March, 2017

Sleep Debt: Do You Have It?

Dumb Little Man

There is no such thing as catching up on sleep. Although a lot of people think that they are effectively catching up on sleep, in reality, they are just compromising their health. Most people need 7 hours of sleep each night at minimum, with 8 hours being the most recommended. Unfortunately, a large number of people get less than 6 hours of sleep each night, according to the American Academy of Sleep Medicine. Sleep deprivation can cause problems with memory and attention span.

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Managing your boss’s schedule like a mega star

Practically Perfect PA

In my mind, the single most important aspect of our role is to save our Executive’s time. Saving our Executive time means they can spend that time on making the organisation more successful. There are loads of different ways we can save our Executive’s time, but I think it all starts with the fundamental task of diary management. Most assistants manage their Executive’s schedule and most Executive’s live by what is in that schedule.

2017 182
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Mobile Phone Recycling – Promoting Proper Disposal of Electronic Gadgets

Eco-Office Gals

Mobile phone recycling is the best practice to save the planet and also to generate money in the process. Improper disposal of phones only fills out the landfills. Not doing so, will only continue harming the planet and putting lives in danger. Smartphones are here to stay, they’re simply part of our lives, so learning about the importance of proper disposal and recycling of these devices brings us one step closer to the utopia we all dream of living in.

2017 159

How Trumpcare Will Impact Self-Employment

Small Business Labs

The quick summary is self-employed who are younger or have higher incomes will likely be better off under the Republican proposed American Health Care Act (AHCA, a.k.a. Trumpcare). Self-employed who are older or have lower incomes will likely be worse off. The law will likely not have a major impact on the total number of people who are self-employed, at least over the next 3-5 years. 

2017 133

List Building: Facts & Figures

Office Organization Success

If you’re new (or newer) in business, you may have heard that you need to be “building your list”, or “the money is in the list” or any variation thereof. So let me take a minute today to explain to you exactly what this means, and why there’s so much emphasis on this business-building strategy. [.]. Online Marketing Reprint

2017 122

The Top 3 Skills That Make Administrative Assistants Stand Out

Office Dynamics

Administrative professionals are always asking us what it takes to really stand out in the workplace. After all, it’s a competitive market out there! If you really want to make a name for yourself and get ahead, it takes more than just skimming the surface. You have to dive deep within yourself to develop that “World Class” status that executives are looking for in their assistants.

2017 163

5 Happiness Hacks That You Need To Try Today

Dumb Little Man

When was the last time you felt happy? Not just a shadow of the pleasant feeling, but truly happy? You could say that most of our actions are fueled by our motivation to feel good. Unfortunately, however, it’s not all the time that we feel happy. There are days when we just can’t resist feeling low. If that is your case today, these simple happiness hacks can give you that extra shot of joy. Let Your Inner Child Take the Lead.

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If Your Office is Still Using These Two Things, Stop. Now.

Tips From T. Marie

Once upon a time small and medium sized businesses prided themselves on being at the cutting edge of office technology. They were the first to adopt things like electric typewriters, fax machines and yes, even computers. And then they weren’t. In fact, an amazingly embarrassing amount of these same sized businesses are still using ancient. Read more. Business Tips Technologically Speaking

2017 112

More Industries Moving to the On-Demand Economy

Small Business Labs

The On-Demand Economy is commonly defined as the economic activity created by online marketplaces that fulfill customer demand via the provisioning of goods and services immediately or much faster and/or easier than traditional firms.    Uber, Lyft and ridesharing services are often cited as examples. But Amazon is in many ways a better example. However you define it, the concepts of on-demand are quickly spreading across the economy.

2017 122

Career Success A to Z: Q is for Quit

Eat Your Career

This article is part of a series. Learn more about it and access links to other articles in the series here. Today’s topic is a deserving one. However, some may wonder what it has to do with career success. After all, winners never quit and quitters never win, right? I despise that old cliché because it’s flat out wrong in the working world. It creates a stubborn, hardheaded sense of commitment—the kind that inspires people to stay in bad jobs for decades.

2017 109

Is It Ever Too Late to Change Your Personal Brand?

Office Dynamics

Designed by Freepik. Personal branding is a topic I’m personally passionate about, and one that’s very relevant in today’s business world—especially for assistants. Your role requires a certain professional presence after all. You need others to respect you and view you as a valuable contributor. Without the power of a positive personal brand, it’s much harder to get things done, influence others, and achieve success. Many people wonder if it’s ever too late to change your personal brand.

2017 154

Take 7: Seven Tips For A Better Organization Of Your Time

Dumb Little Man

While time management apps help us configure and control our schedules, it is still best to exercise time management skills and create a habit out of them. Maximum productivity, after all, is reached when one is able to produce more results in a shorter period of time. To help you kickstart that habit, here’s a rundown of seven of the most effective tricks and tips to establish better time management! Manage your day according to your prime time. Our energy levels differ from one another.

2017 195

Branching out – moving on from being an EA

Practically Perfect PA

Being a personal or executive assistant is a career in itself, with the right drive and ambition you can carve out a highly rewarding working life as an invaluable support resource. But what if you don’t find it enough for you? How do you make the jump from your current role into perhaps a completely different industry? Personal and Executive Assistants have a unique advantage over many other office roles.

2017 163

This $20 Business Investment Took Me from Struggling to Successful

Tips From T. Marie

One of the best investments I ever made for my business was “The Little Gold Book of YES! Attitude” by Jeffery Gitomer. It’s a book I don’t consider a business book, but a life book, yet it has probably made the difference between my success and failure. I bought the book on a whim in. Read more. Business Tips Featured

2017 110

Self-Employment and the Attributes of the Dream Job

Small Business Labs

Gallup's The Dream Job covers the key attributes employees look for in a job. These  These are: the ability to do what they do best. greater work-life balance and better personal well-being. greater stability and job security. a significant increase in income. the opportunity to work for a company with a great brand or reputation. This list nicely illustrates the trade-offs people make when they become self-employed. 

2017 120

Career Success A to Z: O is for Opportunize

Eat Your Career

This article is part of a series. Learn more about it and access links to other articles in the series here. Alright, let’s address the elephant in the room first: opportunize is not, technically, a word. I know that. But I’m going for something here, so stay with me. I could have used the noun “opportunity” for this week’s topic. But I wanted to turn it into a verb, because really, that’s what it should be. Opportunities don’t simply appear out of thin air. They are created.

2017 109

Podcast 049: Organizing is a journey

Clutter Coach

by Subscribe: iTunes ⋅ Stitcher ⋅ Soundcloud ⋅ YouTube ⋅ Google Play. You can leave a review here! In this episode, I’ll talk about how organizing is a way of life. It’s something you do everyday, not something you spend all weekend on and then it’s done for good. Subscribe: iTunes ⋅ Stitcher ⋅ Soundcloud ⋅ YouTube ⋅ Google Play. This podcast is based on my book, 52 Simple Ways to Get Organized, available on my website.

2017 100

7 Mentally Damaging Habits You Need To Let Go

Dumb Little Man

When we were toddlers, we didn’t understand much of this world. Our minds were too young to understand the way things worked. Because of our fragile age, we were often told how to think, behave, and even how to perceive our lives. The media, our environment, and social system taught us how to live our lives so we can fit in. This is dangerous and disempowering. You see, believe it or not, most of us have a lot of bad habits that we continue to practice each day.

2017 192

Technology of the week: iTranslate

Practically Perfect PA

What is iTranslate. iTranslate enables travellers, students, business professionals, employers and medical staff to read, write and speak in 90 languages, anywhere in the world. What does it do? With iTranslate you can translate text or websites, start voice conversations or look up words, meanings and even verb conjugations in over 90 languages. No training needed. Just start speaking and iTranslate recognises your voice, converts your words to text and translates them into another language.

2017 159

Why Going Green is Good for Your Furniture

Eco-Office Gals

Many businesses have adopted recycling programs for office paper, inks and toner, plastics, and aluminum as a matter of course. For companies ready to take conservation efforts to the next level, green furniture is the key to getting there. Green Furniture. Green office furniture, now available for lease or for purchase, is made from recycled materials or materials that can be recycled with little or no harm to our environment.

2017 100

The Multstage Life and Self-Employment in the On-Demand Economy

Small Business Labs

Recent research by future of work expert Lynda Gratton  suggests due to longer life spans the traditional life stages - education, work and retirement - no longer work. Instead, we are going to restructure our lives and careers into a multistage life where we transition between education, traditional employment, semi-retirement and full retirement multiple times. 

2017 120

Career Success A to Z: P is for Paycheck

Eat Your Career

This article is part of a series. Learn more about it and access links to other articles in the series here. When it comes to career success, there’s no denying that money matters. Sure, I’m all about creating career “nourishment” and finding meaningful work that enriches your life. But hey, work is work. We’re here to do a job and in exchange for that, we earn a paycheck.

2017 100

In box zero: yea or nay?

Clutter Coach

by If you’re new to the productivity game, you may not know about Merlin Mann, who invented the game. Well, not exactly. But he did coin “in box zero,” which went viral. His idea was that instead of idly perusing your email in box, you do it with intent. Answer what needs to be answered. File what needs to be filed. Act on what needs to be acted on. And delete the rest. That’s pretty much it.

2017 100

7 Of The Most Haunted Places In The World

Dumb Little Man

Yes, spirits and ghosts do exist. While some may be friendly, others may give you spooky and spine-chilling experiences. If these experiences don’t frighten you, then here are 7 of the most haunted places in the world to feed your wanderlust. Take a trip or stay the night to experience the eerie presence of the ghosts and spirits in these places. Borgvattnet (The Haunted Vicarage), Sweden.

2017 178

Creating Powerful Presentations

Practically Perfect PA

At the Assist Conference a few weeks ago I did a session entitled ‘creating powerful presentations’ I wanted to share the slides and notes with you guys today… Here you go! At some point in an assistant’s career they will be asked to put together a slide deck for their Executive. This could be for a presentation in front of the board, for other members of staff or a pitch to win new clients.

2017 159

Developing Your “Wow” Factor

Office Dynamics

Some assistants have it. Some assistants don’t. What is it, you ask? That intangible, invaluable “wow” factor. Here’s the good news: It’s a learnable trait! Anyone can develop their own unique wow factor. It has nothing to do with your title or pay grade; it’s about who you are as a professional. The wow factor is a term we use in the World Class Assistant™ certificate program to describe the powerful executive presence that the most successful administrative professionals exude.

2017 141

Automation Helping the Self-Employed With Their Taxes - And Making Them More Productive

Small Business Labs

There's been a lot of discussion about automation and technology replacing jobs. But there's been much less discussion about the positive sides of automation and in particular how automation can improve productivity.    A good example are the various tools that help the self-employed do their taxes.    Most any self-employed person will tell you keeping detailed tax records - and especially expense records - is a time consuming, tedious process. 

2017 117

Career Success A to Z: N is for Non-Negotiable

Eat Your Career

This article is part of a series. Learn more about it and access links to other articles in the series here. When it comes to career success—and more importantly, career fulfillment—it’s important to know what you’re looking for. Everyone has a different version of what “success” and “fulfillment” really mean to them. Recommended Download: How Nourishing Is Your Career? Workbook. Note: This is only available for members of the Free Career Resource Library.

Podcast 048: Focus on today

Clutter Coach

by Subscribe: iTunes ⋅ Stitcher ⋅ Soundcloud ⋅ YouTube ⋅ Google Play. You can leave a review here! In this episode, I’ll talk about why you need to avoid a big obstacle: getting stuck in the past. To move forward, you need to focus on today. Subscribe: iTunes ⋅ Stitcher ⋅ Soundcloud ⋅ YouTube ⋅ Google Play. This podcast is based on my book, 52 Simple Ways to Get Organized, available on my website. Each week I go into greater depth about one of the 52 ways.

2017 100

6 Ways To Become More Flexible In Life

Dumb Little Man

Googling the definition of “flexibility” gets you phrases like “the quality of bending easily without breaking” and “willingness to change or compromise” Becoming a more flexible person reflects the same things. Flexibility can help you deal with all kinds of life situations. It can even lead to adventure and learning. If you are wondering how to become more flexible in life, here are some of the most effective tips you can try. Start small. Becoming flexible doesn’t happen overnight.

2017 172

Creating Powerful Presentations

Practically Perfect PA

At the Assist Conference a few weeks ago I did a session entitled ‘creating powerful presentations’ I wanted to share the slides and notes with you guys today… Here you go! At some point in an assistant’s career they will be asked to put together a slide deck for their Executive. This could be for a presentation in front of the board, for other members of staff or a pitch to win new clients.

2017 159

Navigating Change with Courtney Clark – Free Webinar For Administrative Professionals

Office Dynamics

You’ve heard of personality profiles and assessments like Myers-Briggs and DISC. But did you know that there are personality types that relate specifically to change? Probably not. Imagine knowing not just your unique change style, but also the absolute best, research-proven strategies to master change as quickly as possible. Courtney will show us how to navigate change in a healthy way to lead to greater happiness and success.

Airbnb's Economic Empowerment Initiative

Small Business Labs

Airbnb has launched an economic empowerment initiative.    The goal seems to be to show that Airbnb contributes to local economies, creates jobs and provides opportunities for the middle class to supplement their income.

2017 116

Perceptions Matter on the Job

On The Job

Several years ago, I was in a meeting and had just given my report. When I was finished taking questions, I sat back in my seat and crossed my arms while I listened to others in my group provide their own reports. After the meeting, a co-worker I had known for many years stopped me in the hallway. Are you mad at someone?" he asked. "No, No, why?" I said. Because you sat in that meeting with your arms crossed and it just seemed to me you looked mad -- or at least not happy to be there," he said.

2017 126

Podcast 047: Dealing with emotional clutter

Clutter Coach

by Subscribe: iTunes ⋅ Stitcher ⋅ Soundcloud ⋅ YouTube ⋅ Google Play. You can leave a review here! In this episode, I’ll talk about the strong feelings behind your clutter and what you can do about them. < < Subscribe: iTunes ⋅ Stitcher ⋅ Soundcloud ⋅ YouTube ⋅ Google Play. This podcast is based on my book, 52 Simple Ways to Get Organized, available on my website. Each week I go into greater depth about one of the 52 ways.

2017 100

16 Essential Tips for Quitting Smoking

Dumb Little Man

Lung cancer is one of the leading causes of death in the United States. There will be approximately 159,260 deaths from lung cancer in the United States this year alone. Despite smoking being the most common cause of lung cancer, more than 42 million Americans continue to smoke cigarettes. In case you are struggling with ditching the habit, here are some tips for quitting smoking. Find a Substantial Reason to Quit. The best way to motivate yourself is to find a compelling reason to quit.

2017 170

How to solve those hotel booking ‘facepalm’ moments

Practically Perfect PA

Office Managers and PA’s across the world are using Roomex to save time and money on their work-related hotel bookings. This innovative tool comes at no cost and with no contract but saves on average 21% on hotel bookings. In the words of the Office Manager at Keystone Group, “The booking system is flawless and so easy and quick to use. We have saved precious minutes and sometimes even hours by not having to shop around to find best prices.

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