For most professionals, optimizing one’s time is one of the most important aspects of the day. Anything that can be done to help use time more efficiently is more than appreciated in the corporate world, and most people try to get into a groove that will help them to produce as much quality work as possible in a given time frame. It’s no secret that smart phones have been instrumental in helping to move this process along. Awesome Note Lite is one of the best organization-assisting iPhone apps available in Apple’s App Store, and for good reason.
Taking notes is something that just about everyone finds themselves having to do at one point or another throughout the day, and Awesome Note Lite is one of the best ways to streamline the process right on your phone. Whether you want to just jot down notes about observations or appointments, or slowly wish to chip away at that short story you’ve been working on, Awesome Note Lite allows you to do so from anywhere. No longer do you need to be near a laptop in order to reach your well-organized documents. You can add images and maps to notes, you can create lists and even set passcodes and alarms. Those who need to add notes to their portfolio in a hurry will enjoy the “quick note” function of Awesome Note Lite, where one needs only to press one button to bring up the quick note writing tablet. This is perfect for anyone who is constantly on the move, yet needs to get their notes jotted down somewhere while on the job.
With Awesome Note Lite for iPhone, organization no longer needs to take a back seat.
The art of using software effectively is to know precisely how it works – and moving and clicking the mouse costs you valuable time when composing a document in Word. However, you can speed up your document processing and editing with keyboard shortcuts. With a little practice, you will become much more efficient and productive. Here is a short list of common tasks and their keyboard shortcut commands. A complete list is available on Microsoft’s website, but this is enough to shave hours off your day!
Editing: It is not uncommon to need to remove words while editing. Use Ctrl+Delete or Ctrl+Backspace to speed up this process. Ctrl+Delete will delete the word to the right of your cursor and Ctrl+Backspace will remove the words to the left of your cursor. If you need to delete three words to the right of your cursor, press Ctrl+Delete three times. The same can be applied to Ctrl+Backspace.
Moving Paragraphs: When you want to move a paragraph from its current position to below the following paragraph, insert your cursor into the paragraph that you want to move and, while pressing Alt+Shift, press Down Arrow. Use Alt+Shift and Up Arrow to move the paragraph up.
Repeating Your Most Recent Action: F4 will repeat nearly every action you’ve taken on a document. It will duplicate formatting, deleting and typing.
Find and Replace: Ctrl+H will open the Find and Replace dialog box. If you only need to locate something in the document, Ctrl+F opens the Find tab.
Toggling Between Two Documents: When working on two separate documents, you can to switch to the document not displayed by simply pressing Alt+Tab. This feature will also switch to any other program you have open. Hold the Alt key and press Tab until the program you want is selected.
Your memory is one of the greatest tools you could possibly have. Indeed, what could be more important than processing and retaining the huge amount of information that you receive every day of your life? It’s good to know then that you can improve your memory, and by doing so you can make those minutes count. If a book, article or report really matters, then being able to hold onto that information is vital. If you can’t remember it, then you wasted your time absorbing it the first time. Here are 20 tricks to help you improve your memory. Continue reading ‘20 Indispensable Tricks to Improve Your Memory’ »
iTimeSheet is a simple-to-use productivity tool that provides an active business person with the tools to manage their tasks and responsibilities effectively, efficiently and economically.
iTimeSheet allows you to mark down in one place all the myriad tasks you have to accomplish that day. Perhaps, for example, today you have a business meeting, a conference call and a report to write and submit. Thanks to iTimeSheet’s intelligent interface, noting this all in one organized, immediately accessible (and above all portable) point of reference takes all of about 3 minutes. Navigate through your work life in individual days or plan out whole weeks and months at a time.
After a task, day or job is completed, iTimeSheet gives you a built-in timer for providing a clear and automatic accounting of how much time you spent on each activity, on each job comprised of multiple activities, and even on each individual client for whom you provide multiple services.
Create instant activity reports, for example noting that perhaps you only wrote the report assigned to you but have yet to submit it. Looking ahead, you can schedule in that submission now so that you get it done, and don’t forget it in the shuffle. On the other hand, suppose you completed the task and it’s time to bill the client. In that case, you can export your activity report into an Excel file to email to the client along with your itemized invoice, also automatically produced by the iTimeSheet software. With that same export function you can now input this data into the iTimeSheet analytics module for detailed study.
This means iTimeSheet becomes progressively more useful and more valuable to you the more that you use it, as it helps you to streamline you work life and become more effective and efficient in all that you do.
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Iron Money is a simple and innovative program that makes it easy to manage finances – and can save you both time and money. The application has a simple interface that allows one to easily input financial data.
One advantage of this is keeping track of or syncing bank account information. The application has an upload feature that allows you to input your bank files. Alternatively, you can manually key in financial data. This helps in keeping abreast of your account status and records without having to revert to bank statements. The application also has a summary feature that summarizes your financial data in tabular and graphical format.
Another great feature of Iron Money is the transaction category feature. Having a plethora of transactions without any way of differentiating between them presents a problem, which is especially the case with bank statements. However, this is easily solved with this feature. The application makes it possible to simply define categories and add transactions under each category in a searchable database. A summary of each category is available and this makes it easy to search and track particular transactions.
The search capability of Iron Money makes it extremely useful for people who need transaction histories at the drop of a dime. This also makes it appropriate when filling expense reports and even when carrying out budget reviews. This is in addition to the summary feature that can give you a rundown of all your income, spending and transfers. The application will even calculate total net-worth and show it on a graph plotted over time.
Iron Money is every person’s answer to tracking transactions. The application is available on web and mobile web and has an application compatible with the iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch.
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