August, 2018

6 things to stop doing in your one to one

Practically Perfect PA

For Assistants, the time they spend with their Executive in a one to one setting is so necessary and enables them to get on with all the tasks that require just that little bit of input from their boss. But, as I’ve heard many many times, there are lots of you out there who do […]. Core Competencies Working with Executives 121 Meetings admin administrators assistants Career CEO EA Executive Assistant meetings Office manager PA Personal Assistant

2018 184

In Sickness and In Health: How to Cope With A Sick Partner

Dumb Little Man

When you get married, you might write your own vows or you might stick with something that’s tried and true. Either way, you are pledging yourself, your love, and your support to another human being through all of life’s tricky circumstances. But what happens when things go awry and life throws your relationship a curve ball? How do you cope and start dealing with chronic illness in marriage? What Does Facing Illness or Injury Do To Your Relationship?

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Study Finds Middle Aged Professionals Moving to the Countryside

Small Business Labs

A study out of the University of Minnesota found that in Minnesota while the younger adults were leaving small, rural towns, people in their thirties, forties and fifties were returning.    The chart below shows the key findings from the study.

2018 148

Some Thoughts On Attention

Simple Productivity Blog

I recently listened to the TED Radio Hour on Attention. And then I listened again, paying much closer attention. What I heard has given me a lot of food for thought. The post Some Thoughts On Attention appeared first on Laura Earnest. Deliberate Living Media Diet Time Management

2018 122

6 Tips to Adopt Eco-friendly Printing Practices at Home or the Office

Eco-Office Gals

Printing is unavoidable in a variety of settings, from personal to academic and professional. But printing can also pose significant environmental costs, from the paper itself to the ink and energy. At a time when the environment is under siege from so many sources, it’s important to look for ways to reduce our ecological footprint. Here are some simple tips to make your daily printing more eco-friendly. Find a Green Ink Supplier.

2018 116

A Conversation with Joan

Office Dynamics

Over the past 20 years, I have attended several conferences ranging in topics from fiction writing to motivational to professional training and even a full weekend trying to become a more educated outdoor woman. Each conference offered a unique learning opportunity, but none of them provided the ideal balance of professional and personal development that last year’s conference did.

2018 158

The ultimate guide to creating a successful Executive and EA partnership

Practically Perfect PA

Over the last few years, I have written a lot about creating a successful Executive and EA partnership. It is the key relationship for Assistants and the one part of the role that you have to get right. Without a successful partnership, the work just becomes that much tougher. So, today I thought I would […].

2018 182

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According to LinkedIn, Most SMBs Use Freelancers

Small Business Labs

A recent survey by LinkedIn found that 70% of U.S. small businesses have hired a freelancer in the past and about 50% currently are using freelancers. LinkedIn also found most SMBs plan to hire more freelancers in the future. Key quote from their article on the study : " more than half (52%) of small business hiring managers say that the number of freelancers and contractors in their company will increase in the next 5 years while 38% say the number will stay the same."

2018 136

Picking Things To Stink At

Simple Productivity Blog

Most of us are not experts at everything. You might know someone who claims to be - and aren't they annoying?) The real deal is that we all have to pick the things we're going to work on being good at. As a consequence, we end up having things to stink at. Today we will look at making sure this is a conscious decision - and how to mitigate the consequences. The post Picking Things To Stink At appeared first on Laura Earnest. Deliberate Living Productivity

2018 116

Podcast 101: Stop acquiring

Clutter Coach

by Subscribe: iTunes ? Stitcher ? Soundcloud ? YouTube ? Google Play. You can leave a review here! This is podcast 101 and it’s called stop acquiring. Last time I talked about completion, that is, including time to put away whatever you just brought home or got in the mail or used for some purpose or that’s out because someone else didn’t put it away. Sure, blame someone else. It stands to reason that the more stuff you have, the more completion you need to do.

2018 109

Adapting to Change

Office Dynamics

There can never be too many discussions about change. It’s constant, it’s inevitable, unexpected at times, but it can be extremely rejuvenating. No matter how many times change occurs in life, expected or not, it can seem as if you are not in control. Unexpected change disrupts a routine, but if we reevaluate the current routine and what opportunities the unexpected change offers then we take control.

2018 156

5 Books for Executive Assistants

Practically Perfect PA

If you have been reading the Practically Perfect PA blog for a while, you will know that I often tell Assistants that they have to read EVERYTHING, which includes emails, reports, the intranet, the internet, business guides, your Executive’s magazines and newspapers. Really anything else that you can get your hands on that will develop […]. Career Development Featured admin administrators assistants Books Business Career EA Executive Assistant PA Personal Assistant

2018 180

35 Small Acts Of Kindness To Spread Happiness And Flex Your Kindness Muscle

Dumb Little Man

You want to be happy. So, you do everything to maximize your happiness. You do the things that make you happy. You set and achieve goals. You make as much money as possible so you can buy your way to happiness. But, what if I told you that one of the best ways to feel happy is to give it away. Here’s what I mean…. Happiness is not a scarce resource. The more you give or share happiness, the more you get it back.

2018 171

How Coworking is Changing Commercial Real Estate

Small Business Labs

Coworking has reached the size and scale where it's starting to have second order impacts on the broader real estate industry.    Farthest along is coworking's impact on office design. As anyone who's recently visited a newly designed corporate office knows, they look a lot like coworking spaces.    And, of course, corporations are increasingly housing employees in coworking spaces.

2018 136

When A Tool Becomes A Black Hole

Simple Productivity Blog

Productivity tools don't have to be complicated. They simply have to work. A solution isn't a solution if it's too complicated, unusable, or a black hole. If it's too hard to use, you won't use it. Today we'll look at rules for good tools, and what to do when a tool becomes a black hole. The post When A Tool Becomes A Black Hole appeared first on Laura Earnest. Productivity Tools

2018 109

Money Saving Deals for Businesses: Get What You Need Without Breaking the Budget

Tips From T. Marie

Doing business can be expensive. From computers to apps, and everything in between, doing business costs money. Often, critical business needs are put on the back burner in order to stay on budget. Luckily there are some great ways to get what you need and save big bucks at the same time. Over the eleven years , I’ve been running my own business , I’ve come across a few ways to save a few dollars for the things I need to run my business.

2018 101

Free Chapters From Joan’s Book: Who Took My Pen…Again?

Office Dynamics

Thank You! It’s not very often that Office Dynamics can celebrate another book release by Joan but when we do, the amount of support shown is truly amazing. Joan’s new book, Joan’s Greatest Administrative Secrets Revealed , is set to be released in Septemeber, 2018. As a thank you, we’d like to give you three free chapters from Joan’s book, Who Took My Pen…Again?

2018 144

How to network at any PA event

Practically Perfect PA

I organise a lot of events, and I also attend a lot of events so I get to see a lot of networking take place and I can tell you straight away, most people find networking scary. That is why people avoid it at all costs, they either don’t go to events at all, or […]. Career Development Featured Networking admin administrators assistants Career EA Events Networking events Office manager PA Personal Assistant social networking VA networking Virtual Assistant

Six Golden Rules for Successful Project Management You Need to Know

Dumb Little Man

Project management is pretty straightforward – you find the requirements, create a realistic plan, assign the right people on the job, set a deadline, and most importantly, get work done. However, when it comes to the real world, project management is never that easy. The situation often gets too complicated and the team gets confused managing multiple tasks at once. As a result, deadlines are missed and the project faces absolute failure. So, what can you do to make a project successful?

2018 168

Gallup Says 36% Of U.S. Workers are in the Gig Economy

Small Business Labs

Last week Gallup released the results of their  Gig Economy and Alternative Work Arrangements  study.    Gallup found that 36% of U.S. workers are gig workers. Key quote from their report: "Gallup estimates that 29% of all workers in the U.S. have an alternative work arrangement as their primary job. This includes a quarter of all full-time workers (24%) and half of all part-time workers (49%).

2018 134

Eco-Friendly Pest Control Tips to Keep Your Office Pest-Free

Eco-Office Gals

There’s nothing worse than having to work in an office with an infestation of ants, roaches or other pests — well, other than walking into an office that reeks of chemical pest control. If your office gets infested, what can you do to get rid of them without chasing your employees or co-workers out of the office? Here are some eco-friendly pest control tips to help you do just that. Put Down the Doughnut.

2018 100

Always Be Aware of ROI

Simple Productivity Blog

Return on investment is not just about manufacturing. If we are going to be at a good productivity level, we have to be aware of our time ROI. The post Always Be Aware of ROI appeared first on Laura Earnest. Time Management

2018 100

Management Isn't That Hard if You Remember These 3 Things

On The Job

Parenthood is one of those jobs that you think doesn't look too difficult until you've done it. Then, you realize that you have 18 years of caring for a child when you're running on no sleep, (usually) bad food and everyone constantly telling you what you're doing wrong. The same thing is true of management. How hard can it be? Just tell other people what to do, collect a nice paycheck and fire people who annoy you.

2018 138

Discretion at work for Assistants

Practically Perfect PA

Look at any job description for Assistants, and you will see the word discretion. It is a crucial skill for Assistants and something that we have to practice on a daily basis. One slip and you are at risk of jeopardising your reputation and all the hard work you have put into building the relationship […]. Confidentiality Core Competencies Featured admin administrators assistants Competencies Discretion Executive Assistant PA Personal Assistant Virtual Assistant

2018 176

How To Find The Time To Workout Every Day

Dumb Little Man

Some people look back on their younger years when they seemed to have all the time in the world to stay fit. As we become adults with families, work, and seemingly endless responsibilities, it can suddenly seem that we’re too busy to work out. I’m here to tell you that not only can you find time to start working out, but you can even find enough time to workout every day.

2018 166

The Rise of Small "Speed Factories"

Small Business Labs

According to the Kellogg Insights article  How “Speed Factories” Help Companies Adapt to Capricious Consumers , speed factories are: a local-market facility designed to quickly pump out products with shorter life cycles and less predictable demand, like apparel sported by Kendall Jenner or LeBron James that suddenly becomes a must-have item. Speed factories tend to be small, highly flexible and able to quickly adjust to changing, local market demand or new customer requirements. 

2018 130

Uplifting Positive Self-Talk

Office Dynamics

When you are feeling “less than best” (and we all do from time to time), it helps to rely upon a technique I call Uplifting Positive Self-Talk. This will increase your confidence and allow you to approach the day with a positive frame of mind. It is fairly simple to do – which is why I’m amazed more people don’t use it! Here’s how Positive Self-Talk works: First, you make a conscious choice to cut off negative thinking when it strikes.

2018 136

Learning to Write by Reading

Daily Writing Tips

You might think avoiding other influences makes you a more original writer. But nobody can write in a vacuum. Even the meanings of words depend on how others have used them. You didn’t invent the English language. Everything you write, you learned from someone else, even if only from your first grade teacher. Only when you’re aware of your influences as a writer can you transcend them, instead of unconsciously copying them.

2018 79

4 Ways to Handle a Passive-Aggressive Colleague

On The Job

There are always different personalities at work, and that's what can make your day strange, fun, interesting -- and maddening. One of those different personalities can be the passive-aggressive colleague. A passive-aggressive personality is defined in the dictionary as "a type of behavior or personality characterized by indirect resistance to the demands of others and an avoidance of direct confrontation, as in procrastinating, pouting or misplacing important materials."

2018 122

How to make your desk space more efficient

Practically Perfect PA

Recently I have been spending a lot of time trying to get my home office into a state of total perfection, where I have everything I need to hand, and the atmosphere is one of calm efficiency. Obviously, this is a dream but one I aim to achieve one day. Anyway, I was thinking about […]. Core Competencies Featured Office Culture admin administrators assistants Desk EA Executive Assistant Office manager Office Space PA Personal Assistant Productivity Virtual Assistant

2018 172

5 Ways To Get Physically Fit Without Spending Too Much Money

Dumb Little Man

According to research by the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES), more than 1 in 3 adults are overweight and 1 in 13 adults have extreme obesity. The findings mentioned above are to be expected in today’s fast-paced environment. More and more people spend long hours at work to maintain their financial resources. Unfortunately, this 9-to-5 lifestyle often affects our food and lifestyle choices.

2018 166

Independent Workers Have Higher Satisfaction Levels than Traditional Job Holders

Small Business Labs

The Conference Board recently released survey results that found "51 percent of U.S. employees feel overall satisfied with their job." " This is quite a bit lower than the level reported by independent workers in the 2018 MBO Partners State of Independence study. It found 72% of independent workers report being satisfied. The two studies asked slightly different satisfaction questions. The Conference Board asked:  “To what extent are you satisfied with your current job?”.

2018 126

Creating A Friendly Work Atmosphere

Office Dynamics

Create a Friendly and Approachable Atmosphere. In our fast-paced world, people are becoming detached and desensitized. We are more transaction-based, unfocused on how our interaction is affecting other people. When you have that style of interaction with others, the world becomes decidedly colder. You must be aware of when that happens and take the steps necessary to turn it around: Your body language and facial expressions provide visual clues, whether you intend them to or not.

2018 128

My Monday morning ritual to stay focused/organized and reduce anxiety 

The Shrink for Entrepreneurs

Entrepreneurs constantly feel like they’re not doing enough. . And when they have a super-productive day, they still feel as though there’s hundreds more tasks and projects remaining. That they’ll never be done. . Then there’s the worry that you’re prioritizing the “right” things! . All of this suggests that to live the entrepreneur life is to live with a constant baseline of productivity anxiety. . It doesn’t have to be this way though.

2018 74

3 Signs You Need to Run From That Job Offer -- Fast

On The Job

One of the nice things about the unemployment rate dipping below 4% is that job candidates are in high demand and are getting much nicer offers (more pay, free Doritos for life, massage chairs), but that doesn't mean all employers are going to make your life better. No matter where you interview -- whether it's with a Fortune 100 company or a start-up -- you need to make sure that you're not being bamboozled. That's an old-fashioned word for someone trying to fool or cheat you.)

2018 116

How to set up an ideal week calendar and why it’s a must have

Practically Perfect PA

Why am I here? How am I going to get through this? Shouldn’t I be doing something else with my time? Will I ever eat again? These are the questions executives ask themselves while sitting in meetings they don’t need to be in. As the meeting progresses, the inner dialogue continues… How did this happen? […].

2018 172

10 Easy Money Hacks to Improve Your Finances

Dumb Little Man

Personal finance doesn’t have to complicated. With the right mindset and commitment towards a better financial life, you can make big improvements effortlessly and quickly. The following are 10 easy money hacks that can take your personal finance management to the next level: Online Shopping. One of the best ways to save money is to shop online as frequently as possible. This is because there is a slew of reliable and useful online portals including Amazon, Walmart, etc.

2018 163