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Best tips on working with multiple managers

Practically Perfect PA

Last month I asked everyone on the Practically Perfect PA social media platforms to give me their best tips on working with multiple managers. Here are the results. Enjoy… There are some brilliant tips here! Here are my best tips on working with multiple managers.

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What’s Behind America’s Lagging Life Expectancy?

Dumb Little Man

American life expectancy is on the decline for the first time in decades and there are a number of factors that come into play. Today, let’s talk about two important variables that are affecting our normal life expectancy — obesity and opioids. The Greatest Threat Comes From Obesity.

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The Well Traveled Dog

Small Business Labs

Thanks to the pet humanization trend , it comes as no surprise a growing number of people are traveling with their pets. The Washington Post's Hotels that offer over-the-top amenities — for your pets  covers this trend.

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Follow Your Solopreneur Dreams

The Solopreneur Life

John Greenleaf Whittier said “Of all sad words of tongue or pen, the saddest are these, ‘It might have been.”. It’s interesting that 5 of Inc.com’s 12 regrets deal with not following your dreams. Don’t wish away your life. Follow your Solopreneur dreams.

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Career development for Assistants: 5 common problems and how to solve them

Practically Perfect PA

Recently, the OpenMeet team had the pleasure of participating in the annual Practically Perfect PA Assist Conference 2017 , where we ran a few workshops on career development for assistants: 5 common problems and how to solve them.

2017 201

A Guide To Guilt-Free Daydreaming

Dumb Little Man

You probably feel guilty, irresponsible, and unproductive when you catch yourself daydreaming during an important task. In the words of Harvard psychologist Matthew Killingsworth and his colleagues: “ A wandering mind is an unhappy mind.”. On the surface, the source of this guilt and despair seems obvious. Daydreaming implies you are procrastinating — and nobody likes to waste time or be off-task. Yet, if you look more deeply at the reasons for this guilt, the scene becomes much more complex.

2017 199

Coworking's Expanding Niches

Small Business Labs

From coworking spaces with TV studios or biolabs, to spaces that target lawyers or musicians, there's a wide and growing range of niche coworking spaces. Allwork's 15 Niche Flexible Workspaces You Need To Follow  covers, well, 15 of them. 

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Launching the Practically Perfect PA Virtual Summit

Practically Perfect PA

Today I am very, very excited to be writing this blog post. Today I am launching the Practically Perfect PA Virtual Summit. Hurrah, some of you might be thinking, ‘whhhhaaaattt???’

2017 164

11 Simple Ways To Make Yourself Happy Again

Dumb Little Man

Every morning feels like the start of another boring day. Each day, you realize how difficult it is to find ways to make yourself happy again. You get ready, go to work, come home and the boring cycle repeats the next day. Oh, and let’s not forget the daily lines of traffic that make commuting feel like a chore. You just want to escape from it all by curling up under a blanket. You’re overwhelmed with the crap that you have to deal with every day, and it’s turning you into a miserable person.

2017 189

Career Success A to Z: T is for Tenacity

Eat Your Career

This article is part of a series. Learn more about it and access links to other articles in the series here. Choosing the topic for this week’s article was a tough decision for me. Originally, I thought “T” might be for talent. After all, it certainly plays a role in career success.

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The Solopreneur Life Membership

The Solopreneur Life

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10 Apps for Administrative Productivity and Organization

Office Dynamics

Designed by Freepik. This is the second article in a two-part series on productivity apps for admins by Julie Perrine. You can read part 1 here. As an administrative professional, you need to be productive and organized wherever you go. But hauling around your work laptop 24/7 isn’t exactly practical. The solution? Smartphone apps! Here are my 10 app category favorites.

2017 182

Responding To Pain With Positivity: Unleash The Stronger You

Dumb Little Man

We all have had our share of pains, bruises, and bumps. These things are what make life more meaningful and memorable. For me, things were pretty bad and so out of hand that I wanted to kill myself. However, with time, everything fell back into place and life looked way better than before. Trust me, attracting pain is usually beyond human control. If we are destined to face the harsher realities of life, no protective measure would come in handy.

2017 162

Creating a unique office space

The Small Business Blog

Designing your office right is a vital part of creating a well-functioning business. To help you get it right from the outset, we talk you through some workspace design tips for your office. Designing around a theme.

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Don't Become a Freelancer Before Talking to Someone Who Failed at It

Small Business Labs

Last week  we pointed out  that: "Almost every study done on the gig economy has found most gig workers choose to be gig workers, are satisfied being gig workers and plan to continue with gig work." " This can make it is seem like almost everyone who works in the gig economy thrives. Unfortunately, this isn't true. Most gig economy studies, including ours, tend to overstate gig worker satisfaction levels.

2017 109

Strategies for Advancing Your Career in Administrative Services

Office Dynamics

Designed by Freepik. As a career-minded assistant, it’s easy to get to a place where you wonder, “Where do I go from here?”. Advancing as an assistant can take many different forms. For some, it involves climbing to the next level, becoming a “senior” support staff member or an administrative manager. For others, it means moving into a support position for a higher-level executive, assisting a CEO or CFO for example.

2017 165

7 Easy Tips On How To Find Happiness

Dumb Little Man

Knowing how to find happiness is easy, but actually attaining it is a different story. If you have been chasing happiness without positive results, read through the tips below to open yourself up and to let happiness come to you. Understand That Happiness Can’t Be Defined. Happiness is something that we must define for ourselves. What one person may find happiness in, others may see sadness or contempt.

2017 161

Have You Become a Toxic Sponge?

On The Job

I have banished sponges from my kitchen. You may think this has nothing to do with the workplace, but stay with me for a moment. According to WebMD, sponges are the No.

2017 141

Podcast 052: Give uncluttery gifts

Clutter Coach

by Subscribe: iTunes ⋅ Stitcher ⋅ Soundcloud ⋅ YouTube ⋅ Google Play. You can leave a review here! In this episode, I’ll talk about how to give and receive gifts that don’t just become clutter in your home. Part of that is refocusing on the experience of giving and receiving instead of the object itself. Subscribe: iTunes ⋅ Stitcher ⋅ Soundcloud ⋅ YouTube ⋅ Google Play.

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5 Productivity Apps You Probably Already Have on Your Smartphone

Office Dynamics

This article is part one in a two-part series on productivity apps for administrative professionals by Julie Perrine. While there’s certainly a case to be made for banning phones from the workplace – confidentiality concerns, Facebook faux pas, employees who spend more time on Snapchat than spreadsheets – some smartphone apps, when used properly, can make your job a lot easier. The following are five apps you probably already have on your phone, and how you can use them to be more productive.

2017 159

Top 9 Things To Give Up Immediately If You Want To Become Happy

Dumb Little Man

Are you truly happy? A lot of people forget that happiness is a choice. They overlook the fact that being happy is a conscious choice one has to make each day. Many people live their lives blaming everyone and everything for their problems. Others just can’t let go of the past and, instead of enjoying the moment, they become nagging pessimists. If you wish to be happy, here are 9 things to give up to be happy immediately: Give up control.

2017 159

The Key to Surviving Disruption

On The Job

At the turn of this century, Xerox was in trouble. The competition was offering cheaper products and new technology was eroding customer demand for its products. Stock prices skid more than 90% from June 1999 to December 2000. But then Xerox began reviving itself, aggressively reconfiguring its core business, simplifying product lines and outsourcing core functions. Cash flow became positive and stable. But Xerox wasn’t done making changes.

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Start organizing with the easy stuff

Clutter Coach

by You may be having trouble making much progress with getting organized because you’re starting in the wrong place. . I recently talked with a client about his frustration that he wasn’t getting anywhere even though he purged and organized regularly. After some discussion, it came out that he was focusing on the things that were hardest to make decisions about.

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How to Reignite Your Enthusiasm for Work

Office Dynamics

Designed by Freepik. At some point, in any professional’s career, there comes a time when enthusiasm wanes. It’s natural, after all. Even as an assistant, a role where “no two days are exactly alike,” the day-to-day operations can eventually become monotonous. When you feel a lack of enthusiasm for the work you do, it can really take a toll on your quality of life. You feel more tired and discontent. Ultimately, it can also impact your quality of work.

2017 159

How To Be Successful: The Surprising Tip You Might Not Know About

Dumb Little Man

Different types of people achieve various levels of success. While some seem to be lucky enough to be successful in an instant, there are people who have to work really hard to achieve their desired status in society. It all comes down to the Hierarchy of Needs, how you approach each tier and how you can make the Law Of Attraction work for you. Once you understand these things, crazy levels of success can be yours!

2017 159

Gardens: The Unsung Hero in Real Estate Valuations

Small Business CEO

Gardens, and landscaping in general, are often the most overlooked elements when it comes to adding value to a home.

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Why You Should Play Productivity “Small Ball”

Productivityist

During the early part of 2017, I hosted (or co-hosted) a webinar of some sort every week. This wasn’t initially planned. It just happened to take shape. I knew I wanted to do more video work in the months ahead, but I didn’t expect things to start out like that. But it did. So I decided to keep at it by playing productivity “small ball.”.

2017 59

Teamwork Strategies for Administrative and Executive Assistants

Office Dynamics

Designed by Freepik. There is no great month than April to talk about the power assistants create when they work together. In April, we honor administrative around the world for one full week. What does that tell you about the importance of the role? For more than two decades I have been teaching assistants about the benefits of working together. While I often hear about the challenges and issues assistants have with their peers, assistants can find strength in community and unity.

2017 158

What You Need To Know About Teaching Children Values

Dumb Little Man

Supposing you found out that there is something you could have done for your children to make their life so much easier and save them years of angst. How would you feel? We all want to make sure our kids live a comfortable life as much as possible so we work really hard. We want to make sure they eat on time and that they have nice clothes to wear. In our hard effort to provide for them, there’s one thing a lot of parents forget to give their kids. Values.

2017 159

5 Advantages of Traditional Marketing Over Digital Marketing

Small Business CEO

One of the major goals of every business is, of course, to grow and maintain a strong and loyal client base. A key factor in achieving this is to promote the products and services of the business through advertising.

2017 84

20 Archetypes for People Based on Names

Daily Writing Tips

Various expressions have arisen, sometimes from folkloric or historical origins, to describe types of people by assigning them with personal names. Here are twenty such appellations and their definitions and (sometimes only probable) origins.

2017 75

Spring Cleaning For Office Professionals

Office Dynamics

I thought I’d keep this bonus blog on the lighter side. With the onset of spring, now would be a good time to do a little cleanup. Here are a few ideas. S pruce up your work area with fresh flowers. P urge files; clean up computer files. R earrange furniture. I nform your team or new concepts. N egotiate your workload. G ather information on new office products. C luster similar tasks and office supplies. L ose unproductive habits. E ngage in an attitude renewal. A nalyze current workflow.

2017 154

3 Surprising Tips That Will Transform Your Job Search Approach

Dumb Little Man

Unemployment is tough, especially when you’re stuck in it for several months. Every day, you wake up early, get dressed, make a plan for the day, and hit the job boards only to find yourself falling short of the competition most of the time. It’s particularly hard to stay positive during this period. Job searches are incredibly stressful.

2017 159

Reputation Management: Major Mistakes Business Owners Make and How to Avoid Them

Small Business CEO

Online reputation management (ORM) refers to the process of monitoring reviews and comments about a person or their company mainly through social media watching. For example, monitoring Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn. When it comes to ORM, many business managers make mistakes.

2017 75

Punctuation Quiz #17: Attribution

Daily Writing Tips

The following sentences deliberately lack internal punctuation whether such punctuation is correct or not. Insert punctuation as necessary to correct them. Her reply was as follows “We have no comment in response to the allegations.” ” 2.

2017 74

Take Extra Words Out of Your Writing and Add Clarity

Office Dynamics

To Whack Wordiness, Delete Wobbly Words. This is part of a series by editor Barbara McNichol to provide tips for writing like a pro. To take extra words out of your writing and add clarity, the easiest approach is to attack wobbly words. What do I mean by wobbly words? Well, they’re words that are vague, indefinite, and don’t add much to the meaning of a sentence. In fact, they can add word clutter your paragraphs and detract from what you strive to say.

2017 150

5 Ways To Make A Good Impression In Less Than 30 Seconds

Dumb Little Man

You must have heard a lot of people say, “the first impression is the last impression’. Frankly, that can be quite true. The first few moments you spend with a person is crucial since it will determine the direction of your conversation and even your relationship. Whether you are set for an interview or dealing with an important client, you need to make a good impression for the first thirty seconds you have.

2017 158