Sing In Me Muse
Here we are smack in the middle between Christmas and New Year’s. I bet that makes this newsletter an absolute top priority for you to review. (He he he he he he! :-) )

Given that most of us have an attention span of a four-year-old ripping open presents on Christmas morning right now (as we’re simply burned out), I’m going to turn over the bulk of this missive to the ‘good reads’ entries, as there have been many excellent articles across the ‘inter-webs’ these past few weeks. Here are but a few you might find handy as you look to hit the ground running in 2012:

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In 30 Things to Stop Doing Yourself, Marc No-Last-Name provides a fabulous list of habits to break, poor quality relationships to shed, and activities that have no benefit. A worthy, quick read.

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Have you already made a vow to be more productive in 2012? Here are 7 Things Highly Productive People Do. Every one of them is golden! Everything from stopping multi-tasking (women are better at it than men) to chunking projects into 60-90 minute bursts of focus (with breaks!). And it’s a nice fast read, too.

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Wondering where things are heading in social media? Here are Six Social Media Trends in 2012from a blog on the Harvard Business Review. Gamification, increased Influence (with a capital “I”) are all in the predictions. (I’m refraining from chiming in with my own social media predictions except to say: There will be a lot more of it!)

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Looking for a good, short checklist of things to review in your business to have a great kickoff to 2012? Check out the Top 10 New Year’s Resolutions for Small Businessesat Mashable.

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The celebration of Festivus is now (thankfully) behind us. However, if you enjoy that holiday’s tradition of the Airing of Grievances, Nancy Friedman has captured an amusing collection of advertising grammar, spelling and poor usage mistakes for your holiday amusement.

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Do you have a ‘rock solid track record’? How about ‘extensive experience’? LinkedIn is out with its Top 10 Buzzwords to Take Off Your Profile Now. Those are two of the top ten they suggest you delete as highly overused verbiage. Much to my chagrin, of course is the #1 buzzword they recommend removing: creative. Ugh!

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Here are 11 Words to Inspirein 2012 from the folks at Find Your Inner Compass. As a designer I was inspired by their clever use of fonts and characters for these words.

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In need of inspiration? Take a look at Matt Kammerling’s “Sing in me Muse”artwork in full, TIFF-downloadable size. (So be patient for the page load.) Matt’s made this available for free but not commercial use. It’s the artwork I borrowed (at their suggestion) at the top of this newsletter.

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In The Evolution of AdvertisingMashable takes a look in this fun infographic at the timeline of advertising, from when it began (in Egypt? Really!?) to its present state today.

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Ever wonder how many revisions a designer goes through on artwork for a project? Check out the video of A Day in the Life of Every Designer for a short, inside look at graphic design. (It so well captures my life on some days!)

See you on the other side of the New Year! Here’s to all your success and happiness in the coming year.