Blog Archives

How Can the Eat That Frog Method Help Me? Finding Power Through Productivity

frog vector silhouette

In the third installment of the “Finding Power Through Productivity” blog series, I decided to figure out if the “Eat That Frog” productivity method is a good fit for me. Read on to discover the pros and cons of the method and see if you’re interested in trying it (and learn about where in the WORLD the name “Eat That Frog” comes from!) And, if you find yourself wanting

5 Time-Saving Tips You Didn’t Know About Excel

I sat down with Stephanie Chastain, CPE’s Excel Trainer, to learn more about Excel and its functionality. Stephanie brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise to CPE, having been an IT trainer for 25 years. Check out five helpful, time-saving Excel tips that Stephanie has found most students don’t know before starting Excel training. TIP #1: USE THE AUTOFILL HANDLE TO AUTOMATICALLY NUMBER EACH LINE. Excel is often used

How Can the Flowtime Technique Help Me? Finding Power Through Productivity

man typing on computer keyboard with one hand and holding black coffee in the other

In my previous “Finding Power Through Productivity” blog, I wrote about my experience trying out the Pomodoro Technique. To continue finding the best productivity solution for me, I decided to try out the Flowtime Technique. I’ll share the pros and cons of the method, how it compares to the Pomodoro Technique, and the overall effectiveness of the method. What is the Flowtime Technique? The Flowtime Technique is similar to

How Can the Pomodoro Technique Help Me? Finding Power Through Productivity

a tomato timer sitting between a black laptop and a to do list

We live in a world full of options: Do I want Chick-Fil-A or Zaxby’s for dinner? Should we take the kids bowling or to play mini-golf? When trying to be more productive at work, should I use the Eat That Frog! method or The Flowtime Technique? In my new blog series, “Finding Power Through Productivity,” I’ll play the role of “productivity method critic.” Throughout the next few months, I’ll

Quick Excel Tips & Tricks: Part 3

female working at her laptop

In the last installment of “Quick Excel Tips & Tricks,” Stephanie taught the webinar participants “How to be an Excel Secret Agent.” From protecting worksheets to hiding information in spreadsheets, Stephanie gave the scoop on how to finesse your way around an Excel workbook. Note: Remember there are several ways to do the tricks Stephanie mentions, but she shares the way(s) that she finds to be easiest. Also, remember

Quick Excel Tips & Tricks: Part 2

In the second installment of Stephanie Chastain’s “Quick Excel Tips & Tricks” webinar, she shared with us how to create fun spreadsheet additions. Check out my step-by-step guide on Stephanie’s “Easter Egg” tricks, and learn about topics like changing grid line colors and transforming the shape of comments in Excel! SESSION 2 TABLE OF CONTENTS CHANGING LINE COLORS Changing Gridline Colors Changing Border Colors USING COMMENTS Adding a Comment

Quick Excel Tips & Tricks: Part 1

African-American female typing on a white laptop

Have you ever struggled with knowing how to use Excel to enhance your workflow? Stephanie Chastain, CPE’s Excel instructor, joined us for Workstation and shared tips that will help you increase efficiency and have a better overall understanding of Excel. I have broken down the tips she shared into a series of blogs with easy-to-follow steps, and you can use the timestamps I included to follow along with the

The Power of Routine While Working Remotely

a cup of coffee, a planner, and a bagel

I recall how, as a kid, my mother was INSISTENT I do my homework and go to bed at the same time every day. At the time, I couldn’t understand why I wasn’t allowed to make my own decisions about my day-to-day schedule; after all, I was eight years old and had an OVERFLOWING amount of wisdom. However, my mom understood that routine was important for me for several

8 Productivity Apps to Help You Focus While Working Remotely

woman typing on a laptop

With the surge in remote work, many workers are finding themselves struggling to be productive while working from home. If you have a harder time focusing in a home office environment, you are not alone; I find myself struggling to focus, at times, with distractions that arise only when working at home! I want to share eight of my favorite productivity apps that will help you stay focused, finish