If you work in front of your computer a lot, eye strain can be a problem. Luckily, there’s a way that you can reduce eye strain when you’re working at your computer – use a high contrast background on your computer, as well as on any other electronic devices you use regularly. This post will provide information on the benefits of high contrast backgrounds or themes, and how to enable them in different devices. [Read more…] about Reduce Eye Strain with High Contrast Themes and Backgrounds
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Recently I decided to uninstall Microsoft Office from my computer. I’ve used it for years to create documents I need to create – I’ve written eBooks with it, created newsletters, and spreadsheets to track important information. However recently I discovered that Google’s tools – Google Docs, Sheets, Forms, and Presentations were just as good, if not better. I’ll discuss what I like about Google’s tools in this post.
They’re free – This is probably the number one thing that I like. Microsoft Office is expensive. And the Microsoft Office that installed last year (can’t remember what it was called) was less expensive, but it was a subscription service which I didn’t realize at the time, so last month I got a notice saying it was time to renew it. So I started looking into alternatives for the typing I do – most of it is on Microsoft Office or WordPress, after all. I found that Google Docs was just as good, if not better – it has all the same features that I liked in Microsoft office – I can even add shortcuts like I did in Microsoft Office for the transcription I do. I’m not sure about making newsletters with it yet, but I don’t anticipate having to do that any time soon.
I can use them anywhere – Another big advantage to using Google’s tools rather than using Microsoft Office is I can use them anywhere – on my computer at home, on my husband’s laptop if we’re traveling, even on my phone if I need to. There’s not a Google Docs app for my Kindle, but I can still log into Google’s website on my Kindle and use them that way. The only thing I don’t like about Google Docs is they don’t have an equivalent for One Note, which I used to use a lot to write rough drafts of posts that I write for other websites. However, I’ve started using Evernote for some of the things I used to use OneNote for, and I’ve also started using Ilys more to write my rough drafts, so that helps.
I can type with my voice if I want to – Another feature that Google Docs has that I like is they have voice typing built in. I tried using it, and it works pretty well – much better than Microsoft’s speech recognition in my opinion. While I probably won’t use it often, it does make it easier to type using my voice, because it saves my hands.
That’s what I like about Google’s tools, so far – I’ll be sure to update you all as I find out more about them. If you’ve had any experiences using Google
Docs, Sheets, Forms or Presentations, I’d love to hear them!
If you’re like me, you probably use to do lists a lot to keep your life organized. Well a while back, I found a great website that can not only be used for to-do lists, but also for outlines for blog posts and book chapters, among other things. It basically takes to-do lists to a whole new level. It’s called Workflowy, and I had used it quite a bit when I was the leader of a focus group that I was part of for my work, because I found it helped me keep my thoughts for the focus group meetings organized, and it also helped me keep the information I wanted to put in our newsletter organized. I got away from using it for a while though after I left the focus group to pursue other things. I recently re-discovered it, and wanted to share with you how I’m using it now. [Read more…] about Keep Your Life and Projects Organized with Workflowy
Most everyone knows how important it is to have contacts in business – but did you know keeping up with your contacts is just as important when you work from home, or are starting a home business? Just who are your contacts though, and how do you keep track of them? This blog post will answer those questions. [Read more…] about The Value of Contacts When Working From Home
In this post I wanted to talk about a new site I found that’s great for people who experience writer’s block or who want to find ways to focus more on the writing and spend less time editing. It’s called Ilys, and I found out about it through Amy Lynn Andrews’ website. [Read more…] about Get Rid of Writer’s Block and Focus More on Your Writing With Ilys