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A Numbered List Of Numbered Tricks To Improve Your Life August 14, 2008

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Lists are good. Everybody likes a list to peruse in their leisure minutes. Numbered lists are even better, for some reason.

So, we’ve put together a list of lists covering a range of topics to improve your productivity, finances and life in general.

Click on each title for the full rundown…

  1. Five Alternatives To Time wasting Meetings What do you mean, you actually like meetings?
  2. Ten Skills You Need To Succeed At Just About Anything Such as writing skills, public speaking and maths
  3. Seven Things I’m Doing To Improve My Finances Let’s all try some of them too!
  4. Top Ten Video How-To’s From folding a T-shirt to buying a car. Can you afford not to watch?
  5. Ten i-Phone Productivity Tools Bought a fancy-Dan i-Phone? Well this is for you.
  6. Fifteen Productivity Blogs Waste time learning how to be more productive here.
  7. Nineteen Apps for Getting-Things-Done Free tools for Windows, Mac and Linux machines.
  8. Ten Ways To Give Yourself More Time Its real title goes on about ‘following dreams’, but that’s a bit too American for us. Basically, free up time to do anything!

So go crazy and become the super-hero you always wanted to be.

Most of these lists have been taken from the Lifehack blog.

Eighty How-To Websites To Hack Your Life July 9, 2008

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We love the internet here at Liverpool Chamber. You can learn to do just about anything at the click of a mouse. So this post over at the Lifehack website really floated our boat.

Eighty How-To Sites Worth Bookmarking does exactly what it says on the tin. It lists 80 great sites that provide tips and tricks on how to improve just about every part of your life:

  • Business – tips on becoming more productive, working as a freelancer, creating business plans and more
  • Technology – how to make sure you have the best hardware and software available, and how to get the most out of what you’ve got
  • Home hacks – from DIY to installing home theatre equipment, tips on making your home a better place
  • Cookery – we all eat, so why not have some fun doing it?
  • Crafts – want to lean something creative to do in your downtime? Lots of sites here
  • Money – how to save it, manage it and spend less of it

Not all of these sites will be for you, and some are US-focussed. But with 80 to choose from you’re bound to find something you like!

Read the full article on Lifehack here.

Top Tips From The Internets June 12, 2008

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Here’s a couple of useful (we hope) posts from the depths of the web we’ve found today.

First up, over on Ask Metafilter, someone’s asking for suggestions on what to include in an article on improving computer productivity. Answers include switching to Firefox, learning some keyboard shortcuts, backing up documents, using anti-virus software and switching to Firefox. Read the full post here and become a computer whiz.

And over on Linda Stone’s website (no, I’d not heard of her before today either), are some top tips on time management. These common sense ideas include lists of realistic expectations and tasks, blocking off time for tasks and being clear about where and when you will work. You can see her full article here.

Five Job Interview Bear Traps June 6, 2008

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BBC\'s The ApprenticeLooking for a new job? Got an interview lined up soon? Well the BBC has an article looking at some sticky situations you may find yourself in at an interview. Inspired by their TV show ‘The Apprentice’, it offers advice on what to do if you find yourself in the interview from hell (and let’s face it, we’ve all experienced that at one time).

The list covers:

  • not lying
  • staying calm
  • expecting the unexpected
  • being prepared
  • body language.

Read the full article here and feel free to share your nightmare interview experiences in the comments.

Fifty Habits Of Highly Successful People May 28, 2008

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Everybody loves a good list. And everybody wants to know the secrets of success. So, here’s a nice article taken from the Lifehack website that combines both of these things.

Fifty Habits of Highly Successful people takes “the important lessons from every self-help book I’ve read and every life experience I’ve endured, condenses all that into fifty key points and save everybody a whole bunch of reading time.”

You can read the full list over on the Lifehack website, or click ‘more’ to stay right here and read the list anyway…

1. They look for and find opportunities where others see nothing.

2. They find a lesson while others only see a problem.

3. They are solution focused.

4. They consciously and methodically create their own success, while others hope success will find them.

5. They are fearful like everyone else, but they are not controlled or limited by fear.


Myths About IT That Could Sink Or Float Your Small Business April 18, 2008

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Two little fellas holding some floppy discsThe pilot slurs to you “I fly better when I’m drunk” as he passes your seat, staggering into the cockpit before take-off. You’d do something about that right?

But what if you couldn’t tell if he was drunk? The same lack of understanding threatens every small business.

“Myths About IT” is a series of articles written in plain English. They are ideal for any small business owner who is concerned about their business, but wants to know fast whether they have a problem.

The first in the series will give you exactly the information you need to tell if your business is safe from an IT disaster. Within a few minutes you will know.

More importantly, it gives you a series of questions you can ask of either your in-house IT expert, or the company who looks after your IT. If they pass the test, you can sleep at night!

Get the full article on the Multilsolutions website here

Top Tips: Accounting Basics For Freelancers January 7, 2008

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Piggy BankFreelance website Freelance Switch has posted a great little article with tips on accountancy for freelancers.

The list covers some of the most important financial basics for those starting out as freelancers.

The list includes (and goes into more detail on) things like:

  • Having a simple billing system
  • Keeping on top of who owes you what
  • Have a dedicated business bank account
  • Get a good accountant
  • Don’t let managing your money stop you from making it

Read the full list of tips here.

Found via Lifehacker.

How To Survive the Office Christmas Party December 12, 2007

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Office PartyYes, it’s that time of year again – when we all go out on the lash with our colleagues. Good wholesome fun, or a recipe for disaster? A time to bond with our valued co-workers, or a chance to tell your boss exactly what you think and make an inappropriate proposition to Dorothy from Accounts?

Well, here’s a handy list of tips on how to survive the office party.

Although mostly common sense, it’s worth keeping them in mind before you break out the Old Spice or your GHD hair straighteners. They include:

  • not getting too ‘affectionate’
  • drinking sensibly
  • remain your usual professional self
  • remember you’ll be working with everyone again in the New Year.

Read the list here over on Dumb Little Man.

Or, you can throw caution to the wind, dress up like the 118 blokes and dance on a table. S’up to you.

Is Your Business Card Working For You? November 28, 2007

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The Chamber’s very own press and PR guru Pamela Holstein has written an interesting article for the 08 Business Connect site on the importance of well thought out business cards for successful networking:

“At the Liverpool Chamber we meet a lot of businesses, both newly formed companies and long established firms with hundreds of staff. We go to a great many networking events and host over 90 of our own over the course of each year.

During this time, a lot of business cards are exchanged. So why do people give out their cards? You network, meet someone interesting that you’d like to speak to again or hope that you might be able to work with in the future.

You exchange cards with your company contact details on. Once your potential contact leaves an event with a pocket full of business cards, how do you maximise your chance of getting the follow up call that you’re hoping for? Is your business card working for you or letting you down”

Read the full article here