January, 2016

5 Reasons We all Deserve Forgiveness

Dumb Little Man

Forgiveness is often misunderstood. We tend to think that forgiveness can only be given to others when they hurt us or cause us pain. You say, “It’s okay. I forgive you” and then it’s over. Chapter closed. In reality, though, forgiveness is a much more complex concept. First of all, granting forgiveness is not just a matter of mere words. Truly forgiving someone happens within. It doesn’t mean you forget what happened, but rather accept it and choose to move forward.

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40 MS Word Hacks for Assistants

Practically Perfect PA

Follow the popularity of my blog post on Excel Hacks I thought I would write a follow up – 40 Word Hacks! I bloody love MS Word which is handy as I use it all the time as do most assistants. These tips will save you loads of time and might just impress your most geekiest of colleagues! To search for auto recovered documents on the File menu, click Open , and then click Recent Documents. Scroll to the end of all recent documents, and then click Recover Unsaved Documents.

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Top 5 Strategies to Get Your Office Schedule Back on Track!

Office Organization Success

Getting back into the swings of things after a break is always challenging! Whether it’s time taken off during the summer, a break during the Holiday season, or simply a week’s vacation, the first few days back at your desk are usually spent playing catch-up. For me, one of the first things I do is review my stats to see what’s been happening while I’ve been away. I always find just reviewing what’s gone on gets me back into the flow again.

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A Very Simple Promise

Virtual Moxie

This is for Jane, Marie, and all the other women like them who think the way to success is to work whenever possible, and when not possible, to fill the time with motion. Just stop. There is nothing that can't wait till tomorrow--or even next week. And take it from me, rest helps you do more than pushing through ever will. ♥. . . Business Expectations Self-Care

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The Rise of the Independent Professional Working for Businesses

Small Business Labs

Getting lost in the various debates around the "gig economy" is the size and growth of the segment of independent workers who provide professional services to businesses.    As the chart below from the HBR's Your Company Needs Independent Workers shows, the number of U.S. independent workers serving businesses has grown from 4.5 million in 2011 to 6.4 million in 2015.    This is about 3 times as fast as overall employment growth during this period.

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7 Things to Look For in a Professional Organizer

Clutter Coach

by Working with an organizer can be immensely helpful to get you to your organizing goals faster , just as hiring a personal trainer keeps you on track with getting in shape. It can be a little intimidating to think of hiring a stranger to come inside your home, so I wrote this list of things to consider. Trust is vital. You’ll be sharing with your organizer parts of your life that you’re embarrassed about or even ashamed of.

2016 116

10 Life Changing Tips for Successful And Happy Life

Dumb Little Man

Success which can’t be defined in normal terms. It is a subjective notion. Every individual has his/her own success term from their perspective of life. Though we generalize the term “success” for many material things. Being a good, faithful and loving wife/husband, Owning a good financial position, a dream job or well settled and happy life are some of the examples of success. Things go sometimes wrong, as they are meant to be.

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Article Marketing: Repurpose Your ONE Article in 3 Easy Steps!

Office Organization Success

You’ve written a fabulous article … you publish it in your newsletter … and that’s it! It just sits there, never to see the light of day again. Too often this is what business owners do. They don’t realize that they can take that ONE article and really leverage it to: get more subscribers and clients; position themselves as an expert in their niche; and. build their content library.

2016 126

Another Productivity List for 2016. Woot!

Virtual Moxie

At AssistU , we curate content into a weekly brief that’s delivered to our folks each Monday morning. Yesterday, we shared some of our best “2016” lists. You’ve seen them—the 25 best business books for 2016, the 19 top iPhone apps for 2016, 465 things to get rid of in 2016—those sorts of lists. Shortly after we delivered the brief, one of the VAs forwarded it to me and asked why she’d never seen such a list come from me for VAs.

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Three Books That Explain The Economy (and Jobs)

Small Business Labs

We were asked the other day what books we thought best explain how the economy and jobs have changed over the past couple of decades. We came up with these 3: 1.    Supercapitalism by Robert Reich. The former labor secretary provides a historical view of how over the past few decades Americans as consumers and investors have gained power, while as citizens and employees we have lost power. It was released in 2007 and in our opinion nails how the economy has changed since the 1950s.

2016 120

Let It Go or Risk Freezing Your Business to Death

Tips From T. Marie

I started this blog post as a follow up to a prior post on second chances. Funny how some posts end up having a life of their own somehow. As I sat down to share a recent personal experience in my business, it dawned on me that it was pretty certain that I wasn’t the only small business owner who deals with it. Deals with what? Hanging on to things that are no longer working for us or our businesses. Click To Tweet.

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4 Simple Productivity Hacks to Always Wake Up Productive

Dumb Little Man

Your time is precious. In fact, it’s your most valuable asset. Yet, you probably don’t make the most of it. For example, the average American uses 3 hours on social media every day [[link] Even if you’re not using quite as many hours on social media alone, you’re probably wasting quite a few hours on things like mobile games, entertaining websites, social media, and TV or Netflix. While it might be fun to do all those things, you probably have things in your life that matter more.

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Staying in the loop

Practically Perfect PA

The say goes that information is King. For assistants information is everything! Keeping up to date with all the goings on within your organisation is incredibly important for a number of reasons. Firstly, it means that you can update your Executive on the high level stuff which means they don’t have to attend every meeting or read every bulletin.

2016 147

[Free Telesummit] How to be Your Own Boss Anywhere in the World

Office Organization Success

This story may be familiar to many of you; in fact it may even be your story… Eric and Liz are mid-life dreamers who have had successful careers and now want deeper personal enhancement and fulfillment. They had reached a stage in their lives where they didn’t want to continue having to work the weekends for the rest of their lives, or for three weeks of vacation a year.

2016 109

Well, Hello, New Year--You Look Marvelous!

Virtual Moxie

Ok, I have to ask—where in the name of Pete did the past three months GO? My mother used to say that time flies so much faster as you get older, but I don't think I really felt it in a deep way till this fall. It really seems like my sabbatical just began.except it's January, and it's over. I had such a good time.

2016 122

Do 45 Million Americans Work in the On-Demand Economy?

Small Business Labs

Last week in our article Confusion Reigns Over the Number of People Working in the Online Gig Economy  we reported that a recent study developed jointly by Burson-Marsteller, The Aspen Institute’s Future of Work Initiative and TIME found that 45 million Americans have worked in the on-demand economy. We suggested the reason why their numbers are so much larger than other sources – our work, for example found about 3.2

2016 116

How to Be More Productive When You're Crazy Busy

On The Job

If you’re not able to self-regulate – to shift gears when necessary – then you may find yourself burned out and unproductive. A new book looks at how to find the right gear at the right time in order to thrive. Next time you don’t want to be interrupted while working , try posting a “5” on your office door or cubicle.

2016 144

5 effective ways to reduce your stress levels

Dumb Little Man

The 21st century has led to our lives being exposed to the constant stress. It is attributed to the different issues that we deal with on a daily basis. It includes the health issues, the financial freedom, issues in relationships, a bossy boss, and so forth. We are all aware of the effects of stress in our lives. It can lead to a lack of concentration at work, relationship issues with your partner, and at times suicidal thoughts. It can also lead to depression.

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How to deal with conflicting priorities

Practically Perfect PA

Although the role of an assistant can be incredibly varied, there are certain aspects that all of us will face at some point in our career. We all have similar experiences in the workplace… Yes, I do know where the photocopier is… No, I can’t fix the paper ja m… And then there are the competencies that we all need to get the job done. Today we will be looking at how we deal with conflicting priorities.

2016 138

Let’s Work on Your 2016 Plan Together

Office Organization Success

I know many of you are just getting back into the flow of work again this week and are probably thinking about the upcoming year … what you’re going to be doing, what you’ll be offering etc.? If you’re a bit like the deer in the headlights and are not quite sure what you’ll be doing this year, let me offer you a solution to get everything all mapped out… Business Planning Success: Create Your 90-Day P.R.O.F.I.T. Plans to Make More Money.

2016 109

Use Willpower to Reclaim Your Mojo!

Virtual Moxie

Last week’s post on productivity brought a question from Silvana, who said: “I’m a new VA and I just experienced losing my only client. I now have nothing to be productive for, and I know that’s mostly me feeling sorry for myself, but still, my mojo is gone. I am having a hard time even going into my office now, and I don’t know what to do about that.

2016 116

It's a Mobile World

Small Business Labs

No matter how much we cover mobile computing, it seems in many ways we continue to underestimate its impact. This is why it shows up yet again on our 2016 small business trends list. As the Business Insider Intelligence chart below shows, there are about 4.5 times more mobile Internet subscribers globally than there are people who access the Internet via a fixed subscription (for example, a cable modem like the one I'm using right now).

2016 116

Focus on One Thing: The Foundations of Productivity

Simple Productivity Blog

Productivity requires a solid foundation if the methods are going to be successful. Just like every building must have a solid foundation if it is going to remain standing, productivity must also have a solid foundation unless you want it to crumble underneath you. We are in a ten-article series on the foundations of productivity. Today we will look at another fundamental rule: focus on one thing. Focus on One Thing: Monofocus.

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3 Strategies To Use If You Find Yourself Putting Things Off Until Later

Dumb Little Man

Did you ever feel like you had a lot of work to do, but you just couldn’t muster up the energy to do anything? Or, maybe there’s something that you’ve always wanted to do, but you found yourself putting it off until “later” Instead of figuring out how to get things done right away, it’s easier to just put your work aside and surf the net. As a result, we often find ourselves scrambling madly at the last minute to finish something we should have started earlier.

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How to deal with conflicting priorities

Practically Perfect PA

Although the role of an assistant can be incredibly varied, there are certain aspects that all of us will face at some point in our career. We all have similar experiences in the workplace… Yes, I do know where the photocopier is… No, I can’t fix the paper ja m… And then there are the competencies that we all need to get the job done. Today we will be looking at how we deal with conflicting priorities.

2016 136

Decluttering in Depth

Clutter Coach

by Okay, so maybe it is time to declutter than closet. This basic technique works for desktops, drawers, cupboards and any other spots where you keep a lot of stuff together. It’s not for attics or out of the way storage spots where you’re allowed to keep things that are rarely used and off-season clothes. This is for high traffic spots. The idea is that you have to take all the stuff out of where it is now in order to properly sort it.

2016 100

Does Your Office Design Affect Your Productivity?

Productivity Bits

If you’re reexamining your current office space, you’ve probably got some ideas about how you want things to flow. You might have what you believe to be the perfect design plan all laid out, but in reality, you could be sacrificing functionality for looks. A lot of things you take for granted have a larger impact than you may expect, and that impact may be contrary to your intentions. Consider your lighting Offices love fluorescent track lighting.

2016 100

Confusion Reigns Over the Number of People Working in the Online Gig Economy

Small Business Labs

Burson-Marsteller, The Aspen Institute and Time Magazine  released survey results last week on the sharing/gig/on-demand economy.    Time's Exclusive: See How Big the Gig Economy Really Is  covers the study results, which indicate the gig economy is quite big. Key quote: 44% of U.S. adults have participated in such transactions, playing the roles of lenders and borrowers, drivers and riders, hosts and guests.

2016 109

Curb Your Appetite For Projects: The Foundations of Productivity

Simple Productivity Blog

Productivity requires a solid foundation if the methods are going to be successful. Just like every building must have a solid foundation if it is going to remain standing, productivity must also have a solid foundation unless you want it to crumble underneath you. We are in a ten-article series on the foundations of productivity. Today we will look at another fundamental rule: curb your appetite for projects. Eyes Too Big For The Stomach.

2016 100

6 Destructive Thoughts That Restrain Your Potential

Dumb Little Man

Our mental makeup can be attributed to the way we’ve been brought up, or our environment and the people we met while growing up or even the people we interact with as adults, somehow have the power to influence our thoughts – if we let them. Someone once said, don’t believe your own thoughts – there is a lot of truth in that.

2016 125

Technology of the week: Ginger Software

Practically Perfect PA

What is Ginger Software? Ginger Software is an award-winning productivity-focused company that helps you write faster and better, thanks to grammar checker , punctuation , and spell checker tools which automatically detect and correct misused words and grammar mistakes. . What does it do? Ginger can be downloaded to Android/Apple products/Windows and Chrome. It is a writing tool that makes sure your spelling and grammar are accurate at all times.

2016 122

How to Make New Year's Resolutions

Clutter Coach

by This year, don’t let your New Year’s resolutions be just another list of to do’s that you never get to and feel guilty about. Here are some tips on how to make some resolutions that you can actually keep. Don’t pick too many. Challenging yourself is a great idea, but be kind to yourself too. Keep in mind that a resolutions typically involve major changes in lifestyle and habits, and those don’t occur overnight.

2016 100

Virtual Moxie - Untitled Article

Virtual Moxie

Last week, I had the best time being interviewed by M. Shannon Hernandez for her Courageous Living show and thought that some of what we discussed may be applicable to your life and work. I did realize afterwards that we didn't talk about how corageous it is to start your own business, or what courage it takes to keep going for years, but I'm going to ask Shannon if I can come back to do that! I'm considering doing a regular Blab show for VAs, dealing with every topic under the sun.

2016 100

Vanity Fair Covers the Contingent Worker Supplement to the Current Population Survey

Small Business Labs

Vanity Fair's The Obama Administration Is Finally Getting Serious About the On-Demand Economy covers the plan by the Department of Labor and the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) to run the contingent worker supplement as part of the May 2017 current population survey.    In the forecasting world, we call this a signal. Up until recently, I doubt any mainstream publication had ever written a story about the contingent worker supplement.

2016 100

Use Tools Appropriately: The Foundations of Productivity

Simple Productivity Blog

There is a tool for everything. Take a look around any home improvement store, and you will see exactly what I mean. But even with this variety of tools, it is still tempting to use a tool inappropriately. It is important to the success of the project for you to use tools appropriately. Productivity requires a solid foundation if the methods are going to be successful.

2016 100

3 Tips for Getting the Most Important Things Done Every Day

Dumb Little Man

For the past couple of years I have been paying careful attention to why there were some times where I was able to get a lot done during a certain day and why there were some days where I felt totally overwhelmed and couldn’t get anything done. I remember a time where I was sitting on my bed talking to myself saying, “Wow all these years of school yet still no ability to be productive”. Why do some college graduates from top American schools fail to get to work and just getting things done?

2016 124

Time to start thinking about your summer party

Practically Perfect PA

So many of you will be reading this blog sitting in your office with the heating on and a small layer of snow on the ground outside. You are probably thinking it is January, why oh why is Practically Perfect PA teasing me with thoughts of summer parties? Well it is not my way of torturing you… honestly! Although summer may not just be found the corner people are starting to think about their events schedule for the year and well the office summer party is a pretty big deal.

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