Today’s Productivity Tip: Learn Your Shortcuts

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Today’s tip: Learn shortcuts

Needing a little more time on your side? Here’s a great trick for squeezing some routinely wasted time out of your day:

Try this:

Learn your keyboard shortcuts for frequently used activities. It will save you tons of time in the long haul.

Here are a few examples of keyboard shortcuts that will save you time:

  • Alt Tab: toggle between windows
  • Ctrl W: close window
  • Alt S: save file
  • Ctrl P: print
  • Ctrl Shift I: go to inbox (Outlook)
  • Ctrl R: reply to message (Outlook)
  • Ctrl 2: view calendar (Outlook)

It’s up to you to discover which shortcuts might serve you best. Here are two lists of commonly used Office shortcuts:

Write these down in your planner or print out a list that you can study during your downtime.

Here’s why:

Each time you move your hand from keyboard to mouse you’re not only wasting valuable seconds, but more importantly you’re interrupting your flow. This quickly adds-up to lost productivity.

Boost your daily productivity by making keyboard shortcuts a valuable part of your daily workflow.

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Day-Timer Spokesperson Jeff Doubek can be reached at [email protected]