Erik’s Editorial Corner

erik_barnshawHow can I organize my email better? Is there a way to set up an electronic calendar and reminders? How do I get my signature to automatically print at the bottom of all of my emails?

I get these kinds of questions quite often and my answer is always Microsoft Outlook. I have been using this program for the last 13 years and it really helps me keep everything organized, in one place. The 2010 version started using the ribbon concept, which lays out all of your options along the top of your screen, broken into basic categories like Send/Receive, Folder, and View.

It’s fantastic to have the ability to customize your own shortcuts or just use the recommended options. This is all still in addition to the control panel on the left side of your screen, which give you access to your Calendar, Contacts, Inbox, Personal Folders, etc. The good news is you can do as little or as much as you would like with this program.

I’ve always found the key to keeping my business (and my life) running smoothly, is staying organized. Especially when I’m getting ready to take on a big project, the best thing I can do for myself is to take a few minutes to write down a few rough notes on goals, budgets, and how I’m going to accomplish what I set out to do. These few extra minutes in the beginning, save me countless hours in the end.

Thanks for your business and make it a great day!

Warm Regards,
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