Author: Marcelle De Kock

Lifehacks Every Personal Assistant Should Know

If you work as a personal assistant, you’ll know that some days are much busier than others and that each brings with it a special combination of challenges. Some days, you will be able to get a lot of administrative work done in peace, while other days, you will need to juggle several meetings and coffee-runs with tiny (and sometimes annoying) problems that need your immediate attention. Here are some things that I’ve learnt in my two and a half years as a personal assistant that would have changed my life had I known them sooner:   1. Oh,...

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Stay Safe this Winter

Winter brings with it cold, dark, and wet conditions. Although South Africa’s weather conditions are not usually very extreme, the weather conditions do bring some danger because of their nature. Here are a few useful tips that will enable you to take your personal safety into your own hands:   Be seen in the dark Wear reflective clothing The sun rises later and sets earlier, which means that you might need to walk to and from work in the dark. This can be dangerous, especially when crossing roads. Although cars’ headlights are supposed to be switched on when it’s...

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How Have Books Changed Your Life?

My reality is restricted, my finances are limited, my feet are trapped by gravity, and my mortality is real. Yet I have lived the lives of a hundred wonderful people.   I have flown on dragons and conquered cities with Daenerys Targaryen, mourned the loss of my soulmate with Chris Harte, travelled to far and distant lands with Bilbo Baggins, feared living in an orphanage with Vaselinetjie, and hid in bomb shelters during the Second World War with Mr Tom.   Charles William Eliot said, “Books are the quietest and most constant of friends; they are the most accessible...

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How to Change Your Reality without Leaving Your Job

It’s not always possible simply to find a new job or to move to a different company whenever you are not completely satisfied. The unemployment rate in South Africa is high, and one reason for this is that there are simply too many people in relation to the number of vacancies. This means that you aren’t guaranteed to find a new job if you leave your current one. In addition, you might be dependent on the salary you’re earning, so it would not be wise to simply quit your job.   Luckily, there are some ways you can make...

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