I’m all for saving time, especially when you have to get something done that is tedious or downright boring. Heck, even when the work is fun or interesting, you can use that extra time to watch a favorite show that you recorded two weeks ago and haven’t had time to watch, or take a leisurely bubble-bath instead the usual three-minute shower.

Recently, an e-zine to which I subscribe sent out a brief article about keyboard shortcuts.  It got me thinking about all kinds of shortcuts.  So, here are a few of my favorites.  Put your feet up on your desk, and try a few.

Fast and Easy Templates

Some projects are repetitive. For example, I have several clients for whom I create the same or similar documents — only with updated information — every week or month. A great way to save time is to design the format of such documents once and then use that as a template.  The quickest way to do this is to open the document you designed and then click File > Save As (or the equivalent operation in whatever software you’re using) and give the document an updated name. Then, all you have to do is go in and change the information.  TA DA!  But be careful — make sure that you change everything in the document that needs to be updated — read through it thoroughly.   Continue reading