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Lifehack Presents: The Doit.im Mini User Guide

Lifehack Presents: The Doit.im Mini User Guide

There are a host of free task and project management applications on the web as well as for Android and iOS. But, Doit.im is a fully cross-platform application (Windows, Mac, Web, iOS, Android, and mobile web) that seems to fly under everyone’s radar even with its new interface and awesome features.

Here is a Mini Guide to using Doit.im to get things done.

Adding tasks

Getting your tasks into Doit.im is pretty easy, mostly becausethere are interfaces for both web and iOS/Android. That means you can add tasks quickly from anywhere.

On the web

    To add a task simply tap the Add task icon at the top left of the screen. The Add Task dialogue will appear. From here you can fill in your task details like it’s name, a brief description, whether it’s a next action, a deadline, a project, context, flag, tag, repeats, reminders, and even delegation to a contact.

      Of course, when collecting you may want to just do the infamous, “brain dump”, and then add these details later. You can do that by clicking on the Inbox selection on the left under the Collect heading. There, you can add tasks quickly by typing in the text box and hitting enter to add it to the list. You can also us the Smart Add Shortcuts for adding tags, projects, contexts, due dates, etc.

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      On your mobile device

      You can simply tap the big ol’ plus button at the bottom of the screen and enter your task information.

      You can fill in all of the task details if you want, but if you don’t, the task will go to your inbox for later processing.

      Process tasks

      Next, you need to process your tasks that you added to the inbox. You can make your tasks into projects, give them due dates, assign them contexts and tags, and even schedule them for next actions, someday/maybe, or waiting for. Before you do that we need to setup some contexts.

      On the web

        To add a new context click on the ‘+’ button on the bottom of the left sidebar and choose New Context. A dialogue will popup and you can add a new context like Online, Mac, PC, Phone, Office, etc. After you have added contexts, you can process your inbox by dragging them to the left sidebar on the appropriate context that they need to be completed in.

        You can also drag your inbox items to a different “focus”, like Today, Next, Tomorrow, Scheduled (which is actually done when you give them a due date), Someday, and Waiting. Once you drag your tasks from your Inbox to a new Focus, they will reside on that list and not be in your Inbox anymore.

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        On your mobile device

        Processing tasks on your iPhone or Android is a little less intuitive, but you can still have a go of it when you are on the go.

         

          To process a task that is in your Inbox go to the Inbox from the home screen, tap the task you want to process. You can easily move the task to a different Focus by tapping the Move To button at the top right of the screen and choosing a focus. If you want to change any of the details of the task like contexts, tags, project, etc., tap the Edit Task button at the bottom of the View Task screen.

          The only way to add new Contexts on your mobile is to create a next task, scroll down to the context option, tap it, scroll to the bottom of your contexts and tap the New Context button. Once you do that for one task though, the context will be available for all tasks.

          Dealing with projects

          One of the best features of Doit.im is the way what it supports grouping tasks by projects.

          On the web

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          To add a new project, click on the ‘+’ button at the bottom of the left sidebar and choose New Project…. From there you can fill in the project details and even give it a default context. After you have created your new project you will see it in the left sidebar under the Projects menu.

            To view a project, simply click on the project’s name in the Projects menu on the left sidebar. Here you will see all of the tasks that are related to the project, the ones that are marked as next, scheduled, someday, waiting, and even the completed and archived ones. To add a new task to the project you can drag the task from the inbox (or any other list) to the project in the left sidebar, or you can add a task with the Smart Add box at the top of the Project view screen (the same way you can add them to the inbox).

            Another way to add a project is to use the handy Convert to project button at the top of the Inbox. Simply highlight a task in your inbox and click the Convert to project button. The project will be added to the Projects list and you will be taken to the new project’s view.

            On your mobile device

              To create new projects on your mobile, on the Home screen tap Projects and then tap the ‘+’ button at the top right. From there you can enter the important details of the project.

              To view a project you can go to the Projects list and tap the project whose information you want to view. You can see all of the info that you can see on the web version, like you next actions, waiting fors, scheduled tasks etc. To add a new task, simply tap the huge “+” at the bottom of the screen to add a task directly to the current project’s next actions.

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              Filters and Grouping

              Another nice touch to Doit.im is the new Filters feature where you can filter your tasks and create other views (think Toodledo’s search feature and/or OmniFocus’s perspectives). Also, you can group your tasks in any way you see fit on almost any list. As of now Filters are not supported on the native iOS and Android clients.

              Filters on the web

                To add a new filter, click the Advanced link next to the search box in the header. At the filter dialogue you can put in information like the status of the task, priority, a deadline, the context or project. You can even sort and group the tasks buy a number of attributes. After you have set your properties of the filter you can give it a name and save it. The new filter will show up in the left sidebar under the Filters section.

                These filters are very powerful. For example, you can view tasks that are related to only work projects, require a phone and a computer, are due in 2 days, and sort them by due date. You are only limited by what you can think up. To bad we can’t add these to our mobile devices yet.

                Grouping

                You can easily group tasks in any list by clicking the Group by link at the top of the list and choose which attribute your want to group by. Couldn’t be easier.

                A seriously, deep application

                I’ve been watching Doit.im for a little over two years now and I have to say that it is finally starting to come into its own. With it’s excellent project handling, easy task input, grouping and filtering, Doit.im seems to be a seriously underrated task management application.

                Doit.im does have some issues, sometimes slow syncing and app responsiveness as well as lack of continuity in design and features, but overall, Doit.im is one of the best free GTD/task/project management apps available today.

                With the help of this Lifehack mini guide, start using Doit.im to get some stuff done on any platform.

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                Published on November 9, 2018

                How to Improve Your Computer Skills to Get Ahead in Your Career

                How to Improve Your Computer Skills to Get Ahead in Your Career

                Technology has taken the business world by storm. People and businesses are progressively reliant on technology world these days. As a result, the people with impressive knowledge and experience with a computer are in demand.

                Considering this growing market trend, if you too wish to bag a profitable job, this article is apt for you. Here, we will dig deeper into the business and technology world to look into what are the best computer skills one should invest in and what resources to get help from.

                So, are you ready? Here we begin.

                6 Most-In Demand Computer Skills This Year (and Beyond)

                When talking about computer skills, following are the 6 computer skills that can fill your mailbox with endless job opportunities (besides, having an English and Hindi typing speed of 40+ WPM):-

                1. Spreadsheets and Databases

                Considering the treasure trove of data companies are handling these days, Spreadsheet and Database management skill tops the list. It is considered the most wanted job skill in the market, with a salary of around $53,129/yr for an entry-level position. However, the spreadsheet skill does not confine to auditing data from cells.

                To get hired based on this computer skill, you need to become a Spreadsheet ninja. From storing data to organizing them, applying complex mathematics formulas, and creating complex macros, you need to be an expert at all.

                In other words, you need to have an expertise at working with:

                • Microsoft Excel
                • Microsoft Access
                • Statistics
                • Data Analytics
                • Adobe Campaign
                • Quickbooks
                • XML Database management system
                • Filemaker Pro
                • MATLAB
                • Hive
                • FORTRAN
                • RDBMS (Relational Database Management System)
                • SAS

                2. Social Media, Email, and Blogging

                Though people are socially active, not everyone knows how to use the social media tools on the professional front. In such a scenario, having an expertise at writing engaging yet professional emails, writing blogs, and managing social media activities is a ticket to entry in reputed organizations.

                Some of the skills related to social media, email and blogging that will have a leg up in the hiring process are:

                • Content Management System (CMS)
                • Google Analytics
                • Cascading Style Sheets (CSS)
                • Email Marketing
                • Web Page Design
                • WordPress
                • Digital Media
                • Search Engine Optimization (SEO)
                • Campaign Management Software

                3. Graphic Design and Word Processing

                A solid grasp of skills to present the gained information in the much readable form is another market need. When considering this computer skill category, you need to enhance your skills at:

                • Adobe Photoshop
                • Adobe InDesign
                • Adobe Illustrator
                • AutoCAD
                • CorelDRAW
                • Microsoft Visual Studio
                • Maya
                • Microsoft Word
                • Microsoft Publisher
                • Operating Digital Cameras

                4. Software and Hardware Design and Development

                The Software and Hardware development, in simpler language, means designing, implementing, and testing the computer software/hardware applications. It is the most profitable computer skill, with a different job opening, including Software Architect, Software Analyst, Software programmer, Hardware configuration, etc.

                To be capable of developing and testing the software and hardware, you need to peruse your users’ needs and build an application that hits their pain points. You need to work with different web and mobile app coding languages for gaining the attention of your audience, some of which are:

                • HTML
                • C/C++
                • Java
                • Python
                • XML
                • UI/UX
                • LINUX
                • CISC and RISC architecture
                • Embedded Processor Hardware Design
                • Memory Management
                • PCB Layout
                • SQL

                5. IT Troubleshooting

                Working on computers is one thing and having a knack of looking into the associated issues and resolving them in real-time is another. There are various employees and graduates who work with computer systems in their daily lives, but get confused when it comes to dealing with frozen programs and performing routine maintenance.

                So, if you are familiar with the basic anatomy of computers and machines and know the tricks to perform such tasks to streamline the working process, enter the IT support arena. The prime IT troubleshooting skills one needs to work upon are:

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                • Backup management
                • Diagnostics
                • End User support
                • Client-Server management
                • Installation and configuration
                • Issue tracking system (ITS)
                • System administration
                • Tech support

                6. Enterprise Systems

                Many Enterprises have their own enterprise solutions like PeopleSoft for managing their data and operations.

                Becoming a master at using the enterprise solutions mentioned in their ‘Requirements’ area can also lessen the barrier to get a job.

                The Roadmap to Excel Your Computer Skills

                Now that you know the 6 most popular computer skills in the market, the first decision, you need to take is which computer skill you want to work upon. All the skills are equally considerable for making a career ahead. So, choose one as per your interest.

                Once done, look forward to the following resources for boosting your computer skills and getting a reputed, handsome job.

                Depending on the computer skill you opt, here are the online courses you can turn to for elevating your career opportunities:

                1. Become a Spreadsheet and Database Ninja

                a. Microsoft Excel Training Online Course – Basic & Advanced

                Whether you are a beginner, intermediate or expert at working with spreadsheets, this online course has something new for everyone to become excel efficient users.

                Divided into 48 interesting lessons, the course empowers you to learn the technique of using mathematical, statistical, logical and text functions, sorting and filtering the data, creating Pivot Tables, building macros, finding a value with VLOOKUp, and much more.

                b. Excel- Online Courses, Classes, Training, Tutorials on Lynda

                This is another impressive course to unlock the power of Excel. Designed for people from all walks of life and familiarity with Excel tools. This course helps you gain in-depth knowledge from the experts about this data-analyzing tool and make the magic in spreadsheet creation and management process.

                c. SQL & Database Design A-Z™: Learn MS SQL Server + PostgreSQL

                Build a successful career in the data analytics world with this online course.

                Revolving around the two top databases, MS SQL and PostgreSQL, this course will give you a comprehensive knowledge of the working of the databases and understanding of all the related elements, including how to create, update, organize, and safeguard the data.

                2. Rule the Social Media World

                a. Free Social Media Course by HubSpot

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                Introduced by the top experienced inbound professors from Hubspot, here you will get a comprehensive knowledge of Social media marketing.

                From understanding how to build relationships on different social media platforms to creating a perfect strategy to engage them, leveraging the benefits of social advertising, and analyzing your social media ROI, this course will bring out the best out of you.

                b. Write Professional Emails in English by Coursera

                This online course will be the right weapon to look into the differences and similarities between different email styles, improve your English writing skills, write effective subject lines, maintain the formality tone in emails, and more to make a powerful impact on the receivers with your email.

                c. Ninja Writing: The Four Levels of Writing Mastery

                Founded by Udemy, this online course will excel your skills to build a masterpiece everytime you write.

                Here, you will get the guidance from the editors of the top newspapers and websites, and understand what kind of words and tone to use for leaving a spellbinding impact on the readers.

                3. Launch Your Own Software or Hardware Equipment

                a. Hardware and Software Courses by Coursera

                From Big Data to IoT, Sensor Circuit Design, Embedded Software and Hardware Architecture, and Motor Control Circuit, this course will give you a glimpse of all the hardware devices, equipment, and programming languages to build wonders.

                b. Free Software and Web Development Certifications Online by Alison

                Become the software developer market demands with Alison’s Java, C#, Python, R, PHP, or MySQL database course. From backend to frontend development and software testing.

                The course helps you to learn how to design, develop and test software and working in a team while contributing to the team success.

                c. Free Online Software Development and MOOCs Course by Class Central

                The Class Central online course will make you a master of software development. Here, you will learn the basic concepts of development like Agile, Design Patterns, and Version Control with Git, along with gaining experience of working with the top programming languages.

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                4. Live and Breathe Creativity

                a. Udemy: Introduction to Graphic Design

                It is a top-rated program for the new learners and designers to explore the Graphic Design world.

                From the history of communication to the design principles, the course will help the students to learn everything specifically and implement in the real world.

                b. Canva Design School

                From a beginner to advanced level, this course will provide you with an elaborated and comprehensive knowledge of graphic design. In the form of 4 modules, this course will help the interested graphic designers to try out their skills at Graphics, ranging from fonts to colors, backgrounds, images, shapes, and layouts.

                c. Microsoft Word – Basic & Advanced

                62 personalized lessons, premium video tutorials, and unlimited tests and quizzes – this certified course has everything that will make your entry to the business world easier.

                d. Microsoft Office: Word, Excel and Access Productivity Bundle

                The course will make you productive in Word, Excel, and Access through video lectures, articles, and various other supplemental resources.

                Besides, it will offer you exclusive tips and tricks to enhance your skills at using Microsoft office.

                5. Raise Your Reflexes to IT Troubleshooting

                a. IT Troubleshooting Skill Training by Udemy

                IT Troubleshooting Skill Training will upgrade your logical concepts over technical components to find and repair faults.

                It will provide you with a methodological approach to learn the basics of troubleshooting, practice them via exercises and drills, and enhance your IT troubleshooting intelligence.

                b. IT Help Desk Online Course on Lynda

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                The Lynda’s IT troubleshooting online course will train you how to respond to the issues related to Windows 10, Office 365, JIRA software, and more, from a local as well as a remote location.

                Mobile Apps and Websites to Enhance Computer Skills

                The aforementioned online courses will undoubtedly train you for a successful career ahead. But, in case you want a long-term support, turn towards the following websites and mobile apps:

                • Duolingo – Duolingo app will improve your spoken and written communication skills in different languages. With the magic of gamification added to the study, the app will make learning a fun and addictive task.
                • Hemingway – Hemingway app defines the length, complexity, and common errors associated with the sentences. In this way, it helps you to write effectively and go ahead in the career.
                • Udemy – The Udemy, with its 2000+ courses, is a great platform to master new skills, advance your career and explore the newer technologies and programming languages. Enrol a course as per your budget and make a brighter future.
                • eDX – eDX is yet another commendable platform you can look forward to. The platform offers you the best of the tutorials prepared by the business professionals and technology experts, ensuring a great boost in your computer skills.
                • Excel Easy – Excel Easy, as the name depicts, will make working with Excel easier for you via their detailed tutorials and 300+ real-life examples.
                • GCF LearnFree.org – It is a one-stop platform for accelerating your future in the computer world. From graphic design to Microsoft Office, resume writing, enhancing adaptability, and much more, the top experts will guide you with everything on this platform.
                • QuarkXPress – The QuarkXPress will aid you to add soul to your design with its unparalleled collection of font style, size, and typography. The best part is that it is avails all the options in different languages, including English, Spanish, German, French, and Italian to name a few.

                Bonus: Tips to Accelerate Your Approach For a Better Career Ahead

                Though these resources will make you stand out from the crowd and get hired at once, you need to focus on various other things, such as:

                1. Practice, Practice, Practice

                It is common to forget what we learn. To ensure that you do not miss any opportunity just because you forgot, keep practising.

                Make it your routine. Polish your computer skills and you will surely end up getting an offer letter from a recognized firm.

                2. Work on Your Efficiency

                Remembering what you learned is not enough; practice to enhance those skills to do better.

                For example, if you take around 50 minutes to create a design, target for 40 minutes.

                3. Look for Shortcuts

                Smart work rules over hard work more often. So, look forward to learning shortcuts to do any task. This will increase your chances to crack an interview and get selected.

                4. Apply for an Internship

                Last but not the least, apply for an internship to see what’s trending in the market and how much you are ready for it. While doing an internship, pay attention to your weak points and work on them. This will ensure a success when you apply for your dream job.

                By the late, it’s never too late to be an intern or grab whatever opportunity to learn something new! Here’s how:

                How to Start Over and Reboot Your Life When It Seems Too Late

                The Bottom Line

                Seeing the current market scenario, it is evident that having computer skills is a boon for a better career ahead.

                So, rather than struggling with thousands of other things and trying to crack interviews, focus on the computer skills mentioned in this article. Utilize the resources and experts’ tips shared and look forward to having a successful and prosperous future.

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