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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 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.

By lynda.com | Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Five things you can do to be a better manager in 2014

Five things you can do to be a better manager in 2014

The way you manage your projects and employees affects the productivity of your department—and company. Get ahead in 2014 with these tips to help you manage, motivate and resolve issues with employees and be a better manager.

1. Pick the right management style. There’s no single perfect way to manage, but there IS a management style that works best for your situation and team. Do you know how to choose the right one?

By Todd Dewett | Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Improve your brainstorming: Management Tips

Improve your brainstorming

Civility and politeness are great traits to have in an office environment—but when it comes to brainstorming, they also undermine creativity in a group setting.

This week’s first tip turns brainstorming on its head. It’s often said that harnessing the power of combined ideas and conversation yields more creative results than the same number of people working alone, but it isn’t necessarily true. In fact, when groups fall victim to common brainstorming pitfalls, they aren’t any more creative than individuals. My first tip this week can help you and your team brainstorm successfully.

By lynda.com | Monday, January 13, 2014

Work smarter: Five time-saving tips for 2014

5 time-saving tips

Time is money. As companies make more demands for efficiency and productivity, employees need to respond by working smarter. Here are some time-saving tips from expert lynda.com instructors for maximizing the hours in your day.

1. Say no. Minimize interruptions from your colleagues by saying “no” to right-this-minute requests—and deferring the “yes” to a later time.

By Jess Stratton | Monday, January 13, 2014

Working in the cloud with Jolidrive: Monday Productivity Pointers

Working in the cloud with Jolidrive

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There’s a wide variety of free, cloud-based online storage services to choose from these days, each with its own unique benefits. Rather than choosing just one, lots of people opt to use several—but it’s easy to forget exactly which cloud service you’ve used to store a particular file.

This week’s Monday Productivity Pointers focus on a solution for that problem: a free service called Jolidrive. You can use Jolidrive’s website to access all your cloud-based data whether it’s in Google Drive, Dropbox, SkyDrive, Flickr, Instagram, or SlideShare.

By Jess Stratton | Monday, October 14, 2013

Text Expansion: Monday Productivity Pointers


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In a recent Monday Productivity Pointers, we explored how to auto-populate text, graphics, and other items into your Office documents. This week, I’ll show how you can bring the same level of productivity to your entire operating system using something called text expansion. Also referred to as word expanders or keyboard macros, text expansion utilities can save you extra keystrokes, and having to repetitively type the same things over and over.

We’ll first explore a handy utility app called TextExpander for Mac, in which you can type a key combination anywhere, anytime on your computer and have text appear where your cursor is. You can quickly add an address or other contact information, open URLs, even create a form letter. Text expansion is an incredibly handy way to automate repetitive typing or cut-and-pasting of words and graphics in your day-to-day workflow.

If you’re using a PC, don’t worry—I’ve got you covered. In the second (members-only) video, I’ll cover a text expansion app called Breezy, which provides the same functionality for Windows users. Watch this week’s video tutorials to simplify your data entry, and check back next week for more Productivity Pointers!

By Todd Dewett | Wednesday, October 09, 2013

Unsticking your team: Management Tips

Unsticking your team

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Keeping a team at peak performance is tough. You can staff correctly, provide your team with crystal clear directions, and give everyone the resources they need to succeed—but sometimes they’ll still get stuck! When your team’s performance reaches a plateau, you’ve got to refocus on motivating them.

You’ll know a team is stuck when you see no significant progress for weeks on its key goals, principled debate edging toward unproductive arguments, or one or two team members constantly dominating the group’s conversations. If left unaddressed, morale and trust can quickly erode and the overall productivity of your team will flatline.

Don’t worry; you can get your team moving again. That’s the focus of the first tip this week: How to get your team unstuck.

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