Time Management

Face it. You’re not superman, superwoman or superhuman. In psychological circles, replacing old habits with new is called “shaping.” It’s a way of redefining attitudes so we can move toward positive results. It’s also a way of making friends with the clock, the calendar and our stressed-out selves. Replacing counterproductive, stress-inducing ideas doesn’t demand a career overhaul. It requires a change in thinking. If any of the following statements sound familiar, it may be time to rethink and release your workaholic ways.

Face it. You’re not superman, superwoman or superhuman.

In psychological circles, replacing old habits with new is called “shaping.” It’s a way of redefining attitudes so we can move toward positive results. It’s also a way of making friends with the clock, the calendar and our stressed-out selves.

Replacing counterproductive, stress-inducing ideas doesn’t demand a career overhaul. It requires a change in thinking. If any of the following statements sound familiar, it may be time to rethink and release your workaholic ways.

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Face it: managing multiple bosses is tough. And in this environment, reporting to more than one supervisor is becoming more and more prevalent, particularly as companies look to capture perceived cost savings and avoid layoffs. Here are four critical keys to success when you're juggling tasks for more than one boss.

When Eric Chen, MBA JD, Associate Professor of Business Administration at Saint Joseph College, got his first job, he had two bosses—Harry and John. Harry was a small, squirrely fellow in his thirties who had small glasses and squinted all the time. He was so high-strung that if he had too much coffee, he’d start shaking uncontrollably. John was about the same height as Harry, had six kids at home, and was always quick with a smile and a laugh. Harry’s management style was borne of a tough culture.

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True Stories: (Note: Names have been changed.)

Allison from California announced, “I haven’t had a vacation in nine years.” Barbara (43 years old) from Texas responded, “I haven’t had a real vacation ever.”

Cindy from Illinois shared that she has not seen her best friend in three years because of work commitments.

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Getting More Done in Less Time

There area new ways to change your thinking to get more done in less time without being exhausted, depleted and overwhelmed. You can be a stellar employee and still go home and be cheerful in your non-work environment. You can experience more meaning and impact in this amazing life.

When we think the thought there’s not enough time, we trigger a fight or flight response. It’s a gift to warn us when we’re in danger. It allows us to react without thinking, which is great when you’re in actual danger.

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The 90-Minute Rule: Carving Out Time For Your Most Important Tasks

You work hard, eat lunch at your desk, stay late, catch up on email after hours, but you rarely ever get caught up. You are busy, you are getting things done. So why is it that at the end of the day, you still feel like you didn’t get anything done? 

It’s because the big things that will require more of your mental focus are being avoided in order to attend to more of the tasks that don’t require as much of your focus. Getting and staying focused can be difficult for a lot of people. 

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Making Split Windows A Snap

By Sudhir Diddee

Administrative professionals are the ultimate multitaskers. They often find themselves having to draw information from multiple sources in to one spreadsheet or report. For Administrative Professionals Week, I wanted to offer some tips and tricks that can make these types of jobs a lot easier.

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Kimberly Medlock's picture

7 Ways To 'Un-Commit'

Many of us are just plain over-committed. As we honor administrative professionals during Administrative Professionals Week, I'm going to ask you to make one more commitment, this time to yourself: Start "un-committing."

Although there are a lot of deep and interesting reasons that people choose to take on too much, they generally tend to fall into one of three categories:

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Learning To 'Lean In'

Maybe the key to having it all is redefining what "all" means. That's one of lessons I've learned after spending some time on the brilliant website for Facebook Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg's new non-profit organization, LeanIn.org. Any professional caught between the demands of work and home ought to pay it a visit.

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Time Management: How To Avoid Death By Distraction

Europeans developed some ingenious forms of execution in the Middle Ages. In one, the victim’s limbs were tied to four horses, which were then sent in opposite directions. The French called it “distraction.” It’s a state experienced by many office professionals today.

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Do More At Work By Doing Less

One of the consistent complaints voiced by administrative professionals is that they're simply overloaded with work. I recently heard one IAAP chapter president encourage her fellow members to start saying "no" to the boss when they're expected to do too much with too little time and resources. Companies will eventually reap negative returns on all this task juggling as their administrative professionals become less effective and efficient.

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