January, 2016

10 Life Changing Tips for Successful And Happy Life

Dumb Little Man

Success which can’t be defined in normal terms. It is a subjective notion. Every individual has his/her own success term from their perspective of life. Though we generalize the term “success” for many material things.

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A day in the life: Catheryn Fellowes, EA to Sophie Hulme

Practically Perfect PA

What are the main aspects of your role? I am Executive Assistant to British Fashion Designer (Creative Director & CEO) Sophie Hulme. I have been working for Sophie for almost 2 years, and every day since joining has been different!

2016 207

Top 5 Strategies to Get Your Office Schedule Back on Track!

Office Organization Success

Getting back into the swings of things after a break is always challenging! Whether it’s time taken off during the summer, a break during the Holiday season, or simply a week’s vacation, the first few days back at your desk are usually spent playing catch-up.

2016 188

The Rise of the Independent Professional Working for Businesses

Small Business Labs

Getting lost in the various debates around the "gig economy" is the size and growth of the segment of independent workers who provide professional services to businesses. 

2016 176

Cut Unnecessary Prepositions--But Not These

Business Writing

When you cut words to make your business writing more concise, be sure to keep the prepositions you need. Some prepositions bring structure and clarity to your sentences. Learn which ones below. A client wrote to me asking whether he. Frequently Asked Questions Grammar and Usage

2016 164

How to Be More Productive When You're Crazy Busy

On The Job

If you’re not able to self-regulate – to shift gears when necessary – then you may find yourself burned out and unproductive. A new book looks at how to find the right gear at the right time in order to thrive.

2016 188

5 effective ways to reduce your stress levels

Dumb Little Man

The 21st century has led to our lives being exposed to the constant stress. It is attributed to the different issues that we deal with on a daily basis. It includes the health issues, the financial freedom, issues in relationships, a bossy boss, and so forth.

2016 207

More Trending

Article Marketing: Repurpose Your ONE Article in 3 Easy Steps!

Office Organization Success

You’ve written a fabulous article … you publish it in your newsletter … and that’s it! It just sits there, never to see the light of day again. Too often this is what business owners do.

2016 156

It's a Mobile World

Small Business Labs

No matter how much we cover mobile computing, it seems in many ways we continue to underestimate its impact. This is why it shows up yet again on our 2016 small business trends list. As the Business Insider Intelligence chart below shows, there are about 4.5

2016 151

How to Change Your Writing Style

Business Writing

My friend John has a graceful, sophisticated writing style in which paragraph follows elegant paragraph. John wants to change his style so that it takes him less time to communicate in letters, emails, and other pieces. He also wants his.

2016 158

A Very Simple Promise

Virtual Moxie

This is for Jane, Marie, and all the other women like them who think the way to success is to work whenever possible, and when not possible, to fill the time with motion. Just stop. There is nothing that can't wait till tomorrow--or even next week.

2016 187

Escaping Information Overload: How and Why to Filter Your Feed

Dumb Little Man

Information overload is a problem. It causes wasted time, makes it difficult to make important decisions, and contributes to the spread of bad information. You have access now to a 24 hour per day, 7 day per week, nonstop barrage of information on a limitless variety of subject matter.

2016 207

From Practically Perfect PA to Mummy

Practically Perfect PA

Hi everyone, how are you guys doing? It has been a while since I last wrote a personal blog so I thought I would send you an update on what has been happening over the last ten months.

2016 200

Let’s Work on Your 2016 Plan Together

Office Organization Success

I know many of you are just getting back into the flow of work again this week and are probably thinking about the upcoming year … what you’re going to be doing, what you’ll be offering etc.?

2016 137

Is the Staffing Industry Facing a Kodak Moment?

Small Business Labs

These are good times for the temporary staffing industry. As the American Staffing Association chart below shows, the industry has been booming since the steep declines caused by the Great Recession. 

2016 130

Read Carefully Before You Write That Email

Business Writing

Emails have their problems. They can suffer from old subject lines, too many topics, lack of focus, and bad punctuation. But one serious, time-wasting email problem has nothing to do with writing. That problem is reading. Actually it's poor reading--reading. Courteous Writing Email

2016 141

Another Productivity List for 2016. Woot!

Virtual Moxie

At AssistU , we curate content into a weekly brief that’s delivered to our folks each Monday morning. Yesterday, we shared some of our best “2016” lists. You’ve seen them—the 25 best business books for 2016, the 19 top iPhone apps for 2016, 465 things to get rid of in 2016—those sorts of lists.

2016 180

4 Simple Productivity Hacks to Always Wake Up Productive

Dumb Little Man

Your time is precious. In fact, it’s your most valuable asset. Yet, you probably don’t make the most of it.

2016 207

Staying in the loop

Practically Perfect PA

The say goes that information is King. For assistants information is everything! Keeping up to date with all the goings on within your organisation is incredibly important for a number of reasons.

2016 191

How to Use A Competency Assessment for Assistants

Office Dynamics

Use this assessment for assistants as a tool to measure your skill level. Several years ago I was preparing for my first annual review with my new executive, Joan Burge, Founder and CEO of Office Dynamics International.

2016 172

Three Books That Explain The Economy (and Jobs)

Small Business Labs

We were asked the other day what books we thought best explain how the economy and jobs have changed over the past couple of decades. We came up with these 3: 1.    Supercapitalism by Robert Reich. The former labor secretary provides a historical view of how over the past few decades Americans as consumers and investors have gained power, while as citizens and employees we have lost power. It was released in 2007 and in our opinion nails how the economy has changed since the 1950s.

2016 119

Let It Go or Risk Freezing Your Business to Death

Tips From T. Marie

I started this blog post as a follow up to a prior post on second chances. Funny how some posts end up having a life of their own somehow. As I sat down to share a recent personal experience in my business, it dawned on me that it was pretty certain that I wasn’t the only small business owner who deals with it. Deals with what? Hanging on to things that are no longer working for us or our businesses. Click To Tweet.

2016 116

Well, Hello, New Year--You Look Marvelous!

Virtual Moxie

Ok, I have to ask—where in the name of Pete did the past three months GO? My mother used to say that time flies so much faster as you get older, but I don't think I really felt it in a deep way till this fall. It really seems like my sabbatical just began.except it's January, and it's over.

2016 155

6 Destructive Thoughts That Restrain Your Potential

Dumb Little Man

Our mental makeup can be attributed to the way we’ve been brought up, or our environment and the people we met while growing up or even the people we interact with as adults, somehow have the power to influence our thoughts – if we let them.

2016 207

How to deal with conflicting priorities

Practically Perfect PA

Although the role of an assistant can be incredibly varied, there are certain aspects that all of us will face at some point in our career.

2016 179

3 Tips to Organize Your Executive & Team Members

Office Dynamics

3 Tips for Organizing Your Executive & Team Members. You can’t make others work the way you work. This is the first thing you have to accept if you want to help someone, such as your executive or team member, get and stay organized.

2016 160

Do 45 Million Americans Work in the On-Demand Economy?

Small Business Labs

Last week in our article Confusion Reigns Over the Number of People Working in the Online Gig Economy  we reported that a recent study developed jointly by Burson-Marsteller, The Aspen Institute’s Future of Work Initiative and TIME found that 45 million Americans have worked in the on-demand economy. We suggested the reason why their numbers are so much larger than other sources – our work, for example found about 3.2

2016 116

[Free Telesummit] How to be Your Own Boss Anywhere in the World

Office Organization Success

This story may be familiar to many of you; in fact it may even be your story… Eric and Liz are mid-life dreamers who have had successful careers and now want deeper personal enhancement and fulfillment. They had reached a stage in their lives where they didn’t want to continue having to work the weekends for the rest of their lives, or for three weeks of vacation a year.

2016 106

Use Willpower to Reclaim Your Mojo!

Virtual Moxie

Last week’s post on productivity brought a question from Silvana, who said: “I’m a new VA and I just experienced losing my only client. I now have nothing to be productive for, and I know that’s mostly me feeling sorry for myself, but still, my mojo is gone.

2016 148

9 Ways to Feng Shui Your Desk

Dumb Little Man

If you’re struggling to keep your head afloat the cesspool of folders and documents you’ve allowed to accrue on your desk, chances are you may feel a bit uneasy while working.

2016 207

How to deal with conflicting priorities

Practically Perfect PA

Although the role of an assistant can be incredibly varied, there are certain aspects that all of us will face at some point in our career.

2016 176

Stop Allowing Bad News to Destroy Your Good Attitude

Office Dynamics

Attitude IS a Choice. Do you let the bad news destroy your good attitude? Stock market has gone wild-for the worse. Blizzards, giant snowstorms and ice smack the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast. Recent celebrity deaths including Glenn Frey (Eagles) and Celine Dion’s beloved husband-both died from cancer.

2016 153

Confusion Reigns Over the Number of People Working in the Online Gig Economy

Small Business Labs

Burson-Marsteller, The Aspen Institute and Time Magazine  released survey results last week on the sharing/gig/on-demand economy.    Time's Exclusive: See How Big the Gig Economy Really Is  covers the study results, which indicate the gig economy is quite big. Key quote: 44% of U.S. adults have participated in such transactions, playing the roles of lenders and borrowers, drivers and riders, hosts and guests.

2016 109

How to Better Explain Complicated Information

On The Job

No one doubts the intelligence of technical people, but that doesn’t mean they’re good at everything. One of the areas where many could use some improvement is communicating technical information to non-techies.

2016 141

Smart Electric Rice Cookers

Professional Assistant Blog

No matter if you eat white or brown rice, long or short grain, it is not easy to get it right when cooked traditionally in a pot. Thanks to the electric rice cooker, cooking rice is a piece of cake – set it at the right settings and leave it to cook.

2016 130

3 Tips for Getting the Most Important Things Done Every Day

Dumb Little Man

For the past couple of years I have been paying careful attention to why there were some times where I was able to get a lot done during a certain day and why there were some days where I felt totally overwhelmed and couldn’t get anything done.

2016 207

Technology of the week: Ginger Software

Practically Perfect PA

What is Ginger Software? Ginger Software is an award-winning productivity-focused company that helps you write faster and better, thanks to grammar checker , punctuation , and spell checker tools which automatically detect and correct misused words and grammar mistakes. . What does it do?

2016 158