For many (if not most) people, the email inbox is a continuous source of stress and information overload. Gaining control over your inbox may seem like an impossible task. Use this strategy to quickly get a handle on your inbox and keep it under control long term. I have used this technique for several years and it works. I will provide setup instructions for Microsoft Outlook 2007 but you can implement a similar scheme in most email platforms.
The goal with this email management technique is to touch each email only once and to process each email quickly and efficiently. Then, once an email has been processed, never see it again (unless you want to).
In my “How To Work Efficiently” seminar I suggest that the email inbox should be for “pending action” emails only. This usually means emails in which you need more information before they can be processed. … Keep reading
By Ryan Williams
I have seen some elaborate email folder structures in my time. Some I would even describe as works of art. So much so that they could probably fetch a decent price at a Christie’s auction. These elaborate folder structures, beautiful as they may be, are also, at the risk of offending, a colossal waste of time.
With the full-text searching capabilities of today’s modern email platforms, email folders make very little sense. If you need to find an email, just search for it like you would find a web page on Google. Modern email platforms even have their own search syntax to help you find the appropriate email.
In my “How To Work Efficiently” seminar I suggest having just one folder named “Processed.” (That’s right, ONE folder.) Every email that is still pending action remains in the Inbox, every other email goes in the “Processed’ folder. Part two of this … Keep reading
Valdosta, GA (PRWEB) September 13, 2010
Nexxtep Technology Services will host their First Annual Technology Symposium on Thursday, September 23rd from 12 PM – 4 PM at the Rainwater Conference Center in Valdosta, GA. Lenovo and EMC are sponsoring the event. The cost to attend is $25 for regular admission and $15 for young professionals (ages 21-40). Admission includes three workshops, a buffet-style lunch and a chance to win a Lenovo netbook computer. Keynote speaker will be Neal Rohrbach, President of Marketing and Sales for the Outfitters Holding Company. All working professionals in the region are welcome to attend. For more information and to register, visit www.ncare.eventbrite.com or call 229-671-1513 and ask for Anne Shenton.
Experts from Nexxtep and EMC will present three workshops:
How to Ensure the Safety of Your Critical Business Data.
A data security specialist from EMC will discuss misconceptions about data security, the most common causes … Keep reading
Thank you to Bart Shiver and Stuart Avera for telling me about AP Mobile. AP Mobile is by far the best news reading application I’ve seen so far. The layout is simple, but it offers a wide variety of categories and options for news reading. You can read top news stories, local news stories (determined by your GPS location). I’ve found that it’s the best way to read news from my local newspaper, the Valdosta Daily Times.
AP Mobile is available on the iPhone, BlackBerry, Android, and Palm Pre. It is free and available on your phone’s app store.… Keep reading
This is yet another fantastic question from one of our Tech Tips subscribers. I asked Account Manager Richard Baker what his thoughts were on acceptable internet use at work, and he told me that it’s really up to the employer to make the call.
What is acceptable at one company might not be acceptable at another. Of course, there are some activities employees at any organization should avoid, but these are mostly common sense. For example, most employees know they shouldn’t play Solitaire for four hours a day, badmouth their boss on Facebook, or write inappropriate emails at work. However, as an employer, it’s up to you to lay down the ground rules. Make them clear and communicate them to your employees. The best way to do this is by setting up an Acceptable Use Policy. An Acceptable Use Policy is a set of rules that govern how employees may … Keep reading
Another great question from one of our tech tips readers. Location-based services like Foursquare and Facebook places are spreading like wildfire, but users be concerned about their privacy? If you’re not familiar with these services, let me explain…
About a year ago, a crop of location-based social networks started becoming very popular. The most popular of this crop is Foursquare. With Foursquare, you can “check in” to a location using the GPS on your mobile phone. Foursquare is essentially a game. You earn points for each place that you check in and unlock badges for discovering new things. You can also use it to see where your friends are hanging out and to read their reviews of places they’ve been. Facebook took note of its growing popularity and recently launched a service of its own called Places. This service is similar to Foursquare in that you can check … Keep reading
This is another great question from one of our Tech Tips subscribers. There is no doubt that the recession has forced businesses to tighten spending and look for savings wherever possible. The thought of purchasing new equipment and software might not even be a consideration right now, but let me ask you this: can you afford to keep your old technology?
The truth is, maintaining your old systems might be more expensive than purchasing new ones. Servers and workstations are like any other machines; they don’t last forever. Think of it like a car. After you’ve driven it for a couple hundred thousand miles, things start to break. A new transmission here, a new alternator there, and eventually you’re putting more money into the car than it’s worth. There’s no need to treat computers and servers any differently, but for some reason, we do. Maybe it’s because buying 10 new … Keep reading
This is a tech tip question from one of our newsletter readers—“How do I set parent controls?” GREAT question!
This article will show you a step-by-step tutorial on how to set parent controls in Internet Explorer.
1) Open Internet Explorer.
2) Click on Tools on the toolbar at the top of your screen.
3) Click on Internet Options in the Tools menu.
4) Click on the Content Tab.
5) Click on “Enable” to enable the content advisor.
6) Now you have two choices, you can either click on the Ratings tab and allow or restrict sites based on certain categories, or
7) You can click on the Approved Sites tab and enter the only websites you want your child to be able to visit.