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Microsoft Outlook, used well is a powerful personal and team productivity tool. Used commonly it is far too easy to digitize poor personal productivity behaviours, despite our best efforts. Here’s an Outlook navigation Productivity tip. Engage web browser type forward and back buttons so you can easily navigate between folders and sub folders. Here’s how you implement it [click to continue…]

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Loneliness of the lone ranger worker

Maybe it is the relative quietness of mid-August in my business cycle, or that 2 recent Workplace reports caught my attention more than they would in the maelstrom of September and beyond, but recently I have been reflecting on Isolation in business.

It could also have something to do with a conversation with a friend of mine who pulled away from his CEO role in his very successful national business a while ago, retaining his majority shareholding.

He wanted to re-discover his family who, by his own admission, suffered as he built his business in the teeth of competition. He also wanted to get back to the passion that drove him to start his own business in the first place – investing in and supporting start-ups. [click to continue…]

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Happy days! A while ago LinkedIn quietly removed the very useful ability to scroll through peoples’ LinkedIn activity. Well they have now quietly reinstated the functionality – 3 Cheers for LinkedIn then! Here’s how to access it for all your contacts. [click to continue…]

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I was sharing a light lunch with my friend Mark Russell yesterday. We both admitted to letting important business tasks slip over the past few days. Not a clever thing for clever guys to do! [click to continue…]

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On the 15th May, Livescribe announced the release of an updated version of Livescribe+  with much improved Evernote integration. This smarter integration makes working smarter with technology and handwritten notes even easier.

Essentially, Livescribe+ now allows you to send and ‘Autosend’ your notes directly to your Evernote account, from where they can be shared across all devices you have hooked up to your Evernote account. This means you can now work directly on your Livescribe3 created content on your PC, Mac and Android devices as well as your trusty iPhone and iPad once Autosend has been set up.

This provides a  big productivity boost for Livescribe3 users who also drive a Windows PC / laptop back at the office  or on the road.

Livescribe have a good article on the update here

you might also find this 2 minute YouTube video useful.

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Skype reinstates free Group Calls

Good news for Skype users. Their recent update included free Group calling functionality. Whilst I do not use Skype for business, the reintroduction of this free functionality makes it easier to have group chats with friends and family. Click the link for info on how to use Skype Group Chat

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How often have you heard it said of a colleague ‘Mary is good but she needs to think more strategically’? Perhaps we even berate ourselves for not thinking about and managing our own priorities more strategically – especially when up against another deadline that we had plenty of time to manage our workload towards. [click to continue…]

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Office for iPad Apps or a virtualised iPad

Microsoft released full(er) featured native Office Word, Excel and PowerPoint Apps for the iPad (iOS7 or above) at the back end of March 2014 and the Apps have broken into the ‘Top 10′ download chart. The question is: Will they help you work smarter with your iPad? [click to continue…]

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Quite naturally, many of the conversations I have been engaged in since the start of the year have focused on new goals, projects and priorities for the year ahead and how best to manage them when life is already busy.

My son, Mike, was speaking with me about this recently and I thought you might find this shortened version of my follow-up mail to him useful. Let me know what you think – I’m always interested in how people hack their productivity challenges… [click to continue…]

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Livescribe3 Smartpen with iOS7 my 2 month field test

Let’s be realistic here; the vast majority of people at work use pen and paper as well as their digital tools. If you do, and you are managing vast amounts of written information which you use to manage your priorities, you might find this useful.

I have been using the new Livescribe3 smartpen on the road in meetings and conferences for the past 2 months. It’s good. So, I’m putting up a few pointers for you here. [click to continue…]

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