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Using networks to get stuff done

Practically Perfect PA

Just last week I was reminded how brilliant PAs are at using networks to get stuff done. I’m lucky to be a member of a direct messaging group on Twitter made up of some very awesome and proactive assistants.

The Secret Mind Hacks That Can Change Your Life Today

Dumb Little Man

Have you ever wondered about that little voice in your head? What it actually does to you and your way of thinking? In reality, it’s possible that it mostly does you harm. It puts up invisible self-sabotaging barriers for you.

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The Rise of Coworking and the Variable Cost Economy

Small Business Labs

A key reason we started following coworking back in 2007 was it provided a flexible alternative to the traditional long term commercial office lease. Coworking turned a fixed cost (long term lease) into a variable cost (month to month membership). 

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Career Success A to Z: R is for Relationships

Eat Your Career

This article is part of a series. Learn more about it and access links to other articles in the series here. It’s been said that no man (or woman) is an island. This is especially true in the workplace. Business is about people.

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How to make a bad first impression better

Practically Perfect PA

Last year I wrote a blog about how assistants should always try to make a really great first impression. You never know who you will end up working with, or for, so it is important that you take the time to make that first contact memorable for all the right reasons.

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Get To The Grind: Hop on, Hop off Treadmill Sprinting

Dumb Little Man

The federal government encourages 150 minutes or five, 30-minute sessions, of moderate-intensity exercise each week. If you live somewhere with great year-round weather, such as California, walking might be a viable option.

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BCG, Sodexo and Mercer on 2017 Global Trends

Small Business Labs

Somebody forgot to tell BCG, Sodexo and Mercer that trends season runs from November to January. These three large and influential firms all recently released 2017 global trends reports. 

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Science Shows Why Trust in the Workplace is Critical

On The Job

A decade ago, Paul Zak began measuring brain activity from people while they worked and he soon made an important discovery: There are scientific reasons why some organizations perform at high levels while others flounder.

2017 169

Importance Of Sleep: How It Can Put Your Health In Serious Jeopardy

Dumb Little Man

Although most people know the importance of sleep, a lot of them still miss the recommended sleeping hours. They would rather spend their time completing work-related tasks, running their home and connecting with other people. For some other individuals, lack of sleep is a result of insomnia, cocaine and meth addiction. Sleep is a crucial competent of achieving good health and well-being.

2017 174

Business Event Promo Video Demo 1

Andrea Kalli

Here is an example of a really nice colorful and professional business event promo video. This is the basic version. Then there is another version coming with additional segments for multiple pricing, discount information, location/map, partner page, and optional text segments.

2017 141

NOT, “Just An Admin!”

Office Dynamics

Designed by Freepik. Have you ever said, or heard an admin say, “I’m just an admin?” I have. And I’ll admit it – I’ve said it too. Then one day I discovered that every admin is valued and the true value of the profession of the administrative assistant! I’d like to share my journey of discovery with you. It began several years ago when I started working for Mr. H as a temp. What started out as a two-week assignment ended up lasting for seven years!

2017 169

4 Ways to Stop Being the Office Doormat

On The Job

One complaint I hear fairly often is from those who feel they are not appreciated at work. These workers often feel that they've become human doormats, with colleagues and bosses treating them as if what they do doesn't really matter in the grand scheme of things. Baloney. Everyone's job matters.

2017 151

What To Do After A Break Up: A Handbook For Every Newly Single Guy

Dumb Little Man

Although men are perceived as strong individuals, a breakup can still wreck you from the inside. It can turn your world upside down. And if you are finding it hard to deal with one, read on as I have been through the same set of whirling emotions over the past few months. Last year, in December, I had a fallout with my girlfriend. A three-year relationship went down, almost abruptly. The reason was quite simple.

2017 166

The seductive organizing system

Clutter Coach

by Sometimes just making a to-do list makes you feel so productive that you give yourself a break from doing anything on the list. I’m a big fan of to do lists and I encourage people to acknowledge their progress in order to stay on track. But that’s not always fruitful. Sometimes looking at the progress we’ve make seduces us into believing we’re done. We look at all the tasks crossed off the to-do list and feel good about ourselves.

2017 100

Joan’s Greatest Administrative Secrets Revealed!

Office Dynamics

Welcome to April. Wow, where is the time going? April is one of my favorite months because, here at Office Dynamics, we get to celebrate the wonderful accomplishments of those in the administrative profession! In case you are not aware, Administrative Professionals Week is April 24 – 28. But we celebrate the entire month of April. One of the major ways we do that is to host our annual blog-a-thon whereby we post a blog every work day in the month of April.

2017 169

The Difference Between Comfort, Cockiness, And Confidence

Productivityist

As I laid down on a rock using my legs as a brace to keep me from falling into the cold rushing water, I thought to myself, “I can’t believe I made it here.”. Here” was the Hapao Hot Spring. It also features some cool rapids adjacent to the spring so you can go from a warm bath to frigid water (or vice versa) in just a few steps. My wife and I had hired a local guide to take us through the Hapao and Hungduan Rice Terraces with a stop at this waterway two-thirds of the way through our journey.

How To Stand Up And Defend Your Path To Success

Dumb Little Man

You’ve made the decision to start a new venture. You’re excited, motivated and strongly fueled by your passion. You’re feeling positive about your future and this path you’ve laid out for your success. You shared your new found journey with a loved one, who immediately started pointing out all the reasons why this is risky and why you shouldn’t do it. Suddenly, you started questioning yourself. Before you knew it, you’ve come to a complete stop. How can you stop this from happening?

2017 163

Podcast 050: Stay focused on you

Clutter Coach

by Subscribe: iTunes ⋅ Stitcher ⋅ Soundcloud ⋅ YouTube ⋅ Google Play. You can leave a review here! In this episode, I’ll talk about how the only good reasons to get and stay organized are the ones that matter to you, Staying focused on those in a positive way is what gets you there. Subscribe: iTunes ⋅ Stitcher ⋅ Soundcloud ⋅ YouTube ⋅ Google Play. This podcast is based on my book, 52 Simple Ways to Get Organized, available on my website.

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Want to be More Proactive? Avoid These 3 Common Enemies

Office Dynamics

Most administrative professionals understand that being proactive is an absolute must. As an assistant, your executive looks to you to anticipate needs and do everything in your power today to make sure tomorrow is successful. That’s what being proactive is all about. But it’s not as easy as it sounds! Those who have tried to enhance their proactivity prowess know how tough it can be. All too often, we’re so consumed by today that we don’t have the time (or energy) to think about tomorrow.

2017 167

Mankind vs. Humankind

Daily Writing Tips

The issue of gender-neutral language reemerged recently in the form of a publicized incident involving a college student who was (mildly) penalized for the use of the term mankind in a paper she wrote for a class. Why was the score on her assignment lowered by one point out of fifty?

2017 79

How To Succeed In Business: 4 Things You Can Learn From Disney

Dumb Little Man

Disney has achieved success and fame through its original creations and their film adaptations. In addition to that, it also became famous for its perseverance. Despite the ups and downs it experienced, Disney was able to succeed and become popular across countries. Disney took on a couple of approaches to get to where it is now. In case you are curious about these approaches, the list below can give you a clearer idea on how to succeed in business based on Disney’s strategies.

2017 162

The Productivityist Podcast: The Staying Power of Sketchnotes with Deborah LeFrank

Productivityist

A landscape architect, entrepreneur, graphic journalist and memory collector, Deborah LeFrank uses pens and paper to capture stories from daily life by creating sketch-notes or visual stories which help her remember things and memories. I’ve known her for quite some time and I’m a big fan of her work, and she’s my guest for this episode. She uses bullet journaling and incorporates visuals to it as a key tool for productivity in all aspects of her life.

2017 54

Writing Tips: Replace Long Noun Phrases with Short Verbs

Office Dynamics

This is part of a series by editor Barbara McNichol to provide tips for writing like a pro. Ever wonder how to make your sentences less verbose and more direct? This works like magic: Change long nouns to short verbs. Consider the differences in these examples from a manual: “They remain in contradiction with themselves” vs. “They contradict themselves.”. “He He made an acknowledgment of her success ” vs. “He acknowledged her success.”. “We

2017 162

75 Terms Pertaining to Color

Daily Writing Tips

This post lists numerous nouns and adjectives that describe or pertain to qualities of color, plus brief definitions. ablaze : bright and full of light or color. bleached : washed out as a result of exposure to chemicals or sunlight. bold : very bright, clear, or strong in color.

2017 74

The Truth Behind Your Zodiac Sign And Your Desires

Dumb Little Man

Believe it or not, your zodiac sign can reveal a lot about your personality and temperament. It can show your hidden desires and secret thoughts that drive your behaviors every day. And it’s not just your sign. In fact, each of the twelve signs in the zodiac chart has its own unique characteristics, both positive and negative qualities. If you are curious to know, here is what astrology can say about the most hidden desires of each zodiac sign. Aries.

2017 159

How I Screwed Up My Monthly Theme (And Why I’m Glad It Happened)

Productivityist

For the first time in years, I screwed up my monthly theme. But the outcome is going to be worth it. Let me explain. I recently went on a three-week journey in the Philippines. I saw some amazing scenery, took in as much of the beautiful country as I could, and spent time with incredible people. This trip took up 23 days of the month.

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Administrative Professionals Day 2017 Blog-A-Thon Celebration

Office Dynamics

In honor of Administrative Professionals Day, Office Dynamics loves to hold our annual Blog-A-Thon for the entire month of April. April is a month that can change your career if you’re an administrative professional. We love this time of year and it’s time to shine the spotlight on our favorite office professional, you, the administrative professional.

2017 159

Punctuating Complex Sentences

Daily Writing Tips

Writers often overpunctuate long, involved sentences by fortifying them with the “supercomma” variety of semicolons in place of commas.

2017 68

5 Ways To Tell If Your Mobile Strategy Is Effective

Dumb Little Man

“Adopting a mobile strategy is no longer an option for any enterprise, it has become a need.”. According to a mobility trends report , on an average, an employee uses more than 3 devices to help him with his work and tasks. Enterprises, in general, experienced an increase of 72% in their number of managed devices between the years 2014 and 2015. These numbers aren’t that surprising, especially with how beneficial the strategy is.

2017 159

Chat Bots 101: Background and Key Issues to Consider Before Incorporating Them Into Your SMB eCommerce Strategy

Small Business CEO

Thanks to artificial intelligence, chat bots essentially have all the answers.

2017 68

Solution for Major Travel Planning Pain Points

Office Dynamics

Travel planning is infamous for being a huge time, patience, and sanity suck for administrative professionals. What seems like a simple there-and-back trip to a traveler is a whirlwind of coordination and research for the admin. Hey, can you book me a trip to San Francisco next week?” Inevitably leads to, “Hey, can you book me a trip to San Francisco on my preferred airline, in an aisle seat, that gets me in on time to meet with John?

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Punctuation Quiz #15: Parenthetical Words and Phrases

Daily Writing Tips

In each of the following sentences, commas are missing or are misplaced, misrepresenting exactly which word or phrase is parenthetical to the sentence. Revise the sentences as necessary to clarify the parenthesis.

2017 65

The Real Deal With Health Myths And Facts

Dumb Little Man

Growing up, you might have probably heard tons of health myths already. Avoiding the pool when you just ate lunch and sleeping while your hair is still wet are just some of them. These claims seem so real that even though there aren’t enough studies to back them up, we still continue to believe them. To help set the record straight on the most popular health myths and facts, we’ve done the hard work of doing the research for you. Read on. Being cold gives you a cold . False.

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5 Clever Ways to Build Brand Awareness with a Personalized Binder

Small Business CEO

Binders are a versatile and highly cost-effective way to raise awareness for your brand. A well-designed binder provides more information in one place than virtually any other print marketing material. Its tangibility helps clients focus and retain information.

2017 67

Gift Ideas For Administrative Professionals Day

Office Dynamics

Finding the perfect gift for your administrative assistant can be a daunting task since flowers and lunch no longer cut it. Today’s executive or administrative assistant wants a gift that is long-lasting. You might be thinking… what about a cool coffee mug? Or what about a travel business tote or beautiful Levenger notepad and pen? Maybe you were considering a gift certificate to your assistant’s favorite restaurant or spa.

Providence and Provision

Daily Writing Tips

Providence and provision , and their forebear provide , all ultimately pertain to the notion of foresight. This post discusses these words and others with the same origin. That ancestor word is videre , the Latin verb meaning “see,” which gave birth to providere (“see ahead”).

2017 61

Top Five Misconceptions About Home Remedies

Dumb Little Man

Home remedies were once considered to be a normal way to treat illnesses and injuries. Since doctors and hospitals weren’t always available back then, people had to find a way to get better without them. But as time went by, it became taboo to continue using home remedies. Prescription medications, invasive tests, and surgeries replaced plant medicine and natural remedies.

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