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    Time Management Comes with Purging Your Surroundings, Says Expert Organizer

    Time Management Comes with Purging Your Surroundings, Says Expert Organizer
    I hear it all the time: I don't have enough time! The truth is everyone has the same amount of time that everyone else does . . . 24 little hours! Time is a limited commodity. Duh! I know that with our busy lifestyles, there never seems to be enough of it! If you want more of it, it's time to ...
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    How to Make Your Cubicle Not Feel Like a Chokehold

    How to Make Your Cubicle Not Feel Like a Chokehold
    For many otherwise happy workers, the cubicle is the bane of modern work life. Although cubicles give the illusion of privacy, those little walls are easily penetrated by your cube mates' incessant sounds and conversations. Not only is a lack of cube etiquette a problem, but spending most of your workday sitting can also make you feel like your muscles have ...
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    NeatDesk Scanner Turns Receipts Into Organized Data

    NeatDesk Scanner Turns Receipts Into Organized Data
    Reach into your pockets after a business trip. You've got business cards, crumpled receipts and perhaps other scraps of paper with information needed for databases, expense reports and tax time. Dealing with this mess of paper is as much fun as visiting the dentist. The new NeatDesk desktop scanner I've been testing can help you through this drill. It combines a ...
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    Follow This Checklist to Make the Most of Your Mileage Program

    Follow This Checklist to Make the Most of Your Mileage Program
    One of the best pieces of advice I ever received was from a senior airline executive. As my former boss and mentor was fond of saying: Plan the work; and work the plan. I have been planning the work and working the plan ever since. And I've found the approach to be as relevant to personal endeavors, like accruing frequent flier ...
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    Be A Better Manager: Learn to Delegate!

    Be A Better Manager: Learn to Delegate!
    How do you find the time to develop your people? Delegation both frees up your time and can develop your people. It also increases productivity, morale and commitment. As the economy becomes more dependent on knowledge, managers need to delegate to be effective leaders. The number one reason for management failure is an inability to delegate. So, why don’t managers delegate? ...
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    Never Lose Track of Another Task

    Never Lose Track of Another Task
    From the original post Never Lose Track of Another Task Over the years, I have used a number of different methods to track tasks, from sticky notes stuck to my monitor to a steno pad to write down tasks. While I still use a steno pad to write down tasks as they come to me, my main organizational tool is ...
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    Must Know Software for the Administrative Assistant

    Must Know Software for the Administrative Assistant
    From the Administrative Arts blog "Must Know Software for the Administrative Assistant" These days, with companies reorganizing and downsizing, more and more is being expected of the Administrative Assistant role. We’re not just expected to take care of the boss anymore, we’re also expected to design databases, manage websites, produce newsletters and a plethora of other duties we weren’t expected to ...
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    Carve Out a Safe Halloween Party, Says Attorney

    Carve Out a Safe Halloween Party, Says Attorney
    It’s that time of year when many businesses and their employees have a ghoulishly good time at company-sponsored Halloween parties, but the trick for employers is to provide a treat to the staff while maintaining an appropriate decorum. Beware, though, says lawyer Patricia S. Robinson, as costumes that are fiendishly funny to one person may be the kiss of death to ...
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    How to Write an Effective, Polite, and Useful E-mail

    How to Write an Effective, Polite, and Useful E-mail
    Like many forms of communication, e-mail is no less susceptible to the vagaries of shorthand, slang, jargon and plain silliness Think before you press send. It’s all too easy to bombard the people around you with a continuous stream of thought-bites via email. Whether you’re an office newbie or you have simply fallen into bad e-habits, it’s time to take stock ...
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    How to Still Have a Great Holiday Party . . . On a Budget

    How to Still Have a Great Holiday Party . . . On a Budget
    Holiday Parties are traditionally the event when companies pull out the stops and create an exciting event that shows their employees that they really are valued. With the recession upon us and international crises abounding, we are all left with reduced budgets. Cancelling your annual holiday party is about the best way to lower moral and get your employees concerned about ...
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    Feel Like Secret Detective MacGyver En Route to a Convention

    Feel Like Secret Detective MacGyver En Route to a Convention
    Today's electronic gadgets allow you to poll your audience or keep track of the attendees you meet. Sometimes when I pack my electronic gadgets and chargers, I feel like a modern-day, female MacGuyver. Only instead of stashing duct tape and watch springs, I'm toting a laser pointer and a memory stick loaded with the graphics I plan to display in perfect ...
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    Three Ways Admins Can Think on Their Feet

    Three Ways Admins Can Think on Their Feet
    There's nothing worse than getting on the elevator and realizing you're standing next to the boss with nothing to say for 11 floors or being in the middle of a breaking crisis and not knowing how to react. “[Thinking on your feet is] definitely a learned skill, and most of us don't spend a lot of time learning it,” says Peter ...
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    Slideshow: 10 Ways to Cut Business Costs

    Small changes to reduce expenses and improve profitability can help prevent more painful cuts later on. Here are 10 ways your company can trim costs without touching your core business, with links to in-depth articles on each technique. [page] h3. Reduce Energy Use Switch to compact fluorescent lighting to save electricity. Cut your heating bill with better insulation and windows. ...
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    Slideshow: 13 Ways to Cut Business Expenses

    Slideshow: 13 Ways to Cut Business Expenses
    Below, "Three Easy Ways to Cut Business Costs" then see the slideshow for 10 More Ways to Cut Business Costs Small business owners are always looking to cut expenses where they can. But in today's business climate, reducing outlays may be particularly important. In this column, Smart Answers shares several tips on how small companies can save on operating expenses. Do ...
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    How to Make Less of a Mess (Literally)

    How to Make Less of a Mess (Literally)
    Businesses produce 40% of the garbage in the U.S. Here's how to clean up your act. PAPER, GLASS, PLASTIC, ALUMINUM It starts with the paper cups that hold your morning caffeine fix. Then come the stacks of junk mail, which get added to the old business cards, notebooks, and page after page of outdated sales reports. Each employee typically uses 1.5 ...
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    Tips for Successful Event Planning

    Tips for Successful Event Planning
    Event planning can turn even the most capable person into a ball of nerves. But if you've been selected to plan your company's next holiday party, awards banquet or open house, relax. Our helpful tips can make the process go more smoothly and successfully. Initial Considerations First, consider how you want your event to look and feel. Think about: What kind ...
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    Tips for Effective Time Management

    Tips for Effective Time Management
    One of the greatest challenges many people face in business and in their personal lives is that there never seems to be enough time to accomplish everything they need to do, let alone finding time for things they want to do! They look with envy at those who are able to successfully fit work, family, personal, and other activities into their ...
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    Five Work Microwave Etiquette Commandments

    Five Work Microwave Etiquette Commandments
    The microwave has revolutionized how workers eat on the job, allowing them to enjoy goodies like warmed-up leftovers, frozen dinners and microwave popcorn while they work. Most workplaces, including Monster, provide several microwaves for employee use. Alas, not everyone is on the same page when it comes to workplace microwave manners. To preclude confusion, here are my top five things to ...
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    Budget Travel Sites to Keep You Out of the Red

    Budget Travel Sites to Keep You Out of the Red
    With stock prices falling like acorns, budget-centric websites are rising to the top of more vacationers' bookmark lists. USA TODAY's Laura Bly points a mouse to 25 sites — some old favorites, some newcomers — aimed at bargain hunters. h3. AIRFARES Airfarewatchdog.com Relying on brain power rather than computerized algorithms, Airfarewatchdog's site and newsletter emphasize unadvertised, time-sensitive deals, including Web-only fares. ...
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    Build a Great Working Relationship with Your Boss

    Build a Great Working Relationship with Your Boss
    One of the worst things you can do at your new job is to make your supervisor look bad for hiring you. After all, your boss is key to your current on-the-job satisfaction and to your future success in the organization -- and perhaps even beyond. If there ever were a relationship for you to invest in, this is it. So ...
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