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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.

By Jess Stratton | Monday, April 21, 2014

Siri, Your iPhone Assistant

siri-your-assistant

In this week’s Monday Productivity Pointers, I’ll be covering in detail one of my favorite features of my iPhone: Siri, Apple’s automated voice control. Touted as your personal digital assistant, Siri really is just that—and a whole lot more!

By Jess Stratton | Monday, April 14, 2014

Update firmware on your devices

firmware_chip

If you own consumer electronic devices like Internet routers, printers, laptop computers, and mobile phones, eventually you’ll need to update the firmware on one or more of them to either fix a known issue, or update the device’s functionality. This week on Monday Productivity Pointers, we’ll take a look at the often confusing process of firmware updates. I’ll explain what firmware actually is, how it’s different from software, and when and why it’s appropriate to update the firmware on your devices.

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