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40 Outlook hacks for assistants

Practically Perfect PA

In the next series of posts on tech hacks for assistants we are going to look at MS Outlook. Outlook is the absolute key piece of software for assistant and all of us should be advanced users on this one. As an assistant juggling a number of diaries and inboxes I was practically on Outlook all day.

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7 Foods that can Improve your Eyesight

Dumb Little Man

When it comes to life’s simple pleasures, we often take what we have for granted. Being free of pain, having strong legs, or enjoying great eyesight – this is what allows us to live life to the fullest.

2016 193

10 Steps to Survive a Business Disaster

The Small Business Blog

In business, it sometimes pays to take a risk. But in the face of natural disasters, like floods and fires, or criminal activity like cyber hacking, your Recovery Procedure Plan needs to be as safe as houses. After all, everything is on the line.

2016 204

Don't Let Hiring Managers Intimidate You

On The Job

I once had a hiring manager tell me that the best job interviews are really "conversations." While I don't doubt that she was sincere, I don't think those who are searching for a job feel like job interviews are "conversations."

2016 173

Five top tips for using a unique event space

Practically Perfect PA

Event Management is now one of the main tasks for assistants – practically every assistant I talk to has organised something! Be it the office Christmas party, team building events, off site board meetings and committee to large scale global conferences. We are doing it all!

2016 180

How To Entice Your Timid Partner To Dominate You In Bed (Sex Life)

Dumb Little Man

So you love your mate, but find your sex life a little humdrum? Specifically, we’re talking about having a yen for some kinky, adventurous play. But how do you bring this up to your partner, and more importantly, how do you convince them to go through with it?

2016 175

Benefits of corporate hospitality for small businesses.

The Small Business Blog

For some small businesses corporate hospitality can often be overlooked as an unneeded jolly. In this article we will be examining how in fact this can be an easy preconception and that corporate hospitality can actually bring a wealth of benefits to any small business.

2016 175

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The Rise of Internet Middlemen

Small Business Labs

One of the most persistent myths about the Internet is that it's eliminating the need for middlemen. 

2016 141

As Intuit Shutters IPN, How Will You Accept Payments From Your Clients?

Virtual Moxie

Getting paid via the Intuit Payment Network has been a real boon for the VAs at AssistU. With a fee of just $.50 50 per transaction, it beat using PayPal—hands down—with clients who wanted to pay from a checking account.

2016 139

Clinton's and Sanders's Apostrophes

Business Writing

Secretary Clinton and Senator Sanders have differences. But according to the editors at The New York Times, one of them is not the way their names are made possessive. The Times forms the possessive the same way for both of. Frequently Asked Questions Punctuation Pointers Teaching Business Writing

2016 130

How to Embrace an Owner Mentality

Office Dynamics

Embracing the “Owner” Mentality with Special Guest, Daren Martin, PhD. As an administrative professional, you probably think of yourself as an employee. You provide a service to your organization, and in return, they provide a paycheck.

2016 130

The 4 Kinds of Work in the Future

Small Business Labs

HBR's Work in the Future Will Fall into These 4 Categories  has a great 2X2 matrix (below) showing the 4 different types of work likely over the next decade. Two things really struck us about this article and chart. The first is all 4 quadrants assume the growing use of contingent labor.

2016 130

Hoarding vs. Cluttering

Clutter Coach

by Hoarding is not the same thing as having too much clutter. I just watched an interesting. video profiling four hoarders called Possessed by Martin Hampton. The cases. are presented in escalating order of severity and the last one is a little hard. to watch because of the extreme level of dust and dirt. One of the. more confounding things about hoarding is that hoarders don’t know why they keep. stuff when they know it’s useless trash. Even if they are willing to get rid of.

2016 100

Help Proofreaders Stay Sane and Efficient

Business Writing

Good proofreaders catch errors that would embarrass, torment, and diminish us if those errors appeared in print or online. But their jobs aren't easy. Those valuable workers often put up with tense deadlines, continual interruptions, and unrealistic expectations. Are you. Proofreading

2016 130

How to Stay Energized Throughout the Week

Office Dynamics

I usually share tips on combating the Monday-morning “blahs,” especially after a nice, relaxing weekend. I once met someone who says she has a different problem: “Monday, I am refreshed from the weekend and ready to tackle just about anything,” she explains.

2016 130

Economic Uncertainty Hits Millennials; Only 1/3rd Feel They are Middle Class

Small Business Labs

The Guardian's  US millennials feel more working class than any other generation  covers data from the General Social Survey showing that the number of millennials (born 1980 to 2000) who consider themselves middle class has fallen from 45.6% in 2002 to 34.8%

2016 130

Idea > Decision > Action

Clutter Coach

by For many people, it’s easier and more fun to think up new ideas than to take action on the ones they already thought of. Buckling down and focusing on one idea and making it happen can make them antsy. Sometimes the project you take on is very large and there are so many things to address that you’re tempted to start them all at once. When it comes to organizing, this can get you into trouble. The process is this: have an idea, make a decision, take the action.

2016 100

The evolution of effective team working and how you can accelerate it

BioTeams

By observing newly formed and existing teams playing business simulations I have learned some important insights into how team-working 'evolves' and offer here some specific ideas on how you might accelerate this evolution in your own organizational teams.

2016 72

6 Musts for Startup Managers Dealing With Employees

Small Business CEO

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Microsoft Office. All opinions are 100% mine. If a new business is to grow and thrive, a startup owner or manager must recruit the right talent, then successfully manage them in a way that gets the best results for the business.

2016 71

90 Idioms About Tools

Daily Writing Tips

Hand tools have inspired a tool box full of metaphorical words and expressions. Here’s a list of many of those handy idioms. angry/mad enough to chew nails/spit nails or ready to eat nails : enraged. another/final nail in the coffin : one of/the last of multiple factors that contribute to a failure.

2016 71

Organizing Philosophy for the Holidays

Clutter Coach

by The current economy may end up making this year's holidays less stressful, just because we won't be  shopping and traveling as much. But if you find yourself feeling stressed by holiday planning and the looming prospect of a new year, keep these in mind: Make lists to prevent tasks from being forgotten in the chaos. Keep the list for next year. If list items aren't coming to mind, reflect on past fun holidays and visualize what you want for this year.

The Importance of Team Game Plans and RAPPORT

BioTeams

Team Game Plans are essential when team is faced with a new and challenging task , such as a business simulation game.

2016 72

Forget Banks, Manage your Money in The Cloud

Small Business CEO

Banks can help you in managing your money passively. However, you can do better than that: How about actually managing your money better with the help of your stationary, an accountant and the cloud. Interested in learning more?

2016 69

Race Report: My First 48 Hours Race

Brilliantly Better

Last year I signed up for my first 48 hours race, an event scheduled at the end of March, in Athens. It was an act of pure curiosity, to be honest. I’ve never done a 48 hours race before. And… The post Race Report: My First 48 Hours Race appeared first on Dragos Roua. Running

2016 63

"Stadium Seating" to Organize Your Folders

Clutter Coach

by If you saw the new Star Trek movie at IMAX as I did, you know that stadium seating rocks. No bobbing heads blocking the screen! Peter Walsh's new [In]Place angled file holder provides that kind of visibility for your folders. This video introduces the product line from Office Max. Clever hanging folders lock together so nothing falls in between them.

2016 100

5 Cases of Extraneous Hyphenation

Daily Writing Tips

Hyphens are used primarily to organize two or more words into phrases to aid in reading comprehension. Although errors in the use of hyphens are usually errors of omission, erroneous overuse is also common. Beware of superfluous use of hyphens in sentences such as the ones shown below.

2016 61

Home Business IT: Guide to Secure Your Wireless Home Network

Small Business CEO

There are so many users looking for securing their wireless network because they want their Wi-Fi network protected from Wi-Fi theft; this includes for those who work in a home office.

2016 64

My Vacation: Sun, Sand, And A Productivity Surprise

Productivityist

Last month, in an effort to beat the winter blues (and grey Ohio skies) our family went on a cruise. It was great. The warm temperatures and change of scenery felt great. I thought they might. What I didn’t expect was a productivity boost. Sure I was recharged, but that wasn’t the biggest thing. Rather, it was that I unplugged when I left, and then had to plug back in. Before leaving, I did enough work to provide a two day buffer when we returned. As Mike Vardy wrote in his email newsletter.

2016 54

Are you Doing Important Stuff, or Just Urgent Stuff?

Clutter Coach

by Urgent sounds important, but it’s really not. It may be important to someone else, but your involvement is often just a waste of time. Tasks that are urgent require you to act quickly and that means you don’t spend time thinking about whether you should do them. They’re also often the result of poor planning (or no planning) and bad time management. The words urgent and important are borrowed from Stephen Covey’s four-quadrant division of work.

2016 100

The Meaning of “To a T”

Daily Writing Tips

The expression “to a T,” as in “That suits you to a T!” is often mistakenly written or said as “to the T” (or “to a tee” or “to the tee”). This type of alteration occurs often in idiomatic phrases (note “all of the sudden” and “for all intensive purposes,” among others).

2016 60

5 Local SEO Tips for Cash-strapped SMB CEOs

Small Business CEO

Are you a small business CEO working on a shoestring budget? Are you looking to make your mark on the local SEO scene? Then here are some tips to help you cruise along the online route smoothly without stretching your budget. Related: Local Onpage SEO: My 11 Point Checklist.

2016 62

Why I’m Diving Into Deep Work (and How I’m Doing It)

Productivityist

This is a piece that was originally published in The Productivityist Weekly newsletter. If you would like more updates, click here to receive fresh productivity insights delivered to your inbox every week. At the beginning of 2016, I read a book that changed how I approach my work. This book is called Deep Work by my friend Cal Newport. After I finished the book, I realized that I need to spend more of my time doing deep work.

2016 54

Studies Show That Buying Stuff Is Good For You!

Clutter Coach

by So often we pit decluttering and being green against frivolous spending and self indulgence; virtuous against irresponsible; conserving against wasteful. It can get to the point where you can feel guilty about buying anything you don’t absolutely need! To the rescue comes a study from Harvard B School showing that in the long run, people don’t regret having spent a lot of money on pleasure. The key is the time frame.

2016 100

Gollum, Epenthesis, and Haplology

Daily Writing Tips

As I watched holiday re-runs of the Lord of the Rings movies, I wondered if there might be a term for the way Gollum adds syllables to words. Note: Gollum is a fictional character in The Hobbit and its sequels by J. Tolkien. In Peter Jackson’s movies, Gollum is played brilliantly by Andy Serkis.

2016 60

3 Sentences with Misplaced Modifiers

Daily Writing Tips

Phrases that provide additional information in a sentence are often haphazardly situated within that sentence in such a way that the reader might be confused about what the modifying phrase refers to, or at best must reread the sentence to confirm that he or she has comprehended the correct meaning.

2016 60

Punctuation Marks as Transitional Signposts

Daily Writing Tips

Punctuation is a support system to enhance the organizational flow of a sentence. Often, it also provides transitional cues, and for clarity, it’s important to make that distinction by using specific punctuation marks.

2016 59

Why I’m Diving Into Deep Work (and How I’m Doing It)

Productivityist

This is a piece that was originally published in The Productivityist Weekly newsletter. If you would like more updates, click here to receive fresh productivity insights delivered to your inbox every week. At the beginning of 2016, I read a book that changed how I approach my work. This book is called Deep Work by my friend Cal Newport. After I finished the book, I realized that I need to spend more of my time doing deep work.

2016 54