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  • feedwordpress 17:53:47 on 2017/04/05 Permalink
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    Bring out your to-do list! What form does yours take? 

    administrative_assistant_trainingEach month we feature a question from our friends at Business Management Daily’s Admin Pro Forum. Please enjoy engaging in a conversation over this month’s question.

    Question: “Everyone seems to have a different way of creating their to-do lists. I’ve always been interested in how they go about it, and what their lists actually look like. Am I the only one who just scrawls things in a big notebook and messily crosses them out? How many people use Excel, Outlook, sticky notes, legal pads, posters, whiteboards or even emails to themselves? Is there some method that seems to work wonders for admins?” – Joe, Editorial Assistant

    Comment and let us know how you manage your to-do list. Have your own question? Send it to editor@adminprotoday.com.


    Less than 15 seats available. Registration closes on April 10, 2017. Learn more here.

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  • feedwordpress 17:00:14 on 2017/04/03 Permalink
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    Joan’s Greatest Administrative Secrets Revealed! 

    Joan_BurgeWelcome to April. Wow, where is the time going?

    April is one of my favorite months because, here at Office Dynamics, we get to celebrate the wonderful accomplishments of those in the administrative profession! In case you are not aware, Administrative Professionals Week is April 24 – 28. But we celebrate the entire month of April. One of the major ways we do that is to host our annual blog-a-thon whereby we post a blog every work day in the month of April. Aside from my blogs, we have several guest bloggers providing amazing information!

    To kick off the celebration, I hosted a webinar yesterday for 5,000+ assistants worldwide whereby I revealed my secrets to success in the profession. I had 29 secrets! I would like to share just a few of them with you. If you would like to hear all of them, you can watch the replay of the live event.

    1. I didn’t always play by the rules. That doesn’t mean I did things that were unethical or illegal. I liked breaking the status quo (and I still love doing that today.) Look at work and situations in a different light. Keep your eyes open for processes that need to be changed or new processes that need to be implemented. Shake things up! One way to stand out is to shake things up in a good way.

    2. Inserted myself into my executive’s world. I didn’t wait for my executives to invite me into their world. When I was an assistant, I would take home the trade journals and periodicals my executive read so I could understand his world and understand the language. While I didn’t read every page, I certainly gained perspective. This is a strategy anyone in any profession can use.

    3. Set healthy boundaries. It is really important to set healthy boundaries in the workplace. If someone is doing something or saying something that is unacceptable to you, then you need to speak up in a professional and assertive manner.

    4. Thirst for knowledge. For some reason, I have always embraced a growth mindset. Since I got out of high school and went right into the workforce, I was hungry to learn in any way possible. I did not go to college by choice and it did not stop me from being successful in my work because I am a sponge.

    I have identified 3 levels of learning.

    1. Peer to peer (Basic, Foundational)—these are the great tips you learn from your peers; the people who are in the same job family as you.
    2. Senior assistants (Advanced)—this is when we learn from people who are in our profession but a level or two above us. When I was new in the profession, I looked to the senior assistants. I watched everything they did and how they acted (good and bad).
    3. Outside of my profession (Master)—this is where you really gain an advantage over others. You have to step outside your narrow world and learn from subject matter experts. There are millions of them! Some of my favorite people are Daren Hardy, Brian Tracy, Tony Robbins, and Simon Sinek.

    With my thirst for knowledge, I was willing to invest in myself. Thousands of employees tell me they can’t attend training because their company won’t pay for it. That is short-term thinking and it makes me sad because it tells me that an individual doesn’t think enough of themselves to invest in their own education. As Brian Tracy says, “Investing in yourself is the best investment you will ever make.” I agree 100%. When you invest in yourself, you will take what you learn with you the rest of your life. And no one can ever take it away from you!

    5. Always took my administrative career seriously from early on and saw it as a profession. This is important for all assistants, managers and coworkers to remember the administrative profession is a true profession! These are the people who run the lives of top executives. These are the individuals who put up with all the stuff every day, put themselves second and third on the list, manage a multitude of responsibilities, make their executives look good, and are confidantes. They should be treated with courtesy and respect.

    If you are an assistant reading this, I hope you have a fabulous month! Please sign up for the Blog-a-thon by subscribing to the blog in the upper right corner and you will automatically receive the daily post in your inbox. Comment on the blogs and share them so you can be entered to win prizes all month long.

    If you are not an assistant and you’re reading this, please be sure to sincerely recognize the administrative support professionals in your organization. And remember to not ask your assistant to order her own flowers; which by the way, assistants don’t just want flowers and lunches. They want a long-lasting gift. If you are looking for ideas, go to the Office Dynamics Success Store.

    Happy April everyone!

    This blog is part of our 2017 Blog-A-Thon. Please leave a comment or share the blog for your chance to win one of our amazing giveaways! The more blogs you comment on and share, the more chances you have to win. If you’d like to learn more about our Blog-A-Thon you can do so here. Hint: Subscribe to our blog in the upper right-hand corner so you never miss a blog.

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  • feedwordpress 13:41:56 on 2017/03/15 Permalink
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    Time Management – The Secret to Effective and Productive Project Management 

    “So much to do, so little time to do it” – this is a phrase that we tend to hear quite often in PM. “24 hours is no longer enough”; another phrase some project managers may have said at one point in time in their career.

    The field of project management is quite a dynamic one; requiring the skillful management of financial, material and human resources. As a matter of fact, quite a number of project managers spend so much time micro-managing all facets of the project that they overlook the most important aspect of the project – their time.

    Moving from the level of managing one project at a time to managing several projects concurrently is the ultimate testament to the efficiency and effectiveness of a project manager and can only be achieved if one has sufficiently mastered the skill of time management. The greatest managers are the ones who not only understand that time is a constraint that they will always be faced with but have developed techniques and systems for making the best use of their time.

    They recognize time-wasters for what they are, they understand the importance of prioritization and they also understand that their primary responsibilities as project managers are strategy and guidance. Every other function or role is more or less a supporting one.

    To help you become more productive as a project manager, here is an infographic that might be helpful to you.

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    Infographic provided by nutcache.com

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  • feedwordpress 14:30:25 on 2017/01/24 Permalink
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    Top 8 Time Management Tips To Hack Productivity 

    Time_Management_Tips_Hack_ProductivityAmongst the hectic schedules and infinite demands of modern life, we often feel like there just aren’t enough hours in the day to get everything we need to done. This pressure has resulted in many self-aware individuals seeking ways to save time throughout their day. Some of this is relevant to work life, some to home life, but all time management hacks end up with you being more productive while you work and having more ‘me-time’ as a result. Every office in the world wants their staff to be as productive as possible, so get ahead of your colleagues and enjoy unprecedented levels of success without doing any extra work yourself.  Here are my top 8 time management tips to hack productivity.

    1. Plan Your Day With An Organizer

    Putting pen to paper and writing down everything you need to do in a day can make you more committed to getting it all done, as well as really hitting home how much there is and how long it will take. Using an organizer can help you plan what you will do and when, which helps you prioritize, focus, and manage your time effectively.

    2. Know When To Outsource

    There are certain tasks in business that just don’t fall into everyone’s specific skill set or experience. One of these tasks is often writing, whether it’s a business proposal, a speech, or even web content. To boost your confidence and ensure the best quality possible of the work you’ve produced, you can place an order online to have your piece reviewed by a professional at UK Writings. If you’re not able to send work product out to a professional, then you can review it yourself quickly and effectively using online tools, rather than spending hours agonizing over your text. These online tools include the Hemingway App which can detect spelling and grammar mistakes, as well as too many adverbs, or overly complicated sentences. You can also make sure that your text is not too difficult or too simple by using Readability Score.

    If you want to prepare before you start writing then there are some amazing tips and tricks available in free guides with Australian Help which could inspire you before you start typing. If writing is becoming an increasingly important role in your work, then it could be time to commit to a full writing course, such as the one offered by Academized.

    3. Make A Time Limit For Every Task and Stick To The Limit

    Many of us get caught up in e-mails or running late as we’re striving for perfection. The truth is that sometimes we drag out something boring while we procrastinate, and this eats into our time for other tasks. Be reasonable in your time limits, but do your best to stick with them.

    4. Take Some Time Off Overtime

    While some people believe that working late makes them better employees – which may sometimes be the case, sometimes it actually makes you less productive. If you’ve accepted that you’ll be leaving work late, then you’re less motivated to speed up and get everything you need to done by 5. Try aiming to be out of the door by five for a week or so, and you may be surprised at what you can accomplish in one day.

    5. Stay Focused

    Some of us are constantly trying to do five things at once. Trying to get through five tasks, we may feel like we’re accomplishing more, but we’re actually not at all. Focusing all of our attention on one thing means that we can do it quickly and do it well. Put a stop to multi-tasking and give undivided attention a try.

    6. Get Rid Of Distractions

    Being constantly surrounded by technology is one of the biggest contributing factors to low productivity. If your phone is constantly going off, it’s time to switch it off. Close Facebook, sign out of your emails, do whatever you need to in order to achieve a clear mind and uninterrupted thoughts.

    7. Prioritize And Delegate

    While you might be used to doing everything all by yourself and all in one go, this is not the most productive way to work, and it is certainly not the most productive office environment. Figure out what’s important and do that first while you have plenty of time and energy, knowing that you can whizz through the less important tasks later. Delegate to – the most productive teams share the weight, so stop trying to do everything yourself, as you’re actually holding yourself back.

    8. Don’t Be Afraid To Say No

    Saying no to work you know you don’t have time for is better for you, and better for the work that needs to be done. It ensures that you don’t end up with too much to handle, and also means that the work will be done in time, by someone who is free. By having a cut-off point, for your working day, for meetings, or for lunches, you ensure that nothing drags on and you don’t fall behind later.

    While working hard is always going to be the most important aspect of productivity, following the above steps helps your hard work become much more effective.

     

    Bio

    Sharon Conwell has been a content manager and ghost writer at over 20 online projects, now she is a part-time educator and an editor at Big Assignments. She’s specializing in content creation and optimization. She loves coffee, tulips and her Shih Tzu named Bobby.

     

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  • feedwordpress 20:17:57 on 2016/12/06 Permalink
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    12 Days of Christmas Webinar: The Accelerated Assistant 

    In our program today we talked about seven ways to become an accelerated assistant. Below you will find our replay link, program notes, certificate download and access to our deal of the day. If you haven’t already registered for our 12 Days of Christmas Webinar Series, you can register here. Links to the programs will be sent daily.

    Watch the Replay for The Accelerated Assistant

    Program Notes for Webinar

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    When you add this item to your shopping cart the price will be reduced automatically. This offer expires December 31, 2016 and is good while Early Bird Seats are still available. To learn more about this event, please visit www.officedynamicsconference.com.

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