Ten minutes of additional productivity in an average work day does not seem like much in the big scheme of things. But over time, 10 such minutes per day could be worth a lot to you and your business! Over a 20 year period, an employee making $20 an hour, who manages to produce 10 additional minutes of work each day, would create a savings of more than $16K for his employer. Wow! Now that is an attention getter.

Such a scenario is actually possible by simply adopting small improvements in productivity. And believe it or not, the computer keyboard is a great place to start! For example, how often do you or your employees click 3, 4, or more times to access information which could be accessed with a keyboard shortcut? Sounds too simplistic to matter? Not so; in the long-term, the cumulative effect of implementing a number of keyboard shortcuts can yield savings in both time and money.

How can you improve efficiency? Begin by adopting a few small changes like these:

  1. Select Everything – Ctrl+A – Highlights everything in a window. Then you can Copy (Ctrl+C) or Cut (Ctrl+X).
  2. Print – Do you print multiple items each day to the same printer? Print (Ctrl+P) can make quick work of this without even taking one hand off the keyboard.
  3. Switch Between Two Windows – Do you find yourself clicking between two most recently viewed windows? Switch (Alt+Tab) will make quick work of this.
  4. Show The Desktop – To Show the desktop press Windows logo key+D. Repeat the action to restore view.

What actions do you perform most frequently? Search for “keyboard shortcuts” for that action. By the way, some of these commands will work on a Mac by using the Command key instead of the Ctrl key.

Many Windows shortcuts can be found here: http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/windows7/Keyboard-shortcuts

Mac shortcuts can be found here: http://support.apple.com/kb/HT1343

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