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Can’t find a document? This should help…

February 18, 2015
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Here’s a tip I thought you might find useful when trying to find a Word document on your PC if you’re working in Office 2010.

  • Save your file as usual.
  • Click on the ‘Insert’ tab in your top menu bar (or Ribbon as Microsoft like to call it now).
  • Click on ‘Footer’ in the ‘Header & Footer’ menu and scroll down to ‘Edit Footer’.  The menu bar at the top will switch to ‘Header & Footer’ tools
  • Click on the ‘Insert’ tab again in the top menu.
  • Click on ’Quick Parts’ in the text area of the insert menu (if the Quick Parts icon is not in your insert menu area, you can insert it by going to ‘file’, ‘options’ and ‘customize ribbon’).

Finding a document with Quickparts

  • Click on ‘Field’
  • Scroll down and click on ‘File Name’, choose ‘lowercase’ in the ‘Field Properties area, tick ‘Add path to filename’ in the ‘Field options’ area and click ‘OK’

The ‘path’ will now be at the bottom of your document so when you print, you can easily see where it is saved on your PC/laptop if you need to find it again. Remember to save your document once you’ve done this.

Simplez!

 

 

How are your pickled onions?

January 28, 2015
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pickled onions

Odd title to the email you might think. Why ask the question anyway? Here’s why.  A jar of pickled onions is the kind of thing that gets opened, a few taken out and then they sit.  They sit at the back of the fridge and get forgotten.  A few months down the line you remember they are there but by that time, it’s too late.  They’re out of date so you end up chucking them.  I managed to finish a jar of pickled onions the other day which was left over from Christmas.  As I was fishing the last one out I remember thinking I couldn’t remember the last time I EVER finished a jar. A small feeling of satisfaction came over me.

The point is how many jars of ‘pickled onions’ have you got sat on your desk or in your work place?  The little jobs that never get done?  Ask yourself why they are still there and why haven’t they been done.  Hate doing them? Lack of time?  These are the things that niggle in the back of your mind and can become energy draining. You knowthey need doing but you keep putting them off. 

So what’s the answer?

There is no easy answer. A good place to start is to look at how productive you really are during each working dayAre you busy busy or are you busy doing nothing busy?  I’ve been keeping an eye on what I do recently and identified a few bad habits that are not productive.  One of my top bad habits is breaking off in the middle of a task or project to check my emails.  How many of us are guilty of that?  Not only does it stop me doing what I’m doing, it stops my focus.  To change that habit, I now close down my email programme throughout the day only opening it at specific times.  A frightening thought to some but it really does work and I have become far more productive.
 

Once you’ve identified areas where you waste time and do something about it, your productivity will increase and you will be surprised at how much ‘extra’ time you have. The next thing to do is to stick to your new habits.  Don’t shove that time aside because something else crops up. FINISH THOSE PICKLED ONIONS!

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