Friday, November 17, 2017

You really don’t need to know EVERYTHING!

When I first start speaking with groups of people I was often asked “tell me everything I need to know about Excel”

I have a bit of a chuckle every time I hear this. 

A lot of people think it’s about the volume of things you know about an Excel that will automatically make you more productive

Nothing could be further from the truth. In fact, if you want to be more productive sometimes it is better to go back to the basics. What are some of the common things that you’re no longer doing, or that you’d forgotten about that  could in fact increase your productivity immediately?

If you’re struggling with starred try having a conversation with colleagues about what is the one thing in Word or Excel that’s making life easier for them

You might be surprised at what they say.

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Tuesday, November 14, 2017

What's Your Code?

There’s no shortage of apps programs and tools to help you increase your productivity, but in order to increase our productivity I suggest we go back to the simplistic.  That is having conversations with colleagues and agreeing on a code of conduct.

What is a code of conduct?
In terms of email it is simply a shared understanding of how you going to use email. Creating a code of conduct provides framework of expectations so we all know what the rules are.

Common items such as we no longer going to send thank you emails internally, which for one of my clients was the culprit of up to 30% of the volume of email the team received every day.

What was technology such as email is unquestionably a brilliant tool, the key to productivity sometimes lies in the things we stop doing.

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