April, 2015

Zen in The Art of Productivity

Dumb Little Man

Zen aims to simplify the mind. To exclude any concepts. Beginner’s mind has too many options. Master’s mind just knows.“ In Japan, archery is not only a sport where hitting the targets is the main purpose. Archery is also meant to train the mind.

2015 285

Diary management for PAs and EAs

Practically Perfect PA

While the role of a PA or EA is constantly evolving, diary management continues to be a fundamental task. PAs spend at least a third of their time managing diaries, so it’s essential that you’ve mastered this aspect of your job. This guide provides tips to help you on your way. Own the calendar.

2015 276

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The Shoe That Grows - Small Business Innovation in Action

Small Business Labs

The Shoe That Grows is a simple and clever solution to a massive problem - providing children in the developing world with inexpensive, long lasting shoes. Ill-fitting or the lack of shoes is a big problem. 

2015 243

5 Steps to Increasing Your Cash Flow

Office Organization Success

You’ve done it! You’re generating consistent cash flow month after month — you can predict exactly what’s coming in and exactly what’s going out. For many business owners though, this is still a dream.

2015 225

Happy Administrative Professionals Week! An Admirable Profession

Office Dynamics

Administrative Professionals Week – Celebrating An Admirable Profession. First, I want to thank my incredible administrative partner who grew into a Vice President at Office Dynamics. Jasmine Freeman.

Gain Their Loyalty. Stop Giving Them What They Want.

Tips From T. Marie

We all know that loyal clients, customers, readers, etc. are the bread and butter of whatever endeavor you happen to be embarking on.

2015 178

5 Ways To Create the Foundation of a Long Term Relationship

Dumb Little Man

Every relationship has its peaks and valleys. Sometimes the valleys seem so deep and wide that it feels like you’ll never get out of them. Some couples never do. They either choose to go their separate ways, file for a divorce, or have a legal separation.

2015 285

More Trending

The Pet Sitting Dog Fight

Small Business Labs

Seattle based Rover.com , a site that connects dog owners and sitters, recently announced a $25 million funding round led by Technology Crossover Ventures. This brings the total amount raised by Rover to $50 million across 4 funding rounds.

2015 226

Info Product Creation: How To Create Your FIRST Info Product in 7 Easy Steps

Office Organization Success

You can create your first info product in as little as two hours when you follow these steps below. But first, let’s look at why having an info product as part of your business model is so important.

2015 221

Wind Girl and Building a Better Clothespin

Loosely Speaking

Since it’s breezy to outright windy here throughout springtime, I’m realizing that we really could do with a clothesline. Between our endless sunshine and air movement, our clothes would dry in no time.

2015 176

Could One Item in Your Office Be Hurting Your Productivity?

Tips From T. Marie

Do you ever get to the end of a long day and wonder just where the time went? Do you find your to-do list still looks the same as it did when you started and you feel like you accomplished nothing? Of course you have, we all have days like that.

2015 177

How Positive Writing Will Help You To Live a Happier Life

Dumb Little Man

The power of positive thinking is not to be underestimated. The growth in wellness and happiness campaigns in the last decade have been astronomical. Scientists have gotten on board to study brain patterns in order to discover what makes us happy.

2015 285

CV tips for PAs and EAs

Practically Perfect PA

For PAs and EAs, writing an impressive CV requires many of the same techniques and conventions applied in other occupations. But there are also ways of boosting your CV that are unique to your profession. This guide provides handy tips for your next PA application. Write a new CV for every job.

2015 230

2.7 Million Independents Work in the On-Demand Economy

Small Business Labs

According to a new report from MBO Partners -  Independent Workers and the On-Demand Economy  - about 2.7 million American independent workers report using at least one on-demand economy platform or marketplace as a source of work or income.

2015 223

Increase Product Sales with These 3 Types of Special Offers

Office Organization Success

Sometimes you need a quick cash injection in your business. And having a few options available can really help you create some immediate cash flow.

2015 208

5 Ways That Bosses Drive Away Employees

On The Job

A recent survey finds that about half of employees quit their jobs to get away from bad bosses. Count me as one of them. I''ve quit two jobs in my career because I believed the bosses were actually hurting my ability to do my job.

2015 249

Using Excel To Take Apart and Consolidate Text

Simple Productivity Blog

I deal with a lot of information, for my job, for my classes, and for Girl Scouts. When I get information in a form that is readable, but not quite usable, I have the option to re-type it.or I can put Excel on the task and let it do the work.

2015 248

Quit Any Bad Habit (In 6 Steps)

Dumb Little Man

Bad habits have something in common. Either it’s a cigarette you are reaching for, a cup of coffee, an energy drink or a sugar and fat laden dessert. At some point you feel that something has completely overpowered you.

2015 285

Practically Perfect PA Giveaway

Practically Perfect PA

Thanks to the lovely folk at Biscuiteers , the luxury, hand-iced biscuit gifting company, we have a very special giveaway for Practically Perfect PA readers. We are offering one lucky reader the chance to attend the Biscuiteers School of Icing with a friend.

2015 213

Coworking and the Blending of Work and Life

Small Business Labs

We quit using the term "work/life balance" many years ago. It simply doesn't fit the world most of us live in. Instead, we started using "work/life flexibility" This term fit what we were hearing in our interviews and seeing in our survey results.

2015 214

Are You Cleaning Out Your List Regularly?

Office Organization Success

The boys are on Spring break this week, and so I’ve adjusted my schedule to give me time to spend with them. Before we know it they’ll be on summer vacation and I’ll be working my “summer” schedule.

2015 191

The Future of the Administrative Profession

Office Dynamics

The Future of the Administrative Profession – Surviving or Thriving? By Joan Burge, Founder and CEO, Office Dynamics International. Changing the Lives of Administrative Professionals Since 1990.

2015 234

Creating an Idea Notebook in OneNote

Simple Productivity Blog

This month on Mondays we are going to be looking at how a suite of tools - namely Microsoft Office - can make you more productive. Our first post in the series comes from one of my readers, who is organizing everything using OneNote, Microsoft''s notebook tool.

2015 248

14 Problems Freelancers Usually Face

Dumb Little Man

Freelance has its pros and cons. You are your own manager and boss, but there are quite a few problems as well. These problems are not all very different comparing to the problems of office workers. If you plan on becoming a freelancer, you should definitely keep reading.

2015 285

Ten tips for managing multiple Executives

Practically Perfect PA

Speaking to assistants at the Assist Conference back in February I was surprised at how many of the delegates worked for multiple Executives. I would say the majority worked for two or more bosses.

2015 211

The Appification of Small Business

Small Business Labs

The Appification of Small Business is a new research report from Intuit shows the extent to which small businesses have moved to the cloud, a trend they forecasting to continue (disclosure: Emergent Research contributed to this report).

2015 203

Want Your Small Business to Make Big Ripples in the Business World? Try this.

Tips From T. Marie

You may have read the trending news story about Dan Price, the CEO who took a cut in pay in order to give raises to everyone in his company that weren’t making $70,000.00 a year.

2015 156

Make Your Boss Look Good [Part 2]

Office Dynamics

Did you read Part 1 of this 2-Part series? Read: Make Your Boss Look Good [Part 1]. Helping your executive shine is about doing 100 little things, not 1 big thing. In the previous blog, I shared tips specific to teaching your executive how to work with you.

2015 230

Work-Life Balance for Parents

Simple Productivity Blog

It can be really hard to be a parent. It’s even harder when you are working, being a parent, managing a home and doing all the other things that come from having non-adults in your house. It is really easy, however, to get out of balance while managing those hard tasks.

2015 225

9 Little Things Happy People Don’t Do

Dumb Little Man

Have you ever noticed that the happy people in this world seem to do things, or rather not do things that differ to what the majority of unhappy people would do? Sure they may only be small things, but they great factors in the overall happiness someone has in their life.

2015 286

20 questions to ask a new boss

Practically Perfect PA

For assistants to be successful in their career they must must must have a good working relationship with their boss. The role is ultimately making the boss a success so the assistant has to ensure that the relationship is strong from the outset.

2015 199

Coworking in India

Small Business Labs

I'm just back from a trip to India where I had the opportunity to visit several coworking spaces. Coworking in India is growing quite rapidly, with more than 100 spaces across the country and new spaces popping up on a regular basis.

2015 197

5 Apps You Can Use Right Now to Become More Eco-Friendly

Eco-Office Gals

It’s easy to talk about eco-friendliness. We’ve all been doing it for decades. Some of us haven’t moved beyond adding a recycle bin for plastic and aluminum. Even that is no great boast in states like Oregon, that require such measures.

2015 151

5 Best Practices for Boosting Your Resiliency

Office Dynamics

<Guest Post by All Things Admin, Julie Perrine> Part of an admin’s job is knowing how to handle unexpected, uncomfortable and sometimes downright awful situations. This means being flexible, patient, and expert trouble-shooters.

2015 225

Boost Your Word Productivity With Styles

Simple Productivity Blog

This month on Mondays we are going to be looking at how a suite of tools - namely Microsoft Office - can make you more productive. Our second post in the series is one of those power user tricks that is actually really easy to use - and can save a ton of time.

2015 223

The Best of Life Metaphors & Similes

Dumb Little Man

You can look at life in many ways. Below are my favorite life metaphors and similes categorized based on the lesson it evokes. Depending on what’s going on in my life, it often helps to remind me of what life is all about and how I can choose to play a part.

2015 286

Top 10 tips for creating bulk emails

Practically Perfect PA

During the course of my career one of my favourite tasks was creating regular newsletters, marketing emails, company updates and bulk email messages from my Executives. I did this task in a number of roles and found it to be a really creative outlet for me.

2015 198