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5 Steps to a Clean Inbox

5 Steps to a Clean Inbox

If you don’t struggle with managing your inbox, stop reading now. If you do struggle, I’m right there with you. Many people have a love-hate relationship with their inboxes. They like them for quick communication. But they hate trying to manage the overload of...

3 Strategic Things You Must Do to Effectively Organize Your Desk

3 Strategic Things You Must Do to Effectively Organize Your Desk

Take a look around your workspace. Is it organized or a disaster area? Can you quickly and easily find things? Are there any items that are just taking up space? Today is National Clean Off Your Desk Day, so it’s a great time to take a critical look at your workspace,...

An Admin’s Guide to Understanding Daylight Saving Time & Time Zones

An Admin’s Guide to Understanding Daylight Saving Time & Time Zones

This article was updated on March 15, 2021. There is one mistake that almost everyone, including admins, make on a regular basis, but most have no idea they’re even doing something wrong until it’s (literally) too late. Referencing the wrong time zone is something...

Beware of the Dangers of Being a Workaholic

Beware of the Dangers of Being a Workaholic

Chances are you know a workaholic. You might even be one yourself. You know the type. They’re the first one in the office each day and the last one to leave each night. It’s not surprising to see them working from home over the weekend, or cutting their vacation short...

Job Burnout: How to Identify, Manage, and Avoid It

Job Burnout: How to Identify, Manage, and Avoid It

by Suzanne Bird-Harris, CEO, Fly Rod Media LLC “Burnout” is a term coined in the 1970s by American psychologist Herbert Freudenberger. He defined it as “the extinction of motivation or incentive, especially where one’s devotion to a cause or relationship fails to...

5 Simple Tips for Healthy Eating

5 Simple Tips for Healthy Eating

You worked through your lunch break and had to settle for a candy bar from the vending machine. Your executive brings in pizza and the salad that you so carefully packed this morning sits uneaten in the breakroom fridge. You’re tired and stressed at the end of the day...

How to Develop a Color Code for Better Organization

How to Develop a Color Code for Better Organization

As an administrative professional, you understand just how much structure and organization comes into play on a daily basis. You probably have multiple systems and procedures that allow you to create order and inspire productivity. But with so many people and...

5 Types of Office Clutter That Kill Your Productivity

5 Types of Office Clutter That Kill Your Productivity

Clutter: The collection of “stuff” lying around that creates disorganization in your workplace. It sabotages your productivity and can adversely affect your mental health day in and day out. It’s time to get it under control! Research has shown that cluttered spaces...

An Introduction to BakerWrite Speedwriting

An Introduction to BakerWrite Speedwriting

Do you struggle to take accurate meeting notes? Are you constantly worried that you’re going to miss something important? How do you know what’s worth writing down and what’s not? As an admin, you probably have to take meeting minutes, phone messages, and even...

Emerging Technologies for Administrative Professionals

Emerging Technologies for Administrative Professionals

If an administrative professional from the 1950s happened to be magically transported to today’s office, they’d be in for quite a shock! Gone are the days when filing, phone skills, and semi-legible shorthand were key requirements for an admin job. Today’s job...

A History of Disruptive Technologies in the Admin Profession

A History of Disruptive Technologies in the Admin Profession

As a speaker, I like to start my sessions on innovation by asking assistants to think back on the things that used to be a part of the office when they started in the field, but aren’t anymore. It’s usually a fun little jaunt down memory lane as we share flashbacks of...