Everywhere you look there’s yet another small to medium business (SMB) adopting Office 365. Microsoft provides every incentive to ease your company into its cloud-based office suite. Instructional videos, phone support, installation guide – your transition to Office 365 will be met with hand-holding all along the way.
But the environment you get isn’t necessarily foolproof. The large part of the cost and time of administration is tied up in common security measures: managing group admission, pruning users, creating security policies and ensuring users have access to network resources. Office 365 moves these tasks to the cloud, but doesn’t necessarily make them easier for users.
Entrepreneurs, this installment of the #ProductivityGiants is for you – we speak to Patrick J McGinnis, New York City resident, venture capitalist and private equity investor. After a decade on Wall Street, Patrick founded Dirigo Advisors in order to provide strategic advice to entrepreneurs, investors, and fast growing startups. He’s built a diverse portfolio of investments, including in companies such as beauty site ipsy, smart luggage company Bluesmart, and Afiniti, a big data company focused on the call center industry.
Apple’s iPhone and iPad have changed the mobile working landscape. Nowadays, we can do just about anything on our phones and tablets, from checking email to updating spreadsheets to taking video conference calls.
However, mobile technology still seems primitive when it comes to productivity. It’s often seen as clunky to multitask and manage files on iOS and other mobile platforms—especially when compared to desktop Windows or macOS machines.
But that doesn’t have to be the case. In fact, using an iOS device can actually be more intuitive than your laptop Mac or PC when performing some tasks on the go. You just need to know how to use them to their fullest.
Do you consider yourself an overachiever? If so, you might be the perfect candidate for Lifehack Bootcamp, an elite program geared towards teaching eager professionals the recipes to maximize their energy, time, and results.
Started by self-proclaimed overachievers Demir and Carey Bentley, the program totes the tagline “The Future of Productivity is Here.” Once in the bootcamp, you can learn various productivity techniques, including time mastery and how to design the life you really want.
Whether you work alone in a home office or in an open office plan with hundreds of other people, keeping your workspace organized is key to optimal performance. An organized work environment nurtures morale for everyone who uses the space, and adds a sense of professionalism to the business. It also helps keep you efficient—which lets you leave that organized space sooner and go do the other things you feel like doing.
David Kadavy became a writer by accident. A product designer by trade, David realized his love for writing and decided to focus on that pursuit. He’s now the author of two books – Design for Hackers and The Heart to Start.
He also hosts a podcast called Love Your Work, where he interviews entrepreneurs and creators including Jason Fried, Dan Ariely, James Altucher, Ryan Holiday, Laura Roeder, Noah Kagan, and many more.