I must have been living in the dark ages before I came to JP Marketing. I’ve learned a lot of cool tips and tricks from the crew over the past five months that have made my life so much easier. I’ve always thought of myself as pretty tech savvy. Lo and behold, I am one of the least tech savvy people in our office. But, I’m not too proud to admit it because these tips and tricks are seriously game changers. If you’re not using them already, you should be!
HiddenMe is a gem for those who have a cluttered desktop screen. Hey, no shame, because that’s me. In between my bi-weekly desktop clean up, my desktop screen is bursting at the seams with files I haven’t sorted yet. HiddenMe is an app that you can download to hide your desktop icons. Simply click “Hide Desktop Icons” and BAM, they disappear. Need to find something really quick? Don’t worry, all you need to do is click “Show Desktop Icons.” This one is only for Mac users, however. Download it and let me know what you think, because I think it’s magic.
If only I knew of Canva when I was going through school my projects would have looked stellar! It’s well known that I’m not a graphic designer, but Canva lets you make posters, graphics, and presentations with free (some paid) pre-designed templates. It is a great tool to add a little flare or curb appeal to an existing project. There are some limitations, but overall most items are free and allow you to create some neat stuff! Pictured above is one of my most recent designs.
Photo via Evernote
The key to success is always taking good notes. As an account manager, I am the hub for client information and the keeper of all of the details from a meeting, either with a client or internally. Evernote allows me to keep all my notes in one place, in a readily accessible digital space. I can also easily share notes with others on Evernote or send links to those to view that don’t have it. Another perk — I can access the notes from anywhere, on my phone, tablet or computer. Note taking has never been so easy-peasy!
When you’re traveling, whether it be for business or fun, chances are you’re going to be checking in on work every once in awhile. For me, it can be a pain point because when I am traveling abroad and need to communicate with my team and clients, the time zone translation can be difficult. Google Calendar comes in clutch for me because appointments automatically update to your local time.
You can set your timezone calendar on Google. Even better, you don’t have to apply the timezone to all of your calendars. When I was traveling through Mexico, I could be on my work calendar and see California time, and when I was out and about exploring the cities, I could use my personal calendar that reflected the time zone I was currently in. You can find instructions on how to manage your time zones here Google Calendar in Different Time Zones. If you’re not using Google Calendar, what are you waiting for?
You’re never too old learn and I absolutely love Lynda.com. It is one of the coolest websites because it has an impressive library of online tutorials and classes to learn a new craft in the business world. The website does require a subscription but has endless pages of knowledge that can relate to any industry. This is a great way to improve skills in the workplace or even a more productive alternative to Netflix and chill.
Alright, I have an iPhone and I am guilty of not quite knowing all of its amazing features. I feel like I should have known about AirDrop and how to use it a long time ago, but I didn’t. There has to be others like me, so here’s a pro-tip. If you’re consistently working from multiple devices and want a quicker way to get a picture or video from your phone to your computer, AirDrop is a great tool for sending large files that usually struggle to be sent via email.
If you have a Mac and an iPhone, on your computer go to the Finder and select Go on the menu bar at the top of the screen. Under Go, click AirDrop to turn the feature on. Next, you’ll want to turn AirDrop on for your iPhone. You can pair the phone and computer and share files between the devices. You can do this with other coworkers, family and friends who have Apple devices.
What are favorite tips and tricks you like to share with the newest people in your office? Share them in the comments below, because I’m always open to new ones!