Posts Tagged ‘Monday Productivity Pointers’

Adding Social Media Activity to your Website: Monday Productivity Pointers

Published by | Monday, December 16th, 2013

Add social activity to your website

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Your website is the first place potential customers will visit to find out more about you, so it’s important to keep your site active, current, and consistently updated—establishing your professional persona in the best possible light.

In this week’s Monday Productivity Pointers, I’ll show you how to publish a Twitter feed to your website; using a WordPress blog as my example. I’ll also show you how to embed a Google calendar into your site so it’s clear to potential clients that you’re an active professional.

Getting faster home Wi-Fi: Monday Productivity Pointers

Published by | Monday, December 9th, 2013

Speed up your home wi-fi

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In this week’s Monday Productivity Pointers, we’ll focus on speeding up your home wireless network. In the first video, I’ll tell you how to identify your home wireless network’s weakest (and slowest) link.

You’ll learn how Internet data speed is measured. Then we’ll examine the components you need to connect to the Internet via wireless, such as a cable or FIOS modem, wireless adapter, router, and your wireless configuration—and how they all need to work together to give you faster home wi-fi connections.

Fixing browser annoyances: Monday Productivity Pointers

Published by | Monday, December 2nd, 2013

Fixing common browser annoyances

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We use web browsers for just about everything today. You’re even using one right now to read this blog post. So we get frustrated when they don’t behave as expected. This week’s Monday Productivity Pointers shows you how to solve some of the most common web browser annoyances you may encounter.

I’m not talking about error messages or critical, show-stopping bugs, but some common problems that pop up when using web browsers frequently. For example, at some point in your web-browsing experience you may have typed the wrong user name into a website’s login form—and now every time you return to that site, there are two user names in the dropdown list: the correct user name and the mistake you wish would just disappear. In the first video this week, I’ll show you how to remove those mistakenly saved auto-fill entries or passwords that your web browser is holding on to.

Protect the integrity of your documents: Monday Productivity Pointers

Published by | Monday, November 25th, 2013

Protect the integrity of your documents with PDF files

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Your business may involve creating and sending contracts to your clients—but the problem with using Microsoft Word documents for contracts is that they can be easily altered. It’s important to know when you receive a contract back from your clients that it’s the exact same contract you sent them.

In this week’s Monday Productivity Pointers, I’m going to show you how easy it is to turn your Word document into an unalterable PDF file right from within Microsoft Word. While it’s not impossible to alter a PDF file, it’s far more challenging, which is why PDF is becoming the industry standard file format for sending contracts over email.

Location based reminders on the iPhone: Monday Productivity Pointers

Published by | Monday, November 18th, 2013

Using location-aware alerts with Siri

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One of my favorite Siri features is the ability to have a reminder pop up when you arrive at or leave a specific location. You can simply tell Siri, “Remind me when I get to my mom’s house to ask her about the party invitation.” The next time you drive up to your parents’ house, a reminder will pop up on your screen as soon as you pull into the driveway.

Using this as a starting point, you can easily extend its use to local businesses that you frequent. You can have a reminder with your grocery list pop up when you arrive at your favorite market. You can be reminded to grab that gift certificate from the glove box when pulling up to a restaurant, or sync up your Evernote account before stepping into a client’s office. The possibilities are endless.

Create temporary email accounts: Monday Productivity Pointers

Published by | Monday, November 11th, 2013

Create a temporary email account with Guerrilla Mail

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Signing up for services and applications on the web often requires that you share your email address—but this can result in a whole lot of junk mail flowing into your inbox.

This week’s Monday Productivity Pointers focuses on how you can create a temporary email address to use when signing up for web apps and services. You can then receive the confirmation email at your temporary address, confirm your account, and keep your real inbox free of junk mail.

Migrating to a new computer: Monday Productivity Pointers

Published by | Monday, November 4th, 2013
Using Ninite to migrate computers.

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When you get a new computer, you might spend a few hours downloading your favorite apps, installing them, and restarting the computer after the install. This can be a real time killer when you just want to get started and get your work done.

The first video in this week’s Monday Productivity Pointers focuses on an app for the PC that makes transitioning to a new computer a breeze. The app is called Ninite, and it’s free. With a few mouse clicks, you choose the apps you want to install, and Ninite creates one installer that contains all the apps you chose. Because it’s a cloud solution, you can always be sure you’re installing the latest version of each app.

Text Expansion: Monday Productivity Pointers

Published by | Monday, October 14th, 2013
TextExpander

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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!