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Is Stuff Driving You Crazy… Listen Up!

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Soles4Souls Trip to Haiti: Day 1

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On January 5th I traveled to Port-au-Prince, Haiti with Soles4Souls to distribute shoes to those in need. For 5 days I was surrounded by wonderful people and made great new friends. I came back with a new outlook on life and a love for the people and land that I left.

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Don’t Miss A Thing!

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Don’t forget to check out the new BLOG ! This week we are taking a look at what a simplified life looks like and discussing how excess can paralyze us. And here is an old school approach to memory keeping I shared with my readers! Don’t miss a thing, subscribe today

2011 16

Going From To Do To Done, Is As Easy As 1-2-3!

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image by: robstephaustralia (yes that’s a to-do list tattoo!). As a paper planner kind of girl I love making to do lists and checking the items off as they get done.

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Have A Successful and Organized New Year! + A Giveaway

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I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas and a Happy New Year! Our family enjoyed Christmas festivities in New York this year which included an extended stay due to a wintry snow storm that canceled our flight home for several days.

2011 11

Soles4Souls Trip to Haiti: Day 5

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Sunday morning I woke and finished packing my bag. Anything we had that could be used at the HOM we left. Extra shoes, flip-flops, bug spray, hand sanitizer, towels and clothes. The pile kept getting larger and larger.

Soles4Souls Trip to Haiti: Day 4

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Last night the church held services until midnight and we could hear the congregation singing. I enjoyed listening to them praise God! Every once in a while you could tell what song was being played but couldn’t make out the words, except for hallelujah. Sweet music to my ears!

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Soles4Souls Trip to Haiti: Day 3

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Our rooster friend took it easy during the night so it was nice to get some restful sleep. I have never been a morning person but waking here with the rising sun and the open windows just made me feel more lively in the morning. This was the view from the rooftop where we ate our meals.

Soles4Souls Trip to Haiti: Day 2

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To start off day two of the trip I will just go ahead and throw out Lesson #3: Roosters crow whenever they want! I thought roosters only crowed at dawn or during the day but apparently that is so not true.

Home From Haiti

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I safely returned from Haiti and I can’t wait to tell you all about it! It was certainly a life changing experience for me in so many ways! I certainly left a piece of my heart there. I came home to snow and closed schools so I have been enjoying time with my kids.

There’s No Mess Like Snow Mess

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We just had our first snow here in Tennessee and oh what a mess. I love watching the kids get all excited about playing in the snow but a small part of me dreads getting them bundled up and then un-bundled again. And then there is the wet sloshy, muddy mess they bring in. Blech. I could do without.

Better Battery Organization

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This season don’t forget to add one more thing to your list… batteries are not included for many gifts! Last week on Penelope Loves Lists , Meredith posted about battery organization and I thought this would be a great time to show you my battery drawer!

Two Heads (or more) Are Better Than One When Getting Organized!

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I recently overheard two women complaining about chores, then the conversation went something like this, “How about you come to my house and help me clean, then we can go clean your house!&# It was said half jokingly but really what better way to get things done!

The Story That Will Last A Lifetime

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Last weekend we went on our annual shopping trip to Hallmark to pick up cards and ornaments. This year something new caught our attention. Hallmark now offers Recordable Storybooks for The Night Before Christmas , The Very First Christmas , and Frosty The Snowman !

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The Pantry Makeover: After

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I recently partnered up with The Stow Company to completely makeover my master closet and pantry with custom closet solutions, a dream come true! The Stow Company supplied the product and Nashville ORG dealer Closets & More provided the installation services.

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New Blog

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I will keep this short and sweet. I am changing things up a bit around here. My business site will stay here but the blog is moving. Well, it will still be floating around out there, kind of, but I will now be writing here… Please come check it out and subscribe so you don’t miss out

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Monday’s Motivation: Where Do Your Priorities Stand?

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The key is not to prioritize what’s on your schedule, but to schedule your priorities. Stephen R. Covey. - – - – - – - – - – - – - – - – - – - – - – - – - – - – - – - – - – - – - – - – - – - – - – -. Join me on Monday’s for a thought provoking. quote to inspire you and get your week off to a great start! Monday's Motivation

Mondat’s Motivation: Are You Listening?

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Courage is what it takes to stand up and speak. Courage is also what it takes to sit down and listen. Winston Churchill. - – - – - – - – - – - – - – - – - – - – - – - – - – - – - – - – - – - – - – - – - – - – - – -. Join me on Monday’s for a thought provoking. quote to inspire you and get your week off to a great start! Monday's Motivation

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ORG Master Closet and Pantry Makeover

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In case you missed the full series before Thanksgiving. I thought I would share our master closet and pantry makeover one more time. Take a peek at the before and after pictures below, then you will find links to the complete series detailing the installation process from beginning to end! I recently partnered up with The Stow Company to completely makeover my master closet and pantry with custom closet solutions, a dream come true!

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Monday’s Motivation: Stress Relief

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The greatest weapon against stress is our ability to choose one thought over another. – William James. - – - – - – - – - – - – - – - – - – - – - – - – - – - – - – - – - – - – - – - – - – - – - – -. Join me on Monday’s for a thought provoking. quote to inspire you and get your week off to a great start! Monday's Motivation

Monday’s Motivation: Slow Down

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An unhurried sense of time is in itself a form of wealth. Bonnie Friedman. For extra inspiration read my friend Leisa’s post, about a special person in her life that is teaching her to slow down and enjoy the little things.

The 5 questions you need to ask before you minute a meeting

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Love it or hate it minute taking is part and parcel of the day to day role of the PA/EA for the most part. Personally, I have always found them slightly painful, but through experience and training I have made my peace with them and gotten my technique down to a fine art! Having worked […].

2017 68

How to Write When You Can't Change Things

Business Writing

I led a class for a group of writers who respond to citizen complaints about airplane noise. The writers cannot make the planes quieter, and they can't make them go away. What can they do? They can respond in ways. Courteous Writing Etiquette Positive Language

2017 69

The tech savvy assistant: What does it really mean?

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Most of us that have been working in the PA industry for a while now will have heard of the phrase ‘the tech savvy assistant’ It might have cropped up on your job specs and been discussed during your most recent job interview. But what does it actually mean?

2017 76

The New Multinationals: Small, Micro and Solo Businesses Driving the Next Wave of Globalization

Small Business Labs

Globalization and international trade was once driven almost exclusively by large multinational corporations. No longer.

2017 76

Modernising the ‘bring up’ folder

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Today I thought I would write about a system I used to use to keep my Executive organised everyday – the ‘bring up folder.’ ’ I think most of you are familiar with the bring up folder system and many of you use it to also keep your Executives on track throughout the day.

2017 68

Is Your Job Title Hurting Your Career?

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When you decide to change jobs, you may have certain criteria in mind about what jobs you will take and the ones you will dismiss. Some of your criteria may be based on salary, location, company culture or perks. One area that often is overlooked is the job title.

2017 74

Need for Agility and Skilled Talent Driving Growing Corporate Use of Contingent Workers

Small Business Labs

Ardent Partners recently released their 2017-2018 State of the Contingent Workforce Management report. Ardent Partners is an analyst firm focused on corporate procurement and supply chains.

2017 74

Ground rules for team meetings

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A really fundamental task for assistants is organising your department team meetings. If your organisation is anything like the businesses I used to work for I bet you organise A LOT of team meetings.

2017 110

5 Ways People Dislike Your Emails (And Possibly You)

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An interesting bit of research came to my attention recently, courtesy of the BBC website.

2017 99

Proposed Senate Tax Bill Would Change Gig Worker Classification and the Gig Economy

Small Business Labs

Senate Republicans are turning to the gig economy for new revenue to offset their proposed tax cuts. They are including a safe harbor provision for gig workers in their tax bill proposal (for those who are so inclined, see the section starting on page 151 of the document).

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Coworking Industry Competition Heating Up

Small Business Labs

The coworking industry is getting more competitive.    Recent examples include stories about coworking spaces  offering of a year's free rent to prospective tenants , reports of coworking spaces spying on competitors and coworking spaces closing down due to growing competition.

2017 70

Upwork's 2017 Freelancing in America Study

Small Business Labs

Upwork and the Freelancers Union released their 2017 Freelancing in America study last week. This is the 4th year of this study. The key finding is the estimated number of freelancers continued to grow in 2017, reaching 57.3 million, up from 53 million in 2014.

2017 70

A sneaky peek at the Future Assistant programme

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As you guys can imagine with two weeks to go to the Virtual Summit I am literally up to my head in videos, online event technology, marketing and social media. I’m not going to lie, it is pretty intense BUT, it is going to be so awesome!

2017 73

EY Embraces the Gig Economy

Small Business Labs

The "Big 4" accounting and consulting firm EY recently announced GigNow , an advanced technology platform that sources and matches qualified independent workers with projects at EY.

2017 77

Best tips on working with multiple managers

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Last month I asked everyone on the Practically Perfect PA social media platforms to give me their best tips on working with multiple managers. Here are the results. Enjoy… There are some brilliant tips here! Here are my best tips on working with multiple managers.

2017 106

Day in the life: Diana Brandl, Senior EA at Mister Spex

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Today’s Day in the life: Diana Brandl, Senior EA at Mister Spex, Founder and CEO of The Socialista Projects, Head of IMA Berlin and National Social Relations Officer, speaker, coach and mentor and all round superstar EA! What are the main aspects of your role?

2017 76

25 ways to get noticed on LinkedIn

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Congratulations! You have an ‘All Star’ LinkedIn profile. You must be doing something right. Before you become too complacent, please ask yourself the following questions. Am I really leveraging LinkedIn to its full effect? Am I using LinkedIn strategically to grow my Personal Brand?

2017 99

Number of Minority Owned U.S. Small Businesses Growing Rapidly

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According to research from The Business Journals SMB Insights group the number of minority owned small businesses in the U.S. is growing much faster than overall small business growth rate. As their chart below shows, between 2007 and 2017 the number minority owned SMBs have grown by 79% reaching 11.1

2017 73

Using networks to get stuff done

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Just last week I was reminded how brilliant PAs are at using networks to get stuff done. I’m lucky to be a member of a direct messaging group on Twitter made up of some very awesome and proactive assistants.