August, 2018

How to set up an ideal week calendar and why it’s a must have

Practically Perfect PA

Why am I here? How am I going to get through this? Shouldn’t I be doing something else with my time? Will I ever eat again? These are the questions executives ask themselves while sitting in meetings they don’t need to be in.

2018 223

35 Small Acts Of Kindness To Spread Happiness And Flex Your Kindness Muscle

Dumb Little Man

You want to be happy. So, you do everything to maximize your happiness. You do the things that make you happy. You set and achieve goals. You make as much money as possible so you can buy your way to happiness. But, what if I told you that one of the best ways to feel happy is to give it away.

2018 214

Study Finds Middle Aged Professionals Moving to the Countryside

Small Business Labs

A study out of the University of Minnesota found that in Minnesota while the younger adults were leaving small, rural towns, people in their thirties, forties and fifties were returning.    The chart below shows the key findings from the study.

2018 192

Free Chapters From Joan’s Book: Who Took My Pen…Again?

Office Dynamics

Thank You! It’s not very often that Office Dynamics can celebrate another book release by Joan but when we do, the amount of support shown is truly amazing. Joan’s new book, Joan’s Greatest Administrative Secrets Revealed , is set to be released in Septemeber, 2018.

2018 184

4 Ways to Handle a Passive-Aggressive Colleague

On The Job

There are always different personalities at work, and that's what can make your day strange, fun, interesting -- and maddening. One of those different personalities can be the passive-aggressive colleague.

2018 158

Picking Things To Stink At

Simple Productivity Blog

Most of us are not experts at everything. You might know someone who claims to be - and aren't they annoying?) The real deal is that we all have to pick the things we're going to work on being good at. As a consequence, we end up having things to stink at.

2018 151

Productivity tools and tips for Assistants

Practically Perfect PA

During October’s Virtual Summit I will be showing our attendees 20 pieces of technology that can help with productivity for Assistants. As we have so much to do and the workload is never ending I thought I would share my productivity tools and tips for Assistants.

2018 218

More Trending

According to LinkedIn, Most SMBs Use Freelancers

Small Business Labs

A recent survey by LinkedIn found that 70% of U.S. small businesses have hired a freelancer in the past and about 50% currently are using freelancers. LinkedIn also found most SMBs plan to hire more freelancers in the future.

2018 176

A Conversation with Joan

Office Dynamics

Over the past 20 years, I have attended several conferences ranging in topics from fiction writing to motivational to professional training and even a full weekend trying to become a more educated outdoor woman.

2018 177

3 Signs You Need to Run From That Job Offer -- Fast

On The Job

One of the nice things about the unemployment rate dipping below 4% is that job candidates are in high demand and are getting much nicer offers (more pay, free Doritos for life, massage chairs), but that doesn't mean all employers are going to make your life better.

2018 151

An Awkward Request Phrased Beautifully

Business Writing

Scenario: Imagine that you run a classy beachside hotel. Many of the hotel rooms have balconies that face the beach. Everyone walking from the beach toward the hotel can see the balconies. When guests hang wet bathing suits, towels, and. Courteous Writing Global Communication Positive Language

2018 151

6 things to stop doing in your one to one

Practically Perfect PA

For Assistants, the time they spend with their Executive in a one to one setting is so necessary and enables them to get on with all the tasks that require just that little bit of input from their boss. But, as I’ve heard many many times, there are lots of you out there who do […].

2018 211

How to Find Happiness Within Yourself?

Dumb Little Man

“Happiness is not something ready made. It comes from your actions.”. ? Dalai Lama XIV. Happiness is a state of mind. We can keep ourselves happy in every situation; we only need to make up our mind. There are people who have a limited income and simple lifestyle and yet, they are happy.

2018 207

How Coworking is Changing Commercial Real Estate

Small Business Labs

Coworking has reached the size and scale where it's starting to have second order impacts on the broader real estate industry.    Farthest along is coworking's impact on office design.

2018 176

Uplifting Positive Self-Talk

Office Dynamics

When you are feeling “less than best” (and we all do from time to time), it helps to rely upon a technique I call Uplifting Positive Self-Talk. This will increase your confidence and allow you to approach the day with a positive frame of mind.

2018 173

Management Isn't That Hard if You Remember These 3 Things

On The Job

Parenthood is one of those jobs that you think doesn't look too difficult until you've done it. Then, you realize that you have 18 years of caring for a child when you're running on no sleep, (usually) bad food and everyone constantly telling you what you're doing wrong.

2018 142

6 Tips to Adopt Eco-friendly Printing Practices at Home or the Office

Eco-Office Gals

Printing is unavoidable in a variety of settings, from personal to academic and professional. But printing can also pose significant environmental costs, from the paper itself to the ink and energy.

2018 130

How to network at any PA event

Practically Perfect PA

I organise a lot of events, and I also attend a lot of events so I get to see a lot of networking take place and I can tell you straight away, most people find networking scary. That is why people avoid it at all costs, they either don’t go to events at all, or […].

5 Ways To Get Physically Fit Without Spending Too Much Money

Dumb Little Man

According to research by the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES), more than 1 in 3 adults are overweight and 1 in 13 adults have extreme obesity. The findings mentioned above are to be expected in today’s fast-paced environment.

2018 202

The Rise of Small "Speed Factories"

Small Business Labs

2018 169

Adapting to Change

Office Dynamics

There can never be too many discussions about change. It’s constant, it’s inevitable, unexpected at times, but it can be extremely rejuvenating. No matter how many times change occurs in life, expected or not, it can seem as if you are not in control.

2018 165

5 Everyday Habits That Can Quickly Derail Your Career

On The Job

It's often the simple things at work that can really cause the most problems for your career. While you may be sweating over the big presentation you're giving next week, it's really something else that has caught the attention of others in your workplace. Your feet.

2018 141

Eco-Friendly Pest Control Tips to Keep Your Office Pest-Free

Eco-Office Gals

There’s nothing worse than having to work in an office with an infestation of ants, roaches or other pests — well, other than walking into an office that reeks of chemical pest control.

2018 130

Day in the life: Sheri Meyer Executive Assistant iDrop

Practically Perfect PA

Today’s Day in the life: Sheri Meyer Executive Assistant iDrop. What are the main aspects of your role? The central aspect of my role is to ensure that all components of the business work well together, that also means that I have an idea of what everyone’s part of the business is.

2018 206

Six Golden Rules for Successful Project Management You Need to Know

Dumb Little Man

Project management is pretty straightforward – you find the requirements, create a realistic plan, assign the right people on the job, set a deadline, and most importantly, get work done. However, when it comes to the real world, project management is never that easy.

2018 202

Gallup Says 36% Of U.S. Workers are in the Gig Economy

Small Business Labs

Last week Gallup released the results of their  Gig Economy and Alternative Work Arrangements  study.    Gallup found that 36% of U.S. workers are gig workers. Key quote from their report: "Gallup estimates that 29% of all workers in the U.S.

2018 164

Creating A Friendly Work Atmosphere

Office Dynamics

Create a Friendly and Approachable Atmosphere. In our fast-paced world, people are becoming detached and desensitized. We are more transaction-based, unfocused on how our interaction is affecting other people. When you have that style of interaction with others, the world becomes decidedly colder.

2018 164

Why Your LinkedIn Photo Sucks

On The Job

While you may not have given more than a moment's thought to your profile photo on LinkedIn, you may want to reconsider.

2018 130

I Should Have Known Better

Business Writing

As a business writing expert, I should have known that I'd get the wrong response. I had written the email in a way that was easy for me but misleading for my reader, a woman named Lea. Requesting a tour. Email Writing Tips

2018 130

How to make your desk space more efficient

Practically Perfect PA

Recently I have been spending a lot of time trying to get my home office into a state of total perfection, where I have everything I need to hand, and the atmosphere is one of calm efficiency. Obviously, this is a dream but one I aim to achieve one day. Anyway, I was thinking about […].

2018 203

How To Find The Time To Workout Every Day

Dumb Little Man

Some people look back on their younger years when they seemed to have all the time in the world to stay fit. As we become adults with families, work, and seemingly endless responsibilities, it can suddenly seem that we’re too busy to work out.

2018 200

189 Coworking Spaces Opening in August

Small Business Labs

According to Coworking Resources , a site that provides information for coworking space owners, 189 coworking spaces are opening around the world this month. As their chart below shows, over half of these openings are new, independent coworking spaces.

2018 158

Joan’s 5 Favorite Inspirational Quotes

Office Dynamics

Merriam-Webster defines inspiration as “a divine influence or action on a person believed to qualify him or her to receive and communicate sacred revelation.” ” But what does inspiration mean to you? Where do you draw it from?

2018 145

This is What Being the Shy One at Work Does to Your Career

On The Job

When you're the "quiet one" or the "shy one" at work, others may make assumptions about you. For example, they may think the fact that you don't say anything in meetings means you're not confident in your opinions, or that you're not prepared.

2018 130

Do You Give Readers the "Why" They Need?

Business Writing

The other night I was traveling from Boston to my home, Seattle. When I arrived at my connection city, Denver, at 7:15 p.m. I received this text message: Your Flight on August 6 from DEN now departs at 11:55. Courteous Writing Email Etiquette Teaching Business Writing

2018 130

Technology of the week: Envoy

Practically Perfect PA

Today’s Technology of the week: Envoy. Here are the details: What is Envoy? Envoy is a cloud-based visitor management system for your office or reception area. It is compatible with iOS and usually runs from an iPad. What does Envoy do?

2018 188

Avoid Decision Fatigue: Learn The Steps for Effective Delegation

Dumb Little Man

Small business owners are no strangers to sacrifice. Whether it’s spending your family vacation tied to your laptop or skipping a paycheck to float the business, owners give their all to help their business succeed.

2018 197