Today’s administrative professional has a variety of choices available when it comes to tracking To-Do’s. Businesses are making a fortune printing calendars and planners, creating apps, improving and designing software, and inventing gadgets to help us as administrative professionals be successful in meeting the demands of each work day. In addition to these systems, we can also elect to use electronic reminders, maintain a running To-Do List, use sticky notes, and send text messages or emails that can be sent to ourselves to help us fulfill our commitments.
On January 1, 2016, I kicked off the New Year wanting to experience something new every day for 366 days. (Yes, it is leap year!) Why do I want to experience something new? I’m a creature of routine and habit. I like what I like, and I stick with it, but not this year! This year I am committed to having 366 new experiences.
I announced my 2016 adventure on Facebook at the beginning of the year. Why? It created accountability, and now my friends and family text, call, and ask: “What is today’s adventure going to be?” My reply is “Wait and see.” Since the beginning of the year, I have been posting my new experiences and pictures daily. Setting this new goal for 2016 was not the hard part. The hard part was making the decision I would have 366 new experiences and post daily. [Read more…] about Every Day is a New Adventure
I’m not going to lie to you. After living through seven winters in Maryland, Idaho, and Utah, I am thankful to now spend my winters in California. I love the sunshine and warmth of California winters. However, I am mindful of the mandatory water conservation regulations and know California needs rain.
Over the last few weeks, Northern California has welcomed much needed rain and with that rain I am reminded of a song that I learned as a child entitled “The Wise Man and the Foolish Man.” Are you familiar with this song? The lyrics go something like this: [Read more…] about Wise or Foolish—What Do You Choose?
Over the last couple of weeks, I have had the opportunity to spend a generous amount of time with my two sisters—Michele and Jennifer. They are two of my best friends and absolutely hilarious. If you haven’t met them yet, I hope you do someday.
My sisters and I reunited for the holidays a bit earlier than expected this year to honor the life of my Aunt Charlotte Taylor, who passed away this month at the age of 81 years old. My aunt, my mom’s sister, was a regular visitor in the Leitner household while I was growing up, and we will miss her. [Read more…] about Gearing Up for 2016
With the popularity of pop star singer Adele’s hit song “Hello” topping the charts, I am pretty sure I have heard the word “hello” more times this year than any other year in my life. Are you ready to say “Hello!” to 2016?
What do you look forward to saying goodbye to, and what do you look forward to welcoming in the new year ahead?
As I prepare for the upcoming year, I am ready to put my best foot forward with a renewed commitment, excitement, and wonder for what is ahead. How about you? How are you gearing up for the New Year? As I reflect upon this past year, I appreciate all the good (and yucky stuff!) that impacted my life. However, it will not define 2016. What will define 2016 will be up to me. What I do to plan, and how I choose to react to the future ahead is up to me. I am ready to move beyond 2015 and embrace 2016 with enthusiasm! [Read more…] about Goodbye 2015, Hello 2016!!
A couple of weeks ago I called my sister, Michele, and asked if she would participate with me in the 10th Annual Run for Food on Thanksgiving Day. This popular event is a 5K run/walk through Chico, California’s beautiful Bidwell Park. Michele agreed, and we registered online. Upon registering, I had 96 hours to train before the big event. Yikes! I had never registered or participated in a 5K run/walk EVER! [Read more…] about There’s A First Time for Everything
It took 42 years, but on Saturday, November 21, 2015, I was sent to high school detention (AKA Saturday School.) And for what? To share my insights into career development for 1 ½ – 2 hours with high school students.
During our morning instruction and discussion, I provided each student with a worksheet and asked the students to identify their dream job. I also asked each student to write answers to the questions on the worksheet. Some of those questions included: [Read more…] about What Is Your Dream Job?
A couple of months ago, Neil Malek contributed to A Great Day’s Work with the blog post When Working Harder Goes Wrong: Microsoft Word Troubles. There is almost an identical situation that happens in PowerPoint, and Neil wants to share this with you.
You open a slideshow that was built over the last few weeks, months, or years, and for some reason, half the slides have slide numbers, but the other half don’t. And for some reason, a couple of the slides have slightly different font sizes. And the logo isn’t in the corner of the last ten slides…this is weird. Now, you can roll up your sleeves for hours of frustration, or you can work the way Microsoft intended, with Slide Masters and Slide Layouts. [Read more…] about When Working Harder Goes Wrong: PowerPoint Edition
Take a moment to imagine yourself in the audience watching your life story on the big screen. When and where does your story begin? What are the highlights? What are the bumps and rough patches along the way? What is next on the horizon? What is your legacy?
My story began a few decades ago in Chico, California, on June 29. I was the first of four children raised by my parents Mike and Susan. I have fond memories growing up and am thankful every day for my upbringing. Let’s now fast forward to age 18. I moved out of state to attend college and from that point on it was up to me to direct and oversee the rest of “My Life.” [Read more…] about Imagine Your Life Story on the Big Screen
The majority of us must work outside our homes to make a living to pay for the temporal things we need or want to enjoy (e.g. a home, transportation, food, vacations, entertainment, clothing, retirement, etc.). When we secure employment, the reward for our time and effort is usually a paycheck.
I love pay day! It’s marked on my calendar, and I look forward to receiving the monetary incentive for the work I perform. More importantly, what I have collectively earned on each of these pay days is not what has brought me long-term career satisfaction. I am motivated to get out of bed each morning by a compelling desire to make a difference in the world. [Read more…] about How Is Your Relationship With Work?