I recently read an interesting piece of advice (here’s a link to the post) about a unique way to save time. In short, he suggests that you hire someone who is knowledgeable about computers to sit down and watch you work for an hour. At the end of that time, they will give 5 suggestions on ways you could save time.
While I realize that’s not possible for everyone, it highlights a good point: We spend so much time in front of computers, that even a few small tips could drastically improve productivity. Perhaps a more feasible idea is this: What if your company offered a basic computer class to teach employees how to use their computers safer and more efficiently? While I’m sure some companies already offer something like this, it’s worth thinking about if you don’t. One short class could improve productivity for years to come.
If you want a good place to start, here’s a couple of nice articles that I’m sure would help most people. First, here’s a list of keyboard shortcuts that everyone should know. It’s a good list, but I think a glaring omission is the “alt-tab” shortcut, which lets you toggle between open windows. Secondly, here’s a list of 15 things every pc user should know. It’s focused more on security, but there are some pretty good tips listed in there.
If you have any other tips that people should know, feel free to share them.