Throughout my career, I’ve always sought out efficiencies, and not just efficiencies but effective efficiencies. You know those time savers that allow me to gain time back in my day so that I can do what is most important to me. As I view it, efficiency isn’t effective unless it can get the job done in less time, produce a top notch product, make me look more professional and leave people wondering how I did such a great job in such a short period of time. I’m competitive. Bottom line, I like to excel, and I think we can all agree, there is nothing wrong with that.
As a marketer and writer, there have been challenges I have faced along the way. Things that really get in the way of being productive. For instance…writing an article that needs feedback from 5 different parties. That is 5 emails that I have to go through, looking at track changes, comparing them side by side, (and only on 2 screens), or printing them out and spreading them in a crescent on my desk. Not an efficient practice. And let us not forget the PowerPoint presentations you have worked on. You know the one, it encompasses all the branding for your company including key messages, and of course you’ve received little communication on it but you did find out a few changes have been made. So you have to wonder, were they in line with our brand? Were they messages I should take note of for future reference to use again? How frustrating!
So what is the answer to document efficiency? Aside from balling the thing up and throwing it in the trash due to frustration, there is a solution. Upon working at Litéra Corp, I was pleased to find out the applications I had always needed to do my job, already existed. Where had they been my whole life!
No matter if I am comparing Excel spreadsheets, PowerPoints, or Word docs, I have the answers clearly and easily, freeing up my time. I can see the small decimal changes in the Excel spreadsheet, or the copyright information that has changed in my PowerPoint so that I can think to make that single change going forward in all my documents… huge time saver!
And let’s not forget with Litéra IDS®, I can clearly see the comments and suggestions from all the reviewers for my documents in one place, revoke access easily, set a time frame on it to expire and more, a total dream…hooray, no more reviewing multiple email attachments. No wonder IDS stands for “Intelligent Document System”!
So what will I do with the couple of hours I have added back in my day each week? Make my job look easy, and head to the diamond, to watch little people kick up red dirt and pick daises.