I absolutely love this commercial where the kid explains why it is better to be able to shoot two lasers out of both eyes, rather than just one laser out of one eye! Hilarious.
When it comes to executing projects and tasks….better is just…well…better. I’ve discovered that I can be very fast and effective if I take the time to learn the useful shortcuts, options and settings, and back-door solutions of the tools I am using. Conversely, when I really need to get something done fast…that is a bad time to learn a new one! Interestingly, there is a sense of muscle memory when it comes to pushing a task or project across a deadline…and this is a cultivated skill.
Can you “gear up” when tasks need to be pushed across the finish line? Can you:
- Quickly alt-tab between windows, and use the keyboard to rapid fire cut & paste rather than using the mouse?
- Understand how to change settings on that complicated printer in the workroom to print, scan, re-size, make booklets, and then clear the jam when everyone else runs for cover?
- Create Pivot-tables in EXCEL when you need a complicated analysis in minutes?
- Pull data across different apps to scrub the data when needed? (e.g. drag EXCEL data into WORD to use the search and replace function)
- Call 40 people on your team while doing all these shortcuts?
This is just a silly little list that helps me in my world…I am sure that you have your own. The point of today’s post is to intentionally get good and fast at your job. Sometimes, when the heat is on….we need a million tips and tricks at our fingertips to attack our crazy task list.
And, if you are this person…do you share your shortcuts with others so they can improve, too?
Thanks for listening.