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It’s Time To Find Your Unconventional Workout

Dumb Little Man

I grew up a thin waif of a blond child. A hamburger or two would have done me some good but luckily, I was raised in a family of vegetarians- mindful and meditative vegetarians (read: no hamburgers). I ate tofu and genuinely liked it. I played guitar and remember almost none of it. And I talked about my feelings all the time. I did not, however, play sports. I did not work out or go out for “the team.”.

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So, you’ve been asked to start a blog for your business… Where do you start?

Practically Perfect PA

It would seem that most businesses these days have a blog on their website and it is becoming a key skill for office workers to have. It makes sense, blogs are an effective way to get messages, content and news out to customers. It is a great way of marketing the products and services to […]. Core Skills Featured admin administrators assistants blogging Career EA Executive Assistant Key Skills Office manager PA Personal Assistant Tasks

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Flying eVTOL Taxis Getting Closer

Small Business Labs

The Barron's Penta article  The Next Wave in Flight: Flying Vehicles You Can Summon With Your Phone covers eVTOLs, which are electric vertical take-off and landing vehicles.    As the article points out, electric flying vehicles have a number of major advantages over traditional helicopters. They're substantially quieter, need much less maintenance and are easier and safer to fly. They're also projected to be dramatically cheaper to own and operate.

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Are You Human Spam?

Simple Productivity Blog

As I've been dealing with the topic of email this month, I have had plenty of time to consider the topic of spam. You know, that stuff that flows into your email that adds nothing of value to your life while taking up space and attention. But spam doesn't exist just in email. There are people who are real-life spam. These are the people who add nothing of value to your life but take up your space and attention.

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3 Ways To Stop Your Bad Habits

Dumb Little Man

Have you ever found yourself saying, “I have plenty of time, I can work on this later” or, “What I do now doesn’t matter, again I’m young” ? If so, I’m here to say that it does matter, particularly when you’re learning how to stop bad habits. There’s a saying that I’ve been hearing a lot lately. Past performance is indicative of future returns.”. Now, although it’s usually said when discussing a financial institution, I believe that it can be applied to so much more.

2018 173

Sick of working in a messy office? Here’s how you can win Fellowes storage solutions to tidy up your workplace

Practically Perfect PA

Fellowes is giving away £100 worth of Bankers Boxes. Sick and tired of working in a messy office? Fed up of trawling through piles of old paperwork? Don’t worry, you’re not alone. Did you know the average office worker in the UK spends around seven days a year looking for work documents? That’s one million […]. Competition Featured admin administrators assistants EA Executive Assistant Office manager PA Personal Assistant Virtual Assistant

2018 126

The Rise of Highly Skilled UK Freelancers

Small Business Labs

Exploring the rise of self-employment in the modern economy is a new report on self-employment in the UK. It comes from IPSE (the Association of Independent Professionals and the Self Employed), who worked with Kingston University on this project. The  The study is based on data from the UK's Office for National Statistics. The study provide a good overview of the growing self-employed sector of the UK economy. 

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12 Important Life Lessons I Learned The Hard Way

Dumb Little Man

It’s been a long journey for me to realize what life is about and how to be happy. After surviving a physically and emotionally abusive stepfather, I became a rebellious teenager. I took things to the extreme. I was deeply involved in drugs and the wrong group of friends. As a result, it took me 6 years to graduate from college. I was arrested more times than I can count and spent time in drug rehab. Eventually, I managed to graduate. After that, I studied law and passed the bar.

2018 171

Get ready for the Virtual Summit Summer 2018

Practically Perfect PA

Drum roll please… Today I am letting you all know that you can now book your place on this summer’s Practically Perfect PA Virtual Summit! Hurrah!! High fives all round. Following the success of last year’s first Virtual Summit (and by that I mean the first ever Virtual Summit for Assistants around the world) we […].

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NPR on Anxiety in the Gig Economy

Small Business Labs

NPR's recent Marketplace-Edison Research poll data (below) shows that gig workers "report significantly higher economic anxiety than regular full-time workers." " Regular readers will not be surprised by this. We've long reported on what we call the "yin and yang" of independent work.    The yin and yang is most independents like the freedom, control and autonomy being independent provides.

2018 130

Do You Have A Problem Saying No?

Office Dynamics

What are your tips on the best way an assistant can overcome their problem saying no. “I have a real problem saying no at work. How do assert myself when I can’t take on any more?” ” This is one question I frequently here from administrative and executive assistants. I’m sure you many of you have encountered this, so I’d like your advice. “I I have a problem saying ‘no’ to anyone.

2018 125

Oral Side Effects of Medications: What You Need to Know

Dumb Little Man

Medicines are necessary to control a condition, prevent complications, and treat health problems. Although helpful, not all medications are free of side effects. Some of them can be life-threatening while others can have a negative effect on how you look. To help you understand better, here are the most common oral side effects of medications and what you can do about them. Dry Mouth. Drugs prescribed for heart diseases, like enalapril and chlorothiazide, can dry up your salivary glands.

How to Transform a Single Daily Theme into an Everyday Focus

Productivityist

Administrative tasks are the bane of my existence. I classify administrative tasks as those that require more of “maintenance mindset” than anything else. While these tasks don’t move me forward in leaps or bounds, not doing them can hinder progress on other tasks that lead to greater gains. Ever since I started theming my days I’ve set aside one day of the week to focus on administrative tasks. I figured that by dedicating a day to them I could get into a state of flow and be more productive.

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How High Potentials Get Themselves Fired

On The Job

Perhaps you have highly sought after technical skills, or you're known for having such a creative mind that companies believe you can help propel their brands to new heights. The world is yours, right? You have so many calls from recruiters that you've lost count. Unfortunately, even though a company should reap the rewards of hiring people like you, some of them will find out that it was a bad idea.

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How to Maximize Time with Your Children

Office Dynamics

Like most working mothers, I just never seemed to have enough time with my two children. Trying to balance work, with raising a family, keeping up with laundry, shopping, cleaning, cooking (the list is endless) was always a challenge. As with all working mothers, my biggest concern was for my children. I knew that the time with them had to be quality time well spent. I needed to maximize every moment we had together, just as I know you want to maximize your time with your children.

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How to Study Effectively: 4 Ways To Study Like An Ivy League Student

Dumb Little Man

Studying is a crucial skill for students but it’s one that’s not explicitly taught in school. Instead, it’s something you have to figure out on your own. It can be a trial-and-error process to find exactly what works for you. To help you out, here are a few tips on how to study effectively. Take Your Notes by Hand. Typing on a laptop may be quick but writing out your notes by hand helps you process the information better.

2018 163

Punctuation Quiz #26: Punctuation Errors

Daily Writing Tips

The following sentences contain errors of punctuation. Revise them as necessary. That’s my dream car in the window I plan to buy it as soon as I have enough money. The boss is really old. He still addresses women clients as Mrs So-and-So. I never expected to see so many glacier’s and pit’s on our trip. Before we get to Phoenix let’s stop at an IHOP for breakfast. All the “hardback books” on the stall are the same price. Answers and Explanations.

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Should You Ignore Weekend Emails from the Boss?

On The Job

I once had dinner with a friend who worked for a telecommunications company. In the middle of our conversation, she stopped talking and looked unhappily at her phone. I'm sorry," she said, looking at her vibrating phone on the table. But I've got to deal with this if it's my boss." She checked her phone. Give me a second," she said to me, frantically tapping at her phone. When she replaced her phone on the table, I asked her if such messages on the weekend were common. "Oh,

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More Fun in Done with Marli Williams

Productivityist

This episode of The Productivityist Podcast is sponsored by Health IQ, an insurance company that helps health conscious people like runners, cyclist, weightlifters and vegetarians get lower rates on their life insurance. Go to healthiq.com/vardy to support the show and see if you qualify. Today’s guest is Marli Williams. Marli is a speaker, activation coach, purpose finder and inspiration generator. Her mission in life is to inspire and empower people to go from stuck to STOKED!

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6 Things You Can Do To Avoid Midlife Crisis

Dumb Little Man

If you are entering the mid-years of your life, you’re probably wondering about midlife crisis. After all, it seems pretty common. Midlife crisis can happen to anyone at anytime. Some people experience it early while others struggle with it in the late stages of their lives. Now, although common, it doesn’t mean that there’s no way for you to avoid it. Check out the tips below to help you stave off or mitigate a midlife crisis. Believe that it’s never too late.

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35 Numerical Prefixes

Daily Writing Tips

This post lists prefixes of Greek and/or Latin provenance used in expressions of numerical relationships, with examples. uni-: “one” ( unicycle ). mono-: “one” ( monogamy ). du-: “two” ( duplicate ); sometimes duo- ( duopoly ). deuter-: “two” ( deuterium ); sometimes deutero- ( deuterograph ). bi-: “two” ( bicycle ) or “twice” ( biannual ). di-: “two” ( dilemma ). tri-: “three” ( triangle ). quadr-: “four” ( quadrant ). tetra-: “four” ( tetrahedron ). 12–13.

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Being a Entrepreneur vs. Being an Employee: Which One Should You Choose?

Small Business CEO

Whichever side of the fence we fall, it might well be the case the grass always looks a little greener across the way. So, whether we’re on the path to entrepreneurship or are enjoying the security of being an employee it’s good to try and keep the pros and cons of both in mind.

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Freelance EA & Research Assistant

Three Shots Ahead

Hello, I’m Sarah Richards. I have extensive experience working in both the Fashion Retail Industry (Junior Buyer & EA) and Media Industry (EA). I am currently self-employed as freelance EA and Research Assistant working for a Media Chairman and a well. Continue reading → Working Lif

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Bringing Work And Life Back Into Balance In The United States

Dumb Little Man

Knowing how to achieve work-life balance isn’t always easy. We live in an age where technology blurs the line between our hours at work and at home. In fact, 40% of Americans think that it’s perfectly fine to answer work emails at the dinner table if it’s “urgent”. Now, the only problem with that is your boss might have a different definition of urgent than you do. Achieving work-life balance isn’t about being rigid and inflexible with your 40-hour workweek.

2018 163

5 Functions of Quotation Marks

Daily Writing Tips

This post discusses the use of quotation marks to distinguish dialogue, parts of compositions, phrases as phrases, scare quotes, and epithets. For Dialogue. Quotation marks are placed around speech in fiction (to distinguish it from attribution and narrative) and nonfiction (for the same reasons, in addition to emphasizing that it is recorded verbatim and not a paraphrase of the actual wording).

2018 59

Small Business Taxes and Financial Regulations: Understanding Administrative Tasks

Small Business CEO

If you’re working inside the framework of a small business, there are a lot of details that you have to understand as you move forward. And two significant categories that surround lots of these details include taxes and financial regulations. The information surrounding these topics isn’t necessarily complicated, but it is specific and integral.

2018 61

Essential and Nonessential Clauses

Daily Writing Tips

Discussions below explain the mistakes in the examples given, which err in mistaking essential and nonessential clauses and vice versa. A revision accompanying each sample sentence demonstrates correct form. An essential (or restrictive) word, phrase, or clause is one that is necessary for conveying the intended meaning of a sentence. When the essential element follows the core of the main clause, the conjunction that serves as the link between them.

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The Meanings of “Myth” and Related Words

Daily Writing Tips

Myth , originally a word of elevated and scholarly pretension, has passed into the vernacular to describe anything of dubious truth or validity, though it retains earlier senses. This post lists definitions of the word and others of which it is the root. The word derives from the Greek term mythos , which variously means “speech” or “story,” or even “thought.”

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When Your Small Business Should Start Using Software

Small Business CEO

As small business CEOs, we have to allocate our time and budgets very carefully. Many executives try to cut costs too much. As a result, the small business lacks the infrastructure to support processes that would unlock growth. Needless to say, small businesses should continuously invest in a sound IT strategy. However, if you are still unsure of when to get started, here are warning signs that you should start implementing business software right away. You Have Established Business Processes.

2018 52

Why Invest in Training Your Staff?

Small Business CEO

Without a proper plan in place including a strategic budget for employee training, organisations can’t keep pace with the competition and the constant need for transformation; their strategies will falter and their profits will vanish. Here are some reasons why investing in your staff is a great idea: Help Employees Work More Efficiently. Think of it this way, training people is akin to continually upgrading the most valuable component of any company.

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Choosing the Right Sleeping Mattress is Essential for Optimum Work Productivity

Small Business CEO

Good night sleep is necessary to boost the creativity and get the best out of the person. When a person does not have sufficient rest, then there is almost zero probability that the individual will work up to their real potential. One of the biggest reasons, apart from any health condition, why people are not able to get sufficient sleep is the poor selection of the mattress. Why mattress matters more than you think.

2018 48

Small Business Advice: Keeping Your Restaurant or Cafe Competitive

Small Business CEO

Whenever anyone tries to start a small business, it’s an uphill battle. But particularly when it comes to trying to start up a restaurant or café, there is even more competition that you have to work against. That’s why it’s important to gather and follow as much small-business advice as you can.

Your Website Needs Work. Here Are 6 Things You Can Do Tomorrow

Small Business CEO

Have you put off building your personal website for way too long? Or do you have a half-dormant, sort-of website that you’d prefer no one you know lay eyes on? Either way, the task before you — turning your website into something to which you proudly direct colleagues, prospective employers, and/or potential clients — is more manageable than you might think. In fact, you can do these six things to improve your website tomorrow. In your spare time. Really. Let’s go!

2018 46

Why Dental SEO is the Key to Success of Your Dental Practice

Small Business CEO

Going to dental school and opening your own practice are two, huge goals that are now in your rearview mirror. However, the patients don’t seem to be flowing in as you believed they would at this point. Today’s dental field is an extremely competitive one. You must compete for patients through the virtual world or Internet. A website may be your next goal, but you’re unsure of its importance. Learn why SEO for your dental practice is so important.

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4 Ways Automation is Transforming the Business World in 2018 and Beyond

Small Business CEO

When we as business owners think about “automation,” our minds are oftentimes flooded with images of robots, complicated algorithms and concepts that simply go over our heads. The reality? Automation is, was and will continue to dominate the realms of businesses and marketing as we know it. There’s a good chance you’re already using automation for your business already; meanwhile, the degree to which new algorithms and technologies are emerging is staggering.

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