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40 Outlook hacks for assistants

Practically Perfect PA

In the next series of posts on tech hacks for assistants we are going to look at MS Outlook. Outlook is the absolute key piece of software for assistant and all of us should be advanced users on this one. As an assistant juggling a number of diaries and inboxes I was practically on Outlook all day.

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7 Foods that can Improve your Eyesight

Dumb Little Man

When it comes to life’s simple pleasures, we often take what we have for granted. Being free of pain, having strong legs, or enjoying great eyesight – this is what allows us to live life to the fullest. Unfortunately, our modern lifestyles often leave us less-than-perfect in quite a few areas of this supposedly basic physical equipment. Though it might not seem like a big deal – almost 3 out of 4 Americans today need some sort of corrective lens, and the numbers are still increasing.

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As Intuit Shutters IPN, How Will You Accept Payments From Your Clients?

Virtual Moxie

Getting paid via the Intuit Payment Network has been a real boon for the VAs at AssistU. With a fee of just $.50 50 per transaction, it beat using PayPal—hands down—with clients who wanted to pay from a checking account. But Intuit announced last week that they are shuttering IPN at the end of June, leaving lots of people wondering what the smart choice will be for accepting client payments moving forward.

2016 109

The Rise of Internet Middlemen

Small Business Labs

One of the most persistent myths about the Internet is that it's eliminating the need for middlemen.    Since the early days of the Internet when Bill Gates wrote in his book The Road Ahead  that the "information superhighway" would become the "ultimate go-between" and that "only the humans involved in a transaction will be the actual buyer and seller" there's been a constant theme that middlemen are finished.

2016 109

Five top tips for using a unique event space

Practically Perfect PA

Event Management is now one of the main tasks for assistants – practically every assistant I talk to has organised something! Be it the office Christmas party, team building events, off site board meetings and committee to large scale global conferences. We are doing it all! Finding venues that cover all of the different types of events we organise can be tricky.

2016 140

How To Entice Your Timid Partner To Dominate You In Bed (Sex Life)

Dumb Little Man

So you love your mate, but find your sex life a little humdrum? Specifically, we’re talking about having a yen for some kinky, adventurous play. But how do you bring this up to your partner, and more importantly, how do you convince them to go through with it? Bringing up a kinky play idea for the bedroom isn’t as hard as it used to be.

2016 149

10 Steps to Survive a Business Disaster

The Small Business Blog

In business, it sometimes pays to take a risk. But in the face of natural disasters, like floods and fires, or criminal activity like cyber hacking, your Recovery Procedure Plan needs to be as safe as houses. After all, everything is on the line. The PwC’s recent Global Economic Crime Survey makes for scary reading.

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The 4 Kinds of Work in the Future

Small Business Labs

HBR's Work in the Future Will Fall into These 4 Categories  has a great 2X2 matrix (below) showing the 4 different types of work likely over the next decade. Two things really struck us about this article and chart. The first is all 4 quadrants assume the growing use of contingent labor. But contingent labor is especially more important as work becomes more democratized and empowered by technology.

2016 100

Don't Let Hiring Managers Intimidate You

On The Job

I once had a hiring manager tell me that the best job interviews are really "conversations." While I don't doubt that she was sincere, I don't think those who are searching for a job feel like job interviews are "conversations." They probably feel more like they're interrogations, or parole hearings or something where their entire future hangs in the balance. So, while the advice is to make an interview as much like a conversation as you can, the truth is that it isn't going to easy.

2016 133

Benefits of corporate hospitality for small businesses.

The Small Business Blog

For some small businesses corporate hospitality can often be overlooked as an unneeded jolly. In this article we will be examining how in fact this can be an easy preconception and that corporate hospitality can actually bring a wealth of benefits to any small business. Growing as a team: Within a small workforce it is extremely important to have happy, harmonised and engaged employees.

2016 132

Idea > Decision > Action

Clutter Coach

by For many people, it’s easier and more fun to think up new ideas than to take action on the ones they already thought of. Buckling down and focusing on one idea and making it happen can make them antsy. Sometimes the project you take on is very large and there are so many things to address that you’re tempted to start them all at once. When it comes to organizing, this can get you into trouble. The process is this: have an idea, make a decision, take the action.

2016 100

Economic Uncertainty Hits Millennials; Only 1/3rd Feel They are Middle Class

Small Business Labs

The Guardian's  US millennials feel more working class than any other generation  covers data from the General Social Survey showing that the number of millennials (born 1980 to 2000) who consider themselves middle class has fallen from 45.6% in 2002 to 34.8% in 2014. This is part of a broader trend of fewer Americans in general seeing themselves as middle class.

2016 100

How to Turn Down Ideas Without Bruising Egos

On The Job

Managers often are told their teams need to be more innovative, but sometimes the ideas a team proposes just, well, stink. Experts advise how leaders can kill bad ideas without demoralizing the team or impeding new ideas. There’s nothing more fun or energizing than when a team is bouncing ideas back and forth, each proposal more creative or “out there” than the last. Then, the manager moves in and puts the kibosh on an idea the team is really jazzed about.

2016 122

90 Idioms About Tools

Daily Writing Tips

Hand tools have inspired a tool box full of metaphorical words and expressions. Here’s a list of many of those handy idioms. angry/mad enough to chew nails/spit nails or ready to eat nails : enraged. another/final nail in the coffin : one of/the last of multiple factors that contribute to a failure. ax : a guitar or other instrument a musician might play while making a chopping motion (noun), or fire, reduce, remove, or terminate (verb). ax to grind : grudge or motive.

2016 71

Organizing Philosophy for the Holidays

Clutter Coach

by The current economy may end up making this year's holidays less stressful, just because we won't be  shopping and traveling as much. But if you find yourself feeling stressed by holiday planning and the looming prospect of a new year, keep these in mind: Make lists to prevent tasks from being forgotten in the chaos. Keep the list for next year. If list items aren't coming to mind, reflect on past fun holidays and visualize what you want for this year.

How to Embrace an Owner Mentality

Office Dynamics

Embracing the “Owner” Mentality with Special Guest, Daren Martin, PhD. As an administrative professional, you probably think of yourself as an employee. You provide a service to your organization, and in return, they provide a paycheck. But what would life be like if you were to shift your mindset and instead of thinking like an employee, you thought like an owner?

2016 100

Race Report: My First 48 Hours Race

Brilliantly Better

Last year I signed up for my first 48 hours race, an event scheduled at the end of March, in Athens. It was an act of pure curiosity, to be honest. I’ve never done a 48 hours race before. And… The post Race Report: My First 48 Hours Race appeared first on Dragos Roua. Running

2016 63

The Meaning of “To a T”

Daily Writing Tips

The expression “to a T,” as in “That suits you to a T!” is often mistakenly written or said as “to the T” (or “to a tee” or “to the tee”). This type of alteration occurs often in idiomatic phrases (note “all of the sudden” and “for all intensive purposes,” among others). In today’s anarchic publishing environment, writers are free to consciously or unconsciously style such phrases however they choose, but careful writers will preserve prevailing norms. But what, exactly, is a “T”?

2016 66

"Stadium Seating" to Organize Your Folders

Clutter Coach

by If you saw the new Star Trek movie at IMAX as I did, you know that stadium seating rocks. No bobbing heads blocking the screen! Peter Walsh's new [In]Place angled file holder provides that kind of visibility for your folders. This video introduces the product line from Office Max. Clever hanging folders lock together so nothing falls in between them.

2016 100

How to Stay Energized Throughout the Week

Office Dynamics

I usually share tips on combating the Monday-morning “blahs,” especially after a nice, relaxing weekend. I once met someone who says she has a different problem: “Monday, I am refreshed from the weekend and ready to tackle just about anything,” she explains. “But by Friday, I am usually struggling to finish what I started. I’m pooped!” ” That’s an interesting twist on the same theme, and a challenge that some of you probably face as well.

2016 100

The evolution of effective team working and how you can accelerate it

BioTeams

By observing newly formed and existing teams playing business simulations I have learned some important insights into how team-working 'evolves' and offer here some specific ideas on how you might accelerate this evolution in your own organizational teams. On the road to Effective Team Collaboration there seems to be two intermediate phases of 'naïve collaboration' which many teams seem to go through - Hyper-Communication and Over-Delegation. 1 - Hyper-Communication.

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5 Cases of Extraneous Hyphenation

Daily Writing Tips

Hyphens are used primarily to organize two or more words into phrases to aid in reading comprehension. Although errors in the use of hyphens are usually errors of omission, erroneous overuse is also common. Beware of superfluous use of hyphens in sentences such as the ones shown below. The answer is to find a silver-bullet that will wean us from fossil fuels. Hyphenated compound nouns used to be common, but most have become closed compounds.

2016 62

Are you Doing Important Stuff, or Just Urgent Stuff?

Clutter Coach

by Urgent sounds important, but it’s really not. It may be important to someone else, but your involvement is often just a waste of time. Tasks that are urgent require you to act quickly and that means you don’t spend time thinking about whether you should do them. They’re also often the result of poor planning (or no planning) and bad time management. The words urgent and important are borrowed from Stephen Covey’s four-quadrant division of work.

2016 100

My Vacation: Sun, Sand, And A Productivity Surprise

Productivityist

Last month, in an effort to beat the winter blues (and grey Ohio skies) our family went on a cruise. It was great. The warm temperatures and change of scenery felt great. I thought they might. What I didn’t expect was a productivity boost. Sure I was recharged, but that wasn’t the biggest thing. Rather, it was that I unplugged when I left, and then had to plug back in. Before leaving, I did enough work to provide a two day buffer when we returned. As Mike Vardy wrote in his email newsletter.

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The Importance of Team Game Plans and RAPPORT

BioTeams

Team Game Plans are essential when team is faced with a new and challenging task , such as a business simulation game. To formulate a Game Plan the team must quickly look at their goals and targets and then, based on a shared set of priorities, values mental models and working practices, come up with a plan for achieving them.

2016 56

Gollum, Epenthesis, and Haplology

Daily Writing Tips

As I watched holiday re-runs of the Lord of the Rings movies, I wondered if there might be a term for the way Gollum adds syllables to words. Note: Gollum is a fictional character in The Hobbit and its sequels by J. Tolkien. In Peter Jackson’s movies, Gollum is played brilliantly by Andy Serkis. Gollum frequently adds a sound or syllable to words, especially plurals. For example: Sneaky little hobbitses. Put out his eyeses , make him crawl. What has it got in its nasty little pocketses ?

2016 61

6 Musts for Startup Managers Dealing With Employees

Small Business CEO

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Microsoft Office. All opinions are 100% mine. If a new business is to grow and thrive, a startup owner or manager must recruit the right talent, then successfully manage them in a way that gets the best results for the business. Some leaders come from a great upbringing that makes them seem like they must have come out of the womb that way. Yet, others – most, in fact – are made.

2016 58

Why I’m Diving Into Deep Work (and How I’m Doing It)

Productivityist

This is a piece that was originally published in The Productivityist Weekly newsletter. If you would like more updates, click here to receive fresh productivity insights delivered to your inbox every week. At the beginning of 2016, I read a book that changed how I approach my work. This book is called Deep Work by my friend Cal Newport. After I finished the book, I realized that I need to spend more of my time doing deep work.

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The evolution of effective team working and how you can accelerate it!

BioTeams

By observing newly formed and existing teams playing business simulations I have learned some important insights into how team-working ‘evolves’ and offer here some specific ideas on how you might accelerate this evolution in your own organizational teams.

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3 Sentences with Misplaced Modifiers

Daily Writing Tips

Phrases that provide additional information in a sentence are often haphazardly situated within that sentence in such a way that the reader might be confused about what the modifying phrase refers to, or at best must reread the sentence to confirm that he or she has comprehended the correct meaning. Here are three sentences that benefit from relocation of a modifying phrase. After twenty-seven years of marriage, I can only imagine how shocking your wife’s revelation must have been for you.

2016 61

Forget Banks, Manage your Money in The Cloud

Small Business CEO

Banks can help you in managing your money passively. However, you can do better than that: How about actually managing your money better with the help of your stationary, an accountant and the cloud. Interested in learning more? If you won the lottery big time, what would you do with your new found riches? I mean after you buy your sexy new Aston Martin and charter a yacht around the Greek islands.

2016 57

Why I’m Diving Into Deep Work (and How I’m Doing It)

Productivityist

This is a piece that was originally published in The Productivityist Weekly newsletter. If you would like more updates, click here to receive fresh productivity insights delivered to your inbox every week. At the beginning of 2016, I read a book that changed how I approach my work. This book is called Deep Work by my friend Cal Newport. After I finished the book, I realized that I need to spend more of my time doing deep work.

2016 54

Studies Show That Buying Stuff Is Good For You!

Clutter Coach

by So often we pit decluttering and being green against frivolous spending and self indulgence; virtuous against irresponsible; conserving against wasteful. It can get to the point where you can feel guilty about buying anything you don’t absolutely need! To the rescue comes a study from Harvard B School showing that in the long run, people don’t regret having spent a lot of money on pleasure. The key is the time frame.

2016 100

Punctuation Marks as Transitional Signposts

Daily Writing Tips

Punctuation is a support system to enhance the organizational flow of a sentence. Often, it also provides transitional cues, and for clarity, it’s important to make that distinction by using specific punctuation marks. Here are three sentences improved by choosing the correct punctuation from various alternatives. She has seen this happen before, several times in fact.

2016 60

Home Business IT: Guide to Secure Your Wireless Home Network

Small Business CEO

There are so many users looking for securing their wireless network because they want their Wi-Fi network protected from Wi-Fi theft; this includes for those who work in a home office. Here in this article, we are going to discuss about ways to secure your home business’ 802.11b/g/n Wireless home network.

2016 54

The Productivityist Podcast: What Goes Into a Task App with Amir Salihefendic

Productivityist

This week on the podcast I speak with the founder and CEO of Doist (the makers of Todoist), Amir Salihefendic. We discuss what prompted him to create Todoist, what system he uses to complete his tasks, and dive deeper into what it’s like to work on developing a task management application in today’s age. Relevant Links. Todoist. Systemist: A modern productivity workflow | Todoist Blog. How to create sub-tasks? Todoist. Todoist Business. Amir Salihefendic (@amix3k) | Twitter.

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The Productivityist Podcast: What Goes Into a Task App with Amir Salihefendic

Productivityist

This week on the podcast I speak with the founder and CEO of Doist (the makers of Todoist), Amir Salihefendic. We discuss what prompted him to create Todoist, what system he uses to complete his tasks, and dive deeper into what it’s like to work on developing a task management application in today’s age. Relevant Links. Todoist. Systemist: A modern productivity workflow | Todoist Blog. How to create sub-tasks? Todoist. Todoist Business. Amir Salihefendic (@amix3k) | Twitter.

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