Organizing

Boost productivity by “plotting” the items on your to-do list … Organize a boss’s overflowing e-mail box by setting up inbox folders … Manage team conflict with this tactic … Take a breather every hour, for peak productivity …
More than half of senior executives say they’re interrupted about once every 30 minutes, according to a Center for Creative Leadership survey. Here’s where assistants can play a vital role. Stave off interruptions by partnering with your boss, using these tactics.
Layoffs, shortened workweeks, stressed-out workplaces … it all can lead to another byproduct of the recession: increasing workloads and work slippage. How are administrative professionals ensuring that, with stakes soaring higher than ever, no work falls through the cracks?

Is your boss a cliffhanger?

April 1, 2009 Categorized in: Managing the BossOrganizing

The cliffhanger boss likes to wait until the last possible moment to deliver a finished project. He thrives under deadline pressure and will create that pressure if it isn’t there already. How can you work around that?

A better solution than the shoebox

March 6, 2009 Categorized in: FilingOrganizing

If filing your taxes this spring made you realize that you need a better way to keep track of all your receipts, turn to one of these nifty services for cataloging, organizing and accessing receipts.

3 tips on increasing your ROO

March 6, 2009 Categorized in: FilingInternetOrganizing

Odds are your desk is a hub of organization. If that’s the case, you’re in the ideal position to create more value for your company by coaching others on ROO, or Return on Organization. Your task: Identify a few valuable tips, then share your expertise with others by offering a Lunch ‘n’ Learn on the topic, writing an article in the company newsletter or posting tips through e-mail.
The trouble with that New Year’s resolution to declutter your desk is that it didn’t stick. It’s back to its old cluttered self. “You want to create new habits that last more than a week,” personal coach Miranda Kennet says. Five habits worth adopting:
If Angie Fuller hadn’t discovered the Standard Operating Procedure manual her predecessor left, she wouldn’t have known how to do her job. Once she’d settled into her new position, she began updating the SOP manual to accurately reflect her evolving role. Follow Fuller’s tips to create an SOP manual for your role.
Planning an out-of-town meeting? Here’s how to deal with delays, cancellations, shutdowns, mergers and other airline industry woes.

Packing eco-minded travel needs

December 31, 2008 Categorized in: OrganizingTravel

Help your eco-minded boss travel with a green conscience. Steer him toward these goods, perfect for packing.
Like a professional basketball player performs a ritual before a big moment—say, bouncing the ball exactly six times before taking a free throw—such routines can boost your own productivity by minimizing the variables that distract you. Instead of winging it, make up your own rituals …

Are you be-your-own-boss material?

December 5, 2008 Categorized in: AdvancementOrganizing

Emily Morgan works 60 to 70 hours a week and doesn’t even get a steady paycheck. You would think she’d loathe her boss, but you’d be wrong. Morgan is a virtual assistant (VA) and chooses how much work she takes on and how many hours she works. Ever wonder whether a VA career might be right for you?
Much more than a gatekeeper, a good executive assistant can double or triple a boss’s efficiency by staying one step ahead of him or her. The more an assistant can predict an executive’s needs, the less he or she will need to interrupt.