In today’s fast-paced business world, nearly everyone attends online meetings. This week’s Monday Productivity Pointers offers tips for hosting an online meeting or conference. In the first video, I’ll share leadership tips for running an online meeting as efficiently as possible—heading off questions before they’re asked, handling latecomers, and making sure your attendees know how to use the required meeting software effectively.
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This week on Monday Productivity Pointers, we’ll take a look at the iOS 7 update, and some of the handy new features it brings to Apple devices. iOS 7 represents a big step forward for iPhones and iPads, complete with a fresh new “flat design” user interface, and over 200 new features across almost every functional area of your device. If you’re still undecided about updating your Apple mobile devices, this week’s Pointer is right up your alley. I’ll focus on the most helpful new features and key workflow changes in iOS 7 so you can be productive right away.
If you use Microsoft Word frequently, you probably find yourself typing and inserting many of the same things over and over. Frequently used assets like page headers, signature lines, branding graphics, and favorite layout elements can be a real time-drain when you have to enter them manually every time. That’s where AutoText comes in. By using this often overlooked feature of Word, you can easily create reusable blocks of text, tables, images, preformatted paragraphs, and more.
Taking a moment to catch up on your news after the long weekend? It’s likely to be a very long moment if your favorite news sources are scattered across a variety of websites. This week on Monday Productivity Pointers, I’ll show you how to use the Feedly service to manage, categorize, and read all your favorite web content in one place. In my first video this week, I’ll show you how to install the Feedly browser extension and use it to build a custom magazine with fresh content from your favorite news sites.
IFTTT is a cloud service whose acronym takes its name from the popular programming algorithm of an “if” statement: If this, then that! IFTTT connects to popular cloud services that you use such as Twitter, Pinterest, Facebook, Evernote, and more, and automates common interactions between them—without you being involved at all. IFTTT calls these a recipe. Examples of popular IFTTT recipes include tasks like updating all your social networks with any new avatar photo uploaded to Twitter, downloading any photo of you posted on Facebook to a Dropbox folder, among many others. The possibilities are nearly endless.
In the first video this week, I’ll show you how to create your own IFTTT recipe from scratch.
All of your work matters—but some matters more than the rest of it. In my new course Managing Your Time, I share my favorite time management technique: applying the 80/20 rule to classify all your work (people, tasks, and projects) as being of mild importance (the 80 percent) or of serious importance (the 20 percent). The 80 percent is just work that has to be done, but rest is the really good stuff: the work that will make you, your team, and your company better.
Focusing too much time on issues of lesser importance is one way we waste time at work. Here are four other time wasters you have to watch out for if you want to maximize what you get done every day.