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Task Batching For Maximum Focus

on June 18, 2019 No comments

We’ve all heard the phrase, work smarter not harder. We have also heard umpteen experts telling how to schedule our day and get the most work done during our workday but we rarely hear about batch scheduling our tasks for efficiency.

Task-batching is very similar to time blocking but takes the method a giant, more efficient step further.

Batching involves completing similar tasks in a scheduled block, avoiding the need for switching back and forth between skills and concentrations.

Research shows that task switching is hugely detrimental to productivity. When we change our focus, it can take, on average, 15-23 minutes for your brain to “catch up” and re-focus.

Depending on how many different types of tasks you have on your to-do list, that can really add up, leading to a tremendous amount of lost or otherwise wasted time.

For example, every Monday you might plan out your Facebook or Instagram feed for at least a week. So instead of thinking of something to post every morning, you only have to think about it once per week (and then  you don’t have to think about it again until next week!)

It works well because it keeps you focused on the task at hand. This can significantly lessen your struggle to think of things to post and it would take so much more time editing the posts day by day. But because you do them all at once, your attention is completely focused to easily create a week’s worth of content in an hour, for example.

This method is really the best way to make the most of your time.

Think of it like this. Your brain is like a computer with at least 30 tabs open and your brain is just jumping back and forth between ideas. But when you focus primarily on one task instead of 20 minutes on blogging, 30 minutes on Twitter, you get the point. You can focus and keep on task like never before.

Scheduling and batching is the best use of your time and will help you get so much more done! More time = more money.

How does your workweek look? Let me know in the comments if you have a similar structure to me, or if you have any other time-saving, productivity ideas!

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Windows Support Ends for Windows 7 & 8

on June 3, 2019 No comments

Windows Support Ends for Windows 7 & 8, in fact, it actually ended a while ago.

What does that mean to you? If you simply can not bear to learn Windows 10, I am here to tell you, in the most gentle way possible, that it’s time to get over it.

Windows 10 can be made to look more like Windows 7 or 8, and if you are like most end users, the software is not a radical change from previous Windows versions.

What it has changed is the level of protection it offers from the slew of new viruses and malware that crop up out in the world. If you don’t update your software and your servers with the latest version of operating systems, you are asking for trouble, plain and simple. We understand that man of the features other than virus and malware protection, are not ones you might be using if you aren’t working on a tablet or a touch screen computer.  But all the same, you need to make the change.

If you think we are being alarmists, you have decided to take your chances and not upgrade to Windows 10, just  take a look at what the Microsoft support page has to say:

An unsupported version of Windows will no longer receive software updates from Windows Update. These updates include security updates that can help protect your PC from harmful viruses, spyware, and other malicious software which can steal your personal information. Windows Update also installs the latest software updates to improve the reliability of Windows—such as new drivers for your hardware.

Will I still be able to use Windows after support ends?

Yes. If you continue to use an unsupported version of Windows, your PC will still work, but it will become more vulnerable to security risks and viruses. Your PC will continue to start and run, but you will no longer receive software updates, including security updates, from Microsoft.

For full details about the support policy, see the Microsoft Support Lifecycle Policy FAQ.”

We are happy to help you upgrade your software with you. Call us at Unified Technology Solutions for an appointment.

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Why Move Your Data To The Cloud?

on May 22, 2019 No comments

Why are so many businesses moving to the cloud? It’s because cloud computing increases efficiency, helps improve cash flow and offers many more benefits.

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Managed IT Services Offered by UTS

on December 13, 2018 No comments

 

Cloud Computing, Managed IT Services for Vero Beach Florida Area.The holidays are coming up fast. We are almost at the very end of what was, for many here in Vero Beach, one of the busiest and most productive in their company’s history. And we want to do that again next year. What about you?

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Making the Decision-VoIp Versus Landlines

on October 10, 2018 No comments

 

Landline versus VoIP phone system. Which one should you choose? It’s a difficult choice, but if we put in into perspective, it’s like choosing between a classic car and a newer one. A classic car has a history of performance, it’s a known entity. Business PBX systems have been around since forever. The issue is this, will they still be around as your company grows and expands? The answer is, probably not.

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Why Does Your Business Need A Computer Support Company?

on October 4, 2018 No comments

 

 

If you have ever watched  television sitcom, you would have learned that most people, men or women, make such a tangle out of plumbing, carpentry or electrical work the tradesman actually have to charge them more to fix what the homeowner tried to do in the first place. It’s no different in the tech industry.

I had a client ask me the other day, what is the most challenging thing about running an IT Support company. There are many challenges, and they are different depending upon which day you ask me, but the overall most difficult challenge is when clients try to do things themselves.

We offer computers and VoIp systems for sale, but we have clients who run out to the nearest big box store and grab the first computer they see off the shelf. It may not be powerful enough to run their proprietary software. It doesn’t come with Office, or an antivirus software which is compatable with their network. There are no printer drivers, the network and internet are not configured for their system. I can almost guarantee if they had called us in the first place we could have saved all of us a big bundle of aggravation and stress, not to mention that we probably could also have save them money.

Another is this. Configuring an entire network is not as easy as plugging in a couple of wires, clicking a few software choices and you’re off the to races. Configuring and efficient, high speed network is something we do day in and day out. We don’t have to guess where to plug what, and which software options to choose. Most of that is almost muscle memory for us by now. What could take someone without our training days to puzzle out, could literally take us hours. And it will be done properly.

One of the most important reasons to hire UTS is this. It could earn you money. You heard me right. If you  or your staff are working on installing a new computer system, you are not working on building, marketing or selling your products or services. When you aren’t selling, you aren’t bringing in revenue. It’s as simple as that.

 

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It’s Important To Have a Tech Plan For Your Buisness

on September 18, 2018 No comments

Do you have a tech plan for your business?  At Unified Technology Solutions we are happy,make that eager, to assist growing companies, or startup companies or companies of any shape and size, to create a workable, scalable technology plan. If you have ever read our blog or taken a look at our Facebook page, you already know that we advocate for working with IT professionals to configure your network, phone system, servers before you spend thousands of dollars on systems that may not be right for your computing needs.

We also help companies with Cloud Migration, anti virus software, security and mail servers. I think you probably get the idea by now, but some of you may still be skeptical. To help convince you, I would like to share an article I came across:

David Rabin, guest writer for entrepreneur.com

“1. Make a plan and map your milestones.

Startups and SMBs celebrate the drama of the business plan but can turn a blind eye to its corollary, the technology plan. Every good business plan needs a tech plan, too.

The best way to plan office technology is around business milestones. What infrastructure will you need when you reach 10 employees, or 100? Ten million in revenues, or $100 million? Technology use tracks closely with headcount and revenue generation. Both of these indices are a starting point to help project your future tech needs….

2. Recognize the strategic value.

Startups and small businesses generally focus on investors, customers and cash flow, and can often treat office tech as an afterthought, or simply an expense.

That won’t cut it in today’s hiring environment. More than half of millennials say office technology is important in deciding where they’ll work, according to a recent PwC study. In their personal lives, they’re used to investing their own money on really good tech — the latest phone, tablet or TV — so understandably they expect the same from their employers.

Office tech is a key strategic investment. It goes beyond functionality, as important as that is, and increasingly reflects the caliber of your brand, the appeal of your workplace, and whether your business is truly future-facing.

3. Benchmark against your physical space.

Real estate is usually a company’s greatest expense. The kind of space you have and how your people interact with it is the biggest factor in how you’ll be using technology both this week and next year.  Real estate is also more fluid today than ever, constantly transforming, with more variants than ever – everything from open floor plans, to telecommuting, to hoteling, which eliminates assigned seating and lets everyone just perch where they want.

Making a precise, in-depth inventory of your real estate needs is key. Does your floor plan have offices with doors? Is it mostly unassigned workstations? How many of your people telecommute? Whatever your footprint, you’ll need the right technology tools to deliver what your people actually use. Balancing real estate with IT is a tough trick, but the time spent cracking this part of the code will pay major dividends down the road.

4. Set some rules and follow them.

These days, most everyone is a technology expert, at least in terms of what they know and like. Every company has one person or more who can’t live without their personal laptop and expect the company’s network to configure around it. There’s a fine line, however, between flexibility and dysfunction.

Big companies have IT standards for a reason – it’s unmanageable without them. Small companies that delay implementing standards run the risk of becoming franken-techs. The monitors bought on eBay, the laptop on sale at Best Buy, may make sense at the time but can add up to compromised performance. When it’s time to scale, you’ll likely have to rip out the gear that once seemed such a good value and start over…”

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To read the rest of the post, head on over to https://www.entrepreneur.com/article/318641

 

 

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What Happens When You DON’T Let Windows Update Your Software

on August 7, 2018 No comments

Admit it. You don’t always let your operating system perform it’s regularly scheduled updates. You may even be slow in moving from one software version up to the next one. We all get comfortable with what we have, it’s a human trait, but to neglect updates on software is not only wrong, it’s down right dangerous for your data!

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Business Computers

on June 20, 2018 No comments

Unified Technology Solutions is your GO TO Vendor for the purchase of desktops, laptops and servers you need to keep your business running. We have been around for several years now and you can ask anyone who has worked with us if we know our tech. They will say yes.

I would like to let you in on a little secret though. We also sell computers, phone systems and servers  to businesses. In fact, we are always just a little worried when we have to try to set up and entire network from with someone’s off the shelf computers.

It’s important to know that while the big box stores may have a few models of different brands of computers on their shelves, not all of those computers are configured to serve you well over time. Business owners are often tempted to buy the most economical systems when they are on the hunt for a desktop or laptop, but purchasing a computer that can’t take the wear and tear of a device which is being used all day every day can be a waste of your valuable funds.

Purchasing a computer that can take the punishment and can be upgraded or repaired as things wear out, and have the computing power to handle the business software which is so important to running your company is something we understand. Please, give us a call before you head out to purchase any electronics for your business.

What else is it that we do besides sell computers or repair your broken PC’s? Well, we have our Help Desk services you can sign up for, so that when there is a system problem help is there to walk you through the problem.

UTS has great network support as well. If you need more computing power to run your network, we have servers which can take care of that. We are your business computer company here in Vero Beach and the surrounding cities. We also set up the all important back up and can move much of your data storage to the Cloud. VoIp phone systems are another tool we can use to make your operation run smoothly.

Give us a call..let’a have a talk about your business computing needs..

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New Ways To Use Technology?

on May 24, 2018 No comments

Back in the olden days, when I attended college, you could go to class or you could take courses online. Rarely did the two intersect. Which I always thought was a shame, because there are so many more productive ways to use technology, and sitting, listening to a lecture was sometimes less than stimulating.

I was looking for a timely topic for this week’s post and came across this article from CNBC. The Title intrigued me, Five things Today’s Leading Businesses Can Learn From Universities. The article addressed the subject of how to engage millenials, the need for companies to integrate sustainability into their corporate culture and environment, but it’s the third point that caught my eye. I think this is brilliant.

“3. Technology

“Third, is using technology to enable lifelong learning and talent development,” says Thomas.

One way in which colleges are leveraging new technology is by having students listen to lectures online so that they can participate in hands-on or discussion-based activities in class. “A number of universities have started to engage in something called ‘flipping the classroom,”‘ he says.

He argues that leveraging technology in this way is more productive and efficient, but required colleges to totally re-think how they educate students. Reinventions like these could allow companies to train and retrain their employees more efficiently says Thomas.

Tim Quinlan, Director of Digital Platform for Learning at Intel agrees. “If you’re not learning you’re dying,” he says. That’s why employees at companies like Intel and Tesla use online learning platforms likeDegreedEdX and Khan Academy to learn new skills and stay up to date on the newest developments in their fields.

The idea of being able to “attend” the classroom lectures online instead of in a classroom appeals to me. You’re not sitting next to someone who is scribbling notes furiously, or tapping their pencil, you are in your own area, comfortable, with hopefully few distractions. If the lectures are recorded, which I assume they are, then if you are confused about a certain point, or you have missed something, you can go back and review. I love that.

Then, in the actual class there is time for an exchange of ideas, of sharing and creating a better understanding of the subject matter.

I think this could also be very productive in business. Instead of sitting through 30 minutes of Power Point Presentations in a conference room, perhaps the Power Point, or whatever type of presentation, could happen earlier and the meeting could be shorter with talking points already formulated by the attendees.

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Original post by  / https://www.cnbc.com/2017/11/20/5-things-todays-leading-businesses-can-learn-from-universities.html

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