July, 2017

8 Easy Make-Ahead Dinners for Working Dads

Dumb Little Man

Finding a suitable work-life balance is tough for working dads. According to the 2017 Modern Families Index , half of fathers find it a growing source of stress. And when you’re walking the tight-rope between extra hours at work and quality time at home, it’s easier to order delivery than to make a healthy meal in the evening. This, however, doesn’t mean that you have to slave over the stove each night to feed your family well. You just have to find a few easy meals for dads to make.

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Career Success and the Power of Perception

Eat Your Career

In the business world, it can be tempting to believe we’re all operating in the same objective reality. After all, we deal in things like facts and data. We forget sometimes that reality is actually quite subjective; it’s shaped by the observer. Different people can interpret the same facts and data in entirely different ways. In doing so, they can—in essence—create their own version of reality and shift the course of their future.

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How can you be more accountable at work?

Practically Perfect PA

This week I have been working on the programme for the Future Assistant conference taking place next February. The conference will look at how the industry is changing, how the role is evolving and what skills are required to keep up with these new demands.

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Small Business Labs - Untitled Article

Small Business Labs

Amazon’s Treasure Truck program is expanding across the U.S. Amazon started testing the Treasure Truck last summer. It cruised around Seattle, stopping for people to pop in and buy a limited number of sale items. It also let people who bought something online arrange to pick up the item from the truck.    The company hasn't t yet announced which cities will be included in the Treasure Truck’s nationwide launch, but it is expected to initially include about a dozen locations.

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Business Spotlight: How Cox Enterprises Successfully Promotes Sustainable Employee Behavior

Eco-Office Gals

At Cox Enterprises , conservation is more than a corporate priority. It’s a mindset we encourage every employee to adopt and apply to their lives. We’re constantly looking for ways to enable, inspire and reward positive change – whether in the office, during weekend volunteer projects or when employees are home with their families. This year, we’re celebrating the 10th anniversary of our Cox Conserves sustainability program, and much of our success comes from our employees’ ideas and engagement.

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Downsize and Organize Your Digital Clutter

Office Dynamics

Physical clutter can damage your health. In a study done by the University of California Los Angeles, women who described their houses as cluttered, disorganized, disordered, or haphazard had daily patterns of the stress hormone cortisol that are normally associated with post-traumatic stress disorder, chronic fatigue, and early mortality. These women were also more likely to feel depressed.

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6 Hobbies For Couples That Can Strengthen Your Relationship

Dumb Little Man

Feeling bored doesn’t have to mean you don’t love your partner anymore. It’s probably just the right time to find something new and interesting to do together. Taking up a new hobby is one great way to start. It will give you something new to talk about. It can give you and your partner a fresh perspective, too. If you are curious to know, take a look at these six hobbies for couples that you can try out today. They might just bring you and your partner closer together. Cooking.

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Day in the life from Cressida Ford, PA at Cardiff University

Practically Perfect PA

This month we have a day in the life from Cressida Ford, PA at Cardiff University. Cressida recently spoke at the Assist Conference. She was full of useful tips and very charismatic on stage. This brilliant day in the life gives you guys a little insight into her warm personality and a fantastic outlook on life and the role of a PA. . What are the main aspects of your role?

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Healthcare Industry Embracing the Gig Economy

Small Business Labs

71%  of healthcare executives surveyed said they are already using on-demand labor platforms, and the same percent believe that building a strong contingent workforce will help them win the war on talent. This data comes from Accenture's Digital Health Vision 2017.

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Podcast 065: The junk drawer

Clutter Coach

by Subscribe: iTunes ⋅ Stitcher ⋅ Soundcloud ⋅ YouTube ⋅ Google Play. You can leave a review here! I know you have one. Everyone has a junk drawer. It’s okay to confess because, drum roll please, it’s perfectly okay to have one! 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.

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Frugal Ways to Improve Remote Team’s Productivity

Productivity Bits

Many organizations tend to neglect team collaboration in remote workers, and that is a concern. Those kinds of team members never see each other face to face, and sometimes even work in different time zones, which obviously means that it’s that much harder to stay in sync. With each year, the number of telecommuting workers rises drastically. Now, there are times when distance between teams is something that can’t be avoided.

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5 Tips For Smashing Your Weight Loss Goals

Dumb Little Man

Let’s be honest. We all wish we are a few pounds lighter on the scales. Well, I did. I’m getting married in July of this year. And last December 5th, 2016, I got the biggest kick up my sagging, wobbly behind has ever had. That day, I stepped on my bathroom scale and found out that I gained over 20 lbs. I looked and felt awful. I realized that I simply could not get married in July looking or feeling like that! I guess, sometimes, everyone needs a kick!

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The 4 Questions That Could Make You Invaluable

On The Job

Recently the New York Times staff protested cuts to the copy editor staff, saying in a letter to management that they believed such a move would damage the quality of the product. One senior reporter described the copy editors as " the immune system of this newspaper, the group that protects the institution from profoundly embarrassing errors, not to mention potentially actionable ones.” This is so true.

2017 136

Feeling like a fraud at work

Practically Perfect PA

A few years ago I was working as a PA within a large team of highly qualified, talented and very very confident project management consultants. I was asked by one of my colleagues to come along to a meeting to discuss how the organisation could communicate more successfully with staff. I wasn’t there to take notes or represent my Executive, I was there to offer my own thoughts and opinions, and I totally freaked out.

2017 168

The Taylor Review: The British Government Looks at the Gig Economy

Small Business Labs

Last October the British government asked Matthew Taylor , the CEO of the Royal Society for the Arts (RSA) , to lead a study on the future of work with a focus on self-employment and the gig economy. The study - Good Work: The Taylor Review of Modern Working Practices - was released last week.    No one seems very happy with the study findings and recommendations. Both labour and industry groups in the UK are criticizing the report. 

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Podcast 064: Time travel

Clutter Coach

by Subscribe: iTunes ⋅ Stitcher ⋅ Soundcloud ⋅ YouTube ⋅ Google Play. You can leave a review here! If you’ve been listening to this podcast or reading the book, you know I love tricks. I love to think up sneaky ways to get people to do things they don’t want to do, although they want to HAVE DONE them. You know that feeling. So, here’s your trick for the week. Subscribe: iTunes ⋅ Stitcher ⋅ Soundcloud ⋅ YouTube ⋅ Google Play.

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Build Structure out of Chaos (Part 4 of 4 Part Series)

Office Dynamics

To end my 4 part series, I wanted to share my quick list of tips with you. In case you missed the rest of the series, you can read part 1 here , part 2 here and part 3 here. Remember that doing several little things throughout your day can also improve your productivity. You can pick and choose which ones you would like to try. Best of luck. Standardize processes. Focus on tasks of high value. Clarify objectives. Learn to think on paper. Anticipate upcoming work events or projects.

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Seven Mindfulness Steps To Build Self-Esteem

Dumb Little Man

It’s no secret that a lot of what we think and do are the products of our habits. These habits are often carried out unconsciously and they lead to our emotions and beliefs. These emotions and beliefs then lead to certain actions. These actions can reinforce our beliefs or have consequences that start the cycle all over again. What exactly is mindfulness? Mindfulness has been defined in many ways.

5 Signs You're Ignoring That Show Your Job is in Jeopardy

On The Job

You can't exactly put your finger on it, but somehow your job has started sucking the life force out of you. Every day you feel a little more depressed , a little more like maybe you should just call in sick and sit home and binge watch "Friends." Still, the thought of looking for another job is even more depressing. There's the business of writing the resume. You know you'll face rejections. You'll have to go on interviews, and that means you're going to have to iron something to wear.

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Project Manage like a pro

Practically Perfect PA

Project management is a key skill for PAs these days. So many organisations are recognising that PAs are natural project managers – we are organised, we structure our work in a way that lends itself well to project work and actually we’ve been managing projects for most of our working life! But as usual, most of us are not sent on project management training! So here you will find some great blogs, books, tools and general tips on how to Project Manage like a pro.

Many Working in the On-Demand Economy Are Business Builders

Small Business Labs

The online platforms like Upwork, Uber, Lyft and WorkMarket are not just used to provide hourly or project work. For many, they function as platforms on which people can construct, test, build, and run small businesses. Others use them to generate income while working on building an unrelated small business. These are among the key findings of the Intuit On-Demand Workforce study.

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Email for your to do’s?

Clutter Coach

by Should you use your email as a to do list? There are pros and cons, as there are to most other organizing issues. . The cons: .

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Build Structure out of Chaos (Part 4 of 4 Part Series)

Office Dynamics

To end my 4 part series, I wanted to share my quick list of tips with you. In case you missed the rest of the series, you can read part 1 here , part 2 here and part 3 here. Remember that doing several little things throughout your day can also improve your productivity. You can pick and choose which ones you would like to try. Best of luck. . Standardize processes. Focus on tasks of high value. Clarify objectives. Learn to think on paper. Anticipate upcoming work events or projects.

2017 109

5 Key Insights For A Happy Life From Marcus Aurelius’ Meditations

Dumb Little Man

Marcus Aurelius was a truly remarkable man. The former ruler of Rome, considered the last of the Five Good Emperors, was also a devout student of the philosophy of Stoicism. During his rule, Aurelius found the time to construct a series of autobiographical writings, now known as the Meditations. In these writings, the Roman Emperor offered a number of key insights on how to live a happy life. So, without further ado, here are 5 of the most important insights from the writings of Marcus Aurelius.

2017 171

Survey: Unhappy Workers = Unhappy Customers

On The Job

Companies like Zappos often are seen as the standard bearers of the top-notch customer experience , but some companies trying to emulate them may find they fall short because they are missing a key component: an equally top-notch worker experience. The issue of worker satisfaction being tied to customer satisfaction is drawing enough attention that earlier this year Appirio commissioned Forrester Consulting to evaluate “the maturing of worker experience across industries.”

2017 109

Ground rules for team meetings

Practically Perfect PA

A really fundamental task for assistants is organising your department team meetings. If your organisation is anything like the businesses I used to work for I bet you organise A LOT of team meetings. I know that most of you are aware that some meetings are not the best use of time, but did you know something like $37 billion a year is lost to unnecessary team meetings?! That’s crazy right?

2017 159

Indoor Farming Startups Raising Plenty of Money

Small Business Labs

The indoor farming startup Plenty recently raised $200 million in venture funding. The round was led by Softbank's Vision fund and also included investments by tech billionaires Jeff Bezos and Eric Schmidt. The advantages of indoor farming are clear. By taking plants out of their outdoor environments and moving them inside to a controlled environment you can eliminate the problems associated with drought, pests, weeds and extreme weather.

2017 133

Podcast 063: The big declutter, part 2

Clutter Coach

by Subscribe: iTunes ⋅ Stitcher ⋅ Soundcloud ⋅ YouTube ⋅ Google Play. You can leave a review here! What’s next with that big decluttering project? I’ll talk about ways to develop criteria and make decisions so you can make your vision a reality. 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 the Best Hotels Win Repeat Bookings

The Small Business Blog

Follow these golden rules to build a reputation as a caring bed and breakfast, boutique hotel or national chain, to win repeat bookings. Convincing guests to stay at your hotel for a second or third time is up to eight times cheaper than winning a brand new customer. Here’s how to do it…. Offer the best nights’ sleep.

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Five Career Killers Every Professional Should Be Aware Of

Dumb Little Man

Hard work is, without a doubt, an indispensable factor in the ladder of success. Without it, there is not much that can be accomplished. Working hard with sincerity and integrity is sure to take an individual’s career a long way. Unfortunately, there are instances where hard-working individuals can lose their fight and succumb to the various obstacles along the way.

2017 170

Why Your Workers Think You're a Bad Boss

On The Job

I don't think anyone sets out to be a bad boss. Most managers I meet are really decent people. They work hard, try to help the people who work for them and really want to make a difference for their company and their team. But somewhere along the way, bad bosses happen. Maybe they feel they have to be "tough" to get results and so bully their workers. Or, too many team members take advantage of them, and they become defensive and vow never to give anyone a break.

2017 109

Who is attending the Virtual Summit?

Practically Perfect PA

I thought today would be a good time to give you all a quick update on where we are with the Virtual Summit. Being the first event of its kind for Personal Assistants there is a lot, lot, lot of planning going on! So, who is attending the Virtual Summit? Well, hundreds of you have already signed up to the Summit, which is really exciting! We have assistants, literally from all over the world, booked onto the event. Just this morning we had our first booking from China. Ni hao!

2017 158

Direct Selling Industry Employs More People Than the Online Gig Economy Platforms

Small Business Labs

According to the Direct Selling Association (DSA), 20.5 million Americans were involved in direct selling in 2016. Of those, 5.3 million are what the DSA calls "business builders" These are people actively managing and selling products to a customer base (think Avon, Mary Kay, etc.). While the other 15.2 million may do some selling, they are mostly involved to get the product discounts that come with signing up as a seller. 

2017 133

What To Do About Procrastination

Productivityist

This guest post is by Camilla Kragius. Camilla is the founder of No More Hamster Wheel. She loves to teach people how to work smarter instead of harder and how to excel in life. You can connect with her on Facebook. We all procrastinate. It’s unavoidable. But did you know that beating yourself up over your procrastination is the antithesis of productivity? It will only slow you down. When we beat ourselves up for procrastinating, we dive into negative self-talk.

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Video for Cause Marketing – Event Marketing – SECOR 1st annual Parker 1K Marathon

Andrea Kalli

Video for Cause Marketing – Event Marketing – SECOR 1st annual Parker 1K Marathon – “6 Blocks for SECOR” I was approached by SECOR to do a promo video for their 1st annual marathon in Parker Colorado coming up next month. The cause is to raise awareness and money for families in need locally in Douglas County. Check it out at www.sixblocksforsecor.org. In particular, I was excited to finally be able to use the Human Typeface at the end.

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Seven Tips For Buying Cheap Appliances for New Homeowners

Dumb Little Man

Home ownership is on the upswing for new couples and an important consideration that comes with house ownership is appliances. Without the right ideas, purchasing appliances can easily burn holes in any couple’s wallet. According to financial expert Howard Clark, just upgrading old appliances will cost an average of $1,033. Fortunately, there are some valuable steps a new couple can take so they can get reliable but cheap appliances to meet their needs- without breaking the bank.

2017 170

This is What You Have to Do to Be Invaluable

On The Job

We often over-estimate our worth at work. Just look at the number of people who lose their jobs because of layoffs or downsizings or mergers, and you'll find a lot of them thought there was no way they would be let go. Maybe Slacker Suzy or Psycho Phil would be let go, but not them. Then they find themselves out of work. One of the keys to avoiding such a fate is to make sure that you're valuable to the boss and the company -- and never letting them forget it.

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