Yorkshire PA Awards 2017

Donna Coulling will judge the Yorkshire PA Awards


Donna Coulling, Celebrity Assistant to BAFTA Award winners Sir Derek Jacobi and Helena Bonham Carter is leading a panel of judges in the search for assistants who underpin the fundamentals of business development and growth in companies across the Yorkshire region in the Yorkshire PA Awards.

Stripping the stereotypical typing pool from the image of the modern day PA or secretary, The PA Hub is calling out to local businesses to enter their assistants and teams in the regional awards, which recognise talent and dedication to business across 14 categories.

Interviews will be held on 15 May at Malmaison Hotel in Leeds for the categories of Yorkshire PA of the Year and Lifetime Achievement Awards. The interviews will take place during the day, so for these categories you must be available on this date. Closing date for entries is 5pm on Monday, 8 May.
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How to Be a Clean, Bearable Person When You Work From Home

This article originally appeared on Girlboss.com


If you’ve ever worked from home, you’ve been there: Circa 6 pm, your roommate or partner gets home from their in-office job, and they walk in on a bleary-eyed, caffeinated trash squirrel instead of the human they said bye to in the morning. There are at minimum seven beverage containers on your desk and your computer chair has permanently absorbed the smell of reheated spaghetti.

How did it come to this? Well, succumbing to the whack habits of the freelance lifestyle is much easier than it looks: You wake up at a normal-person hour, but you’re so ready to get to work that you never even bother to change out of your pajamas. You probably brush your teeth, but in hindsight it’s all a blur, so maybe not. In the instance that you do bother to get dressed, you’re throwing off any sense of normalcy by wearing gigantic tube socks, because your feet are always cold and no one is around to judge you.

Look: No one’s here to tell you you’ve got to change your ways. You’re living the work-from-home dream, and the side-eye your roomie is giving you is just jealousy. But speaking from experience, there can be a lot of benefit in structuring your workday a little more; in fact, studies show that whatever you choose to wear has an effect on your mindset and productivity. Check out the following ways you can run the ship a little tighter, even if you’re the only passenger during the workday:
1. Change out of your PJs. I know, I know: this is supposedly the big draw of working from home! If you’re new to the game, go ahead and indulge for a short while. But in the long run, changing out of your sleeping clothes and into working clothes creates an important mental distinction. Mind you, “working clothes” doesn’t have to mean a blouse and trousers; I used to change into workout clothes in the morning as a means to encourage myself to work out at the end of the day. Sometimes it actually worked.
2. Put on a bra. Don’t get me wrong; I love free-boobing as much as anyone. But for me, putting on a bra keeps me from thinking about my boobs and distracting questions such as “What color are my nipples going to turn if I ever get pregnant and breastfeed?” Out of sight out of mind. Also: putting on a bra means you get to take it off at the end of the day, and how great a feeling is that?
3. Trick your hair into thinking you did something with it. Combating the oil slick that’s forming in and around your hairline by hitting it with a few puffs of dry shampoo is good practice, but for all the time I spent staring at my hair in the mirror, convincing myself that I’m really pulling off this Patti Smith vibe, I wish I would’ve taken up this practice sooner: I started washing and blowdrying my bangs first thing in the morning so I wouldn’t think about it through the course of the day. Again, out of sight, out of mind. Business in the front, trash squirrel in the back.
4. Do a mid-day refresh. One thing I miss about working from home? Having all the toothbrush access I could possibly want. (Yeah, you can bring one to an office job, but it’s just not the same.) After lunch, I loved brushing my teeth and spraying some kind of hydrating mist on my face, like Glossier’s Soothing Face Mist or LUMION Skin Mist. Pro tip: Do not, under any circumstances, use this time to pop a huge zit in the mirror. It’s always, always a mistake.

Deena Drewis

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The Modern Yoga Bible – Christina Brown – Book Review


Ali of Team DC reviewed ‘Modern Yoga Bible’, here’s how she got on:

“If you can fully apply the concept of bringing your mind to the present moment, then you will be free.”

Wouldn’t that be lovely? To feel free of the stresses, and pressures of everyday life?
Christina Brown’s new version of The Modern Yoga Bible, offers a welcome guide to how the practice of Hatha yoga can help you get there.

Whether you’re just starting to dip your toe in with the odd yoga class, or you’re an aspiring yogi, this book could be a worthwhile addition to your book shelf.

Featuring an excellent structure that’s easy to follow, the book starts with an introduction to the key concepts and principles of yoga. This then flows into examples of yoga poses, broken down into types; including ‘Yang’ (active practices), ‘Yin’ (quiet practices), and the Yoga Mind. Linking this all together answers many questions that – if you’re anything like me – you might not have been brave enough to ask when hiding at the back of a new class of bendy people.

If you’re looking to practice at home, there’s also a handy ‘Putting it all together’ section, that suggests 5 themed routines. These are moves you can do together, and tailor to what you want to get out of your yoga session. Whether that’s calmness of mind, or strength of body – there’s something to suit every mood. It’s very flexible – but your legs don’t have to be yet, as there’s a star system to choose your level.

The book itself doesn’t replace the benefit of having a teacher in the room with you. Especially if you’re starting out. It’s not easy to follow the instructions of the book while you learn a position for the first time. Re-reading the section of ‘how to come out’ of a pose, while your head is already upside down, is quite a challenge! But it’s a great tool for getting more out of classes.

This book focuses on the individual, and finding what is right for you. There’s something beautifully supportive in the tone, as if Christina is holding your hand through the steps to understanding and fully experiencing yoga. It breaks down some of the mystery, and shows how it can benefit your personal and professional daily life. It’s OK for you to be just the way you are. We’re all unique, and this is something to be celebrated.


Get your copy here.

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The Best Independent Cafés To Work From In London

Not everyone works in an office. With the laptops and smartphones abound, it is easy to set up shop almost anywhere. However, a coffee shop always tops our list because, well, coffee! Here is a list of the best coffee shops to work in in London. This article originally appeared on Londonist.com


Lattes and laptops are both important when you’re working out of the office. We’ve compiled a list of independent places where you can get both a caffeine and a Wi-Fi fix.


Macchiato at The CoffeeWorks Project. Photo: spektrograf.

The CoffeeWorks Project in Angel is pretty popular with freelancers; you can stay for a while without feeling you’re outstaying you’re welcome. The independent, family-run coffee house knows what it’s doing when it comes to coffee, offering V60, Kalita and aeropress brews, as well as espressos from their pride and joy Slayer machine. Just make sure you get there early.

96-98 High Street, Islington, N1 8EG (there are also branches in Blackfriars and Leadenhall).

 Quality Italian paninis and pizzas define Finsbury Park’s Exeter Street Bakery — perfect to nibble on while you’re working. The coffees aren’t bad either; grab one of the cushioned benches and settle in for a few hours.

The Arts Building, Morris Place, Finsbury Park, N4 3JG

Vagabond has stores in N7, N4, E1 and E1W.

Grab a flat white whilst you catch up on your work at Vagabond, Holloway. It’s small and cosy, but luckily there are four branches to choose from — all with free Wi-Fi and plug points (although N4’s branch has fewer of these).

105 Holloway Road, N7 8LT and Charter Court, Stroud Green Road, N4 3SG. There are also branches in Whitechapel and Wapping.

Bread and Bean in Archway is a hit with locals and laptoppers alike — even if it offers only one coffee. Nab one of the window seats and choose from a cooked breakfast to soup and salad, to see you through the day.

37 Junction Road, N19 5QU

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The Fear of the Unknown

I went to the David Hockney exhibition at the Tate Britain on Monday for the second time and took my daughter and a friend. I went for the first time a few weeks ago and couldn’t get anybody to come with me; either my friends were busy, had already been, were uninterested or of the ‘I don’t do art’ crowd.

It’s just brilliant and I was gushing about it to someone that night who turned around and said ‘I’m not an art buff but I don’t see the point in looking at a pile of stuff that’s supposed to be worth thousands of pounds. I could have done better myself, it’s like a kid made it’. I’m not an art buff either. For anyone out there who also ‘doesn’t do art’ I want to clear something up, you don’t have to be an expert in anything to be able to enjoy something, but don’t let the fear of the unknown stop you from finding out.

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Make More Time for Yourself

Photo by Thayer Allyson Gowdy

Organise your schedule―and claim carefree minutes for yourself―in three steps.

By Elizabeth Fenner

1. Step Back (For a Second)

Figure out why you want more free time. “You can’t win a game you haven’t defined,” says David Allen, a productivity expert and the author of the best seller Getting Things Done (Penguin Books, $15, amazon.com). You’ll be more motivated to change if you have a specific goal.
Make a wish list. Write down all the activities that you long to do more of―whether they’re things that make you happy, relaxed, sane(r), or all three. Rank the items in order of importance to you, then pick one or two to focus on. (Once you get the hang of this system, you can address the rest.)

Now write down how you really spend your time. If it’s all one makelunchcarpoolrunaroundlikecrazy blur, keep a detailed diary for a few days. (Want some encouragement―and comfort that someone’s life is as crazy as yours? Check out Reader Time Diaries.) You might be surprised by how little time you spend doing things you love most. The key question to keep asking is, Are you spending your time on the right things?

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Gender Pay Gap: What Every Woman Should Know

4 April was Equal Pay Day. This date signifies the amount of extra time into the following year that a woman must work to earn the same amount her male counterpart earns in 1 year. Today the BBC wrote an article explaining the gap and what it means for all woman. 


Woman making a time out sign with her hands

New rules mean thousands of companies are being forced to come clean on the state of their gender pay gaps.

Some have already volunteered the information – with Schroders fund managers taking the plunge as the first FTSE100 company to go public.

The group revealed that fixed pay for its female staff was 33% lower on average than for their male staff, while there was a bonus gap of 66%.

It sounds like a bad start for #GenderPayGap, but Schroders said the figures “may be misleading”.

In line with most companies in the financial services sector, there are fewer women in senior roles at the firm.

The company said: “Our analysis of comparable roles shows that we reward men and women fairly for similar work and that the gap reflects the lower representation of women at senior levels within the organisation”.

If that’s the case, what is the point of these figures? And how should you act on the facts?

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