productivity Sep 19, 2019

Back in January, I did a whole post on goals and how I plan my goals. As we round the corner to the end of the third quarter I’d like to take this opportunity to give you all an update on where I’m at in the process of completing my 2019 goals, as well as to encourage you to not give up on yours. It’s not too late to take action!

My word for this year is “growth”. In 9 short months I have been stretched beyond my comfort zone, have made so many mistakes, and learned so many lessons.

In my personal life, I made the goal to establish regular weekly date nights with my husband, which we’ve been able to establish and keep. Another personal goal was to kick my sugar addiction. While I have not fully accomplished this yet, I’m taking this opportunity to recommit to this goal for myself knowing it’s never too late to give your goals a reboot.

Completing Your Yearly Goals

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productivity Jul 25, 2019

Growing up my dad took me squarely by the shoulders nearly every other day and told me I could be whatever I wanted to be so long as I worked hard at it. My dad, a self-made man, and entrepreneur has modeled hard work and hustle every day of my life. He has also supported me in everything I’ve ever pursued. I’ll never forget my first summer job at 15 years old when I worked in a snack stand at a local park. My dad came by nearly every day over lunch to purchase, “The best hamburger in town” from me.

 Change Your Mindset to Increase Productivity

Much of my success and who I am today can be attributed to my dad’s conscious effort to instill in me a love of work and belief in myself that I can and will be successful. 

All throughout school I learned that effort counted. The more effort I put into school, the higher the likelihood of getting an A. A’s were something to work for and were applauded by teachers, parents, and all of the other adults in our lives. I’ll never forget...

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organization productivity Jul 18, 2019

When most people think of improving their time management their primary concern is regarding their own personal productivity (as it relates to themselves). As assistants, we don’t have this luxury. How we manage our time affects not only us but our executives, teams, and companies as well. We are literally managing our time such that it allows someone else to utilize their time more effectively.

This dynamic causes some time management challenges which are unique to us as assistants:

Challenge 1: Working off of someone else’s priorities

Most people would probably say that pinpointing their own priorities is challenging. Try pinpointing someone else’s! I have written a couple of different blog posts where I address the importance of adopting your exec’s priorities as well as a few tips for how to do so (such as this post, or this one). It takes time, dedication, and a fine-tuned 6th sense to grasp someone else’s priorities. Not to mention patience...

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productivity Jul 11, 2019

Do you ever find that no matter how hard you try you can’t seem to keep all the balls in the air? Do you consistently leave your office exhausted or mentally taxed?

Are You Operating at Peak Productivity?

If so, I have a free resource for you!

In today’s blog post & video, I walk you through my proven system that not only saved my sanity but actually introduced joy and peace of mind into my workday. As an added bonus this system made me a more valuable asset to my executive and organization!

You can snag your own copy of the Peak Productivity Roadmap here:

If you want to take a deeper dive into the concepts discussed in the Peak Productivity Roadmap, then be sure to sign up for my email list in order to receive details regarding my upcoming course, Ultimate Time Management For Assistants (UTMA).

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productivity Jun 20, 2019

In a few weeks, I will be launching Whole Assistant’s first-ever course, Ultimate Time Management for Assistants (or UTMA). Let me just say… eeeek!

I’m so excited about this because I know the impact a good time management system can have on our productivity as assistants… especially a time management system that addresses the unique challenges and obstacles us assistants face on a daily basis.

The Whole Assistant Method for Prioritizing

Today I’m giving a sneak-peek into one of the lessons of UTMA, The Whole Assistant Method for Prioritizing. If you’re anything like me you’ve struggled with prioritizing at some point during your career. Over my 18 years of working as an assistant, I’ve fumbled, made mistakes, and ultimately distilled and perfected my method for prioritizing. It’s simple, effective, and easy to understand. Enjoy!

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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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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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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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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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productivity self care Jan 17, 2019

Happy New Year everyone! My last post of 2018 was all about goal setting and the method I used to crush my goals during the last half of the year. In the same vein, I thought I would start out 2019 with a two-part series on how to create healthy habits in your personal life and break some bad ones in your work life.

Habits are a double-edged sword. Bad habits can form without us even being aware of what’s happening. If you’re anything like me it only takes a little stress and one bag of cookies to prove this. Good habits seem hard to form as, in most cases, you have to unravel an unhealthy habit in order to create the new healthier one.

 How to Create and Keep Healthy Habits

So why take the time and effort to form healthy habits at all?

Our brains love familiarity and routine. When we create healthy habits our brain will cue healthy things on autopilot. For example, I made the choice to start making my bed every day. It was kind of a drag at first but once I developed the habit, I literally...

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