April, 2015

Zen in The Art of Productivity

Dumb Little Man

Zen aims to simplify the mind. To exclude any concepts. Beginner’s mind has too many options. Master’s mind just knows.“ In Japan, archery is not only a sport where hitting the targets is the main purpose. Archery is also meant to train the mind. If one really wants to master the art of archery, technical knowledge is not enough. Only those who approached the state of clearness and emptiness of mind would overcome themselves and then the arrow would hit the target spontaneously.

2015 219

Diary management for PAs and EAs

Practically Perfect PA

While the role of a PA or EA is constantly evolving, diary management continues to be a fundamental task. PAs spend at least a third of their time managing diaries, so it’s essential that you’ve mastered this aspect of your job. This guide provides tips to help you on your way. Own the calendar. Problems often arise when both you and your boss adjust and maintain your boss’ calendar. For obvious reasons, this is a recipe for disaster.

2015 213
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Using Excel To Take Apart and Consolidate Text

Simple Productivity Blog

I deal with a lot of information, for my job, for my classes, and for Girl Scouts. When I get information in a form that is readable, but not quite usable, I have the option to re-type it.or I can put Excel on the task and let it do the work. Most people assume that Excel, as a spreadsheet, is just for crunching numbers. Truth be told, I use Excel more for text manipulation than I ever do for numbers. Today I am going to show you how to put text together -- and take it apart -- using Excel.

2015 191

The Shoe That Grows - Small Business Innovation in Action

Small Business Labs

The Shoe That Grows is a simple and clever solution to a massive problem - providing children in the developing world with inexpensive, long lasting shoes. Ill-fitting or the lack of shoes is a big problem.    Over 2 billion people in the world suffer from soil-transmitted parasites and diseases.    Add in injuries and other issues that come from not wearing shoes or wearing shoes that don't fit and it's clear there's a need for this kind of product.

2015 184

5 Steps to Increasing Your Cash Flow

Office Organization Success

You’ve done it! You’re generating consistent cash flow month after month — you can predict exactly what’s coming in and exactly what’s going out. For many business owners though, this is still a dream. But, with a few tweaks to your current set up you can start to turn that dream into a reality. Maintaining a consistent cash flow is a critical element of running a successful business — you need to be able to pay your bills and, more importantly, pay yourself!

2015 179

You Are Always More Important

Virtual Moxie

I’m happy to say that I’m pretty sure winter is over. At least here in Baltimore. ;) But people are still talking about winter, and today, when it’s sunny and 71 degrees outside, I found myself reminded of a conversation I’d had more than a few times during the snowy weather, about people who live some distance away from where they work, and routinely hope for blizzards so they won’t be able to drive in. That conversation always reminds me of my own commuting days.

2015 167

5 Ways To Create the Foundation of a Long Term Relationship

Dumb Little Man

Every relationship has its peaks and valleys. Sometimes the valleys seem so deep and wide that it feels like you’ll never get out of them. Some couples never do. They either choose to go their separate ways, file for a divorce, or have a legal separation. A long term relationship is definitely one of the most adventurous journeys that anyone will ever willingly choose to travel, but we do so because the rewards at each peak are tremendous.

2015 219

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Creating an Idea Notebook in OneNote

Simple Productivity Blog

This month on Mondays we are going to be looking at how a suite of tools - namely Microsoft Office - can make you more productive. Our first post in the series comes from one of my readers, who is organizing everything using OneNote, Microsoft''s notebook tool. David Allen, in his book Getting Things Done , suggests creating a "Someday/Maybe" list for action ideas that you want to remember, but aren''t ready to commit to doing.

2015 191

The Pet Sitting Dog Fight

Small Business Labs

Seattle based Rover.com , a site that connects dog owners and sitters, recently announced a $25 million funding round led by Technology Crossover Ventures. This brings the total amount raised by Rover to $50 million across 4 funding rounds. Other investors in Rover include Menlo Ventures and actor/tech investor Ashton Kuchar. It also sets Rover up for a dog fight with the other dog sitting startup, DogVacay.

2015 173

Info Product Creation: How To Create Your FIRST Info Product in 7 Easy Steps

Office Organization Success

You can create your first info product in as little as two hours when you follow these steps below. But first, let’s look at why having an info product as part of your business model is so important. It’s simply a smart move for a solo service professional to have at least one other income stream (if you can add several income streams to your business, even better!).

2015 176

Responsibility Without Authority Sucks

Virtual Moxie

I was talking with someone about his relationship with his Virtual Assistant. He was saying how much he really wanted to give her a whole lot of his projects and processes and have her be 100% responsible for getting everything done or making sure it got done (including stuff that other people were handling, and including things he was responsible for getting done). He went on to say that it doesn''t really happen that way and he wasn''t sure, exactly, why not.

2015 165

Quit Any Bad Habit (In 6 Steps)

Dumb Little Man

Bad habits have something in common. Either it’s a cigarette you are reaching for, a cup of coffee, an energy drink or a sugar and fat laden dessert. At some point you feel that something has completely overpowered you. You know you shouldn’t do it, you know that it is not serving you, and you know you want to quit, so why is it stronger than your will power and your conscious mind? It’s a strong pattern in your life and it probably took years to form. No wonder why you cannot break it in a day.

2015 219

CV tips for PAs and EAs

Practically Perfect PA

For PAs and EAs, writing an impressive CV requires many of the same techniques and conventions applied in other occupations. But there are also ways of boosting your CV that are unique to your profession. This guide provides handy tips for your next PA application. Write a new CV for every job. A large proportion of CVs received for every job are generic – in other words, they’ve not been customised.

2015 179

Work-Life Balance for Parents

Simple Productivity Blog

It can be really hard to be a parent. It’s even harder when you are working, being a parent, managing a home and doing all the other things that come from having non-adults in your house. It is really easy, however, to get out of balance while managing those hard tasks. Below is an info […]. The post Work-Life Balance for Parents appeared first on Simple Productivity Blog. More great content can be found on the site at Simple Productivity Blog.,

2015 173

2.7 Million Independents Work in the On-Demand Economy

Small Business Labs

According to a new report from MBO Partners -  Independent Workers and the On-Demand Economy  - about 2.7 million American independent workers report using at least one on-demand economy platform or marketplace as a source of work or income. The study defined the on-demand economy as including: online product marketplaces provided by firms such as EBay, Amazon and Etsy and others (Craigslist was excluded).

2015 170

Increase Product Sales with These 3 Types of Special Offers

Office Organization Success

Sometimes you need a quick cash injection in your business. And having a few options available can really help you create some immediate cash flow.

2015 163

Setting Yourself Up For Failure by Trying to be All Things to All People

Virtual Moxie

After last week's Moxie , several of you wrote to ask me to explain what standards are, and what the benefit of having standards is, in an easy-to-understand way. I'm always happy to do that, so here goes: When you created your Virtual Assistance practice, chances are some of the reasons you did it were: more freedom, more control, more time with friends and family, more choices. In short, you wanted to have your work contribute to your living a terrific life.

2015 158

How Positive Writing Will Help You To Live a Happier Life

Dumb Little Man

The power of positive thinking is not to be underestimated. The growth in wellness and happiness campaigns in the last decade have been astronomical. Scientists have gotten on board to study brain patterns in order to discover what makes us happy. Yoga studios and wellness centers are booming businesses. Positivity is on the menu for a lot of people. Everyone wants to find out the secret to becoming a more positive and happy person.

2015 219

Ten tips for managing multiple Executives

Practically Perfect PA

Speaking to assistants at the Assist Conference back in February I was surprised at how many of the delegates worked for multiple Executives. I would say the majority worked for two or more bosses. I knew the traditional one on one assistant position was on the decline in most organisations but I thought that the majority of board level Directors still had a dedicated assistants – this just isn’t the case anymore. Managing multiple Executives can be tricky and a constant juggling act.

2015 170

Boost Your Word Productivity With Styles

Simple Productivity Blog

This month on Mondays we are going to be looking at how a suite of tools - namely Microsoft Office - can make you more productive. Our second post in the series is one of those power user tricks that is actually really easy to use - and can save a ton of time. One of the things I really hate to see people doing is formatting a Word document. They select text, then change the font, size, weight and color. Then they repeat it for other like text in the documents. Why do I hate to see it?

2015 171

Coworking and the Blending of Work and Life

Small Business Labs

We quit using the term "work/life balance" many years ago. It simply doesn't fit the world most of us live in. Instead, we started using "work/life flexibility" This term fit what we were hearing in our interviews and seeing in our survey results. People consistently tell us they want to be able have some control over where, when and how they work. But even this doesn't really describe what's going on.

2015 164

Are You Cleaning Out Your List Regularly?

Office Organization Success

The boys are on Spring break this week, and so I’ve adjusted my schedule to give me time to spend with them. Before we know it they’ll be on summer vacation and I’ll be working my “summer” schedule. Something that I do regularly (and you need to do this too) is clear out my list.

2015 152

A Smart Way to Think About Your Spare Time

Virtual Moxie

In my office, I have many things that inspire me. One of them is a perpetual wall calendar (I admit I don''t use it, but it''s beautiful, so I keep it). It''s done in mixed media, and across the top in fabric, paper, blocks, and marbles, is a sentence: . Although paraphrased from a longer Emerson quote, I prefer this one! For me, it has one meaning—for you, possibly something very different.

2015 157

14 Problems Freelancers Usually Face

Dumb Little Man

Freelance has its pros and cons. You are your own manager and boss, but there are quite a few problems as well. These problems are not all very different comparing to the problems of office workers. If you plan on becoming a freelancer, you should definitely keep reading. Demands of the customers are constantly changing Clients can be different, as well as their requirements. Services you provide for your client today can be not suitable for another client tomorrow.

2015 219

Practically Perfect PA Giveaway

Practically Perfect PA

Thanks to the lovely folk at Biscuiteers , the luxury, hand-iced biscuit gifting company, we have a very special giveaway for Practically Perfect PA readers. We are offering one lucky reader the chance to attend the Biscuiteers School of Icing with a friend. You’ll both enjoy an afternoon at the stunning Biscuiteers Boutique and with the help of their talented icers, be taught all the tricks and techniques to create your very own iced biscuit collection.

2015 169

Save Time In Excel By Formatting Multiple Sheets

Simple Productivity Blog

This is a little-known and huge time saver in Microsoft Excel. Using this tip, you can save time in Excel by formatting multiple sheets at the same time. The post Save Time In Excel By Formatting Multiple Sheets appeared first on Simple Productivity Blog. More great content can be found on the site at Simple Productivity Blog., or you can find me on Twitter ( @SmplProdBlog ) and Facebook ( Facebook.com/SimpleProductivity ). Productivity

2015 168

The Rise of the Dependent Contractor

Small Business Labs

It seems like every day there is a new article slamming sharing economy platforms and marketplaces for their labor practices. Recent examples include: NPR's In Sharing Economy, Labor Laws Fall Short  US New's The Not So Nice Sharing Economy. SF Weekly's Codependent Contracting: Couriers Demand App Company Accountability. Former Labor Secretary Robert Reich's How the New Flexible Economy is Making Workers Lives Hell.

2015 156

Calendar Control: How to Organize Your Calendar for Greater Efficiency

Productivity Bits

Anyone who has things to do probably tries to make use of a calendar. Of those calendars, Google calendar online is probably the most versatile. You can set your schedule […] Thank you for subscribing! Please grab my free productivity ebook! If you're not reading this from Productivity Bits - Smart Productivity and GTD Hacks , please read the original post here Calendar Control: How to Organize Your Calendar for Greater Efficiency. Thank You! ~

Happy Administrative Professionals Week! An Admirable Profession

Office Dynamics

Administrative Professionals Week – Celebrating An Admirable Profession. First, I want to thank my incredible administrative partner who grew into a Vice President at Office Dynamics. Jasmine Freeman. I always say an executive assistant will make or break an executive and Jasmine has certainly allowed me to be successful. The Administrative Profession Is An Admirable Profession. Happy Administrative Professionals Week! Wow, I can’t believe it is that time of year again.

9 Little Things Happy People Don’t Do

Dumb Little Man

Have you ever noticed that the happy people in this world seem to do things, or rather not do things that differ to what the majority of unhappy people would do? Sure they may only be small things, but they great factors in the overall happiness someone has in their life. The majority of people in this world are in the constant pursuit of happiness, and it’s not because of what they do and don’t have.

2015 220

20 questions to ask a new boss

Practically Perfect PA

For assistants to be successful in their career they must must must have a good working relationship with their boss. The role is ultimately making the boss a success so the assistant has to ensure that the relationship is strong from the outset. The first meeting an assistant has with their new boss is so important and must be used wisely.

2015 164

Boost Your Productivity With Word Shortcuts

Simple Productivity Blog

One of the best ways that you can boost your productivity at the computer is to learn the keyboard shortcuts for some of the most commonly used actions. Instead of grasping the mouse and clicking the Copy button, for example, you could press a couple of keys and get the same results. Today we are going to look at some of those keyboard shortcuts in Word. The post Boost Your Productivity With Word Shortcuts appeared first on Simple Productivity Blog.

2015 168

The Appification of Small Business

Small Business Labs

The Appification of Small Business is a new research report from Intuit shows the extent to which small businesses have moved to the cloud, a trend they forecasting to continue (disclosure: Emergent Research contributed to this report).

2015 155

Wind Girl and Building a Better Clothespin

Loosely Speaking

Since it’s breezy to outright windy here throughout springtime, I’m realizing that we really could do with a clothesline. Between our endless sunshine and air movement, our clothes would dry in no time. So, to celebrate Earth Day 2015 I finished my … Continue reading → Creativity Family Life Retirement Classic American Clothespins Herrick Kimball Wind Girl Windy

2015 136

Gain Their Loyalty. Stop Giving Them What They Want.

Tips From T. Marie

We all know that loyal clients, customers, readers, etc. are the bread and butter of whatever endeavor you happen to be embarking on. Bloggers want readers to become fans, retailers want customers to become repeat customers, and service businesses want clients to remain loyal and maybe even refer them to others. And just how are we supposed to get that type of loyalty? Many experts will tell you that you have to give them what they want.

2015 135

The Best of Life Metaphors & Similes

Dumb Little Man

You can look at life in many ways. Below are my favorite life metaphors and similes categorized based on the lesson it evokes. Depending on what’s going on in my life, it often helps to remind me of what life is all about and how I can choose to play a part. On Attitude You may not have control over what life throws at you but you do have control of your attitude. Choose wisely.

2015 220

Top 10 tips for creating bulk emails

Practically Perfect PA

During the course of my career one of my favourite tasks was creating regular newsletters, marketing emails, company updates and bulk email messages from my Executives. I did this task in a number of roles and found it to be a really creative outlet for me. I used a few different systems – Concep Campaigner, Dotmailer and MailChimp to name a few – however I always found that no matter what message I was creating the emails all followed a similar pattern.

2015 162