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Top 10 to-do apps for Assistants

Practically Perfect PA

We all know how hard it is keeping on top of the never-ending to-do list every Assistant and their Executive seem to have. The work can be relentless but don’t fear; there are lots of fantastic apps available that can help you manage your to-do list. Tracking your tasks doesn’t need to be a complicated […].

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The Truth Behind Virtual Assistant Horror Stories (and Why They Shouldn’t Scare You)

Tips From T. Marie

I’m pulling this article directly from the crypt archives. Because for home businesses that need help, working with a virtual assistant is one of the smartest things they can do. One of the reasons many are reluctant is because they’ve heard one or more virtual assistant horror stories. This oldie but goodie explores the truth behind the stories and why you shouldn’t let them scare you. Halloween.

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A Parent’s Guide to Healthy Eating During the Holidays

Dumb Little Man

Adults aren’t the only ones who have to worry about growing festively plump during the holidays. People, including kids, typically gain 1 to 2 pounds over Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s Day. You can commit to losing weight after the holidays or, better yet, not gain it in the first place. By committing to healthy holiday eating, your family can avoid the 5 to 10-pound weight gain that most people experience every five years. Obesity Is a Growing Problem for American Kids.

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2019 Joan Burge Innovation Award for Assistants

Office Dynamics

I know assistants are always coming up with great ideas, creating new systems or templates, or taking the lead. Oftentimes assistants do not have the opportunity to showcase their talents or what they have created, nor do they always get recognized for their work. As trailblazers in the administrative training industry, Office Dynamics wanted to celebrate outstanding ideas birthed by administrative and executive assistants. Therefore, I created the Joan Burge Innovation Award in 2019.

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Bridging the interpersonal gap between staff and a busy boss

Practically Perfect PA

A considerable part of an Executive’s job is to lead their staff, motivate and encourage them. However, this isn’t always the case. There are many Executive’s who are too busy, or under too much pressure in their roles to manage their staff effectively. There are also Executive’s who are very good at what they do […].

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30 Day Challenge: Exercise Every Day

Simple Productivity Blog

The average American sits for 11 hours a day. That is outside of the time spent in bed sleeping. We are the fattest we have ever been, and our sedentary lifestyle is leading to disease. I've been conscious of these types of numbers for years now, but have been unwilling to do anything about them other than nod and promise myself I would do something in the future. But recently I've had some direct consequences. Enter my November 30 day challenge. Why Exercise?br br />. I sit way too much.

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How to Increase Productivity by Switching Off and Getting Cozy

Dumb Little Man

The working world is in a constant state of flux. We have come a really long way in the last 150 years or so in terms of employment law and workers’ rights. In the grand scale of human history, we’ve barely stopped sending our children to work in factories. The 40-hour week was only adopted in the USA in 1940. Despite all this progress, why are so many people feeling burned out? As quickly as we industrialized, we’ve digitized. We no longer work menial jobs en masse.

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Working with your Executive on a planned approval process

Practically Perfect PA

In most organisations, work often needs to be formally approved or signed-off by Senior Executives before the work can begin or the next phase of the project. Executives also have to accept leave requests, sickness reports, expenses, invoices, purchase orders and budget requests. The list is pretty endless, and it can take up a lot […]. Core Skills Featured admin administrators assistants EA Executive Assistant Office manager PA Personal Assistant Skills Tasks Virtual Assistant

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30 Day Challenge: Planning The Night Before Wrap-up

Simple Productivity Blog

I realized I was having difficulty sticking to my task list.because I had never made a plan. The Planning The Night Before challenge was to get me past that difficulty. The challenge was to make my plan for the next day in my bullet journal the night before. The thought was that even having written list - even if I didn't look at it again until late in the next day - would help keep me on track. The post 30 Day Challenge: Planning The Night Before Wrap-up appeared first on Laura Earnest.

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Avoid the Weight Gain: 6 Reasons To Work Out During The Holidays

Dumb Little Man

As things cool down and the pumpkin spice lattes start coming out, it can be tempting to let your workout routine slide. Problem is, once you begin to justify missing one or two workouts, it is far easier to just not exercise during the holiday season. To make sure that you stick to your workout routine, you need to stay motivated. Here are six reasons to work out during the holidays. Stave Off Holiday Bloat And Weight Gain.

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Pew Internet: Experts Optimistic about Digital Life over the Next 50 Years

Small Business Labs

Pew internet's Experts Optimistic About the Next 50 Years of Digital Life project asked hundreds of technology experts how people's lives might be impacted by the evolution of the internet over the next 50 years. 72% of the respondents said there would be change for the better ,   25% said there would be change for the worse and  3%  believe there would be no significant change.

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Why you should get out of your comfort zone right now

Practically Perfect PA

A crucial aspect of being an Assistant is that ability to organise everything backstage so that others can shine. We are so used to being that support for others that quite often we are stuck in a bit of a rut with our own personal and professional development. I wonder if it stops us from […]. Career Development Featured admin administrators Career EA Executive Assistant Office manager PA Personal Assistant Virtual Assistant

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The 6 Best Green Buildings Materials for Offices

Eco-Office Gals

Employees want refreshing spaces that are attractive in their design and health benefits. Green materials tend to contain less harmful chemicals than standard ones, making office air purer and healthier for the body. Many are also more flexible, which allows construction workers to use them for eye-catching structures and layouts. When employees are satisfied, so are employers. Businesses revel in the advantages of a reinvigorated workforce and enjoyable workspaces.

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Lessons You Can Learn From Dealing With Frustration

Dumb Little Man

We all struggle with our frustrations. They come in all shapes and forms. We often get frustrated with work, either because we do work that we aren’t passionate about or lack some skills to thrive. But our frustration can be turned into a passion. This post will show you what you can learn from dealing with frustration and how it can help make bold things happen. It can be a career change or anything you want. You’ll discover a simple five-step formula that worked for me.

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Learn Your Shortcuts

Simple Productivity Blog

I was working with a colleague recently, helping him through a process that was unfamiliar with a tool he had not really used. What we were doing is less important than the conversation. Paste the item three times." I'll admit it, I was bored. He moved his mouse, clicked, went to the menu, clicked a couple of times in the menu to paste, then clicked in the new place. Did you know you could use control + V to paste things?" I didn't want to sit there all afternoon. "I

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The 14 English Punctuation Marks With Examples

Daily Writing Tips

Do you know how to use punctuation marks correctly in English? While some might seem straightforward, you may come across punctuation marks that you’re unsure about … so this post is designed to serve as a handy reference. . You’ll find “further reading” suggestions for each punctuation mark, if you want to explore it in more detail. Note: We’re going to focus on American English punctuation, but when there’s a difference in British English usage, I’ll explain that too.

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Help Your Career by Learning the Art of Persuasion

On The Job

Have you ever tried to persuade someone to do something at work -- give you a pay raise, let you take on a new project, adopt a new system -- and you fail miserably? There's a reason for your lack of success. The technical term is called "reactance," which in layman's terms means: "The harder you push, the less someone else will want to do what you want." That's a pretty key understanding of human nature if you want to be successful in your career.

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How To Identify A Narcissist At Work: Nailing Down The Key Factors

Dumb Little Man

Crossing paths with a narcissist is not rare. In the USA alone, 6% of the general population has been diagnosed with Narcissistic Personality Disorder. That is not a small number. Now apply the same number to the estimated population of the world and you have 450,000,000 people having the disorder. So, tell me, how common would it be to encounter a narcissistic coworker? Quite common, no? Dealing with a narcissistic individual at work can be mentally taxing.

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ZenTasktic – The Pivot

Brilliantly Better

It’s always nice to look back at your life and see that some of your actions are still making sense, so to speak. Or, to be more precise, it’s nice to revisit some projects that you put on hold and… The post ZenTasktic – The Pivot appeared first on Dragos Roua. Business Getting Things Done Productivity and Effectiveness Programming Bits

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Episode 268: Metamorphosis with Steven L. Blue

Productivityist

On this episode I speak with Steven L. Steven is the best-selling author of five critically acclaimed books that target executives, leaders, entrepreneurs, and anyone seeking to learn the secrets of success in the corporate world.Steven’s latest book, Metamorphosis: From Rust-Belt to High-Tech in a 21st Century World , is a detailed blueprint for CEOs and senior leaders to transform their businesses from failing rust-belt companies with small margins into high-tech leaders with superior profits.

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Competition and Collaboration Interplay Creates High Performing Teams

BioTeams

Many of us have heard the story about the classical race between the tortoise and hare but did you know that there is a version 2.0 of that metaphor? In essence, there was a re-match as the rabbit wanted to prove that being the fastest and ergonomically conducive animal, it would win the second race. Here, the tortoise was obviously left behind but the hare came to a major roadblock in their race track i.e. the bank of a river.

What To Do If Your Significant Other Hates Working Out

Dumb Little Man

There is a lot of information supporting working out in a group. From helping with accountability to pushing you to the next level of your fitness, there are many positives to exercising with at least one other person. If you have an anti-exercise significant other, here’s how to get your partner to exercise. Ask If They Hate Working Out Or Just YOUR Workouts. It can be easy to think that your partner hates working out because he doesn’t want to join in with your workouts.

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Buddhism For Geeks

Brilliantly Better

5 years ago I started to follow Buddhism as a way of living. I don’t consider it a religion, so I’m not identifying as a “Buddhist”. There are more formalized ways to embrace this lifestyle, like taking vows and joining… The post Buddhism For Geeks appeared first on Dragos Roua. Personal Development

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Why Using Personal Phone Numbers Looks Unprofessional

Small Business CEO

Entrepreneurs that serve local customers can create credibility for their brand by securing a cost-effective VoIP business number. You can’t grow your business using your personal phone. More importantly, if you use your personal phone for business, it will make your business look unprofessional in the eyes of potential buyers. You can set up a VoIP line and still take business calls on your cell phone. In the future, however, your VoIP phone number can grow along with your business.

Competition and Collaboration Creates High Performing Teams

BioTeams

Many of us have heard the story about the classical race between the tortoise and hare but did you know that there is a version 2.0 of that metaphor? In essence, there was a re-match as the rabbit wanted to prove that being the fastest and ergonomically conducive animal, it would win the second race.

Living A Sustainable Lifestyle: 10 Simple Tips On Going Green

Dumb Little Man

Lately, ecology has become definitely trendy. Luckily, not all trendy comes to harm. Going green is an excellent idea for several reasons. While saving the planet is certainly the most important, saving money and improving health are not bad, either. It only takes a small effort to turn little changes into daily, long-lasting habits. The other good news is that in order to do so, you absolutely don’t need to become someone else. Martyrdom to the green cause is not required at all.

Pujas And Patching – And Why They Work

Brilliantly Better

As I already wrote in the first post of these series, the concept of Karma is at the same time simpler, but more inclusive than the popular Western belief “justice shall be made” There is no external judge, applying some… The post Pujas And Patching – And Why They Work appeared first on Dragos Roua. Personal Development Spirituality & Beliefs

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4 Essential Questions for New Businesses

Small Business CEO

Starting a new business is so exciting, but it can be daunting! There is so much to keep track of, so much to do, and seemingly not enough hours in the day. How do you even begin? While no one can give you the get-rich-quick recipe to instant success, there are tried and true ways of networking and finding a reliable customer base. Here are 4 essential questions new business owners should ask themselves on their path to success. Traditional vs. Email Marketing. Snail mail gets a bad rap.

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Wrapping up a year-end like a beautiful gift

The Persistent Assistant

Working for multiple executives requires taking the time to get to know them individually. Understanding how they work means you learn to manage their expectations, respect their boundaries and ensure their lives run smoothly. You need to be proactive at keeping an eye on their diaries to ensure their meetings not only run smoothly but are kept in one geographical area so that they do not bounce all around the city.

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How Does the US Workforce Spend Their Vacation?

Dumb Little Man

When life at work gets a little tricky, the promise of an upcoming vacation can often be enough to get us through. Some of us have more time away from the office than others, and how people choose to spend that time can vary widely. Recent research has given us insight into how we use our time off. Their survey of 2,000 Americans has revealed some of the most common vacation habits around the country. Do people make the most of paid vacation?

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Why Not Knowing What You Want as an Executive Assistant is Actually a Good Thing

Executive Assistant Breakthrough

So you’re an Executive Assistant who wants to do something else… but you don’t know what. If you’ve been feeling that uncomfortable sensation of yearning for something more that you can’t define, lucky you!! It may not feel like it right now, but it’s actually an incredibly exciting place to be.

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Protecting Your Business Against Civil Lawsuits

Small Business CEO

For any business, the risk of lawsuits is a real one. You do not have to do much wrong to end up fighting one. It is a danger that no business can afford to ignore. Losing just one lawsuit can strip your company of most, sometimes all, of its assets. However, there are things you can do to protect enough of your assets to enable you to continue to trade. If you are wondering how can I protect my assets from a civil lawsuit all you need to do is to read on. You need to take action now.

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How Political Polling is Done

Small Business Labs

We get asked a lot about political polls. And while Small Business Labs is non-partisan, we're OK with talking about how political surveys are done. There are two big issues to be aware of with political polls.    The first is how the questions are asked. It's well known that a survey can easily be slanted one way or another by the way questions are asked. A good example is a recent poll released by President Trump's pollster.

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Navigating The Job Market Before Earning Your Degree

Dumb Little Man

It’s never too early to prepare for your future or consider the steps you’ll need in building a successful career. We’re asked, “What do you want to be when you grow up,” from the time we enter primary school. However, the system isn’t quite set up to guide us to where we envision ourselves. It’s no secret that the job market comes with a rigorous map to navigate. To put this into perspective, in 2017, 53% of newly graduates are underemployed and having a tough time finding the right job.

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How to Improve Employee Morale and Productivity

Small Business CEO

A person’s emotional and mental wellbeing impacts their quality of work. That is a given. It is why benefits extend beyond healthcare and go into what wellness bonuses employees will receive. A gym membership, for example, or perhaps a wellness retreat at the end of the year. Improving employee morale and productivity needs to be done in several stages. You need to care for their wellbeing, yes, but you must also help them progress.

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5 Visual Strategies To Boost Your Sales This Season

Small Business CEO

The quickly changing seasonal landscape between October 31 st and January 1 st may leave you feeling like you’re on a roller coaster ride. You’ve barely got into Halloween mode before it’s time to switch it out for Thanksgiving, and then there’s Black Friday ads, Cyber Monday marketing ideas, Christmas posters and Boxing Day ads. Can you keep up with the ever changing lineup of celebrations, and does it matter ?

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Using Mail Merge to Boost Customer Engagement

Small Business CEO

When it comes to business outreach, you should never underestimate the effectiveness of email marketing. In today’s world, you might think that social media would be a better approach, and while social media is definitely useful, email remains the preferred method of communication for most business professionals. Hero image courtesy of Pexels.

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