Category Archives for "Time Management and Personal Productivity"

Get Max Productivity from these Windows 10 Tricks

Time Management and Personal Productivity

My son goes to a technology high school where they build robots, do experiments with DNA, and play with stuff that was science fiction when I was in school. He is part of a cabal that trades tips on how to use Windows 10 to its max. His fingers fly across his Windows 10 laptop, […]

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Top 12 Tips for Success with Your SMART Goals

SMART Goals , Time Management and Personal Productivity , Top Tips

SMART goals clearly define personal goals and the results of business projects. These tips will help you create, write, and achieve your SMART goals. 1. SMART Stand for… Specific Specify the goal in concise and precise terms Make it short and memorable so it is clear Measurable Success must be clearly measurable Set measurable mid-stage […]

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SMART Goals (Really SMART Objectives)

SMART Goals , Time Management and Personal Productivity

You hear the term “SMART Goals” as a reminder of how to create clear, well-defined, and easy to communicate. (If you want to read why these are really SMART Objectives, click here.) SMART stands for, Specific Why? (purpose) What? (needs to be done) Who? (is going to do it) Where? (location and resources) Measurable Recordable […]

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Do You Set Up Your Teams for Checklist Failure? 6 Steps to Checklist Success

Checklist , Time Management and Personal Productivity

Checklists reduce death rates in hospitals by almost half, yet most hospitals fail when trying to use them. You might not be working in a hospital, but what they leaned will improve your teams… In any given surgical procedure, the number of steps and procedures that must be followed exactly can be huge. The chances […]

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I didn’t get killed or crash the jet, but blindly following the checklist…

Checklist

I didn’t get killed or crash the jet, but blindly following the checklist without considering the context created my most embarrassing moment. It was a typical summer afternoon at the US Air Force base in Arizona where as a lieutenant I was learning to fly a twin-engine jet. A “typical summer day” for Arizona means […]

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The Best Excel Checklist

Checklist , Excel , Time Management and Personal Productivity

This Excel checklist template has a lot of features. It’s easy to create and modify and it could save you from serious mistakes. If you or your co-workers do important, repetitive tasks where a missed step could cause injury, failure, or serious problems, then you need to use a checklist. Download the Best Excel Checklist […]

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Top 17 Business and Personal Productivity Tips

Time Management and Personal Productivity , Top Tips

Last week’s newsletter contained the Top 25 Excel Dashboard Tips by page views from 2015 articles in Critical to Success. This week’s list has the 17 Most Popular Personal Productivity and Business Performance Tips from 2015. A few of these productivity and performance tips are in both lists, because they use Excel charting, like the Steven Covey […]

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Do You Have What It Takes? The Skills 1,261 Recruiters Value Most

Career , Communication Skills , Creativity , Decision Making , Strategy , Time Management and Personal Productivity , Work-Life Balance

Bloomberg Business reporters Francesca Levy and Christopher Cannon completed the Bloomberg annual survey of which job skills are most valued in managers. They reported their results on Bloomberg.com on February 9, 2016. I thought this was something you might find of value in your career and learning decisions. I hope you do find it of […]

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Time and Project Management with an Even More Advanced Gantt Chart in Excel

Charts , Excel , Excel Project Management , Project Management , Project Management , Time Management

This advanced Gantt Chart in Excel has the basic scrolling Gantt Chart and custom weekends and holidays, but it also includes alerts for percent complete, email links to task leads, Work Breakdown Structure numbering (WBS), and filters to show only the tasks and date ranges you want. If you are managing personal tasks or small […]

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Time and Project Management with an Advanced Gantt Chart in Excel

Charts , Excel , Excel Project Management , Functions , Project Management , Project Management , Time Management

This tutorial shows you how to take the basic Excel Gantt Chart and add conditional formatting so the Gantt chart shows today’s date, custom holidays, and custom weekends. Changing the WORKDAYS.INTL function will also adjust the end date to account for non-working custom weekends and holidays. A Gantt Chart in Excel is a powerful way […]

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