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Serenity Prayer

March 26, 2010

God grant me the serenity
to accept the things I cannot change;
courage to change the things I can;
and wisdom to know the difference.

–Reinhold Niebuhr

Podcast Interview is Here!

March 18, 2010

My first podcast interview is here!  Special thanks go out to Darlene Victoria for conducting the interview as well as my wonderful VA partners Kena Roth and Amber Whitener of Work at Home Life blog.

Check it out and let me know what you think!

Outlook-How to Schedule Emails

March 11, 2010

There are times you want to send an email out the same day….just not RIGHT away.  If you utilize Microsoft Outlook, you can actually pick a delivery time for each and every message. 

Here’s how:

       For Outlook 2007:

  • Within the actual message, click on the “Options” tab
  • Next, click on the “More Options” expansion button in the lower right corner of the current field
  • Check mark the “Do Not Deliver Before” box
  • Next, choose the delivery date and time you would like to have the email sent out
  • Finally, click “Close”.
Tweet: Did You Know? - A Look At Virtual Assistant Statistics

Podcast Interview Today

March 9, 2010

I have my first podcast interview today with Darlene Victoria of D. Victoria Virtual Assistance and two of the best VA collaborators- Amber Whitener and Kena Roth. So excited!

Google Tip-How to find Narrowed-Down Information

January 18, 2010
Say you want to do a search on the Colts (the football team) for a sports article you are writing, but want to cut your research time down. Perform this function in the search bar: colts -horses -cars. By first typing in the word you would like to research followed by a space and then a hypen and all other words with same name, you will omit all unnecessary and unrelated pages. If you have more than one word you would like to have omitted from the search, just add an additional space then another hypen and the word. Make sure to only put a space before the hypen, not after it.

Try it and let me know your results!

Did You Know – Part 1

December 24, 2009

Did you know that you can perform calculations right in the Google search field? Simply plug in a calculation such as finding 20% tip on a $65 dinner bill (65 x .20) and click search! Your answer will show up at the top of the results. How easy is that?

What Will You Do Different with the Upcoming Year??

December 21, 2009

With Christmas and New Year’s fast approaching resolutions are on the minds of most. Are you part of the majority who makes resolutions? If you do, do you keep them? Or, are you part of the minority who don’t make them because you know you won’t keep them or think resolutions are ridulous?

Me…I use to be a part of the majority. I would make resolutions each year and promise myself that this would would be the year I would actually keep them. But, I didn’t. So, I stopped making them. That way I wouldn’t feel like such a horrible person for not keeping them. What I found out was this….I was making all the wrong resolutions and setting unobtainable goals. Essentially, I was setting myself up for failure.

So this year, I have decided to start making resolutions again. But this time, I’m going to set goals for myself that I know I can reach. For example, I’m going to make a concerted effort to spend more time with my family. Meaning, once dinner is over…so is my time on the computer. Or…taking more time for myself to read all those lovely books I have collected but haven’t had a chance to read yet. And…finding a good fit for me within my community to do some volunteer work, whether it be working at my local humane society, volunteering some hours through Virtual Assistance by Jen to a well-deserving non-profit in my area or offering my time to support a charity I would love to become more involved in.

The whole point is to do something worthy, obtainable and fun! So forget all those resolutions of the past and start fresh. Make an effort to get to know your neighbors…bake a batch of Christmas cookies and send some their way. Start a new and relaxing hobby…knit a new scarf for your mother or yourself or take a cooking class with your significant other to not only get out of the house, but to spend some well-deserved one-on-one time with each other.

What will you do????

Organizational Tip #3

November 10, 2009

Make a recurring montly calendar reminder to go through all of your seperate email folders and flush out the ones that are no longer needed. This will not only provide you with a quick review of what’s in each folder, but force you to clean out the clutter!

Organizational Tip #2

November 10, 2009

To further organize your inbox, create seperate folders (Outlook, Hotmail, Yahoo) or labels (Gmail) to house your important documents. Then transfer them into those folders and get them out of your inbox. Your inbox should be for new incoming emails and emails that need to be addressed ASAP, only. This process will help you declutter your inbox and therefore make things more manageable.

Organizational Tip #1

November 10, 2009

Set a reminder on your calendar to clean out your inbox once a week. This will not only cut down on what you see each time you check your inbox, but will help keep you more focused on what’s really important!