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Secret Diary of an International Secretary

Secret Diary of an International Secretary

I collected all the best practices from my former profession - 11 years as an international secretary at a big strategy consultancy. Here, I will talk about different approaches of improving:
- working in an office
- communication techniques
- efficient computer work
- self organisation and time management
- travel hacks
- and life in general.

Please bring an open mind and the willingness to try out new things

Melanie G. A. PATRICK

March 22, 2018
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  1. Secret Diary of
    an International
    Secretary
    Tricks to make your (working) life easier

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  2. About Melanie
    2011

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  3. “Challenge your preconceptions,
    or they will challenge you.”
    Velik – Vulcan scientist

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  4. Problem-focused coping
    Unhelpful coping strategies
    Resilience
    Stress level
    Environmental stress
    Interpersonal stress
    Physical stress
    Work stress
    Emotion-focused coping

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  5. 7
    When you used up your resilience
    Allergies / infections
    Skin problems
    Digestive issues
    Heart palpitations
    Inability to focus
    Procrastination
    Tinnitus
    Tense muscles
    Low energy
    Headaches
    Chronic pain
    Bruxism
    Panic / depression
    Sexual dysfunction
    Insomnia
    Weight change
    Emotional outbursts
    Behavioral changes

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  6. What is this all about?
    • You will need to invest time and work
    • Change can sometimes be painful
    • No “magic bullet”, no “one size fits all” solution

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  7. The Office (2001)

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  8. 2018-02-07
    YYYY-MM-DD

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  9. Secretary (2002)
    Organize yourself with less pain

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  10. Eisenhower matrix
    Important
    Can wait
    Urgent
    Not important
    Do it now Decide / schedule
    Delegate Delete

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  11. Hackers (1995)

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  12. 24:00
    12:00
    06:00 18:00
    02:00
    Deepest sleep
    10:00
    Highest alertness 14:30 Best coordination
    15:30 Fastest reaction time
    17:00 Greatest muscle strength
    21:00 Melatonin secretion starts
    07:30
    Melatonin secretion stops
    04:30
    Lowest body temperature 19:00 Highest body temperature
    Circadian rhythm

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  13. Planes, Trains
    & Automobiles (1987)

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  14. Life, the Universe
    and Everything (1982)

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  15. Final Fantasy (1987)

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