November, 2019

The 11 Most Important Rules For Healthy Eating

Dumb Little Man

You know what to do in theory, don’t you? Avoid processed foods and trans fats. Include more lean protein and load up on the fresh fruits and veggies. Looks easy, right?

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53 Million Americans are part of the Low Wage Workforce

Small Business Labs

Brookings' Meet the Low Wage Workforce reports that 53 million Americans, or about 44% of all workers aged 18-64, have low-wage jobs. According to Brookings, the national average for a low-wage job is one that pays $16.03 per hour or less. 

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Top 10 to-do apps for Assistants

Practically Perfect PA

We all know how hard it is keeping on top of the never-ending to-do list every Assistant and their Executive seem to have. The work can be relentless but don’t fear; there are lots of fantastic apps available that can help you manage your to-do list.

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You Should Be Downsizing Your Images

Tips From T. Marie

Business today is image driven. Photos are key in social media posts, blog posts and for product sales. Smart phones have made taking these needed photos easy, however often the size of these photos is well beyond what is needed.

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How to Use Downtime at Work Productively

Eat Your Career

As we head into the dreary winter months, I am reminded of the seasonality of business. In most organizations, there is a natural ebb and flow that occurs. Things get predictably busy at certain times of the year, just as things get predictably slow at other times.

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7 Tips to Help Overcome Procrastination

Ian's Messy Desk

The post 7 Tips to Help Overcome Procrastination appeared first on Ian's Messy Desk. I was planning to write this post last week, but I put it off. Okay, now that the obligatory bad joke is out of the way, we can look at another internal time waster, procrastination. We all put things off.

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Life Lessons You Can Learn From Driving A Stick Shift Car

Dumb Little Man

“Fall seven times, stand up eight” – Unknown. For me, this is more like “kill the car seven times, start it up again eight.” ” The process of learning and actually driving a stick shift car has been such a process.

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How to show empathy with even the most annoying person!

Practically Perfect PA

Assistants have buckets full of empathy; you wouldn’t be in the job if you didn’t. What I find is that empathy can often be taken advantage of by people who don’t respect what we do – be it, that colleague who wants your time or that Executive who doesn’t understand your role.

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5 Ways to Keep Your Home Business Fresh

Tips From T. Marie

There’s nothing worse than biting into a stale carrot. You know what I mean, I’m sure you’ve grabbed a carrot stick off from a vegetable platter expecting that crisp snap as you bit into it but instead got a rubbery, orange something.

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Telephone Screening and Etiquette Skills for Administrative Assistants

Office Dynamics

Top-notch telephone screening and etiquette skills are paramount regardless of industry, company size, or geographic location. Their importance hasn’t diminished in our modern world of text messages, e-mails, and online chats. What exactly am I talking about?

Quick Tips for Businesses Installing Solar Panels

Eco-Office Gals

Business owners are always looking for new ways to go green and reduce their carbon footprint. Adding solar panels to your facility — provided you work in an area that gets plenty of usable sunlight — can help to offset energy costs and reduce CO2 emissions.

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5 Health Benefits Of Sleeping In A Cold Room

Dumb Little Man

After a long day at your desk job and packing in a good workout, falling into bed in a toasty room sounds pretty appealing. But have you considered the health benefits of sleeping in a cold room?

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Renewable Energy to Pass Coal for U.S. Electricity Generation in 2021

Small Business Labs

According to the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA) , renewable energy sources will pass coal in terms of U.S. electricity generation in 2021. As their chart below shows, each of the sources will produce around 800 billion kilowatts of electricity in 2021.

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The Assistant growth mindset

Practically Perfect PA

How do you feel when someone gives you feedback at work? Are you open to feedback, or do you feel defensive? What happens when you have challenges at work? Do you face them head-on, or do you avoid the situation? As Assistants, we often come up against misconceptions about the role.

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Coffee Break: November Wordsearch

Tips From T. Marie

It’s time for another coffee break. Here’s your wordsearch for November. Please upgrade your browser to improve your experience. Select Level: {{ currentLevel.width }}x{{ currentLevel.height }} {{ level.width }}x{{ level.height }} {{cell.letter}} {{word}} × Congratulations!

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SURROUND yourself with a team of experts to make you and your organization SHINE!

Office Dynamics

A meeting planner by MY definition is the go-to person within an organization – be it corporate, association or otherwise – charged with the responsibility of planning and executing a meeting or special event.

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Research: Facial Imperfections Impact Hiring

On The Job

Research shows that attractive people get paid more and are considered for more jobs, which I'm sure most of us consider unfair and discriminatory.

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Do You Have Too Many Goals? Here’s How to Prioritize Them

Dumb Little Man

How many goals are you chasing right now? There’s a good chance that you’ve got too many. It’s a classic productivity mistake – and an understandable one.

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Scientific American's Top Emerging Technologies of 2019

Small Business Labs

Scientific American's describes their Top 10 Emerging Technologies Of 2019 as "World-changing technologies that are poised to rattle the status quo." 

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Five alternatives to Skype

Practically Perfect PA

How often do you organise a video conference for your Executive or team on Skype? If you are using Microsoft Office, it is probably quite often. Well, today, I thought I would share with you the top five alternative video conferencing platforms that are available online.

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Powerful Prioritization Principles (Webinar)

Eat Your Career

Join us for this month’s free webinar on the topic of “Powerful Prioritization Principles.”. Date: Wednesday, November 20. Time: 11:00 AM Pacific | 12:00 PM Mountain | 1:00 PM Central | 2:00 PM Eastern. Duration: 1 hour.

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Does Word Order Matter? Think “Short to Long”

Office Dynamics

When polishing your sentences, pay attention to the nuances of word order. To my eye (and ear), placing “short” before “long” works best. This applies to both sentences and lists. Here’s a simple example: “He was well respected and loved in the academic community.”

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Learn to Say “No”

Ian's Messy Desk

The post Learn to Say “No” appeared first on Ian's Messy Desk. There was a time when I would say yes to everything. Not because I thought I had the ability to do it all, but because I felt I looked lazy if I wasn’t doing something all the time. I had to learn to say no. There was also an issue of how to handle things … Continue reading Learn to Say “No” → You just finished reading Learn to Say "No" ! Consider leaving a comment!

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Top 8 Apps for Productivity to Help You With Your Daily Tasks

Dumb Little Man

Keeping track of the things we need to do and staying organized can be a daily struggle. It is so easy to get distracted, more so when all of our information is scattered across different devices and online tools.

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The Online Platform Economy as a Safety Net

Small Business Labs

The JP Morgan Chase Institute recently released a new study, Bridging the Gap: How Families Use the Online Platform Economy to Manage their Cash Flow.    The key finding of the study is "participation in the Online Platform Economy functions as a cash-flow management tool for many families." " In particular, JP Morgan found many use online platform work to supplement their income when they lost a job.

2019 116

Diversity is not inclusion

Practically Perfect PA

“If you do not understand the benefits of difference, you will always align yourself to your similarities, and in doing so, you will miss out on the beauty that variety brings to the table.”

2019 167

You Need This to Be Happier and More Successful at Work

On The Job

More employers are beginning to focus on "emotional intelligence" when making new hires and when deciding who is ready to be promoted.

2019 142

Administrative Assistants Broaden Your Skillset

Office Dynamics

At our recent Annual Conference for Administrative Excellence , I surveyed 350 attendees about the topics they would like me to address at future conferences or training events. I wanted to know the areas the assistants were interested in growing and learning about.

2019 191

8 Common Time Wasters

Ian's Messy Desk

The post 8 Common Time Wasters appeared first on Ian's Messy Desk. Over the years, I’ve posted some thoughts on behaviours and practices that can get in the way of our productivity. To help bring some of these forwarded, this post will link to past articles, as well as adding some new material on common time-wasters. I’ve broken these time-wasters into two groups.

2019 116

5 Ways To Check If Your Children Are Safe Online

Dumb Little Man

The internet has become an integral part of our daily lives, changing how we work, shop, socialize, book appointments, and even eat! Because of this, it’s only natural that your children will want to be online as well.

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30 Day Challenge: All of the Above

Simple Productivity Blog

It’s the last month of the year, and I was at a loss to choose a single habit. Many of the habits I have tried through my 30 day challenges over the past year needs some reinforcement, so I thought it would be good to spend a month making those habits stronger.

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 Day in the life: Anna Dukes, Executive Assistant to the Chief Executive at ITN

Practically Perfect PA

Enjoy today’s Day in the life: Anna Dukes, Executive Assistant to the Chief Executive at ITN, which is full of Executive Assistant Tips and Tricks. What are the main aspects of your role?

2019 130

Is Your Job About to Become Obsolete?

On The Job

Trade wars. Labor strikes. The rise of automation. Those are the things that are most worrisome for the U.S. economy and the employment outlook, along with the decline in manufacturing, retail and government jobs.

2019 142

7 Ways Executives Can Improve Communicating with Their Assistants

Office Dynamics

I have been fortunate to gain a three-dimensional view of communication between executives and assistants: I was an assistant for 20 years thus understanding what I needed from my executive so I could be effective.

2019 185

Braving Burnout: How to Go on When it Feels Like There’s Nowhere to Go


Photo by Marcel Hol from FreeImages. The following post is a guest contribution from Stewart Dunlop. I haven’t taken guest posts in a while but the topic of burnout has come up a lot lately and when Stewart asked if he could write something about for my blog, I jumped at the chance.

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10 Tips for a Successful Meeting With The Boss

Dumb Little Man

Maybe you work one-on-one with the head honcho every day or perhaps you only get a face-to-face on very rare occasions. Whenever you get the chance to sit down and have a meeting with the big guns, it’s best to make it as productive as possible.

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30 Day Challenge Wrap Up: Exercise Every Day

Simple Productivity Blog

My 30 day challenge of exercising every day is over. See what I learned! The post 30 Day Challenge Wrap Up: Exercise Every Day appeared first on Laura Earnest. 30 Day Challenge

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