Proving yourself and getting your picture hung up as the “Employee of The Month” at your new job can be quite a tantalising task. There’s competition at every corner and the seemingly impossible amount of work to be done, yet the heart wants what it wants! The good news is, accomplishing that goal of yours is not that difficult if you work smarter and use your computer better. Here’s a list of 5 smart things you could begin with to reach the glorious destination you crave so much.
GRAMMAR OR GRAMMER? THERE’S AN APP FOR THAT
If you know the difference between you’re and your, its and it’s, there and their and so many more words, you, my friend, are doing everything right. There’s nothing that screams “professional” more than a perfectly scripted e-mail or a report that embraces grammar accurately. One way to help you on that is using Grammarly, an add-on that corrects your grammar, typographic errors, punctuation, sentence structure and much more.
SLOW AND STEADY WINS THE RACE? THINK AGAIN
Completing your tasks faster and saving time is a big bonus to achieving that “pro” status. Save time by typing fast, learn shortcut keys and use macros. Macros lets you save time by performing repetitive tasks just by a click, in Word, Excel and other Office files. Use fun websites such as TypeRacer to improve your typing speed and soon enough, you’ll be a ninja typist!
That’s the magic spell! Distraction can be a major blow to your efficiency. Use websites such as Noisli for background music that range from a peaceful night in the woods, a train ride on a stormy night to a crowded coffee shop. And if you tend to be easily distracted by social media, Forest is a free Chrome extension (also available on iOS and Android and Windows) that you can use to plant a tree while you work, and watch it grow, but dies when you visit a site that you have blacklisted. What a time to be alive!
STICKY NOTES TO THE RESCUE
Post-It Notes can be very handy to jot down reminders, to-do lists, and the occasional paper planes. But using sticky notes on your desktop screen is even handier as they go wherever you take your laptop. Use them as a tool for visual management and help yourself grasp a pictorial idea on what’s done, what needs to be done, and when it needs to be done.
CUT THAT CLUTTER
A cluttered desk is the sign of a cluttered mind. Same goes for your desktop. Quit the habit of saving everything to the Desktop, and creating folders called “New Folder 2” each time. An organised desktop screen will save you the embarrassment of having to search for a file while your boss breathes down your neck. But remember, just because your home screen is neat and tidy, it doesn’t make it ‘organised’ by default. ‘Organised’ is knowing where everything is.
And there you go! A few smart hacks with your hard work and you’re all set to win that race!