Dead Time – what can you do?

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I’m really busy……………..

People seem to be increasingly busy these days. Increased connectivity keeps us online and tuned in more than we have time out. When you’re on the move, whether traveling for business or between meetings, sometimes it can be frustrating when you have time waiting around. Here’s some ideas of what you can do in those short gaps:

Focus on a small project or task

When I’m travelling on a train, it is often my best time for writing blogs or thinking through a problem I need to solve for a client.  The lack of connectivity and restricted access to distractions makes it perfect thinking time.  Don’t force it though, go with your though flows – sometimes not thinking about something at all will help it come together in your head in the quiet times.

Catch Up

If you’re stuck at an airport, or have an hour to kill before meetings, it can be a great time to clear some of those emails that have been sitting around for a while. It can also be a really good time to read those blog posts or newsletters that looked really interesting when it popped in to your inbox.

Breathe and Take Time Out

Life is busy and actually, sometimes it is good just take some time out.  Whether it’s reading a book, knitting, meditating or taking some form of exercise. Whatever helps you wind down, try to find a way to take that with you when you’re travelling or away from the office going from meeting to meeting.

Three top tips for planning communication for your business

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Sarah Browning is a freelance people communication specialist and has been working with charities, not-for-profit and Higher Education organisations since 2003.  She is a certified member of the Institute of Internal Communications (CIIC) and a member of CharityComms.

In this guest blog, she offers three tips when planning communication for your business.

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Dropbox

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We use Dropbox with several of our clients, it makes sharing files and folders easy and means we both have access to the most recently updated documents we are using. However, I have been asked on a couple of occasions recently, “What is Dropbox, would it be useful for me to use?” So, I thought I would do a basic overview of Dropbox to share with you. Continue reading “Dropbox”

Mistaken Identity – Assistant or Business Support Partner?

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Virtual Assistants (VA) have many roles.  One of the most important for you to remember, is that most VAs are business owners in their own right and are very familiar with the successes and pitfalls that you may meet along the way. Continue reading “Mistaken Identity – Assistant or Business Support Partner?”

Will I be replaced by a robot?

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I have seen a few news articles over the last year which talk about the rise of the robot and AI intelligence. A recent one from information-age.com asked ‘when will AI bots replace virtual assistants?’ – although they concluded this wouldn’t be happening any time soon! Continue reading “Will I be replaced by a robot?”