Category Archives for "Productivity"

Top 17 Business and Personal Productivity Tips for Consultants

Productivity

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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Top 30 Best Excel Chart and Dashboard Tips in the “Excel Chart and Dashboard Quick Reference Guide”

Consulting Tools , Productivity

Get your free copy now of the Excel Chart and Dashboard Quick Reference Guide. Every consultant, accountant, and financial analyst needs to have a copy of these tips hidden in their top drawer – I won’t tell anyone where it is. Quick Reference Excel Charts and Dashboards – US Letter Quick Reference Excel Charts and Dashboards – A4 […]

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How to Think and Write More Clearly using Four Word and PowerPoint Shortcut Keys and One Menu Choice

Productivity , Professional Skills

After writing 27 books and a bazillion PowerPoint slides I’ve learned the best way for me to write is just to get my thoughts down as quickly as possible, reorganize them, then let the stuff simmer over night. The next morning is the best time for me to give it a strong edit, cutting as […]

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How to Build a Super-Memory for Business

Productivity

I was a noob, not long out of the Air Force holding a newly-minted MBA. He was the wise and experienced CEO of one of the world’s largest computer chip companies. Somehow, I’d been selected to escort him through the world’s largest computer convention and brief him on competitors in one of the markets we […]

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Speed Reading Non-Fiction Books and Remembering What is Critical to Success

Productivity

If you are like most business professionals you have little time or energy after work for reading non-fiction, all those books you know would help your career, your life, your future. But, there is a way to read, and enjoy it, and even remember what you have read when you need it. I still remember […]

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

Consulting Tools , Productivity

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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Driving Your Career with a Personal SWOT Analysis

Consulting Processes , Consulting Tools , Productivity

At work we often go to great lengths to analyze, plan, do, and review. Then we get home, relax, and coast. We all need time to renew, rebuild and connect with friends and loved ones. But, what if we took some of our analytic ability and business tools and applied it to our own careers […]

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Get More Work Done – Focus with the Pomodoro Technique

Productivity , Professional Skills

The age of being a proud multi-tasker has come and gone! Brain function and task efficiency research show that multi-tasking and being open to interruption makes tasks take longer and produces lower quality results. For effective professional productivity you need to focus. Personally, I’ve found my brain distracts itself by continually thinking of new ideas […]

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