2019

7 Terrific Books That Can Make You Fall In Love With Math

Dumb Little Man

So, you are a student who loves reading and writing. You write essays, reviews, and stories. It’s not a problem for you to help peers with their academic papers and you are ready to read tons of books on different topics. Wouldn’t it be great to have reading and creative writing the only subjects in school? But here come the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse: Physics, Economics, Chemistry, and… MATH!

2019 220

How to Become a More Valuable Employee

Eat Your Career

These days, people talk a lot about adding value in the workplace. Specifically, everyone wants to know how to become a more valuable employee. After all, when you add more value at work, you should (in theory) receive more value as well. It’s only natural; contributing at greater levels should enable you to earn at greater levels too. In my newest book, The Invisibility Cure , I cover this topic in depth.

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The EA competencies you will need in 2019

Practically Perfect PA

Well, that is us in 2019 folks! Happy New Year. Firstly before I start this blog, I want to say a huge thank you to all of the Practically Perfect PA readers who are joining us for another year on the blog. We have been going now since 2011, and I can’t wait to see […]. Core Competencies Featured admin administrators assistants Career Competencies EA Executive Assistant Office manager PA Personal Assistant Virtual Assistant

2019 186

Specialized Virtual Assistants: The Best Move Your Business Can Make

Tips From T. Marie

I came across this article on Inc.com that proclaims that hiring a virtual assistant is the best move that entrepreneurs can make. I’ve actually been arguing that fact for years here. The above article was written less than a year ago, which makes it apparent that entrepreneurs still aren’t flocking to the idea, even though it’s been proven to be a successful investment over and over again. Which leaves me wondering why?

2019 164

Orwell on Writing: 6 Questions and 6 Rules

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The post Orwell on Writing: 6 Questions and 6 Rules appeared first on Ian's Messy Desk. As a writer, I can be pretty sloppy or lazy, at times. However, I do look for ways to learn how to improve the quality of my writing. George Orwell had 6 questions and 6 rules he applied to ensure what he had to say was clear to the reader.

2019 157

8 Proven Tips To Study Smart And Remember More

Dumb Little Man

Reading a book is as simple as ABC and everyone can pick up a book to read. However, not everyone remembers what they study. In this guide, I am going to reveal to you the best study habits and tips on how to remember more when studying. I have seen a lot of readers who struggle to remember everything they read just a few hours after. Why is that? Simple, they failed to study effectively.

2019 219

When Working Hard is Not Enough: 18 Ways to Work Smart

Dumb Little Man

Most of the things we do require hard work. Whether it’s our job, relationships, and personal goals, we need to exert effort and work extra hard to get the best results possible. Unfortunately, working hard comes with negative effects. If you have been working hard for an extended period of time, there will come a point where you’ll realize that there’s only so much you can do by working hard. Don’t get me wrong – working hard is important.

2019 218

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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. We are the cultivators and sole fuel source of the blocks we experience. Blocks are usually an indication that we’ve taken our focus off of what we want and placed it firmly on what we don’t.

2019 218

How to Overcome Emotional Abuse

Dumb Little Man

Emotional abuse isn’t the easiest thing to deal with. Compared with physical abuse, it leaves pain that lasts for a longer time. It creates a lot of grief and unhappiness that tend to torture the victim every single day. Emotional abuse happens when the other party erodes your sense of self esteem and literally, has a hold over your mind. Your sense of self worth shrinks so much that you no longer dare to challenge what is being said about you. You believe in their stories.

2019 216

How Weight Training Will Affect You In The Long Run

Dumb Little Man

I never had major struggles with my weight, but there was definitely a period of time where I was somewhat out of shape, lazy, unhealthy and unhappy. Not knowing a whole lot about fitness, I just decided to hit the gym and hope for the best. When I started going to the gym, it was all about the cardio. I started running on a treadmill, then started using the rowing machine. Both helped me to tone up some, but I found that I still didn’t feel confident in my health and certainly not my strength.

2019 215

Sleep Hacking: How to Optimize Your Sleep for Success

Dumb Little Man

We spend a significant portion of our lives sleeping. Recharging, dreaming, and restoring are parts of everyone’s life no matter where you live or who you are. So, why do so many of us struggle with our sleep? And how can we change the way we think about sleep for success? Sleep hacking’ has become a buzzword in the world of startups and entrepreneurship. Essentially, sleep hacking is where you try to streamline your sleeping pattern.

2019 211

How to Get Others to Value Your Work

Eat Your Career

During my monthly webinars , I often hear a handful of the same questions. A common one goes something like this: “The people I work with think my job is inferior. They look down on me (and my role). How do I get others to value my work more?”. This question hits particularly close to home for administrative professionals. As a proud former admin myself, I know what it’s like to feel that your work isn’t valued.

2019 186

Day in the life: Hayley Lawrence, PA to Regional General Manager and Admin Assistant to Founders Office – The British Virgin Islands

Practically Perfect PA

Enjoy today’s Day in the life: Hayley Lawrence, PA Regional General Manager and Administration Assistant to Founders Office – Necker & Moskito Islands, in The British Virgin Islands. I love this interview because it shows how exciting, different, challenging and incredible our profession is! Day in the life: Hayley Lawrence, PA to Regional General Manager and […].

2019 182

You Should Be Downsizing Your Images

Tips From T. Marie

Business today is image driven. Photos are key in social media posts, blog posts and for product sales. Smart phones have made taking these needed photos easy, however often the size of these photos is well beyond what is needed. Using images with a large file size can slow down your website dramatically. Sites like Etsy for selling product often have size limits. That means what used to be the domain of a graphic designer needs to be part of a home business owner’s arsenal now.

2019 140

A simple template for a farewell speech

Ian's Messy Desk

The post A simple template for a farewell speech appeared first on Ian's Messy Desk. A number of co-workers in our office are transferring to new opportunities in new regions. We had a luncheon today to say goodbye and make some presentations. I was asked to say goodbye to one of the employees who was leaving.

2019 153

What Is Your Success Meter?

Dumb Little Man

What does success mean for you? Here’s an interesting story. In 1983, a young talented guitarist was kicked out of his dream band. He was delirious with joy even just before the manager called him at his office to kick him out. It happened just three days before he was about to record his first album. No reason, no complaints, no fight, just shown the door. For no reason. So, as he sat on the bus from Los Angeles to New York, you know what he did? He cried. What did I do wrong?

2019 211

10 Tips to Manage Your Time Effectively Under Pressure

Dumb Little Man

Do you ever feel the need to be more productive and organized in order to accomplish much more than what you are doing right now? Time management is one of the most important skills that you need to develop in life. With effective time management, you enable yourself to become more productive at achieving the goals and objectives assigned to you at work. You also get better in achieving the ones you assign to yourself in daily life.

2019 212

9 Great Reasons to Drink Water And How to Form the Water Habit

Dumb Little Man

We all know that water is good for us, but the reasons are sometimes a little fuzzy. Even if we know why we should drink water, it’s not a habit that we can easily form. The truth, however, is that we don’t focus enough on this habit. This is why we end up drinking lots of coffee, soda, alcohol, fruit juices, teas, milk, and a bunch of other beverages. And despite all those fluids, we still end up dehydrated which isn’t good for our health.

2019 209

15 Signs That Show Someone Is a Real, True Friend

Dumb Little Man

Friends are very important in our lives. If you have a true friend and find love in someone special, then you are one of the luckiest people in the world. Essentially, true friendship is an expression of a type of love. Whether you find friendship in a lover or someone you are just friends with, there may be a time when you question if this person is a true friend or not — and that’s ok. Even well-established relationships need reviewing once in a while.

2019 212

50 Ways to Strive for Excellence in Life

Dumb Little Man

Most of us want to excel in life, but there’s just one problem. People often rely on what their society has to say when it comes to determining whether they’re succeeding or not. The society in which we grow up determines how we perceive excellence and the goal of getting the very best out of our lives. Some cultures might attribute excellence to a few brilliant, hard-working, exceptional cases.

2019 213

Fake Productivity vs Real Productivity

Dumb Little Man

Putting in work or “hustling” is the most widespread maxim for success in the world of entrepreneurship. But the question is this: Are you really being productive with your time or is your work merely a heightened form of procrastination? The three levels of productivity: The first level of productivity is outright procrastination. It is zero productivity. It’s neglecting your priorities and responsibilities in lieu of the dopamine rush of a Netflix series or a video game.

2019 213

7 Hacks I Learned From James Bond

Dumb Little Man

Not everybody can be a globetrotting super-spy who saves the world every few years. In fact, almost nobody can. However, that doesn’t mean you can’t view James Bond as a role model. No, we’re not talking about the rampant murder and womanizing. We’re talking about the little things he does every day to keep himself alive and at peak performance. I mean, come on.

2019 213

7 Ways Admins Can Do More Meaningful Work

Eat Your Career

As a proud former administrative professional—and a current admin trainer and coach—I believe that support professionals can play an invaluable role in the workplace. Of course, that’s not always the case. There is a wide array of roles that qualify as “administrative” in nature, and a wide variety of people who occupy them. Some admins simply follow instructions and do what is asked of them—no more, no less. They meet expectations, but they aren’t really challenged.

2019 175

Top 10 to-do apps for Assistants

Practically Perfect PA

We all know how hard it is keeping on top of the never-ending to-do list every Assistant and their Executive seem to have. The work can be relentless but don’t fear; there are lots of fantastic apps available that can help you manage your to-do list. Tracking your tasks doesn’t need to be a complicated […].

2019 175

10 Ways To Earn the Respect of Others

Dumb Little Man

If you are a self respecting individual, chances are you want others to treat you with respect. And you know what, age isn’t a prerequisite nor is it a magic key to gaining respect. I’ve seen plenty of young people who are highly respected by their elders. I’ve also come across older people who I’d never respect because their actions are so out of line. It’s about how you conduct yourself, your attitudes towards others, and your actions.

2019 211

A Guide to Public Speaking

Ian's Messy Desk

The post A Guide to Public Speaking appeared first on Ian's Messy Desk. Delivering an effective presentation is difficult. With the Internet, listeners have access to more information that ever before and have higher expectations for content from speakers today. In addition, because most people are saturated with entertainment, audiences want a presentation that is entertaining.

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7 Amazing Success Lessons from Thomas Edison

Dumb Little Man

Thomas Edison was a very successful inventor, scientist, and businessman whose inventions significantly impacted the world. Inventions such as the phonograph, the motion picture camera, and a long-lasting everyday electric light bulb were all the result of Edison’s work. Called “The Wizard of Menlo Park” by a newspaper reporter, he was one of the first inventors to mass produce his inventions. He’s often given credit for creating the first industrial research laboratory.

2019 210

Choosing the Best Administrative Assistant or Executive Assistant Conference

Office Dynamics

An administrative conference should feed your brain and soul! You have finally gotten the approval to attend an administrative conference, maybe you have decided to invest in yourself by attending an administrative conference but choosing the best administrative assistant or executive assistant conference is no easy task. Attending an administrative conference is a big investment of your time and money. You should choose wisely.

2019 198

20 Simple Tips to Increase Your Productivity When You Work From Home

Dumb Little Man

So, you work from home. Nothing wrong with that. You’re your own boss and you can set your working hours as you want. You can also make more money than from a classic job. But even with these advantages, you still have a problem: It’s hard for you to be productive. Because you don’t associate your home with a job. You associate it with comfort. Hence, you waste long hours doing nothing. Are you tired of this?

2019 210

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. It is about a young man who is in search of an effective manager and is willing to work for one. In his search, he meets some ‘autocratic’ managers who are only concerned about the results. Their organizations gained while their people lost.

2019 210

5 Ways to Keep Your Home Business Fresh

Tips From T. Marie

There’s nothing worse than biting into a stale carrot. You know what I mean, I’m sure you’ve grabbed a carrot stick off from a vegetable platter expecting that crisp snap as you bit into it but instead got a rubbery, orange something. Now the carrot doesn’t necessarily taste bad, but just the consistency is enough to turn you off from the veggie platter altogether, isn’t it? Even covering it up with ranch dip can’t disguise that almost spongy consistency.

2019 135

7 Super Effective Tips to Meet Deadlines Without Going Mad

Dumb Little Man

When our workdays or school days start becoming more and more demanding, we tend to lose control over our time and schedule. We try to keep up and have everything done in time, but it keeps getting harder and harder. This is because we haven’t developed the right time management and organizational skills. And the lack of such skills makes meeting deadlines seems like an impossible task. Luckily for you, we’ve got you covered. Take a look at these 7 super effective tips on how to meet deadlines.

2019 208

How To Know What Changes You Should Actually Make In Your Life

Dumb Little Man

These days, the internet is full of confusing mixed messages. There is the message of “Be yourself! You’re beautiful no matter what you look like!” Then, there is the message of “You must look this exact way in order to be considered beautiful.”. Neither of those are necessarily true. Beauty is a standard and everyone has his own idea of what that looks like. You don’t meet everyone’s criteria and not everyone meets your criteria. That’s just how the world works.

2019 209

How to Write a Professional Development Plan

Eat Your Career

This is the second article in a two-part series on the topic of Professional Development Plans. In the first part of this series, you learned that a professional development plan (or PDP) is a written document used to focus, evaluate and prioritize professional development goals and activities. In this article, you’re going to learn exactly what should be included in a PDP document and the simple 10-step process I use to write a PDP.

2019 166

10 skills needed to be a fantastic office manager

Practically Perfect PA

There are so many Assistants who are also working as an Office Manager and a lot of Office Managers who are also Assistants! The roles are similar, and there are a lot of overlapping skills. However, Office Managers do have to take on some tasks that are high-level and move the business forward. Many Office […]. Core Skills Featured admin administrators assistants EA Executive Assistant office management Office manager PA Personal Assistant Virtual Assistant

2019 175

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. It reinforces positive self-esteem. So, why can complimenting people feel so difficult sometimes? Compliments trigger our own insecurities.

2019 209

10 Tips for Effective Presentation Visuals

Ian's Messy Desk

The post 10 Tips for Effective Presentation Visuals appeared first on Ian's Messy Desk. When considering what type of visual representation to use for your data or ideas, there are some rules of thumb to consider: 1. Use visuals sparingly. One of the biggest problems in presentations is the overuse of visuals. A useful rule of thumb is one visual for every two minutes of presentation time.

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