Adam Clarke - Jun 14, 2018

5 hacks to stop admin getting in the way of the World Cup

 

Yes, it’s finally here, the footballing tournament that seems to stop the world from turning for many and eyes glaze over for the rest. 

For those who don’t want to watch the World Cup, thankfully technology let's you binge watch the latest Netflix crime documentary. Have you watched The Staircase yet?

However, we’re here to talk about the beautiful game and how to make sure that things like admin doesn’t get in the way. With Statista stats showing that London (and the rest of the UK) has 36 hours of football during 'normal' working hours, you're going to need all the help you can get.

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Sure you could just Ignore it, who needs admin anyway right? Yeah we thought about that too, but let’s be a bit more realistic and since Expend is the ultimate expenses productivity tool, we thought we’d share some of our favourite ways .

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1) LastPass

If you spend your time in and out of multiple different websites with logins and you don’t have a password manager, it’s probably time you did. LastPass is great because it stores all your passwords securely and auto generates complex and hard to hack passwords for you, so you don’t need to remember yet another different password.

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2) Keyboard shortcuts

These have been around since the dawn of computers (ish) and most don’t take a Klingon death grip or the skill of Rolando to pull them off. If you spend a lot of your time in Excel and you’re not already using CTRL+N to open a new workbook or Shift+F11 to insert a new worksheet, Shift+Space to select an entire row or CTRL+Space to select an entire column and CTRL+1 to format whatever you’re working on, then you really need to read the Lifehacker guide to keyboard shortcuts

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3) Stay Focused

With so many distractions in life, it's hard to keep eyes on the prize. Tools like StayFocusd for Chrome helps to reduce the amount of time that you spend on time wasting websites like Facebook and YouTube etc. It even comes with a Nuclear option if you’re prepared to use it.

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Phone users can use apps like Freedom in a similar way, but Apple and Android are planning to provide more in depth controls to help with your ‘Digital Well-being’ in the future too, but that’s not going to help you right now.

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4) Task Management

There’s tons of task management apps out there, and anything that keeps you out of hunting through emails and helping you to get on with the admin task in hand is worth its weight in gold. There’s loads to choose from and they all have their own unique take on the problem, but we are big fans of Wunderlist, Google Keep and Trello.

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Time saving score 4/5

5) Expenses Management

England play Belgium, their closest rivals at 7pm on 28th June. That’s scarily close to when most people do their end of the month admin and if it takes you a day a month to do your expenses, then you better sign up for Expend fast. Especially if England make it out of the group stages.

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So if you do every expense as they happen in next to no time, rather than literally letting it pile up until the end of the month, you'll save your work colleagues and your accountant tons of time at the end of the month. Better yet, you can get a 30 Day Free Trial and next business day delivery on our smart connected payment cards.

Time saving score: 5/5

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Written by Adam Clarke

I'm the Marketing and Partnership Manager at Expend. When I'm not fighting expenses admin with our amazing solution, you can find me eating my way around London's food scene.