What Are Your New Year’s Goals?

By | Dec 29, 2008

As the holidays wind down, New Year’s Day looms, and with it the spectre of New Year’s Resolutions.  While most people look at these resolutions in a personal sense, like losing weight, exercising more, or being more assertive, I’ve found it beneficial to apply the idea of New Year’s Resolutions to work as well.  We […]

Using the 43 folder system effectively

By | Sep 1, 2008

Chrissy over at OfficeArrow has a great video describing the 43 Folder reminder system.  What?  You don’t know what the 43 Folder system is?  Well, go read Chrissy’s article now….I’ll wait). Back?  It’s a great system, isn’t it? This system is very effective at keeping up with all of those little pieces of paper that […]

Free Office Help

By | Jul 30, 2008

photo credit: buba69 Do you always seem to have more tasks than time to complete them, but there just isn’t any money to hire help?  There are some free and subsidized alternatives out there to get you the help you need. One good source is to find interns to help.  If you have a community […]

Keeping a Time Log

By | Apr 4, 2008

Over at Laughing All the Way to Work, Patricia wrote a very good post on how to prepare for your annual evaluation. I’ve found that many times, my bosses don’t really have a real understanding of what I do all day. So it is my habit to keep a time log so that at any […]

Creating Recurring Tasks in Microsoft Outlook

By | Mar 27, 2008

In my last post, I showed you how to create tasks in Microsoft Outlook to provide reminders and help you track your tasks. Today, I’ll cover creating recurring tasks in Outlook. We all have those tasks that we do on a daily, weekly, and monthly basis. However, if you have a short attention span like […]

Never Lose Track of Another Task

By | Mar 26, 2008

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 Microsoft Outlook. Using the Tasks […]

Organizing Your Desk for Optimum Efficiency.

By | Mar 24, 2008

While I am not a stickler for a neat desk (anyone who works with me will tell you that my desk is not the epitomy of neatness), a certain amount of organization is necessary in our field. We generally have so many daily, weekly, and monthly tasks, not to mention special projects going on, that […]

Never Forget Another E-mail

By | Feb 18, 2008

A fairly common occurrence in the life of an administrative assistant is getting an e-mail requesting a task to be performed. It is very easy to set a reminder on that e-mail so you don’t forget to complete the task. Right click on the e-mail Choose Follow Up on the shortcut menu and then Add […]

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