Productivity

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6 ways to optimize home Wi-Fi

October 7, 2020 Categorized in: Organizing

Working from home offers many conveniences—as long as the internet connection remains stable. The competition for connectivity is critical in this age of teleworking and homeschooling, considering all the wireless devices being engaged and their overload risk. These DIY tips can improve coverage for every device.
A survey of executives by Successful Meetings magazine yielded the following checklist of must-haves for building attendance and satisfying attendees that their money and time were well spent.

3 sites for keeping track of time

September 8, 2020 Categorized in: Organizing

Time zones, holidays and time math can be a real challenge in our global business world. Here are some handy sites to help.
Even the best planned projects can run into problems over time, no matter how hard you try to anticipate and prevent them. Be on the lookout for these common issues that can crop up as a project goes on and on.

Solve a problem in 6 steps

July 9, 2020 Categorized in: Problem Solving

What if we … ? Or maybe we should … ? Whatever the challenge you’re facing, it’s easy to get so caught up in trying to find creative solutions that you end up running around in circles and accomplishing nothing. Apply a little logic to the task by following these steps.

Complain so things get done

June 24, 2020 Categorized in: Problem Solving

When you receive rude or poor quality service from, say, another department or a vendor, it’s right to complain. Just do it in a way that leads to improvement.

4 ways admins show creativity

April 8, 2020 Categorized in: Problem Solving

There are some specific steps you can take to break through your preconceptions and view problems and situations in new ways that will help you become a problem-solver for your boss.

Are you really organized? Take our quiz

March 5, 2020 Categorized in: Organizing

Answer these questions “yes” or “no” to get a quick assessment of just how organized you are.

Apply a strategy to your priorities

March 5, 2020 Categorized in: Organizing

One of the most highly prized skills in our professional toolkit is the ability to prioritize. Prioritization is, generally, a labeling system in which our brains sort through multiple data points. What our minds label as most important is the thing we will act upon first.
When you’re assigned to lead a major change in your department, you want to start ASAP. But knowing what is not to be changed may matter just as much to your success.

Food orderer confidential! 9 tips

February 6, 2020 Categorized in: Organizing

For anyone charged with bringing lunch in for a large group, here are some lessons we’ve learned from our own past mistakes.

What to do when you lose your phone

January 6, 2020 Categorized in: Organizing

Perhaps it’s in the seat pocket in front of your last airline seat. Maybe it was left at a client location, hundreds of miles away. Wherever it is, you have things you need to do.