Event planning: Crisis or cakewalk?

  • July 24, 2018

Question: “I’m starting an admin job soon. The words ‘event planning’ were used during the interview a couple of times, but I neglected to ask for hard details....

Take off, knowing the office is in good hands

  • June 11, 2018

Whether you want to enjoy a summer vacation or have to unexpectedly be out of the office because of a family emergency, actions you take now can save you from worrying...

3 Kanban planning and management tools

  • April 05, 2018

Kanban is a Japanese system of moving cards onto different boards as a task or deliverable moves through a process. A work-planning tool like this allows you to...

Standardize your documents

  • September 28, 2016

One way to avoid, or minimize, challenges involving shared documents is by creating and using standardized naming conventions.

Travel planning: Got your app on?

  • July 27, 2012

Experts initially thought business travelers would use travel applications on their phones for last-minute emergencies. Instead, apps are used for everything, from...

Using Outlook as project planner

  • November 15, 2011

Most people don’t have specific software just for managing their projects. So they use what they can access on their desktops. One great tool for this purpose is...

That project schedule of yours? Useless

  • August 17, 2011

In a perfect world, office equipment would never break. Colleagues would be as dependable and timely as a Swiss train. And creating a foolproof schedule for a project...

Never hand off work without a checklist

  • May 02, 2011

It’s not enough to do your work correctly and efficiently; you must also be sure that other members of the team or project-based work group can be trusted to...

Admins’ secrets for tracking assignments

  • April 14, 2011

A reader writes: “We have tasks assigned to us via e-mail, the phone, in-person, in passing, etc. I carry my notebook and keep it on my desk to jot down...

5 ways to keep track of business cards

  • April 05, 2011

“My boss is inundated with business cards,” writes an admin reader. “Some are in Rolodexes, others are loose. But he doesn’t want to weed ...

What exactly is a ‘tickler’ file?

  • May 15, 2009

“I’ve seen references to “tickler” files.  Can you please explain in detail, what they are and how you create and manage them?”...