Getting clarity on your priorities

Getting clarity on your priorities

If you are starting out on your journey to master Microsoft 365, for your own wellbeing and productivity, it is very useful to get clarity on the priorities. Where would it be the best to focus first? Which new ways of working would give the most value? If you would find that, you would be off for a good start. What we recommend our own clients is to do the exercise of the priority wheel. It is easy to do and yet very powerful. You draw a circle, divide it into 8 areas, and assign each area to an aspect…
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My tiny habits experience this week

My tiny habits experience this week

Professor BJ Fogg runs a free 5-day course for learning to form new habits through his own method Tiny Habits (at tinyhabits.com/join). I have taken the course several times before but this week is the first where I signed up with "recipes" for Microsoft 365.  It is quite challenging, but very interesting, to try to combine neuro psychology with technology and information management. One good thing about the free course is that you get help by a real person, a tiny habits coach, to perfect your recipes (with the end goal to establish the habit).  As I write this, I'm half way through…
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The benefits of having an accountability partner

The benefits of having an accountability partner

Having someone as your accountability partner on your journey towards mastering Microsoft 365 can be a very good thing. At times it could feel hard to actually stick to the path towards mastering Microsoft 365, as your attention is demanded on other things. Having someone to help you stay accountable to your vision and subgoals is very useful. It could be a friend, a colleague or someone you have met in a community for like-minded. You might have started a tandem collaboration with another knowledge worker, where you keep each other accountable. Some important aspects are that the other person…
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Good communities for knowledge workers who want to achieve mastery of Microsoft 365

Good communities for knowledge workers who want to achieve mastery of Microsoft 365

Joining communities of other knowledge workers who share your objective of achieving mastery of Microsoft 365 is a good strategy. You will get peer support for your own journey, as well being able to help others on their journey. You will get a sense of the hurdles other go through, what it is possible to achieve for your own accord, get inspiration when you feel your own journey is tough. Microsoft is running a community called "Office 365 Champions" at https://aka.ms/O365Champions. The focus is rather technical, as you would imagine, but is a great place for those knowledge workers who…
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Habit formation for Microsoft 365

Habit formation for Microsoft 365

A method for speeding up your own adoption of the new behaviours that are necessary for your use of Microsoft 365 is habit formation. Habit formation has become really big the past decade, as neuro science has made revolutionary discoveries in how and why the brain forms habits. Habit formation can be used for any area of your life, and it works particularly well with Microsoft 365. You see, the brain is looking for 3 aspects to be in place for it to instigate a habit. A clear triggering eventA clear-cut behaviourA sufficiently large reward The brain does this as…
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Coaching for Microsoft 365

Coaching for Microsoft 365

As a method to use for a knowledge worker who strives to achieve mastery of Microsoft 365, professional coaching is outstanding. The coach helps you to: Find out where you stand right now in terms of your use of IT and your information management practices Discover what you are longing for in terms of your work situation, your output, your creative process, your work life balanceFind out which obstacles might appear on your journey towards the goalDiscover your own intrinsic motivation for changing your behaviours and mindsetKeep yourself on track and accountable Not forget to celebrate your victories and advancements…
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Do you consider yourself a knowledge worker?

Do you consider yourself a knowledge worker?

As a knowledge worker you apply your expertise to information to create products, make decisions, take action, etc. within the subject matter you are responsible for. As input for your work you use information. Information has gotten a bad name these days, from what I see. Information overload is something many of us can relate to. Our brains are trying hard to keep up with the constant inflow of information to our inboxes, our chat apps, our social media accounts. In order to do our job as knowledge workers. What you need to do as a knowledge worker is to…
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Mastering Microsoft Teams – the structure

Mastering Microsoft Teams – the structure

Do you find that it's about time for you to take your next step in your use of the Teams app? It might be that you feel that your Teams app has become quite chaotic – too many teams, channels and group chats and documents? Then you might be suffering the effects of your organisation's lack of a strategy for Teams. A strategy would make sure there's an appropriate structure to the organisation's use of Teams, and that trickles down to the individual user like you. In their blog article, the company Storyals share their recommendations for how to make…
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How to achieve mastery of Microsoft 365?

How to achieve mastery of Microsoft 365?

Your employer has great interest in that you and your colleague master Microsoft 365, as it leads to better results and increased productivity on the organisational level. The common method for getting the individual there is to provide training in the form of trainer-led courses on how the individual apps function and where to click to perform an action. This has shown not to be very effective for most information workers in accomplishing the necessary shifts in behaviours and mindset. If you really want to achieve a mastery of Microsoft 365 that is stable, sustainable, flexible, adaptable, and that provides you value for…
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What does mastering Microsoft 365 entail?

What does mastering Microsoft 365 entail?

What does it entail to master Microsoft 365? The prevailing understanding of mastering Microsoft 365 is to know how to program for Microsoft 365 or how to learn about the apps and how to use them. The focus is very much on the technology.  A Google search on the term "mastering Microsoft 365" confirms this. There are only books and articles on the technology side of Microsoft 365. It is like if you would search for "master driving a car" or "learning to ride a bike" (or any complex situation where your brain needs to coordinate your actions) would give you how to build…
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