Sat.Oct 13, 2012 - Fri.Oct 19, 2012

How to Take Responsibility for Your Life

Dumb Little Man

I want to tell you a little story. There once was a girl with shiny eyes, wit and a great sense of justice for she had been mistreated for most of her life. The hurt, the anger, the disappointment in the world - she tried to hide it all away. But the older the girl got, the more difficult it became.

2012 285

Is Your Job Getting You Down? Job Happiness Quiz

Eat Your Career

I once read an interesting statistic about how work effects overall life happiness. It basically said that a good job won’t make you happy, but a bad job will make you unhappy. I think this says a lot about how we view jobs. If we hate our work, that frustration and annoyance rules our lives.

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Email Newsletter: 3 Alternatives to an Ezine

Office Organization Success

This article was inspired by a conversation I had today with a client; in fact this isn’t the first time I’ve had a similar conversation with clients, so I thought I’d share my response to them with you. This client basically said to me, “Tracey, please tell me I don’t have to send a weekly ezine!”.

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Pros and Cons of virtual meetings

Practically Perfect PA

Pin It. Long gone are the days our executive managers fly all over the world attending an hour’s meeting here or there.

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7 Everyday Mistakes That Turn Your Life from Heaven to Hell

Dumb Little Man

Are you stuck? Does it feel like you deserve something better, but nothing is happening? You’re not alone. Many are waking up to the fact that the life they’re living isn’t what they want. They are realizing that they can do what they love and enjoy life to the fullest. The same is true for you.

2012 286

How to Deal With Credit Thieves in the Workplace

Eat Your Career

What do you do when someone else takes credit for your work? It’s a common problem—one often exaggerated and made light of in sitcoms—and yet, in the real world, it can lead to some pretty serious career damage if not handled properly.

2012 257

Halloween Going to the Dogs

Small Business Labs

Regular readers know we love pet trends, especially when they relate to the humanization of pets. According to an article in Time Magazine "American consumers are expected to collectively spend $370 million on pet costumes this Halloween.

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5 Quotes from Marcus Aurelius on Developing an Invincible Attitude

Dumb Little Man

Stoicism is a school of Philosophy that intrigued me at a time where my self-defeating behavior was at its peak. I had trouble dealing with frustration, failure, stress, and fear.

2012 286

Upcycle Your Way to An Eco Friendly Office Wardrobe

Eco-Office Gals

All of us have had moments when we’ve looked into our closets and said, “I have nothing to wear” and we weren’t being dramatic. Sometimes, the reality is that while we do have things hanging up, we don’t always have just what we need.

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The Polarization of Jobs

Small Business Labs

The Trend is the Cycle: Job Polarization and Jobless Recoveries is an academic paper, but very approachable and well worth reading. The key finding is the job market is becoming more polarized, with job growth becoming concentrated at the high and low wage ends of the spectrum.

2012 187

What Does Your Facebook Photo Say About You?

On The Job

I'm always amazed by the truly stupid photos people post of themselves online. The reason I'm surprised is that we're so quick to judge a celebrity with a hair out of place, that sometimes we fail to consider the image we're projecting to the world.

How to Ignite Your Happiness Now

Dumb Little Man

Being happy is one of the most important things in life. My friends often tilt their heads and ask me: “How on earth are you so happy all of the time?” So what if I showed you how you can become happy right now —and stay happy, forever? It sounds too good to be true, doesn't it?

2012 285

What Makes for a Healthy Green Office?

Eco-Office Gals

As you’ve been doing more and more research about making your world a more eco-friendly place, you’ve probably come across some articles on how to make your office “green”—no, not (necessarily) green in color, but things that you can do to improve the air quality and energy efficiency of your workplace environment.

2012 211

Book Review: The New Geography of Jobs

Small Business Labs

The New Geography of Jobs , written by UC Berkeley economics professor Enrico Moretti, was released last spring.  It was not widely reviewed, which is too bad because I think it's a very important book.

2012 185

Learn How to Manage Your Boss

Ian's Messy Desk

No matter where you work, you report to someone – maybe even to two or three bosses. And whether you think your boss is brilliant or a bore, the fact is that you have to manage the relationship with your boss if you want to advance your career. Many of us give little thought to managing our supervisors. We do so at our own peril. Supervisors can have a lot of influence over our success in a job and our long-term career plans.

2012 170

How to Achieve Every Goal You Will Ever Set

Dumb Little Man

What would your life look like if you could achieve every goal you set? I bet it would be full of passion, fulfillment, and happiness. The problem with setting goals is that most people choose goals that they don't even want. They let society set their goals for them.

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Incorporating Sustainability into Urban and Regional Planning

Eco-Office Gals

Urban planning–the notion of sculpting the layout of cities and managing their development–is a fairly old discipline at this point, but it has been revolutionized in recent decades by an emerging emphasis on sustainability.

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How To Give Yourself A Break

Simple Productivity Blog

Fridays are tip days at SimpleProductivity blog. We live in a time when people are going all the time. Rest seems to be unobtainable, and many people sacrifice sleep in order to get more done. But there is a time in your life when you need to step back and relax.

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One Simple Question that Can Move You Forward with Amazing Speed

Productive & Organized

I work with solo entrepreneurs and small business owners who are really amazing at what they do and have achieved great success in their business but. have done so at the expense of their personal freedom or well-being and happiness, which makes them feel over-worked and out of balance; or.

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6 Ways to Get Yourself to Achieve Anything

Dumb Little Man

We all have some crazy goals or aspirations that we would love more than anything to achieve. The question is - how do we achieve these seemingly impossible aspirations? Unless you have a foolproof way to win the lottery (please contact me immediately if you do).

2012 285

How to Stay Focused When Between Jobs

Eat Your Career

If you’re used to going into an office from 9 in the morning until 6 in the evening, and you suddenly find yourself between jobs, you’ve got a whole new set of distractions to contend with! How do you stay focused on your job search and keep your spirits up?

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Automation For Productivity: Machines Around The House

Simple Productivity Blog

Mondays are productivity days at SimpleProductivity blog. I talked about how automation is so important to reclaiming your time last week, in Automation: An Overview of Getting Back Your Life. Today I’m going to talk about how to automate around the house using machines.

2012 226

How You Can Help Your Career Even When You're Not at Work

On The Job

After putting in your hours at work with the colleague who eats pork rinds all day long and the boss who constantly hums off-key show tunes, the last thing you may want to do is spend your after-work hours with such people.

2012 208

How To Quit Talking And Finally Make It Happen

Dumb Little Man

I’m a pretty disciplined person. I exercise a few times a week. Spend less than I earn And I work from home without ending up on the couch all day. But for months I’d been trying to add yoga and creative writing to my routine, and it just wasn’t happening.

2012 286

Are Traditional Jobs Going to Disappear?

Small Business Labs

The Forbes article In the Future, Nobody Will Have Jobs  summarizes the growing view that traditional jobs are going the way of the dinosaurs, replaced by an array of contract workers and automation. Regular readers know we believe the number of independent workers (freelancers, temps, etc.) is going to continue to grow. We also agree that the number of businesses that choose to use independent workers over traditional employees is also going to increase.

2012 145

Ezines — There’s No Excuse Not To Do Them

Step It Up VA Coaching

by Donna Toothaker. I was recently doing some research for a coaching client that took me to several virtual assistant websites. I was amazed at the number of sites I visited that did not include an ezine or newsletter for visitors to register to receive. At first I thought “Why on Earth are they not doing an ezine? It’s the simplest thing in the world to do!”

2012 143

Ignoring the Joneses: Getting To Simplicity

Simple Productivity Blog

Wednesdays are simplicity days at SimpleProductivity blog. One of the biggest obstacles to success in simplifying our lives comes from comparing ourselves to others. We feel that we need a bigger house, newer car, more activities simply because we see other people having and doing those things.

2012 191

This Isn’t What I Asked For!– How to Handle Bad Results from your Virtual Services Provider

Tips From T. Marie

Your virtual assistant sends over the latest project you’ve been working on together. Excited to have it complete your heart sinks when you look at it. “This isn’t what I asked for” you grumble, getting ready to blast your VA for the lousy work. But hold on a minute, before you rip them a new one, there are a few things you need to know.

2012 128

FREE Business Success Systems Assessment

Office Organization Success

Our visit to the University of Cincinnati on Monday was wonderful. I was so impressed with the campus and its facilities. And I was especially impressed with the School of Engineering’s Co-op program — in fact, it’s the Co-op program alone that has sold me on the college! As I hinted in last week’s ezine, I’m planning some changes around here. And one of those changes is available right now!

2012 126

It Doesn't Have to Be That Hard!

Productive & Organized

One of my family values growing up was that we were "hard workers."  "  The work ethic in my family is very strong and we can "push through" anything. 

2012 180

Foundation Attributes of the Five Pillars

Office Dynamics

Dear Monday Motivators, Last week’s Monday Motivators was the first of a series of 4 issues that I am writing around the theme Be BOLD: Mastering Exceptional Leadership One BOLD Step at a Time.

2012 176

Top 5 Tips for Small Business Blogging

The Small Business Blog

Top 5 Tips posts from the SME Blog are always full of hints and tips for small, home & micro business owners. Don’t be afraid to display your credentials prominently. People need to know why they should pay attention to your business, so if they can easily see your history and accomplishments they will…

2012 173

Take Control of Your Cluttered, Disorganized Bookshelves

Simple Productivity Blog

This post was written by a guest author. If you want to guest post on this blog, check out the guest post guidelines. It is not in the stars to hold our destiny but in ourselves. Nothing gets a body set to reorganize books like a quote from the Board. Or is it Brad? Barge? It’s not important.

2012 173

Here and Now - Transforming Your Business with Traction

Productive & Organized

Yesterday I talked about how some entrepreneurs are stuck in a pattern of running their business that does not give them everything that they really desire.    I compared it to being in "hampster wheels" of various sizes.

2012 162

Moxie Tip 261: Connecting

Virtual Moxie

When we have a safe place to speak what is rambling around inside us, we can, as poet David Whyte says, "overhear ourselves saying the most astonishing things we never knew we knew.". The trusted souls around us can help us "remember faster" who we are, what we know, and what lights our souls on fire. -- from a generous guest post by Trish Bruxvoort-Colligan. Moxie Tips assistu be a successful virtual assistant moxie tips virtual assistant virtual assistant success tips virtual assistants

2012 144

A little bit of take and give

The Small Business Blog

As financial tightrope artists, with occasional cameo performances on the high trapeze, small businesses and one-man/one-woman bands can ill afford to be generous. Or can they? I budget for giving, for two reasons. I’m alive and well, independent, happy and fortunate; wobbling on occasions, but equally taking full advantage of the freedom to decide my…

2012 166

Open Loops 10/16/2012: Articles I Think Worth Passing Along

Simple Productivity Blog

Tuesdays are open loop days at SimpleProductivity blog. We are surrounded by distractions, and most of us give into them.

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