December, 2015

40 Excel hacks for assistants

Practically Perfect PA

If I had to make a list of all of my favourite office technology and software Microsoft Excel would most certainly be missing from the top ten (urm… it probably wouldn’t make the top 100). I do hold a grudge against Excel I must say.

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15 Lessons You Can Learn From Jedi Master Yoda

Dumb Little Man

“Do or do not, there is no try.” Yoda He’s the size of a small dog, green, and talks funny. But he’s also a wise master, and a great warrior. He took the world by surprise in 1980 in The Empire Strikes Back, and has been shaping culture ever since. He may be old, but he’s a badass.

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Merging Machines and Analytics with the Internet of Things

Small Business Labs

GE, the large industrial conglomerate, is re-positioning itself as a digital company. Their recent ads describe GE as an "indugital" and "digidustrial" company. And yes, I agree these marketing efforts are still a work in progress.

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How Wastewater Recycling is Changing to Save the Environment!

Eco-Office Gals

Clean water is crucial for human survival and health. For thousands of years, many civilizations have risen and fallen on the ability to secure sources of water and use them to their advantage.

After 14 Years in Business I Did This

Office Organization Success

Last month I celebrated 14 years in business. Wow — that’s quite an achievement! And to celebrate I became an LLC! It was something I’d been thinking about doing for the past few years but never really got round it. And finally, I made an appointment with my attorney and let her handle it all. The driving force behind going this route is simply for legal reasons; I wanted to protect my personal assets and have a very clear division between business and personal.

2015 133

What Some Girls Scouts Can Teach You About Careers

On The Job

Yesterday, I received an email that I want to share: My Girl Scouts and I just wanted to take the time write you a little thank you note about your wonderful page, [link] because it's been such a major help.

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A day in the life: Bethany Fovargue, EA Data Interchange

Practically Perfect PA

I have recently changed roles, becoming EA to the Commercial Director at Data Interchange, where I have worked for four and a half years.

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Nanotechnology and the "Golden Age" of Materials

Small Business Labs

The Economist's New Materials for Manufacturing covers what it calls the "golden age" of materials.

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End-of-Year Exercise: Rate Your Career Fulfillment

Eat Your Career

It’s that wonderful time of year again…where we all drink eggnog and sing merry songs as we reflect on the past and make plans for the future. It’s the perfect time for a quick career reassessment! That’s why I’m sharing this super-fast exercise to help you determine your End-of-Year Career Fulfillment Rating. It’s a very simple tool, but helpful nonetheless. And by the way, this is something you can do anytime, even daily if you so desire, not just at the end of the year!).

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Decluttering in Depth

Clutter Coach

by Okay, so maybe it is time to declutter than closet. This basic technique works for desktops, drawers, cupboards and any other spots where you keep a lot of stuff together. It’s not for attics or out of the way storage spots where you’re allowed to keep things that are rarely used and off-season clothes. This is for high traffic spots. The idea is that you have to take all the stuff out of where it is now in order to properly sort it.

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4 Ways to Ask for Help From Your Network

On The Job

Is it difficult for you to ask for help? For many people it can be tough. While you may have no problem making a request on behalf of a colleague or a boss, when it comes to asking for assistance for yourself, you shut down.

2015 151

How to Stay Organised as a Personal Assistant

Practically Perfect PA

Modern personal assistants have come a long way from secretaries working in typing pools. These days, a personal assistant is more likely to be involved in making key decisions, even managing budgets.

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The Empty Bag – Why You Can’t Manifest Dreams

Dumb Little Man

I remember watching Judy Garland sing, ‘Somewhere Over the Rainbow’ in the ‘Wizard of Oz,’ at the impressionable age of 5. But even though I was so young and lacking in any sense of emotional maturity, I poignantly recall how the song affected me.

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Women Dominate Mobile Shopping

Small Business Labs

BI Intelligence's 2015 E-Commerce Demographics Report (paid subscription required) nicely covers the mainstreaming of online commerce. According to their report, almost three quarters of online Americans shop online. This is not surprising.

2015 151

End-of-Year Exercise: Rate Your Career Fulfillment

Eat Your Career

It’s that wonderful time of year again…where we all drink eggnog and sing merry songs as we reflect on the past and make plans for the future. It’s the perfect time for a quick career reassessment! That’s why I’m sharing this super-fast exercise to help you determine your End-of-Year Career Fulfillment Rating. It’s a very simple tool, but helpful nonetheless. And by the way, this is something you can do anytime, even daily if you so desire, not just at the end of the year!).

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How to Make New Year's Resolutions

Clutter Coach

by This year, don’t let your New Year’s resolutions be just another list of to do’s that you never get to and feel guilty about. Here are some tips on how to make some resolutions that you can actually keep. Don’t pick too many. Challenging yourself is a great idea, but be kind to yourself too. Keep in mind that a resolutions typically involve major changes in lifestyle and habits, and those don’t occur overnight.

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How to Manage an Unlikable Employee

On The Job

A previous post focused on how to make yourself more likable at work, but what about when you manage such a person-- and he or she has no inclination to become more likable? This is a common headache for managers, who often deal with it by ignoring it.

2015 151

The work life balance of a successful Assistant

Practically Perfect PA

Let’s face it most of us don’t sign up to this assistant malarkey because of the short hours. We kinda know that we are not going to start the day at 9am and be out the door at 5pm. The hours are unpredictable and we are often the last to leave and the first to arrive.

2015 193

Increase Your Productivity With These 9 Morning Habits

Dumb Little Man

The things you do in the morning, truly set the tone for the rest of your day. If your mornings are disjointed, rushed, and fraught with crises, chances are the remainder of your day will unfold the same way.

2015 207

The Shrinking U.S. Middle Class and Economic Uncertainty

Small Business Labs

Pew Research's The American Middle Class is Losing Ground helps illustrate one of the most powerful trends impacting society - rising economic uncertainty. The reason economic uncertainty is growing is fairly straight forward.

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How to Find a Holiday Job with Long-Term Potential

Office Dynamics

Image via Pixabay by kaboompics. It’s fairly common for holiday job seekers to try to turn their seasonal positions into long-term and even permanent work. And certainly, some employers look to these short-term hires when they’re ready to bring someone on full time.

2015 135

You May Go on Vacation, but Your Email Doesn't

Clutter Coach

by Going back to work after vacation is often a let down. On top of that, there’s all the work that’s been waiting for you and the dreaded email inbox that, if each message were printed out, would bury your office knee deep in paper. A very concise and easy to use method for cutting that inbox down to size is provided in a post from one of the David Allen Co. blogs.

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6 Ways to Become More Likable at Work

On The Job

No matter what anyone says, it's difficult to go into work every day if you feel like no one likes you. It could be that you're quiet, and so it's difficult for you to strike up conversations or participate in discussions at lunch.

2015 151

5 reasons to learn a foreign language to further your career

Practically Perfect PA

In today’s global society being bilingual is one of the most advantageous skills you can have. With several financial, employment, as well as social and health benefits to knowing a second language, it is surprising that only one quarter of Brits are actually able to speak in another tongue.

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How to Overcome Self-Doubt and Follow Through with Your Goals

Dumb Little Man

If you’re like a lot of Americans, you probably struggle from time to time with procrastinating, getting started, and following through on your goals.

2015 207

Small Business Trends for 2016

Small Business Labs

Over the past 8 years we've published an annual top 10 small business trends list ( click here to see last year's list and a link to prior years). This year we decided to shake things up a bit. Instead of our usual 10 trends, we're covering 3 broad trend areas. And in addition to trends you should pay attention to, we've add a few technology trends that are getting a lot of hype that we think you can ignore in 2016. The Economy. We're forecasting moderate U.S.

2016 133

How Can Executive Assistants Be Like Zappos?

Office Dynamics

This title might seem strange to you: How can executive assistants be like Zappos. Hear me out. In case you have not heard of this cutting-edge company, Zappos has 1,600+ employees who produce in excess of $2 billion in revenues annually.

2015 132

2008 Organizing Awards: Vote Now!

Clutter Coach

by John Trosko , president of NAPO in LA, just reminded me that it’s time to vote for your favorite organizing product, helpful organizing technology, best organizing TV show, and more! Voting is open to the public and continues through December 31. You can read more about it and vote here on the NAPO LA website. Help spread the word about whatever it is that helps make your life easier, more productive and better organized! The post 2008 Organizing Awards: Vote Now!

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How to Leave a Great "Out of Office" Response

On The Job

In the past week, I've received a lot of "out of office" messages, which got me to thinking about what makes a really great "out of office" message. I did a little research and found these examples of what NOT to do: "I will be out of office starting 09/08/2007 and will not return until 23/08/2007."

2015 130

10 reasons to attend Assist 2016

Practically Perfect PA

Over the last few months I have been busy behind the scenes working on the programme for Assist 2016. It is coming together beautifully so I thought now would be a good time to share 10 reasons why I think you lovely lot should attend. It is on Friday 26th February in London.

2016 151

10 Insights I Wish I Had Known In My 30?s

Dumb Little Man

Have you ever noticed yourself saying, “I wish I knew then what I know now”? As someone in my late forties, I say that constantly. The past decade has been a time of growth, loss, and new beginnings; and I’ve gained more insight than in all the previous decades combined.

2015 207

The History of Santa Trackers

Small Business Labs

This is also the 60th year the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) in Colorado Springs is tracking Santa's progress.    Live Science explains how to track Santa and they also include how NORAD got into Santa tracking.

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Celebrating the season? Preserve your professional image

Office Dynamics

Welcome to the final installment of this year’s series of Monday Motivators e-zines! It’s been a great year, and I can’t thank you enough for joining us in our continuing journey to promote workplace excellence and administrative effectiveness!

2015 132

Don't Just *Open* Your Mail

Clutter Coach

by Does this happen to you? You get home from work and you’re looking forward to relaxing, having a nice dinner, maybe going out. But you really want to get that mail out of the way so it doesn’t pile up on the kitchen counter. So you stand there and open everything. You dutifully toss the junk mail into the recycling along with any other mail you know you’re not interested in.

2015 100

Completely Unprepared For The Holidays and What I Did About It

Simple Productivity Blog

OK, I really don’t have a good reason. After all, every calendar I have seen for the past two months has reminded me that the holidays were barreling down on me like a freight train.

2015 130

Why print is still important in business presentations

Practically Perfect PA

In the 25 years since its launch, PowerPoint has become the most popular presentation aid, holding 95% of the presentation software market. Nowadays, most presentations are given with PowerPoint or similar digital supports.

2015 137

5 Simple Mindsets To Make You Happier Everyday

Dumb Little Man

Happiness is not determined by what is happening around you but how you perceive those circumstances. Often you must have noticed that some people manage to remain happier than the others most of the time. Dejection and depression tend to affect them much less as compared to others.

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