April, 2015

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

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

Don't Get Lost in Long Sentences!

Business Writing

When strangers write to me asking for help with their writing, the most common problem I see is long, complicated sentences. Example: Lynn, please help me with my writing because I need to improve so I can advance to a. Proofreading Teaching Business Writing Writing Tips

2015 246

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 241

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

Ensure your clothes work for you!

Practically Perfect PA

“No-one will champion you or your career if you don’t.”. Karren Brady. To really start championing your career you have to ensure your clothes work with you, rather than against you. Clothing covers 90% of your body so make what you wear count!

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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

Can I Fool You? 10 Business Writing Rules

Business Writing

For April Fools'' Day, here is a list of 10 rules for effective business writing. Two of them are phony rules. Can I fool you? Rule 1. Always think of your reader while planning your message or document. Rule 2. Email Teaching Business Writing Writing Tips

2015 231

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

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 233

Science Shows Us How to Perform Under Pressure

On The Job

There is no shortage of inspiring messages about how you must learn to rise above the occasion and show your brilliance under pressure if you want to be successful. When we think of people who epitomize such messages, those who come to mind are often sports superstars like Michael Jordan.

2015 208

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

Professionalism Without The Price Tag

The Small Business Blog

When embarking upon a new small enterprise or startup money tends to be on the tight side. But a lean budget doesn’t have to mean unprofessional looking.

2015 207

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 222

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

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 221

Never Forget That You're Always Expendable

On The Job

The March unemployment report wasn''t as rosy as was expected as employers only added 126,000 jobs. But no one appears to be panicking, as the unemployment rate remains at 5.5%, and some economists dismiss the lackluster hiring as simply a result of bad winter weather.

2015 201

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

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

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

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 219

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 191

Save Time In Excel By Formatting Multiple Sheets

Simple Productivity Blog

This is a little-known and huge time saver in Microsoft Excel. Using this tip, you can save time in Excel by formatting multiple sheets at the same time. The post Save Time In Excel By Formatting Multiple Sheets appeared first on Simple Productivity Blog.

2015 219

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

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 202

Emotion Can Spur Greater Team Performance

On The Job

In a recent survey , 46% of employees report they’d prefer to do anything else than sit in a team meeting, with 17% reporting they would be willing to watch paint dry and 8% saying they’d be willing to endure a root canal.

2015 188

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 213

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.

Boost Your Productivity With Word Shortcuts

Simple Productivity Blog

One of the best ways that you can boost your productivity at the computer is to learn the keyboard shortcuts for some of the most commonly used actions. Instead of grasping the mouse and clicking the Copy button, for example, you could press a couple of keys and get the same results.

2015 219

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

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 194

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 183

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 211

When Someone Lies in Meeting Notes

Business Writing

James (not his real name), a contract manager at a public agency, wrote to me about a delicate situation. His job includes recording the minutes of the meetings his team has with the contractor’s team. James submits the meeting notes. Etiquette Meeting minutes Meeting Notes and Minutes

2015 182