Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Management Skills for the Administrative Professional

When we review the job responsibilities of our position, the phrase, "other duties as assigned." is usually listed last on the list. The idea is there will be other duties and responsibilities not specifically listed and if your boss says, 'Do it.' you are required to take on that additional task. Management duties include:
  • Managing your boss.
  • Managing yourself.
  • Making decisions in the absence of your supervisor or handle issues as they arise that he or she trusts you will deal with appropriately.
  • Managing other support staff or personnel in the department. Such as file clerks, receptionists, work study students/interns, etc.
  • Managing tasks/projects.
  • Negotiating with vendors.
So how do you acquire the management skills needed to handle 'other duties as assigned?' Here are 5 ways:

Thursday, March 8, 2012

Is someday today? Putting off procrastination

Someday I will buy a house.
Someday I will go back to school.
Someday I will organize my closet.

No matter how big or small the task, we always put it off. Continuing to prolong a task or dream will only make your journey to success longer and more tiresome. People procrastinate for many reasons:
  1. Financial issues
  2. Feelings of failure
  3. Fear of success
  4. Time Constraints
  5. Lack of motivation
  6. Lack of support from outside sources
  7. Lack of knowledge                              ......and these are just a few.
Procrastination is what keeps us from great achievement. It is impossible to achieve greatness if you are not moving forward to reach a goal that is tied to the accomplishment. Here are six tips on how to put off procrastination: