Smart Phones: Master or Servant?

Simple Productivity Blog

They were all glued to their smart phones, only looking up from the tiny screens when their waitress would come by and ask a question. Why Get A Smart Phone? Most of the people I know have gotten smart phones for one of two reasons: either they wanted the latest toy for the sake of having the latest gadget; or they believed that having a smart phone was a sure-fire answer to productivity issues. Smart Phones: Master or Servant? Smart phones are good devices.

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Who Called? Use A Phone Call Log!

Professional Assistant Blog

Use A Phone Call Log! By The Professional Assistant on Thursday, October 09, 2008 Filed Under: MS-Excel , Organize , Productivity D o you find that when you receive phone calls or voice mail messages, you cant remember who called, what time they called, who they were trying to call, etc? If youre looking for a business phone system , check out the PBXs that are currently on the market. Home About Me Advertise Who Called?

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Trying to Phone/Fax Internationally?

Professional Assistant Blog

Home About Me Advertise Trying to Phone/Fax Internationally? Then you just enter the phone or fax number in the third section. 4comments for this post Regina Thanks for posting the "trying to phone/fax internationally" issue. Posted on 9 December, 2008 5:50 PM The Professional Assistant Hi Neil, Faxing is just like using the phone for voice long distance calls.

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How to Deal with Inconsiderate Co-Workers

Professional Assistant Blog

Do you want to walk over to their cubicle while their talking loudly on the phone and give them a piece of your mind? Shes always humming, whistling, talking loudly on the phone, laughing hysterically (who knows at what?),

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Get Rid of Junk Faxes & Telemarketers - For Good!

Professional Assistant Blog

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? Do you even receive voice mails that are left by people trying to sell you something, but you didn’t even hear the phone ring? You can even register your cell phone and your managers cell phone as well. Home About Me Advertise Get Rid of Junk Faxes & Telemarketers - For Good!

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Cubicle Etiquette 101

Professional Assistant Blog

Home About Me Advertise Cubicle Etiquette 101 By The Professional Assistant on Thursday, November 01, 2007 Filed Under: Office Gossip , Productivity D o you find that your colleagues are hovering around you when youre on the phone? If you work in a cubicle, here are some guidelines to follow for good cubicle etiquette: You see the person you wish to talk to on the phone. If you need to talk on the phone, make sure that you keep your voice to a lower volume.

Administrative Procedures Manual - Does Your Department Need One?

Professional Assistant Blog

Do you find that your staff are not being consistent with their memos, e-mails , the way they answer the phone , etc.? 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?

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Do Not Disturb - Training In Progress

Professional Assistant Blog

When youre on a phone call, do people hover over you? You dont want people coming up to you, hovering and waiting for you to put down the phone for a few seconds to let them know that you are in a training session. Home About Me Advertise Do Not Disturb - Training In Progress By The Professional Assistant on Friday, January 18, 2008 Filed Under: Client Service , Meetings , Productivity D o you get staff members coming to you for all sorts of questions?

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How to Cope With Co-Workers Arguing

Professional Assistant Blog

Home About Me Advertise How to Cope With Co-Workers Arguing By The Professional Assistant on Monday, January 21, 2008 Filed Under: Meetings , Productivity Y ou’re on the phone with a client and an argument breaks out between two of your colleagues.

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A Historical Analysis of Headphones

Dumb Little Man

Headphones can be found at the dollar store, in luxury forms or even included as a complimentary item when purchasing a new cell phone. That leaves us where we are today: Monster Beats By Dr. Dre and the latest cultural phenomenon AirPods. Headphones have become one of the most reproduced tech gadgets in history and our relationship with them will continue to grow as headphones evolve.

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Social Media: Open This Pandora’s Box At Your Risk

Dumb Little Man

They don’t even talk on phones. There is a strong possibility that such users can turn out to be the green-eyed monster with sinister intentions. Next, they offer freebies to trick you into divulging personal information like full name, nationality, residential address, phone numbers, email IDs, age, sex, our likes and dislikes, and more. It is now universally accepted that social media is an addiction more harmful than cigarettes, alcohol, and hard drug.

5 Biggest Problems Faced By Small Businesses And How To Overcome Them

Dumb Little Man

For example, if you have a 10-person sales team that uses the same script on the phone, you may eventually have to record calls and measure call data once you grow into a team of 50. But when the customers start complaining, when the deliveries start arriving late, and when the lawyers start calling, you may instantly notice how your stakeholders start to look like monsters clawing away at you. Startups are known to have specific needs that bigger companies won’t understand.

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Worried About Your Online Resume?

Professional Assistant Blog

You can post up to 80 different job sites, such as Workopolis , Monster , CareerBuilder and many more, just with one submission. 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.

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Increasing Microsoft Excel 2007's Formula Bar Size

Professional Assistant Blog

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.

Overlapping Calendars In Microsoft Outlook? Really?

Professional Assistant Blog

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?

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

Professional Assistant Blog

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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Windows 7: Will It Be Like XP or Vista?

Professional Assistant Blog

Home About Me Advertise Windows 7: Will It Be Like XP or Vista? By The Professional Assistant on Thursday, July 16, 2009 Filed Under: Productivity A re you a big fan of Windows XP? Did you feel that Windows Vista was a big flop? Well, look no further, since Windows 7 will be coming out very shortly. I am truly hoping that this new platform will be much smoother than Windows Vista.

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Co-Workers Annoying You?

Professional Assistant Blog

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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Make No Mistakes With Meeting Request Attachments in Outlook 2007

Professional Assistant Blog

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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How to Copy Tables from Word to Powerpoint

Professional Assistant Blog

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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This computer programming principle may be the key to unlocking entrepreneurial success 

The Shrink for Entrepreneurs

Those who don’t definitively defeat this monster descend into overwhelm beyond endurance, burning out and ultimately giving up. . IF I don’t feel like it, I’ll knock back a shot of espresso and just pick up the phone and…. … The SaaS entrepreneur knows she should get on the phone and find pain points from real conversations with prospects.

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Why Google Calendar Eats All Other To Do List Apps For Breakfast

Productivityist

And now your to do list has turned into a giant monster. You want the app to be able to synchronize to other devices like Macs, PCs, tablets, mobile phones, etc. Regardless of your phone using Android, iOS (Apple) or Windows operating system, you can download a calendar app for your mobile phone that will synchronize with Google Calendar. This is a guest post by Tor Refsland.

Sync Your Hand Held Device

Professional Assistant Blog

In the near future, Blackberries, Apple iCals and many different types of phones will be supported on this software as well. 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.

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19 Tips for Managing Your Email Even When You Don't Want To.

Productive & Organized

Today, 19 of my friends and colleagues have shared their favorite tip for keeping control of the electronic monster.  Today, 19 of my friends and colleagues have shared their favorite tip for keeping control of the electronic monster.  Network with Stephanie or Connect with Your Smart Phone Become a Fan Follow this blog Categories News & Updates! Productive & Organized Home Contribute to P&O! Archive Network with Steph Is This You?

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Blogging Here and There - Part 2

Professional Assistant Blog

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?

Professional Assistant Blog

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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Write An Effective Out Of Office Assistant Message

Professional Assistant Blog

If you need immediate assistance or information about the (question/issue), please contact (delegate’s name, e-mail address, phone number). If you work in a large corporation like me and have quite a few staff members on your team handling different areas, you should include a list of names, e-mail addresses and phone numbers corresponding to the different products/services they handle.

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Dealing With Unreasonable Requests

Professional Assistant Blog

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?

Professional Assistant Blog

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!

Professional Assistant Blog

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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Copying Pictures To and From Microsoft Word

Professional Assistant Blog

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

Professional Assistant Blog

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.

4 Ways to Cope with Difficult Colleagues

Professional Assistant Blog

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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Would You Relocate to Avoid Traffic Jams?

Professional Assistant Blog

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?

Professional Assistant Blog

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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Hands Hurt From Typing?

Professional Assistant Blog

Home About Me Advertise Hands Hurt From Typing? By The Professional Assistant on Wednesday, November 14, 2007 Filed Under: Ergonomics , Productivity D o you find yourself typing too much? 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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Co-Workers Not Cleaning Up After Themselves?

Professional Assistant Blog

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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Be Positive About Your Customer Service Issues

Professional Assistant Blog

Then you finally do reach a live person and you are so fed up with all of the time wasted, that you start fuming towards the person on the other end of the phone.

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

Professional Assistant Blog

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!

Professional Assistant Blog

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.

Calculation of Discounts in Excel

Professional Assistant Blog

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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"Checking In" to a Better Flight

Professional Assistant Blog

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

Professional Assistant Blog

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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