Trying to Phone/Fax Internationally?

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Home About Me Advertise Trying to Phone/Fax Internationally? Do you want to fax some documents to a client, but not sure if the fax number you are dialing will be correct? I had the same trouble in the past, since I have to fax quite a few documents to clients on a regular basis. Then you just enter the phone or fax number in the third section. But don’t forget, some office fax machines require you to dial 9 before any numbers, so don’t forget that.

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Get Rid of Junk Faxes & Telemarketers - For Good!

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Home About Me Advertise Get Rid of Junk Faxes & Telemarketers - For Good! By The Professional Assistant on Tuesday, September 30, 2008 Filed Under: Productivity D o you receive junk mail, junk faxes and the occasional irritating phone call from telemarketers? I get tons of junk faxes and mail at work each and every day.

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Does Your Office Design Affect Your Productivity?

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Consider utilizing ergonomic office furniture. Servers, printers, fax machines, and filing cabinets all have their proper place. If you’re reexamining your current office space, you’ve probably got some ideas about how you want things to flow. You might have what you believe to be the perfect design plan all laid out, but in reality, you could be sacrificing functionality for looks.

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Increasing Microsoft Excel 2007's Formula Bar Size

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Home About Me Advertise Increasing Microsoft Excel 2007s Formula Bar Size By The Professional Assistant on Wednesday, November 18, 2009 Filed Under: MS-Excel , Productivity D o you find that trying to either write or fix formulas in Microsoft Excel can be a pain? Do you wish that you could expand the size of the formula bar to see more of the formula that you are working on? I remember back in the day when Microsoft Excel 2003 and prior versions didn’t have this feature.

How to Deal with Inconsiderate Co-Workers

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Home About Me Advertise How to Deal with Inconsiderate Co-Workers By The Professional Assistant on Wednesday, November 25, 2009 Filed Under: Office Gossip , Productivity D o you find that some of your co-workers can be extremely annoying, rude or just plain inconsiderate? Do you want to walk over to their cubicle while their talking loudly on the phone and give them a piece of your mind? This happens to the best of us all of the time.

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Hands Hurt From Typing?

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By The Professional Assistant on Wednesday, November 14, 2007 Filed Under: Ergonomics , Productivity D o you find yourself typing too much? Home About Me Advertise Hands Hurt From Typing? Using the mouse too often? Heres a product that will help you feel better and relieve pain, carpal tunnel syndrome and repetitive stress injury. It will also aleviate pain caused by arthritis, tendonitis, and poor cirulation. It even gives the person a massaging effect, for lasting comfort.

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Overlapping Calendars In Microsoft Outlook? Really?

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Home About Me Advertise Overlapping Calendars In Microsoft Outlook? Really? By The Professional Assistant on Tuesday, June 08, 2010 Filed Under: Meetings , MS-Outlook , Productivity D o you have trouble trying to book several managers’ meetings, yet you have access to their calendars in Microsoft Outlook 2007?

Co-Workers Annoying You?

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Home About Me Advertise Co-Workers Annoying You? By The Professional Assistant on Monday, December 31, 2007 Filed Under: Meetings , Office Gossip , Productivity A re your co-workers annoying you at work by talking to loudly? Do you wish you could take a fog horn and toot it around, just so that they would quiet down? I also work in an environment where it gets a little too loud at times. Its an open-concept office and at times, I would like my colleagues to simmer down a bit.

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Need to Change Excel Details from Vertical to Horizontal or Vice.

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Home About Me Advertise Need to Change Excel Details from Vertical to Horizontal or Vice Versa? By The Professional Assistant on Wednesday, July 07, 2010 Filed Under: MS-Excel , Productivity Y our boss calls you over to their office and asks that you send her a list of something that you’ve created in Microsoft Excel. The list is in a vertical fashion, but she wants it a horizontal way instead. You check your contact list and see that you have about 50 names in your Excel spreadsheet.

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How to Copy Tables from Word to Powerpoint

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Home About Me Advertise How to Copy Tables from Word to Powerpoint By The Professional Assistant on Thursday, August 30, 2007 Filed Under: MS-Excel , MS-PowerPoint , MS-Word P eople often ask me, "How do you copy a table from Word into Powerpoint?" This actually is quite easy to do. Here are the simple steps on how to copy tables: Open your Word document that contains the table. Open Powerpoint and click on File, then select New, then Blank Presentation. You will see this screen at the bottom.

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Administrative Procedures Manual - Does Your Department Need One?

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Home About Me Advertise Administrative Procedures Manual - Does Your Department Need One? By The Professional Assistant on Thursday, November 19, 2009 Filed Under: Client Service , MS-Access , MS-Excel , MS-Outlook , MS-PowerPoint , MS-Word , Organize , Productivity D oes your department have an administrative procedures manual? Do you find that your staff are not being consistent with their memos, e-mails , the way they answer the phone , etc.?

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Make No Mistakes With Meeting Request Attachments in Outlook 2007

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Home About Me Advertise Make No Mistakes With Meeting Request Attachments in Outlook 2007 By The Professional Assistant on Friday, November 20, 2009 Filed Under: Meetings , MS-Outlook Y ou sent a meeting request to a bunch of people. Your boss calls you up and tells you that you need to add an agenda to this meeting, but you don’t want everyone to get the meeting request again and have to accept/decline it. Trust me, people start to get irritated when this happens over and over again.

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6 Easy Steps to a Better Work-Life Balance

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Home About Me Advertise 6 Easy Steps to a Better Work-Life Balance By The Professional Assistant on Monday, February 18, 2008 Filed Under: Ergonomics , Organize , Prioritize , Productivity D o you find that you are working way too much ? Do you feel that you want to spend more time with your family, friends or by yourself? Many people are stuck in this situation where they can’t seem to find a good work-life balance.

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Blogging Here and There - Part 2

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Home About Me Advertise Blogging Here and There - Part 2 By The Professional Assistant on Thursday, April 24, 2008 Filed Under: A s you may have noticed, I havent been posting any articles for quite some time now. I do apologize for this, but my life has been really busy lately and unfortunately, could not share my thoughts with you during this time. I will try to post articles when I get a chance, but it will be quite infrequent.

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Do You Have a Pen?

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Home About Me Advertise Do You Have a Pen? By The Professional Assistant on Thursday, February 21, 2008 Filed Under: Client Service , Meetings , Productivity Y ou’re walking around the office and someone comes up to you, asking for a pen. You search your pockets and realize that you don’t have one. Has this ever happened to you? This has happened to me quite a few times in the past.

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Copying Pictures To and From Microsoft Word

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Home About Me Advertise Copying Pictures To and From Microsoft Word By The Professional Assistant on Monday, January 28, 2008 Filed Under: MS-Word , Productivity H ave you ever wondered how to copy pictures from and to Microsoft Word ? Do you have a big project coming up and want to show your boss that you can handle this type of task ? Recently, someone asked me how this is done. It’s actually quite simple.

Sorting Tables in Microsoft Word

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Home About Me Advertise Sorting Tables in Microsoft Word By The Professional Assistant on Wednesday, January 23, 2008 Filed Under: MS-Word , Productivity H ave you ever wondered or tried to sort a table within Microsoft Word ? Do you already have a table set up in Microsoft Word, but dont want to copy to Microsoft Excel and back again, just to sort it? One of my colleagues came to me and asked about this very question.

Would You Relocate to Avoid Traffic Jams?

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Home About Me Advertise Would You Relocate to Avoid Traffic Jams? By The Professional Assistant on Thursday, December 06, 2007 Filed Under: Job Seeking , Productivity , Travel D o you find yourself getting stuck in traffic each morning and afternoon? Do you feel that people should relocate to a closer home or find a new job? Heres an interesting article I found about how most employees would rather get stuck in traffic jams rather than relocate to a new home or job.

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Want Confidential Documents to Stay Confidential?

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Home About Me Advertise Want Confidential Documents to Stay Confidential? By The Professional Assistant on Friday, November 30, 2007 Filed Under: A re you looking for a way to make sure that others don’t open your letters or packages? Do you have confidential information that you need to send to someone, but want to make sure that it gets treated like registered mail? Then Redi-Tag Security Seals and Tape is the product for you.

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Worried About Your Online Resume?

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Home About Me Advertise Worried About Your Online Resume? By The Professional Assistant on Monday, November 26, 2007 Filed Under: Job Seeking A re you worried about online identity theft online? Do you worry about your current employer finding out that you are looking for a new job? Resume Rabbit will make all of this disappear. You can post up to 80 different job sites, such as Workopolis , Monster , CareerBuilder and many more, just with one submission.

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Most Irritating Habits of Co-Workers

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Home About Me Advertise Most Irritating Habits of Co-Workers By The Professional Assistant on Monday, November 19, 2007 Filed Under: Productivity D o you find yourself among co-workers that are not respectful of your privacy? Do they end up talking loud on the phone while you are trying to do some work? Are you being bombarded with people walking up to your cubicle and dont have the decency to see that you are busy?

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Sync Your Hand Held Device

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Home About Me Advertise Sync Your Hand Held Device By The Professional Assistant on Thursday, November 15, 2007 Filed Under: Networking , Organize , Productivity , Travel A re you looking for software that can synchronize most of your hand held devices? Heres a free piece of software that was recently released that can do just that. You can find instructions to setting up this software here and the software download page here.

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Dealing With Unreasonable Requests

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Home About Me Advertise Dealing With Unreasonable Requests By The Professional Assistant on Thursday, October 08, 2009 Filed Under: Organize , Prioritize , Productivity Y ou receive an e-mail , among the many others that you receive each and every day. Your colleague or boss calls or comes up to you exactly 2 minutes later and asks if youve read it. You think to yourself, "What?!? Is this person crazy?!?" Has this ever happened to you?

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Too Many Applications Driving You Crazy?

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Home About Me Advertise Too Many Applications Driving You Crazy? By The Professional Assistant on Wednesday, October 07, 2009 Filed Under: Organize , Productivity D o you have too many applications open on your computer? Have you passed by a co-workers desk and noticed that they have 20 different things running all at once? Believe it or not, this can lower productivity. You actually end up thinking that you are working harder, yet you are reducing your productivity by about 30%.

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Finding The Best Travel Deals - Online!

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Home About Me Advertise Finding The Best Travel Deals - Online! By The Professional Assistant on Tuesday, October 06, 2009 Filed Under: Meetings , Research , Travel A re you trying to book a flight, hotel or car rental for your manager? Do you feel like you are going to lots of websites to find the best deal? I originally wrote a post on this entitled " Travel Plans " explaining that you can use Travelocity and Expedia to find the best deals.

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Calculation of Discounts in Excel

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Home About Me Advertise Calculation of Discounts in Excel By The Professional Assistant on Tuesday, August 21, 2007 Filed Under: MS-Excel H ave you ever wondered how to calculate discounts on certain products/services that you or your firm offers? One of my colleagues had this dilemma a few days ago. I tried searching around for an answer on Google, but no luck. It kept providing me topics that werent relevant to the particular answer I was looking for.

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4 Ways to Cope with Difficult Colleagues

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Home About Me Advertise 4 Ways to Cope with Difficult Colleagues By The Professional Assistant on Tuesday, December 04, 2007 Filed Under: Productivity D o you find yourself having to deal with a difficult person in your office? Do you feel that they are overbearing and don’t know when to keep their opinions to themselves? Do they make inappropriate comments in a professional environment?

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Looking for Great Deals For Your Office?

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There are some companies that, unfortunately, don’t allow for purchases such as stationary , fax machines , toner , etc. Home About Me Advertise Looking for Great Deals For Your Office? By The Professional Assistant on Tuesday, October 21, 2008 Filed Under: Productivity A re you the person that purchases stationary and other items for your department?

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Attracting Productivity: Work Environments

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I found mine, but took quite a few jobs before this to get to where I was and a few thousand applications and faxing resumes later. Home About Me Advertise Attracting Productivity: Work Environments By The Professional Assistant on Tuesday, September 02, 2008 Filed Under: Client Service , Job Seeking , Networking , Productivity D o you think of yourself as a productive person? Do you feel that you are happy at your job?

Co-Workers Not Cleaning Up After Themselves?

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Home About Me Advertise Co-Workers Not Cleaning Up After Themselves? By The Professional Assistant on Monday, February 11, 2008 Filed Under: Organize , Productivity D o you find that staff members leave their garbage around the kitchen area? Do you get annoyed that you are always the one that has to clean up after them? Do you start wondering if they treat their own house the same way? You’re not alone.

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Need To Create a PDF? Don't Have the Software? Don't Panic!

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Home About Me Advertise Need To Create a PDF? Dont Have the Software? Dont Panic! By The Professional Assistant on Wednesday, October 15, 2008 Filed Under: MS-Access , MS-Excel , MS-Outlook , MS-PowerPoint , MS-Word , Productivity Y ou receive an e-mail from your manager. Your manager asks you to create a report of some sort and wants you to send it to a client, but making sure that they cannot manipulate the information.

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Power Up Your PowerPoint With Templates!

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Home About Me Advertise Power Up Your PowerPoint With Templates! By The Professional Assistant on Friday, October 10, 2008 Filed Under: MS-PowerPoint D o you want to change the way your Microsoft PowerPoint templates look? Do you feel that you could do a better job on these templates than what you have currently? There is a great and simple way to add a new look to your templates in PowerPoint. Here are the 4 steps to do this: Click on the particular template(s) that you want to change.

Prioritization: A Colorful Outlook

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Then I have my faxes set up as green. Home About Me Advertise Prioritization: A Colorful Outlook By The Professional Assistant on Thursday, July 24, 2008 Filed Under: MS-Outlook , Organize , Prioritize , Productivity D o you receive quite a bit of e-mail in your Inbox each day, but have trouble prioritizing them? Do you feel overwhelmed with trying to figure out who you should respond to first?

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Be Positive About Your Customer Service Issues

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Home About Me Advertise Be Positive About Your Customer Service Issues By The Professional Assistant on Friday, July 17, 2009 Filed Under: Productivity D o you find that when you contact a vendor because of a problem with your order of some sort that you get the dreaded automated messaging system, where you get lost with dialing all of the different numbers just to be able to get to the proper department or even a live person?

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"Checking In" to a Better Flight

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Home About Me Advertise "Checking In" to a Better Flight By The Professional Assistant on Tuesday, July 14, 2009 Filed Under: Meetings , Productivity , Research , Travel Y ou get an urgent e-mail from your boss asking you to book a flight and hotel. You search around to find the best deal (check out Travel Links on the right side of this blog for some suggestions) and book what your boss needed. The time finally comes when your boss is flying out to that all important business trip.

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"Going Green" With Your Documents

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Home About Me Advertise "Going Green" With Your Documents By The Professional Assistant on Monday, July 13, 2009 Filed Under: Productivity D o you recycle your unwanted papers at work? Do you try to "go green" by not printing e-mails or other documents that you could be e-mailing to others that you want to share this information with? As you may have already heard, we have been struggling through a massive garbage strike in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

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Organize With Social Bookmarking!

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Home About Me Advertise Organize With Social Bookmarking! By The Professional Assistant on Monday, November 03, 2008 Filed Under: Networking , Organize , Productivity D o you find articles on this site intriguing? Do you wish that you could save them to your Favorites so that you can look at them again and again? Do you wish that you could take your Favorites with you where ever you go, even if you dont own a laptop and have access to a computer with internet access?

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Write An Effective Out Of Office Assistant Message

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Home About Me Advertise Write An Effective Out Of Office Assistant Message By The Professional Assistant on Tuesday, March 04, 2008 Filed Under: Client Service , MS-Outlook , Organize , Productivity A re you going on vacation? Are you going to be out of the office for a short or even long period of time? Don’t forget to set up and turn on your “Out of Office Assistant&# on Microsoft Outlook. It’s amazing of how many people actually forget to do this.

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Office Fridge Etiquette

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Home About Me Advertise Office Fridge Etiquette By The Professional Assistant on Wednesday, November 28, 2007 Filed Under: D o you bring your food to work? Do you keep it in the office fridge? Are you in a constant battle to get your food into a pint-sized fridge because others leave their food there for days on end? Heres an article I recently found on office fridge etiquette. Heres an excerpt on the article: Do not eat or drink foods that do not belong to you.

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Tips for Office Costumes at Halloween

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Home About Me Advertise Tips for Office Costumes at Halloween By The Professional Assistant on Friday, October 31, 2008 Filed Under: Productivity H appy Halloween everyone! You walk into the office and notice all of the Halloween decorations. A spider here, a goblin there. Then a bunch of co-workers show up in costumes. What a sight! Do you like to dress up in fancy or scary costumes for this occasion? Do you want to dress up at the office, but not sure what to wear or if you even can?

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Free ACT! (CRM) Video Tutorials

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Home About Me Advertise Free ACT! CRM) Video Tutorials By The Professional Assistant on Wednesday, October 29, 2008 Filed Under: Productivity A re you using ACT! as your client relationship manager (CRM)? Did your boss just decide to install it on his/her system and yours then told you, "Read the manual, were going to be using this from now on"? If you’re looking to purchase ACT! for your company, click here. This same thing happened to me as well as one of my readers.

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Do You Have A Question For Me?

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Home About Me Advertise Do You Have A Question For Me? By The Professional Assistant on Monday, October 27, 2008 Filed Under: D o you have a question? Do you feel that you need help one something related to your career ? Do you want to ask something, but feel shy to do so? I have been running this blog for just over a year now and it has grown quite a bit, as you can tell. People have been asking me questions from time to time and I try to respond as quickly as I can to all of them.

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Productivity Boost: Do It Before Lunch!

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Home About Me Advertise Productivity Boost: Do It Before Lunch! By The Professional Assistant on Thursday, October 23, 2008 Filed Under: Productivity D o you find that you feel tired at the end of the day? Do you wish that you could be more productive and solve your problems through out the day? This happens to all of us, quite a bit of time throughout each and every day.

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