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How to Be More Productive

Tips For Being More Productive How to get more out of each day ADD is a national workplace affliction. We spend 28% of the work week on unnecessary distractions. We change tasks on average every three minutes and spend an average of 13 hours each week checking emails. We spend 5 hours a week surfing sites non work related. Maximizing our productivity is all about finding the right balance. Whether you are running a company or are an employee trying to advance there are some helpful tips can make you more productive and help you get more done each day. I am offering a free ebook ‘How to Be More Productive’ which you can download for free by clicking the button at the end of this post. Identify what your distraction triggers are As in addiction there are triggers for our distractions. We see an email come through or a social media posting and we go off in the wrong direction. It is important to identify these in order to break the habit. A new linked in connection will set you off on a 30 minute social media scroll or you will see something in the news while researching and spend an hour reading about that. Be honest and although this tracking will add extra work for a week or two it will save you much more in the future. You can use a time tracker app like RescueTime or a simple paper and pen. Identify priorities We could all use a better to do list. Segment your list into different priorities and then rank the tasks with each segment. The...

The Delegating Blues; Learn How to Let Go

Learn How Delegating Tasks Can Improve Your Business Includes a Free Worksheet To Help You Determine Which Tasks Can be Delegated to an Assistant In the 15 years I have been in the virtual assistant industry, I have been successful serving most of my clients. When I look back at the clients that we have not had success with, it mostly came down to delegation and communication. Many entrepreneurs and executives live by the mantra “if you want something done right do, it yourself.” However, most really successful business people will tell you that delegating is the key to success. If you are too occupied by the administrative details of your business, then you are not growing your business. A friend told me a story of how he had been so hands on and so immersed in administrative tasks that he forgot to concentrate on growing his business. He realized his error, learned how to delegate, started concentrating on what was really important,  and low and behold, his business took off. To delegate or not to delegate Most corporate executives are good at delegating tasks. Leading a team is part of being an executive. However when an executive leaves a large corporation to start their own business, they are not used to working as if they were every department of the business. Start-Ups are usually pretty lean, so they may not have the funds to hire a full time assistant. The emotional tug of being an entrepreneur may also get in the way of delegating. My friend above said he felt like the only one he trusted was himself. Trust is one of...

full time employee or virtual office assistant

Hi I’m Stacey Normandy, Founder and CEO of Miracle Assistant; MA has provided businesses with complete virtual office services since 2001. Before founding Miracle Assistant I had 20 years’ experience as an executive assistant to some of the top names in the film and entertainment industry. Senior executives rely on my organizational skills, knowledge of business process and people skills. Admin tasks aren’t splashy but they are essential. I hope you enjoy my tips and tools for small businesses.  Should I hire a full-time employee or a virtual office assistant? Including a free tool to compare the cost of hiring a direct employee or a virtual office assistant   Your business is growing and but you feel bogged down trying to complete all of the administrative tasks in a day and still have time to focus on the things that actually make your business grow. That your business is growing is a good thing. But what should you do hire a full time employee or a virtual executive assistant? Your decision can have an impact on your bottom line. In the not so distant past businesses had a choice between hiring full time or part time employees. The virtual world did not exist. Today the virtual assistant services industry offers businesses a third choice that can save money and make your business more efficient. With a virtual office assistant you pay for only the time you use. There is a handy tool below to help you compare the cost of hiring a direct employee or a virtual office assistant. Before you do that you should answer a few questions The...