ActiveWords: Auto Correct on Steroids — and Much More

Keystrokes cost money. When you reduce the number of times you need to type a word or phrase, you will increase your productivity and save money.

ActiveWords

I’m always looking for tools that help you get back the only thing you cannot buy: Time.

There are countless daily activities that you repeatedly do. Writing the same email to different clients, logging into the same sites, opening the same folders, even just typing your email address.

ActiveWords is one of the tools I could not function without.

What I like about ActiveWords is that it allows these actions to be easily repeatable. ActiveWords enables you to leverage your vocabulary and innate naming ability using words you enter or select in any context to accomplish a variety of actions.

Microsoft Adds AI-Powered Editor to Word

I seldom write anything — article, LinkedIn post, or a comment — that I don’t first run through a grammar checker. I’ve been writing almost my entire career and learned early on that a good editor is worth their weight in gold. If something doesn’t make sense to the editor, it certainly won’t make sense to the reader. I’ve always felt a good editor enhances what I write.

microsoft editor

I’ve written previously about Grammarly – my current preferred automated Editor tool. I have paid to use this tool for several years and find it to be a great help.

Microsoft Editor

Microsoft has included limited editing capabilities in its Microsoft Word product for some time. In the past, I have considered it to be more of a quick spelling and simple grammar checker. It works fine, but I find Grammarly provides a deeper depth and evaluation.

Remind Clients to Check Personal Credit Reports

Over the last few weeks, we have provided information on how to make sure you don’t fall for any Coronavirus Scams. You can read those articles here and here.

free credit reports

One way to keep a close eye on potential scams is to actively monitor the information on your credit report.

The Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) requires each of the nationwide credit reporting companies — Equifax, Experian, and TransUnion — to provide a free copy of your credit report, at your request, once every 12 months. The purpose of the FCRA is to promote the accuracy and privacy of information in the files of the nation’s credit reporting companies. The Federal Trade Commission (FTC), the nation’s consumer protection agency, enforces the FCRA for credit reporting companies.

As a response to COVID-19, all three credit reporting agencies are now offering free weekly online reports through April 2021.

How to Use an Old iPad as a Second Monitor Using Duet

One of the hardest things to get used to when you work from home is not having two 20-inch monitors connected to your computer. Transitioning to a single 14-inch laptop screen can be, shall we just say, limiting.

iPad Display Using Duet

Fortunately, there is a solution.

If you have an iPad around the house – either an old one or one you can use during the day – then you can use it as a second monitor. It is not the same as your office setup, but it is helpful and better than nothing.

You will need a software program called Duet.

Working from Home? Use Krisp to Remove Background Noise

I have been working remotely for quite a while. Because of my extensive travel schedule (at least before this month!), I have learned how to get work done just about anywhere. While I do maintain a separate office a few blocks from my home, I have also been working from home more than ever for the last few weeks.

background noise

A large number of people are working from home for the first time and have discovered that the home can be full of distractions. Many are bombarded with the cacophony of TV, family members, pets, sirens, and so on — it’s way too easy to get distracted and lose your motivation.

Reducing Background Noise

To maintain my productivity, I use technology to block out unwanted noises. Krisp is a tool I have used for several months that helps reduce background noise. A version of the program is available for Windows, Macintosh, and iOS. I have it installed on my Windows laptop and my iOS mobile phone.

The app uses machine learning to identify and then silence various types of background noises you may hear at home. The program allows your voice and the voices of others to come through clearly.