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7 Reasons Why You Should Switch to Office 2010

7 Reasons Why You Should Switch to Office 2010

Microsoft office is a very important tool and it is needed by almost every person who uses a computer. New versions of office are introduced with new features almost every year and each version comes with improved functionality.

If you want to work more efficiently then you should not hesitate to switch to the best softwares. Office 2010 is an excellent version to work on. It has a beautiful outlook. though that is not the only reason it is considered a good version, it offers a lot of functionalities that previous versions failed to offer.

Here are some of the reasons for switching to office 2010.

1. Advantages of the Ribbon:

This feature of office is easy to use and it was first introduced in the 2007 version of office. This feature is now included in all the applications of Microsoft office 2010, meaning they all have a similar look. This makes it easier for users to use all the applications as they have ta similar feel. If you are good at using one application you will find it easier to use the other applications as well.

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2. New things added to the Outlook:

Most of the improvements introduced in the 2010 version of office can be seen in the outlook. The new features have made it much faster and the experience has also improved. Now you do not have to sort through a lot of messages with the same subject present all over the inbox. The features allow you to read the email with the same subject as threads.

It will be easier to deal with all the emails from different senders about the same subject because they are listed in just a single message.

3. Social Connecting:

There is also a feature of the social connector and it helps in synchronizing all of the outlook contacts with the social networks. The feature also helps in providing an overview of the messages that you have shared with a specific contact.

It can support Myspace, Facebook, and LinkedIn. It is an excellent feature which allows you to keep in touch with contacts using different social platforms.

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4. Benefiting from the Quick Step Feature:

These are the actions which are pre-recorded in the operation which is used regularly. You can use this feature to save some messages. You can save the messages in a specific folder.

If you want to share the messages with someone, you can forward as well. It is a useful feature which gives you an opportunity to use the messages for whatever reason you want.

5. The exciting feature of PowerPivot:

It is one of the most exciting features. It is an additional feature for excel. It helps the users in developing a compelling and self-serving environment which allows the organization to improve the efficiency of operation.

This feature allows you to work with different data taken from different sources such as access databases, SQL databases etc. You can access and work with them with good speed and efficiency. The feature makes it easier to show large queries.

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6. Get all the essential information to backstage View:

If you want to access all the information regarding a document that you are working on, then all you need to do is to open backstage view. It allows you to share the document, customize its properties, and set printing properties and even encrypt it.

The backstage review offers an info view which will offer information of any document and allows you to set options like preparation for sharing, permissions and various versions of a file. The recent review will show all the files you are working on and it will also show the locations you have accessed.

There is a new view which offers an opportunity to start a new document and print view will allow you to prepare the document for printing. You can save the document and share it as well.

7. Feature of improved Media:

If you need to add pictures, videos or any other type of media, then office 2010 offers excellent improvements. It offers the feature of trimming the videos if they are too long. The SmartArt has also improved and designs have increased. It has new graphics which you can use to improve your documents. It allows you to design some excellent graphics in a professional manner.

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These are some of the features which make Office 2010 a much better option than the other office versions.

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Last Updated on September 20, 2018

How to Be Happy at Work and Find Fulfillment in Your Career

How to Be Happy at Work and Find Fulfillment in Your Career

If you’re going to spend 1/3 of our life at work, you should enjoy it, right?

Trust me, I know that’s easier said than done. Difficult coworkers, less-than-desirable tasks, or even just being in the wrong position can all lead to a lack of enjoyment and fulfillment in your work.

But what if I told you it doesn’t have to be this way? Or better yet, if you struggle with all of the above (and then some), what if I told you that enjoying your work and finding fulfillment regardless of those obstacles is possible?

Don’t believe me? I don’t blame you because I was there too. Before implementing the tips below, I struggled to get through each day, much less find real fulfillment, in the office. Now, even after the toughest days on the job, I still come away with feelings of pride, accomplishment, and fulfillment. The best news is, so can you.

If you’re ready to make those hours count and find happiness and fulfillment in the office, then read on to find out how to be happy at work and find fulfillment in your career:

1. Discover the root(s) of the problem

For this first step, we’ll need to think back to 8th-grade physics (humor me). We all know Newton’s 3rd law, “for every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction.” When you think about it, the same can be said outside of physics, and we see this law play out in our daily lives, day after day.

Simply put, all the issues we deal with in the office (and life in general) affect us in a noticeable way.

If you’re appreciated at work, like the work you do and receive frequent praise, promotions, or raises, then this will probably have an altogether positive effect on your life in the office.

But what if we reverse this? What if you feel under appreciated, get passed up for promotions, or get denied raises? This is sure to affect the way you feel at work on a negative level.

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So, before you can implement the steps of feeling happy and fulfilled at work, we first have to discover the reasons why you don’t feel that way already.

Think about it, write a list, or make a mental note. Run through all the reasons you’re dissatisfied in the office, and don’t hold back. Knowing the exact obstacles you’re facing will make overcoming them that much easier.

In fact, as a side-challenge to this article, I recommend picking the top three reasons contributing to your dissatisfaction at work and using the following tips to tackle them.

2. Practice gratitude for an instant uplift

Did you know the simple act of feeling grateful can increase your happiness and make you more fulfilled at work?[1]

Well, it’s true, and it’s scientifically proven.

Dr. Lisa Firestone notes that practicing gratitude “reminds us of what we lacked in the past.” Meaning, it serves as both a boost to happiness and a bit of a wake-up call that things have been or could be, much worse.

Trying to conjure up feelings of gratitude can seem almost impossible when your work situation seems bleak, but hear me out: There are incredibly easy ways to get started and it doesn’t involve trying to “force” yourself to feel grateful about things that stress you out.

For an instant pick-me-up, try this:

Find a loose piece of paper, a blank sticky note, or anything you can write on, be it physical or digital. List just three things that you are absolutely without-a-doubt thankful for in your life.

Now here’s the trick: Don’t just list what you’re grateful for, you have to list why you’re grateful for them, too.

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For example, simply saying “I’m grateful for my kids” will probably make you feel good, sure, but what if we could amplify the warm, fuzzy feeling into real, lasting motivation?

Instead, write the reason you’re so thankful for your children. Is it because they make you laugh and forget about other stressors? Or maybe they help to remind you of why you go to work every day in the first place?

Whatever your reasons may be, jot them down and keep your list somewhere you can see it while you work. A quick glance at your gratitude list throughout the day can provide powerful, positive motivation to keep going.

Bonus:

If you can find just three things to be thankful for that specifically relate to your job, and list why those things make you grateful, your list can also help you find fulfillment in your work itself which can give you an even bigger boost of positivity throughout the day.

3. Take meaningful time for yourself

We all know creating a strong work-life balance can be crucial to feeling satisfied in our jobs, but rarely do we ever address how we’re spending our time outside of work.

Many of us survive a 9-hour work day and commute home only to find ourselves busy with our personal to-do lists, running a household, and taking care of a child (or 2 or 3, and so on).

If you spend all your time working, whether in the office or within your household, you’re going to feel drained at some point. This is why setting meaningful time for yourself every day is highly important.

Look, I get it: I don’t know anyone in the working world who can shun all responsibility for a 3-movie marathon or happy hour with friends whenever they feel like it. But finding time for yourself, be it just 30 minutes to an hour, can really make a difference in how you feel at work.

This works because you’ll have time to actually relax and let the day’s stress melt away while you enjoy something just for you. The to-do lists and stressors will still be there after you’re refreshed and ready to tackle them.

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No time for me-time? Try this:

If you have a busy household, you’ll need to capitalize on a block of time you know will be completely uninterrupted. The easiest way to do this: try waking up 30 minutes to an hour earlier than usual (or push bedtime back an hour if you’re a night owl, like me) and take time to do something you enjoy.

This could be reading with a cup of tea, catching up on Facebook, spending time on a passion project—anything! As long as it’s meaningful to you, it works!

Bonus:

Starting your day with meaningful time for yourself can set you up to have a positive mood that lasts well into office hours, and having your me-time in the evening can give you something positive to look forward to during the day.

4. Get productive and feel accomplished

Don’t you just love the feeling of checking the last item off of a hefty to-do list? That’s because self-motivation can be a huge driver of positivity and success.

When we accomplish something, no matter how small, it makes us feel good, plain and simple. Applying this tactic to your daily work can be the motivator you need to find fulfillment during the daily office grind.

While there are tons of steps to get more done at work, I’ll share my personal favorite: Prioritizing.

Now, many people handle prioritizing differently. Some like to tackle the little tasks first so they can spend focused time on the big to-dos. Others like to knock out the big items first and get to the smaller ones when they can.

No matter which camp you’re in, you may be missing one crucial step: Time management.

So how’s this work? When you factor in the amount of time your priorities will take, it can transform your productivity ten-fold.

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Say you have three top priorities for the day. You might jump into the smaller ones or the bigger ones depending on your preferred method, and then find yourself out of time and bringing work home with you at the end of the day.

This is prevented when you factor in time. Knowing how long each item will take, or deliberately setting specific blocks of time for your priorities can help you accomplish more in the same 8-9 (or 12) hours that you typically spend at work.

Try this:

Take a look at your priorities and consider how long they should take. Pop into your Google calendar (or Filofax, whatever works for you) and schedule time to work on your priority items around any important meetings or events of the day.

The most important thing to remember is to stick to your dedicated time.

Often, when we know exactly how long we have to work on something (and honor this time limit), we’re motivated to get more done on time to avoid taking work home at the end of the day.

The bottom line

There’s no need to waste 1/3 of our lives feeling unsatisfied at work. Luckily, you now have the tools to get started, take back your time, and become happy and fulfilled at work again.

The only question is — which tip will you try first?

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Reference

[1]Psychology Today: The Healing Power of Gratitude

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