I'm Dragos Stefanescu - a Top Udemy Instructor with 12 successful courses, 10,000+ students and 450+ Five Star Reviews - and I'm looking forward to teaching you this course.
Digital Productivity - Or how to make technology work for you in the most efficient manner possible.
I created this product because for a long time I'd been struggling with my efficiency levels, especially when working on digital devices and being around them all the time. I thought "Why not share all the apps I use?" - from Note-taking to Email & Social Media Productivity - so that people can replicate the processes I use to stay productive and keep efficiency levels high.
If you're like, then you've had situations where you looked back at your workday and thought you haven't realised much. This is completely normal - we can get distracted by so many things that it's hard to stay organised and focused. But what if you could indeed squeeze in those 2 extra hours of productive work every day? Does that sound like something you'd want to be able to do?
On average, we spend more time using electronic devices than we do sleeping. Most of our working hours revolve around checking emails, browsing the web, doing spreadsheets or participating in conference calls, whether on our laptops or smartphones. But how much of this time do we spend being productive and how much of it is wasted on Facebook, watching cat videos or listening to music?
Here are a few things that we will be covering in this course:
The course also includes bonus topics such as Social Media Productivity, Managing Teams & Tasks and Other Productivity tools and hacks.
There is a 30 day Money-back guarantee that comes with this course, but given the quality of the content you won't even consider it. If you want to become a Digital Productivity Guru, then enrol in this course now and I'll see you in the virtual classroom.
Welcome to this course! You'll get to know a bit more general information about the content and about how we're going to approach this course.
You'll be aware what the top 3 Productivity apps & areas are in this course. I believe the whole content is valuable, but it's good to focus on a few things for starters. These apps will make a significant impact on your Productivity levels.
Let's have a look at what we'll be discussing in this section - how to use OneNote to your advantage, be more organised & save time. I've also included a lecture on Evernote and its particulars.
OneNote is a free software both on Windows and on OSx. You'll learn how to install it in this very short lecture.
In this lecture you'll understand how OneNote is structured - Notebooks, Sections, Pages and SubPages. I've recorded a screenshare of my Notebooks, so you get a hands-on experience of how I use it.
Discover a practical example - how useful OneNote is for me when I build my Udemy outlines for courses. I use it for much more than this, but I think it puts things in perspective and potentially gives you ideas of how you can make use of the software.
Here's one of my favourite apps to use with OneNote and Office in general - OfficeLens. I want you to download this to your smartphone as it can be your Pocket Scanner. It's extremely easy to use and highly integrated with Microsoft Office Apps.
A short lecture on how you can record Audio & Video in OneNote. You'll love this feature particularly for situations where you can't type / typing isn't fast enough / you want audio or video of a situation or a speech.
What you'll love about OneNote if you end up using it is its integration with Office in general. In this lecture, you'll discover how to integrate OneNote with Excel, in case you want to store some of your spreadsheets on there.
I want you to do screen clipping the right way - that doesn't mean using the Snipping Tool, but the in-built Microsoft Office tools (which OneNote also has). I think you'll find this feature extremely useful.w
Note-Taking by yourself is something, but when you have the chance to share these notes with others it gets even better. Discover how to work on a Notebook with other teammates at the same time.
You'll see what Evernote's features are, a few differences vs OneNote - this will hopefully allow you to make a judgement call as to what tool you wish to use.
It's Action Time! Start using OneNote to take notes for this course and any other Udemy-related activity. This is an example task - you can start using OneNote for a bunch of activities, but let's start small and progress along the way.
Let's look at what we're going to cover on Email Productivity in this section - namely several GMail features, but also add-ons that you can use with other Email Clients. That being said, I prefer to use Gmail.
You'll learn how to use one of Gmail's most important features - Labeling and filtering. These can have significant impact on the way you organise your email and how you read your Inbox. Do it right and you'll save a lot of time, particularly if you receive a lot of emails on a daily basis.
Discover how to use Canned Responses - pre-written scripts that you can use to reply to standard emails. Any email you need automating, rather than copy and paste from another location, simply have the Canned Responses stored in Gmail one click away.
(Hopefully) You will absolutely LOVE Boomerang! It has 3 simple features that allow you to schedule emails for later, amongst others. I cover how these features can be useful to you with practical examples. It's a must-have if you use Gmail!
You absolutely need to have these 2 features enabled if you want higher email accuracy. We'll see how to Undo sent emails and how to avoid pressing "Reply" by mistake when you should be hitting "Reply All".
One of the best aspects of Gmail is its keyboard shortcuts. But rather than learning them off a PDF, I want you to use a simple app that will remind you all the time what they are, prompting you to memorise them faster and be more efficient at using Gmail.
If you use other Email providers, then Sanebox is great for you. It's an easy-trainable program that will filter through your email and only keep the most important messages in your Inbox.
Action Time! You'll be called to action and will have to fulfill a few easy tasks before proceeding to the next Section.
You'll learn more about Social Media Productivity and what we're going to be covering in this Section.
If you haven't, after this lecture, you will absolutely use Hootsuite or Buffer to schedule and automate your Social Media Posting strategy. They are 2 absolutely crucial tools that serve as an all-around help for Social Media.
With IFTTT you can automate a lot of tasks based on Recipes. This includes, but is not limited to, Social Media amongst others. It can cut a significant chunk of time off your Social Media activity if done right.
Rapportive is a simple tool that will make it easier for you to connect on Social Media with your email contacts. You'll find it particularly useful for networking purposes and building a presence with the contacts you communicate with on a daily basis.
Words can't describe how useful Canva is! If you want to post on Social Media a lot and want to always create new and simple images (but don't have experience with or can't be bothered with Photoshop), then Canva will be a great solution for you.
What you'll like about AppSumo is how intuitive it is. If you have a website and want to redirect your traffic towards your Social Media accounts, then give this a try!
If you want to nurture your relationships with LinkedIn Connections, then this handy app will allow you to do so in very little time every day. LinkedIn Connected is an absolute must if you have a presence on the platform!
Do you confront yourself with situations when you don't have enough content that you want to post on Social Media? Pocket will come to the rescue. It allows you to save content for later reading/sharing. More details in the lecture.
Let's get serious about Social Media with this Action Time lecture. This doesn't mean I want you to spend more time on Social Media, but rather that I want you to be more productive doing it!
In this lecture you'll find out what we're going to cover in this chapter. It's a short one, don't worry!
RescueTime is an app that is an absolute must if you're worried about your Productivity levels. In this lecture you'll find out how to analyse the time you spend on your computer and see which activities are productive and which detract you from your end goal.
If you have an iPhone, then this is the app for you. Workflow will enable you to automate tasks on your phone, thus saving you precious time.
StayFocusd is particularly useful when used with RescueTime. If you know the activities that keep you from being productive, you can use this to block them. Discover more of its functionalities in the lecture.
Do you? If you're like me, then you enjoy listening to music whilst working. However, that isn't always the most productive way to work. Luckily, I have this little app for you that will play you music scientifically proven to boost your Productivity.
A very simple add-on that will eliminate one of the biggest time-killers of our era: The Facebook News Feed. Discover more in the lecture!
It is time to analyse our daily activities and see how we can improve them moving forward. If we can get 1-2 more hours of productive work in every day, it could do wonders overall!
I'm an Internet Entrepreneur with a background in both the Management Consulting & Telecommunications industries. The skills that I have acquired during those stints and in previous years in general have unleashed my passion to teach.
I have a wide array of skills that I share with you via my courses
(1) Social Media
One of my true passions, I have invested a lot of time building a presence online. Highlights include:
With 30+ Job applications, I have gained a deep understanding of the recruiting process
How I got here…
Until recently I never really envisioned myself starting my own business. In fact, it was quite the opposite - my dream was to work for a large Multinational/ Consulting company and enjoy the riches of the Corporate life…
I soon found myself in what I thought would be my "dream job" only to do work that wasn't at all fulfilling, spending hours every day commuting and paying enormous rent (almost half of my salary) in one of the largest cities in the world. I felt stuck, limited and didn't think much of my future prospects.
I look back now and find it funny how at our lowest points we make life-changing decisions. Since a few members of our Mastermind Group had launched online businesses, I decided I would give it a try. I made up my mind that whatever happened, I absolutely HAD to launch an online product before my birthday.
Within two months, I launched my first Udemy course.
One month later I decided to quit my job (to the utter amazement of my colleagues, managers, friends & family - they probably thought I was crazy) and never looked back since.
What I aim for is simple: I want to get you real results in the fastest possible time. Whether it's improving your presence on Social Media, getting your dream job, improving your productivity or self-development, I want you to walk away from my courses with a sense of achievement.
The courses I create are structured in a step-by-step manner so that you can implement them straight away. They do require your effort & commitment, but if you do that I'm extremely confident you can get to the next level.
Ultimately, receiving a message from a satisfied student detailing how I've helped him or her is immensely gratifying, more so than any number of sales.
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If you're one of my students and you want to ask me a question, or you're just reading this now and think we might have something in common then post a discussion item on one of my courses - I'll be more than happy to answer & get to know you better!
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