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What Is Your Technology Style?

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When it comes to technology, each of us has our own style. Some people have to have the newest items as soon as they come out, while others will wait until the price drops considerably. Then there are those who don’t even realize when something new comes out.

Each of these different types of people correlates to a distinct technology style. Not only does this style show how you tend to make choices, but it reveals things about you as an individual.

So what is your technology style, and what does it say about you?

Gotta Have it Now

Do you geek out over gadgets? When the latest and greatest gadget comes out, are you one of the first in line to purchase it? Are you one the one who raves about your technology to your friends and family?

If so, you are an early adopter. You delight in trying new things and learning about new technologies.

What it Says About You

You aren’t afraid to take risks and try new things. You enjoy testing new items to find their limitations, and often you are creative about how and where you apply technology in your life. You can be impulsive when it comes to buying technology.

Let’s Wait it Out

Do you tend to watch new technology from afar, waiting until it’s been on the market for a while before you purchase?

If so, you are a watcher. You like to wait and make sure a product is well tested, and / or budget-able before you buy.

What it Says About You

You are level headed, and avoid impulse buys. While you enjoy the fun of new technology, you know that the market is always changing, and ideas don’t always last. Instead, you wait until items are thoroughly tested and are finally affordable. You tend to be budget conscious.

Technology, What Technology?

Do you only adopt new technology after everyone else has? Are you often the last to know about new technology?

If so, you are a late adopter. You tend to prefer your old standby that you knew how to use, compared to a new-fangled item with too many buttons and options that leaves your head spinning.

What it Says About You

You are either uninterested in technology, or are afraid of it. You may be resistant to change, or closed to new ideas. You may have a “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” mentality.

Hopefully your technology style gives you some insight into why you are the way you are with your technology.

Do you have a different technology style that wasn’t covered? Leave us a message and let us know about your style.


Julie Strier is a freelance writer who is interested in helping you with your technology.  Email: julie@mybusinesswriter.com. Website: www.mybusinesswriter.com.

Pinning Items: A Way to Find Items Faster in Windows 7

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Stop searching for the documents you frequently access. Pin your important items to the Task Bar or a Jump List and you’ll never have to search for them again.

Windows 7 included some really great user features which boost productivity, and if you’re not taking full advantage, you’re missing out.

Pinning and Jump Lists are two features that when combined help you navigate Windows faster and easier.

What is Pinning?

In Windows7, you can Pin an item to your start menu, or your task bar for ease of access. To Pin an item, locate the software or document you want to Pin, right click on it, and select either Pin to Start Menu or Pin to Taskbar.

Pin to Start Pinning a frequently used program to your Start Menu makes it always accessible when you click on Start.

Pin to Taskbar Pinning a frequently used program to your Taskbar attaches the item next to your start button, by all your quick launch buttons, so that you can access the item quickly no matter where you are in Windows. You can easily rearrange items on your Taskbar by clicking and dragging the icons.

What are Jump Lists?

A Jump List is a list of recently accessed items, and is program specific. You access Jump Lists slightly differently, depending on where you are in Windows.

From the Start Menu To access a Jump List from the Start Menu, click on the right arrow next to the program.

From the Taskbar To access a Jump List from the Taskbar, right click on the program. The list that appears is the Jump List.

Pinning to Jump Lists

You can also Pin items to the Jump List, so that you can access the item even faster. To do this, access the appropriate Jump List for what you want to Pin, locate the item to Pin, and then click on the small push pin icon to the right of the item. Tip: If you hover over the push pin icon, it says Pin to List.

Microsoft gave users some powerful productivity features when they added Pinning and Jump Lists to their bag of tricks. While you can’t Pin everything, you can Pin your most frequently used items, allowing for faster access to the items you use the most.

Do you have a favorite Windows 7 feature? Leave us a comment telling us about it.


Julie Strier is a freelance writer who is interested in helping you use Windows more effectively.  Email: julie@mybusinesswriter.com. Website: www.mybusinesswriter.com.

5 Ways You Are Sabotaging Your Productivity, and How to Fix it – Part Two

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In part one of this article, we learned how email, online activity, and interruptions can all kill your productivity. Luckily, habits are learned behaviors which you can easily change, as long as you recognize the problem.

So what are the last two ways you sabotage your productivity?

Meetings

Meetings are huge time wasters. You may think you are getting something accomplished, but the reality is you are probably just wasting time. This is another way your brain has you fooled. Just because you have a bunch of people in a room talking about something, doesn’t mean that anything is actually getting done.

Instead, try a less is more approach with meetings. Look for ways to reduce the duration and frequency of meetings.

If you have weekly meetings, try meeting twice a month instead. If you find that your meetings are long than an hour, try to reduce the time. Insist on agendas to help keep everyone on topic. And, if you find you have nothing more to say, dismiss the meeting, or stop having them all together.

Most importantly, when you meet, do not try to accomplish any work in a meeting. Discuss problems or findings, assign tasks, and then get out of the conference room. Meetings should be for reporting findings only, not working.

Working Too Long Or Too Late

You’ve been sitting at your desk for three hours straight, and you want to finish this one last project. You can feel your brain is a bit groggy, but if you can just push through it will be done, and you can be onto other things.

But you would be better off taking a break, and coming at it fresh. When your brain and eyes are tired and overworked, it shows in the quality of your work.

Instead, take frequent breaks and your productivity will soar. OSHA recommends a 20 minute break for every hour spent at your desk.

This also applies to working late. Sure, every now and again you may need to work late to finish one last project or meet a deadline, but working late should not be the norm.

If you find that you are working for hours on end, to the point where your projects are taking longer than they would if you are rested, it’s probably a sign you need to pack it in for the night.

A sure way to tell is to read the emails you are sending out. Are they coherent and cohesive, or hard to understand and disorganized? If you have a hard time understanding what you just sent, go home and go to bed.

This concludes our list of productivity killers. While these aren’t the only way you are sabotaging yourself, these are probably the main culprits. When you change these bad habits, you will find extra time on your hands to focus on the work that really matters.

Have you been working hard all week to reduce these time wasters? What was the result? Leave us a comment telling us all about what you discovered. We’d love to hear from you.


Julie Strier is a freelance writer who is interested in helping you work better, not harder.  Email: julie@mybusinesswriter.com. Website: www.mybusinesswriter.com.