7 TIPS TO BECOME MORE PRODUCTIVE

Evette

Evette

Passionate Information Technology Customer Support Specialist Student at Milwaukee Area Technical College
Motivated and determined Information Technology Customer Support student with an anticipated graduation date of Spring 2018.
Evette
The online dictionary defines productivity as: “the effectiveness of productive effort, especially in industry, as measured in terms of the rate of output per unit of input.”  Yeah right!?  The kids are creating abstract art by painting the walls with ketchup and mustard… Your sister is distressed and is looking to you for support (or just a reassuring ear) because mom keeps calling her shallow because she is always posting selfies… The family rallies together to demand a meal better than “ramen noodles with your choice of toppings”… You have already flipped your socks inside out – laundry must be done … and still you need five more pages to submit an assignment which is due in 83 minutes.  There is no energy drink that can help you now!!!!  How do an individual become productive?  If you read between the lines, the person I just described is productive.. Or is she?  If your answer is “she is not productive,” then you are correct!  In the above scenario, there is nothing getting done, she is skating by on activities and duties which needs her attention.  And, more than likely, she will have an ulcer due to stress in little or no time.  Productivity is a broad term.  You can be productive at school, or home, or work.  But, how does an individual obtain a holistic realm of productivity.  Below are 7 tips to help you become more productive: Make a to-do list (tackle to tough items on your agenda first) Decide how much time you need or want to spend on each goal (time management) Avoid addictive time wasting activities...

How to train users after new system was implemented at work

The most difficult part of implementing a new software is employee participation. Many employees will not want to get used to the change of workflow caused by the new software. It’s best to make a plan to determine if you will introduce the software to the entire organization as a whole or if you will break it down by department. I recommend introducing it to the organization then engaging with the software by department to tailor it to the needs of the staff. Once you develop an approach to implement the new software, you will need to set training goals. The training goals should include a deadline to prevent loss in productivity and work flow processes. During the planning process you should also complete a needs assessment to avoid training on parts of the software that are not relevant to your company or team. Overloading the trainees with information they won’t use for work can cause confusion and slow down productivity during the transition. Implementing the New Software Once you have a solid plan that includes training, realistic time frames and deadlines and training goals you can begin to implement the new software to staff. You will first want to remind them why the need for new software because most of the staff will be resistant to the change. Many people usually fine with the way things are at work and don’t want to feel like they have more work to do. Once you give them the why you will need to explain the what. What part of my job will this new software affect? They will need an...

How to share information in online meeting

So I’m going to be teaching you, well showing you how to share information in a online meeting using Google hangouts. So first things first you will need A google account for starters, a computer, tablet or smart phone with internet access. Also wherever WiFi permits. You will also need a webcam with a microphone, speakers/headphones and also google video chat plug-in and to use audio/video conferencing services. so getting started you have to go the site https://hangouts.google.com and/or start a hangout its in the upper right of your google+ screen. Then you will open the start a hangout window and you can choose or select people in your google+ circles and you can add participants by name which will also reference their google account or email address. Then you’ll need to name your hangout. so once they click join hangout a separate window will appear where they’ll have to click join again to confirm. and if they are already signed in the process will go quicker. So pretty much by clicking hangout will take them to hangout window and a chime will sound on your system signifying the connection had been established. so that’s pretty much it its all real simple and basic. But you can invite people, chat, screen-share, google drive and google effects. there is a lot of things and other services you are available too. This is as deep as this can without copying someone else work this is the best way i can explain how to share information with someone online. Well i have another way of sharing things and that’s One Note 2016...

Keeping calm for finals week

Marie Idzikowski
Marie Idzikowski

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I saw this article on the vsuspectator.com website, and have been trying to adhere to it as much as possible. I actually printed a copy and posted it on my bedroom wall, kitchen fridge, and inside my laptop case, as reminders. I hope this will also help some of you as well. Plan your time One of the best and most helpful ways is to master the art of time management. There is nothing worse than to realize you have a ten page paper due the next day or five quizzes you just remembered that need to be taken. Procrastination is one of the worst things you can do to yourself during finals time. Planning out your assignments for each week should do wonders on those stress levels. This way you can do one small task at a time throughout the week. The last minutes occurrences and the quality of your work will improve with this method. Get to bed Whatever you do, don’t pull an all-nighter, especially during finals week. They just don’t work. Sure, you get tons of last minute work done, but at the cost of a sleepless night? Sleep deprivation does not improve work, it makes it look sloppy, and professors can usually tell when something was done the night before. And on top of all that, the stress on your body after not getting any sleep is more harmful than good. Our bodies need sleep to stay functional, and a sleepless night actually puts ore stress on your body. Start a study group Starting up a study group with friends and classmates can also...

MATC IT Recruitment Showcase at Downtown Campus – Demonstrate your skills to get hired – April 20, 2017

Vadim Mikhailenko

Vadim Mikhailenko

MATC IT Computer Support Program Instructor at Milwaukee Area Technical College
Vadim is a pasionate IT instructor with 20 years of experience. He loves sharing his knowledge and makes students his top priority.
Vadim Mikhailenko
  This is your opportunity to highlight your personal experience, skills and accomplishments to area businesses who are looking to hire! Mark your calendar: Thursday, April 20, 2017 Milwaukee Campus Room M605 Time: 4:00PM-7:00PM Unlike the traditional “job fair,” this format is designed to facilitate engagement, and give you an opportunity to stand apart from other job seekers.   Download student packet for additional information: 2017 IT Recruitment Showcase Student Packet   Pictures below are from the 2016 “We’ve Got Top IT Talent” Showcase:   2017 MATC IT Recruitment Showcase - April-20-2017_ 4p-7p Downtown Campus (1) Every 20 minutes students have an opportunity to make a presentation for employers at the 2016 “We’ve Got Top IT Talent”...

How to Deal With Negative Thoughts and Emotions

Depression, Anxiety, Self-Loathing.  Did I get your attention?  These emotions are something everyone encounters on an almost daily basis.  Some deal with it consistently, every day, all day.  I need to preface this by saying dealing with these thoughts is remarkably easier said than done, I know from personal experience.  Let’s start with a little anecdote.  Throughout high school, I found myself in a pretty dark place.  Now, when I say dark place, I don’t mean take I was contemplating drastic measures to fix them.  I mean lackadaisical work ethic, no motivation or ambition, the feeling of impending failure do to my poor outlook on myself and everyone around me.  I was a cynical teenager, and in all honesty I’m still a pretty cynical 21 year old now.  Battling the negative thoughts that plagued my conscious was definitely an uphill battle, but I’m going to provide some insight as to how I exactly did it. Keep An Objective Mindset When attempting to deal with negative thoughts, it’s really easy to fall down the never-ending rabbit hole of negativity.  Looking at things in an objective manner keeps a realistic perspective on the issues at hand.  This thought process can be very detrimental as well though, and if you find yourself feeling even more troubled from these thoughts you should seek additional help.  Even if you resort to getting help from a third-party, they’re going to influence you to keep an objective mindset.  This will help prevent things being blown out of proportion, and to stay reasonable. Develop a Healthy Hobby I run, a lot.  Finding an organic way to alleviate...