ANNOUNCING GOA WINNERS

organization productivity Apr 08, 2019

First of all, I would like to thank the nearly 200 administrative professionals who participated in the first round of Game of Admins. It was such a joy getting to see the transformations of those of you who submitted your photos for the competition.

Whether you decided to compete or just decided to invest in yourself by creating an optimized workspace that you love, I commend you!

Announcing GOA Winners

This challenge was about progress, not perfection. If you made progress then you’re a winner in my book.

That said… please check out these winning photos for all 3 mini-challenges. 3 prizes were given for each mini-challenge:

  • $25 gift card to Amazon

  • $25 gift card to Starbucks

  • Lifetime access to my upcoming course, Ultimate Time Management for Assistants (UTMA) - $197 value!

Here were the criteria for judging:

  1. Biggest transformation

  2. Most creative and/or beautiful solution

  3. Best already organized. (This category is for all of those badass assistants out there who already have a...

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RESOURCE CORNER: INTERVIEW WITH JEREMY BURROWS

One of the things we all bump up against as assistants are constant interruptions. Fortunately, Jeremy of GoBurrows.com has created a course to deal with just this very thing.

If you’ve been following me for any amount of time you already know how often I tend to geek out on all things productivity.  I even created my Peak Productivity Roadmap to help us manage our time more effectively. I bet you can imagine how thrilled I was when I learned about Jeremy’s course. A course dedicated to dealing with interruptions (literally step #4 on my roadmap). Talk about synergy!!!

Resource Corner Interview with Jeremy Burrows

Guess what guys… Jeremy is offering a discounted rate on this course. How To Manage Constant Interruptions generally goes for $40, however, in anticipation of Administrative Professionals Day, Jeremy is offering it for $24. Click here to check it out!

Having taken Jeremy’s course, let me just say there are many nuggets of helpful information for the constantly interrupted, even for...

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GAME OF ADMINS CHALLENGE

organization Mar 20, 2019

I have a confession to make, I have an obsession with television shows based around transformation. Queer Eye and Tidying Up are my jam and don’t even get me started on Fixer Upper! There’s something about turning the drab into fab or that cluttered mess into a functional space that speaks to me.

Game of Admins

All of these shows got me thinking, “I wonder if there’s a way for us administrative professionals and executive assistants to experience a transformation of our own? Is there a way in which we can come together as a community in order to inspire each other?”

It is with this intention that Game of Admins was born and it is going to be epic! Here’s what to expect:


There will be 3 challenges presented over the course of a week. With the delivery of each challenge you will also receive a valuable freebie from me that will potentially help you with that challenge.

You will submit before and after pictures of your transformation and there will be prizes...

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HOW TO CREATE A WORKSPACE YOU ACTUALLY WANT TO BE IN

organization productivity Mar 07, 2019

Can you believe we are in the second week of March already?! Spring is upon us and it’s time to get things in order. Over the next couple of weeks, we will be focusing on setting up our physical and digital workspaces for optimal productivity.

How to Create a Workspace You Actually Want to Be In

In fact, I’m pleased to announce that starting on March 20th (the first day of spring), we’ll be kicking off the first-ever WA challenge, Game of Admin: Spring Is Coming. Prepare to showcase your mad organizing skills and compete for prizes.

In preparation for our GoA challenge today I’m sharing my best tips for getting rid of office clutter and setting up a workspace that both energizing and functional.

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RESOURCE CORNER: INTERVIEW WITH AL-HUSEIN MADHANY

For this month’s Resource Corner I had the privilege of sitting down with Al-Husein Madhany, a self-proclaimed “Impact Junkie”, to discuss a topic that often goes undiscussed in our industry: getting paid what you’re worth.

If I were a gambling gal, I’d venture a guess that a lot of executive assistants and administrative professionals don’t feel their salaries reflect the value they consistently add to their executives and organizations. I know I’ve certainly felt this way in the past!  

Resource Corner: Interview with Al-Husein Madhany

Al-Husein is a pro at coaching his clients on how to articulate the value they bring to their executives, along with helping them unlock the confidence needed in order to actually ask for what they’re worth. Having walked many people through his process, it’s not uncommon for his clients to see real results, often bringing an increase in salary between $10,000 and $25,000.

In addition to his 1:1 coaching, Al-Husein is also working on...

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4 THINGS TO CONSIDER WHEN ESTABLISHING WORK STYLE PREFERENCES

I only have one sibling, my younger sister Jessica. Jessica studied occupational therapy in college and has a gift when it comes to intuitively understanding and adapting to peoples’ learning styles. I’ll never forget when she was a camp counselor and her team of grade-schoolers was tasked with memorizing bible verses. She had one student doing hand gestures, another writing the verses out, another walking circles around the table, and yet another under the table verbalizing scriptures to memory. I loved witnessing my sister’s natural abilities in working with her students. It was truly inspirational!

4 Things to Consider When Establishing Work Style Preferences

We are beginning to see the workforce better accommodate employees, just as my sister accommodated her students. Flexible working hours and telecommuting are on the rise. With technology what it is today, it’s becoming easier and easier to work from anywhere. Additionally, as executives opt for more integration of their work and personal lives, they are...

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WAYS TO DEVELOP LASTING STRATEGIC RELATIONSHIPS

In college, I studied theatre design. While some would say that my degree holds very little value, I would argue that this course of study taught me several important skills which I use every day. Working in theatre taught me to think critically and to read the subtext of every situation. It taught me to not only use my voice but how to use it so that I’m heard. It taught me how to collaborate with a variety of different people, personalities, and working styles. Most importantly it taught me to respect others’ roles in the theatre, no matter how small or seemingly insignificant.

As assistants, we have the privilege of working with a variety of people, most of whom are employers and co-workers that we will rarely come in contact with. In addition to getting to know other high-powered executives and executive assistants, we get to know the doorman, the parking tenant, and supplies vendor. This is one of the things that make our careers as executive assistants so...

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HOW TO EXUDE TRUSTWORTHINESS

office dynamics self care Feb 07, 2019

Have you ever had a work bestie who was truly trustworthy? Michelle, my work bestie from a few positions ago, was that friend for me. She was a great listener which came in handy for working out problems, both professionally and personally. I knew I could trust her not to repeat what was shared in confidence, and I’d like to think she could trust me also. She possessed a kindness and way about her that made her honesty digestible. That’s not to say that she was a pushover. As a military veteran, several executives we worked with held a respectable fear of her. Most of all, Michelle always did exactly what she said she would do. We are friends to this day because she was, and still is, the epitome of trustworthy.

How to Exude Trustworthiness

If you are hoping to increase trust with your executive and colleagues then it goes without saying that being trustworthy is a must. Webster defines the word trustworthy as, “Worthy of confidence.” As assistants, we can’t effectively do our...

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RESOURCE CORNER: INTERVIEW WITH JULIA HAWKINS OF CABINET

Do you ever find yourself wishing you had a place to go to ask for recommendations for restaurants and hotels? Would you like guidance in picking out your next event venue or even your next printer? Cabinet was created to do just that.

Resource Corner Interview with Julia Hawkins

Cabinet, an online forum specifically geared toward assistants and administrative professionals was created by former executive assistant, Julia Hawkins. The platform is unique in its “assistants only” approach with advice accessed by category. Don’t see the answer to your question? No problem! Simply start a new thread. Julia even blasts certain threads out to the Cabinet email list. I’ve found myself clicking on an email thread to read recommendations or offer my own two cents.


One thing I absolutely love about us assistant types is our amazing willingness to come alongside one another to offer support and help. This platform is geared toward doing just that! Cabinet is still in its beta testing phase. Don’t let this...

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4 BAD WORK HABITS YOU NEED TO CHANGE

Last week’s post was all about how to create healthy habits. This week we’re going to talk about 4 bad work habits to kick to the curb in 2019. If you are really hoping to up your professional game this year then pay attention. Trading in these bad habits for better, healthier ones will not only boost your professional image, but they will also make you more valuable to your executive and organization.

4 Bad Work Habits You Need to Change

The 4 things I’m going to share with you in this video are things I have personally participated in during my career. In fact, I would venture a guess that we all have struggled with at least one of these bad habits at one point or another and you know what? That’s okay! The reality is we are all a work in progress.

Everything is figureoutable. So let’s bring some awareness to these bad habits and kick them to the curb, shall we?

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