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40 Excel hacks for assistants

Practically Perfect PA

If I had to make a list of all of my favourite office technology and software Microsoft Excel would most certainly be missing from the top ten (urm… it probably wouldn’t make the top 100). I do hold a grudge against Excel I must say. Mostly because of all the time spent on Excel doing expenses for Executive’s that had that habit of chucking months and month’s of receipts at me with no idea where they came from or what they were for.

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Increase Your Productivity With These 9 Morning Habits

Dumb Little Man

The things you do in the morning, truly set the tone for the rest of your day. If your mornings are disjointed, rushed, and fraught with crises, chances are the remainder of your day will unfold the same way. Similarly, if you move slowly and sluggishly through your morning routine, you’re probably going to operate in slow motion as the day continues.

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After 14 Years in Business I Did This

Office Organization Success

Last month I celebrated 14 years in business. Wow — that’s quite an achievement! And to celebrate I became an LLC! It was something I’d been thinking about doing for the past few years but never really got round it. And finally, I made an appointment with my attorney and let her handle it all. The driving force behind going this route is simply for legal reasons; I wanted to protect my personal assets and have a very clear division between business and personal.

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How Wastewater Recycling is Changing to Save the Environment!

Eco-Office Gals

Clean water is crucial for human survival and health. For thousands of years, many civilizations have risen and fallen on the ability to secure sources of water and use them to their advantage. To this day, there are parts of the world that have low water security and have to rely on water that may be contaminated with pathogens, chemicals or both. There are two major ways to produce water that is fit for human consumption.

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How to Stay Organised as a Personal Assistant

Practically Perfect PA

Modern personal assistants have come a long way from secretaries working in typing pools. These days, a personal assistant is more likely to be involved in making key decisions, even managing budgets. Personal assistants now work with chief executives and, in some cases, perform roles on their behalf. The increased job spec of personal assistants can be traced back to the economic downturn of the 2000’s, which caused many employers to reduce staff numbers.

2015 153

10 Behaviors That are Hurting Your Wifes

Dumb Little Man

Marriage is hard, relationships are hard, and we all do bonehead things that cause problems once in awhile. Occasional lapses in sanity are forgivable, we are only human, but it’s the habits we create that will set off the divorce grenade. I have compiled a list of ten habits or personality quirks that can have a very negative impact on your wife and relationship. As a married woman who has been on the receiving end of a few of these myself, I can attest to the hurt that they cause.

2015 159

Real Estate Developers See Airbnb Opportunities

Small Business Labs

We get an weekly email from John Burns , a real estate consulting firm. What caught our eye was their discussion of Airbnb. Key quote: We recently conducted an apartment feasibility study for a proposed new building where the developer was considering including some units devoted to Airbnb users. Even at conservative assumptions on rental rates and occupancies, the Airbnb apartments were likely to generate more revenue per unit than the standard leased units.

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10 reasons to attend Assist 2016

Practically Perfect PA

Over the last few months I have been busy behind the scenes working on the programme for Assist 2016. It is coming together beautifully so I thought now would be a good time to share 10 reasons why I think you lovely lot should attend. It is on Friday 26th February in London. We have packed the day full of brilliant content, speakers and lots and lots of practical sessions designed for you to take back to the office with you. Places are still available for only £300+VAT.

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Some ways to find inspiration in life

Dumb Little Man

Everyone needs a drive and motivation to move on in life. Without the presence of the key drivers that help you to stay focused on your aims and objectives for the future, you cannot really work and find success in achieving those aims. When you are in the quest to manage your objectives in life, you will obviously come across many challenges, various ups and downs and also failures.

2015 159

Top 5 Reasons Companies are Increasing Their Use of Contingent Talent

Small Business Labs

The HBR's The Big Factors That Attract the Best Freelancers  provides an excellent overview of why companies are hiring more freelancers and what organizations need to do to attract top flight contingent talent. The article is based on studies by the authors and taken from their soon to be released book Agile Talent  (I've already pre-orderd my copy). A question we often get is why are companies increasing their use of contingent talent.

2015 100

Password Hints

Clutter Coach

by I have 170 passwords in my Palm. Some are written in directly, the ones I use for sites where I don’t care about security, like reading the New York Times online. Others I use so often I have them in my head. But there too are many secure passwords for me to remember and those are listed with hints only. Mine your past to create easy-to-remember passwords with letters and numbers.

2015 100

The T-Minus List: A Powerful Tool

Simple Productivity Blog

The whole point of having a checklist is so that you don’t have to remember to do things over and over. You do the thinking once, it is captured, and it is there whenever you need it again. One of the most powerful applications of this way of thinking is the T-Minus list. The T-Minus list gives you the ability to plan out what you need to do before an event, capturing it so you don’t have to think about it again. Definition Of A T-Minus List.

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3 Reasons Why You Are Not Rich Yet

Dumb Little Man

Most people dream of a life of luxury, I certainly do – the First class flights, the mansions in two countries, the sports car in a warm climate, the entrepreneurial friends that all make millions and all the perks that come with that. Lots of people want it but… Most people think that this is a dream that is out of their reach and so they do nothing to make it happen. They settle into a life they do not like but which they feel they must have.

2015 159

On-Demand Economy Work Primarily Part-Time

Small Business Labs

Data Sheds New Light on the On-Demand Economy , from Intuit's Alex Chriss, summarizes recent research from Intuit and Emergent Research on the motivations, attitudes and activities of on-demand economy (ODE) workers.    The research is based on a survey of independent workers that work with 11 different on-demand economy and online talent marketplace companies (see this Intuit press release for the companies and more details). 

2015 100

The Low Information Diet

Clutter Coach

by I’ve been reading Timothy Ferriss’s blog, specifically his entries about the " low information diet." " This is a powerful concept. It refers to not reading the newspaper, spending. less time on email and the web and generally limiting the information that. comes into your life. Here’s a great example of why you don’t need to follow.

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New job, new culture, new language

Laughing all the Way to Work

Starting a new job is more than just changing where you work. You have to learn a whole new way of doing things, from how to log onto the computer to filling out a purchase order form. There is a new work culture to adapt to and a new language of acronyms to try and sort out. Even though they can seem like small things, at the beginning you are trying to do your best to impress and can feel a bit helpless when the phone rings and you realize you don't know how to answer it.

2015 122

Innovative Ways of Using the Cloud

Dumb Little Man

With everyone buzzing around with some new app or gadget that uses “the cloud” to store data of this sort and that, there’s a distinct level of mystification, especially for non-techy folks, regarding how the cloud works. The reality is actually much simpler than it sounds. To be fair and square, it’s just a bunch of fast computers with large data drives connected to the Internet 24/7. Sure, we could throw in a lot of fancy technology terms to wow you, but the bottom line is just that simple.

2015 157

How to Manage an Unlikable Employee

On The Job

A previous post focused on how to make yourself more likable at work, but what about when you manage such a person-- and he or she has no inclination to become more likable? This is a common headache for managers, who often deal with it by ignoring it. This avoidance of the issue leads the "unlikable" employee to become even more obnoxious or more withdrawn. The workplace atmosphere becomes more unpleasant, and pretty soon people are dusting off their resumes and looking for a new job.

2015 116

‘Tis the Season to Advance Your Career

Office Dynamics

Can you feel the excitement of the holiday season? Did you know the holidays can be the perfect time to advance your career? Between gift giving and office parties, there are plenty of opportunities to get people to remember who you are and where your career interest lie. Here are a few potential opportunities to advance your career. Office party: More than three-quarters of companies will hold holiday parties this year.

2015 100

Preposition Review #1: Chance of vs. Chance for

Daily Writing Tips

The noun chance comes from Latin cadentia : falling. Chance is how events “fall out.”. The word chance has several meanings in English. This post is concerned with chance followed by the prepositions of and for : chance noun : opportunity. chance noun : possibility or probability. When the meaning of chance is opportunity, the preposition that follows is for : Cheers to a new year and another chance for us to get it right.—Oprah Oprah Winfrey . Last Chance for Public’s Input on 42nd St.

2015 61

Steps to Being More Satisfied in Your Life

Dumb Little Man

Happiness is different for everyone and so is the satisfaction. One individual might not be satisfied with having a lot of money at his disposal, on the other hand another individual can be ten times happier and satisfied by even earning the quarter of the money. For every individual, happiness and satisfaction comes from a different perspective altogether, happiness in its literal sense is everything that makes you content and satisfied when you talk about it.

2015 157

Is Your Success Killing Your Creativity?

On The Job

Innovative companies often grow rapidly, dazzling customers with creative ideas. The bottom line begins to reflect that success, and the organization’s teams receive a jolt of confidence. Then, it happens. The creativity starts to wane. The profits are less robust. What’s going wrong? Surprisingly, a new study reveals the problem may be self-confidence and growth.

2015 100

6 easy ways to improve readability in 5 minutes or less

Men With Pens

Click here to read the full article →Another rocking post from Men With Pens! 6 easy ways to improve readability in 5 minutes or less first appeared on Men With Pens Copyright 2006. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]. Better Writing

2015 60

Hitting the Nail on the Head

Daily Writing Tips

Somewhere, in an email or on Facebook or on a news blog, I saw this: But she hammered the head on the nail with this quote. How odd, I thought. Shouldn’t it be, “she hammered the nail on the head”? A Google search brings up 683,000 results for “hit the head on the nail” compared to 1,580,000 for “hit the nail on the head.” The phrase “the head on the nail” registers on the Ngram Viewer, but barely, compared to “the nail on the head.”.

2015 59

5 Seemingly Good Things That Could Turn Out Badly For You

Dumb Little Man

Everybody wants to excel at the things they love even if they don’t admit it. Nobody wants to be considered a loser, so most of us give our best to the things we do and, for the most part, we do well. We all want to see out dreams come true, and so we work harder, longer and sometimes smarter to get to our goals. Most of us enjoy being motivated because it makes the work easier and it seem we have someone rooting for us. We all want a better live for ourselves and our families.

2015 154

A New Year Plan for Busy People

Productivityist

The holiday season is in full swing and to say you’re busy is an understatement, right? The new year is rapidly approaching. You want to finish the year strong, but this often means some other tasks and projects are left incomplete. And the thing is…it takes time to plan your year. And setting aside that time can be a real problem – especially if you follow the calendar to start your year.

2015 58

How wannabe entrepreneurs ruin their New Year 

The Shrink for Entrepreneurs

I’m obsessed with the binary differences between mega successful entrepreneurs and the thousands of people struggling to succeed. You should be obsessed with this too. If you’re a business owner, you’re playing with some ludicrous odds. The US Treasury puts out an annual report that shows roughly half of American adults aspire to the idea of starting their own business. Meanwhile the number of people who actually start their own company is a only single digit percentage.

2015 54

Rifle vs. Riffle

Daily Writing Tips

A reader has a question about the verbs rifle and riffle in relation to papers: One word I so often see misspelled in books is riffle. Authors will say, “He rifled through the papers in the file.” ” More often than not, they do not use riffled. I even see it in bestsellers. Actually, papers may be either rifled (long i ) or riffled (short i ). The words possibly share an etymology with an ancestor that had such meanings as scratch , scrape , steal , and rob. In Piers Plowman (c.

2015 57

8 camping hacks that’ll turn you into a super-camper (and impress the girls)

Dumb Little Man

The first time I went camping was over 15 years ago. The thing that made me fall in love with it, was the sweet freedom, which we would savour with almost barbaric relish. The absence of artificial noise, the laughter, the smell of the fire and food wafting through the fresh air, all added to my every increasing love of camping outside. I’ve continued camping regularly ever since, and love almost every second of it.

2015 154

The Productivityist Podcast 71: Chris Johnson

Productivityist

In this installment of the podcast, I’m joined by my friend and principal owner of Simplifilm Chris Johnson. We dive into a lot of things but really focus on how to work on sales technique and how being relentless in the sales arena – and in life – can go a long way. Relevant Links. Simplifilm. World Domination Summit. 5 Steps to Land Your Dream Clients: The 10–10–10 Strategy | Fizzle. Specialist or Jack-of-All-Trades? The Answer’s Obvious to Me | Gary Vaynerchuk. Close.io.

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How ultra-achiever entrepreneurs use the holidays to win

The Shrink for Entrepreneurs

The way you start 2016 will determine your success. Astronomically successful entrepreneurs treat the end of their year as a sacred ritual. They get a serious head start by taking advantage of the holiday lull to reflect and plan ahead. This isn’t just a matter of setting a few goals. . Wannabe entrepreneurs flub it. They don’t have a good process in place. They know planning is crucial, but not how to do it correctly.

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Indefatigable

Daily Writing Tips

A reader asks about the words fatigable , defatigable , and indefatigable : Indefatigable apparently is of the same/identical meaning [as defatigable ]. Then why is the ‘in’ used as a prefix of defatigable , when ‘in’ is generally used to invert the meaning, as in ‘incorrigible’ (antonym of corrigible )? The reader says that he understands fatigable to refer to a person “who can be fatigued” and defatigable to a person “who can be treated for exhaustion.”.

2015 56

The Admin’s Guide to Organizing Digital Files

Office Dynamics

The Admin’s Guide to Organizing Digital Files By Julie Perrine. Just like papers on your desk can pile up, the same thing can happen with digital files. If you don’t have a filing system to put things where they belong when you save them, the virtual mess can accumulate quite quickly. With digital files, it’s a lot easier to ignore the problem because the virtual piles are out of sight on your hard drive somewhere.

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A New Year Plan for Busy People

Productivityist

The holiday season is in full swing and to say you’re busy is an understatement, right? The new year is rapidly approaching. You want to finish the year strong, but this often means some other tasks and projects are left incomplete. And the thing is…it takes time to plan your year. And setting aside that time can be a real problem – especially if you follow the calendar to start your year.

2015 43

How ultra-achiever entrepreneurs use the holidays to win

The Shrink for Entrepreneurs

The way you start 2016 will determine your success. Astronomically successful entrepreneurs treat the end of their year as a sacred ritual. They get a serious head start by taking advantage of the holiday lull to reflect and plan ahead. This isn’t just a matter of setting a few goals. . Wannabe entrepreneurs flub it. They don’t have a good process in place. They know planning is crucial, but not how to do it correctly.

2015 40

Wishing You Well

Daily Writing Tips

A reader has written to express her astonishment at the following usage in an office memo: Please come to the Open House to give [so-and-so] your well-wishes in person. Where, wonders the reader, did the person who wrote the memo get the expression “well-wishes”? Thought I, “Where indeed?”. My first move was to do a Web search to see how common this use of well-wishes might be. First I searched “well wishes” in quotations. Results: about 1,290,000.

2015 56

Wetware

Daily Writing Tips

Computer-age coinages don’t usually strike me as “creepy,” but this one does. Formed on the model of software and hardware , wetware begins to soar into prominence on the Ngram Viewer in 1979. Both the OED and Merriam-Webster provide definitions of this new term. wetware noun : Chemical materials organized so as to perform arithmetic or logical operations; brain substance, as having this ability.

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