The commonest reason of slow PC / laptop is too many browser windows open – in too many browsers. It does not matter if it is IE, Edge, Firefox, Chrome or Safari… all of them are like an operating system! Just close them first. Find out the actual browser pages you want and re-open them. That’s it.
I have just the browsers open. No other apps. Each browser has just ONE site open.
IE = CNN.com, EDGE = Amazon.in, CHROME = YouTube.com, Firefox = portal.office.com
We tend to forget how many sites we have opened in how many browsers! Be mindful of that and you are good to go.
Here is another way to look at using Office. We want to do so many things. But time is always in short supply. There are thousands of methods of saving time – ranging from behavioral changes, getting up early to sophisticated methodologies. But all of them suffer from one problem… the solution itself requires more time! Now consider this. You can Create Time using Office – because you are already spending three to four hours on it on every working day.
The time you spend on Microsoft Office is considered as the part of the game, part of life, mandatory and non-negotiable. Why? Because you have work to do and it requires you to use Office. So you just use it. In the process, you spend half of your work-life using Office. We have never looked at those 4 hours as a source of extra time.
If you know how to use Microsoft Office efficiently, you will save lots of time. It is like CREATING time because it just did not exist for you earlier. It is a reward you get by being more efficient.
One you have extra time, you are smart enough to invest it in whatever you think is important: Work, Family, Sports, Health…
Once you know the approach towards working efficiently, you should invest part of the time CREATED into learning a little more. That way you will continue to create time throughout your life.
Empowering! is it not?
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Most of us have more to do than we can manage. Everyone is “overworked”. While I do not doubt this, there is another way of looking at it. The idea is to differentiate whether you genuinely have more work than you have time or you are not able to finish work because the PROCESS you are using to get your work done is slowing you down. Read on to find out how to detect this and how to solve the problem. (Reading time 7 min)
Continue reading Difference between “lots of work” and “extra work”
Microsoft Office Specialists
Microsoft Office Specialists is a certification of Office skills. There is a World Championship for it. The finals for India were conducted on 23rd May in New Delhi. 150 finalists attended. 6 of them won the contest and will represent India in the global championship. I spoke at the event as a guest speaker. Competing students, parents, educators and media attended the session. I spoke to them about the need for continued learning and breadth of knowledge. Have a look.
Thank you for making the ET webinar a record-breaking success. Driven by Microsoft and promoted by Economics Times, we had 700+ attendees, 60+ questions and phenomenal feedback. Download the webinar video (55 min, 100 MB, MP4) or watch it on YouTube.
Read on to get a list of detailed articles on topics covered during the webinar.
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I recently conducted a highly appreciated session at a CIO event in Mumbai. This 45 minute video is a MUST WATCH for every CIO and IT professional who is involved in effective utilization of Office and Office 365.
You can download it from HERE (46 MB WMV video).
When you click on this link, the video will try to play from OneDrive. But it WILL NOT PLAY. Click the Download button on that page, download it locally and then run it in full screen mode. If you like it, please share it with your colleagues and friends.
The recording resolution is intentionally low to keep the file size small. Some colors may show banding. But it is good enough resolution as a reference.
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Do you press Escape too many times? Are you running away from your benefits?
Think again. Read on to find out a better approach! Reading time 3 min
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Here is a real case study with astounding improvement in efficiency.
Achieved just by using MS Office more effectively. No code.
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Continue reading Case Study – BFSI: Unimaginable Efficiency Gains using Microsoft Office
This is such a simple thing to do. But most of us have not even noticed it. You can improve performance of your laptop instantly just by changing the default power plan.
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Continue reading Is your laptop configured to “Balanced” power plan? Change it NOW!
I conducted a session for doctors from my alma mater – Nair Hospital.
All medical professionals will benefit from it.
Have a look and share it with your medical friends.
2 hr 45 min
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