Today, many of us are time-starved. We have too many things to do coupled with too many distractions. This can be a hindrance to learning. It’s at these times that we look for solutions that help us stay even or ahead. One problem area for me was reading. I didn’t want to give it up, but I felt like I didn’t always have time to complete a book, let alone process it.
Quick Productivity Tips
This section covers articles that provide quick tips as opposed to the longer tutorial section that mostly covers Microsoft and Google products.
This master list is presently comprised of 6 categories:
- Cell Phone
- Internet of Things
- Computer Security
- Microsoft Windows
This section is several pages long so be sure to use the blue Next Page >> button at the bottom or the search box to the right.
If you’ve ever been overwhelmed by task managers or to do applications, you should check out the Momentum extension that works with Google Chrome or Apple Safari. It provides a simple dashboard with changing images and quotes. Includes a short video that highlights the key features.
This is a time when people like to hunt for Easter eggs. Either the traditional ones or the clever ones that are hidden by software vendors. Both of these are fun. However, this one is more a rotten egg and it could cost us dearly if we don’t pay attention. And it all starts with punycodes and fake domains. The good news is there are several workarounds.
Sometimes it’s the little things that trip you up like figuring out how to print text in reverse. I’m not trying to imitate Da Vinci and his mirror fonts. Instead I was trying to do a t-shirt transfer with a quote. It seems there are many ways to solve this problem. You could also use this technique to baffle your boss with backwards emails.
This is an example of going on a wild ride as a result of misspelling a domain. Instead of getting the desired site, I got a security warning. And if I tried to repeat the scenario, I got a totally different site.
This week I was working on a project where I needed to embed file names into a document. Typically, I open the File Properties dialog on Windows and grab the name. I couldn’t see the whole path and my mouse skills weren’t up to norm. It’s during these times that you look for Plan B. Sure enough, I had forgotten – copy as path.
Have you ever experienced the frustration of losing your keys and spending precious time looking for them? Instead of getting stressed, try one of these new Tile devices. They are small enough to fit on your key ring and communicate location information to your smart phone.
Ever feel you’re at an audio buffet table and you’ve loaded up on too much content? This recently happened to me with some audio courses and podcasts. I didn’t have enough time to hear all the lectures and conference calls. I needed to find a way to shorten the listening process. The solution was easier than I thought using the free sound editor and recorder called Audacity.
After I left the corporate world, one hard thing for me was being efficient with my time. Like many professionals, I needed an appointment scheduling tool that allowed access to me, whether it was a 15 minute phone call or a 2 hour meeting with various parties. I needed some way that could replace the enterprise meeting planner, but without the cost.
Are you or your customers using devices other than your PC to get things done online? The advantage is that you can use many services from any internet connected device. The downside is when you need help. Sometimes trying to figure out what your cell phone or tablet is running can be a challenge. Fortunately, there is an online tool from Imulus that can help find important support details and share them.