If you have noticed that your computer seems to be moving increasingly slowly—or you are constantly frustrated by pop-ups, freezes and other annoyances—it’s probably time to clean up your computer. And by that, we don’t mean getting out some spray cleaner and paper towels.
We’re talking about cleaning in the tech sense, as in wiping it clean of all the programs and other stuff that may be dragging it down and hogging up all of its space.
You probably spend a lot of your working time writing, planning or organizing emails. So it can be very frustrating when those messages you spent so much time and energy on then seem to just disappear into some black hole in cyberspace, never to be heard from again.
We all know how frustrating that post-email silence can be. If the email is something important (and likely most of them are) you are then forced to nag the intended recipient to try and confirm whether they did indeed receive your message.
Let’s face it, most of us have a love-hate relationship with email. It would be virtually impossible to do our jobs without it, yet it can often become overwhelming and cause us quite a bit of stress and anxiety.
If you work in an office—no matter what your actual position may be—you likely end up taking lots of notes, at least when working on certain projects. In the past, this would mean jotting down stuff in notebooks, message pads or anything you could use as a writing surface. Then of course you would have to try and find room for all of these notes and keep them organized so you could actually find what you need.
For most office professionals, answering phones and taking messages was generally a main part of the job. It can also be very time-consuming, and not very convenient (written messages are tough to keep organized). Then there is the challenge of trying to keep track of which calls were already returned and which are still waiting. Not to mention if you lost track of a caller’s contact information.
Not surprisingly, there are now high-tech tools that help with this task. (So you can say goodbye to those old-fashioned message pads.)
Online courses are a convenient way to expand educational horizons. To get the most from them, however, a student needs to approach these classes with the same vigor as she would a physical classroom experience. Here are some tips for being an A+ virtual learner:
Teamwork and brainstorming can both be great for sparking creativity and getting large projects completed efficiently. However, this can be a challenge when team members can’t all get together at the same time or don’t all work in the same location. Email and dedicated online workspaces (or private intranets) can help, but it can be tough to keep track of the latest updates with all of the back and forth exchanging of messages and files.
Working on projects that involve large teams can be a challenge, especially if some of those team members are spread out among various different locations. Having a tool that enables easy collaboration, even among remote co-workers, can save everyone a lot of time and hassle.
The blessing of the smartphone -- the ability to keep people in touch anywhere at any time – is also its curse. Experts warn that too much connectivity can lead workers to feel unhappy and stressed because they fail to truly relax and reenergize during non-business hours. Some employers, though, don’t seem to really care, thinking that the benefits of an employee at the ready outweigh the possible psychological toll. New studies, however, may change some minds.