Project Manage like a pro

Practically Perfect PA

Project management is a key skill for PAs these days. But as usual, most of us are not sent on project management training! So here you will find some great blogs, books, tools and general tips on how to Project Manage like a pro.

Six Golden Rules for Successful Project Management You Need to Know

Dumb Little Man

Project management is pretty straightforward – you find the requirements, create a realistic plan, assign the right people on the job, set a deadline, and most importantly, get work done. However, when it comes to the real world, project management is never that easy.

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4 Ways To Reduce Stress Inside and Outside of Work

Dumb Little Man

While a moderate amount of stress can be good for staying motivated, the harsh reality is that you will most likely be overwhelmed at some point in your career. Whether it’s pressure to perform, lack of control, or micromanagement issues, you need to know how to effectively manage job-related stress so it doesn’t follow you home and ruin your sanity. If you are looking for ways to reduce stress, here are four tips, along with simple tools and apps that you can use.

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How to Plan Events Your Team Will Love (Without the Stress)

Eat Your Career

This is a guest post contributed by Eleanor Whitney, editor of All Hands , a publication about life at work from Managed by Q. Put dates from your timeline in your calendar and use a project management tool like Trello to keep all dates and information about your event in one place.

2018 180

Multi-tasking is not what it’s all cracked up to be.

Office Dynamics

I believe that our obsession with technology is creating a lot of stress in our lives. Here are some tips that can help: Focus on a single project. Don’t be tempted to jump back and forth to incoming e-mails when you should be finishing a project. Must We Multi-task?

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The Role of an Online Business Manager

Office Organization Success

Many business owners are a little confused between an Online Business Manager and a Virtual Assistant – they think they’re one and the same. So in an online business, the Online Business Manager and Virtual Assistant fulfill these same roles.

2013 242

3 Ways to Improve Your Business’s Online Flexibility

Small Business CEO

Other studies suggest that it can also reduce stress and improve mental health. Customer Service Management crm customer relationship management customer service tips marketing strategy Productivity Tips project management sales tips

2019 59

Software Needed For Managing A Small Business

Small Business CEO

Sometimes you can manually do the tasks but they often lead to added pressure and stress. Many business managers are on the lookout for software that can help them do the tasks while improving their business. You can also purchase a project planning software.

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Why You Should Plan To Burn Out

Productivity Bits

Projects. A hectic day now and then is manageable. It’s not a sign of weakness; it’s a sign of good time management skills. Break It Up When you face a large project, it can seem overwhelming. Each complex project consists of several small components. You won’t stress out as much about finishing. GTD Hacks Personal Development burn out GTD Productivity project management

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Four Ways to Reduce SEO Stress and Work Less Frequently

Andrea Kalli

What is remarkable, especially for business owners accustomed to working ten-plus hours daily, is that it is very possible to minimize your workload, cut down on stress, and enjoy more free time. Structure your SEO efforts not around difficulty or intensity, but around manageability.

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How to Beat Task Paralysis


That means it isn’t a task – it’s a project. Then break down that larger item into the smaller tasks that make that item a project. Then feel free to move some of those tasks to your to-do list rather than work of the project lists themselves.

2013 100

Project Derailed: Avoiding the Pitfalls of Commercial Construction

Small Business CEO

The majority of commercial construction projects are rarely straightforward and offer plenty of opportunities for cost overruns and other potential problems which could prove a setback when you are working to a deadline. Harmony within the project team.

2017 57

My Time Management Reboot: The Pros and Cons of Electronic Systems and Why I Created a Hybrid

Eat Your Career

It pains me to announce that my grand experiment with using electronic time management systems has officially come to an end (sort of). You see, for the past several years, I’ve been using a variety of tech tools to help organize my life and work—appointments, tasks, projects and more.

2013 189

5 Reasons Why Office Admins are the New Power Job

Office Dynamics

Whether it’s finding the right caterer, meeting global counterparts from international office locations or brushing off your creative skills to whip up a spiffy PowerPoint presentation, you love tackling projects outside of your job scope (and even get excited at the opportunity!).

2016 205

The Future of the Administrative Profession

Office Dynamics

It’s important to recognize the difference between surviving and thriving, because the key to success is available to those who successfully manage to cross the bandwidth between the two. Administrators handled many tasks, and had backups, cross training, and team-shared projects.

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12 Days of Christmas Webinar: The Organized Admin with Julie Perrine

Office Dynamics

To Do Lists – Task Management. Projects. There are 5 core systems I encourage assistants to look at first: Time and Task Management. Project Management. Her system for email management is outstanding.

2016 157

The art of finding the perfect venue for your corporate event

Practically Perfect PA

In fact, you’ll be wondering how you ever managed without a venue finder. A low stress solution. Finding a venue can be a stressful job. Omar Afyuni, Assistant Manager Dubai, Project Management Office). .

2017 173

Feeling like a fraud at work

Practically Perfect PA

A few years ago I was working as a PA within a large team of highly qualified, talented and very very confident project management consultants. Don’t give yourself undue amounts of stress.

2017 217

Top Productivity Tips for Successful CEOs

Small Business CEO

You have a lot of stress on your shoulders as a CEO, whether you started a business from the ground-up or worked your way to the top of the corporate ladder. Utilize Project Management Software. What do all CEOs have in common?

2019 74

Getting the Most Out of Your Next Performance Evaluation

Office Dynamics

Scheduling a performance evaluation meeting and setting measurable goals can be stressful or even seem unproductive to some. I have personally experienced stress in the past too! There are ways to decrease the stress levels and frustration though!

2018 165

How You Can Instantly Improve Your Productivity and Focus Using Agile Results for Extreme Productivity

Dumb Little Man

I work in a complex, high stress environment with a lot of moving parts as I'm sure many of you do too. Everybody needs to do more with less. There’s always more to do than there are hours in a day. There’s always information overload.

2013 285

Feeling unappreciated?

Practically Perfect PA

I sometimes would like to be a project manager or be able to take decisions. It’s quite a stressful job which people do not seem to acknowledge. Working hard on a project and not receiving the credit that you deserve.

2015 209

How To Handle Hundreds Of Emails In Just One Hour


A few of the stupid things I tried to manage the e-mail: * Folders. When you receive an email with a key project or business decision, this should be archived straight away in your corporate project management tool (SharePoint, Asana etc) with the appropriate metadata assigned. Productivity Workflow email email overwhelm email strategy stressToday’s guest post is by David Moore. David is an engineer, blogger, Apple-centric enthusiast, and consultant.

2016 63

Cutting Out Confusion: How to Explain SEO to Non-Techie Clients

Andrea Kalli

The difference between a failed contract and a long-term partnership is almost always in the risk; prove that your service is already worthwhile and you will gain instant business, while avoiding the dull development period that can plague from-scratch projects.

2010 181

Experience vs. a university degree part two

Practically Perfect PA

Yes – I’ve qualified since as an ISO programme manager and auditor, a Health & Safety manager and assessor, completed various MS Office and bespoke applications courses and a facilities management course. Bachelor in Management.

2014 196

Staying Focused At Work: How To Be Productive In A Challenging Environment

Dumb Little Man

Because of that, managers are quite pressed to find a solution that can motivate their team members while boosting their productivity. If there are sudden urgent tasks, you can deal with them with a simple project management tool. While working on an important project, put your phone on silent or switch it off. Managing your focus in an office environment can be quite tricky. Manage Stress. Working on a crucial project with close deadlines?

2017 163

Virtual Assistant…10 Years Later

Tips From T. Marie

Anyone who has ever taken part in a real estate closing knows they are a stressful event. At the time, I wasn’t certain about branching out into the medical office field, but anything looked better than the stress levels I was dealing with at the time. It was sheer coincidence that an Internet search for an ongoing school project happened to return a small article that mentioned a virtual assistant. .

2017 147

4 Reasons Why She is in Love with @Asana and Her Team Has Never Been More Productive - App Review and How-To

Productive & Organized

" Then, I heard this comment: "I use Asana for task and project management, and the app is on my iPhone and iPad, so I can see all of my tasks at a glance and add to them if needed. I’m enjoying a new love affair… with my task management tool!

2013 173

8 Killer Tips for a Successful Executive and Assistant Partnership

Office Dynamics

Rarely do executives communicate what happened in yesterday’s meetings to their assistants or take the time to explain the scope of a project. I wrote an entire 80+ Page Guide incorporating the main processes executives and assistants need to have down pat, such as: regularly scheduled meetings, calendar management, meeting preparation, e-mail management, project management, travel, follow-up systems and prioritization. Discuss projects still in the works.

2017 181

How Small Businesses can ease their Carbon Footprint (and Exceed in their Industry)

Eco-Office Gals

Suddenly your costs, environmental impact, and stress take a dive because these factors are now a fraction at where they were prior.

Why Employers May Not Be Hiring Veterans

On The Job

Specifically, many companies fear that veterans have post-traumatic stress disorder and would be a problem at work. Ronn says the key is making sure that a hiring manager, who he calls a "champion," will follow through and hire a veteran. Do you know a veteran?

2010 252

Clear Your Head (and Your Tasks) With a Weekly Review

Simple Productivity Blog

Making calls, finishing projects, and other vital tasks may be done on an ad-hoc basis. This review offers a way for me to stay on top of my projects, obligations, and even my ideas. This post was written by a guest author.

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Featured Soloist Revka Stearns: “Don’t Wait For Perfection”

The Solopreneur Life

One of the biggest lessons I’ve learned has been to filter potential clients, not taking every project that comes my way. The stress and headaches involved in working with clients and on projects that aren’t a good fit for me are not worth any amount of money I might make.

2010 232

Tougher Times May Mean Tougher Performance Evaluations

On The Job

recently did a story for Gannett/USAToday on where job reviews may be headed: Performance evaluations have often been derided by managers and employees alike as being unfair, dysfunctional and morale-busting.

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Online Tools to Help Get Your Office Started and Stay Organized

Office Dynamics

It is no secret that you work more efficiently, are more motivated and less stressed out when your workplace is well organized. The app is focused on entering and completing to-dos; moreover, you can add, tag, and organize your to-dos into lists, projects and nested lists. Rule is a web-based project management and cloud collaboration tool.

2013 115

15,000 Feet: The Space Between Projects and Areas of Focus and Responsibility


Ray is a personal productivity and GTD enthusiast, and the blogger, podcaster and organizer-facilitator behind Two Minute Rule , #ProdChat , ProdPod , Productivity Book Group , and many other productivity-inspired projects. What Are Projects? Project.

2014 102

State of the Profession – Joan Burge

Office Dynamics

Labor department projects the category will grow about 12% between 2010 and 2020, adding nearly 493,000 jobs during this decade. There are some managers who are not fully utilizing their administrative professional, but that is an opportunity for us to teach and educate our managers about who we are and what we can do and how we wish to work with them. The current trend for administrative assistants to support multiple managers continues beyond the economic meltdown of 2008.

2013 109

Local SEO: Four Tips for Ranking High in Your City

Andrea Kalli

2010 176

Best Ways to Boost Morale or Motivation - Make Sure to Add Yours!

Productive & Organized

  [link]   When I would get a new manager on my team, I'd encourage them to flip through the book and flag items that appealed to them.  Burnout and stress are morale killers that cost USA businesses $300 Billion per year. Motivate With Time Management Tools.

2011 280

The Most Critical Lessons From This Crummy Job Market

On The Job

While many of those unemployed in the last year have managed to find work again, the – sometimes painful – lessons they have learned will stick with them for a career lifetime, they say. “I and Business (including Project Management certification) at

2010 203

How To Build A Productive Blogging Strategy


Blogging can be as stressful as it is rewarding. The project management triangle applies very well to blogging: you''re always looking for the sweet spot between speed and quality content to provide great value to your readers. The following is a guest post by Alina Vrabie.

2014 81

SEO, Keyword and Competition Research Services for Websites

Andrea Kalli

2010 130

Dealing With A Job Loss: Starting the Job Hunt

Simple Productivity Blog

I considered if I wanted to keep programming, or go into project management, or change fields entirely by going for my teaching certification. Embrace the Time True, if you have been laid off, you are going to be stressed.