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Understand that learning takes time

By Ralph Varcoe

June 15, 2020

productivity hacks

2.9   Learn the Ropes

Productivity hack no.25 from '60 Ways to Hurray! by Ralph Varcoe.


In a study at Standish Group in 2002 the chairman announced that 64% of features in software are not used. This has become the go-to metric. The world now seems to think that only 36% of software features are regularly used. But he was actually talking about four internally developed projects and not about software use as a whole.

So what’s the real answer? Some people out there say 95% features aren’t used. Others say it stands to reason that the 80:20 rule probably applies. No-one really seems to know for sure.

One thing is likely to be true though. You probably don’t use all the clever stuff these programs have to offer. Microsoft Excel is an unbelievably complex and useful tool, as are the other Microsoft Office programs. There are Apps that do things you probably haven’t learned about yet. Things in the settings that weren’t immediately obvious but enable you to do cool stuff quickly.

I’ve been using an iPhone since they came out and am still learning how some things work. I discovered recently that holding down the space bar turns the keypad into a mousepad. Very useful indeed for getting the blinking cursor to go to precisely the right point in the text I’m editing.

I urge you to scratch the surface and really learn what the programs and Apps that you use can do so you get the most out of them. This will make life faster and your work more comprehensive.

Learn the ropes to get the most out of these amazing creations and use them to your advantage.

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Ralph Varcoe

About the author

For over 20 years, Ralph has run sales and marketing teams across large enterprises and smaller start-ups, at companies such as Orange, Tata Communications, Virgin Media, Spirit Ai and others. He brings a wealth of experience in personal and professional development with a laser focus on enabling people to achieve more than they thought possible. He's a published author and musician with a passion for creating - be that change, the right solution, exciting campaigns, the right environment for customers to succeed, or podcasts, videos and written content.

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