May, 2020

10 Helpful Tips To Improve Your Microbiome

Dumb Little Man

Your gut is home to trillions of little bugs known as microbes. Now, before you go chugging pesticide, you should know that these various bacteria, yeast, and fungi are actually pretty useful. They are the first living beings we encounter in the womb, even helping us form our immune system! As we age, these microbes influence everything from our mood to our weight to our skin health. When one type of microbe becomes too influential, it can throw off the entire system.

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Side Gig Ideas to Supplement Your Home Business during the Pandemic

Tips From T. Marie

Has the current pandemic had an adverse effect on your home business income? Even though self-employed individuals are now eligible for unemployment via the pandemic unemployment assistance program, it may not be a fit for everyone. You could still be making enough money to make you ineligible yet you’re still not making what you normally do and you’re feeling the pinch. I’ve written about side gigs here before, but it seems like a good time to talk about them again.

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Future-Proof Your Career by Developing Project Management Skills

Eat Your Career

Did you know that the typical office professional spends about 80% of his or her time working on projects? Research suggests this number is only going to increase in the future. If you think about it, you can quickly see why. Tasks (or single-step operational to-do items) are easily automated. Over the past few years, technology has probably already reduced the number of tasks on your plate; but projects are fundamentally different.

The ultimate tech guide for Personal and Executive Assistants

Practically Perfect PA

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. It is so important for Assistants to have a good grasp of [.].

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How to Empower Your Employees

Ian's Messy Desk

The post How to Empower Your Employees appeared first on Ian's Messy Desk. Empowerment as a term is widely used and often misinterpreted; as a genuine action, it is difficult to put into practice. Empowerment is really about offering and receiving commitment so it is important to recognize that there are two kinds of commitment: external and internal. External commitment External commitment occurs when employees have little control over their […].

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Being Resilient During Turbulent Times

Office Dynamics

Have you ever come across someone whose decorum is composed amidst the chaos? Their organizational skills, attitude, and outlook seem unscathed. It’s likely that the person you see before you developed those traits over time and has chosen to be resilient regardless of what lies ahead. Developing resiliency is beneficial for two main reasons: Throughout your career and personal life, there will always be turmoil, upheaval, and unwanted change.

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How to Uncover Secret Personal Strengths You Never Knew You Had

Dumb Little Man

If someone asked you to write down your best friend’s personal strengths and then write down your own, chances are, your friend’s list would be twice as long as yours. This isn’t abnormal at all, as we typically find it easier to identify others’ personal strengths than our own. However difficult it may be, becoming aware of your personal strengths is an important life skill.

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Time and The Mind: Shifting Your Time Management Mindset (Webinar)

Eat Your Career

Join us for this month’s free webinar on the topic of Time and The Mind: Shifting Your Time Management Mindset. Date : Wednesday, June 17, 2020. Time : 11:00 AM Pacific | 12:00 PM Mountain | 1:00 PM Central | 2:00 PM Eastern. Sign up for the Eat Your Career Newsletter to receive registration information: [link]. Time management is one of the most popular topics for professional development, and it’s easy to see why: Almost everyone in the working world feels overwhelmed by their workload.

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Getting the basics right: Personal and Executive Assistant Key Tasks

Practically Perfect PA

There are a lot of critical responsibilities for Assistants. During the day, Assistants have to do so many different things, so their skills and tasks are incredibly varied. For new Assistants, it is hard to know where to start. Getting the basics right: Personal and Executive Assistant Key Tasks. Let's get started! In this [.].

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How to Prepare the Room for Your Speech or Presentation

Ian's Messy Desk

The post How to Prepare the Room for Your Speech or Presentation appeared first on Ian's Messy Desk. Think about the time invested in preparing a great speech: research, organization, practice, preparing a slide presentation, etc. Now, imagine neglecting the last preparation step by not allowing time to prepare the facility when you’ll give your speech. Your presentation is scheduled for 10:00 a.m. You blast into the room —with the audience already there— […].

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How Assistants Can Adapt to Change

Office Dynamics

A natural reaction to change is fear of the unknown. Many assistants would much rather stay in their comfort zones where they feel safe and secure. However, change is a must if we want to grow in our careers, in our relationships, and as a person. While the thought of it may seem challenging, change… Attitude Conflict Resolution Problem Solving Self Development adaptibility change in the workplace development for assistants skills for assistants

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Five Steps to Making The Right Decision For You

Dumb Little Man

Are you struggling with a big decision? Or, maybe you’re just feeling stagnant, not sure which way to turn? It’s unsettling not to know. It can be draining and frustrating. The answer isn’t in thinking about it more. It’s not talking with yet another person about what to do. The answer is within you. We struggle with a decision because we don’t know ourselves. It’s not about what others think, as much as it’s about what is right for you. But, too often, we don’t know what’s right.

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Podcast 147: Still not starting

Clutter Coach

by Listen or subscribe here: iTunes ? Stitcher ?. Soundcloud ? YouTube ? Google Play ? iHeartRadio You can leave a review here! Hi, everyone. I’m posting one of my early podcasts about dealing with not being able to get started. I’m doing that partly because I feel stressed out and uncreative and have zero ideas for what to write about today. And I’m posting this particular one because I think it’s helpful information for our current situation.

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How to Focus with an “Open Door” Policy (Video)

Eat Your Career

This video is an excerpt from a live Q&A session with Chrissy Scivicque, Career Coach & Corporate Trainer. The full video is available in the Career Success Librar y. A participant asks: My question is about how to take time for professional development in the midst of a busy work day. I work in a school and my desk is located in the front office suite.

How to Make Working From Home Sustainable

Eco-Office Gals

Sustainability is one of the most important goals for individuals and businesses around the world. If you’re working from home, you’re already on the right track to a sustainable workplace. If you aren’t working from home but plan to do so soon, here are ways you can improve your remote work’s eco-friendliness. Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions. Due to the coronavirus, you may now be working from home. Many people, though, do so normally and may continue after the pandemic passes.

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8 Characteristics of a Good Team Leader

Ian's Messy Desk

The post 8 Characteristics of a Good Team Leader appeared first on Ian's Messy Desk. Effective teamwork is a critical aspect in all types of organizations. Team members should be completely comfortable working with each other in order to give the best to whatever they do. Generally, we would see a team to be comprised of team members and a team leader. The onus of success lies on the team, […]. You just finished reading 8 Characteristics of a Good Team Leader !

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Timely and Effective Communication Strategies for Assistants

Office Dynamics

We all know that communication is the cornerstone of any organization’s success. It is even more important in times of crisis. So how can you effectively communicate with your executive, colleagues, and partners while being sensitive to interpretations and time constraints? In this Timely and Effective Communications blog, we are going to cover how as well as ways you can use communication to maximize productivity and reach goals.

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The Simplest Hack to Be Your Most Organized Self

Dumb Little Man

Finding a good system to be organized can be intimidating. There are so many options! Useful tips on how to get your life together are all over the internet. From minimalist planners to detailed systems, something is bound to draw you in. Choosing the best system to use will be the biggest decision you’ll have to make. What a lot of productivity gurus don’t tell you, though, is that the right system for you isn’t something you find. It’s something you create. Start small, go steady.

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Podcast 146: Tips for supporting staff remotely

Clutter Coach

by Listen or subscribe here: iTunes ? Stitcher ?. Soundcloud ? YouTube ? Google Play ? iHeartRadio You can leave a review here! ?. Today I’m talking to Renee Green who is operations manager at a small software company. We’ll talk about the abrupt transition to working at home and how it’s going, and how things may go in the future. In particular, we’ll talk about the challenges of working remotely, especially when there’s been no advance preparation or experience.

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Is It Okay to Talk About a Former Boss? (Video)

Eat Your Career

This video is an excerpt from a live Q&A session with Chrissy Scivicque, Career Coach & Corporate Trainer. The full video is available in the Career Success Librar y. A participant in our recent Q&A (Ask the Career Coach) session asked: How can we be honest to our potential employers that we left our current positions because of bad relationships with our supervisor/boss?

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30 Day Challenge: Make A List of 30 Day Challenges

Simple Productivity Blog

Faced with a difficulty in finding ideas for my own 30 day challenges, I decided to challenge myself to make my own list. 30 ideas for 30 days. The post 30 Day Challenge: Make A List of 30 Day Challenges appeared first on Laura Earnest. 30 Day Challenge

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Will COVID-19 Cause Older Small Business Owners to Close Their Businesses?

Small Business Labs

According to the research firm Barlow Research Associates , the average small business owner is 60 years old. And as the Barlow chart below shows (click to enlarge), almost 40% are aged 65 or older.    This raises an interesting question.    How will older small business owners react to the pandemic? Will they continue operating their businesses, or will they shut them down?

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Common Grammar Mistakes that Undermine Your Credibility

Office Dynamics

Now more than ever, clarity in communication is important. We’re all adapting to more virtual meetings and a great deal more email communication. Documents that were discussed around a meeting table and then edited by a single person now make their way to multiple colleagues via email. We’ve become accustomed to common abbreviations in text messages, such as, “C U @ 8pm @ Rogers, bring appie.”

2020 113

How to Make Home a Better Place to Relax and Work Remotely

Dumb Little Man

Most of us are used to making our homes a place of rest and our office a place of work. However, there are circumstances where we are forced to work from home instead. And of course, there are some of us who just wish to work remotely. After all, there are solid perks in doing that. You are in total control of everything – from how your office space looks and how you manage your time. Most of all, you don’t have a boss hounding you from behind your back.

2020 170

Free Time Anxiety

Brilliantly Better

About 15 years ago I got into productivity, big time. At that time, my daily schedule was incredibly hectic: I was managing my own company, which was started in a chaotic country, on a very new and unstable niche: online publishing. I had to cope with a lot of unexpected stuff, and I had challenges. Read more Free Time Anxiety. The post Free Time Anxiety appeared first on Dragos Roua. Personal Development

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How to Speak the Language of Project Management

Eat Your Career

Join us for this month’s free webinar on the topic of Career Advancement for Administrative Professionals. Date : Wednesday, May 13, 2020. Time : 11:00 AM Pacific | 12:00 PM Mountain | 1:00 PM Central | 2:00 PM Eastern. Sign up for the Eat Your Career Newsletter to receive registration information: [link]. Project management is an entire field of study in and of itself. But many people, in many roles, manage projects in an “unofficial” capacity.

30 Day Challenge Wrapup: A Picture A Day

Simple Productivity Blog

During May, my challenge was to take a picture a day. I shared these pictures on Instagram with the tag #le30day. Here are the results. The post 30 Day Challenge Wrapup: A Picture A Day appeared first on Laura Earnest. 30 Day Challenge

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The Growing Army of Freelancers Providing Services to Businesses

Small Business Labs

MBO Partners recently released its 2020 Client of Choice study results, which found that 7.6 million independent professionals (freelancers, independent consultants, etc.) provide their skills to business clients.      And as the report chart below (click to enlarge) shows, the number of independent professionals in this space has grown rapidly over the past decade - increasing at almost 4 times the growth rate of overall employment during this period. 

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Self-Management and Personal Care

Office Dynamics

Many assistants hear self-management and perceive it as the ability to not rely on their executive to move forward with projects. After all, the ability to think on your feet comes with the job title of an assistant. Self-management is more than being self-sufficient. It is about defining the quality of life you would like… Self Development Stress Management assistant training management stress management webinars for assistants

2020 109

Ransomware Attack: Everything You Need To Know To Stop It

Dumb Little Man

All businesses — whether they are large corporations, governments, or small organizations — are always at a high risk of being attacked by hackers and cybercriminals aiming to steal your money. According to a report in 2019, cyberattacks have an increase of 235%. Malware and phishing are some of the most common types of cyberattacks, but which could be more dangerous? The answer is Ransomware attack. Ransomware is a type of malware threat that is on the rise in the cyber world.

2020 165

Why Do We Cut The Margins Of The Pie?

Brilliantly Better

A very close friend told me the other day an interesting story. It’s about an old Romanian habit, of cutting the margins of the pie. She started like this: “When I was little, I remember that every time we baked a pie, my mom will lay out the dough in the tray, and then cut. Read more Why Do We Cut The Margins Of The Pie? The post Why Do We Cut The Margins Of The Pie? appeared first on Dragos Roua. Relationships & Society

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Task vs. Project: What’s the Difference? (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, “How to Speak the Language of Project Management.” In this excerpt, Chrissy explains the difference between a project and a task (two things which are often confused!).

2020 126

Why Productivity Still Matters

Simple Productivity Blog

In a world where everything has changed, and we all have a lot more time on our hands, does productivity still matter? What passed for productivity before is not relevant, but true productivity still matters. Today we will look at what this new productivity is, and how it applies to life post-quarantine. The post Why Productivity Still Matters appeared first on Laura Earnest. Productivity

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Facebook Announces Facebook Shops

Small Business Labs

This week Facebook announced Facebook Shops , which it describes as "a mobile-first shopping experience where businesses can easily create an online store on Facebook and Instagram." " Businesses will be able to create a Facebook Shop for free and upload their catalog, product pictures, and details like prices, delivery terms, etc.    Customers can then browse and order products. Some store examples are illustrated below.

7 Best Grammar Checker Apps

Daily Writing Tips

Do you struggle with spelling and grammar? Even if you’re a native English speaker, there might well be grammatical rules that confuse you – and you may find that you spend a lot of time poring over your draft text, trying to figure out what needs to be edited. This is where grammar checker apps can really help. They go far beyond the simple spell checkers of the past: they’ll spot cases where you’ve used a real word but in the wrong context.

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Social Learning as a Way to Foster Productivity in the Workplace

Dumb Little Man

In one way or another, social learning has been part of our lives for a long time. We spend a large amount of time at work. During this time, we are bound to learn from our colleagues and get a chance to talk on mutual topics of interest. Moreover, social media has given an outlet for people to take their interaction with work acquaintances to the next level.

2020 165

And The World Will Never Be The Same

Brilliantly Better

When this pandemic started and the first national lockdowns were enforced, literally stopping the world in its tracks, a memory started to obsessively haunt me. It was about a novel, called the South Highway (link goes to the Spanish version on Amazon, not affiliate). In that book, a family traveling on a highway (the South. Read more And The World Will Never Be The Same. The post And The World Will Never Be The Same appeared first on Dragos Roua. Personal Development

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