I am travelling to Belfast on Monday for a workshop on how paraplanners can use IT to make them more efficient and so I thought I would write about two things I have tried over the last week both of which are radically different.
First of all, I have started using Twitter. I have been following the hype about this ‘micro blogging’ service for several months and at first I didn’t really get it; why would the world want to know that you have just got up or are walking the dog whilst thinking what to cook for dinner? However, I have followed the tweets of several interesting people and can see how it is a useful tool for finding out information quickly or losing hours of time doing nothing!
I am using it to post information about paraplanning in terms of this site and also my ‘day job’ running an outsourced paraplanning service. I am also following several IFAs and other people in the business and have found to be a quick and simple way to gather information. So, do you use Twitter and if so, what for? If you want to follow me, you can do so by clicking here.
I have been thinking for a long time about using a dual monitor set up for my office and last week took the plunge. I have been printing far too much information out as it is far easier to refer to a piece of paper than Alt Tabbing to different screens. This is costing too much money and there are also some green issues to think about. I invested in two BIG new screens and some software to make the whole thing run and now have a mass of flat screen at my desk as you can see from this picture.
You can just about see Niki’s head on the other side and she was not overly pleased about having the IT equivalent of the Berlin Wall erected in front of her! It has taken a few days for my eyes to adjust but the benefits have been immediate. It is so much quicker and easier to have one screen showing the document I am working on and the other showing the referral or source information and my printing has been reduced dramatically. I have talked to several IFAs, paraplanners and administrators already using this type of set up and they have all found the same benefits, so much so that some are thinking of getting a third screen. So, if you are still using one, think about doubling up!