April, 2013

Why Motivation is Overrated

Dumb Little Man

Motivation is a problem. Not due to a lack of, but when people search for it in order to act. In the world of both health and business I have seen people not exercising because they felt they had no motivation and individuals not doing the work required because they didn''t feel like it, resulting in hours of status updating and viral video hilarity. According to the word of Etymology (origin and meaning of words) ''motivate'' means ''to stimulate towards action''.

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Amazing career paths for PAs

Practically Perfect PA

So I have some big news to share with everyone today… are you ready? Okay, well… I’ve just quit my job!

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3 Tips for Successfully Managing Your Day-to-Day Workload

Office Organization Success

If you don’t already know, I am a big fan of spreadsheets! They have so many more uses than just calculating figures. They are also a great tool to help you manage your time effectively. As a busy soloprofessional you are not only working for your clients, but you have to work ON your business too. Effective time management is crucial for developing and growing your business, as well as income generating activities. Below are my top 3 tips for effective time management using spreadsheets.

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How to Win Friends and Influence People Summarized

Ian's Messy Desk

How to Win Friends and Influence People (Photo credit: Wikipedia) How to Win Friends and Influence People is the grand-daddy of all people-skills books. First published in 1937, it was an overnight hit, eventually selling 15 million copies. The book still carries a lot of weight. BNET includes on its list of 10 Underrated Business Books and it is one of the books on The Personal MBA Recommended Reading List.

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Would You Rather be Good or Great?

Virtual Moxie

Last weekend, Dominic and I went to see Oz the Great and Powerful. We both really enjoyed it, although I thought the monkeys were over-the-top scary! At one point in the movie, Glinda and Oz share a moment that went like this: Glinda : “I knew you had it in you all along.” Oz : “What…greatness?" Glinda : "No, something better than that. Goodness.". It was, I admit, the best moment in the movie for me.

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Profiling Mature (Aged 67+) Independent Workers

Small Business Labs

Older workers - those over the age of 65 - don't get much attention from researchers or the media. The reason is pretty straight forward. Historically the vast majority of older people were not in the workforce.    But that's changing. Over the last decade the workforce participation rate for Americans 65+ has consistently risen even as the overall workforce participation rate has fallen to levels not seen in several decades.

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How to Increase Your Creativity in 9 Easy Steps

Dumb Little Man

Who among us hasn’t dreamed of discovering the next big thing or designing a breath taking product or at least solving a personal situation creatively and brilliantly. The problem is, most of us just dream about it. The truth is that you CAN turn that dream into reality. Unfortunately, there is a common myth that you are either born creative or doomed to a mediocre existence.

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Quiz: Are You Ethically Challenged?

Eat Your Career

For some, ethics are black and white. For others, there are all kinds of grey areas. Perhaps you live by a strict moral code. Or maybe you just go on gut instinct. However you define your ethical standards, it’s important to perform your job with integrity. This means basing your decisions and actions on a consistent framework of values and principles. Do you have a commitment to integrity? Do you act with high ethical standards in the workplace? What guides you in your decision-making process?

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Where Do Your Hours Go?

Simple Productivity Blog

Mondays are productivity days at SimpleProductivity blog. Have you ever gotten to the end of a day with nothing accomplished and have no idea where the time went? Or sat down for a minute at the computer just to look up hours later? Or decided to check something on your phone, only to lose an hour? I can say “guilty” to all three. Time Management. There are many theories out there on time management, including one that says you can’t manage time, only your own behavior.

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4 Key Tips for Preparing a Speech

Ian's Messy Desk

If you want your speech to be lively and appealing, these are four key steps you need to apply as you prepare your speech. If you write a speech before delivering, use these four tips as a part of editing your first draft. If you prefer to speak from an outline, practice your talk keeping these principles in mind. Use Short Words. People find short words easier to understand than long words; especially when spoken. Short words can carry more force in a statement.

2013 177

The Emerging Gender Gap Favoring Women

Small Business Labs

Wayward Sons: The Emerging Gender Gap in Labor Markets and Education is a fascinating study by noted MIT economist economist David Autor and MIT PhD student Melanie Wasserman.    They suggest that an emerging economic gender gap favoring women is developing. This gap is being driven by the underperformance of boys and men in school. Key quote fron the study: " the stagnation of male educational attainment bodes ill for the well-being of recent cohorts or U.S.

2013 177

How to Get Off Your Butt and Start Running This Spring

Dumb Little Man

This year, for the first time in my life I decided to run a marathon. It’s a big deal for me. I''ve never tried long distance running in the past, so I am very excited about it. Yet, in this article I won’t be addressing how to prepare for something as exhausting as a marathon. I won’t even talk about the benefits of running. Instead, in this article I''m going to share several tips that made it relatively easy to make those first few crucial runs. Let''s get started.

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Will new technology eradicate the need for assistants?

Practically Perfect PA

I’ve just been reading this fantastic article by Richard Branson on LinkedIn where he discusses how much he values his assistant. I’ve always admired him but to see him praise the assistants he has employed over his career has really raised my estimations! If only all our managers could be so complimentary and aware of how useful we can be. There has been so much talk over the last few months about technology replacing the need for assistants.

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Turn Up the Heat on Your Professional Passion

Eat Your Career

As many of you know, I talk a lot about professional passion. I believe it IS possible to love your job and really feel a fire in your belly when you think about the contribution you’re making at work everyday. I’m always careful to note though that work passion is very different from passion passion…you know, the kind that gets you all hot and bothered…? Professional passion is NOT the same as romantic passion. However, as odd as it sounds, the two actually do have a lot in common.

2013 174

Smart Phones: Master or Servant?

Simple Productivity Blog

Mondays are productivity days at SimpleProductivity blog. I was sitting at dinner with my family while on vacation and watched as a family of six next to us spent their entire dinner in unnerving silence. They were all glued to their smart phones, only looking up from the tiny screens when their waitress would come by and ask a question. I could be extra generous and assume they were all texting each other. Somehow I doubt this, though. Why Get A Smart Phone?

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7 Ways to Make Waiting Time More Productive

Ian's Messy Desk

As much as you would like to avoid it, there’s no getting away from having to wait. You wait on hold on the telephone, wait for meetings and appointments, wait for hockey practice to end, a spouse to finish work, and wait and wait and wait. Waiting can eat up a fair portion of your time. Good time management puts waiting time to use.

2013 173

Word of Mouth is How Freelancers Find Jobs

Small Business Labs

It's not surprising that independent workers (freelancers, temps, self-employed, etc.) rely on word of mouth/referrals for getting business. What is a bit surprising is just how important word of mouth is compared to other methods. Survey data from the MBO State of Independence study shows that 67% of independent worker respondents listed word of mouth as the most important source for getting assignments. Via agencies and brokers came in 2nd with 17% and former employers came in 3rd with 9%.

2013 171

One Small Chance, 1000 Huge Possibilities

Dumb Little Man

“Life is inherently risky. There is only one big risk you should avoid at all costs, and that is the risk of doing nothing.” Denis Waitley You know, if you went back in time and told me four months ago I’d be where I am today, I would have smiled and shaken my head in disbelief. Looking back, there was something I always wanted to do. I wanted to start something where I can write life advice and help others with my words. Why not?

2013 219

Interview Questions and Answers for PAs, EAs and Administrators Part 3

Practically Perfect PA

I’ve written two blog posts on interview questions specific to PAs, EAs and admin assistants and they have both proved to be very popular so I thought I’d add another ten questions that I have been asked at various interviews over the years and my answers for them. Why should we employ you rather than one of the other candidates? Use this question to really sell yourself.

How to Leave Work at Work

Eat Your Career

It’s easy to take work home with you…heck, with today’s technology, it basically follows you everywhere you go! In my most recent segment on Fox 31 Denver’s Good Day Colorado , I tackle this problem head on and provide simple strategies for disconnecting from work so you can focus all your mental attention on home when you’re there. Take a peek at the video below and let me know what you think! Share this on del.icio.us. Digg this! Share this on Facebook.

2013 169

Language to Use if Your Fee is Questioned

Virtual Moxie

Ramona wrote to pick my brain : Anastacia, my fee is $55/hour, and I’ve been a VA for four years, after having been an EA for 20. I’m a really good Virtual Assistant. For the first time, though, I ran into a person who, hearing about my fees, said, “Why is your fee so high? There’s a mom down the street from me who does Virtual Assistant work and only charges $18.”. I didn’t have a ready answer, and I thought I’d ask if you do.

2013 167

The Importance of Good Office Design In Creating a Productive Working Environment

Eco-Office Gals

An inspiring office space is crucial to motivating and engaging staff; by combining a good office design with environmental considerations, you can improve productivity, profitability and reduce your carbon footprint. Office design involves integrating various elements of furnishings, including partitioning, furniture, flooring, artwork and lighting to create an overall effect.

The End of Work - Or the Beginning of an Independent Economy?

Small Business Labs

Well known tech journalist and analyst Tom Foremski's Futurists. and the 'End of Work'  looks at the employment disruption being caused by digital technologies. He argues that technology is destroying more jobs that it's creating, leading to a potential future where there simply isn't enough work to go around.  Key quote from the article: We face a future that will be defined by the end of work - it can become a golden age or one of horrific consequences.

2013 164

How to Tell You Can't Cut Your Budget Any Further

Dumb Little Man

I''m a regular reader of about a dozen personal finance blogs like the popular GetRichSlowly.com. Not only have blogs like this increased my understanding of money, but they''ve helped me drastically reduce my credit card debt over the past two years and inspired me to stay on the right track from a personal finance perspective. Without question, raising awareness on where you''re spending money is one of the easiest and fastest ways to begin the arduous climb out of debt.

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How do you stop your personal life affecting your work

Practically Perfect PA

This is a question I have faced many times during my career. Your personal life can affect your work in so many ways, it could be anything from a few late nights that make you feel tired in the office to have real stress at home that really does impact your performance. How do you stop what is happening at home from interfering with your office persona?

2013 190

Review: Sonic PDF Creator (iOS)

Simple Productivity Blog

Wednesdays are simplicity days at SimpleProductivity blog. The makers of Sonic PDF Creator for iOS contacted me and asked me to do a review of their product. Since I had been struggling with getting attachments in email in native Microsoft Office format and the difficulty of reading them on the go, I was intrigued by a program for my phone that would allow me to create these attachments into PDFs on the fly. In theory, the software works easily.

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Mad Productivity: Driving the Work so that it Doesn't Drive me Crazy

Virtual Moxie

I don''t know what''s been up this last week, but people have come out of the woodwork to ask me how I get so much done without working crazy hours, and so I thought this would be a great time to revisit my productivity post from about this time two years ago (you can read it here ), and share any updates to it. By-and-large, what I did then, I do now. I use a few more tools (see below), but I''ll add these to the list: 1. I have strong standards around my work--when, where, and with whom.

2013 167

Go Green at the Restaurant

Eco-Office Gals

As a local restaurant owner, you’ve got a lot on your plate (pun intended). From open until close, you have to play chef, matradee, custodian and customer psychologist all at the same time. It’s a taxing job, but rewarding nonetheless. Of course, with all the hustle and bustle that comes with restaurant ownership, it’s easy to glance over your establishment’s environmental footprint. You’ve got mouths to feed; everything else comes secondary.

Hotels Providing Office Space

Small Business Labs

CNN's Hotels vie to become the offices of the future looks at the growing trend of hotels offering office and meeting spaces as well as coworking-like lobbies.   The key quote comes from Mark Gilbreath, CEO of workspace marketplace LiquidSpace : "Hotels implicitly are in the business of space; they are extraordinarily efficient at providing space on demand. The next logical step is to broaden the brand as a place to work, not just a place to sleep."

2013 161

Focus – The Recipe for Success

Dumb Little Man

Take the example of any person who has achieved success in his or her chosen field and you''ll find that they share certain traits. You''ll find strong motivation , clear goals, the will to overcome all odds and hard work. But there is one quality that distinguishes them from the rest. And it is their ability to concentrate all of their attention on the goals they have set.

2013 219

What to do when there is nothing to do

Practically Perfect PA

Thank you everyone for your kind messages over the last week. It is really nice to know that I have such amazing readers and just emphasises how supportive assistants are of each other… I always knew we had each other’s backs! Some of you have asked if I will continue the blog and I can confirm that I certainly am and actually will be able to spend a bit more time on my writing as my new employer is very happy for me to spend at least a day a week on it.

2013 183

Simplicity Reminders, Or Why I Love Rowdy Kittens

Simple Productivity Blog

Wednesdays are simplicity days at SimpleProductivity blog. There is a site I read frequently called Rowdy Kittens. It’s a blog about living in a tiny house, and the various effects of simplicity and a slower life. I love this blog, and I strive to emulate things I see there. It’s not that I want to give up everything and live in a 128 square foot house (yes, her house is that small!). It’s not that I want to cook on an alchol-powered stove and have no refrigerator.

2013 158

Moxie Tip 349: Keep Moving

Virtual Moxie

Our dilemma is that we hate change, but we love it at the same time. What we want is for things to remain the same, but get better. Sydney J. Harris. It’s impossible to move in the direction of what you want while staying with what you don’t want. You can’t steal second base while keeping a foot on first. Moxie Tips

2013 162

Going Green Pays

Eco-Office Gals

A lot of people want to be eco-friendly , but they’re either not sure where to begin, they think it’s too much work, or they think it will cost too much money. With the huge advancements we’ve made in energy saving programs within the last few years, these concerns are no longer valid for most families across the nation. There is a ton of ways that families can now become more energy efficient while not spending a lot of money and in many cases, even saving quite a bit of money.

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Flexibility is Why Companies Hire Contingent Workers

Small Business Labs

Staffing firm Allegis and the Human Capital Institute teamed up on a study on how corporate procurement and HR departments view the growing contingent workforce.   It's a broad based study looking at a number of issues related to the contingent workforce. But I most liked the chart below, which shows the reasons companies use contingent talent. As is clear from the data, flexibility is one of the key reasons firms use contingent workers.

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13 Things Happy People Do Differently

Dumb Little Man

People aren’t simply happy or sad, we’re both. Sometimes at the same time. Happy and sad are momentary experiences, just as hunger, melancholy, joy, grief or clarity are things you experience in a specific moment. These things define a moment, not a person, so while happiness isn’t something you possess as you do with a shoe size or eye colour, it is something that you can cultivate more of.

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Interview Questions and Answers for PAs, EAs and Admins Part 4

Practically Perfect PA

Following on from Monday’s blog here are another five interview question and answers specifically for assistants. How do you work within a team? A lot of assistants work with just their manager so it is important to stress that you consider this to be a partnership and in effect you are working together as a team. If the new role requires you to work in a department supporting a number of people the answers should detail the excellent skills you have that will help the team succeed.