I must admit I am one of the many who tend to unconsciously think that the only way to grow professionally is through direct professional skill and knowledge building (books, training videos, etc…). As such I tend believe that I need to focus most of my time on such activities and thus feel guilty when I choose to spend my time on other activities instead. However the truth is that non-professional activities can be just as helpful in professional development as professional activities. Here are some non-professional activities that can help boost your professional skills.

Non-Work Activities To Improve Your Business Success.

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It is easy to waste or misuse time– we do it all the time. The problem is that when we waste or misuse time we are decreasing are ability to be more productive. The good news is there are many ways of increasing productivity and the great thing is that many productivity enhancing techniques are very simple to implement.  The following article highlights 8 ways, but the techniques available are only limited by your creativity.

70% of Time Could Be Used Better – How the Best CEOs Get the Most Out of Every Day.

Everyone knows that innovation is one of the keys to success in business; however the rapid technological advancements of our era means that innovation is even more important than in past times. New technology means new consumer trends and desires. Businesses need to stay on top of these technology changes and adapt to them if they wish to remain relevant among today’s consumers.

10 Tech Trends That Will Transform Your Industry.

LinkedIn is a powerful tool for professional networking. The problem is that there are many features and techniques that are not actively publicized by LinkedIn. This means that many people are not able to take full advantage of what LinkedIn has to offer.

Here are 22 LinkedIn “secrets” that will help you get more out of LinkedIn. I make use of many of these “secrets” to help me maximize my LinkedIn use and now you can maximize your use as well.

22 LinkedIn Secrets LinkedIn Won’t Tell You – Forbes.

Every aspect of business operation is becoming increasingly reliant on two things: technology and data analysis. This should not be surprising as businesses are constantly looking to improve processes. Technology and Data Analysis are both excellent means of improving processes, so it only makes sense that they will both become increasingly important.

Is Marketing now a Technology Function? | LinkedIn.

I do not have an iPad nor do I use Office 365 (though there is a free 30 day trial offer that would be worth trying if I did have an iPad), so I have not had a chance to test out the new app. From the reviews I have read though I think it is safe to conclude that this app is NOT for the hardcore Excel user. The reason for this is that a lot of the advanced features that make the desktop version of Excel a power-horse; such as VBA, pivot tables, conditional formatting, array formulas, and external data connections; are either not available or only readable (not creatable) on IOS. This means that the app is pretty much limited to data entry and basic calculations and data manipulation. As an on the go tool this app most likely will come in handy, but most users should not expect to give up their desktop versions of Excel.

 

That all being said I love innovation and the fact that Microsoft actually created something for an Apple IOS device. Also the fact that you can now create, store, and edit Word and PowerPoint documents on your iPad definitely adds value to the new app. If you have an iPad and Office 365 than I say you may as well at least try it out, and should you decide to here are some tips and tricks that will likely be useful.

Office for iPad: Tips and Tricks | IT PRO.

I have worked in both restrictive and in more entrepreneurial  styled environments and I have found that  a more entrepreneurial  styled environment, where employees are empowered rather than simply told what to do, does result in an increase of productivity, motivation, engagement, and work satisfaction among employees.

How to Increase Productivity, Motivation and Engagement From Your Top Employees | Entrepreneur.com.

These tips are pretty basic, but they are extremely useful. I use many of these Excel features on a regular basis. I have found that making use of all of the little features Excel has that one can gain a significant increase in productivity. Try them out and see if they help you.

10 handy tips for Microsoft Excel 2010