Sat.Jan 02, 2016 - Fri.Jan 08, 2016

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!

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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.

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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 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.

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Welcome to the new Practically Perfect PA Website

Practically Perfect PA

Hay everyone, I hope you had a lovely Christmas and New Year! I have been busy busy busy over the festive season sprucing up the website, giving it a bit of a spring clean and adding a few new touches here and there. Basically I have completely changed the website! Why you might ask?

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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.?

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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.

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Practically Perfect PA Giveaway: Assist Conference ticket!

Practically Perfect PA

Thanks to our wonderful partners at The PA Show we have a very special giveaway for Practically Perfect PA readers this month. We are offering one lucky reader the chance to attend the Assist Conference for free.

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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.

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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

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

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Daily Practice for Those Little Messes

Clutter Coach

by It’s Wednesday! That means time for a new chapter. You can read them here every week, or buy the ebook here. Simple Way #4. Tidy Up. Daily living involves getting stuff out, using it, moving it around and combining it with other stuff. No one stays organized at every moment because life creates little messes. So make it a daily practice to clean up those little messes.

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The Foundations of Productivity

Simple Productivity Blog

I’ve been thinking a lot about foundations lately, so I decided to start the year at Whole Life Productivity with an article series about the foundations of productivity. I remember watching my husband pour a concrete slab. He cleared the ground, removing the grass and rocks, then used a tool to pound the dirt flat. It was a lot of effort, and I asked him why. He replied, “Without a good foundation, everything on top will crack.”

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5 Reasons We all Deserve Forgiveness

Dumb Little Man

Forgiveness is often misunderstood. We tend to think that forgiveness can only be given to others when they hurt us or cause us pain. You say, “It’s okay. I forgive you” and then it’s over. Chapter closed. In reality, though, forgiveness is a much more complex concept.

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Costly Office Supply Management Discussion

Office Dynamics

In the case of the office supply management that Sula details below, is signage the answer or can this admin team come up with some additional solutions to the costly office supplies issue? Question: “We’re having a real problem keeping office supply costs in check.

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Three DIY Organizing Solutions

Clutter Coach

by For today's post, I decided to wander around the Instructables website and see what clever ideas people had for simple household organizing problems. This site always has inspired creations and hacks to improve your daily life. Here are three fun ones I found: Plastic Bag Dispenser This amusing Instructable tells how to make a dispenser out of a sweatshirt sleeve. It hangs on a doorknob with a nylon string that's pinned on.

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Slow Cooker Red Roast Pulled Pork Recipe

Professional Assistant Blog

Comfort food is always welcomed in the winter time when staying in is a choice. Here’s Mardi Michel’s slow cooker red roast pulled pork recipe from JamieOliver.com. Slow Cooker Red Roast Pulled Pork. Serves 6. Ingredients. 1kg pork shoulder, bone in. 2 teaspoons vegetable or peanut oil.

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3 Strategies To Use If You Find Yourself Putting Things Off Until Later

Dumb Little Man

Did you ever feel like you had a lot of work to do, but you just couldn’t muster up the energy to do anything?

2016 207

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. 

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Starting Somewhere

Clutter Coach

by Starting is hard. It means going from a standstill into some. useful activity that you may not feel confident about doing. Once you have. started, though, it’s much easier to. continue. That’s why I have a bunch of tricks for just getting started, any. which way. One typical problem people have is that everything they need. to do seems equally important. Here are a few ways to handle it. Assign each task a number from 1 through X (whatever the. total is) randomly.

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Take a Customer Service Approach to Retain Employees

Office Dynamics

Four ways to use the customer service approach to retain employees. Outspoken billionaire and founder of Virgin Airlines Richard Branson once said that employees come first in a company, even before customers.

Why You Need to Get Out and Meet Your Friends

Dumb Little Man

Do you believe that friends just come and go? That those you consider true friends now would surely go at some point later? That other friends—with more or less the same characteristics, traits or even number—are going to come, so you really don’t have to worry about making new ones?

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How the On-Demand Economy is Making it Easier to Start a Business

Small Business Labs

Intuit CEO Brad Smith's article How On-demand is Ushering in a New Era of Entrepreneurship  covers a very important and under appreciated benefit of the on-demand economy - it reduces the friction and risk associated with starting a business.    "Friction", in this case, means the amount of time, effort and money associated with getting a business going. On-demand economy platforms (Etsy, Upwork, Uber, etc.) reduce the need for all of these resources.

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Tips for Taming Distractions at Work

Clutter Coach

by I often hear from people that they come in to the office early in the morning or on weekends just to get some work done in peace. They don’t particularly like doing it, but they do like the quiet and the lack of interruptions from phone, email and coworkers. Lifehacker yesterday ran a post about “guerilla tactics” people use to get some distraction-free time at work. This was a favorite: “A couple colleagues of mine and I schedule fake meetings so we can sit.

2016 100

My 2016 Running Calendar

Brilliantly Better

The first half of 2016 is already planned – there will be 5 races: 1 semi-marathon, 2 full marathons and 2 ultra-marathons. As for the second part of my 2016 running calendar, I chose to keep a little bit of flexibility, party… The post My 2016 Running Calendar appeared first on Dragos Roua. Personal Development Running

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Popularity Pointers – 7 Ways to Get People to Lke You (Better)

Dumb Little Man

Perhaps I’m dating myself, but do you remember Paul Simon’s 1975 classic song, “50 Ways to Leave Your Lover?”

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A 5 Step Guide to Productive Travel: How to Keep Going Forward When You’re Going Places

Productivityist

As I write this, I’m sitting in a hotel room in Seattle preparing to head off for a week of travel. It doesn’t matter when travel takes place, it is disruptive.

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Don't Sort Things Unless Absolutely Necessary

Clutter Coach

by Here's Chapter 6 of my book. Not exactly keeping to the Every Wednesday plan. I may have to spend some time automating this procedure (make it happen automagically!). You can read right now, or buy the ebook here. Note: if you're going to read right now, why not take the action step too? Just sayin' Simple Way #6. Avoid Sorting. Don’t sort paper unnecessarily.

2016 100

How To Follow Your Passion And Make A Living Out Of It

Brilliantly Better

Everybody and their mother will tell you nowadays to follow your passion. To dream big. To be bold. To make whatever you can to turn your dreams into reality. If you’ve been around on this planet for long enough (let’s… The post How To Follow Your Passion And Make A Living Out Of It appeared first on Dragos Roua. Business Personal Development Success & Wellness

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Merriam-Webster’s 2015 Word of the Year Isn’t Even a Word

Daily Writing Tips

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Seeing Through The Fog

Productivityist

I wear glasses. Thick glasses with progressive lenses because my vision is pretty terrible. I’ve gotten used to wearing them every day, but the one thing that irks me about wearing glasses is how they fog up when I come in from the cold.

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How to Optimize Space

Clutter Coach

by Although I still have websites, the blog is the place where I put my new content. The websites are ridiculously hard to a not-too-computer savvy person like me to edit. The blog, by contrast, is easy as pie (thanks, Typepad!). However, there’s some valuable content on the sites that people aren’t seeing as much because my traffic is coming here rather than there. So, today I’m sending you to an article I wrote about using your space.

2016 100

Make Time for Your Mail

Clutter Coach

by Last week, I wrote about setting up a way to sort your incoming mail. That’s step one of handling the mail. It paves the way for the more important step of doing something with all that mail. This means getting it to its final destination rather than letting it stack up on the counter or in lovely labeled file folders. The biggest mistake I see people make with mail is that they open it, glance at the contents, then set it down again “for later.”

2016 100

Less Information = Fewer Decisions to Make

Clutter Coach

by I’ve written many times about decision making (here and on my previous blog , which I wrote between March and October of 2006) and how to make it easier and less time consuming. Today I discovered a new way, which is just having fewer decisions to make. I wrote the other day about Timothy Ferriss’s “ low information diet.”

2016 100

Vertical Storage

Clutter Coach

by A reporter asked me today, “What’s the best advice you can give to someone who has a lot of stuff and not a lot of space?” ” “ Go vertical !” ” I replied. Get shelving that goes up to the ceiling wherever you can fit it in. Add more shelves above the ones you have, even in the back of the closet. Add them above the bathroom door and along the hallway.

2016 100

Getting Organized Ebook on Sale Now

Clutter Coach

Last week I had a great plan to publish my book one chapter at a time every week for a year. And at some point offer it for sale, after I made more edits, polished it up, changed around some stuff, added new ideas, etc. When I told a friend about this brilliant plan she looked me in the eye and said, why don't you just publish it NOW? I took a deep breath and realized she was right.

2016 100

Clutter is Tiring

Clutter Coach

by It’s exhausting, actually. It’s hard on the eyes. It hems you in. Sometimes it feels like it’s just in the background, just there in case you need it. But then you remember how relieved and calm you felt last time you cleared out that clutter, as if a weight had been lifted. Clutter niggles at you, subtly draining your energy. Old magazines whisper “read me!” ” Piles of clothes coax “come sort me!”

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