October, 2015

9 Simple Tricks to Supercharge Your whole Day

Dumb Little Man

Some of us are morning people, able to get up full of energy and charge into the day with nothing but a quick bite to eat and a cup of coffee. Others of us need to build up to the point where we no longer long to return to bed for another hour. Yet, virtually all of us have felt that slump in the middle of the day, where we have to fight the urge to take a little nap at the desk or curl up on the break room sofa. Luckily, it doesn’t have to be that way.

2015 219

Study: Self-Employed Have Higher Lifetime Earnings Than Salary Workers

Small Business Labs

It's long been accepted as fact in academic and government circles that the self-employed earn less than people with traditional jobs.    It turns out, this accepted fact could be wrong. Bloomberg View's You Don't Have to Be Nuts to Start a Business covers an academic study that shows becoming self-employed or starting a business: "  is a form of experimentation that can boost your prospects later in life, even if the business fails."

Salary 214
Insiders

Sign Up for our Newsletter

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.

Email Management: 5 Top Tips for Managing Your Emails

Office Organization Success

“Help! I’m in email overload.” ” When I asked my subscribers recently what their biggest office headache is, email is right up there with the rest of them! Comments such as: “Emails – yikes!” ” “Responding to emails” “Managing email” “Email overload” Sound familiar? Technology is a wonderful thing – it allows us to work virtually, from anywhere in the world, and makes our lives easier.

Email 213

Working with an introvert

Practically Perfect PA

The key to a successful relationship between an assistants and their Executive is having a good understanding of how each other operate. Actually let me rephrase that… the assistant should have a good understanding of how the Executive operates and adjust their style accordingly. Most people fall into two camps when it comes to their personality – they are either an introvert or extrovert.

2015 210

Happy Sabbatical to Me!

Virtual Moxie

I'm officially away from today, through the New Year. Q4 is a time I take away from my regular responsibilities and try new things, dream new dreams, conjure and create, and historically come back more relaxed, happy, and ready to take on my world in new and/or different ways. This year, I'm specifically going to be conjuring what's next for me professionally. I'm sooooo excited to see what I come back with.

2015 155

5 Signs You Are Out Of Balance

Simple Productivity Blog

We all get busy. Busy is something we can expect from time to time. But when we start giving too much of our energy and focus, we can get out of balance. Today we will look at the 5 signs you are out of balance, and then look at the consequences, and what you can do. The 5 Signs. There are five signs that I look for when I am considering the balance in my life. Nothing Is New. My mother and I talk every week on Skype. When she asks, “what’s new?” I really try to tell her what is going on.

2015 152

4 Reasons Why We Never Give Ourselves the Advice We Would Give to a Friend

Dumb Little Man

I mostly found myself giving people the best advices ever. I always try my best to leave the person feeling better and inspired. But when I fall into the same situation, I never treat myself the same. I always found myself being negative to myself and recently chatting with my friends I realized we all make the same mistake. We never treat ourselves the way we would treat a friend.

2015 219

More Trending

List Building: Get Your First 1,000 [Fill-in-the-Blank]

Office Organization Success

Build your list! The money is in the list! That’s what the experts tell you do when you’re just starting out in your business. And it makes sense. If someone willingly gives you their name and email address, then they are putting their hands up and letting you know they’re interested in what you have to offer. So you focus on building your list.

2015 196

The hidden world of London’s Livery Halls

Practically Perfect PA

In the city of London there is a rich history and tradition of Livery Companies, unbeknown to most Londoner’s but at the forefront of politics within the capital for the past 800 years, London’s Livery Companies play a very important role in the history of our great city. In this blog post I want to introduce a little about the history of these fabulous establishments and explore the versatility as venues for corporate events.

2015 194

6 Lifehacks Using Everyday Items

Productivity Bits

Without the Internet, the word “lifehack” probably wouldn’t exist. Unfamiliar with the term? A lifehack is a technique or method of doing things that is uncommon but brilliantly clever. When used correctly, lifehacks help folks reclaim time, save their money and repurpose items. Lifehacks come in all shapes and sizes. There’s virtually no end to their possibilities, and anyone from any walk of life can invent a new one instantly — as long as it’s sensible and provides utility.

2015 152

5 Steps To Adjust Your Balance

Simple Productivity Blog

Last week we looked at how you can know if you are out of balance. Today we will give you 5 steps to get your life back into balance. Know Where You’re Headed. Too often being out of balance is just sense of something being out of whack. We know that things aren’t like we want them to be. At the same time, if we had the bandwidth for figuring out why we were working so much we would have time to do other stuff and we wouldn’t be out of balance!

2015 143

Reaching a Goal? Here’s 10 Common Fears that May Derail You

Dumb Little Man

There are 2 kinds of fears – instinctive and unnecessary. Instinctive Fear: This is immediate and temporary – the type of fear when you have a near-miss accident. Your fear impulse notifies your brain that then pumps a bunch of adrenaline into your system. Your heart beats fast; you get shaky; you may sweat. But soon it is over and your return to normal. Unnecessary: These are the fears that grip us insidiously – they creep into our thought and often paralyze us, keeping us from moving forward.

2015 219

2015 Freelancing in America Study Released

Small Business Labs

The Freelancers Union and Upwork released their 2015 Freelancing in America study last week. This is the 2nd year this group has done a comprehensive look at freelancing.    Key study findings include: The percent of the U.S. workforce freelancing held steady at 34%, that equates to an estimated 53.7 million people. 60% of the respondents said it was their choice to become a freelancer. The majority of freelancers (60%) say they make more money freelancing.

2015 165

This Is The First Step In Your Online Marketing System

Office Organization Success

When creating your automated online marketing system, the very foundation of your system should be your Content Marketing System – from there you are able to build out your system and incorporate many different online and offline marketing strategies. But it all starts with your content. And this month in the Online Marketing Systems … Made Easy program, I’ll be teaching you exactly how to: Create Your Content Marketing System.

2015 156

A Day in the Life: Simone White, PA, BlackRock

Practically Perfect PA

What does your career path look like? I started my life as a temp at the V&A in London, after graduating and realising that the world of fashion journalism & promotion was not for me. I took all my skills learned from my studies to organise people and offices instead. What are the main aspects of your current role? I support the Head of EMEA iShares Product alongside a small team and coordinate the assistants within the iShares department.

2015 194

Managing Your Executive’s Day [Free Webinar Replay]

Office Dynamics

Managing Your Executive’s Day (October Free Webinar). As an administrative professional, you probably already know that a big part of your job involves “managing” other people—namely, the Executive(s) you support. It’s your mission to ensure they have what they need to reach their goals. It’s about keeping them focused, minimizing their stress, and pointing them in the right direction so they actually achieve those goals.

2015 200

Is the Sound of Your Voice Hurting Your Career?

On The Job

You may be surprised the first time you hear your own recorded voice. Who is that person who sounds like Daffy Duck? Why didn’t anyone ever tell you that your voice makes you sound like a third-grader? Is your voice really so high-pitched it’s a wonder dogs aren’t howling for miles around? While everyone is taken a bit by surprise to hear his or her own voice, most people just shrug it off – or try to convince themselves they don’t sound that bad.

2015 189

7 Ways to be More Productive and Less Busy

Dumb Little Man

It can be hard to see the difference between being productive and just staying busy. But there is a difference – a big difference. It’s possible to be busy all day long and at the end of the day feel like you haven’t accomplished much. We all know what it’s like to feel overwhelmed by all the things in our lives that pull us in different directions. Yet it’s important in life to feel like we are getting somewhere, not just treading water.

2015 219

Are DC Think Tanks in Trouble?

Small Business Labs

There are lots of recent articles on Senator Elizabeth Warren forcing the resignation of the respected, longtime Brookings economist Robert Litan. Senator Warren and her allies were upset at Litan because he testified against a Warren-backed Labor Department plan to regulate financial advisers. The Wall Street Journal has a good summary of what happened to Litan after his testimony. Key quote: Instead of rebutting his argument, Ms. Warren decided to punish it.

2015 164

New Productivity Forms: October 2015

Simple Productivity Blog

In 2014 I decided I wanted to release monthly productivity forms with a seasonal theme. Fun tools make it more likely I will use them, and honestly, I get bored with the plain old print and line forms. In 2015 I decided to continue this tradition. So to that end, I will be releasing a new set of productivity forms every month. They are free…all you have to do is sign up for the mailing list here. This month: Pumpkins. Fall is in the air where I live, but the leaves have barely started to turn.

2015 132

Finding the perfect space to celebrate the festive season!

Practically Perfect PA

London has lots to offer when it comes to venues to celebrate Christmas and the end of a successful year. Many companies highly value this informal time once a year to socialise with colleagues and show appreciation for all the year’s achievements. With so much to choose from it can often be very intimidating to pick a venue for your office party, we all want to please our colleagues so finding a space which fits the personality of the business is very important.

2015 180

Guess What? Lack of Focus is a Good Thing

Tips From T. Marie

In the midst of my conversation with my business buddy, Vicki Voisin last Thursday she mentioned that I was always branching out. She couched the compliment in one of those ‘don’t take this the wrong way’ disclaimers. I assured her she had no worries, I was aware that I sometimes appeared to have a business related attention disorder that I have learned to embrace. That’s a blog post.” She said. I agreed. This is that blog post.

2015 130

Assistants Speak Out: The Biggest Struggles In Partnering With Their Executive

Office Dynamics

Happy Monday! Fall is in the air and I love it. Fall is all around us whether you live where the beautiful trees are overflowing with color or in the West where we feel the crisp morning and evening air. Halloween decorations and costume advertisements popping up everywhere. This is my favorite time of year. What about you? I am very eager and excited to share with you the top 3 struggles assistants face in partnering with their executives.

2015 185

How a Healthy Lifestyle Affects Your Career

Dumb Little Man

Any kind of job requires you to have healthy not just physically but as well as mentally and emotionally. Unfortunately, not everyone has a healthy lifestyle. And considering how stressful certain jobs can be along with the other obligations and responsibilities, a lot of people fail to realize the importance of having a healthy lifestyle. This alone has a huge impact on your career. Having a healthy and active lifestyle can definitely affect your career in a good way.

The Continued Rise of the Collaborative Economy

Small Business Labs

Crowd Companies has released their 2nd annual report on the collaborative economy - The New Rules of the Collaborative Economy.    It's full of interesting information and data on why consumers are participating in the collaborative economy.

2015 163

The Whole Life Productivity Manifesto

Simple Productivity Blog

It used to be that work was work, and everything else was life. But with the advent of mobile technology, work is now everywhere. Work and life are not separate. It’s about whole life. Productivity techniques no longer apply to just work. They have to apply to our whole lives if we are going to be productive. So to that end, I present the Whole Life Productivity Manifesto. You can get it here. The post The Whole Life Productivity Manifesto appeared first on Whole Life Productivity. Productivity

2015 132

Using social media to empower assistants

Practically Perfect PA

If you are reading this post it is more than likely that you are involved in some sort of social media platform be it LinkedIn, Twitter or Facebook (I´m not sure how else you would have found this blog!). That is brilliant and I am probably talking to the converted however I think it is worth saying (or saying again in this case) that social media really can empower assistants. There are many many benefits for assistants to be involved in social media activities.

Greening Your Roof to Life

Eco-Office Gals

For any environmentally conscious homeowner, there are a multitude of things you can do to your property to make it more ecologically sound. For example, insulation and high-albedo siding can both reduce fuel costs and help fight climate change , and installing smart meters to monitor your energy and water usage can help you cut down on consumption.

2015 126

Why You’re Not Getting What You’re Expecting

Tips From T. Marie

As some of you know creating handcrafted things is what I do in my ‘spare’ time. I find it not only relaxing, but it keeps my creativity fresh and flowing. Recently, on one of the crafting groups I belong to, someone posted a story with a moral about the pricing of handcrafted items. I won’t post it in it’s entirety here, but it went something like this. A woman found a hand-crafted item she loved and wanted, however she felt the price was too high.

2015 123

3 Reasons Why Most Entrepreneurs Drop Out Of The Race, Here’s How To Prevent It.

Dumb Little Man

It is so easy right now to start a business working out of your home but it is not actually quite so easy to make that business, start making you money. And this is where a lot of entrepreneurs find themselves. And this is why a lot of entrepreneurs quit. How can you make sure that you do not become one of these people that this happens to? Do you know these three major issues that cause entrepreneur to drop out of the race?

2015 219

The Rise of Online Lending

Small Business Labs

The Rise of Online Lending is a new entry in Intuit's Dispatches from the New Economy report series. It was released in conjunction with an announcement that Intuit and Fundbox  are partnering on a new product that allows small businesses a simple way to fix their cash flow by advancing payments for their outstanding invoices within QuickBooks.

2015 161

What Is Whole Life Productivity?

Simple Productivity Blog

As I mentioned in my last article , work and life no longer have distinct boundaries thanks to the technology that we carry with us at all times. Whether it is work jumping into our non-work time, or just the abundance of information we now have at our fingertips, life is much more complicated than it was 50 years, or even 20 years ago, which is when most of the current productivity systems were formed. It Was More Distinct…. Life used to be much more compartmentalized.

2015 131

Maximising your productivity and dealing with interruptions

Practically Perfect PA

Most assistants find that they are the absolute centre of their office, they are the fountain of all knowledge and the keeper of all secrets. This is generally a brilliant place to be and one of the main reasons assistants love their job. One of the draw backs is the constant attention (and adulation) from demanding colleagues. It can actually be pretty constant throughout the day – it can pretty annoying too!

2015 165

Did Someone at Work Just Steal Your Idea?

On The Job

Have you ever had someone steal your idea? If you've been in the workplace for any amount of time, the answer may be "yes." But as Daniel Solis points out , there really isn't a way to steal an idea, because someone else has probably thought of it first. The world of work is rapidly changing, and ideas often are zipping around the workplace like a squirrel after drinking a case of Mountain Dew.

2015 167

Reminders for "Messies"

Clutter Coach

by Originally posted 2008-01-25 11:48:11. Republished by Blog Post Promoter Author and "Organizing Lady" Sandra Felton has written many books about organizing for "messies." " She herself is a recovering messie so her advice comes from first hand experience. Cleanies vs. Messies She often writes that "cleanies" tidy up automatically, without having to be reminded or nagged at.

2015 109

5 Steps To Reinvent Your Life By Traveling

Dumb Little Man

“One’s destination is never a place, but a new way of seeing things.” – Henry Miller Whenever I want to make a change in my life, I choose to travel. I’ve tried self-help books, Internet videos, and local programs – but nothing seems to work so effectively as the open road. When I engaged in meaningful travel for the first time, I realized that so much of it was geared towards personal development.

2015 219

The Return of Guilds

Small Business Labs

The New Yorker's The New Guilded Age  provides an excellent historical overview of guilds and their potential return. Key quote: From roughly the turn of the first millennium to the French Revolution, guilds operated as associations of independent craftspeople, setting standards for their lines of work and cultivating lively subcultures around their labor.    The article focuses on  Prime Produce , a New York city coworking collective.

2015 156