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By Jess Stratton | Monday, March 24, 2014

Troubleshooting Wi-Fi security: Monday Productivity Pointers

Troubleshooting wi-fi security

Before we get started, I’m happy to announce this week marks our 52nd week of Monday Productivity Pointers–one whole year of productivity with lynda.com! Thanks to each and every one of you for sending in your requests and your recommendations.

By Jess Stratton | Monday, March 17, 2014

Write a press release: Monday Productivity Pointers

Write a press release

When you’ve got news to share with the world, a press release is an ideal way to get the word out.

A press release is a notice you send to news outlets about something you consider newsworthy. It’s like a teaser trailer for a movie: You want the reporter to read your press release and be intrigued enough to call you, find out more about your story, and write about it.

By Jess Stratton | Monday, March 10, 2014

Write a letter of recommendation: Monday Productivity Pointers

Monday Productivity Pointers- Writing a letter of recommendation

This week on Monday Productivity Pointers we’ll be ditching technology and getting back to old school communication: writing letters. Specifically, writing letters of recommendation.

At any point in your life, you may be called on to write a letter of recommendation for someone you know well. It could be for a college application or a new job, but no matter the occasion, one fact remains the same: Someone else’s success is riding on the quality of your letter. In this week’s video, I’ll show you how to write a great letter.

By Jess Stratton | Monday, March 03, 2014

Sign a PDF in Acrobat: Monday Productivity Pointers

Today marks a new direction for Monday Productivity Pointers. Instead of two videos each week (one free and one exclusively for members), we’ll be releasing just one video per week going forward. It will be free to everyone for a week at lynda.com; after that it will be available for members only.

By Jess Stratton | Monday, February 24, 2014

Scanning business receipts: Monday Productivity Pointers

Scanning business receipts

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If you’ve ever filed an expense report at work, you know that keeping track of all those flimsy paper receipts can be a hassle.

In this week’s Monday Productivity Pointers, I’ll show you how to simplify the receipt storage process with a fantastic app called Genius Scan. It allows you to point your iPhone at a receipt (or any document you want to save), take a photo, and then save it.

By Jess Stratton | Monday, February 17, 2014

Understanding UltraViolet digital movies: Monday Productivity Pointers

Understanding Ultraviolet Digital Movies

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When you buy certain Blu-ray titles, you’re also entitled to an UltraViolet digital copy of your movies. It sounds convenient, but in reality the experience of downloading the digital copy of your new movie can be frustrating. Don’t worry—this week on Monday Productivity Pointers, I’ll show you how to get what’s yours with as little hassle as possible.

First, there’s a series of accounts you’ll need to create when you sign on with UltraViolet to access your digital media. I’ll step you through what each of these accounts are, and how you need to connect them so the UltraViolet site knows when you’ve added a new digital movie to your library.

By Jess Stratton | Monday, February 10, 2014

Secure yourself when using cloud apps: Monday Productivity Pointers

Enabling 2-step authentication to Google web apps

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Here on Monday Productivity Pointers, I love to talk about cloud apps. I love using apps that you can access from anywhere—your computer, laptop, phone, or tablet. This week, we’ll discuss an important topic around cloud apps: how to secure yourself when using them. In my first video, I’ll show you how to enable two-step authentication, a more secure way of logging in, also referred to as “two-factor authentication.”

More and more cloud apps are offering two-step authentication. When you enable it, step one is to log in to the app with your user name and password as usual. You’ll then receive a text message on your phone from the cloud app itself, containing a second password. Step two is to go back into the app and enter that second password for access.

By Jess Stratton | Monday, February 03, 2014

Getting to Inbox Zero with Mailbox: Monday Productivity Pointers

Getting to Inbox Zero with Mailbox.app

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“Inbox Zero” is a common term for the practice of clearing out your email inbox daily, to stay on top of your correspondence. Most email apps come with a filing system to help you reach Inbox Zero—so you can move your incoming messages to other folders, keeping your inbox uncluttered.

However, when we move a message out of our inbox to keep it out of sight, it often works a bit too well; it’s also out of mind and we forget to go back to it.

This week on Monday Productivity Pointers, I’m going to show you my favorite app ever. This is not hyperbole; if I were only allowed to use one app for the rest of my life, it would be this one. The app is called Mailbox, and it replaces the existing mail app on your iPhone, and supports Gmail, iCloud, and Yahoo! mail accounts. Mailbox allows you to file your mail just like you’d expect—but adds one incredible feature: a snooze button.

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