Getting Things Done: The Productivity Minute #20: Is Organization Genetic or Environmental?

Are we born organized and productive, or are these learned traits? Laura Stack, The Productivity Pro(R), discusses this question. (C) 2009 Laura Stack. All rights reserved. … [Read more...]

Microsoft Email: Preview Laura’s Outlook Training

Microsoft Outlook Virtual Training Products: This isn’t just computer training. It’s real-world, reality-based workflow processing that helps you actually be MORE productive with Outlook, instead of wasting hours every day playing with it. I estimate most people know 10-20% of the capacities of Outlook. Even you Outlook experts will be shocked by what you don’t know you don’t know! Now you can see a preview of all ten modules from Laura Stack's Outlook training series! Visit us here to watch the previews and sign up for your training course: Take your office productivity to a whole new level with Outlook! … [Read more...]

Microsoft Email: Public Seminar in Denver with Laura Stack

Please make plans to join me for a public seminar in Denver on November 3 on “Advanced Outlook Tips and Tricks: Discover Little-Known Techniques for Managing Your Workflow.”    Are you buried by hundreds (or thousands!) of email messages and spend hours every day in your inbox? If you have a hard time keeping up with your email, attend this critical half day of training with me. I'm a Microsoft Certified Application Specialist (MCAS) in Outlook 2003 and 2007. I will demonstrate ADVANCED Outlook methods with my actual Outlook software and an LCD projector. This is not simple computer training—it is workflow processing—where you’ll learn to use Outlook to get more work done and increase your performance. Even Outlook “power users” will be amazed by how much they learn. NOTE: To reduce … [Read more...]

Microsoft Email: The Productivity Minute #18: Using Email Templates

Laura Stack talks about productivity with the Microsoft email program Outlook. Learn how to use signatures and email templates to save time and keystrokes. (C) 2009 Laura Stack. All rights reserved. … [Read more...]

Precision Social Media: Efficiency Strategies and Tactics

Precision Social Media: Efficiency Strategies and Tactics

When it comes to time management, social media can be a double-edged sword. On one hand, it can help you make connections and expand your professional network faster than ever before. On the other hand, you can dump countless hours into social networking sites and see little return on the investment. Here are five things you can start doing right away to help you use social media efficiently and productively: 1. Separate your business life from your personal life. Not only is this a good idea in terms of maintaining professionalism and not boring your friends, but it also has big implications for productivity. If you comingle your personal social networking with professional social networking, you are basically inviting your friends and family into your workday and your clients into … [Read more...]

Expert Chat: Digital Quicksand: Time-Draining Habits in a Web 2.0 World

Speaker: Laura Stack (SL: LauraStack Ghost) Laura Stack, MBA, CSP, is a personal productivity expert, author, and professional speaker. Where: Sun Campus in Second Life (SLURL: When: October 13, 2009 - 9am SLT / PT (check your local time) Topic: Digital Quicksand: Time-Draining Habits in a Web 2.0 World Businesses and individuals worldwide keep finding interesting ways to use social networks and other interactive online media to do some pretty amazing things – from building their brands to getting to know their customers. Like most technology, social networks and other social media tools are great resources but lousy masters. You could spend all day hopping around to different sites, updating your information, and connecting … [Read more...]

Office Productivity: August Edition of The Productivity Pro(R) Newsletter

The August edition of The Productivity Pro(R) Newsletter has been released. In the newsletter you will find tips on office productivity, Laura Stack's latest article on Greensizing for Productivity and more. To view the latest newsletter, visit The Productivity Pro(R) August 2009 Newsletter, and to have the newsletter delivered to your email inbox each month, subscribe here. This month's newsletter includes a special coupon code for Laura's streaming online learning library of Microsoft Outlook videos. Ten one-hour modules available for 2003 or 2007—includes detailed workbook with screen shots and step-by-step instructions. Here's what some folks had to say about the Microsoft Outlook Training: I just want to say that Laura was terrific, and I thoroughly enjoyed the hour presentation … [Read more...]

Personal Productivity: Why Greensizing is Productive

We all want to do our part to help the environment. But if you can give the Earth a break and increase your productivity at the same time, that’s a real no-brainer!  Luckily, a lot of the things you can do to help sustain the planet can help sustain your productivity as well.  Read on for tips on how to green-size your life and get more done at the same time. Use less paper.  About 80 percent of papers that are filed are never referenced again.  What a waste! A good solution? File less.  An even better solution?  Produce less paper to begin with.  That doesn’t mean you have to constantly inconvenience yourself or feel guilty about ever sheet that comes off the printer.  It just means you should think twice before you hit “print.” Do you really need a paper copy of that e-mail message or … [Read more...]

Online learning library of Microsoft Outlook training videos with Laura Stack

With email being such a huge productivity drain right now, I created a brand-new online video learning library to conduct Microsoft Outlook training virtually. (I am a Microsoft Certified Application Specialist in Outlook.)  The series includes ten 1-hour modules of online self-paced training. You can watch these streaming videos from the privacy of your own office, from anywhere in the world with an Internet connection. Each flash video includes a detailed workbook with screen shots, so you can repeat on your Outlook. Microsoft online video learning library with Laura Stack: Module 1: Customizing Your Outlook Module 2: Inbox/Outbox/Sent Items/Drafts Module 3: Tasks Module 4: Calendar Module 5: Notes and Journal Module 6: Contacts Module 7: Time Savers Module 8: Advanced E-mail … [Read more...]

Laura Stack receives the Microsoft Certified Application Specialist (MCAS) in Outlook 2007 credential

The Productivity Pro(R), Inc. is delighted to announce that Laura Stack has received the Microsoft Certified Application Specialist (MCAS) in Outlook 2007 credential.  A Microsoft Business Certification shows employers that you have the technical skills to solve real-world problems by using advanced features of Microsoft Office programs.  Not only did she pass, but the test administrator remarked that Laura's test results were the closest to a perfect score she had ever seen on the exam. The Microsoft Certified Application Specialist (MCAS) credential is a globally recognized standard that validates skills with using the 2007 Microsoft Office system and meets the demand for the most up-to-date skills on the latest technologies from Microsoft.  Candidates who successfully complete the … [Read more...]