Spending vs. Investing Your Time?

16165587_sTime is our most precious resource. We each receive the same supply of this resource each day—24 hours or 1,440 minutes.  Do you view time as a resource that is spent or as a resource that is invested?

For more than a decade, I have chosen to work dual careers as an executive assistant and a college educator. It’s no exaggeration that my free time is limited and even more so with launching two businesses in 2014, accepting leadership positions in associations, and volunteering weekly in a local non-profit organization.  When my head hits the pillow each night, there is no doubt my days are fulfilling, purposeful, and great fun!

Years ago one of my college professors provided the class with an assignment to track how we spent each ½ hour segment of the day for seven days. The assignment looked relatively close to what you see below starting at 5 a.m. and ending at midnight each day: Continue reading “Spending vs. Investing Your Time?”

Money: What Men and Women Need To Know

14877304_sLet’s talk about money. Chances are if you don’t have a good understanding of money:  how to manage it, how to save it, and how to grow it, you will take those same money management skills and behaviors with you into the workplace.  Would you run a business the same way you run your personal finances?  Many of you might say “yes,” and others may say “no.”

I’m a firm believer that knowledge is power. As an administrative professional supporting executives and managers, it’s essential that we understand money so we can better partner with our bosses in the workplace.  They often times have budgets to oversee, revenue goals to meet, and expenses to monitor. Continue reading “Money: What Men and Women Need To Know”

Admins: Ask for Resources

OverworkedAs an administrative professional, do you ever feel overwhelmed? Do you feel you are being pulled in multiple directions possibly even supporting more than one person? Ever feel like people don’t have a clue as to the demands being placed upon you at work?

Today’s 21st century administrative professionals are being asked to do more than ever before. Administrative professionals are being tasked with duties that cross over into roles such as: manager, human resources, travel agent, mail clerk, receptionist, accountant, technology guru, catering coordinator, note taker, customer service, and so many more. Continue reading “Admins: Ask for Resources”

Gatekeeper Strategies to Save Your Boss Time

7520435_sYour boss’s time is valuable and should not be wasted. Business and sales professionals, coworkers, and community members are becoming increasingly clever as they attempt to learn ways around the administrative professional so they can connect directly with the decision maker. Over the years, I have learned, tried, and perfected many strategies that administrative professionals can use in their role as “gatekeeper.” The “gatekeeper” is the person who has the responsibility and full authority to oversee access to the decision maker. Here are a few strategies I have used while serving in my role as “gatekeeper” to the CEO: Continue reading “Gatekeeper Strategies to Save Your Boss Time”

Think Like A Boss When Scheduling Meetings

8149460_sExecutives/Managers can have many demands placed upon them each day.  These demands can range anywhere from in-person meetings, national/international travel, social business gatherings, deal negotiations, phone calls/emails, and many more.  An executive/manager’s time needs to be respected and not undervalued. When scheduling meetings for your boss, think like a boss.  Continue reading “Think Like A Boss When Scheduling Meetings”