Organize your smartphone apps in one fell swoop. Dump all your apps into a single folder, and use search to navigate to the one you need at any given moment. No more scrolling to locate the folder your app is in. This timesaving idea, reported in The Wall Street Journal by Christoper Mims, came from a blog post by John Pavius.
Know your DPI. “Why is this picture printing out so blurry?” In this day and age, how a photo comes out on the page and on the Web is all about its DPI (dots per inch) measurement. The rule of thumb is that anything higher than 72 DPI should look fine on a computer monitor, but it takes 300 DPI or higher to come out nicely in print. Right-clicking on an image on the screen should bring up a menu including a “View image info” or “View image details” option with this information. Check the stats so as not to become heartbroken when that gorgeous picture of a waterfall becomes a pixelated mess in your company newsletter.
Create a positive impression with voice mail. Limit your messages to 20 seconds or less. If you feel you need more time to deliver your message, send an email or wait until you can speak personally.
Unsure how you come across when you lead a meeting? Recruit a trusted peer to sit in on the meeting with the purpose of critiquing your style, presence and command. She can take notes not only on your strengths and weaknesses, but attendees’ attentiveness (are you boring them?).
Creating a not-to-do list can be just as important as writing down your to-dos. Not-to-do lists can be a valuable way to keep you on track, writes productivity coach Laura Stack. Is there something you do that always slows you down? Make a list for yourself, your team or your organization to follow.