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By Todd Dewett | Wednesday, August 27, 2014

How to Work with a Difficult Boss

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Here’s an uncomfortable but inevitable truth: Sooner or later, we all have to work for people we don’t like!

Hopefully, this won’t happen to you too often—and when it does, let’s hope it doesn’t last.

But when you’re in the middle of it, you need to know how to effectively navigate the situation.

By Judy Steiner-Williams | Monday, August 25, 2014

How to Write a Research Paper — in 3 Steps

 

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The thought of researching and writing a paper can be intimidating.

Your syllabus lists four research paper assignments. Questions begin swirling through your mind: Where do I start? What format should I use? And most importantly—how do I get an A?

I’ll answer these questions and more, and show you the three easy steps to writing a research paper to impress your professors:

By Jess Stratton | Monday, August 25, 2014

Get Your Google Calendar by Email Every Morning

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In many online calendar apps, such as Google Calendar and Outlook.com, you can get a daily email of all your appointments for the day. It’s one email, and it contains a digest view of your entire day.

In this week’s Monday Productivity Pointers, I’ll show you what the email looks like, and how to enable the feature in both Google Calendar as well as Outlook.com.

By David Rivers | Saturday, August 23, 2014

Parents! Get Back-to-School Organized—with Evernote

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Back-to-school month is an exciting time for everyone in the family. But if you’re not ready, it can become one of the most stressful times of the year.

You can avoid start-of-the-school-year panic if you’re organized—and Evernote can help.

By Nick Brazzi | Friday, August 22, 2014

Facebook Messenger: Understanding Privacy Settings

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Earlier this month, Facebook made a move that sparked lots of controversy on the Internet. That’s a statement that’s been made about many Facebook moves over the years. But this time we’re talking about Facebook Messenger—a handy little smartphone app that gives users access to Facebook messages.

Facebook messages are private, like email or chat messages; they can only be seen by the people involved in, and invited to, the conversation. So messages are very different from public wall posts and status updates.

The Facebook Messenger app has been around for a while. Justin Seeley covered it very well in his Up and Running with Facebook course. What’s changed is that Facebook has made the move to require all users of the Facebook smartphone app to switch to Facebook Messenger to access messages. That means the only way to work with Facebook messages on an iPhone or Android is to install and use the Facebook Messenger app. But that’s only half of the story.

By Todd Dewett | Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Know Your Phone Etiquette

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You’re using your phone incorrectly.

No, I’m not talking about the way you allow it to distract you in your meetings.  I’m not even talking about your text addiction.

I’m talking about how to hold a conversation over the phone: You’re doing it wrong. You’re not communicating at your optimum level.

By Starshine Roshell | Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Work Faster and Easier in Microsoft Office — Weekly!

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Over a billion people use Microsoft Office software: Word, Excel, PowerPoint, etc. That’s one in seven people—on the planet.

If you’re one of them, you need the essential time-saving tips in our new Weekly Office Workshop. (Or as we like to call it around here, “W.O.W.”)

By Jess Stratton | Monday, August 18, 2014

Mark Up Images Easily with Skitch

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You may have heard of the popular web clipper and note-taking app Evernote.

The makers of Evernote have another highly useful app to create annotations on photos, screenshots, web pages, even maps! The app is called Skitch, and I’m going to show you how it works on this week’s Monday Productivity Pointers.

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