Sat.Jan 05, 2019 - Fri.Jan 11, 2019

Ten podcasts every PA should listen to

Practically Perfect PA

I don’t think I’ve shared this before but I love podcasts, and I have for years. They are more popular than ever, and there are loads of podcasts that can help you with your personal and professional development.

2019 229

5 Ways to Overcome Mental Blocks

Dumb Little Man

We’ve all been there- staring at a blank screen, throwing endless drafts in the trash, pulling out hair, scrolling through Facebook photos, re-ordering music libraries and even wiping the computer clean. We do anything to pass the time and avoid admitting the painfully obvious – we’ve hit a block.

2019 283

6 Signs You’ve Fallen Into The Employee Mentality Pit

Tips From T. Marie

As the instructor of a best-selling online course teaching individuals how to work from home as a virtual assistant, I get plenty of questions. A recent one reminded me of one of the pitfalls to avoid when starting and running your own business.

2019 167

Academic Studies Show Gig Economy Larger Than Government Data Suggests

Small Business Labs

Several papers related to the gig economy presented last week at the American Economic Association annual meeting caught our eye. 

2019 227

5 ways to improve your leadership skills

Practically Perfect PA

There are now quite a few of us in the Assistant world running around shouting that you, lovely Assistant, are a leader within your organisation! You may not manage a team, but you do work in a management role.

2019 227

3 Key Lessons We Can Learn From the One Minute Manager

Dumb Little Man

Managing people isn’t that easy. You have to know the right things to do if you want to bring out the best in them. The One Minute Manager by Ken Blanchard and Spencer Johnson is a remarkable book about management.

2019 269

Incarcerated but Not Hyphenated

Business Writing

I received an invitation to a professional meeting focused on hiring "formerly-incarcerated talent (FIT)." FIT--that's a catchy acronym. But what caught my attention more was the unnecessary use of the hyphen. Did you notice it? These are formerly incarcerated (not.

2019 151

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Is multitasking still a useful skill for Assistants?

Practically Perfect PA

Being a good multitasker was on the job description of pretty much every Assistant role I applied for when I first started as an Assistant. Since then experts have shown that multitasking does precisely the opposite of what we thought it did.

2019 214

12 Surprising Uses for Vicks VapoRub

Dumb Little Man

There are two scents that remind me of being a sick kid: brandy and Vicks VapoRub. Whenever I had a cold, those were my mom’s go-to remedies. She would make me a glass of hot water, honey, and brandy and then rub Vicks on my chest. I always felt instantly better (and slightly tipsy).

2019 267

Yes, You Do Need to Start Applying for Internships This Early

On The Job

You may still be trying to recover from the holidays, but if you want a summer internship this year, you need to get busy -- right now. Companies often get the bulk of applications between February and April, so there is no time to waste if you want a chance to land an internship.

2019 130

How to Prepare for Important Career Conversations

Eat Your Career

In the past, the “Annual Review” was the time—once a year—when you knew you would have the opportunity to sit down with your boss and get feedback, discuss career goals, and possibly even request a raise or promotion.

2019 130

Learn how to position yourself as a business asset

Practically Perfect PA

We are almost there with the full programme for the Future Assistant Conference, and I will release all the details next week, but in the meantime, I thought I would introduce you to our incredible speakers.

2019 130

Connecting With Your Child: 5 Things You Can Do To Stay Close Despite Your Work

Dumb Little Man

Having spent the last two decades working in the advertising industry based in New York but with clients all over the country, being on the road is just something that always came with the job.

2019 265

It's Time to Shut the Door on the Office Moocher

On The Job

For as long as I've been working (going on 100+ years now, or at least it feels like it), there have been office moochers. They never have any money on them ("I forgot my wallet!" "I'm I'm broke until payday!" "I I just loaned my last $5 to a friend!").

2019 130

Things To Do For A Better New Year

Simple Productivity Blog

January 1 is when all the calendars recognize the start of the New Year. And as we have just passed that date, I thought I would talk about some things you can do to make your New Year get off to a great start.

2019 130

Ideas for Personal Goals? – Ask an Admin

Office Dynamics

Welcome to our very first question for Ask an Admin – Admin to Admin Advice, where you submit the question and your peers answer your question.

2019 153

5 Inspiring People Who Started With Nothing and Changed the World

Dumb Little Man

A lot of people dream about being successful and achieving their dreams. Maybe, you’ve got a ‘big’ dream but you’re worried that it will never be anything more than a fantasy. You’re worried that you’re just not capable enough.

2019 254

Is the Gig Economy a "Big Nothingburger"?

Small Business Labs

The Mother Jones article The Gig Economy is a Big Nothingburger is an excellent example of the response to a new paper - Understanding Trends in Alternative Work Arrangements in the United States - from the economists Lawrence Katz and Alan Krueger. In their paper Katz and Krueger say the estimates of the size and growth of the gig economy in their 2015 study were too high. This was due to data challenges and business cycle effects. 

2019 144

Payroll Tips for Starting 2019 Right

Small Business CEO

Payroll tasks take up around 5 hours per week for a small business owner. This time, while well-spent, could be better spent elsewhere. All small business owners who run payroll know just how much of a challenge it can be unless they’re accountants with prior experience.

2019 83

List of 50 Great Word Games for Kids and Adults

Daily Writing Tips

If you want to improve your writing, maybe it’s time to ditch all the writing books and podcasts and play some word games instead. Yes, seriously!

2019 98

Why Drinking Soda Is Bad for Your Health

Dumb Little Man

Guzzling down one can of soda over another might be great for your taste buds but it can severely damage your health. Regardless, today’s youth is still obsessed with these sugary beverages.

2019 254

Softly Breaking Up With Goal-Oriented Productivity

Brilliantly Better

I’ve been into goal setting for a really, really long time in my life. I’ve been obsessing with countless measuring systems, productivity techniques and tons of apps and I even created my own productivity framework, called “Assess, Decide, Do” I… The post Softly Breaking Up With Goal-Oriented Productivity appeared first on Dragos Roua. Personal Development Productivity and Effectiveness

2019 57

5 Processes Every Business Owner Should Automate

Small Business CEO

Across all industries, automation has become a critical factor in a business’ success. According to a study conducted by Gleanster, almost 80% of top-performing companies use automation for marketing and have done so for years.

2019 81

How to Check Cross-References

Daily Writing Tips

A word, phrase, or sentence that directs the reader to related information in the same document (or, in the case of online content, perhaps a different document), whether said document is an article or a book, is called a cross-reference.

2019 69

Why Giving Compliments Can Be So Hard

Dumb Little Man

Have you ever wondered why some people can’t seem to give a compliment? Or are you having a hard time giving one whenever you see an opportunity? We all know that it’s something that is generally appreciated. We like to hear good things about ourselves when we know it’s sincere.

2019 246

5 Simple Tweaks to Make Your Home More Attractive

Dumb Little Man

Designing or furnishing a home is never an easy task. In fact, it can get taxing most of the time, particularly for people who have no idea how to make a house beautiful and attractive. Fortunately, there are a lot of ways to give your home the look you desire.

2019 236

Overcoming Work Fatigue: What You Need to Know

Dumb Little Man

Wondering why your job makes you feel so tired at the end of the day? It could be a sign of work fatigue. Even when we are sure to get enough sleep at night, eat nutritiously, and practice self-care, feelings of stress can become a slippery slope. What Is Work/Life Balance?

2019 237

How Toys Can Boost Your Child’s Development

Dumb Little Man

How a child views their world starts from the arms of their caretakers. Their views are closely guarded with what you put in front of them.

2019 230

7 Ways Succession Planning Can Help Your Business Thrive

Dumb Little Man

As a small business owner, one aspect of managing your business you probably haven’t taken into account is succession planning. Most business owners think that it’s too far off to really consider, especially at the beginning of their career.

2019 200

Is High-Quality Video Production a Critical Factor in Advertising?

Small Business CEO

Do companies really need to spend hundreds of thousands of dollars on production to create quality videos for advertising ? Furthermore, does a more expensive advertisement actually provide a greater return?

2019 79

7 Things Founders Forget to Consider

Small Business CEO

Starting your own business, being your own boss, building a cool startup company, choosing your own team, etc. All of this is very exciting and for many, a dream come true scenario. What stops you really?

2019 78

Backing Up Your Business: How to Keep Your Important Information Safe

Small Business CEO

The last 12 months have been another huge reminder that data security and information safety is imperative to business.

2019 78

Still Using Manual Processes? 5 Reasons To Automate Your Systems Today

Small Business CEO

Businesses from every industry use automated systems to some degree, whether it’s automated payment processing, point-of-sale systems , or simple invoicing software. No business is too small to benefit from automation. However, many small businesses have been slow to adopt automation.

2019 72

5 Simple Steps to Improve Your Retirement Strategy

Small Business CEO

Preparing yourself with a comprehensive retirement plan is more important than ever. We are all living longer and it is vital that you have a strategy to ensure you don’t outlive your money. Here are some simple things that can help you to make the most of your retirement fund.