I love goals! Goals solidify our intentions for the future and aid in providing clarity for where we are headed.
As we head into 2019 I would encourage you to trade all of those new year’s resolutions in for a few solid goals. What’s the difference? For starters, goals include a well thought out plan with an end result in mind. Resolutions are much more open-ended.
One of my goals for 2019 is to kick my sugar addiction to the curb (the struggle is real, friends). I have researched the topic and have a plan in place. I have already started making recipes that have helped other people step away from sugar. Contrast this with a new year's resolution, where on December 31st I can eat all the sugary crap I’d like and the next day, cut out sugar altogether. I give myself a month before I quit. Why? I had no plan! All I had was a black and white resolution.
If you’ve been following my blog for any amount of time then you know how detrimental I believe multitasking is to our careers and overall happiness as assistants. You also know how much I believe assistants should develop their ability to focus.
Focus is hard, especially in a time and age where instant gratification is the norm and we are consistently barraged with information and shiny new distractions around every corner. How do we focus? Are there things we can do to increase our ability to concentrate?
What about the nature of our jobs? With all the demands on us as assistants focus can seem out of reach. While we must roll with the punches, both the quality of our work and our well being as humans rely on our ability to focus, especially when performing our larger, more important tasks and projects.
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I think it’s safe to say that we all have a lot on our plates as administrative professionals. From the demands of our bosses, to “fire drills” in the office, to our personal lives we are all trying to make the most out of life and manage our time effectively.
Today, in addition to sharing 6 practical tips for better time management, I’m going to share with you a mindset shift we can all adapt to that has personally helped me to feel more empowered through my day. Are you ready?
This shift is really subtle but I continue to feel the benefits of it every day. As assistants, we can easily fall into a victim mindset of being “pushed around”. Our bosses are demanding, our coworkers need things from us, and we are constantly interrupted by clients and stakeholders. As administrative professionals, we can easily mistake demands on our time as something that is done to us as though we have no say in the matter. If we are not careful we...
I don’t know about you guys, but I am always looking for ways to get more done in less time. To this end, I have become a student of productivity methods and theories for a while now. Let’s start first by defining what productivity is and is not. Contrary to popular belief, productivity is not the amount of time you spend producing. Productivity is the end result or “product” which you produce; in other words, it’s what you produce not how you produce it. How many times have you worked an entire day only to get to the end and realize you haven’t actually produced or accomplished anything?
The first step in becoming a more productive person is a shift in mindset away from the old equation:
Time + effort = productivity
And toward an equation more like this:
Amount produced = productivity
If you are anything like me, this is equation is both a relief and oddly unsettling. It takes a while to adjust! I’ve been operating under this new...
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