a 17-year-old.

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How to Look Your Best Without Changing Your Eating, Sleeping or Lifestyle Habits

Dumb Little Man

It’s the one comment that we all hate hearing: “You look tired today.” These four little words can swiftly and deftly demolish your self-confidence, especially when you’re not actually tired.

2016 207

Unexpected Events Help You Create Stronger Standards

Virtual Moxie

As you’ve undoubtedly heard me say, I believe that a person’s standards can always be higher.

2016 139

Study: Gig Economy Growing Fast, Creating Mostly Part-Time Jobs

Small Business Labs

JP Morgan Chase Research Institute's study Paychecks, Paydays, and the Online Platform Economy  uses a random sample of 1 million bank accounts to analyze workers participation in the on-demand economy. According to the study, nearly 1% of U.S.

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8 Principles to Manage Emails in No Time

Dumb Little Man

How much time do you spend checking emails? If you answered “a lot”, you’re almost right. On average, we spend 2.5 hours a day in our inbox every day. Assuming we don’t check emails during the weekend…THAT’S STILL OVER 28 DAYS A YEAR.

2016 207

Digital Progress Critical to Employee Retention

On The Job

If companies want to retain talent, they need to realize that being seen as technologically savvy is critical to workers.

2016 130

The Rise of Corporate Independent Worker Talent Pools

Small Business Labs

Spend Matters' PwC Launches its Online Talent Exchange to Join the Independent Workforce Platform Economy  covers a new initiative by the consulting and accounting giant, the PwC Talent Exchange.

2016 100

Real World Advice for Reaching Your Goals [free webinar]

Office Dynamics

Are you struggling with reaching your goal? Or are you one of the 16% of assistants who don’t have a goal for themselves at all? We’re here to help you achieve your goals with this real-world advice on goal setting and goal getting with administrative expert, Joan Burge.

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4 Sure-Fire Ways to Motivate Yourself to Reach Your Goals

Dumb Little Man

No matter how big or small your goals are, they are very important, since achieving them can bring you closer to what you want to have in your life.

2016 207

The Low Information Diet

Clutter Coach

by I’ve been reading Timothy Ferriss’s blog, specifically his entries about the " low information diet." " This is a powerful concept. It refers to not reading the newspaper, spending. less time on email and the web and generally limiting the information that. comes into your life. Here’s a great example of why you don’t need to follow.

2016 100

Moving from the City to the Country: 5 Big Changes You Will Have to Deal With

Productivity Bits

Moving from one site to another is a sane business strategy. These days many business owners and managers are taking the bold decision to move out of the crowded city centers into a more rural environment. This brave decision may well have been powered by the desire to work in country setting and will obviously have major implications when it comes to cutting costs.

2016 100

50 Latin Phrases You Should Know

Daily Writing Tips

Latin expressions are often adopted into English, often with an extended or figurative meaning. Here are fifty of the most common phrases, followed by their literal translation in Latin and the meaning in English (omitted when the meaning follows the literal translation).

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3 Ways To Know If You Are In The Right Relationship

Dumb Little Man

For some of us it can feel like we have spent forever looking for the perfect partner and waiting for the perfect relationship (neither of which exists, by the way).

2016 206

Check Out the Clutter Diet

Clutter Coach

by Getting organized can be challenging and time consuming. My aim with the blog is to help people with that task as much as I can without actually being there in person. Of course, I'd be happy if you wanted to hire me, but if you have a large project, hiring a professional can be pricey, to be honest. So, I'm thrilled to recommend my colleague Lorie Marrero's Clutter Diet service.

2016 100

Why I Stopped Doing GTD: Part 3

Productivityist

This is a piece that was originally published in The Productivityist Weekly newsletter. I wanted to share it with you on the blog as well to explain why Productivityist no longer writes or focuses on the GTD methodology.

2016 65

Swath vs. Swatch

Daily Writing Tips

A reader sent me this extract, asking if it might provide material for a post topic: Charles Darwin did a fine job of showing why his theory of evolution explained the living world better than any creationist ideas could, and evidence has piled up ever since, but a swatch of the American public remain unconvinced. The reader was referring to the use of swatch where the context calls for swath. The example appeared in Forbes Magazine. The editors there have since corrected swatch to swath and even include the following addendum: “An earlier version of this story contained a typo in the word swath.”. Unfortunately, about 172 other sites, which copied part or all of the original Forbes article, continue to display the error. I have found the same error—perhaps they are also typos—on news sites. Here are two: During the visit to the site where construction has started and a smoothened dirt road cuts through a wide swatch of the land where olive trees used to stand, border police arrived.— Catholic News. Stanley denounced the demand that American Jews “unequivocally support Israel against criticism” when “Israeli policies of the moment can and do betray values held by a large swatch of American Jewry.”— Progressive. swatch and swath convey opposite ideas. A swatch is small; a swath , when used figuratively, usually connotes something large or wide. The etymology of swatch is unknown. The word originally referred to a tag, something like the stub of a raffle ticket, attached to a piece of cloth before it was placed in a kettle to be dyed. The word has come to mean “a sample piece of cloth.” That’s still the common meaning, although swatch can also refer to color samples of paint, ink, or dye. One could refer to “a large swatch” compared to “a small swatch” in the context of a fabric or color sample, but in the context of land or people, swath is the word to use. The plural of swatch is swatches. Unlike swatch , the noun swath has a known etymology. It comes from an Old English word that meant “track, footstep, trace, scar, vestige.” One such track or trace is the mark made in mown grass by a scythe or lawnmower: One swing of a machete cuts a swath perhaps 20 inches long and 2 inches wide. Compare this with one swing of a scythe, which can easily cut a swath 6 feet long by 4 inches wide. If you don’t like the look of the swaths of mown grass you will need to rake them up after you mow. Another use of swath is to refer to a section of land, usually longer than it is wide: Russia just claimed a broad swath of the Arctic shelf. Heat wave continues to stifle large swath of U.S. Used figuratively, swath refers to a large number or to a cross-section of a population: Despair, disposability, and unnecessary human suffering now engulf large swaths of the American people. Urban Trope Misses a Large Swath of Black Consumers. Swatch is pronounced with the broad a of father. Swath is pronounced in so many ways that I’ve written a separate post on the topic for next week. I pronounce swath with the broad a of father and the unvoiced sound of th as in thin. Swathe [swaythe] functions as both a noun and as a verb. As a noun, swathe means “a band of linen, woolen, or other material in which something is enveloped.”. As a verb, swathe means, “to envelop in a swathe or swathes; to wrap up, swaddle, bandage.”. Note: The verb swaddle is related to swathe. To swaddle a baby is to wrap it up snugly in a swathe of cloth. The Old and New Testaments contain references to the practice of wrapping a newborn in swaddling bands: And she gave birth to her first-born son and wrapped him in swaddling cloths, and laid him in a manger, because there was no place for them in the inn.—Luke 2:7, (RSV). And as for your birth, on the day you were born your navel string was not cut, nor were you washed with water to cleanse you, nor rubbed with salt, nor swathed with bands.—Ezekiel 16:4 (RSV). [Where were you] when I made clouds its garment, and thick darkness its swaddling. band [?]—Job 38:9 (RVS). Both the OED and Merriam-Webster show swathe as an alternative spelling for swath. My own practice is to use the spelling swath [swahth] for the track a mower leaves and swathe [swaythe] for wrapping things up in long pieces of cloth. Black February! Click here to get a Pro subscription with a 50% discount! Misused Words

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Five Reasons to Ask Loved Ones for an Autobiography This Valentine’s Day

Dumb Little Man

Valentine’s isn’t just for lovers; a National Retail Foundation survey found that more than half of Americans give gifts to family members, and many also give to friends and colleagues.

2016 203

Organizing kitchen spices

Clutter Coach

by I worked with a client unpacking and setting up her kitchen this week. I corralled and sorted all her spice containers; jars, plastic bags, paper bags, plastic boxes, fabric bags; and we saw that there were duplicates and even triplicates of some spices. One problem is that spices don’t all come in the same kind of container and plastic bags don’t work well in a spice rack. That means that some spices end up packed into a larger container in the pantry, away from the jars in the rack.

2016 100

Why I Stopped Doing GTD: Part 3

Productivityist

This is a piece that was originally published in The Productivityist Weekly newsletter. I wanted to share it with you on the blog as well to explain why Productivityist no longer writes or focuses on the GTD methodology.

2016 65

The English Lexicon Will Always Be Back-Formated

Daily Writing Tips

Back-formation, the development of a new form of a word by subtracting an element from an existing word, often results in additions to our word-hoard that people deem grotesque, but many words we consider members in good standing of the English language—usually verbs—have been created this way.

2016 82

12 SUPER Useful Tips for Eating Out (Without Ruining Your Diet)

Dumb Little Man

You did it! You didn’t give in… Not even once! Every juicy burger that crossed your path. Every creamy pasta dish that caught your eye. Every delicious dessert that you got offered. They were no match for your remarkable willpower.

2016 200

Why Multitasking Sucks

Clutter Coach

by Multitasking has the same effect on your productivity that drinking too much has on your wittiness at a party. You think it’s increasing, but it’s actually decreasing. In both cases, people seem happily unaware of this fact. By now, you must’ve heard that multitasking is a boondoggle. It doesn’t make you more productive. In fact, it makes you less productive. Just look online for studies galore showing this, going back more than ten years.

2016 100

10 Ways To Define Success

Brilliantly Better

Success is one of the most important concepts for humans. It shapes a lot of our activities, a lot of our perceptions and it drives us to do things we wouldn’t do, in “normal” contexts. We, humans, are striving to be… The post 10 Ways To Define Success appeared first on Dragos Roua. Personal Development

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Infuse vs. Suffuse

Daily Writing Tips

What’s the difference between infuse and suffuse ? To infuse something is to literally or figurative fill it; the senses include “animate,” “inject,” “inspire,” “introduce,” “permeate,” and “steep.” One that or who infuses is an infuser, the act of infusing is called infusion.

2016 82

3 ways that celebrating your half birthday will jumpstart your productivity

Dumb Little Man

As we get older, we start to avoid birthday celebrations like tax day. What were once excuses to eat cake are now reminders that we’re running out of time to complete our goals. We pass our mental deadlines for earning promotions, starting families, or buying houses, and we start to feel ashamed that the numbers attached to our birth certificates don’t match the numbers attached to our dreams. We wonder how we suddenly got so old with so little to show for it.

2016 157

Should I Save or Should It Go?

Clutter Coach

by People who are collectors love to tell me that things they've held onto for years and years have actually come in handy, so it was worthwhile to keep it. There's often a note of triumph in their voices when they come to the story's punchline, "and I had one!" " They assume that I'm against keeping things and they want to head off any suggestions I might have for downsizing.

2016 100

How To Be More Creative (And More Productive)

Productivityist

“Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again but expecting different results.” ” – Albert Einstein. I’ll be the first to admit that I’ve been guilty of expecting change without instigating it. According to Einstein, I have suffered insanity (which is perhaps a fair diagnosis given the frustration that arises when expectations don’t lead to action).

2016 63

20 Synonyms for “Excuse”

Daily Writing Tips

The sentiment behind the verb excuse can be expressed in many ways, whether the sense is of “remove blame from” or “stop blaming” (or even, in many cases, “deflect attention from blame”). Here are twenty words and phrases that will serve, along with their pertinent meanings.

2016 81

Conversations With A Mysterious Partner 3 – Uncomfortable Situations

Brilliantly Better

Coming back with a new installment form the “Conversations With A Mysterious Partner Series” Two new things: a new (visiting) mysterious partner (like I told you, these mysterious partners, whose role is, obvious, to remain mysterious, will be many) and… The post Conversations With A Mysterious Partner 3 – Uncomfortable Situations appeared first on Dragos Roua. Personal Development

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Toll, Knell, and Tocsin

Daily Writing Tips

The following headlines lead me to assume that the bride or groom or both did not survive the ceremony: Wedding Bells Toll For A Bride From Camelot—Philadelphia news site, 1986. Wedding bells toll for Tiger— Cape Cod Times , 2004. Wedding bells toll in Conn. for gay couples— Boston Globe , 2008.

2016 81

The Root Word “Solve” and Its Offshoots

Daily Writing Tips

A small family of words with the root word solve refer in some way to changing the physical or figurative state of something—naturally, since the Latin root of solve , solvere , means “dissolve, loosen, or solve.”. Solve itself means “find an answer, explanation, or solution for.”

2016 79

How To Be More Creative (And More Productive)

Productivityist

“Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again but expecting different results.” ” – Albert Einstein. I’ll be the first to admit that I’ve been guilty of expecting change without instigating it. According to Einstein, I have suffered insanity (which is perhaps a fair diagnosis given the frustration that arises when expectations don’t lead to action).

2016 61

The Productivityist Podcast: A Mindful Conversation with Patrick Rhone

Productivityist

On this episode of the podcast, Patrick Rhone returns so that we can have another great conversation. This time around we focus on reading more (and better), mindfulness (and Patrick’s new book “Mindfulness for Mere Mortals), and much more. I always have a blast talking with Patrick. I hope you enjoy the show as much as I enjoyed putting it together (with help from producer John Poelstra). Relevant Links. PatrickRhone.com. 2015 in review — 1 year after I quit blogging | Nathan Barry.

2016 58

The Productivityist Podcast: A Mindful Conversation with Patrick Rhone

Productivityist

On this episode of the podcast, Patrick Rhone returns so that we can have another great conversation. This time around we focus on reading more (and better), mindfulness (and Patrick’s new book “Mindfulness for Mere Mortals), and much more. I always have a blast talking with Patrick. I hope you enjoy the show as much as I enjoyed putting it together (with help from producer John Poelstra). Relevant Links. PatrickRhone.com. 2015 in review — 1 year after I quit blogging | Nathan Barry.

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