Tips For You

Tricks That’ll Make Your Life Easier

If You Want to Save Time

  1. Create a cheat sheet for the information you commonly need, so you can just copy and paste it.
  2. Used canned responses to auto-fill those emails you find yourself writing time and time again.
  3. Stop redoing the same report week after week and instead use Microsoft Word’s “Quick Styles” to apply your formatting with the click of a button. A number of other Word hacks can help you shave some time off your workday too!

If You Want to Get More Done

  1. Utilize the Pomodoro Technique to instill a sense of urgency and kick your productivity into high gear.
  2. Block off some untouchable time in your calendar when you can forego any meetings, zone in, and keep your head down in your most important work.
  3. Add one (or more than one!) productivity-boosting Chrome extensionthat will help you power through your to-do list.
  4. Find your golden hours and then use that highly motivated time to crank through the most important things on your plate.
  5. Limit yourself to one browser tab in order to stop multitasking. Constantly switching gears isn’t doing you any favors.
  6. Use this extension to hide your inbox so that you can channel your entire focus on your to-do list (and then try these other helpful computer hacks too!).
  7. As counterintuitive as it seems, step away from your work and take a break for a few minutes. No really!

If You Want to Streamline Your Inbox

  1. Write specific subject lines so you can easily find old messages in your inbox.
  2. You know those little stars that appear next to subject lines in Gmail? Leverage them to your advantage by marking the emails that require a response. When you have a block of time, go through and respond to your starred messages.
  3. Use an email app to remove the headache from managing your inbox. Let technology do it for you!
  4. Set an OOO message even when you’re in the office so you can stay away from email and focus your attention on the things that matter.
  5. Use to pull together—and unsubscribe from, if necessary!—all of those newsletters that find their way to your inbox.

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