2017

4 Free Business Productivity Apps To Help You Grow Your Small Business

Dumb Little Man

Managing a business is easier said than done. When you run your own business, you need to give it all your time and attention. It’s a job that is both demanding and fulfilling. Eventually, you’ll want to turn it into a business that can run without you. This, unfortunately, is the harder part. The first obstacle you need to anticipate is manpower. For small businesses and start-up companies, it is usually the owner that does most of the work.

2017 219

Why personal development is your own responsibility

Practically Perfect PA

That “back to school” feeling affects us all, even if we have left our school days far behind. There is definitely an air of a new start, a fresh approach to work and the motivation for self-improvement every September. It’s that time of the year when we see the full time and adult education terms start up and I personally have spent many an autumn evenings at an evening class in a cold classroom clutching a pumpkin spiced latte!

2017 193

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27 Ways to Re-Energize Your Career Without Changing Jobs

Eat Your Career

You know that feeling you have when you first start a new job? It’s a mixture of excitement and challenge, nervous energy and high hopes. Everything is new, and opportunity seems to live around every corner. At some point in your career, you may experience a deep desire to recapture those feelings. Sometimes, it takes a dramatic shift in your current circumstances—like finding a new job or an entirely new career. Other times, it requires a lot less.

2017 190

5 Ways You Can Love the Environment both at Home and the Office

Eco-Office Gals

Looking after the environment not only makes you feel good, but it makes the world feel even better. Every time you say no to plastic is an environmental win, and this doesn’t/shouldn’t stop at home because you can keep up your eco-friendly ways at the office. What is your workplace’s recycling philosophy like? Could it be better?

2017 162

5 Reasons Why You Need To Start Learning From Mistakes

Dumb Little Man

Have you ever wondered why most successful people speak of their achievements and avoid talking about their unsuccessful attempts? This is quite logical since we all aim to achieve more and love to brag about our success. However, this doesn’t mean that we won’t make mistakes along the way or that successful people did everything right from the beginning. As a matter of fact, most successful people put emphasis on why learning from mistakes is important.

2017 219

Sleep Debt: Do You Have It?

Dumb Little Man

There is no such thing as catching up on sleep. Although a lot of people think that they are effectively catching up on sleep, in reality, they are just compromising their health. Most people need 7 hours of sleep each night at minimum, with 8 hours being the most recommended. Unfortunately, a large number of people get less than 6 hours of sleep each night, according to the American Academy of Sleep Medicine. Sleep deprivation can cause problems with memory and attention span.

2017 219

Top Destinations In Europe for a Long Weekend on a Budget

Dumb Little Man

Romantic break for two? Long weekend with the guys? Europe offers so many different and interesting destinations. Whether you want to embrace your inner foodie in France, run with the bulls in Spain or traverse Italian city canals, there is something for everyone in Europe. For those on a budget, long weekend trips can mean exciting experiences. You can get away for a few days, explore a new destination, and save more money than you would if you go on a longer holiday.

2017 217

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6 Questions To Ask When Designing A Business App

Dumb Little Man

App development for businesses and brands is on the rise. Many companies are waking up to its benefits and are now working to design and build their own. When in the process of mobile app development, there are so many variables and so many things to think about that if you are not careful — or if you lack experience — you might just miss a trick or two. To make sure you get the most out of your app, here are six questions you have to ask during design and development. How Can Your App Add Value?

2017 218

5 Happiness Hacks That You Need To Try Today

Dumb Little Man

When was the last time you felt happy? Not just a shadow of the pleasant feeling, but truly happy? You could say that most of our actions are fueled by our motivation to feel good. Unfortunately, however, it’s not all the time that we feel happy. There are days when we just can’t resist feeling low. If that is your case today, these simple happiness hacks can give you that extra shot of joy. Let Your Inner Child Take the Lead.

2017 218

7 Mentally Damaging Habits You Need To Let Go

Dumb Little Man

When we were toddlers, we didn’t understand much of this world. Our minds were too young to understand the way things worked. Because of our fragile age, we were often told how to think, behave, and even how to perceive our lives. The media, our environment, and social system taught us how to live our lives so we can fit in. This is dangerous and disempowering. You see, believe it or not, most of us have a lot of bad habits that we continue to practice each day.

2017 215

You Need To Stop Telling Women Where To Breastfeed

Dumb Little Man

Hardly a day goes by that you don’t see stories of women who get shamed in public for breastfeeding their babies. These stories often involve outrageous circumstances. For example, there are women who shop at lingerie stores who ask to feed their babies in the fitting rooms. Instead of being allowed, they are often redirected to an alley. There’s also a hashtag trending on social media: #IPumpedHere.

2017 213

25 ways to get noticed on LinkedIn

Practically Perfect PA

Congratulations! You have an ‘All Star’ LinkedIn profile. You must be doing something right. Before you become too complacent, please ask yourself the following questions. Am I really leveraging LinkedIn to its full effect? Am I using LinkedIn strategically to grow my Personal Brand? Having an ‘All Star’ profile can simply mean that you have added the various sections in your profile. You may have very little content in these sections.

2017 189

Are Professional Certifications Worth It?

Eat Your Career

One question I get a lot is around the topic of professional certifications. People want to know if they’re worth it. After all, professional certifications cost hundreds—if not thousands—of dollars. And most require a significant investment of time and energy on top of it. So, do professional certifications actually have a measurable career payoff? The simple answer is this: I am a firm believer in the importance of lifelong learning.

2017 185

Business Spotlight: How Cox Enterprises Successfully Promotes Sustainable Employee Behavior

Eco-Office Gals

At Cox Enterprises , conservation is more than a corporate priority. It’s a mindset we encourage every employee to adopt and apply to their lives. We’re constantly looking for ways to enable, inspire and reward positive change – whether in the office, during weekend volunteer projects or when employees are home with their families. This year, we’re celebrating the 10th anniversary of our Cox Conserves sustainability program, and much of our success comes from our employees’ ideas and engagement.

2017 159

Take 7: Seven Tips For A Better Organization Of Your Time

Dumb Little Man

While time management apps help us configure and control our schedules, it is still best to exercise time management skills and create a habit out of them. Maximum productivity, after all, is reached when one is able to produce more results in a shorter period of time. To help you kickstart that habit, here’s a rundown of seven of the most effective tricks and tips to establish better time management! Manage your day according to your prime time. Our energy levels differ from one another.

2017 214

6 Sleeping Tools To Help You Sleep Better And Alleviate Back Pain

Dumb Little Man

Friends, are you searching for ways on how to sleep better? Check our list and see if you’re actually equipped for a good night’s sleep. Fact: Back pain is one of the most common reasons why people miss work and visit doctors. It’s an extremely common complaint with at least 80% of Americans experiencing it once in their lives. If you belong to that statistic, you know how defeating back pain can be. It can affect your mobility, mood and even your sleep.

2017 210

Yoga and Health: From Better Mental Health To Improved Sleep Quality

Dumb Little Man

Did you know that yoga and health are intertwined? Although a spiritual practice at its core, the Western world views the ancient practice of yoga mostly through the lens of holistic healing. Even the National Institutes of Health classifies yoga as a form of Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM). But there is some truth to this because at the core of yoga philosophy is a focus on one’s health with the purpose of preparing the mind and body for enlightenment.

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7 Tips in Choosing Perfect Toys for Your Kids

Dumb Little Man

When a birthday or holiday rolls around, no doubt your kids will present you with a wish list of the toys they want. And every time a toy commercial comes on TV, your child is probably pointing to everything they see, asking you to buy it. While you’ll want to fulfill some wishes, there are some more things you should think of when buying toys for your kids. Here’s how to make the right choice for finding perfect toys for your kids. Choose Brand Names.

2017 210

5 Ways Small Business Owners Can Enjoy Summer When You Can’t Take a Vacation

Tips From T. Marie

I’ve blogged here before about the importance of down time as a business owner, particularly a small, one person business owner like myself. While I will always encourage you to take those vacations, sometimes it just isn’t possible. For those of you who aren’t jumping for joy over the upcoming Memorial Day weekend and the. Read more. Business Tips

2017 150

13-Point Website Migration Checklist for SEO

Dumb Little Man

Migrating any site should never be taken lightly. You have to be aware that your ranking on search engines could take a major hit if you aren’t careful. Even the smallest issues can make things worse for your site. With all the requirements you have to fulfill, it may not seem like SEO is a priority. However, if you are a marketer or anyone who would like to maintain visibility, you need to think about it carefully.

2017 208

15 Tips On How To Live A Fulfilling Life

Dumb Little Man

You despise yourself because of your imperfections. You loathed your skin color, your monolid eyes, your body shape—almost everything about you. That’s why you try really hard to get rid of them. However, although a lot of people are already appreciating you, you still can’t be happy. It’s because you don’t know your real flaws, the flaws that you have within you. They are those things that make you feel like you don’t belong in your own body.

2017 208

The 3 Secrets To Successful Small Businesses

Dumb Little Man

The United States has over 27 million entrepreneurs. People chasing the dream. The American dream of wealth, success and world domination. Ok, maybe not world domination but the pride and prestige of having your own business and people looking up to you. But, what does it take to be a successful entrepreneur and run a small business? Are tenacity and impeccable work ethic enough? Or do you need insider knowledge?

2017 206

How To Prioritise Tasks

Practically Perfect PA

When your To Do list doesn’t stop growing, how do you plan what to do first? Knowing which tasks are urgent and which are important will help you prioritise what to work on first. Understand What’s Important Important tasks are: Things that contribute directly to achieving your personal objectives Things that contribute to the success […].

2017 182

Should You Have Friends at Work?

Eat Your Career

I’ve long believed that friendships and work don’t necessarily mix. However, in the past few years I’ve refined my stance on the topic a bit. The Argument Against Friends at Work. First, a little background: I’ve seen many situations where friendships in the workplace create sticky, complicated, and unnecessary interpersonal problems. We’ve probably all experienced it or witnessed it. When people are friends and co-workers, the social and professional lines can easily become blurred.

2017 181

Mobile Phone Recycling – Promoting Proper Disposal of Electronic Gadgets

Eco-Office Gals

Mobile phone recycling is the best practice to save the planet and also to generate money in the process. Improper disposal of phones only fills out the landfills. Not doing so, will only continue harming the planet and putting lives in danger. Smartphones are here to stay, they’re simply part of our lives, so learning about the importance of proper disposal and recycling of these devices brings us one step closer to the utopia we all dream of living in.

2017 159

9 Stats About Small Business Digital Marketing in 2017

Dumb Little Man

In order to help small business digital marketing agencies and SEO professionals effectively forecast this year’s online marketing trends, white label SEO company HubShout conducted a survey which collected data on the digital marketing investments of small- to mid-size agencies. This report details the online marketing data for 2017 and compares it to the data taken from HubShout’s 2016, 2015, and 2014 surveys.

2017 206

3 Things That Can Help You Start Being Your Best Self

Dumb Little Man

I did a video yesterday for a challenge that I’m doing and I was talking about something that I’m working on in the challenge. A comment from the leader came back and said that what stood out for her was how I’m constantly in “should”: “I should have done…”, “I should have been able to…” and “I should…” Always “I should…”.

2017 205

Tips for Grooms: How To Beat Nerves On Your Wedding Day

Dumb Little Man

Only a man can understand the state of mind of a groom on his wedding day. People may think that brides have more worries on the day, but very few know that even men wait for this special day with bated breath. Unlike women, they are not good at expressing their emotions. Are you the groom-to-be? Are you looking forward for the big event to arrive? Is the thought of commitment making your blood run cold? Check out these basic pointers on how grooms can get rid of anxiety on their wedding day.

2017 205

6 Ways To Live Well With A Chronic Illness

Dumb Little Man

Living with chronic illness comes with its own set of unique challenges but it doesn’t mean that life has to be one terrible ordeal. Often, we don’t look ill and we can still manage to hold down a job. We have families and a bit of a social life. Despite these things, we still feel terrible. It’s like having the flu every day, with maybe an odd hour or two of relief.

2017 203

A Guide To Guilt-Free Daydreaming

Dumb Little Man

You probably feel guilty, irresponsible, and unproductive when you catch yourself daydreaming during an important task. In the words of Harvard psychologist Matthew Killingsworth and his colleagues: “ A wandering mind is an unhappy mind.”. On the surface, the source of this guilt and despair seems obvious. Daydreaming implies you are procrastinating — and nobody likes to waste time or be off-task. Yet, if you look more deeply at the reasons for this guilt, the scene becomes much more complex.

2017 204

Are You Sleep Deprived? 8 Health Risks Of Poor Sleep

Dumb Little Man

No energy drink can invigorate you more than a good night’s sleep. Sadly, our society has become too proud to acknowledge that sleep is as important as proper nutrition and regular exercise. This is evident in our overworked culture and amplified by technology that keeps us connected 24/7. When are we going to improve our sleep habits? Let these 8 sleep deprivation side effects convince you that sufficient zzz’s matter. Lack of sleep is similar to getting drunk.

2017 204

Mastering The Beautiful But Difficult Art Of Letting Go

Dumb Little Man

“The key to being happy is knowing you have the power to choose what to accept and what to let go.” – Dodinsky. Fears, doubts, past events, unpleasant memories, bad conversations – these are some of the factors that contribute to our unhappiness. Our mind has the tendency to hold onto those things for long, creating misery. For instance, if someone said bad words to you, your mind will keep on clinging to it until another event happens.

2017 201

Achieving The Perfect Balance Between Studying And Working Full-Time

Dumb Little Man

Balancing work and school can be difficult. If you are looking for ways to make the best of your time, here are a few tips you can use. Review class syllabi. Class syllabi are those small documents created by your instructors, teachers or professors to assist with your studies in the course of the semester. Make a point to go through the syllabi for all your classes.

2017 201

The 5 questions you need to ask before you minute a meeting

Practically Perfect PA

Love it or hate it minute taking is part and parcel of the day to day role of the PA/EA for the most part. Personally, I have always found them slightly painful, but through experience and training I have made my peace with them and gotten my technique down to a fine art! Having worked […]. Core Skills Featured Minute Taking Writers admin administrators assistants EA Executive Assistant Office manager PA Personal Assistant Virtual Assistant

2017 182

Career Success and the Power of Perception

Eat Your Career

In the business world, it can be tempting to believe we’re all operating in the same objective reality. After all, we deal in things like facts and data. We forget sometimes that reality is actually quite subjective; it’s shaped by the observer. Different people can interpret the same facts and data in entirely different ways. In doing so, they can—in essence—create their own version of reality and shift the course of their future.

2017 172

5 Factors That Can Help You Achieve Success

Dumb Little Man

Success is a word that can easily grab one’s attention because it’s important to each and every one of us. No matter what background we come from, we all want to achieve success. We reach for it in our quest to achieve greatness. Different people have different interpretations of success, but we all expect the same result: to win. If we had to settle on a particular definition, we might say that success is the realization or attainment of a desire or want.

2017 199

Are You Too Complacent In A Relationship?

Dumb Little Man

Do you remember when you would check the mirror, adjust your hair and perhaps, put on cologne before seeing your mate? You wanted to put your best foot forward to make sure you would impress and attract. Now, let’s be real. After a few years in a relationship, we become so comfortable with one another that a lot of those little details don’t happen anymore. Becoming complacent in a relationship is a double-edged sword.

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