There is no doubt that the modern work environment is a high-pressurised one. Employers are expecting more from their workers. Keeping up with their increasing demands can be hard. Many working mums soon start to feel down-hearted and over-stressed. 

If you are struggling to keep up in a demanding workplace, this article is for you. We share several tools and ways of working that can potentially speed up many day-to-day office tasks, as well as help you to achieve your work goals and produce work that’s at an even higher standard. This will help you stand out the best way)and impress your boss.

Produce error-free and compelling written work

If you write a lot, this plagiarism tool can be a real asset. You can use it to make sure you produce articles and reports for your boss that do not look like it has been copied from the internet. There’s nothing worse than looking like you don’t know your stuff enough to produce a compelling piece of work! Copying and pasting from the internet alone will not do you any favours – especially when a quick search exposes the fact!

For important documents like reports, you may also want to avail yourself with Scribblr’s proofreading services. You do need to pay for this. But, if you have been asked to produce a paper that you know the board is going to read, for example, you’ll want it to be flawless. Scribblr won’t just check your spellings and grammatical error like some other spelling, punctuation and grammar checkers, but will also suggest ways you can tweak your text to make it clearer and read better.

Use IFTTT to speed up repetitive tasks

For repetitive tasks, using tools like ‘If This Then That’ (IFTTT) can enable you to speed things up, considerably. For example, if your company works with secondhand goods, one of your jobs could be to scour sites like Ebay, Shpock, and charity websites, looking for items you can buy and sell at a profit. You could simply download or create an IFTTT applet (small script) that carries out this simple task automatically – or find someone who can do it or teach you how to do it. This could run as often as you like, several times a day, if you want. You will be surprised by how much time not having to sign onto all those websites and apps at various points in the day and type in search terms will save you. Instead, you can look forward to all the hard work being done for you, and all you do from that point is to check the information.

Learn to use the tools provided in your workplace better

Another approach that works well is to learn to use the software, tools and apps that your company provides to work smarter. Most organisations use Excel spreadsheets. However, most employees only scratch the surface of what it can do. If you were to learn how to do something that saved everyone in your team or the entire organisation time, for example or helped them to produce better work, you would be sure to impress. It may sound like a tall order – not everyone is a revolutionist! However, sometimes, the simples tweaks to a process can make a small difference. You don’t have to produce something on Mark Zuckerberg (Facebook founder) levels!

If you look into what software like Excel can do, you will find several remarkable suggestions that you can easily try out: from making pivot tables; using flash fill, to conditional formatting, there’s something for every type of user.

Many of the tools that can help you are free

The best thing about most of the above ideas is that you can implement them without spending a penny. Plus, the above is just the tip of the iceberg. Hundreds of software and app providers offer a free trial period or a certain amount of unpaid usage every month. Using apps in this way can work out fine for tasks that you only need to do once, or every once in a while. 

But, if you do have to pay to use these apps, it may still be worth considering the small purchase if it makes you look and work more efficiently. The above tools and efficiency working strategies can help you to do a better job and make things easier for yourself. So, in many cases, paying to use a couple of them can be a reasonable way to invest in yourself.

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