December 10, 2014

3 Things You Never Thought a Smart Watch Could Do!

In anticipation of the soon to be world wide smart watch hype, I decided to get a Pebble Watch just to get an idea what it was like to have my phone notify me of things on my wrist. Instead I learned much more than that! No the Pebble watch is not anything like the new Android Wear watches or the anticipated Apple Watch coming out next year but these tips should easily apply to any other smart watch.

Here are 3 things I never thought a smart watch could do

1. Save You Battery Life on Your Phone

While using Pebble Watch I found that I saved a lot more battery life on my Galaxy S4 than a normal. After noticing this I concluded the reason was that I turned on my screen much less than I used to. Before I owned a Pebble watch I would have a habit of turning my screen on just to see if I had any new notifications. I guess you can say I have a case of notification anxiety! hehehe 

2. Keep You Focused

As I mentioned above, my case of notification anxiety had a residual effect on my ability to remember tasks and stay on track with even the simplest things. Many times turning on my phone lead to me viewing gossip blogs and social networks when my intention was simply to send an email or check my calendar. Our phones have become more of a distraction rather than tools to help us in our daily lives. 

3. Keep You Informed

The Pebble Watch has the ability to alert you of various notifications that come to your phone such as phone calls, emails, text messages, etc. The watch gives a quick glance at telling you what's going on around you briefly so you know to follow up on it now or later. For me it comes in handy when I'm at work and I receive an email from a user in distress that needs help urgently. I can quickly get an idea of if I need to attend to this issue right now or if it's priority can be rerouted depending on what's on my schedule.

Do you have a smart watch? What other tips do you think should be on this list?


December 9, 2014

5 Ways to Maximize Productivity Using 1 Key
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Many times when I show users shortcut keys using their keyboard they are very excited to have learned it so I thought I would pass it on. On a daily basis I use a number of keys on the keyboard to navigate different functions quickly without touching the mouse. This could cut down your time amore than 50% if you use these keyboard shortcuts vs  using the mouse to do the same function.

Here Are 5 Ways to Maximize Productivity Using CTRL

CTRL + N         Mac: Command + N

Opens a new window for the program you're in.
Ex. You want to move a file to another location. While you have the folder open do this shortcut to open another window and drag and drop

CTRL + P          Mac: Command + P

Print the current page
Ex. When you're ready to print a document, instead of going to File > Print > Choose Printer, you can press CTRL + P and get the print prompt right then and there!

CTRL + Z         Mac: Command + Z

Undo the recent key(s) typed
Ex.  While in a text editor box online you accidentally delete everything you just typed. Since you're not in your normal word editor, the undo option is no easily found. Perform this shortcut and it will do the same thing as the undo shortcut would in a word editor.

CTRL + Y         Mac: Command + Y

Redo the recent undo shortcut
Ex. You've been using the undo shortcut above one too many times. Run this command to bring back what was removed!

CTRL + A        Mac: Command + A

Select all
Ex. You're working on a word document and you need to copy the text to an email. Do this shortcut and it will select everything in the window.

The shortcuts listed above can be used in several different programs. Give them a try! Feel free to comment if you have any questions about them!