Managing the Email Monster

Email.  We love it, and we hate it.  It can be our best tool, and the biggest time waster.  Instead of letting your email manage you, check out these excellent tips on managing your email.

Are Bad Email Habits Wasting Your Time?



How to Use Google Search Efficiently

Have you ever waded trough page after page of results, and finally found what you were looking for on page 5 – or not at all?  There are lots of tricks to help you search more efficiently, and this article from LifeHacker has several.  Check it out!

Spreadsheet Tips That Will Make You Happy (Tip of the Day)

happyIf you know me at all, you know I love a good spreadsheet.  Oh, if it were only as simple to clean house, or organize my life (though I admit – I have a spreadsheet for both of those things).

Today’s article from Lifehack, 20 Tricks That Can Make Anyone An Excel Expert,  has twenty awesome tricks you can use to make working with spreadsheets easier.  And while it’s hard to pick a favorite, the one that has saved me loads of time and frustration is number 13, which is a neat trick that transposes your data from a row to a column.  Who hasn’t started a spreadsheet, entered data and then suddenly realized that you set it up it wrong?  If you don’t know this trick, this is a head-down-on-the-desk-while-contemplating-a-new-career-option-as-a-welcomer-at-the-big-box-store moment.  And it doesn’t have to happen.  Check out this article – maybe it’ll save you time, and more importantly, save you from that big goose egg on your forehead and/or that unflattering blue vest.  Be happy.

Efficient Emailing

We all have a LOT of email.  I really appreciate it when the emails I receive are concise, and to the point, and I need to work on making sure mine are as well.  Here a short, but to the point article from Lifehacker on how to write efficient emails.

Change is Inevitable

Just getting comfy with the latest changes to Gmail?  Well, rumor has it that change is in the air.  <sigh>

To be fair, Google has been willing to change and modify as technology – and the way we use it – continues to change at breakneck speed.  That said, I am still struggling with Google presorting my work emails – it seems capricious and yes, I have worked with it to try to “train” it.

PC Magazine posted an article on May 11, 2014 that you may want to read if you’re a Gmail user – Google Testing Huge Gmail RedesignIt sounds like it may resolve the sorting issue…or maybe just change the way it works.  Stay tuned.

Say a Fond Goodbye to Windows XP

missyouAs of April 8, 2014, Microsoft will no longer support Windows XP.  Yeah, I know – “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.”   Besides the awful grammar, there’s good reason to let go of this attitude, especially when it comes to computers.  This article will tell you why you need take a deep breath…and move on.