April, 2020

5 Ways to Fix Your Focus During Lockdown

Dumb Little Man

If you are having difficulty finding focus right now, join the club! You are not alone. In this article, I will share with you the top 5 motivating factors to keep you focused on the future. Because to have focus is to have a vision. In order to have a vision, you need to have a sight of what it is you are trying to achieve. Is it any wonder that you’re having trouble focusing when the vision of the future is unknown? We are in turbulent times.

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The organised Assistant

Practically Perfect PA

The role of the Assistant these days is pretty diverse; one day you will be assisting one Executive with personal tasks, the next you may be making business travel arrangements for a different person, managing a project, working on a big event or hiring a new Administrative team. Assistants are always pulled in so [.].

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5 Tips for Working Without Direct Supervision

Eat Your Career

As I write this, we are in the midst of a global pandemic, which has changed the way we live and work. Many professionals are working from hom e for the first time. Based on the questions I’m receiving and complaints I’m hearing, quite a few are struggling as they attempt to work without direct supervision. Look, let’s be honest: No one likes a micro-manager.

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Working from Home Flip-Side in Covid-19 Shutdown

Tips From T. Marie

Anyone who follows me here on the blog or on social media knows that I have been working from home for 13 years. For 10 of those, I’ve had a focus on assisting other businesses with online technology. Unlike so many of you, the current pandemic situation did not suddenly throw me into an unfamiliar work from home situation. That does not mean Covid-19 hasn’t had an effect on my business. The truth is, the results are rather interesting.

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Podcast 145: Create stabilizing structure

Clutter Coach

by Listen or subscribe here: iTunes ? Stitcher ?. Soundcloud ? YouTube ? Google Play ? iHeartRadio You can leave a review here! ClutterCoachClaire · Create stabilizing structure. This is podcast 145 and it’s about creating stabilizing structure. I’ve talked about this before but today I’ll give it a different slant because many people during this pandemic quarantine time have lost their daily regular routines and schedules.

2020 122

How to Be a Leader

Ian's Messy Desk

The post How to Be a Leader appeared first on Ian's Messy Desk. Do you get frustrated by things that don’t seem to happen the way they’re supposed to? People are milling about, but nothing gets accomplished. In the hustle, do you feel that your goals remain just that – goals? Maybe its time for you to stand up and do something about it. Most people are content […]. You just finished reading How to Be a Leader ! Consider leaving a comment! Recommended: Evernote Essentials.

2020 118

7 Must Do Hacks for When Your Motivation Dips

Dumb Little Man

Do you know that feeling when you are hyped and ready to take on a new challenge? You are taken over by a surge of motivation and excitement and you’ve made a commitment you fully intend to stick to. It sounds familiar, right? Perhaps you declared your intention to dedicate more time to self-care, or you signed up to that online course, or invested in a pack of exercise classes, or you set a goal to read 20 pages a day. Whatever it is you devoted yourself to – you meant it when you said it.

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What’s the Difference? Career Advancement vs. Career Progression (Video)

Eat Your Career

This video is an excerpt from a live training webinar hosted by Chrissy Scivicque, Career Coach & Corporate Trainer. The full video and worksheet are available in the Career Success Library. The topic of this webinar was, “Career Advancement for Administrative Professionals.” In this excerpt, Chrissy explains the difference between two important terms: Career Advancement and Career Progression.

2020 139

Working from Home Q & A: Facebook Live Replay

Tips From T. Marie

Dealing with a pandemic can make you feel pretty helpless. I’ve found a great way to feel a little less helpless is to make myself helpful. That’s why I finally decided to take the plunge into Facebook Live. This was a big decision for me. I’m a dyed in the wool introvert, so putting my face out there live is scary. But with an increase in the number of people working from home now, I realized my 13 years of experience might be of help.

2020 132

Fail to Plan; Plan to Fail – Meeting Planning Success

Office Dynamics

Planning and executing meetings and events is no easy task and requires a PLAN and a PROCESS and a TEAM of experts to make it happen and for it to be deemed a success. If you fail to plan appropriately, you are setting yourself up to fail and who wants to do that? Not me and hopefully not you. So, what do you need to do to prevent failure when planning a meeting, to insure success instead? For starters, you need a design or planning team to help flush out goals and objectives and key messages.

Podcast 144: Organizing to soothe your soul

Clutter Coach

by Listen or subscribe here: iTunes ? Stitcher ?. Soundcloud ? YouTube ? Google Play ? iHeartRadio You can leave a review here! ?. Try Clean Email today ! This is podcast 144 and it’s about organizing to soothe your soul. If you’ve got the motivation, energy and focus for a project, you’ve probably already started one. I hope you’ve gotten some helpful info from my podcasts. Is your email inbox on overload? It probably is, despite your best efforts.

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Why You Need a Mindful Journaling Practice

Dumb Little Man

Each person should find time to have a break and think about what is bothering them. Mindful journaling will help to figure out what is in your heart. Our hectic lifestyles lead to stress, depression, and other similar problems. Nearly all people have this feeling when everything seems to be fine, but something is wrong. You can be successful, you can have a great life and no complaints, but some event or even conversation might leave a trace in life.

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Working Remotely – How to Keep Balance and Productivity

Practically Perfect PA

Many of you are reading this from the comfort of your home office. At first, this may sound like heaven on earth (a lot of people think they want to work from home). The reality will settle in quickly (if it hasn’t already). Working Remotely – How to Keep Balance and Productivity Working from home [.]. Executive Assistant key strengths Featured administrators assistants EA Executive Assistant Office manager PA Personal Assistant Virtual Assistant

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Beware of Toxic Productivity: Tips for Working While Under Stress

Eat Your Career

For most of us, “productivity” is something positive, desirable, even healthy —especially when it comes to work. But productivity also has a dark side, which I’ve been experiencing more and more recently. Perhaps you have too, but maybe you don’t even realize it. Toxic Productivity is so insidious, it often goes unchecked for long periods. It tends to appear most in times of stress, which we (collectively, as a society) are currently enduring in extreme quantities.

2020 125

Should You Start A Home Business in a Recession?

Tips From T. Marie

The protective measures we have taken to help protect ourselves and others from the COVID-19 virus is very likely to bring on our next big recession. With unemployment at an all time high, there are also more people out there seriously considering starting their own business. But should you start a home business in a recession? This is a subject near and dear to my heart. Because I started my business in our last great recession.

2020 124

Embrace a Warrior Mindset – The Ultimate Guide for Assistants

Office Dynamics

In life and our professions, we are going to experience chaos. Whether as a result of organizational restructuring, economic downturns, family hardship or otherwise. Feelings of overwhelm, high workload demands, time constraints and communication barriers with family and colleagues can feel especially turbulent during times of stress. In this Warrior Mindset blog, we are going to cover the 5 steps you need to take to overcome chaos: Changing your view of yourself and your perception a.

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Podcast 143: Tips from work-at-home veterans

Clutter Coach

by Listen or subscribe here: iTunes ? Stitcher ?. Soundcloud ? YouTube ? Google Play ? iHeartRadio. You can leave a review here! ?. In this podcast I talk to two women, Melissa Kirk and Mimi Heft, who normally work at home to get some tips for the rest of us who are suddenly now doing that.

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How To Handle Burnout And Toxic Stress In The Workplace

Dumb Little Man

Whenever you’re stressed, your cortisol levels, which is also known as the stress hormone, increase 2-5x from their normal state. However, not all stress is equal. Humans can experience two types of stress: short-term or chronic. The difference? One has a clear endpoint while the other never ends. An instance of short-term stress would be worrying about meeting a deadline. A deadline is a tangible goal with a clear endpoint, ultimately challenging your cortisol to excel toward it.

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30 Day Challenge: A Picture A Day

Simple Productivity Blog

How much do you remember about your day-to-day life? When it was busy it was hard. But under the stay-at-home restrictions, I have found that the days all blur together unless I am very deliberate about remembering. This month I am doing a 30 day challenge to take a picture of something each day. The post 30 Day Challenge: A Picture A Day appeared first on Laura Earnest. 30 Day Challenge

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Skills Required In Times Of Pandemic-Induced Mass Surveillance

Brilliantly Better

History has this interesting way of uncovering human race transformations from one type of organization to the next one. When you take the time to study it, it’s like a movie in which each scene blends into the next one in a very predictable way. It also shows us the upsides and the downsides of. Read more Skills Required In Times Of Pandemic-Induced Mass Surveillance. The post Skills Required In Times Of Pandemic-Induced Mass Surveillance appeared first on Dragos Roua.

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What's Next for Digital Nomads?

Small Business Labs

It’s clear remote work, and especially working from home , are trends that are being amplified and accelerated by the COVID 19 pandemic and related economic shutdown.      But one group of remote workers are mostly not benefiting from the pandemic - digital nomads.      These are people who embrace a location-independent, technology-enabled lifestyle that allows them to travel and work remotely, anywhere in the world that has decent Internet connections. 

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Working in Tandem with Your Leader

Office Dynamics

One of the most common struggles amongst administrative professionals and their executives is a disconnect. Over the last 30 years, we have heard every disconnect scenario assistants have experienced: the executive does not touch base; the executive and assistant have different communication styles; the executive is unorganized with his or her thoughts and doesn’t effectively relay details, etc. Working in tandem is hard enough when you are in the office and things are “business as usual.”

2020 118

10 Pairs of Words with Dissolving Distinctions

Daily Writing Tips

Erosion of distinctions between senses for words with similar or related meanings is a natural process, but careful writers resist becoming accessories to acceleration of that process. Here are ten word pairs that are used interchangeably, often at the expense of clarity.

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How To Use Social Media For PR: A Step-By-Step Guide

Dumb Little Man

Social media marketing is one of the most important aspects of digital marketing and PR. If you don’t use social media platforms to promote your business, then you are missing out on quite a lot. Here is a step-by-step guide on how to use social media for PR. Build Your Brand’s Personality. It is extremely important that you know who your audience is in order to be able to create the content that they will enjoy and make your digital marketing campaign suited specifically for them.

2020 183

30 Day Challenge Wrapup: 5 Minute Breathing

Simple Productivity Blog

During April I wanted to spend some time trying to learn to meditate. Since I fall asleep more often than not when attempting meditation (especially guided meditation), I wanted to have something of short duration, but that would be easy to do on my own. I settled on spending 5 minutes a day focusing on my breathing. The post 30 Day Challenge Wrapup: 5 Minute Breathing appeared first on Laura Earnest. 30 Day Challenge

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We Live In A High-Tech Medieval World

Brilliantly Better

Today I got out of the house to change my bombona (bottle gas). Since today was also the first day in which kids were finally allowed to go out, with their parents (for the first time since the start of the lockdown), I saw a lot of new people on the streets. The vast majority. Read more We Live In A High-Tech Medieval World. The post We Live In A High-Tech Medieval World appeared first on Dragos Roua. Personal Development Relationships & Society

2020 63

The Stimulus Programs Gig Workers and Freelancers Qualify For

Small Business Labs

Congress passed and the president signed the massive Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) economic stimulus package last week.    The legislation contains a number of provisions aimed at helping independent workers (the self-employed, freelancers, gig workers, etc.) weather the economic storm caused by the coronavirus pandemic.

2020 54

Time Management Skills for Executive and Administrative Assistants

Office Dynamics

One of the biggest struggles executive assistants report to me is mastering effective time management. Let’s face it: your days are chaotic. You’re pulled in a million different directions, and many of you have multiple leaders to support. Deadlines press down on you, distractions steal valuable time, and there never seems to be quite enough hours in the day to get it all done! I know what you’re up against. There is no process, no to-do list, no time tracking trick that will help you until.

2020 109

Identifying Clauses

Daily Writing Tips

A reader has asked for help in distinguishing noun, adjective, and adverb clauses. First, what is a clause? A clause is a group of words that contains a subject and a finite verb. (A A finite verb shows time such as present, past, or future.). Clauses are of two main kinds: independent and dependent. An independent clause (also called a main clause) can stand alone as a complete thought. The boat is leaking. Cats sleep most of the time. Elizabeth I ruled England for nearly forty-five years.

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5 Questions to Ask Roofing Contractors When Hiring

Dumb Little Man

As our home’s first line of defense against harsh sunlight, torrential rains, heavy snow, and the elements in general, the roof is the part of our home that tends to sustain a lot of damage over time. Considering the importance of our roof, any sign that it has a problem must be addressed right away. That means hiring roofing contractors to fix the roof or replace it if needed. However, it would be a mistake to just hire the first roofing contractor that comes your way.

2020 182

How I Do Longer-Term Planning

Simple Productivity Blog

Daily and weekly planning will get you through the day-to-day without having tasks pile up for a massive weekend task-fest. But isn't there more to life than just the day-to-day? For a long time I existed on daily and weekly planning only. Partially it was because I was just so busy juggling all of my commitments (work, child, house, spouse and volunteer) that I didn't have room for anything more. I would plow through my days, insanely productive, falling into bed at night exhausted.

2020 100

People Seldom Think, They Mostly Label

Brilliantly Better

We are experiencing a pandemic. An epidemic of global scale, that is. But, mind you, this is not the only pandemic we’re experiencing. I’m sure that 99.99% of the people reading this right now have no idea that we were experiencing an epidemic before Covid-19 too. It’s not conspiracy, it’s not something hidden, it was. Read more People Seldom Think, They Mostly Label. The post People Seldom Think, They Mostly Label appeared first on Dragos Roua.

2020 63

Small Business Closure Scenarios

Small Business Labs

Based on an industry by industry analysis (1), our base case estimate is 21% of U.S. employer small businesses will close in 2020 (2) (3).    This is about 1.2 million small businesses.      In our optimistic case, 14% close and in our pessimistic case, 34% close.      The table below (click to enlarge) shows the scenario data.    The scenarios are briefly described in note (4) below.  

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Whacking Word Clutter in Your Writing

Office Dynamics

In The Elements of Style , iconic authors William Strunk Jr. and E.B. White called word clutter “the leeches that infest the pond of prose, sucking the blood out of words.”. Yes, the same E.B. White who gave us beloved children’s stories like Stuart Little, The Trumpet of the Swan and Charlotte’s Web also gave us that visceral description. What is word clutter? Word clutter refers to unnecessary words in a sentence. Why – and how – do you eliminate them?

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5 Things to Know Before you Start a Travel Blog

Small Business CEO

With the rise of travel influencers sharing their stories and photos from numerous adventures they’ve been on online, people have started to get more and more interested in travel blogging. It shouldn’t come as a surprise, though, as traveling over the years has become more available and inexpensive than ever before. These days everyone can become a travel influencer or a travel blogger – it might not be easy, but it’s very much doable.

2020 63

To All Those Who Love Nature And The Ones Who Don’t

Dumb Little Man

I think it is pretty amazing how nature alone can teach us so many things and can make us realise the real beauty and meaning of life. For some, it may be boring and for some it is the answer they have been longing for. Whether it is an old tree or a clear blue sky, a mountain top or a dark hidden cave, a clear blue ocean or a blooming flower, each one of these show what life really is. The sky will show all its colors over the course of the day.

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Podcast Episode 21: Minimizing Collection Points

Simple Productivity Blog

We have a lot of information coming at us these days. And the fewer spots you have to fetch that information from means the more time you will have for other things. Today we're going to look at what your collection points are, and how to minimize them. The post Podcast Episode 21: Minimizing Collection Points appeared first on Laura Earnest. Podcast

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