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By Jess Stratton | Monday, June 16, 2014

Using Waze, Crowdsourced GPS

Waze - Crowdsourced GPS

This week on Monday Productivity Pointers, I’ll introduce you to a crowdsourced GPS app called Waze.

Crowdsourced GPS means this: The more people who actively use it, the more information you can get from it. With a quick tap, you can actively alert nearby drivers using Waze of traffic, accidents, detours, and other hazards.

By Jess Stratton | Monday, June 09, 2014

Understanding Office 365: What it is, how it works

Understanding Office 365

This week’s Monday Productivity Pointers focuses on Office 365—software that helps you boost your productivity.

It can be tricky to sort out the licensing and structure of Microsoft’s new cloud and desktop versions of the Office suite. In my free video this week, I’ll help you understand what you’re actually buying when you purchase Office 365, if the cloud and desktop versions differ, and how the software works—from the download page right down to the account management page, where you can see which family members have already installed it on their computers.

Watch today’s movie to get started, and check back next Monday for more Productivity Pointers.

By Jess Stratton | Monday, June 02, 2014

Exporting WordPress Blog Entries

Export your WordPress Posts

Your blog isn’t just a way of keeping your website up to date. It’s also your history. It’s a virtual record of what you’ve been doing, what you’ve been writing about, and what’s important to you. It’s a little bit of who you are.

Sure, you might already have your blog entries saved in a Word document. But what about the comments? The photos? Those are part of your story as well.

By Jess Stratton | Monday, May 19, 2014

Reach Your Goals with LittleBit

Reach your goals with LittleBit

This week’s Monday Productivity Pointers focus on creating good habits, and more importantly, being held accountable for them!

An iPhone app called LittleBit exists just for that purpose. LittleBit helps you change your lifestyle just a little bit, each and every day for 30 days. Hopefully, by the end of that 30 days, you’ve turned your goal into a habit and can move on to a new habit you’d like to adopt.

By Jess Stratton | Wednesday, May 14, 2014

4 Tips for Teaching Your Kids Browser Safety

Teaching your children online safety

If you have kids, then your computer, phone, or tablet may be chock full of protective measures, as it should be. You’ve also most likely talked to your children about browser safety– where they are allowed to go online, what they are allowed to post, and whom they should tell if they come across something inappropriate.

However, it’s not uncommon for a child to go to a friend’s house or a public kiosk computer that lacks those protective measures you’ve put in place at home.

Here are four browser safety tips to help your kids navigate some hazards of the Internet—and suggestions for turning those tips into teachable moments.

By Jess Stratton | Monday, May 12, 2014

Your Blu-Ray Questions Answered

Blu-Ray Questions - Answered

This week on Monday Productivity Pointers, I’m doing a rapid-fire answer session about Blu-ray technology.  I love watching movies in a great home theater environment, but I get asked questions about Blu-ray all the time, so I know there’s some confusion out there.

By Jess Stratton | Monday, May 05, 2014

Write an Email That Gets Results

Write an email that gets results

Last week on Monday Productivity Pointers, I showed you how to write an email that gets read. Now that you’ve got your readers’ attention, let’s talk more about the content of that email. In particular, this week we’ll examine strategies for writing an email asking someone to do something—or giving someone an action item.

An action item could be a physical task, or a request to provide information. Whatever it is, you’re not just informing them about it in your email. Asking for something that needs to get done takes a special type of communication.

By Jess Stratton | Monday, April 28, 2014

Writing an Email That Gets Read

good-email

You probably send many emails each day, both personal and work related. But they all have one thing in common: They do you no good if no one reads them.

This week on Monday Productivity Pointers, I’ll share tips on how to write a better email, and become a more efficient communicator in general. I’ll show you some examples of poor communication—and teach you how to avoid them when writing an email.

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