Extreme example of too many toolbars in Internet Explorer. You would never do this… would you?
Removing Toolbars Nothing eats up your screen real estate more than adding toolbars to Internet Explorer. During tech support calls we have seen screens with a small 3 to 4 inch scrolling window. All the other space is taken up by the multitude of toolbars that come with Explorer or add to Explorer. There is one for Bing, one for Google, one for Yahoo, antivirus programs have them etc. etc. Most are not necessary for display or installation. All, shrink your available workspace decreasing your productivity. For example, extra toolbars take up about an inch of my screen and install conflicting pop-up blockers and security features on top of what is already provided by Explorer. To turn these toolbars off, go to Tools – Toolbars – and de-select toolbars you do not want to display. I removed everything but the Menu Bar and the Command Bar. I gained an extra inch of productivity space and deleted conflicting security and pop up programs. Toolbars are a marketing tool for software companies. Almost every feature they provide is already provided in Explorer. Take some time to free yourself of toolbars and take control of your screen space.
http://www.google.com/alerts Set up Alerts (Google) for news on new or existing customers. (limit volume and use “ ” ) Other news sources (ie local TV & newspapers online) interviews – (bragging) or they may uncover fires, thefts, store closings etc Business Journal online- news, SBA loans, suits, liens etc
Cloud computing is Internet-based computing, whereby shared resources, software, and information are provided to computers and other devices on demand. Cloud computing describes a new supplement, consumption, and delivery model for IT services based on the Internet, and it typically involves over-the-Internet provision of dynamically scalable and often virtualized resources. Source watblog.com
Using human knowledge and computational knowledge search is getting Trekie. These search engines are way beyond Google, but very specific in their nature. You may not need to use them as often. When you do their information could be priceless.
Example of the CBS sports site on an iPhone. First screen is their actual website on the iPhone. Second is the mobile version of their website on the iPhone. Third is their iPhone app. More than four in 10 Americans say they “can’t live” without their mobile phone and and nearly half sleep with it nearby, according to a global mobile-phone survey from Synovate, which found that cellphones are increasingly becoming consumers’ “remote controls for life.” Avoid - sleeping with your phone.
Networking in LinkedIn groups is beneficial for benchmarking, having credit questions answered and for advancing your career. There are about 12 groups on LinkedIn related to business credit and collections.
Facebook Pages are created by companies, events, movements etc. They are a place for people to like the company, event etc. to gather and share information. Several NACM Affiliates and business credit service providers have Facebook Pages.
You have heard it a million times “back up your data”. Most of us do not heed the warning until we have been crushed by a hard drive failure. I was one of those, until I found Carbonite. Carbonite is a “set it then forget it” backup. You don’t need any hardware. Simply download the Carbonite software select the folders you want watched for backups, then Carbonite does the rest. The backups run incrementally throughout the day so that all your latest work, pictures etc are saved. I have used it twice to recover from hard drive failure and to transfer data to a new computer. It worked great each time. Best $55 bucks I spend each year.
Setting Your Sites On The Internet - Dina Amadril
Setting Your Sites On The Internet Dina Amadril, CMA NACM Western Region Credit Conference October 6, 2011
Two out of three surveyed would choose the Internet over a car.
Two of five college students surveyed globally said the Internet is more important to them than dating, going out with friends, or listening to music.
One of every three college students and employees surveyed globally believes the Internet is a fundamental resource for the human race – as important as air, water, food and shelter. About half believe the Internet is “pretty close” to that level of importance.
Your Home Page <ul><li>Be careful not to set your home page to something distracting. If you set it to Yahoo or MSN or pretty much any news site, you are just asking for trouble. 75% of the time when you open your browser, you are going to see something that looks more interesting than the work you are doing at the moment. Set your home page to something clean and useful like Google, or just a blank page. Better yet, create your own home page with a list of links you use often (and maybe a quote that helps you focus on productivity). </li></ul>
Email Tip – Keep it short. 5 Sentences or less.
Don’t check email compulsively. 2 or 3 times a day should be sufficient.
Avoid at all costs getting into arguments and disputes via email. Email is impersonal and tends to aggravate conflict. It is better to wait, cool down and try to speak in person. Don’t waste time in meaningless flame wars .
Simple Productivity Booster: Disabling the Outlook Email Desktop Alert
Your Online Reputation <ul><li>Google yourself </li></ul><ul><li>Review all social media privacy & security settings </li></ul><ul><li>Watch what those you know and love (like, feel ambivalent towards) post about you </li></ul><ul><li>Complete your LinkedIn profile </li></ul><ul><li>Reputation.com </li></ul>
WILB <ul><li>studied the habits of 300 workers and found that the large majority engaged in what he calls "Workplace Internet Leisure Browsing" (WILB)—surfing the Internet for personal reasons. But despite the common perception that such a behavior is a drain on employers, Coker says that these employees are able to focus better when performing tasks for work. In his report, Coker said that 70 percent of workers engage in WILB, the most popular of which involved looking for information about products, reading news, playing games, and watching YouTube videos. "People need to zone out for a bit to get back their concentration," he said in a statement. "Short and unobtrusive breaks, such as a quick surf of the internet, enables the mind to rest itself, leading to a higher total net concentration for a days work, and as a result, increased productivity.“ </li></ul><ul><li>According to his research, those who surfed for less than 20 percent of their time at the office were more productive than those who don't by nine percent, but such productivity increases didn't apply to the Internet-addicted. </li></ul>