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Giveaway: 5 sets of Uni-ball Eye Designer Pens!

Practically Perfect PA

Like many other assistants I am also a stationery addict – Hello! I’m not here to suggest you go into rehab – quite the opposite in fact. I am about to encourage your habit! Consider me your stationery supplier… (see what I did there!).

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How New Hires Can Make a Great First Impression

Eat Your Career

Congratulations! You got hired! Now the hard part starts. The first 30 days on the job is a critical time for creating your professional reputation. Like it or not, first impressions are often lasting impressions.

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Balancing Your Tasks

Simple Productivity Blog

How often do you complete everything on your task list for the day? Do you always have things left over that you just didn''t have time to get to?

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Five Consequences of Data Fragmentation

The Small Business Blog

Data fragmentation is increasingly becoming the norm for businesses. Now that we are all online and many of us use cloud software to help us in our daily lives, our business data is spread out all over the place.

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So do assistants think the role has diversified?

Practically Perfect PA

Last month I posted a blog about diversification with the assistant role. As always, I was interested in what other assistants had experienced in their roles. Has the role really diversified? If so, to what extent and is the diversification a good thing?

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Corporations Continue to Cut Employee Benefits

Small Business Labs

Despite the economic recovery large corporations continue to cut benefits and have layoffs.   The  Towers Watson's 2013/2014 Global Benefits Attitude Survey has an interesting chart (below) showing the substantial reduction in benefits by U.S.

2014 209

Are Women Holding Themselves Back?

On The Job

As we recently celebrated International Women’s Day, let''s consider: 64% of women have the lowest position in law firms, such as staff attorney jobs, while only 17% garner top spots such as equity partners, reports the National Association of Women Lawyers.

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Do You Give Your Time Away?

Simple Productivity Blog

Do you give your time away? Of course not, you think. But if you are a salaried employee and work more than your scheduled hours, you are giving your time away to your employer for free. The post Do You Give Your Time Away? appeared first on

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Do Indoor Plants Really Provide Return On Investment?

Eco-Office Gals

There are numerous reasons to invest in indoor plants for the office environment. Plants help to create a welcoming atmosphere, they can clear airborne nasties from the air, and of course, they are nice to look at. But do they provide a return on investment? Increasing Productivity.

2014 202

Should I Homeschool My Kids?

Dumb Little Man

Statistics show that increasing numbers of parents have decided to homeschool their children as they observe faltering school systems, uninspired curriculum and indications that administrators and teachers are ignoring their family''s values.

2014 284

Infographic: Robots

The Small Business Blog

It’s human nature to worry if someone is going to come along who can do your job better than you can, but now you also have to worry about whether a robot might eventually replace you instead.

2014 206

How to Keep a Time Log

Ian's Messy Desk

The post How to Keep a Time Log appeared first on Ian's Messy Desk. One of the simplest time-management tools is a daily time log. By selecting a typical week and gathering data on your daily routine, you can find areas where you could improve your use of time.

2014 198

A Lesson From In-N-Out Burger: Your Customers Might Want Less Choice, Not More

The Solopreneur Life

I’ve written in the past about how your customers might want less choice, not more. Last week I was on vacation in Phoenix with my wife and daughters and we saw an example of “less is more.”

2014 188

5 Life Hacks To Become A Productivity Star

Dumb Little Man

Nowadays, you simply have to be productive. In school, at work, in your personal life. We live in a create-on-demand world so you must have felt the pressure every now and then.

2014 282

Infographic: Social Video

The Small Business Blog

One of the vital components to social media is the proliferation of video. Many of the most popular viral tweets or Facebook posts contain links to videos.

2014 204

The Cambridge Suites Hotel, Toronto

Practically Perfect PA

On my way to Toronto I stopped at Niagara Falls. It was as beautiful as it was cold! After taking a few snaps I very happily got back on the bus which was taking me directly to my hotel – The Cambridge Suites Hotel.

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Manufacturing Hubs and Small Manufacturers

Small Business Labs

The National Network for Manufacturing Innovation  (NNMI) is a federal program started in 2012 with a goal of creating up to 15 national centers for manufacturing research and innovation.   As the Brookings Institute chart below shows , so far 4 centers have been started.

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Are You Willing to Do What it Takes to Be Happy?

Dumb Little Man

I was a happy kid for the most part, a bit shy—which is a form of self-centeredness, but that’s a whole different story. Growing up on a farm in the Midwest, I had an ideal childhood. Great sister and loving parents, I was destined for great things.

2014 281

Good Advice on Not Texting

Business Writing

Straightening my office bookshelf this weekend, I found a news clipping I had saved because of its wise words from advice columnist Carolyn Hax. Although she was commenting on texts between a husband and wife, her advice applies to texts. Courteous Writing Etiquette

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Open Loops 4/4/2014: Articles I Think Worth Passing Along

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 packing bits of toiletries for trips, how a before-bed routine can really help, and a site I just discovered with feel-good information.

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Why You Should Get Rid of Your "To Do" List

On The Job

In 2007, Ari Meisel was diagnosed with a severe case of Crohn’s disease (a disease of the digestive tract) and nearly died. He was in an out of the hospital and told the disease was incurable. But in 2011, he completed Ironman France and was declared free of all traces of the disease.

2014 163

5 Reasons To Get Over Your Kitchen Insecurities

Dumb Little Man

It’s so easy to get intimidated by cooking. Laundry lists of ingredients, fancy terms that you’ve never seen before in your life, and the fact that you just don’t want to screw it up after putting in all that effort.

2014 273

5 Minutes With… Sharon Jones

The Small Business Blog

Welcome to the latest in our occasional series of entrepreneur interviews for The Small Business Blog. These short Q and A sessions highlight some of the most interesting entrepreneurial figures in the business world. Our newest interviewee is also our very first international one: Sharon Jones, co-founder of FundWell, an online technology platform which matches… Read the full article here: 5 Minutes With… Sharon Jones on: THE SMALL BUSINESS BLOG.

2014 162

The Role of Side Gigs in an Uncertain Economy

Small Business Labs

We've been spending a lot of time looking at side gigs. These are 2nd (or even 3rd) jobs or side businesses started by people to augment their regular employment or activity.   Most people, of course, use side gigs to earn money.  But there are other reasons for side gigs including learning new skills, pursuing a passion, interest or hobby, testing a business idea or simply having something that gets them engaged in ways different from their primary activity.

2014 147

Trying Out a New Online System!

Office Organization Success

I had such a positive response to last week’s video article, that I decided to do another one again for you this week! This week I’ve also been learning a new system … I’m such a geek and love learning new online systems. This one is Premium Web Cart and it’s a great alternative to your 1ShoppingCart or Infusionsoft.

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The Dark Side of Perfectionism

Dumb Little Man

Growing up, we all want to be accepted. For some of us, we work hard at a project, making it perfect in our minds, and when we receive praise for it, we associate acceptance with perfectionism. From that point on, we strive to be perfect in all that we do and in all that we are. But perfectionism isn’t a good thing – in fact it’s detrimental. Here are the many downsides to perfectionism: Perfection is Subjective Everyone’s definition of perfection is different.

2014 215

Taxation – Quote of the Week

The Small Business Blog

“President Herbert Hoover returned his salary to government. His idea caught on and now we’re all doing it.” ” – Sam Ewing, US author. This quote is fairly tongue-in-cheek but at its heart there is an undeniable truth that the rewards of working have been somewhat diminished by over zealous taxation. Not only will your business… Read the full article here: Taxation – Quote of the Week on: THE SMALL BUSINESS BLOG.

2014 157

Kids Need a New PR Firm; Dogs Don't

Small Business Labs

It's become less popular to have kids and more popular to have dogs. Human fertility rates continue to fall in the U.S. and elsewhere). Not only that, but the precursors to having kids - things like marriage - are also falling as more people choose to be single. Millennials are saying they are less likely to have kids than prior generations. The reason they give is it's too hard in today's world to be good parents, have career success and personal freedom.

2014 141

BIG ENERGY: Passion Creates Energy

Office Dynamics

Hello Monday Motivators! I am so excited to write this Monday Motivator because today is my dad’s 89 th birthday and because my dad is the epitome of passion that creates energy and longevity. I did not plan for today’s topic to fall on his birthday.

2014 187

Better To Be High Spirited

Dumb Little Man

Better to be high-spirited, even though one makes more mistakes, than to be narrow minded and all too prudent. – Vincent van Gogh. The post Better To Be High Spirited appeared first on Dumb Little Man. Happiness Motivation Poster

2014 210

How New Hires Can Make a Great First Impression

Eat Your Career

Congratulations! You got hired! Now the hard part starts. The first 30 days on the job is a critical time for creating your professional reputation. Like it or not, first impressions are often lasting impressions.

2014 130

Ten tips for organising a business trip to… New York City

Practically Perfect PA

Having recently spent two months travelling around the States for a mixture of business and pleasure I definitely have a new found respect for our Executives, particularly those that travel week after week. I am speaking at the Conference and Hospitality show in Leeds next week on travel itineraries and my recent travels has certainly had an impact on my presentation.

2014 129

How Affordable is Housing in America’s Best Small Towns?

The Solopreneur Life

How affordable is the housing in America’s best small towns? Three things came together and caused me to ask that question: • I was on vacation in Phoenix last week — to recover from Minnesota’s bleak winter and to escape its wintry spring. This was the second time I’ve been to Phoenix, and I love […]. Related posts: Does the Value of E-newsletter Subscribers Diminish, Over Time? Look Around. What Symbolizes Your Work and Life?

2014 128

5 Life Hacks To Become A Productivity Star

Dumb Little Man

Nowadays, you simply have to be productive. In school, at work, in your personal life. We live in a create-on-demand world so you must have felt the pressure every now and then. The thing you always have to remember when it comes to being productive, regardless of the context: you got to have a clear mindset. Clarity of thoughts, needs, of the objectives you have to attain. Apparently, wearing the same thing every day could also help, but that’s not on our agenda today.

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What Can You Learn about Social Media from a Meteorologist? A Lot. My Interview with Brad Panovich (@WxBrad)

Tips From T. Marie

Categories: Blogging & Social Media. Business Tips Is social media right for everyone? Can Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, etc. make an impact no matter who/what you are? Example: has it changed the way meteorologists perform their jobs? Probably something you’ve thought very little about until now; most of us probably take for granted how we receive information about our weather. The answer, […] ( Read more. ). Blogging & Social Media Business Tips

Home office clutter management

Clutter Coach

by Originally posted 2012-10-01 20:13:24. Republished by Blog Post Promoter If you’re not lucky enough to have a separate room for your home office , you’ll make do on the dining table, or setting up a desk in a corner of the living room. This poses a special challenge because any clutter you leave on your desk is also now in the common living area for all to see. If you live with others this can be, well, a problem.

Self-Awareness: The Key to Better Educational Leadership

Small Business CEO

An effective leader exhibits a number of features that motivate people to follow them. Honesty, charisma, confidence, know-how, a willingness to take risks — the qualities of a better leader are myriad and diverse.

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