April, 2017

A Guide To Guilt-Free Daydreaming

Dumb Little Man

You probably feel guilty, irresponsible, and unproductive when you catch yourself daydreaming during an important task. In the words of Harvard psychologist Matthew Killingsworth and his colleagues: “ A wandering mind is an unhappy mind.”. On the surface, the source of this guilt and despair seems obvious. Daydreaming implies you are procrastinating — and nobody likes to waste time or be off-task. Yet, if you look more deeply at the reasons for this guilt, the scene becomes much more complex.

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Best tips on working with multiple managers

Practically Perfect PA

Last month I asked everyone on the Practically Perfect PA social media platforms to give me their best tips on working with multiple managers. Here are the results. Enjoy… There are some brilliant tips here! Here are my best tips on working with multiple managers. I look for ways to develop/enhance strong people skills and master my emotions. Building on social awareness and constructive work relationships.

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The Rise of Coworking and the Variable Cost Economy

Small Business Labs

A key reason we started following coworking back in 2007 was it provided a flexible alternative to the traditional long term commercial office lease. Coworking turned a fixed cost (long term lease) into a variable cost (month to month membership).    We've long considered the shift to variable costs to be a key megatrend of the new economy.

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Today’s Administrative Assistant Has Power

Office Dynamics

(Excerpt from Become an Inner Circle Assistant book, Joan Burge). For the first time in history, the administrative professional’s job description hints at the full engagement of cognitive powers.

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Podcast 053: Tidying up is a meditation

Clutter Coach

by Subscribe: iTunes ⋅ Stitcher ⋅ Soundcloud ⋅ YouTube ⋅ Google Play. You can leave a review here! In this episode, I’ll talk about how doing any regular task, such as your daily tidy up, focusing on the movements and releasing thinking, is like doing a meditation. Subscribe: iTunes ⋅ Stitcher ⋅ Soundcloud ⋅ YouTube ⋅ Google Play. This podcast is based on my book, 52 Simple Ways to Get Organized, available on my website.

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Tasty Tidbits: Professional Development News & Views (April 2017)

Eat Your Career

This post is part of a series in which I share some of my recent work related to career advancement and professional development from the past month. Enjoy! From U.S. News & World Report. 3 Ways to Develop Executive Presence Regardless of Your Title. Regardless of title or status in the corporate hierarchy, everyone has the ability to develop “executive presence.” ” When you do, you’ll enhance your professional reputation and improve your chances for advancement.

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55 Bulletproof Productivity Hacks – Do You Know Them All?

Dumb Little Man

What do Mark Zuckerburg, Arianna Huffington, Jerry Seinfeld, and The Terminator have in common? They’ve all been ridiculously successful by hacking their productivity, often in super simple ways. And they’ve all been generous enough to share their methods so that you can benefit, too. Inspired by CEOs, best-selling authors, and even comedians, we’ve collected a gigantic list of advice that can really make a difference. It’s split into 7 sections.

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More Trending

The Well Traveled Dog

Small Business Labs

Thanks to the pet humanization trend , it comes as no surprise a growing number of people are traveling with their pets. The Washington Post's Hotels that offer over-the-top amenities — for your pets  covers this trend. Key quote: According to research conducted by the American Pet Products Association, dogs and road trips go together like, well, Kibbles ’n Bits. In 2006, 19 percent of dog owners took their pooches with them on a road trip.

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10 Apps for Administrative Productivity and Organization

Office Dynamics

Designed by Freepik. This is the second article in a two-part series on productivity apps for admins by Julie Perrine. You can read part 1 here. As an administrative professional, you need to be productive and organized wherever you go. But hauling around your work laptop 24/7 isn’t exactly practical. The solution? Smartphone apps! Here are my 10 app category favorites.

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Filing system technique

Clutter Coach

by Using a pre-made file system can be a great idea, but only if you buy into it completely. Systems in general, filing and other, often have lots of moving parts that need to mesh together so if you leave one out because you don’t really like it, the system will eventually break. For example, if you color code your file folders, you have to continue to do it, and you have to continue to use the same colors. If you run out of yellow, you can’t just start using the orange ones.

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Career Success A to Z: U is for Utilize

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’s article is all about using what you’ve got! If you want to achieve career success, it’s not enough to just show up. You have to fully utilize your talents, skills and abilities to deliver value in the workplace. Unfortunately, a lot of professionals have a hard time with this. They say things like, “I’m capable of so much more…but I’m underutilized.”.

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9 Stats About Small Business Digital Marketing in 2017

Dumb Little Man

In order to help small business digital marketing agencies and SEO professionals effectively forecast this year’s online marketing trends, white label SEO company HubShout conducted a survey which collected data on the digital marketing investments of small- to mid-size agencies. This report details the online marketing data for 2017 and compares it to the data taken from HubShout’s 2016, 2015, and 2014 surveys.

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Career development for Assistants: 5 common problems and how to solve them

Practically Perfect PA

Recently, the OpenMeet team had the pleasure of participating in the annual Practically Perfect PA Assist Conference 2017 , where we ran a few workshops on career development for assistants: 5 common problems and how to solve them. This is the second of three blogs that we are producing based on all the great information and feedback we got from our workshop participants.

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Growing Direct Selling Industry Employs Over 20 Million Americans

Small Business Labs

According to the Direct Selling Association (DSA), about 20.2 million Americans are involved in direct selling the U.S. This is up from 15.8 million in 2010.    Also known as multi-level marketing, retail sales by direct selling companies increased from $28.6 billion to $36.1 billion. This makes direct selling a relatively bright sector of the retail industry. The vast majority of direct sellers - all of whom are independent workers - work part-time.

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Core Administrative Skills Always Need Improving

Office Dynamics

Designed by Freepik. I am pretty sure that as you focus on your career this month because of Administrative Professionals Week, you are looking for some awesome earth-shattering, off-the-charts ideas. We have done our best to provide you with some great blogs during the month of April. Now I am going to surprise you by telling you one of the most awesome administrative skills you can work on is being brilliant at the basics.

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3 Quick and Easy Ways To Keep Your Office Green

Eco-Office Gals

Keeping your office environmentally friendly isn’t just the right thing to do, it can save you money and improve your business’s reputation. If becoming a green office sounds daunting to you, start small with these three quick and easy ways for your office to go green. Have A Thermostat Policy. According to Energy.gov, air conditioners use 6% of the energy consumed in the United States.

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Podcast 052: Give uncluttery gifts

Clutter Coach

by Subscribe: iTunes ⋅ Stitcher ⋅ Soundcloud ⋅ YouTube ⋅ Google Play. You can leave a review here! In this episode, I’ll talk about how to give and receive gifts that don’t just become clutter in your home. Part of that is refocusing on the experience of giving and receiving instead of the object itself. Subscribe: iTunes ⋅ Stitcher ⋅ Soundcloud ⋅ YouTube ⋅ Google Play.

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11 Simple Ways To Make Yourself Happy Again

Dumb Little Man

Every morning feels like the start of another boring day. Each day, you realize how difficult it is to find ways to make yourself happy again. You get ready, go to work, come home and the boring cycle repeats the next day. Oh, and let’s not forget the daily lines of traffic that make commuting feel like a chore. You just want to escape from it all by curling up under a blanket. You’re overwhelmed with the crap that you have to deal with every day, and it’s turning you into a miserable person.

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How to make a bad first impression better

Practically Perfect PA

Last year I wrote a blog about how assistants should always try to make a really great first impression. You never know who you will end up working with, or for, so it is important that you take the time to make that first contact memorable for all the right reasons. Saying that, everyone has their off days and you can’t be ‘on’ 24/7. We’ve all made bad first impressions. But it is important, especially in business, to be able to make a bad first impression better!

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Manufacturing Joining the On-Demand, Collaborative Economy

Small Business Labs

Estimates are that most manufacturing equipment in the U.S. sits idle about 50% of the time. So comes as no surprise several companies are trying to become the "Uber of manufacturing" by creating online marketplaces to connect customers who need parts made with companies who have spare manufacturing capacity.    The Quartz article An Uber model for manufacturing is ready to upend the industry  covers the distributed manufacturing company MakeTime.

7 Must-Do Actions to be Successful in Your Career as an Administrative Assistant

Office Dynamics

So you already have achieved great success in your career and are a pretty savvy assistant. So what’s next for you within your career? Well here are 7 must-do actions of success-minded assistants. See which ones resonate with you; which ones you can do more often and with more consistency. See yourself in a new light, starting today! What are your secret dreams and visions for who you want to be or where you want to be a better person at work? Do you wish you were more confident? More assertive?

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Career Success A to Z: S is for Self-Motivation

Eat Your Career

This article is part of a series. Learn more about it and access links to other articles in the series here. There’s no doubt that motivation is essential for career success. After all, it’s a long and arduous journey. It’s easy to get distracted along the way, to lose sight of the goal and fall into a rut. As a good friend of mine says, “There’s a difference between a rut and a groove.”.

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Start organizing with the easy stuff

Clutter Coach

by You may be having trouble making much progress with getting organized because you’re starting in the wrong place. . I recently talked with a client about his frustration that he wasn’t getting anywhere even though he purged and organized regularly. After some discussion, it came out that he was focusing on the things that were hardest to make decisions about.

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17 Easy Positive Changes You Can Make In Your Life Right Now

Dumb Little Man

There are many positive actions and habits we know we should do, like working out, eating healthily and not spending beyond our means. We know the big things that will make our lives better, but the fact that they’re big tasks means they can feel daunting or overwhelming. And so we easily give up on them. Life isn’t always about big, bold milestones. It’s also about the little things that can bring you a more positive and fulfilling lifestyle.

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Have you missed this month’s content?

Practically Perfect PA

We don’t want you to miss out on the great Practically Perfect PA content… Here is a round up of this month’s posts and newsletters. April’s Blog Posts. 3rd April 2017: How to make a bad first impression better. 6th April 2017: Using networks to get stuff done. 11th April 2017: Day in the life: Donna Lindsay. 13th April 2017: Need a fresh start this Easter? 19th April 2017: Career development for Assistants: 5 common problems and how to solve them.

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Coworking's Expanding Niches

Small Business Labs

From coworking spaces with TV studios or biolabs, to spaces that target lawyers or musicians, there's a wide and growing range of niche coworking spaces. Allwork's 15 Niche Flexible Workspaces You Need To Follow  covers, well, 15 of them.    All the spaces listed are interesting, but a couple jumped out at us: Chicago's Coalition focuses on the energy and cleantech industries.    London's Edspace targets firms and individuals working in education.

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NOT, “Just An Admin!”

Office Dynamics

Designed by Freepik. Have you ever said, or heard an admin say, “I’m just an admin?” I have. And I’ll admit it – I’ve said it too. Then one day I discovered that every admin is valued and the true value of the profession of the administrative assistant! I’d like to share my journey of discovery with you. It began several years ago when I started working for Mr. H as a temp. What started out as a two-week assignment ended up lasting for seven years!

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Career Success A to Z: R is for Relationships

Eat Your Career

This article is part of a series. Learn more about it and access links to other articles in the series here. It’s been said that no man (or woman) is an island. This is especially true in the workplace. Business is about people. Anyone in any position in the workforce has to interact with people at some level. The relationships we build-–or fail to build—can follow us for a lifetime. They can help us grow and achieve great things, or they can hold us back.

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Podcast 051: You get to choose

Clutter Coach

by Subscribe: iTunes ⋅ Stitcher ⋅ Soundcloud ⋅ YouTube ⋅ Google Play. You can leave a review here! In this episode, I’ll talk about how important it is to embrace decision making and take control of it back, if you’ve lost it. It’s always you who’s choosing, so make the good choices. Subscribe: iTunes ⋅ Stitcher ⋅ Soundcloud ⋅ YouTube ⋅ Google Play. This podcast is based on my book, 52 Simple Ways to Get Organized, available on my website.

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How To Stand Up And Defend Your Path To Success

Dumb Little Man

You’ve made the decision to start a new venture. You’re excited, motivated and strongly fueled by your passion. You’re feeling positive about your future and this path you’ve laid out for your success. You shared your new found journey with a loved one, who immediately started pointing out all the reasons why this is risky and why you shouldn’t do it. Suddenly, you started questioning yourself. Before you knew it, you’ve come to a complete stop. How can you stop this from happening?

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The Practically Perfect PA Advisory Panel

Practically Perfect PA

Practically Perfect PA has now been up and running for 5 years. Over that time, I have seen the blog grow and grow and grow! There are now over 11,000 of you signed up to the blog posts and newsletters and we attract over 90,000 visitors each month on the website. That’s a lot of people! I still do the bulk of the work, which I absolutely bloody love, but sometimes a gal needs a little help!

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NPR on Side Gigs

Small Business Labs

One of our favorite radio programs,  NPR's On Point Radio , had an interesting show last week on side hustles (gigs).    The Necessity of the Millennial Side Hustle  described side hustles as: Everybody has to hustle in this economy. For many Millennials, the hustle that matters - that gets the love, that stokes the dreams, that gets the last bills paid - is the “side hustle.”

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The 43 Folders Method (Paper System)

Office Dynamics

I mentioned the 43 folders method in my Core Administrative Skills Always Need Improving post and a lot of you wanted more information on this method. This information is in our Executives and Assistants Working In Partnership: The Definitive Guide to Success. Because we love you and it’s our Blog-A-Thon , I would love to share it with you! This is a popular system advocated by productivity and time management experts around the world.

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4 Steps for Dealing With a Hated New Job

On The Job

When you accepted the job, you were excited about the new opportunities chance to enhance your skills. But three months later, all you can think of, is “ What was I thinking?” You now believe you’ve made a mistake when you accepted a new job. Something doesn’t feel right. Maybe you don’t like the people you work with, maybe you don’t like the duties you have been given, maybe you cannot stand your boss.

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When Do You Need Slow Mode?

Clutter Coach

by Last month I included a blog post by Leo Babauta who writes Zen Habits. This time I’ll write about slow mode; what it is and when you need it. To start with, here’s some wisdom from the International Institute of Not Doing Much. . Put your feet up, and stare idly out of the window. Warning: Do not attempt this while driving. Do one thing at a time. Remember multitasking is a moral weakness (except for women, who have superior brain function). Ponder, take your time.

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12 Stressful Things To Let Go Of If You Want To Live A Calm Life

Dumb Little Man

When you’ve got too much to do and you’re under pressure, it can be quite tempting to just look back and remember how life used to be when things were simpler. With so many things to do and things happening, you just can’t help but wonder how good it would be if you can just forget being stressed. Whilst you can’t be completely free of stress, you can control your relationship with it. Here are twelve things you should let go of if you want to live a calmer life.

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Launching the Practically Perfect PA Virtual Summit

Practically Perfect PA

Today I am very, very excited to be writing this blog post. Today I am launching the Practically Perfect PA Virtual Summit. Hurrah, some of you might be thinking, ‘whhhhaaaattt???’ ’ some of you might be saying, and some of you might be asking ‘what the hell is a virtual summit??’ ’ Well, let me fill you in! But first a little background. For the last three years I have been organising events in London and occasionally other parts of the UK.

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