2015

5 Ways to Achieve Any Goal

Dumb Little Man

You are frustrated! You passionately desire to move from where you are to that grand goal you have set for yourself. The only problem is that you seems to fall short of reaching your goal every single time. The passion just seem to die off over time. You are perplexed! What happened? You started out with so much excitement, your goals and the thought of accomplishing them put a spring on your steps every single time. Somewhere along the line things changed and you simply lost track of time!

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A day in the life: Amanda Barlow, Senior EA, PZ Cussons

Practically Perfect PA

What does your career path look like? I have been working as the Senior EA at PZ Cussons for over a year now and have developed my role to become an integral part of the ExCo Team. As we have operations in Europe, Africa, Asia and Australia, amongst others, I am already looking at ways to improve how all of the EAs spread across the globe can work more efficiently as a team, and make a more telling contribution to the ExCo and Senior Management Teams.

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Coworking Spaces are Human Spaces

Small Business Labs

Last week the results from the spring coworking space member survey were released at the Global Coworking Conference Unconference (GCUC). Emergent  Emergent Research (that's us) partnered with GCUC and Jacob Sayles of Office Nomads on this study. The key finding is while coworking spaces are definitely workspaces, they are also much more. They are places where members work, network, learn and socialize together.    In other words, coworking spaces are human spaces.

2015 217

Email Management: 5 Top Tips for Managing Your Emails

Office Organization Success

“Help! I’m in email overload.” ” When I asked my subscribers recently what their biggest office headache is, email is right up there with the rest of them! Comments such as: “Emails – yikes!” ” “Responding to emails” “Managing email” “Email overload” Sound familiar? Technology is a wonderful thing – it allows us to work virtually, from anywhere in the world, and makes our lives easier.

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How to Communicate With Confidence

Ian's Messy Desk

The post How to Communicate With Confidence appeared first on Ian's Messy Desk. Listening well, speaking clearly and asking the right questions—these skills are vital to your success as a communicator. The good news is that by using a few simple strategies, you can boost your own communication confidence. The way to avoid ineffective communication patterns is to practice being authentic. This means explaining how you really feel and asking for what you really need.

How to Become an Expert in Your Chosen Field

Eat Your Career

I’m going to make a bold statement here: In the field of professional development, I consider myself an expert. It’s not just because I’ve been writing this blog for over 5 years (any Joe-schmoe off the street can do this, you know!). Rather, it’s because I’ve immersed myself in the field—soaked up knowledge and applied it at a rapid pace. And these days, I really feel it’s paying off with a level of expertise few others possess.

2015 198

An Amazing Pencil Sharpener

Simple Productivity Blog

Productivity is hampered by poor tools. This amazing pencil sharpener keeps productivity flowing. The post An Amazing Pencil Sharpener appeared first on Simple Productivity Blog. More great content can be found on the site at Simple Productivity Blog., or you can find me on Twitter ( @SmplProdBlog ) and Facebook ( Facebook.com/SimpleProductivity ). Productivity Reviews

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10 Easy Ways to Make Your Home More Eco-Friendly

Eco-Office Gals

When you hear the term “eco-friendly,” your mind might jump to advancements like solar panels , electric cars, and walls that keep heat inside. And, while these certainly fit the bill, they aren’t always the most budget-conscious options for everyday individuals who simply want to minimize their negative effects on the Earth. Fortunately, there are plenty of ways to make your home a greener place without spending a ton of green.

2015 191

Do You Have a Good Business Model? Use This Assessment to Find Out

The Solopreneur Life

B usiness model is a term that a lot of people talk about, but few are able to explain thoroughly. This is a picture of my copy of “Value Proposition Design.” ” For example, how often have you heard people say, “Apple has a great business model.” ” Super. Why is it great?

2015 170

The hidden side of getting organized

Clutter Coach

by Originally posted 2012-07-31 17:20:45. Republished by Blog Post Promoter How does it feel to be disorganized? Not so good, right? I’ve heard people say embarrassed, overwhelmed, exhausted, anxious and desperate. Here’s the thing. It can be really hard to make a change when you’re in the grip of such negative emotions. If you act from those emotions, every decision will be agony and you’ll feel so tired and disheartened that you won’t get very far anyway.

2015 153

By Mistake: 6 Things You Do That Kill Your Productivity

Dumb Little Man

There are not so many people who know the art of time management well. However, all people want to be productive. In short, being a productive person means to complete tasks faster without sacrificing the quality. Obviously, it is a great thing to learn, but we all reduce our productivity in different ways, even without knowing that. If you are interested in increasing your productivity (but not reducing), read on… #1.

2015 220

A day in the life: Claudia Ferreres, PA to Albert Adrià

Practically Perfect PA

What are the main aspects of your role? As the Personal Assistant to a quite renowned chef, my tasks might vary from the ones of a regular PA, like calendar and email management, to most specific tasks such as taking care of the journalists that come visit the restaurants and to interview Albert. All the restaurants are within walking distance, so I sometimes give journalists and some clients a walking tour around the restaurants and show them the projects in progress.

2015 218

Global Interest in Coworking Booming

Small Business Labs

The annual Global Coworking Unconference Conference  (GCUC) is this week in Berkeley, California. And it's good times for this industry. According to analysis by Deskmag, global interest in coworking is booming and at all time highs. Key quote on from their article on their study of Google Trends data related to the search term "coworking": The worldwide searches for the term “coworking” on Google have reached their current peak this March.

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3 Simple Strategies for Discovering What Your Target Market Wants

Office Organization Success

To find out exactly what your target market wants, you gotta ask them! Sounds easy enough, right? But you’d be surprised at how many business owners don’t do this. They just assume they know what their audience wants. Or they see someone else having success with a product or program, so offer something similar to their own clients and subscribers (I remember once a mentor telling me that I’ll always have success if I offer list building. Well … guess what?

2015 211

The Truth About Why Men Aren’t Romantic Anymore

Dumb Little Man

If you’re frustrated with the fact that men aren’t chivalrous and romantic anymore, you’re not alone. As a women’s dating coach, I constantly get emails from women who complain that chivalry is dead… romance is dead. Believe it or not, it’s actually not dead. Men don’t act more romantic because they’re afraid. Let me explain what I mean… The other day my girlfriend was telling me a story about a guy who gave her friend a promise ring.

2015 219

Are You Feeling Stuck? Questions to Ask Yourself To become Unstuck

Dumb Little Man

Do you currently feel stuck? Have you been working your finger to the bones and yet you feel that you aren’t making any headway? Has life just been keeping you in the dumps? Feeling stuck can be the most frustrating feeling you will ever have in your life. A feeling of helplessness, and dis-empowerment. Unfortunately, too many of us feel that way sometimes. Let’s be honest life has its ups and downs.

2015 219

Using Excel To Take Apart and Consolidate Text

Simple Productivity Blog

I deal with a lot of information, for my job, for my classes, and for Girl Scouts. When I get information in a form that is readable, but not quite usable, I have the option to re-type it.or I can put Excel on the task and let it do the work. Most people assume that Excel, as a spreadsheet, is just for crunching numbers. Truth be told, I use Excel more for text manipulation than I ever do for numbers. Today I am going to show you how to put text together -- and take it apart -- using Excel.

2015 191

9 Things to Let Go to Find Ultimate Happiness

Dumb Little Man

Obtaining happiness doesn’t always have to be about gaining. When we think about things that would make us happy we usually find ourselves daydreaming about things we could add on to life: new house, beautiful car, a great lover, a fancy job, an amazing vacation, etc. But what about the things that we could lose or let go of to find our happiness? Often times, it’s what we already have in our life that obstructs us from finding ultimate happiness.

2015 219

5 Green Upgrades That Add Value to Your Home

Eco-Office Gals

By Jane Blanchard via Modernize. When you’re preparing to sell your home, any upgrades that add value are worth your time and effort. One of the hottest trends in real estate is green, sustainable living–making changes to your home that decrease the amount of energy you use and your impact on the environment. Read on to learn more about the best “green” upgrades that not only are kind to the Earth, but add value to your home.

2015 184

How to Create Lead Magnets That Convert

The Solopreneur Life

E very online-marketing pro talks about the importance of growing your list. They’re right, of course. But if you’re a solopreneur who provides client-facing services, how do take your website traffic and turn it into new business? Specifically, how do you create lead magnets that yield high-value leads and ideal clients? Impact Branding and Design, an inbound-marketing agency, has faith in the power of lead magnets. Impact has 53(!) in the Learning Center on its website.

2015 162

9 Simple Tricks to Supercharge Your whole Day

Dumb Little Man

Some of us are morning people, able to get up full of energy and charge into the day with nothing but a quick bite to eat and a cup of coffee. Others of us need to build up to the point where we no longer long to return to bed for another hour. Yet, virtually all of us have felt that slump in the middle of the day, where we have to fight the urge to take a little nap at the desk or curl up on the break room sofa. Luckily, it doesn’t have to be that way.

2015 219

4 Reasons Why We Never Give Ourselves the Advice We Would Give to a Friend

Dumb Little Man

I mostly found myself giving people the best advices ever. I always try my best to leave the person feeling better and inspired. But when I fall into the same situation, I never treat myself the same. I always found myself being negative to myself and recently chatting with my friends I realized we all make the same mistake. We never treat ourselves the way we would treat a friend.

2015 219

Diary management for PAs and EAs

Practically Perfect PA

While the role of a PA or EA is constantly evolving, diary management continues to be a fundamental task. PAs spend at least a third of their time managing diaries, so it’s essential that you’ve mastered this aspect of your job. This guide provides tips to help you on your way. Own the calendar. Problems often arise when both you and your boss adjust and maintain your boss’ calendar. For obvious reasons, this is a recipe for disaster.

2015 212

Cats Drive 15% of All Internet Traffic

Small Business Labs

Regular readers know we like pet trends. But I admit our coverage has been slanted towards dogs, mostly because I like dogs.    But cats are more popular with online audiences. In fact, according to Bloomberg's The Magazine Trying to Bring the Web's Cat Obsession Offline , cats drive almost 15 percent of all Web traffic.

2015 196

3 Simple Steps to Taking Time Away from Your Business

Office Organization Success

“I don’t have time for a vacation!” ” “My family are sick of talking to my back as I’m constantly hunched over my desk!” ” “Give me five more minutes … and I’ll watch that movie with you.” ” Does any of this sound familiar? I hear it a lot from entrepreneurs. They start their business because they want freedom … a flexible schedule.

2015 206

Reaching a Goal? Here’s 10 Common Fears that May Derail You

Dumb Little Man

There are 2 kinds of fears – instinctive and unnecessary. Instinctive Fear: This is immediate and temporary – the type of fear when you have a near-miss accident. Your fear impulse notifies your brain that then pumps a bunch of adrenaline into your system. Your heart beats fast; you get shaky; you may sweat. But soon it is over and your return to normal. Unnecessary: These are the fears that grip us insidiously – they creep into our thought and often paralyze us, keeping us from moving forward.

2015 219

7 Ways to be More Productive and Less Busy

Dumb Little Man

It can be hard to see the difference between being productive and just staying busy. But there is a difference – a big difference. It’s possible to be busy all day long and at the end of the day feel like you haven’t accomplished much. We all know what it’s like to feel overwhelmed by all the things in our lives that pull us in different directions. Yet it’s important in life to feel like we are getting somewhere, not just treading water.

2015 219

Creating an Idea Notebook in OneNote

Simple Productivity Blog

This month on Mondays we are going to be looking at how a suite of tools - namely Microsoft Office - can make you more productive. Our first post in the series comes from one of my readers, who is organizing everything using OneNote, Microsoft''s notebook tool. David Allen, in his book Getting Things Done , suggests creating a "Someday/Maybe" list for action ideas that you want to remember, but aren''t ready to commit to doing.

2015 191

3 Monumental Startup Disasters And How Entrepreneurs Can Avoid Them

Dumb Little Man

Startup culture and entrepreneurship in the US is on the rise. The darlings of Silicon Valley – Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Snapchat to name a few – have all started with a simple concept. Along the road of their development, huge fortunes have been gained. These are the glorious stories of success we watch in films like “The Social Network” that likely put people under the misconception that anyone can be an overnight millionaire.

2015 219

5 Essential Tips for Marketing Your Green Business

Eco-Office Gals

Are you a green company, or are you just trying to attract a new segment of buyers? The truth is, many companies are a little bit of both. Green industry is still on the upswing, and the market is big enough to interest all types of business. However, as more companies get into it for the money, consumers are becoming pickier about who they use and why.

2015 181

How to Write the Perfect About Page: Prove You’re Not a Gangster

The Solopreneur Life

I f your business gets leads and clients online, then the one and only objective of your “About” page is to eliminate any suspicion that your website is a front for organized crime. I’m not kidding about this at all. Your About page needs to prove that your website isn’t a front for organized crime. Photo by David Spinks. Used under a Creative Commons License.). You know that you’re not a foreign-based gangster who steals people’s personal information.

2015 160

5 Ways to Start Putting Yourself First

Dumb Little Man

There’s often a bad stigma that is attached with putting yourself first. You feel guilty and worry about what others think. But at the same time you know the benefits that come from taking care of yourself first. After all, how are you going to give to others if your cup is not full? In order to function in life, there needs to be a balance of give and take. So you imagine what your life will be like if you can start to say no to people and turn the attention to fulfilling your needs first.

2015 219

How a Healthy Lifestyle Affects Your Career

Dumb Little Man

Any kind of job requires you to have healthy not just physically but as well as mentally and emotionally. Unfortunately, not everyone has a healthy lifestyle. And considering how stressful certain jobs can be along with the other obligations and responsibilities, a lot of people fail to realize the importance of having a healthy lifestyle. This alone has a huge impact on your career. Having a healthy and active lifestyle can definitely affect your career in a good way.

Working with an introvert

Practically Perfect PA

The key to a successful relationship between an assistants and their Executive is having a good understanding of how each other operate. Actually let me rephrase that… the assistant should have a good understanding of how the Executive operates and adjust their style accordingly. Most people fall into two camps when it comes to their personality – they are either an introvert or extrovert.

2015 210

PayPal, Square & Others Moving Into Small Business Lending

Small Business Labs

BI Intelligence , the research arm of new site Business Insider, has an excellent report on PayPal and Square's activities in the small business lending space. Their report - The Small Business Lending Opportunity - requires a paid subscription. But they don't seem to mind if I publish a couple of their charts, especially if I mention how much I like their service (it's great) and how cheap it is ($495 a year).

2015 187

7 Simple Steps to Organizing & Hosting a Successful Teleclass

Office Organization Success

This simple strategy can add hundreds of new subscribers to your list … practically overnight! And it’s a very simple, yet low-cost marketing strategy that you can implement on a regular basis to reach your target market. Plus you’ll have the advantage of you being able to interact with your audience – they’ll be able to hear your voice and you will become more ‘personable’ to them. So what is this amazing online marketing strategy? Hosting your own teleclass!

2015 202

3 Reasons Why Most Entrepreneurs Drop Out Of The Race, Here’s How To Prevent It.

Dumb Little Man

It is so easy right now to start a business working out of your home but it is not actually quite so easy to make that business, start making you money. And this is where a lot of entrepreneurs find themselves. And this is why a lot of entrepreneurs quit. How can you make sure that you do not become one of these people that this happens to? Do you know these three major issues that cause entrepreneur to drop out of the race?

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