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Tested: Virtual Employee Services

Podcast #9 with Maren Kate of Zirtual and Virtual Assistant Testing

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I have spent, years, literally, testing different virtual employee services. This is the result of my search. For dedicated assistant service, Zirtual offers unparalleled service. I have helped them create a better presence and consult with them to continually improve their already impressive offerings. So to reiterate, I found the best provider and then partnered with them, not the other way around. I have worked with over a dozen providers, everything from the big names you get at the top of your Google searches to individuals found on Elance. Sometimes I would sign up for the service, and sometimes I would use a…

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Don't Try To Prioritize, Work On Your Timing

Don’t Try To Prioritize, Work On Your Timing

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I’ve discussed at length how you should get rid of your to do list immediately and the harmful effects of the Zeigarnik Effect which is that voice in our subconscious that nags at us to finish the unfinished. People often ask me how they should prioritize the things they do because they look at their list of tasks and it’s a big mess. Every time they get something done they have to add two more things to the list. Well, not to belabor the point the list itself it the problem. Simply figuring out which tasks are more important than others doesn’t change…

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Guest Post: Finding Out YOUR Virtual Assistant Needs

Guest Post: Finding Out YOUR Virtual Assistant Needs

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Nick Loper is the founder of VirtualAssistantAssistant.com, a leading resource for virtual assistant reviews.  Heres Nick: There are already 101 posts about “101 things a virtual assistant can do for you.” This won’t be another one of those. This is about how to specifically find out what a VA can do for YOU. Your Personal Ceiling  Every sole proprietor reaches a ceiling, where it’s impossible to do more business without additional help. For some people, that’s fine and they’re happy working up to that ceiling. But if you’re reading this, I’m guessing you’re not happy with that ceiling and want to do something…

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Guest Post: Conserving Energy and Why I Have a Pushup Alarm Clock

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Scott Britton is a fellow life hacker and Skillshare Master Teacher. His class 30+ Life Hacks to have more money, time, energy, and well being is totally awesome. He has some really cool and practical ways of dealing with time wasters and productivity drainers. Enjoy this guest post and be sure to check out Scotts blog Life Long Learning. Here’s Scott: At SinglePlatform we do pushups on the hour every hour. I love this practice and the benefits extend beyond just making us barrel-chested. The trigger for my pushups each hour is an alarm clock I’ve installed on my desktop….

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The Evolution of the Virtual Assistant: How To Get Dedicated Support for $25 Per Month

The Evolution of the Virtual Assistant: How To Get Dedicated Support for $25 Per Month

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LONG POST ALERT – This is a comprehensive post that will save you time and money and make your life easier, I promise you it’s worth taking the time to read. On Demand vs. Dedicated I’ve written numerous times about the wonders of virtual assistants. There is no question that they make your life easier and enable you to be more effective. By offloading all sorts of tasks that take too much time, disrupt your workflow, and generally mess up your mojo, you can focus on what’s important. There are two basic kinds of virtual assistants, on demand and dedicated….

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Get Rid of Your To-Do List Immediately

Get Rid of Your To-Do List Immediately

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The Problem I’m going to let you in on a little secret, your to do lists are making you inefficient, stressed out, and fat…ok maybe not fat but the other two for sure. But how can this be you ask, as you look over your well organized GTD to do list on your iPad or the whiteboard on the wall with different lists of color coded things that you have today, tomorrow, next week, and every second in between? Tasks and projects have timing associated with them. They are either due on a certain date, or there are milestones along…

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How To Be Everyone

How To Be Everyone

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There are two main benefits to outsourcing your work. The most obvious is what we usually talk about in this blog, you can get a lot more work done by delegating your tasks to other people. The second, more interesting reason is that you can take advantage of skill sets you don’t have, and more importantly, you can offer those skill sets to other people, like your clients. You can also just appear more impressive to your friends and family by getting stuff done you were never trained today. The beauty of outsourcing is that you can decide to be an architect one day, a…

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