1-Minute Strategies: April ’13

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Microsoft SkyDrive gives Win­­dows 8 users the ability to access files from a PC wherever they may be. It’s as easy as enabling the Fetch feature and making sure the PC is turned on when you leave.

Stay abreast of the news on your industry to get a leg up on your career. Set aside time each day to read or get bits of reading done on your commute or during your downtime.  

Network your way to knowing everyone you want, even at a large company. Don’t be afraid to ask for introductions and reach out to people on your own, and take advantage of meetings to get to know everyone who shows up.

Learn to master keyboard shortcuts with the help of KeyRocket. It takes 2 to 10 seconds longer to use your mouse instead of a keyboard shortcut. KeyRocket helps you learn those shortcuts for Google or Word by popping up the alternative shortcut every time you use your mouse.

Socialize with your co-workers without slacking off your workouts. Canadian company Ajax found its employees were gaining weight because of social activities planned around food, but things changed when they started planning physical challenges, healthier meals and wellness lessons.

Michigan State researchers have found that even a brief distraction is detrimental to your accuracy and productivity. Inter­­rup­­tions of 3 seconds doubled the error rate while performing a task, and disruptions of 4.5 seconds tripled it. 

An analysis of American em­­ployees’ expense reports finds Star­­bucks is the most frequently expensed restaurant in the United States. American em­­­­ployees expensed nearly 21,000 transactions at Starbucks followed by 12,420 transactions at McDonald’s and 8,627 trans­actions at Subway.  

Schedule catch-up time into your post-vacation agenda so you can stay de-stressed as long as possible. Don’t book any appointments on your first day back and tell your co-workers not to come to you with anything that isn’t urgent. This way, you can cut through your email backlog and get a head start on other work before going back to your usual schedule.  

Save your meetings. Discipline yourself to keep them focused, short and engaging so that you’ll accomplish what you need to and not waste time on anything unnecessary.  

Bring others together. The best networkers are also connectors who bring people together. Want to join their elite ranks? Remem­­ber these pointers: Share the spotlight, offer value, relax and be yourself.

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