The way you use your time is the way you live your life.
It’s important, too, to not get so caught up in using the latest and greatest time-saving tool that you are constantly tweaking and adjusting the way you work. Familiarity is important, and an older tool that you use well is probably going to save you more time than the newest bright and shiny object on the horizon.
So, here at The Time Finder we like to share time-saving tech tools each Monday (our weekly Cyber Monday) for your consideration. You’re invited to peruse the offerings and see what strikes a chord for you.
Then, if you decide to try a new tool, pay close attention to how it meshes with your work habits. Often there’s an adjustment period and it’s worth sticking with a new tool ’til you get comfortable. Sometimes, though, the fit just isn’t there. Finding your sweet spot and knowing when to persist and when to let go is a vital time skill to develop.
So, here are our time-saving tools and tips for this Cyber Monday:
Did you know that, if you are a user of Gmail and Google Calendar, you can now add events to your Calendar directly from Gmail? The time-saving aspect here is that you never have to leave Gmail. Simply click the date in your e-mail (Gmail turns it into a hyperlink) and you have immediate access to create an event in your Google Calendar. My VA is a Gmail user and has been happily experimenting with this functionality.
Organizing your in-box can save you tons of time (as well as helping avoid lost e-mails and other communication headaches). Gmail offers lots of flexibility when it comes to organizing your inbox, and our second tip today is simply that you consider exploring Labs and Labels to adapt your e-mail to your own unique needs.
The tech tool I’d like to share today is called Window on Top and it can be very helpful if you often have multiple windows open while you are working on line. Window on top is quite simple; it gives you the ability to select a window that will always be on top, no matter what other windows you also have open. Once you have added Window on Top, you just hit Control+T and the selected window will always be on top. Hit Control+T again to turn it off. (One down side of this is that when Window on Top is active, Control+T will no longer work to open a new tab. However, in many browsers you can simply click on the tabs themselves to add a new one, so hopefully this won’t be an insurmountable issue.
I hope you find one or two of these time-saving ideas useful. What tech tools, tips or time-saving short-cuts do you use and love? Drop me a line – I’d love to hear!
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Disclosure of Material Connection: I have no material connection with any of the tech products mentioned in this post and have not received any compensation for sharing this content.