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  • feedwordpress 15:30:21 on 2018/03/14 Permalink
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    How to Maximize Time with Your Children 

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    Like most working mothers, I just never seemed to have enough time with my two children. Trying to balance work, with raising a family, keeping up with laundry, shopping, cleaning, cooking (the list is endless) was always a challenge.

    As with all working mothers, my biggest concern was for my children. I knew that the time with them had to be quality time well spent. I needed to maximize every moment we had together, just as I know you want to maximize your time with your children.

    Drive time seemed to be the best opportunity since it seemed that a lot of time we spent together was in the car. I decided not to let the kids play with their video games, I turned off my cell phone (NOTHING was more important than my children – whoever it was could wait), and any other distractions.

    One simple thing you can start doing to maximize time with your children.

    I had their full attention and they had mine (of course, I kept my eyes on the road)! So, we started playing quiz games. I would quiz them, they would quiz me. For fun, we kept score. “What is the capital of Florida? Who was the first president of the USA? Annapolis is the capital of what state? If I had $5 and bought a book for $3.75, how much change would I get back? Name five animals that are mammals.” It became so much fun for them (and for me) that they would race to the car so we could start playing our game.

    After school, they couldn’t wait to quiz me on information they had learned that day. I must say, some of their questions really stumped me! This was even instrumental in building their self-esteem. We did this on road trip vacations, as well.

    Amazingly, they grew to become excellent students, with a high level of self-confidence. (At the time of this post.) My son is now finishing his second year at Johns Hopkins Medical School and my daughter has her master’s degree from Northwestern University.

    This post was contributed by Office Dynamics Certified Trainer and Speaker, Kathy Tosoian.

    Working parents, we’d like to hear from you. This is just one idea but there are so many ways we can build stronger connections with our children and maximize our time together. What are some special things you do to maximize time with your children? Please share in the comments below.

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  • feedwordpress 16:30:00 on 2017/08/04 Permalink
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    5 Tools to Help You Automate Your Work 

     

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    One of the greatest advantages organizations achieves from automating various processes is saving time, among other resources. In the entire history of human development, the need to make work easier, faster and even cheaper comes naturally. This is what has led to various discoveries and developments of tools that automate work. Phenomenal examples include manufacturing, mechanized farming, retail, and many other sectors.

    It is also evident that automation will continue to get more advanced with time and will expand to in scope and nature to touch fields that have not as much to write home about in regards to automation.

    Social psychologists argue that the human brain tends to create short-cuts when it is faced with long and tedious tasks, for which decision after decision has to be made. Thus, by automating some tasks in the cause of the day, you make easier the processes that exhaust you mentally, physically and even psychologically. Choosing the right tool might mean selecting the best fax machine, which refers to choosing optimum working capacity for your work flow. The tools discussed here have the potential to give individuals and organizations a highly effective turnaround in work output and general achievement in tasks.

    1. Zapier

    Is described in some quarters as a third-party connector, for its ability to connect several web apps and eventually helping to automate various tasks. Zapier connects over 700 apps moving information across web apps automatically thus reducing the time and energy used hopping from one app to the other. An app such as Evernote can be linked to task running apps like Trello and Asana and even to your Google calendar. You can also link your PayPal to a Google spreadsheet making it easy for your calculations.

    2. If This Then That (IFTTT)

    IFTT is one of the tools that are making automation even more interesting. Just as its name suggests, one thing leads to another. For instance, you can post a photo on Instagram and in turn, it is downloaded in Dropbox. The flow is from one web app to the other. IFTTT has the ability to connect to just about any application and even has a platform that allows app developers to integrate new apps with the IFTTT system, making it easier for clients to see the new app, download and use it. One of the most revolutionary tools by IFTTT is Applets, which has the ability to perform numerous tasks across several operating systems and apps.

    3. RoboTask

    RoboTask allows repetitive tasks on your Windows PC to get easily automated. There is a host of tasks you can do with RoboTask including launching apps, checking emails, creating backups and moving files, downloading and a lot more. It is built for both simple and complex tasks automation, involving conditional IF/ELSE statements, loops, custom variables and other advanced options.

    4. Pocket

    This is an interesting App used to schedule tasks for later reference. With Pocket, articles, videos, photos and more can all be viewed later. The app helps you save media directly from a browser and apps such as Twitter and Flipboard, and once you are ready to read them and view, you do not necessarily have to be connected to a Wi-Fi. It is one of the efficient tools that automate work especially for later review without internet enhancement.

    5. Mint

    Mint is an app that is highly effective for integrating your accounting system. With Mint, you are able to manage your savings, credit cards, your checking system, neatly organizes and display transactions and formulate graphical representation. In addition to this, Mint sends reminders of pending bills and those that are due.There is no doubt that automation integrates systems and makes it easier for you to access items that are of greater priority. It is, however, important to look out for tools that work best for you. Although most tools that automate work can do most tasks with minimal errors, it is important to counter check, to be sure that the tasks performed are up to your expectation. Automation is meant to make work flow easier to manage and enhance the outcome so that more is achieved within a given time.

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  • feedwordpress 16:51:50 on 2017/07/10 Permalink
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    Build Structure out of Chaos (Part 4 of 4 Part Series) 

    administrative_assistant_trainingTo end my 4 part series, I wanted to share my quick list of tips with you. In case you missed the rest of the series, you can read part 1 here, part 2 here and part 3 here. Remember that doing several little things throughout your day can also improve your productivity. You can pick and choose which ones you would like to try. Best of luck.

     

    1. Standardize processes.

    2. Focus on tasks of high value.

    3. Clarify objectives.

    4. Learn to think on paper.

    5. Anticipate upcoming work events or projects.

    6. Avoid backlogs of work by keeping information flowing.

    7. Flexibility leads to control. Use your “to do” list or other tools, but don’t let them control you.

    8. When given a project or task, get all the information you can at once.

    9. Excuse yourself from idle chatter after a few minutes.

    10.When involved in discussions, stick to the issue at hand.

    11.Finish what you start; avoid jumping around (multitasking).

    12.Keep an organized workspace.

     

    I hope you enjoyed this 4 part Series.

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  • feedwordpress 13:30:07 on 2017/07/10 Permalink
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    Build Structure out of Chaos (Part 4 of 4 Part Series) 

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    To end my 4 part series, I wanted to share my quick list of tips with you. In case you missed the rest of the series, you can read part 1 here, part 2 here and part 3 here. Remember that doing several little things throughout your day can also improve your productivity. You can pick and choose which ones you would like to try. Best of luck.

    1. Standardize processes.
    2. Focus on tasks of high value.
    3. Clarify objectives.
    4. Learn to think on paper.
    5. Anticipate upcoming work events or projects.
    6. Avoid backlogs of work by keeping information flowing.
    7. Flexibility leads to control. Use your “to do” list or other tools, but don’t let them control you.
    8. When given a project or task, get all the information you can at once.
    9. Excuse yourself from idle chatter after a few minutes.
    10. When involved in discussions, stick to the issue at hand.
    11. Finish what you start; avoid jumping around (multitasking).
    12. Keep an organized workspace.

    I hope you enjoyed this 4 part Series. I hope you continue to enjoy your summer.

    Joan Burge

    This blog was created from our Monday Motivators series. Monday Motivators is a weekly note offering practical ways to create a new mindset, change behaviors, develop positive relationships and thrive in the workplace with energy, effectiveness, and excellence.

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  • feedwordpress 13:30:23 on 2017/06/26 Permalink
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    Reducing Information Overload (Part 3 of 4 Part Series) 

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    To continue my series on better managing your day and work, today I am focusing on information overload. I’m sure you can relate. If you missed the prior parts of this series, you can read part 1 here and part 2 here.

    There’s just too much information out there! In fact, information processing accounts for half the gross national product—and most of it ends up on paper that someone has to read. You don’t have to fall prey to information overload. You just have to be more selective about the information you choose to take in. Here are five steps to becoming a picky information consumer.

    Step 1: Don’t read everything that comes to you. You simply can’t absorb everything you think you need to know. Once you admit that, you’ll be better able to prioritize, delegate or ignore the information that comes your way.

    Step 2: Assess your information sources. Take some time to decide which action, Web site, report or professional association information that isn’t of the highest quality.

    Step 3: Scan for information. When you open a publication, look through the table of contents first. Scan for topics and article summaries. Choose only articles or reports that you need to read. Don’t waste your time on information just because it’s mildly interesting to you. Stick to what’s important.

    Step 4: Use your highlighter. Once you commit to reading an article, underline any information you want to refer to later. Throw out any article or report where you haven’t highlighted any passages.

    Step 5:  Be an example. If you don’t want to get bogged down by long e-mails or voice messages, keep your own short. Let others know that they should keep their information as concise as possible—and mention it to them nicely when they don’t.

    Wishing you great success applying these steps this week!

    Joan Burge

    This blog was created from our Monday Motivators series. Monday Motivators is a weekly note offering practical ways to create a new mindset, change behaviors, develop positive relationships and thrive in the workplace with energy, effectiveness, and excellence.

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