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September 11 , 1999

You are receiving this newsletter as you have either won our award and agreed to receive this e-zine or you visited our site and signed up for it or you are friends of mine and I know you will appreciate it. If you are receiving this in error, the un-subscribe instructions are at the bottom and we apologize.

The one-liners in this month's newsletter are Actual Business signs. These were sent to me by Richard Vincent. Visit his site at

Ok, let's start with this one:

On an electrician's truck: "Let us remove your shorts".

Table of Contents:

1. Nasty Virus Got Me!
2. New Things On Our Site
3. Hot Links
4. Tips for Our Readers
5. Guest Article by Dr. Donald E. Wetmore
6. Award Picks of the Month
7. Rate our Newsletter
8. Great Things You've Said About Our Newsletter & Site
9. Joke of the Month
10. Sponsor Messages
11. Unsubscribe Information


1. Nasty Virus Got Me...or rather, got my computer!:

I have a new respect for Virus checkers and making sure they are updated after this last couple of weeks.

My husband's and my computer both decided to 'bite the dust' on the 31st of August. (Believe me, crying was something I was considering)

I thought it might have been some kind of power surge as the weather had been kind of funny the day before and both computers 'died' on the same day.

But, after taking it to my computer gurus' office, they found that they were both infected with a Document Macro Virus called W97M/Class D. Fortunately, mine just hiccuped and we were able to save everything and delete the virus.

However, my husband lost everything on his C: drive. The poor guy lost all of his games....are you feeling sorry for him yet...:-)

Anyway, it has taught us a great lesson. Always, always, always update your virus checker. There are new virus' everyday (practically) and they require new ways to get rid of them.

A little about this virus....W97M/Class D is actually only one version of this virus. There are many other versions. In any account, it is a virus that attaches itself to Word documents. According to my guru, it can sit dormant on your computer for some time and then all of a sudden say to itself "Ok, I think I will wipe out this guy's hard drive when he boots up today." And, that's exactly what it does.

So we have learned a few great lessons this week:

Always update your virus checker (which I will be doing religiously from here on in), always back up your data (which I do every day but my hubby never does....that will teach him..LOL) and.....never open attachments (which I never do but hubby did....oops) even if it is from someone you know. If you have to open an attachment (perhaps from a client or something) have your virus checker scan it first. Or, ask the sender to insert it into the email, rather than as an attachment. They probably wouldn't even know they are sending a virus with the document.

Better to be safe than sorry.....!

Outside a Radiator Repair shop: "Best place in town to take a leak."


2. New Things On Our Site:

Well, with the problems we had with the computers this past month, there really aren't any new things added to our site, except for new links on our LINKS page. These links could be helpful to some of you so swing by and take a look... and click on LINKS (what a concept :-) On the door of a computer store: "Out for a quick byte".


3. Hot Links:

Again, we have a whole bunch of great sites that we want to pass on to you.

So, without further ado:

Randy's HomePage (RJB Towing & Storage) - - Now, I know we have mentioned this site before but we have just finished revamping this site. It has a totally different look to it. There are some great pics and links for those that love Harley Davidson motorcycles, for those that are avid snowmobilers and for those that are in the Tow Truck industry. Check it out and let us know what you think. Apple Design - - A great site brought to you by a fellow Digital Woman, Patti May.

Canadian, Eh! Net Directory - - If you are in Canada, this is a must site to list your page. - - On this site you will be able to join all kinds of email discussion lists. We belong to two that are fabulous...the Canadian Chapter of Digital Women (DW-Canada) and the Creative Enterprises list (OurCECommunity). These lists are filled with very intelligent and helpful people that we are proud to be associated with. There are so many other lists on this site that you may be here for awhile.

Billy Bear's Playground - - This is fabulous site for kids and parents alike. Megan and I enjoy the Alphabet learning the best. If you have children, you have to see this site.

Inside a bowling alley: "Please be quiet. We need to hear a pin drop".


4. Tips for our readers:

See Number 1. above.......

And, don't forget when backing up your information to include your ICQ list and your address books. Heaven forbid you lose them....I just can't imagine :-)

On a Maternity room door: "Push, Push, Push."


5. Guest Article

By: Dr. Donald E. Wetmore

In my thirty years as a Time Management speaker and consultant, I have observed a lot of what we can and should not do to increase our daily result. Time management is not necessarily working "harder", but rather, "smarter".

And to get accomplish significantly more in our days, we need not increase our efforts. As an example, in a horserace, the first horse may earn a $50,000 purse and the second horse may earn a $25,000 purse. The first horse gets twice as much money as the second horse, not because it ran twice as
far or twice as fast. It was only a "nose ahead" of the competition.

So it is with our daily results. We need not run twice as fast or put in twice the effort to significantly increase our daily success. We only need to be a "nose ahead" of where we already are. We are all productive in our days. We would not survive the demands of this world if we were not. The real challenge is how much more productive can we become?

And, a lot of our time management has to do with more of what we are not doing rather than what we are doing. Sometimes our mistakes and omissions will keep us from running at a full pace.

Here are the Top Five Time Management Mistakes we should all avoid to help us to increase our daily success both on and off the job, in less time and with less stress.

Start your day without a plan of action. You will begin your day by responding to the loudest voice (the squeaky wheel gets the grease) and spend it in a defensive mode, responding to other people's and events' demands. The tail will wag the dog. If there is a void of leadership in your time management life, someone will fill that void, not that others are bad people, but others will take all of your time if you let them. You will have worked hard but may not have done enough of right things. Time Management is
not doing the wrong things quicker. That just gets us nowhere faster. Time Management is doing the right things.

Get out of balance in your life. Our lives are made up of Seven Vital Areas: Health, Family, Financial, Intellectual, Social, Professional, and Spiritual. We will not necessarily spend time every day in each area or equal amounts of time in each area. But if in the long run, we spend a sufficient quantity and quality of time in each area, our lives will be in balance. But if we neglect any one area, never mind two or three, we will eventually sabotage our success. Much like a table, if one leg is longer than the rest, it will make the entire table wobbly. If we don't take time for health, our family life and social life are hurt. If our financial area is out of balance, we will not be able to focus adequately on our professional goals, etc.

Work with a messy desk or work area. Studies have shown that the person who works with a messy desk spends, on average, one and a half hours per day looking for things or being distracted by things. That's seven and a half hours per week. ("Out of sight-out of mind." And the reverse of that is true too, "In sight, in mind"). And, it's not a solid block of an hour and a half, but a minute here and a minute there, and like a leaky hot water faucet, drip, drip, drip, it doesn't seem like a major loss, but at the end
the day, we're dumping gallons of hot water down the drain that we are paying to heat. If you have ever visited the office of a top manager, typically, that person is working with a clean desk environment. Many would attribute this practice to that person's access to other staff members.

While there may be some truth in that conclusion, in most cases, if we went back some years in that person's career, they probably were working with a clean desk back then which gave them the focus they needed to become promoted to where they are today.

Don't get enough sleep. Studies show that nearly 75% of us complain on a regular basis, all throughout our days, that we are flat-out tired. For most people, they get the quantity of sleep, but they lack the quality of sleep. Their days are filled with so much stress, they are out of control, working harder but maybe not smarter, that it's difficult to get a full night's sleep. (For some, they simply do not allow for a sufficient quantity of sleep.) If you will plan your day, then work your plan, you will get more done, feel a higher sense of accomplishment, and experience less stress and enjoy a more restful night's sleep.

Don't take a lunch break. Many do not take a lunch break, working through that time period in the hope that it will give them more time to produce results. Studies have shown it may work just the opposite. After doing what we do for several hours, we start to "dull out". Sure, we can work through lunch and be productive, but that is not the issue. The issue is "how much more" productive we can be. A lunch break, even a short fifteen minute break, gives us a chance to get our batteries all charged up again to more effectively handle the afternoon's challenges. We are then less likely to procrastinate a few of those difficult tasks that, in the long run, will make a positive difference in our personal productivity.

If these ideas were helpful, we have prepared an additional checklist entitled, "Top Five Best Time Management Practices". It's free. If you would like a copy, email your request for "top five" to:


Don Wetmore-Professional Speaker
Productivity Institute
Time Management Seminars
60 Huntington St. P.O. Box 2126
Shelton, CT 06484
(800) 969-3773
(203) 929-9902
fax: (203) 929-8151

In a dry cleaner's window: "Drop your pants here".



6. Award Picks of the Month:

As most of you are aware, we honour outstanding websites with our Superb Choice Award. The criteria for these sites is the usual...content, display, load time and much more. But the most important has to be that I don't mind if the site is up on my computer and my 4 yr. old daughter comes into my office and sees it. So, if you haven't already applied for our award, send us a note with you name, email address, site URL and title, where you found out about our award, your geographical location and we will be sure to check it out.

This month, as with most months, we had a real hard time deciding, you all have such great sites! As we can't list them all, we have to choose, and here is

Docu-Type's Award Winner Picks of the Month.........

For Webmasters and Business Owners (and anyone else really):
MicroMiser Software - Freeware
Free business programs for Invoicing, Inventory, Job Tracking and so much more.
Steve Thornton can even customize software for you.
** This is a fabulous site Steve.....keep up the great work! ** For anyone and everyone:
PJ's Coke and Collectibles
A great selection of Coca Cola memorabilia and other fine collectibles.
** I can't say enough about this site. Well put together with great content. Fab Job Patsy! **


In a cafeteria: "Shoes are required to eat in the cafeteria. Socks can eat anywhere they want."


7. Rate our Newsletter:

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On a music teacher's door: "Bach in a minuet".



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Title: Welcome to Janet's Page I love your newsletter :-)


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Title: Ritchie Secretarial Service

I think you show an amazing amount of useful information into a small newsletter. Show's style and creativity. I'm impressed.


In a restaurant window: "Don't just stand there and be hungry. Come in and get fed up."


9. Joke of the Month:

There once were four people named Everybody, Somebody, Anybody and Nobody.
An important job had to be done, and Everybody was sure that Somebody would do it.
Anybody could have done it, but Nobody did it.
Somebody got angry about that, because it was Everybody's job.
Everybody thought that Anybody could do it and that Somebody would do it.
But Nobody realized that Everybody thought Somebody would do it.
It ended up that Everybody blamed Somebody when Nobody did what Anybody could have done.

Thanks to Mary Waggoner, president of Elder Care Konnection - and fellow OurCECommunity Onelist member for this one. She read it in a book called "When Life Gives you Lemons and other recipes for living and loving life". Puddle Dancer Press On a Butcher Shop window: "Let me meat your needs."



Well, that about does it for this month. Thank you to all who read this newsletter and we hope you find it both enjoyable and informative. Pass it on....

Remember, we love to hear from you. So if you have any suggestions or comments, please send us an email.

Janice D. Byer

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