October, 2019

The Art of Cultivating A Sense of Purpose In Life

Dumb Little Man

There are times in life when we all feel aimless. However, as long as we don’t let those temporary feelings define our lives, we will come out the other side. Knowing your purpose in life is what gets you up in the morning and keep you going when the going gets tough.

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Technology to help with email management

Practically Perfect PA

These ten fantastic pieces of software will help you manage your emails and your Executives. It is worth looking to see which ones will work for you, but they will all help you manage and automate emails!

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Coffee Break Fun: October WordSearch

Tips From T. Marie

Even the most committed of business owners need a break now and then. That’s why I’ve decided to offer my readers a monthly wordsearch game. So here it is, an October Wordsearch. Grab your coffee. The words you need to find will have a decidedly autumn flair to them.

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Each Year a Lot of Americans Start and Stop Being Freelancers

Small Business Labs

One of the more interesting findings from the 9 years of data from the MBO Partners State of Independence study series is how many Americans enter and exit independent work.

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The 6 Best Green Buildings Materials for Offices

Eco-Office Gals

Employees want refreshing spaces that are attractive in their design and health benefits. Green materials tend to contain less harmful chemicals than standard ones, making office air purer and healthier for the body.

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Business Travel Planning for Executive and Administrative Assistants

Office Dynamics

With more and more companies expanding the reach of their market across the country and even the globe, the role of the business travel planner has become increasingly important.

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Mastering The Art of A Worry-Free Life

Dumb Little Man

At one time or another, we’ve all been around worried family or friends. Sometimes, it’s awkward and uncomfortable. We don’t know what to say, so we say something fast and easy like “Everything’s going to be okay”, “You’ll be fine”, or worse, “Stop worrying”.

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More Trending

Do You Want to Know the Best Home Business to Start? Read this.

Tips From T. Marie

When I was working my soul-sucking, traditional office job back in 2006, I did numerous internet searches on the best home business to start. Back then, it didn’t yield me many results and very few of them were legitimate.

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The Pros and Cons of Working Remotely

Small Business Labs

Recode's How remote work is quietly remaking our lives provides a deep dive on the growing impacts of the shift towards working remotely. Key quote: "The changes remote work has introduced have happened so gradually you may not have noticed.

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Need a Seasonal Gig? These May Be Just What You Want

On The Job

Last year was a blockbuster holiday season for retailers, but threats of trade wars and a volatile stock market may put a damper on consumer spending and that could translate into less seasonal hiring this year, one labor expert says.

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Podcast 130: The danger of all or nothing thinking

Clutter Coach

by Listen or subscribe here: iTunes ? Stitcher ?. Soundcloud ? YouTube ? Google Play ? iHeartRadio You can leave a review here! This is Podcast 130 and it’s about the danger of all or nothing thinking. This kind of thinking can get you energized about an organizing project or even ongoing maintenance when you’re on the “all” side of the equation, but it has obvious drawbacks when you end up on the “nothing” side. Once a client hired me to help her refine her filing system.

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14 Tips on How to Live A More Active Lifestyle

Dumb Little Man

Most of us know how important exercise is when it comes to staying fit and healthy. Despite that, however, not all of us are moving as much as we’re supposed to. Even when I have been motivated to get a gym membership and start exercising, it only lasts for a few months.

10 apps to help you plan meetings

Practically Perfect PA

We all know how tough it is to get a meeting in your Executive’s schedule, let alone everyone who also needs to be in the meeting. And of course, once they are all in the meeting, who knows if the meeting was truly productive! Planning meetings is a tough job, and that is why I […].

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The 3 Biggest Working from Home Challenges

Tips From T. Marie

Working from home might be considered the new American dream. Whether an employer offers remote work options or you’re running your own home-based business, the statistics show that most people are happier and more productive in a work from home situation.

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Upwork Study: Freelancing Providing Opportunities to Those Unable to Work in Traditional Jobs

Small Business Labs

Upwork released their 2019 Freelancing in America study. It's the 6th year Upwork has conducted this study.    The study found about 57 million Americans are freelancing. This equates to 35% of the workforce. 

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30 Day Challenge: Exercise Every Day

Simple Productivity Blog

The average American sits for 11 hours a day. That is outside of the time spent in bed sleeping. We are the fattest we have ever been, and our sedentary lifestyle is leading to disease.

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Podcast 129: Track others’ work

Clutter Coach

by Listen or subscribe here: iTunes ? Stitcher ?. Soundcloud ? YouTube ? Google Play ? iHeartRadio You can leave a review here! This is podcast 129 and it’s about keeping track of the work of other people. Recently I consulted with someone about making sure to do’s got done at work. But not his to do’s, his assistant’s. He’s a pretty organized guy. He gets things done and so do others in his office. He trusts his assistant. But every once in a while something slips through the cracks.

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Why You Should Not Panic If Your Child Struggles At School

Dumb Little Man

How to help your child succeed in school? As a parent, you want to see your children get good grades at school. They can lead to better college prospects and open up lots of career pathways. However, not every child finds classroom learning easy or effective.

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Working well under pressure

Practically Perfect PA

It goes without saying that at some point in your career, you will have to work under pressure, meet tight deadlines and deal with stressful situations. Although organisations should care for their employee’s wellbeing and strive to create a calm environment, this is not always achievable.

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The Truth Behind Virtual Assistant Horror Stories (and Why They Shouldn’t Scare You)

Tips From T. Marie

I’m pulling this article directly from the crypt archives. Because for home businesses that need help, working with a virtual assistant is one of the smartest things they can do. One of the reasons many are reluctant is because they’ve heard one or more virtual assistant horror stories. This oldie but goodie explores the truth behind the stories and why you shouldn’t let them scare you. Halloween.

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Uber Enters the Staffing Business

Small Business Labs

Last week Uber announced Uber Works , a platform that connects workers with businesses that need to fill available shifts in hourly jobs such as cooks, warehouse workers, commercial cleaners and events staffing. 

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2019 Joan Burge Innovation Award for Assistants

Office Dynamics

I know assistants are always coming up with great ideas, creating new systems or templates, or taking the lead. Oftentimes assistants do not have the opportunity to showcase their talents or what they have created, nor do they always get recognized for their work.

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Podcast 128: Time scorpions

Clutter Coach

by Listen or subscribe here: iTunes ? Stitcher ?. Soundcloud ? YouTube ? Google Play ? iHeartRadio You can leave a review here! This is podcast 128 and it’s about finding the hidden ways your time is being spent. These are things that are hiding in plain sight but we don’t notice them because they’re always there, or we discount how much time they take, or they are so habitual that we truly can’t see them. But it’s not about rooting them out. It’s about noticing them.

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The Best Cities for Coworking You Need to Check Out

Dumb Little Man

There was a time when going to work meant returning to your same office cubicle Monday to Friday. Fortunately, those days are long gone! With the ever-growing digital revolution, a new type of worker has emerged.

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Sourcing the right suppliers for your business

Practically Perfect PA

Sourcing reliable, well-priced suppliers who offer excellent service is something that Assistants are frequently tasked with. It is a vital service we can provide our organisation.

30 Day Challenge: Planning The Night Before Wrap-up

Simple Productivity Blog

I realized I was having difficulty sticking to my task list.because I had never made a plan. The Planning The Night Before challenge was to get me past that difficulty. The challenge was to make my plan for the next day in my bullet journal the night before.

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MetLife Study: 45 Million U.S. Gig Workers and 85% of them interested in Continuing as Gig Workers

Small Business Labs

MetLife recently released The Gig Economy: Opportunities, Challenges, and Employer Strategies.

2019 145

Help Your Career by Learning the Art of Persuasion

On The Job

Have you ever tried to persuade someone to do something at work -- give you a pay raise, let you take on a new project, adopt a new system -- and you fail miserably? There's a reason for your lack of success.

2019 130

One Year After Moving To Spain

Brilliantly Better

Today, October 15th 2019, marks the first anniversary of moving to Spain. Exactly one year ago, me and my partner, Raluca, flew from Bucharest to Valencia with just two suitcases each.

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6 Simple Ways You Can Start Promoting Mental Health in the Workplace

Dumb Little Man

Depression, panic attacks, mood disorders, personality disorders, and eating disorders — these are just a handful of mental health issues that over three-quarters of the United States deal with by the age of 24.

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How should Assistants represent their boss at a meeting

Practically Perfect PA

I can remember the first meeting I went to instead of my manager was terrifying. It was a last-minute decision because she was running late and I didn’t have time to prepare myself properly.

2019 141

Learn Your Shortcuts

Simple Productivity Blog

I was working with a colleague recently, helping him through a process that was unfamiliar with a tool he had not really used. What we were doing is less important than the conversation. Paste the item three times." I'll admit it, I was bored.

2019 130

How Political Polling is Done

Small Business Labs

We get asked a lot about political polls. And while Small Business Labs is non-partisan, we're OK with talking about how political surveys are done. There are two big issues to be aware of with political polls.    The first is how the questions are asked.

2019 130

How to Impress a Company So You Get Hired

On The Job

Job seekers currently looking for their full-time dream job may find the road to success begins by landing one of the hundreds of thousands of seasonal jobs available this holiday season.

2019 130

Five Ways To Better Your Life By Slowing Down

Brilliantly Better

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How To Accept Other People’s Differences

Dumb Little Man

Everyone is different and we tend to accept that. However, actually dealing with those differences can be difficult, especially when they inconvenience us. Some might argue that we don’t have to accept or tolerate other people’s differences.

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Bridging the interpersonal gap between staff and a busy boss

Practically Perfect PA

A considerable part of an Executive’s job is to lead their staff, motivate and encourage them. However, this isn’t always the case. There are many Executive’s who are too busy, or under too much pressure in their roles to manage their staff effectively.

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