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Quick Tip: Conquer the Crush of Email

Quick Tip: Conquer the Crush of Email

Overcrowded inbox got you down?  Can’t keep up with all of the emails flooding in? Follow these three tips to ease the burden. Re-think the “cc” - only send the message or reply to those necessary 5 sentences or less – keep your messages concise and actionable...

Quick Tip: Be More Efficient with Outlook Shortcuts

Quick Tip: Be More Efficient with Outlook Shortcuts

Hours of our day are consumed by sending emails and scheduling meetings in Outlook. What if you could trim down the time spent navigating your Outlook with easy keyboard shortcuts? Here are a few that can make you more efficient and tech savvy: Ctrl R: reply to email...

Walking Meetings:  Good for the Mind, Body and Business!

Walking Meetings: Good for the Mind, Body and Business!

What if there were a way you could conduct a meeting that generated more creativity from your employees, provided you more honest feedback, and resulted in higher productivity all while shaping and toning your muscles? Well, there is. It’s called the walking meeting....

Quick Tip: Turn that email into an appointment

Quick Tip: Turn that email into an appointment

Did you know that there is a fast way to generate a calendar appointment with the entire email embedded into the calendar appointment? Click on an email and drag and drop it onto your calendar. Option 1: Drag and drop the email into the calendar icon in the lower left...

Change Model of Transition

William Bridges dedicated his life’s work to informing people authoring books about change and using transitions to help them understand and navigate personal reactions to change differently and more effectively. One of his most well-known models is the William...

QUICK TIP: 2-Min rule to Crush Procrastination

QUICK TIP: 2-Min rule to Crush Procrastination

Do you find yourself putting off tasks that aren’t difficult, but you just don’t want to do them? Stop procrastinating and adopt the 2-Minute Rule. When a new task comes in, ask yourself: Apply this rule to both work (answering incoming emails, making quick edits to a...

Effective Decision Making – Start at the Beginning

Effective Decision Making – Start at the Beginning

“Decision-making is the act of choosing between two or more courses of action. In the wider process of problem-solving, decision-making involves choosing between possible solutions to a problem.” To ensure you make the best decision possible, make sure you know what...

Manage The Holidays

Manage The Holidays

There’s no denying that we all can feel extra pressure during the holiday season. Regardless of the holiday and even for those who don’t observe holidays, the added stress is real. Here are some ideas to help simplify life during this busy time of year! Have a plan...

Quick Tips for the End of the Year

Quick Tips for the End of the Year

The end of the year is a great time to wrap things up. Try these tips so you can come back to work with a renewed focus! Review and purge old documents Create a folder for 2017 and group things together so you can have a fresh start in 2018 but still find what you...

Quick Tip: Use the Reuse Stores

Quick Tip: Use the Reuse Stores

Are you in need of office supplies? Before ordering from Staples, stop at one of Fairview’s many Reuse Stores for items like envelopes, paper clips, binders, file folders, sorting trays and even office furniture. You can also donate items you no longer need helping to...

Driving Meeting Productivity: 50/25-Minute Meetings

Driving Meeting Productivity: 50/25-Minute Meetings

One strategy to enhance the productivity of meetings is to implement the 50/25-minute meeting rule - if a meeting typically lasts 60 minutes, reduce it to 50 minutes; if the meeting typically runs 30 minutes, shorten it to 25 minutes. Beyond shorter meetings times,...

Quick Tip: When to Use I.E., Vs. E.G.,

Quick Tip: When to Use I.E., Vs. E.G.,

Do you need an easy way to remember when you should use i.e. and e.g.? i.e., Use i.e. when you are referring to the topic in the sentence in a different way. An easy way to remember this is, “in other words.” I love learning, i.e., I attended all Organizational...