December, 2016

20 Best Productivity Apps and Programs for 2017

Dumb Little Man

So you want to level up your earning potential, move towards work that’s more fulfilling, and do more with less effort. That’s awesome. Over the years, I have kept up to date with all the productivity apps and some have stood the test of time and actually produced results.

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How to have an end of year detox in the office

Practically Perfect PA

With the end of the year fast approaching, it’s a good time to focus on your surroundings and think about clearing any clutter that may have built up over the year. Taking the time for an end of year detox will mean you’re ready for a fresh start in the New Year.

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Upwork and the Paradox of Place

Small Business Labs

The average distance between buyers and sellers of services on the talent marketplace  Upwork  is over 1,000 miles. If you look at transactions where the buyers and sellers are both in the U.S., 96% of the buyers and sellers are more than 50 miles apart.

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How Thinking Small Can Improve Your Writing

Business Writing

On the job, we strive to think big. We try to see the big picture and the long view. But thinking big can weaken our writing. This post explains how to avoid that problem. Yes, big ideas are important. Organizations. Email Presentations Teaching Business Writing

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How to Make Going Green Easier on Employees

Eco-Office Gals

Deciding to go green in your business is a great thing to do. However, everyone may not be on board. Many times, employees hesitate because change isn’t always easy to deal with. They may feel like these changes are forcing them to do things that make no sense or make their jobs harder.

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Choosing Administrative Training That’s Right for You

Office Dynamics

As 2016 comes to an end, I hope you are working on your goals for your 2017 development. The challenge may come when you realize there are a plethora of training programs, conferences, webinars and other learning events for administrative assistants and executive assistants.

4 Productivity Tips for Busy Entrepreneurs

Dumb Little Man

The biggest obstacle to our success as business owners is often not a lack of knowledge or resources, but rather our ability to manage time. As a freelancer, I’ve had the opportunity to experiment with several time management strategies over the past few years.

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Top 10 Small Business Trends for 2017

Small Business Labs

This year we release our 10 th annual Top 10 Small Business Trends list.    A quick review of the lists illustrates an important forecasting point. While change appears to happen very quickly, trends generally take a long time to become mainstream.

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5 Challenges and Mistakes Faced by Every Solopreneur

Office Organization Success

At some point on your journey as a solopreneur, you will encounter at least one of these issues. How will you handle it?

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Career Success A to Z: E is for Etiquette

Eat Your Career

This article is part of a series. Learn more about it and access links to other articles in the series here. Before we talk about etiquette, let’s first consider another e-word: Elevator. Next time you’re in one, I want you to observe normal elevator behavior.

The Courtesy Greeting to Use When Gender Is a Mystery

Business Writing

This complex question came in yesterday's email: What is the proper way to address a letter with several addressees in the same letter, but the gender of one or more is unknown? Normally the greeting would be “Dear Misses. So-and-so,”. Courteous Writing Etiquette

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Three Ways to Build Trust In Your Life

Dumb Little Man

Trust is foundational for any relationship, whether business or personal. When trust breaks, a fracture occurs in the relationship. These fractures weaken the foundation of the relationship, with more fractures creating an overall unstable relationship.

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12 Days of Christmas Webinar: Question and Answer with Joan Burge

Office Dynamics

We’ve been having a holly, jolly, super fun and festive time with our 12 Days of Christmas Webinar Series event. In this Day 3 webinar we wore our ugly sweaters and took questions from our live audience about the administrative profession.

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What is Hygge?

Small Business Labs

Hygge is a   Danish word that roughly translates to a feeling of comfort and coziness.    It's also becoming a word used to help sell a wide variety of products and services. 

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When Losing is the Answer – 3 Things to Lose for your Best Year Yet

Practically Perfect PA

I love the book Transitions by William Bridges , he says that new beginnings, all begin with an ending. As a result we may feel a sense of loss, then feel a little lost before we can embrace a new beginning.

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Career Success A to Z:D is for Diminishing Returns

Eat Your Career

This article is part of a series. Learn more about it and access links to other articles in the series here. Okay, stick with me. This might sound like an odd one, but it’s valuable nonetheless.

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Review: Grammarly’s Spelling and Grammar Checker

Business Writing

As a writing expert who relies on Microsoft's grammar and spelling checker to flag what I don't see, I was eager to test Grammarly's power to find additional errors. I signed up for the premium version and tested it to. Best Picks Grammar and Usage Proofreading Punctuation Pointers Spellchecking

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Finding Out the Best Time for Posting on Social Media Sites

Dumb Little Man

As of writing, there are over two billion social media users. This makes social media an excellent way to interact with our users. This is also why over 90% of brands use up to three social media platforms for their marketing campaigns.

12 Days of Christmas Webinar: Goal Setting & Branding for 2017

Office Dynamics

In this brief webinar with Office Dynamics, we cover quick and impactful tips on goal setting and branding. This video will help prepare you for 2017 and it can’t help but put you in the holiday spirit, too. Watch the webinar replay, Goal Setting and Branding for 2017.

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The London Times on the Future of Work

Small Business Labs

The London Times has an interesting special section on the future of work that was developed by the marketing content agency Ranconteur.    The report covers a lot of ground. Everything from automation to physiological testing is discussed. 

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10 reasons to attend Assist 2017

Practically Perfect PA

Over the last few months I have been busy behind the scenes working on the programme for Assist 2017. It is coming together really well, 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 24th February in London.

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3 Simple Steps to Plan for a Successful 2017

Office Organization Success

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Positive Career Affirmation #3

Eat Your Career

“I am always grateful for what I have, even as I strive to achieve more.” ” . To learn more about affirmations and how to leverage them for career success, check out this article. The post Positive Career Affirmation #3 appeared first on Eat Your Career.

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10 Life-Changing Tips That Will Boost Your Happiness

Dumb Little Man

Once or twice, we find ourselves in a dark place in our life. When this happens, we all know how difficult is to see the light at such times. Everything seems impossible in the midst of these situations. Here is a list of life-changing tips that can help us achieve a level of happiness and peace.

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Revolutionary Ways Assistants Can Get Information from Their Managers

Office Dynamics

The theme for our 23rd Annual Conference for Administrative Excellence was The Revolutionary Assistant. Our conference was held in October 2016 in Las Vegas. We had 450 assistants from 11 countries attend.

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"Deaths of Despair" and the End of Men

Small Business Labs

"D rug overdoses and drug-related diseases have killed nearly 400,000 people in the United States over the past decade—on par with the number of American soldiers who died during World War II.

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Test Your Skills at Editing Bullet Points

Business Writing

Try your hand at improving the list of bullet points below. Here are the details: Last night I bought a terrific emergency kit at the REI store. It's a huge yellow backpack filled with the essentials for surviving an emergency. Teaching Business Writing Writing Tips

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How to Cut Your Workload in 2017

On The Job

Most of us take time off around the holidays, and it's a good time to reflect about what we do -- and do not -- want to do in the coming new year. Be healthier? Spend more time with family and friends? Do better in our jobs? Be taken advantage of by the boss?

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Tasty Tidbits: Professional Development News & ViewsDec. 9, 2016

Eat Your Career

In honor of national pastry day (which apparently is today). This post is part of a series in which I share some of my favorite Internet finds (related to career advancement and professional development) from the past week. Enjoy! From Yours Truly.

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5 Easy Healthy Habits You Can Start Straight Away

Dumb Little Man

Exercising and making dietary changes are often two sure-fire ways to improve our health. Unfortunately, it is truly much easier said than done. Making lasting health changes to our lifestyles is no easy feat.

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3 Ways to Manage Stress During the Holidays

Office Dynamics

Christmas is only 3 weeks away. Even if you don’t celebrate Christmas, I’m sure you are busy with year-end activities and preparing to celebrate New Year’s Eve. If you’re like most of us, you’re feeling the “squeeze” to get it all done. (I’ll

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Key Smart Manufacturing Technologies

Small Business Labs

"Smart manufacturing is in the midst of transforming the global manufacturing economy" according to the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation (ITIF).

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7 great organizing gifts for Christmas!

Clutter Coach

Here’s my gift round up for the year. All items are available through my Amazon store. Click on the photo of each to learn more and purchase. I love drawer organizers! They are particularly helpful in the bathroom to keep small items contained and separated. If a tube comes open, you’ll only have to clean the icky stuff out of one organizer. No need to empty the whole drawer and wash it out. 16.78. Magnetic knife bars keep your knives from getting jumbled in a drawer.

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How to Become More Resilient Under Stress

On The Job

The sometimes unrelenting stress of a job can keep both employees and leaders awake at night. They toss and turn as they ruminate about a variety of issues, such as whether an important customer will sign a new contract or if there will be layoffs after a merger.

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Positive Career Affirmation #2

Eat Your Career

“My self-worth does not rely on anyone else.” ” . To learn more about affirmations and how to leverage them for career success, check out this article. The post Positive Career Affirmation #2 appeared first on Eat Your Career

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8 Interview Tips For Introverts

Dumb Little Man

As an introvert myself, I know how difficult it is when the spotlight is right on you. The thought of talking spontaneously to total strangers brings sweaty beads of nervousness on the forehead, and interviews are just as much of a challenge, if not more of a challenge.

12 Days of Christmas Webinar: The Accelerated Assistant

Office Dynamics

In our program today we talked about seven ways to become an accelerated assistant. Below you will find our replay link, program notes, certificate download and access to our deal of the day. If you haven’t already registered for our 12 Days of Christmas Webinar Series, you can register here.

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