2016

10 Stretches To Do Right Now For Back Pain Relief

Dumb Little Man

Let me guess. You have a niggling pain in your lower back. It’s not painful enough for you to seek medical help, yet it is irritating enough to frustrate you every day. All you want is for it to go away and stop bothering you. The thing is, there is no lack of solutions out there. There’s yoga, physiotherapy, chiropractic, massage – a buffet of options for you to choose from. But you just can’t seem to find time to try any of them.

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40 Outlook hacks for assistants

Practically Perfect PA

In the next series of posts on tech hacks for assistants we are going to look at MS Outlook. Outlook is the absolute key piece of software for assistant and all of us should be advanced users on this one. As an assistant juggling a number of diaries and inboxes I was practically on Outlook all day.

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Case Study: 747 New Subscribers in 30 Days

Office Organization Success

… Over a 30-day period I was able to add 747 new subscribers to my list. … I collaborated with 14 other business owners and helped them build their lists in the process. … One business owner added 354 new subscribers to her list from this event alone. What was this amazing list building event? A Joint Venture Giveaway! What is it?

2016 166

How Paperless Meetings Can Help the Environment and the Office

Eco-Office Gals

Paper-based meetings are becoming a major inconvenience at the office and in the environment. Offices spend a lot of resources on paper, while the environment suffers from the carbon that paper usage emits. Fortunately, paperless meetings have come to take those nuisances away. Paperless meetings are conducted in digital rooms that provide tools and online document repositories to simulate face-to-face meetings through different computer devices.

10 Wonderful Benefits of Traveling

Dumb Little Man

There are plenty of things one can gain from exploring different places such as new friends, new experiences and new stories. When you start exploring new places, you get a better understanding of the people living there including their culture, history and background. Studies show that travelling can improve your overall health and enhance your creativity.

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How to Be Adaptable in 11 Simple Steps

Dumb Little Man

The ability to adjust to different environments, unexpected changes, people and circumstances is highly important for your personal growth and success. Thanks to a high level of adaptability, leaders stay strong, relevant and optimistic during hard times. These hard times including periods of failure, financial problems, family or work issues, and bankruptcy. Regardless of the situation, leaders aim to shape their new environments and turn their failures into opportunities.

2016 219

5 Ways to Balance Work and Family Time Even if You’re a Workaholic

Dumb Little Man

There is nothing as fulfilling as reaping the fruit of your labor. All those long hours at work, and countless meetings, phone calls and emails may have made you successful in your career but your family had to pay the price for it. You hardly spend time with your wife anymore. And your kids are growing up knowing less and less about you. Striking a balance between work and your family can be a challenge but, as it is with everything challenging, there is a way out.

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Three Ways to Build Trust In Your Life

Dumb Little Man

Trust is foundational for any relationship, whether business or personal. When trust breaks, a fracture occurs in the relationship. These fractures weaken the foundation of the relationship, with more fractures creating an overall unstable relationship. If you want to maintain strong relationships, here are three behaviors that help retain a healthy trust and reduce fractures: 1. Match your words and actions.

2016 219

Opposites Attract: 3 Benefits of Having 2 Bosses In The Workplace

Office Dynamics

Having two bosses can sometimes feel like a good cop/bad cop situation if they’re not on the same page or if they employ different styles of leadership. That might be effective in accomplishing their goals, but it’s not always the best approach for keeping employees happy and productive. But having two founders at the top doesn’t always mean chaos or mixed messages. With the right dynamic, it can create a rich, creative environment for employees.

2016 193

7 Surprising Benefits of Coworking Spaces

Dumb Little Man

A co-working space can change a business in profound and positive ways. If you’ve never seen one, it’s a shared office environment that your employees can use for however long is necessary. This concept is really shaking up the corporate world. Coworking spaces are almost like hotels or rental homes for companies. They can head to one of these facilities to conduct meetings, call clients, and take care of all kinds of other day-to-day operations.

2016 219

7 Ways to Stop Overthinking

Dumb Little Man

Overthinking is very powerful. Although it’s based on fears, anxieties and guesses, it actually has the power to destroy you and your accomplishments. It can turn your life into a nightmare. If you are overloaded with negative thoughts, here are the best ways to stop overthinking. Don’t attempt to read people’s minds. We tend to guess what other people are thinking.

2016 219

How to have an end of year detox in the office

Practically Perfect PA

With the end of the year fast approaching, it’s a good time to focus on your surroundings and think about clearing any clutter that may have built up over the year. Taking the time for an end of year detox will mean you’re ready for a fresh start in the New Year. Organisation comes naturally to some of us but colleagues can often need some encouragement to tackle the past year’s clutter. For anyone who needs a little motivation, Avery has launched www.avery.co.uk/organiseyourlife

2016 182

Why I Ditched My Newsletter … And What I Do Instead

Office Organization Success

About 18 months ago I decided to ditch my weekly newsletter (a.k.a. ezine). I’d been publishing it for about 10 years and realized it really was no longer an effective marketing tool. There were several reasons why I made this decision: Time consuming for content — each week I had to come up content for each of the different sections; the personal note, Tracey Recommends, article (and it’s okay to re-purpose an old article too).

2016 157

The Problem With Plastics

Eco-Office Gals

Since its invention in 1907, a giant environmental problem has been staring the world in the face, but we’ve done little about it. Plastic can be cheap to produce, so it is manufactured in high volumes. However, plastic is also usually discarded as litter. As a result, the bulk of the world’s trash is plastic. Maybe if plastic weren’t harmful to the environment, loaded with toxins or almost impossible to break down, it wouldn’t be that big of a deal.

2016 153

8 Fitness Hacks That Will Make Your Life Better

Dumb Little Man

To stay fit and motivated at the same time in a world full of wonderful distractions is simply not an easy task. Moreover, we all already know how tough it is to stay on track with fitness goals. There are simply those moments when one needs to literally struggle to find the strength to eat clean and hit the gym regularly. We know how difficult it is so here are some genius health and fitness hacks to make your life better. Begin The Day With Lemon Water.

2016 219

12 Things To Let Go If You Really Want to Live A Happy Life

Dumb Little Man

What is that one thing in life that you think will make you happy? For some people, it’s getting a high-paying job. For others, it’s being able to buy their dream houses and finding the love of their lives. Depending on who you ask, the list can really get long. The truth, however, is that none of these things can really make you experience true happiness. If you want to live a genuinely happy life, you need to learn to let go and be happy.

2016 219

Snapchat for Small Business: A Guide for Beginners

Dumb Little Man

Snapchat is the best example of a breakaway innovation that’s taken social media by storm. With more than 200 million active monthly users, Snapchat is a rapidly growing platform businesses need to take note of. But what exactly is Snapchat for business? A good place to start would be to look at how the market uses it in the first place. Statistics show that 76% of Snapchat users buy their products online making it in ideal platform for sales and marketing campaigns.

2016 219

5 Essential Time Management Tips to Live By

Dumb Little Man

Many of us fumble through the day without ever really getting the important stuff done. Then, we clamor late at night trying to accomplish the most urgent tasks that need to be completed before the sun rises the next day. If this sounds exactly like you, then you need to take advantage of the following time management tips so you can start working on your productivity right away.

2016 219

Success Tips For The Youth Entrepreneurs

Dumb Little Man

A lot of people go to universities to get a degree and then spend their entire careers working for other people’s companies. Some people aspire to create their own success. Unfortunately, far too many youth entrepreneurs get easily frustrated in their early attempts to start a business that they just give up their dreams and transition into traditional employment.

2016 219

How To Find A Dose Of Clarity In Your Life

Dumb Little Man

Do you ever wonder why we are here? Why at times, if feels like we’re on Cloud 9? And other times, it’s as if the World is crumbling below our feet? Beauty and chaos, progression and destruction… these things are present everywhere we look and we’re expected to keep our cool? To be present, zen, or whatever you wish to call it? Personally, I say: screw all that. It’s all happening whether you give a s**t or not. Our World is moving at a faster vibration every day.

2016 219

7 Ways to Make Your Angry Wife Happy

Dumb Little Man

Happy wife, happy life. If you’ve heard this before, you know that if you pissed off your wife royally bad, you have to make her happy again. Even though each woman is different, some traits are common to all including feeling happy when showered with kindness and appreciation. Let her know how much you think about her, how glad your wife makes you with her existence and how much you care for her. If you’re getting the cold shoulder, here are some ways to turn it around: 1.

2016 219

10 Things Ambitious People Are Thinking About

Dumb Little Man

Everyone laments at how badly they want to achieve success but few enact the steps needed to get there. The foundation for success is ambition. It’s what governs the lives of millionaires, business owners, and leaders in any field. Ambition isn’t merely a desire to achieve better, it’s a mindset that informs their day-to-day decision making. Here are 10 items that encompass the ambition ethos. Mastering Their Craft. Ambitious people don’t just aim to be good. They aim for total mastery.

2016 219

The productivity killers

Practically Perfect PA

At our recent regional events we discussed some of the issues that are facing assistants today. Lots of challenges came up, but one that struck me as typical across all industries was the actual amount of work that the assistants had to do. Assistants are taking on more and more tasks and are involved in all sorts of projects. This is great (as long as we are appreciated for it and well… That is a whole other blog post!), but it can also be overwhelming.

2016 182

Hosting Your Own Teleclass? 6 Dos and Don’ts for a Successful Outcome

Office Organization Success

Hosting teleclasses is one of my absolute favorite list building strategies. . Apart from being easy to do, it’s a great way to interact with my audience and get to know them, and also let them get to know me. But as with anything new there’s always a learning curve involved. Over the years I’ve developed my own style for hosting teleclasses and found some shortcuts that allow me to present my content so that everything flows smoothly.

2016 155

Sustainable Business Practices for 6 Popular Industries

Eco-Office Gals

Although our nation once relied on the concept of reducing, reusing, and recycling to lessen our environmental impact, many businesses are now turning to sustainability development as a means of reducing our overall carbon footprints and protecting the environment. In fact, it’s an initiative that can be adopted by many different companies in nearly every industry imaginable. Here are six in particular: . Information Technology.

2016 143

3 Amazing Strategies To Increase Productivity

Dumb Little Man

Almost everyone is struggling to find the right strategies to increase productivity. Because of this, several methods and approaches have been crafted to help people out. Unfortunately, however, not all of these productivity tricks work for everyone, especially since people’s priorities and needs vary. Below, you’ll find three amazing strategies that can increase your focus, productivity, and time. Take a look and see which you can apply to your current situation. Focus on deep work.

2016 219

4 Surprising Ways Tobacco Use Is Harming More than Your Health

Dumb Little Man

It’s no secret that smoking is bad for your health, but did you know that it negatively affects many other important aspects of your life, too? It’s true. Lighting up harms a shocking number of things, from your future earning potential to your relationships, the environment and even your pets. Here are four little-known ways that smoking hurts more than just your lungs. Smokers Earn 20% Less Than Non-Smokers. Research shows that people who smoke earn 20% less than people who DON’T smoke.

2016 219

4 Signs That You’re Making Positive Progress in Life

Dumb Little Man

Whether you’re hoping to start a successful business or simply looking to live a fulfilling life, progress is an important indicator of current and future success. But what’s progress to one person may not be progress to the next, so how can you know for sure that you’re making true progress in your life? Fortunately, there are a few solid indicators that you’re making progress. Outlined below are five of them. You’re Able to Look to Your Mistakes and Learn From Them.

2016 219

10 Habits That Can Prevent Heart Disease

Dumb Little Man

Why would your dear old faithful heart get a heart disease, right? I feel as immortal as you do, trust me. But, my daily patients and recent statistics published by the American Heart Association, the CDC, and the NIH show that heart diseases represent the leading cause of death in the United States. With a death toll of 375,000 people a year in the U.S. and causing 17.3 million deaths per year on a global level, heart disease is a problem which shouldn’t be taken lightly.

2016 219

5 Women Entrepreneurs Who Failed Before Becoming Millionaires

Dumb Little Man

Did you know that most of the successful women entrepreneurs today suffered dismal failures before? Not all people see failures as a turning point. For most of us, it’s generally game over. Once we see a dead end, we suddenly stop chasing our goals. However, for the women entrepreneurs in this list, failure is just a start of a success story. Ruth Ann Udstad Fertel. Via nola.com.

2016 219

Warning: 7 Home Inspection Pitfalls That Can Cost You A Fortune

Dumb Little Man

Conducting a home inspection is essential if you’re planning to buy a property. When done right, it can save you time, money and a lot of headaches. To avoid nasty surprises, here are 7 of the most common costly home inspection pitfalls you need to know- including ways to address them. Faulty plumbing. Faulty plumbing doesn’t always have to involve busted pipes. Clogged and leaking pipes count, too. Leaking pipes are easy to detect by just visual inspection.

2016 219

Finding Out the Best Time for Posting on Social Media Sites

Dumb Little Man

As of writing, there are over two billion social media users. This makes social media an excellent way to interact with our users. This is also why over 90% of brands use up to three social media platforms for their marketing campaigns. One challenge, though, is how our users are found all over the globe and thus logging into their accounts at different times. The nature of social media is that everything happens in real time.

8 Positive Morning Routines to Transform your Day

Dumb Little Man

Many people find it difficult to make it through the day, particularly if they have lots of tasks to perform. One of the most common reasons is their failure to establish a set of positive morning routines. People tend to be more productive after waking up. Establishing a routine can help make sure that you don’t lose this level of productivity throughout your day. Having a system in place can also ensure that you stay organized for the day ahead.

2016 219

5 things PAs should consider before accepting a new role

Practically Perfect PA

So you’ve aced your interview and you’ve been offered the job. How exciting! There are, however, a few things you should consider before accepting a new role. Here are my top 5 considerations… 1. On a scale of 1-10 how excited are you really? I asked this question because you can get easily swept up in the all of the excitement that comes with a new role.

2016 176

5 Ways to Effectively Manage Your Business for Successful Business Growth

Office Organization Success

If you feel like your’re constantly running on the proverbial hamster wheel when it comes to growing your business… It could be because you’re doing things in the WRONG order! Let me share a secret with you that many successful online solopreneurs already know — you have to learn how to “manage” your business before you can “market” your business. And if you’ve been with me for a while you’ve no doubt heard me say this many times!

2016 155

How to Make Going Green Easier on Employees

Eco-Office Gals

Deciding to go green in your business is a great thing to do. However, everyone may not be on board. Many times, employees hesitate because change isn’t always easy to deal with. They may feel like these changes are forcing them to do things that make no sense or make their jobs harder. It is your duty as the boss to ensure that your employees find going green to be easy and to reduce any hassles that could occur. Here are some tips to help you do that. Understand How to Handle Conflict.

2016 135

How To Create Success: 3 Essential Things You Need To Work On

Dumb Little Man

The way you think can influence your life to a large extent. To know how to create success , you must first have the right mindset, beliefs, thoughts and ideas. Once you are able to change the way you think, you’ll be able to turn your situation and even your life around. If you are wondering how you can modify your belief system, here are three essential things you need to work on. Believe in your goals.

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