August, 2019

Sleep Hacking: How to Optimize Your Sleep for Success

Dumb Little Man

We spend a significant portion of our lives sleeping. Recharging, dreaming, and restoring are parts of everyone’s life no matter where you live or who you are. So, why do so many of us struggle with our sleep? And how can we change the way we think about sleep for success? Sleep hacking’ has become a buzzword in the world of startups and entrepreneurship. Essentially, sleep hacking is where you try to streamline your sleeping pattern.

2019 213

Are Outward-Facing Hours Your Key to Work-Life Integration?

Virtual Moxie

I wouldn’t have been able to tell you whether I identify as an integrator or a segmenter, but I immediately saw myself as a segmenter the morning that I read this article by Melody Wilding.

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Freelancers and Financial Well-Being

Small Business Labs

One of the ongoing questions around independent/gig work is its impact on the financial well-being of independent workers (freelancers, gig workers, self-employed, etc.).    To better understand this issue, a series of financial well-being questions were added to the MBO Partners State of Independence study survey this year (Emergent Research works with MBO Partners on this ongoing study). The new questions included a set developed by the U.S. 

2019 174

What Does It Really Mean to Be Proactive at Work?

Eat Your Career

The word proactive is often tossed around in the workplace with little context. If you’re reading this article, it’s safe to assume you’ve heard it. Perhaps you’ve even been instructed to “be more proactive.” But you may be wondering what it really means to be proactive at work. This is the critical question that never seems to get addressed—and it’s why so many professionals struggle with the concept. This question is what drove me to write my book, “The Proactive Professional.”

2019 170

How to build trust with your Executive

Practically Perfect PA

One of the most common challenges I hear from Assistants who want to push their career forward is that their Executive’s do not trust them enough to hand overexciting projects and tasks. This is generally because the Executive struggles to delegate and likes to be in control of all of their work, or they don’t […].

2019 159

A simple template for a farewell speech

Ian's Messy Desk

The post A simple template for a farewell speech appeared first on Ian's Messy Desk. A number of co-workers in our office are transferring to new opportunities in new regions. We had a luncheon today to say goodbye and make some presentations. I was asked to say goodbye to one of the employees who was leaving.

2019 153

What Is Your Success Meter?

Dumb Little Man

What does success mean for you? Here’s an interesting story. In 1983, a young talented guitarist was kicked out of his dream band. He was delirious with joy even just before the manager called him at his office to kick him out. It happened just three days before he was about to record his first album. No reason, no complaints, no fight, just shown the door. For no reason. So, as he sat on the bus from Los Angeles to New York, you know what he did? He cried. What did I do wrong?

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The Rise of Independent Worker Teams: Fiverr's Studios and Upwork's Agency Experience

Small Business Labs

Fiverr this week announced a new service offering called "Studios" This service gives freelancers the ability to easily join forces to sell and tackle larger and more complex client assignments than a freelancer could do on their own.

2019 162

How to Get Ahead at Work Without a College Degree

Eat Your Career

When I was growing up, there was never a question about whether or not I would go to college. The only question was, where ? I was very fortunate to come from a family with the financial means to make this my reality. However, not everyone has that same opportunity—and quite frankly, many don’t have the interest in college (or interest in taking on the debt required for it these days).

2019 155

Eight great business books for strategic Assistants

Practically Perfect PA

The trait that I admire most in exceptional leaders (think Oprah Winfrey and Brene Brown) is the time they dedicate to learning new things. I love that they read, take on new ideas and concepts and never stop growing. This is something that I always try to find time for, and I think it is […]. Career Development Core Competencies Featured admin administrators assistants Competencies EA Executive Assistant Key Skills Office manager PA Personal Assistant Strategy Virtual Assistant

2019 153

4 Tips to Trap Your Inner Pack Rat

Ian's Messy Desk

The post 4 Tips to Trap Your Inner Pack Rat appeared first on Ian's Messy Desk. A while ago, I got a new desk for my office. I figured that making room for new furniture was a good opportunity, to not only clean out my desk, but to go through everything in my office. It seems I am more of a pack rat than I realized. I found documents going back 8+ … Continue reading 4 Tips to Trap Your Inner Pack Rat → You just finished reading 4 Tips to Trap Your Inner Pack Rat !

2019 131

Eating Mindfully: What It Is and What It Can Do To Your Body

Dumb Little Man

Many people like to zone out for the evening after work. Watching the Box and taking it easy is a common practice. But do you regularly add chocolate, ice-cream, and potato chips to the mix? In other words, do you tend to forget eating mindfully and binge eat? The payoff is feeling guilty, bloated and groggy. After a while, self-disgust sets in. If you smile to yourself knowing you don’t behave like that, then consider yourself lucky. What do you eat and snack on in the morning and afternoon?

2019 207

Successful Assistants Combine Left and Right Brain Thinking

Office Dynamics

Several years ago, I came up with Adminology. It was a formula for success for assistants. I still teach Adminology in our World Class Assistant™ certification and designation course because it never changes. Just bear with me as I explain this to you as it will all come together. Assistants should apply the Adminology formula to achieve better outcomes. The formula is: Science + Art = Success. So, what do I mean by that? Well, the left side of the brain is the science side.

2019 175

What Control Means to the Self-Employed

Small Business Labs

Our article yesterday covered a study showing how work autonomy and control resulted in mental health benefits for the self-employed.    As a follow-up, the chart below (click to enlarge) is from the Freshbooks 2019 Self-Employment in America Report. It illustrates how those who are self-employed define control. It comes down to control over the when, where, what and how of their work. The self-employed often have a lot of control over these factors.

2019 149

What to Do When You’re Put on a Formal Performance Improvement Plan

Eat Your Career

No one goes to work with the intention of performing poorly. Yet, it happens. Quite frequently, I hear from people who have been put on a formal Performance Improvement Plan (or PIP) and they’re wondering how to handle it. The process can be overwhelming and emotional. However, if managed well, a PIP can actually lead to some important personal and professional discoveries. As hard as it is to believe, it can actually be a good thing.

2019 136

What does it mean to be a collaborative Assistant?

Practically Perfect PA

Every business and organisation needs its employees to work together, to move projects forward and reach common goals. Collaboration is an essential skill for everyone. However, for Assistants, collaboration is vital. We have to work with other members of staff on projects and reaching common goals. We also have to build a fantastic relationship with […].

2019 152

Is Your Home Business Really a Small Business?

Tips From T. Marie

On September 7 th , 2019 I will have run a home business for 12 years successfully. Over that time, I’ve discovered that although my little one-woman show gets categorized as a small business, that moniker doesn’t always fit or benefit my home office operation. According to Small Business Trends, 69% of US entrepreneurs start their businesses from home , and that number is likely to increase. Working from home, something that was once an oddity, has become the new normal.

2019 115

Top Tips on How to Reduce the Effects of Sitting All Day

Dumb Little Man

Prolonged sitting can have negative effects on the health of your spine. It can put stress on the muscles in the back, shoulders, and neck, too. It can lead to back pain and other kinds of discomfort. And if you are working, this can also have an impact on your work productivity. The good news is that there are things you can do to help lessen the effects of prolonged sitting to your spine. So, how to reduce the effects of sitting all day? Seek Professional Help.

2019 207

What is a Meeting Planner Exactly?

Office Dynamics

A meeting planner by MY definition is the go-to person and should be a key member of the design (or planning) team within an organization — be it corporate, association or otherwise — charged with the responsibility of planning and executing a meeting or special event. Planners utilize their project management. experience, planning skills and attention to detail to help create and deliver events that meet or exceed expectations.

2019 175

The Positive Mental Health Effects of Self-Employment

Small Business Labs

A recent academic study found that self-employed gig workers in the UK score higher across a range of psychological well-being measures than workers in the mainstream economy. The study - The Effects of Self and Temporary Employment on Mental Health: The Role of the Gig Economy in the UK - found that gig workers are about 33 percent more likely to self-report positive traits in terms of mental health than those in traditional jobs. The reason will come as no surprise to regular readers.

2019 149

Positive Career Affirmation #24

Eat Your Career

Today I choose collaboration over competition. To learn more about affirmations and how to leverage them for career success, check out this article. The post Positive Career Affirmation #24 appeared first on Eat Your Career. Positive Career Affirmations career advice collaboration

2019 136

Expanding your role

Practically Perfect PA

You worked for years to attain the top title in your job classification, and it felt great to finally achieve it. So, when review time rolled around, you didn’t think much about it. After all, you’d only held the title for a year. But as you prepared for your annual performance review the following year, […]. Career Development Featured Writers admin administrators assistants Career Executive Assistant Office manager PA Personal Assistant Virtual Assistant

2019 141

What is a Business Creative?

Tips From T. Marie

Over the course of the last two posts, I’ve been talking about three new terms I’ve begun using here on my website and the Tips from T.Marie blog. They also happen to describe the type of businesses I provide services to. Those terms, solopreneur, coaches and business creatives are relatively new terms in the business world, although their use is increasing. My first post focused on solopreneurs and my second on coaches.

2019 112

How to Take A Break: 5 Simple Tips To Your Success

Dumb Little Man

Why are so many working professionals struggle to find the time to work on their own goals while they have no problems working towards the goals of their company’s CEO? You know the answer, don’t you? Or do you? Have you ever truly thought about this question? Better yet, do you currently have goals that are sitting on the shelf but you just can’t seem to get to for some reason?

2019 201

Emotional Intelligence for Administrative Assistants

Office Dynamics

I have grown to love speaking on and teaching assistants about emotional intelligence. This definitely is a skill every assistant needs to know. This is a skill you can use every single day! In our World Class Assistant course, we cover this topic and participants work on real work world case studies. They are scenarios that assistants can relate to. I reference Daniel Goleman for my classes and want to share this with you.

2019 176

Working Remotely the Norm for independent Workers

Small Business Labs

According to data from the 2019 MBO Partners State of Independence study , 83% of full-time independent workers report working remotely at least some of the time, and 31% report working remotely full-time. As the study chart below shows (click to enlarge), this is substantially higher than what traditional full-time job holders report.    That full-time independent workers are more likely to work remotely than full-time traditional job holders is no surprise.

2019 146

Positive Career Affirmation #26

Eat Your Career

I’m not afraid to ask for help when needed. To learn more about affirmations and how to leverage them for career success, check out this article. The post Positive Career Affirmation #26 appeared first on Eat Your Career. Positive Career Affirmations askingforhelp career advice professionalism

2019 131

How to take initiative when working with a micromanager

Practically Perfect PA

Working for someone who is a micromanager is hard work. There is no denying it, and it is especially true for Assistants. We are there to save our Executive’s time and the organisation money. It is hard to do that part of our job if our Executive is involved in everything that we do. Micromanagers […].

2019 140

Become a Lifelong Learner or Risk Your Future

On The Job

Infosys President Ravi Kumar predicts that 75 million jobs "old" jobs will vanish by 2022, replaced by 135 million "new" jobs that will be created because of new technologies. As a result, he has some advice that no employee or job seeker should ignore: become a life-long learner. You have to learn to learn, learn to unlearn, and learn to re-learn. For an individual to imbibe that culture of being on that learning curve for a lifetime is a big switch," Kumar says.

2019 154

Ultimate Success Tips For College Students

Dumb Little Man

Going to college is a fun and exciting time for many people, and it’s usually the first step for complete independence for young adults. However, there is also a great responsibility that comes along with this, and our success tips for college students can help. We’ll outline the best things you can do to start and keep your college career on track. Take Control. For many students; they experience culture shock when they transition from high school to college.

2019 198

Executive Assistants –Developing Your “Wow” Factor

Office Dynamics

Some executive assistants have it. Some executive 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.

2019 175

Small Businesses Worried About Corporate Concentration - and Especially Amazon

Small Business Labs

The Institute for Local Self-Reliance recently released its 2019 Independent Business Survey. The key finding is small independent businesses see large corporations - and especially Amazon - as their main competitive threat.    They also feel government policies have not helped. Key quote from their article on the study : Many public policy decisions in recent years have fueled market concentration and favored their big competitors.

2019 127

Positive Career Affirmation #25

Eat Your Career

What I do (and how I do it) matters. To learn more about affirmations and how to leverage them for career success, check out this article. The post Positive Career Affirmation #25 appeared first on Eat Your Career. Positive Career Affirmations integrity positivity

2019 131

How to work with a boss who wants everything done right now!

Practically Perfect PA

I was recently reading through the comments on one of the fantastic online networks for EAs when I saw an Assistant had posted a question asking if it was okay to take time off following a knee operation, even though her boss had assumed she would be back in the office the next day! As […].

2019 138

30 Day Challenge: Spending Freeze

Simple Productivity Blog

My 30 Day Challenge for the month of September is a spending freeze involving no spending outside of the necessities. I will confess that I have a shopping habit. It's not for clothes or decoration or even anything big, but I still shop for a lot of stuff. There was a time when Amazon was delivering multiple times a week. As I looked around my house, there was too much stuff.

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7 Signs of Low Emotional Intelligence You Need to Watch Out For

Dumb Little Man

Emotional intelligence can make or break a relationship. People with high emotional intelligence have fulfilling and successful relationships with their friends, family, colleagues, and soulmates. On the other hand, those with low emotional intelligence struggle to maintain a friendly equation with people around them. Discovering the EQ or emotional intelligence of your partner may tell you all you need to know about them, including if a relationship with them is worth your time and energy.

2019 197

Set Healthy Boundaries at Work

Office Dynamics

An important component to self-management versus stress-management is to set healthy boundaries in the workplace. In this article what kind of boundaries and with whom. As administrative assistants and executive assistants, you can often feel like setting boundaries might get you fired or your leader will think you are not a team player. Some people think when I’m talking about setting boundaries, it has to do with sexual harassment in the workplace.

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