January, 2017

Are You Sleep Deprived? 8 Health Risks Of Poor Sleep

Dumb Little Man

No energy drink can invigorate you more than a good night’s sleep. Sadly, our society has become too proud to acknowledge that sleep is as important as proper nutrition and regular exercise. This is evident in our overworked culture and amplified by technology that keeps us connected 24/7. When are we going to improve our sleep habits? Let these 8 sleep deprivation side effects convince you that sufficient zzz’s matter. Lack of sleep is similar to getting drunk.

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How can assistants add value in the workplace?

Practically Perfect PA

Firstly, happy New Year! Last year was a mixed bag wasn’t it?! I hope you all had a lovely break and are looking forward to the year ahead. As usual, we have a packed schedule for 2017, starting with the Assist Conference in February. Today I am writing about one of the key themes for this year’s conference – using your tool kits to add value within your organisation. I used to struggle with this during my career as an assistant.

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Why Coworking is Booming

Small Business Labs

Back Channel's The “Work from Home” Dream Doesn’t Work  provides an excellent overview of the trends and shifts driving the coworking movement. Simply put, the article explains why coworking is working.

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Better Eco Friendly Choices for Your Business in 2017

Eco-Office Gals

Making your business more eco-friendly (green) is a wise move to make. By doing so you’re doing your bit towards cleaning up the environment, while also helping your company’s bottom line because going green saves money. Running a green business also helps you stand out as an environmental conscious entrepreneur. Here are eco-friendly choices you should make for your business in 2017: Reduce energy usage in the office.

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Virtual Assistant…10 Years Later

Tips From T. Marie

Although I won’t celebrate my 10 th year of being a #girlboss until September of this year, January 2017 does mark an equally important point in my life as a female entrepreneur. It was 10 years ago, this month that I first stumbled across the term ‘virtual assistant ’.

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Executives and Assistants Working in Partnership — The Magic Formula

Office Dynamics

The most important team in the workplace is that of the executive and his or her administrative assistant. Just think about it…. they work together more closely than any other team; the assistant is responsible for running her executive’s life in addition to her own job; most executives rely heavily on their executive assistant to get the job done, be the gatekeeper, information flow manager, department liaison, decision maker, sounding board, organizer and Chief of Everything Officer.

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Korean Valentine’s Year: 12 Romantic Celebrations Every 14th of the Month

Dumb Little Man

February 14 is a day for all lovers all across the globe. However, in Korea, the 14th of each month is very important for couples and lovers. Let’s find out all the special celebrations happening every 14th of the month and Korea’s Valentine’s Year. Diary Day (14th January). Januray 14 is known as a Diary day for Koreans. On this day, people exchange a blank diary with a loved one.

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Book Review: The Gig Economy

Small Business Labs

The holidays were quite hectic this year. But we were able to carve out some time and read  The Gig Economy: The Complete Guide to Getting Better Work, Taking More Time Off, and Financing the Life You Want.   And we're glad we did. The book provides a wealth of excellent "how to" advice on succeeding at independent work.

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I hate filing

Clutter Coach

by I always recommend that my clients be as ruthless as possible when filing paper. When are you going to look at that again? Why would you need it in the future? What terrible thing is going to happen if you get rid of it? When was the last time you even opened that drawer? . Part of my agenda is to get them to keep less paper because paper takes up space, space that could be used better by more useful items. Another agenda I have reflects my attitude toward filing: I hate it.

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Why It’s A Good Thing To Delete Your Subscribers

Office Organization Success

Over the past few weeks I’ve been going through my subscriber database and cleaning it up — deleting subscribers, products, and autoresponders. I ended up deleting over 3,000 subscribers! While that might sound a little scary (after all, why would I want to delete subscribers that I’ve worked so hard to get?) it’s actually a very good exercise to do.

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Top 8 Time Management Tips To Hack Productivity

Office Dynamics

Amongst the hectic schedules and infinite demands of modern life, we often feel like there just aren’t enough hours in the day to get everything we need to done. This pressure has resulted in many self-aware individuals seeking ways to save time throughout their day. Some of this is relevant to work life, some to home life, but all time management hacks end up with you being more productive while you work and having more ‘me-time’ as a result.

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Why Do We Procrastinate?

Dumb Little Man

Procrastination: Putting off from day to day, directly from Latin “procrastinationem” (pro “forward” + crastinus “belonging to tomorrow”). Procrastination is a problem about 95% of people suffer from, and even though there’s a lot of material regarding how to stop procrastinating, there isn’t a lot said about why we procrastinate in the first place.

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5 Ways to Slay Small Talk with Your Boss

Practically Perfect PA

You’ve got an event coming up and your boss suggests that you meet and travel together. You know that this is a great opportunity to have one to one time with her, but are not sure if you have anything in common. You start to imagine hours of uncomfortable silence, like a bad date, but one where you have to the see the person again. This could be the longest and most career-annihilating journey of your life.

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The Rise of Solopreneur Manufacturing Companies

Small Business Labs

The Wall Street Journal's Big Growth in Tiny Businesses nicely covers a trend we'e been following for years - the growth of solopreneur, non-employer manufacturing businesses. Key quote: "The number of businesses classified as manufacturers with no employees has been rising steadily since the depths of the recession. The tiny operations often make food, craft beer, toiletries or other niche products. Their growth stands out in a sector that has been shedding workers for decades."

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Space clearing expert Karen Kingston on clutter

Clutter Coach

by I heard Karen Kingston, author of Creating Sacred Space with Feng Shui, speak at a NAPO conference years ago. I was familiar with her work, but hadn’t read her book so I went and bought it after the conference. . Although she’s not an organizer, her work ties in quite well with organizing. One of the skills she practices is space clearing, which means cleaning out stagnant energy and replacing it with new vital energy.

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Career Success A to Z: H is for Honesty

Eat Your Career

This article is part of a series. Learn more about it and access links to other articles in the series here. My goal in this series is to talk about important concepts related to career fulfilment in a fun and unusual way. So today’s topic of “honesty” is a very important one indeed. Now, the honesty of which I speak is multi-faceted. You have to be honest both in your actions and in your heart.

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Tactfully Voicing Your Opinion In The Workplace

Office Dynamics

I hope you had a great week last week and were able to apply the tips I had for communicating with people from different generations. In case you did not read the last two Monday Motivators , I have been writing a 3 part series on communicating for business success. The first one was, Be a better communicator at work and the second was, Bridge the Generational Communication Gap.

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5 Tips to Learn Languages by Reading Foreign Books

Dumb Little Man

Language is the mirror of our culture. It reveals a nation’s secrets, shows a people’s everyday, and expresses their attitude to life. If you want to easily speak a foreign language, you need to get to know it better. And it’s not about grammar. Traveling requires a lot of time and money, but reading is free of charge and available anytime. Through reading, foreign language book learners not only learn a new language, but also get to explore a new culture.

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Announcing the Assist Conference Programme

Practically Perfect PA

With just over a month to go until the Assist Conference we are hard at work making sure that we put together the best conference for our amazing readers. I’m so happy to share the following updates with you! For more information and to book your place, please visit the Assist Conference website or you can register here. Assist Conference Programme. I am absolutely delighted to announce the Assist Conference 2016 programme.

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Obamacare's Impact on Entrepreneurship and Self-Employment

Small Business Labs

There's no doubt the Affordable Care Act (ACA, or better known as Obamacare) has been a good for freelancers, the self-employed and other independent workers. As the chart below shows, the percentage of full-time independent workers with health insurance has increased from 64% in 2013 to 83% in 2016. This increase is clearly due to Obamacare, which took effect in 2014. This means about 3.3 million more independent workers have health insurance than in 2013. 

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Podcast 040: Pump your decision making muscles

Clutter Coach

by Subscribe: iTunes ⋅ Stitcher ⋅ Soundcloud ⋅ YouTube ⋅ Google Play. You can leave a review here! In this episode, I’ll talk about how you can improve your decision making skill. Hint: it’s like a muscle, the more you use it, the stronger it gets. Here are some highlights: But what if I get it wrong? I need to know more first. I’d rather wait! Subscribe: iTunes ⋅ Stitcher ⋅ Soundcloud ⋅ YouTube ⋅ Google Play.

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Career Success A to Z: I Is For Initiative

Eat Your Career

This article is part of a series. Learn more about it and access links to other articles in the series here. This week, I want to talk about one of my favorite topics: Initiative. This is a critical part of being proactive—another topic I’m passionate about. In fact, my book, The Proactive Professional , discusses the importance of taking initiative in-depth, and it also addresses how to do it appropriately in the workplace.

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10+ Lessons Learned In My 10 Years with Office Dynamics International

Office Dynamics

I woke up this morning with the strange realization that this is my very last day with Office Dynamics International. What a very weird feeling. As I write this I am feeling all the emotions. I’m remembering many of our incredible stories that we’ve collected over the last decade of partnership. Life has been filled with so much joy and with an unbalanced amount of pain. We’ve been through it all, together.

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5 Habits to Make The New Year Your Best Year Yet

Dumb Little Man

A new year is now ahead of us. Every year, people make goals and resolutions to better themselves only to fail. Rather than making big resolutions, how about just adding a new habit to your life? Make this new year your best year yet by developing these five habits. Have fun being active. Instead of having a tangible goal to lose five pounds or to fit into your skinny jeans, make it a goal to be active and to have fun while doing so.

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Win a free place at the Assist Conference 2017

Practically Perfect PA

We have a very special giveaway for Practically Perfect PA readers this month. We are offering one lucky reader the chance to attend the Assist Conference for free. Yes, that is right – a whole day of fantastic training specifically for assistants – completely for free! The conference is taking place on Friday 24th February in London. More information on the programme and the speakers can be found on the Assist Conference website. To enter the competition please complete the contact form below.

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Accenture Says Independent Work is the Future (and Soon)

Small Business Labs

We just read Accenture's Technology Vision 2017 report  and they strongly suggest independent work is the future of work.    Key quote from their Work Force Market Place trend: In five years or less, the presumptive judgments around full-time employment and freelancers will flip completely.

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Podcast 039: Make the most of your productive time

Clutter Coach

by Subscribe: iTunes ⋅ Stitcher ⋅ Soundcloud ⋅ YouTube ⋅ Google Play. You can leave a review here! In this episode, I’ll talk about what productive time is, and how to manage your work so you use it best. Here are some highlights: What if I’m a night owl? What should I NOT do? How do I get more productive time? Subscribe: iTunes ⋅ Stitcher ⋅ Soundcloud ⋅ YouTube ⋅ Google Play.

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Free Coaching Call:January 2017

Eat Your Career

In case you missed it, I hosted my first monthly free coaching call of 2017 earlier this week! This call is exclusively for members of the Free Career Resource Library. Members can ask questions of their own, attend the call live and access the recorded version. The recording of this month’s call is now available for download in the Member Library, and you can also listen to it there if you’d prefer.

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The Accelerated Assistant Webinar Replay and Conference for Assistants

Office Dynamics

In our free webinar program, The Accelerated Assistant, we shared more about this year’s upcoming theme for our administrative assistant conference held every fall. The workplace is accelerating faster than anyone ever thought possible. Every day, we absorb more information, connect with more people, and utilize more technology than our ancestors did in their entire lives. In the coming year, we’ll experience more in a single day than we did in two days in the previous year.

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10 Best Skin Foods For Healthy Glowing Skin

Dumb Little Man

Beauty doesn’t have to be expensive. In fact, with the right food, you can boost your skin’s natural glow without having to rely on creams, serums, and lotions. And because these natural foods don’t contain the chemicals and preservatives most skin care products have, they are also a lot safer. For healthy, glowing skin, you can try adding more of these foods to your daily meal plans. Tomatoes. Tomatoes have lycopene which is a natural antioxidant.

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Tech of the week: TransferWise

Practically Perfect PA

What is TransferWise. TransferWise is an online money transfer service. It allows users to move foreign money from one bank account to another while avoiding high bank fees. What does it do? Using peer to peer technology, TransferWise is 8 times cheaper than transfering money via a traditional bank. If someone wants to change pounds to euros, the technology will match someone who wants to transfer euros to pounds.

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Forecasts: 2017 the Year Corporations Embrace the Gig Economy

Small Business Labs

Based on the 2017 trends forecasts we've been reading, corporations are going to actively expand their use of contingent labor in 2017.

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Help from the Procrastination Research Group

Clutter Coach

by Yes, this group really exists ! On the web I discovered a site for the Procrastination Research Group. One researcher has identified five “cognitive distortions,” which are. overestimation of time left to perform tasks, . underestimation of time required to complete tasks, . overestimation of future motivational states, . misreliance on the necessity of emotional congruence to succeed at task, and . belief that working when not in the mood to work is suboptimal.

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Career Success A to Z: G is for Gender Gap

Eat Your Career

This article is part of a series. Learn more about it and access links to other articles in the series here. Unlike some of the other articles in this series, I knew immediately that “G” would be devoted to discussing gender and, more specifically, the gaps that exist in the workplace between men and women. Let me say at the offset that I wouldn’t necessarily label myself a feminist, but I am a female (surprise!)

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5 Ways to Make a Great First Impression

On The Job

I want you to think back to the last person you met for the first time and name as many details about the person as you can. Now, look at your list and consider the first three items. Do they look something like this? Limp handshake. Rarely made eye contact. Awkward conversationalist. Or, more like this: 1. Great smile. Confident manner. Asked great questions. The difference between these two assessments can make or break a career.

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3 Unique Things That Successful People Do Differently

Dumb Little Man

Are you already wavering on your New Year’s resolutions? It’s okay, you’re not alone. If you want this new year to be the year that they stick, you are going to need some proven routines to keep you going. Where better to look than at the habits of highly successful people? We all know the typical things that successful people do differently – wake up early, set goals, network – but what does the next level of successful behavior look like?

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From Possibility to Reality

Office Dynamics

This past October, I was honored to be part of the 2016 Office Dynamics International Conference, The Revolutionary Assistant. If you had asked me several years ago if it were possible to pull off a 400-person think tank, I’m not sure how I would have responded. Happily, I believe in exploration thinking, so today, I can say, “Absolutely!” And here’s why.

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