June, 2010

What a top-level Assistant does…

ProAssisting Blog

The Wall Street Journal has a great article up today, titled “She Bosses the CEO”, about what it's like to be an executive assistant to a top-level executive. Their by-line states: “An Assistant knows her boss like few others

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11 Inspiring Life Lessons from Bruce Lee - by Dumb Little Man

Dumb Little Man

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Dropping The Unimportant: 5 Things You Should Stop Doing

Productivity Bits

Copyright © 2011 Marlon Ribunal. Visit the original article at [link]. Post written by Marlon Ribunal. Follow me on t witte r. Don’t sweat the small stuff – this idiom has a lot to tell about productivity. You don’t only need to stop worrying about unimportant issues; you should also drop the unimportant things as well.

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Personal Organizer

Ian's Messy Desk

5 Advantages of a To-Do List. One of the fundamental personal-organizer tools is the list of things you need to get done daily. It consolidates all your tasks in one place. From there you can prioritize them and tackle the important

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Requiring clients to step up and be responsible

Virtual Moxie

One of the things I do on Twitter is share tips for having strong standards—moxie-filled standards, if you will. If we're not connected there, please say hi! Last week, I shared this: Clients need to be able to run their own businesses

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The Structural Shift to a Contingent Workforce

Small Business Labs

One of the most important trends of the last few decades is the growing use of contingent workers. This is a structural shift towards employer use of contractors, freelancers, part-timers, etc. instead of hiring full-time

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Hosting Your Own Teleclass? 6 Dos and Don’ts for a Successful Outcome

Office Organization Success

Hosting teleclasses is one of my absolute favorite list building strategies. Apart from being easy to do, it’s a great way to interact with my audience and get to know them, and also let them get to know me. But as with anything new there’s always a learning curve involved. Over the years I’ve developed my own style for hosting teleclasses and found some shortcuts that allow me to present my content so that everything flows smoothly.

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Simplifying Children's Summer Reading

Simple Productivity Blog

Although my daughter is too young to have assigned summer reading, she participates in the summer reading programs at her school and the local library. Managing her reading means helping her find books, reminding her to read

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Ten Commandments of Getting Along with People

Ian's Messy Desk

In some regards, Ann Landers was like a blogger. Her daily column dispensed advice and answers to questions, for decades. The 10 Commandments of Getting Along with People has been attributed to Ann Landers

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How to get it all done in a solo Virtual Assistance practice

Virtual Moxie

Last week, I said I was going to write about what you might want to consider before working in a multi-VA firm. In thinking about it, and in light of all the great comments that were posted as a result of that post, I don't know that I

2010 169

Do We Need More Than the Name Virtual Assistant?

Tips From T. Marie

I have a Google Alert set up for the term Virtual Assistant, and today’s alert brought me a link to an ABC News story on, you guessed it, Virtual Assistants. I was excited at the possibility of a major news network shedding some light on our industry. That was, until the video began. First, it was obvious that the tasks that the piece was focusing on were “Personal Assistant” tasks, not what I consider ‘Virtual Assistant’ services.

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5 Ways To Combat Stress At Work

Productivity Bits

Copyright © 2011 Marlon Ribunal. Visit the original article at [link]. Post written by Marlon Ribunal. Follow me on t witte r. S tress is a silent killer. It is anti-productivity. A survey says that 40% of American workers report that their job are very or extremely stressful. Stress is a factor that we need to manage. There is no job that is stress-proof. It is a fact that, as office-workers, we go through some stressful situations in the many aspects of our office life.

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Working Hard Is not Enough. Here's 18 Ways to Work Smart - by Dumb.

Dumb Little Man

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Applying the 80/20 Rule to Housecleaning

Simple Productivity Blog

I've talked about the 80/20 principle before (see Please do not shoot the pianist. He is doing his best.). Formally known as the Pareto principle, it says that 80% of the results will come from 20% of your effort

2010 152

How to exorcise your demons of disorganization

Ian's Messy Desk

Time is money, the adage goes, and lots of money gets lost in being disorganization. Disorganization is so prevalent in the workplace that the Professional Organizers in Canada estimates a typical office worker wastes 150 hours a year

2010 154

My thoughts on the multi-VA model

Virtual Moxie

Over the past couple of weeks, on more than one occasion, I've had someone say to me some version of this: I know you don't like/agree with the multi-VA firm model. I honestly don't know where anyone got that idea

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Silicon Prairie

Small Business Labs

Silicon Prairie News covers the midwestern technology scene, with a special focus on Omaha and Des Moines. I mentioned it the other day to a Silicon Valley friend of my mine, and he responded "must be the smallest news site in the world

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Overlapping Calendars In Microsoft Outlook? Really?

Professional Assistant Blog

Do you have trouble trying to book several managers' meetings, yet you have access to their calendars in Microsoft Outlook 2007? Do you wish that you could somehow overlap the calendars so that you could see the availabilities for

13 Sure Fire Ways to Raise Your Consciousness - by Dumb Little Man

Dumb Little Man

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Simplifying Charging: The iGo Way

Simple Productivity Blog

We have a lot of electronic devices. And they all seem to run out of juice frequently. While I keep chargers at both home and office desks for my iPod and my phone. But on the go, it would be nice not to lug around chargers

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Set Healthy Boundaries at Work

Ian's Messy Desk

Many employees aspire to become a leader at some point in their career. The chance to direct a team and co-ordinate projects can be very challenging, yet rewarding. The people leader role can also be stressful

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Would belonging to a clan serve you?

Virtual Moxie

Rat-pack. Perhaps the most beloved clan (they even called themselves that!) in modern times was The Rat Pack. For those not old enough to remember, the group most often thought of included the great Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin

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What's Causing the Decline in Small Business Lending?

Small Business Labs

Small business lending is a big issue. Many have noted the decline in lending during the recession and a number of policy efforts to stimulate lending to small businesses have been suggested or implemented

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Could Being Conscientious Make Unemployment Worse?

On The Job

In my family, if you weren't working, it had better be because you were dead or at least unconscious in a ditch somewhere. That's why when I started contemplating what it would be like to go without work for more than a year

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Thinking Small without Guilt: Setting Your Minimum Goal Standards.

Dumb Little Man

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My Favorite Firefox Extensions for Simplicity

Simple Productivity Blog

I like things simple and easy to use. I love Firefox because it comes with basic functionality, and I can add things in to make it better. Here are the extensions I use to make Firefox (and the internet) easier

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It’s time to leave the house…

Office Organization Success

and go on the More Life Tour! For the first time ever in my nine years of being an online business owner I’ve got myself out of the house and attended not one, but two live events this year - and both within the space of a couple of months of each other. What was so fabulous about taking the time and effort to attend these two events was that I got to meet my clients and many colleagues whom I’ve known online for years.

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Improve Communication

Ian's Messy Desk

with 7 Tips for Effective Email. There is something about e-mail that fosters poor communication habits. Users see it as a form of instant communication and therefore, doesn't require the same care and attention that a letter might

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Wisconsin, Illinois Companies Feeling the Recovery

Small Business Labs

The QPS Employment Group is a staffing and recruiting firm operating in Wisconsin and Illinois. They recently surveyed 400 local companies in these two states. The found 72% of the companies they surveyed are feeling the economic

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Feeling Overwhelmed by the Mess on Your Desk? Fear Not!

Professional Assistant Blog

Do you have a large pile of papers on your desk? Is your desk disorganized and full of clutter? Do you feel that your mail tray's inbox keeps getting fed with more and more paper? Don't worry, you're not alone. You wouldn't believe how many people come to me with this problem on a regular basis. You should also see some of my co-workers' desks. It looks like a whirlwind spun through and left.

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Why You're Hooked on Email – And Five Ways to Stop - by Dumb.

Dumb Little Man

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Hacks: Easy And Fast iPod Stands

Simple Productivity Blog

The Problem. I love being able to listen to my iPod and work. And since I usually have the thing on random, I want to be able to see at a glance what is playing. The problem is that the iPod Touch doesn't have a build in stand

2010 135

Staying Focus Is The Key To Productivity

Productivity Bits

Copyright © 2011 Marlon Ribunal. Visit the original article at [link]. Post written by Marlon Ribunal. Follow me on t witte r. The whole world knows by now that the Los Angeles Lakers are crowned as the National Basketball Association (NBA) Champions for the 2009-2010 season. The game seven win for the Lakers is not only monumental for the history that was tied with their rival Boston Celtics but also for the dramatic manner by which they clinched the championship crown.

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Five Ways to Seriously Get Things Done

Clutter Coach

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Frugal Innovation and Homemade Nuclear Fusion

Small Business Labs

One of the most powerful trends impacting business (and society) is the shift towards lightweight technologies. Smaller, cheaper, easier to use - yet advanced and powerful - lightweight technologies are enabling what economist Tappan

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Effective Communication Skills

Ian's Messy Desk

Improve your listening skills by eliminating these bad habits. One of my favourite Far Side cartoons has two grizzled sailors sitting at the bar; one has a peg leg, the other a peg head. The fellow with the peg leg says to the other

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Newsflash: There Is No Magic Bullet - by Dumb Little Man

Dumb Little Man

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