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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 | 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

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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

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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 07, 2014

Use online chat for customer service

Use online chat for customer service

Last week on Monday Productivity Pointers, we explored writing a claim letter to report either a faulty product from, or poor experiences with a company.

This week we’re going to keep the momentum going—but instead of writing a letter, we’ll look at reasons why it may be quicker and more effective to use online chat for customer service issues, if the option is available.

By Dave Crenshaw | Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Refocus and reach your goals for 2014

Reach your goals for 2014

Each January we make resolutions and set lofty goals—but following through with them can be a challenge. Have you already lost sight of your goals for 2014? Or have you considered abandoning them altogether because they seem too difficult?

Brain experts say that once you set a goal it’s natural for your mind to begin thinking of reasons why you should not, or cannot, accomplish it. You brain goes on autopilot, insisting that your goal is unattainable because of x, y, and z. But you can learn to shut down that negative reasoning, and I’ll show you how.

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, February 24, 2014

Scanning business receipts: Monday Productivity Pointers

Scanning business receipts

Explore Monday Productivity Pointers at lynda.com.

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.

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