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Top 10 Time-Saving Hacks for the Office

#1 - Reopen closed browser tabs: Control + Shift + T (Command + Shift + T on a Mac)

This will save you endless times when you accidentally close your browser. Restore your entire session with this simple keyboard shortcut and let your colleagues know too – they’ll be thanking you before long, trust me!


#2 – Outsource your network and device management

Outsourcing isn’t what it used to be: it no longer means call centres in far-flung corners of the world or dealing with people who know nothing about your business. AAG’s network monitoring platform, powered by Autotask, deals with all the day-to-day incident fixes, patches and updates your network needs, leaving you free to…


#3 – Create a task list

You can do this in Microsoft Outlook, on a post-it note or in coloured pens if that’s what you respond to. Before you leave work each evening, write a list of the things you need to do the following day. Prioritise it first thing in the morning and enjoy the sense of satisfaction you get from ticking things off.


#4 - Toggle between open programs: Alt + Tab (Command + Tab on a Mac)

No longer will you have to faff around with your mouse when you want to switch between your browser, email and Word!


#5 – Save the best for last

You know that onerous, but hugely important task you’ve been putting off? Get it done as soon as you get into the office (and have a coffee in your hand). This approach not only saves you from dreading it for the entire day, but you’ll get a massive sense of relief once it’s done that will make the remaining hours far more enjoyable and productive!


#6 – Use the phone/your legs

Instant messengers and email are great, no doubt about it. But sometimes you can spend hours back-and-forth when a simple phone call or visit to a colleague’s desk would have got you an answer in seconds. It can be nice to have some genuine human interaction now and again (even we think that, and we work in IT).


#7 – You make the rules

Outlook Rules can be a lifesaver, particularly if you subscribe to the ‘Zero Inbox’ school of thought. You can create rules to place emails from a particular person or on a certain topic straight into a different folder, helping you keep track of things without becoming a slave to your inbox.


#8 – Use the Cloud

If there’s one thing that will save you crazy amounts of time and frustration, it’s using the Cloud to store your files. How many times have you emailed yourself a document you need on a different device? Or could really do with reading that whitepaper your boss sent you (that just happens to be on your desktop whilst you’re on the train)? The Cloud can eliminate all of those problems and more by storing your files safely and securely in one place. Look out for our cheat’s guide to understanding the Cloud which you can sign up for [here].


#9 – Calendar sharing

Using Microsoft Exchange Server or Office 365, planning meetings has never been so easy. By sharing your calendar with your colleagues and vice versa, scheduling conflicts can be a thing of the past (finally)!


#10 - The Golden Rule – Saying ‘NO’!

Don’t be just another yes man. If you’re asked to do something, first ask yourself: ‘do I have the time to do this? Will it bring my company closer to its goals?’ If it’s a no, then don’t do the work – it sounds like you have better things to be doing with your time.

Brexit: how does it affect my business?

Brexit. The one word guaranteed to generate a significant reaction – positive or negative – from about 98% of the British population.

It has created uncertainty for many on a personal level but even more so from a business perspective. Whichever way you voted, what positives can you take from Brexit? How can you make it work in favour of your business?

If your business is in law, contract negotiation, consultancy or accountancy, you’re onto a winner.

Brexit and its impact on the business world are not going anywhere anytime soon, as demonstrated by KPMG’s appointment of Karen Briggs, Head of Brexit, to their senior leadership team. They are harnessing the uncertainty that Brexit has created and using it to positively influence their business. This approach can work particularly well if you work in the legal, consultancy, contract negotiation or accountancy sector, as every UK and European business is clamouring for an insight into how Brexit will affect them and what to do about it. Becoming an expert in your field is never a bad thing, so add a good understanding of Brexit into your armoury and watch the new business roll in.

Exporters can become winners

If your business exports goods from the UK, due to the weaker Sterling you’ll suddenly find yourself able to trade more cheaply whilst boosting profit margins. This will make you a more attractive option for overseas buyers – make the most of it whilst the pound is down!

We have two years of uncertainty – and free, unfettered trade with the EU

In simple terms, we haven’t left yet. Article 50 is yet to be triggered – and new PM Teresa May has said she won’t hit the proverbial button until the UK’s approach to Brexit has been decided. This means UK businesses can still take full advantage of EU trade and subsidies. Yes our imports have already been affected by the downturn in the Sterling, but otherwise we can continue to trade as normal for the time being.

We have time to adjust – and to think positively

If we’d been unceremoniously kicked out of the EU; if Article 50 had been triggered on June 24th; if Johnson had become PM: potentially we would be having a tougher time of it right now. The good news is that we know it’s going to take some time for the UK to extricate itself from its marriage with the EU, so we all have time to prepare accordingly. That also gives us the benefit of time to pick our jaws off the floor, archive any rants on social media, and screw on our positive heads for our soon-to-be state of independence. It’s happening whether we like it or not and there’s no doubt that confidence – or lack thereof – has the potential to influence global economies in a big way. With change comes opportunity; it’s our responsibility as UK businesses with our best interests at heart to make it work for us, individually and collectively.