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    Discretionary Dollar Productivity

    We all have 24 hours in a day right? Why do some accomplish so much more than others? Here we will explore tips, methods and ideas on increasing our productivity.

    Mastering Email Filters

    Thursday, September 15th, 2011 at 6:12 AM

    We all email. But we don’t all use email filters. Let’s see how filters may make your digital life much easier.

    What is a Filter
    A filter is a set procedure or action that happens when a trigger occurs. In this case emails will be our triggers. Some email clients call these rules (outlook) while other call them filters (gmail). They do the same thing in most cases.

    Why you Should use Filters
    They will save you time and help you organize your inbox. It can also help reduce spam if that is a problem.

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    Not worth your time? Are you sure?

    Friday, July 15th, 2011 at 4:11 PM

    As an aspiring do it yourself-er I tend to hear a few common responses when sharing new projects or ideas with friends and family. One such phrase comes in many forms but usually sounds like:

    • That’s not worth my time
    • You are losing money if you factor in your time
    • Time is money

    So let’s explore this notion of your time and its value. Think of time in two categories, working and non-working time.

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    Inbox: Defined

    Sunday, December 12th, 2010 at 10:46 AM

    You most likey use an inbox (physical, digital etc).  So here are some tips on getting the most from your inboxes.

    What an Inbox is not:

    A storage spot – Your inbox is not a storage spot. It’s not called a Stay-box. It’s not meant to store things for any longer than absolutely necessary. If you have items in your inbox that are older than a few days, either you are really behind, or you are using your inbox as storage. Shame on you!

    A contact database – Your inbox isn’t meant to keep track of all your contacts. Use an address book for this. If you find yourself keeping messages in your inbox because you don’t want to loose someone’s email or phone number, don’t. Save it in an actual contact database and archive the message.

    A to do list – Nope, your inbox isn’t a to do list either. There are better ways to make a to do list from your inbox items which we will touch on later. Read how to get your inbox to empty….coming soon.

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    Paperless: Reducing the Stream

    Sunday, September 26th, 2010 at 11:02 AM

    1. Paperless: Reducing the Stream
    2. Paperless: Getting Started
    3. Paperless: Managing the Digital Files
    4. Paperless: Organizing/Backup/Sync
    5. Paperless: Other Creative Ideas

    Benefits of Paperless

    • More Secure – Files are secured and can be remotely wiped if a machine is compromised. If our house, car and office burnt to the ground, we’d have full versioned copies of all our files.
    • Less Money – Bottom line paper gets expensive to buy, print on, and store. Also if you need less square footage to store your file cabinets, you can lease a smaller office.
    • Quicker Access – If you want a file the traditional way this means you need to get up, and locate where it is in a file drawer, folder etc. In a paperless office, I (or employees with access) can do a quick search and view all files. Windows Vista and up have a built-in search that makes this a breeze.
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