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There are plenty of resources to help you stay motivated in the new year.

With the new year in full swing, it’s never too early to start making progress on your resolutions. But after you’ve jotted down your goals, it’s sometimes hard to know where to begin. Thankfully, there are plenty of training opportunities to get you motivated and help you kick off 2017 with a productive, fresh start.

Upcoming Workshops  

University Collaboration Suite (UCS): Managing and Organizing Your Calendar (via Meeting@PennState Powered by Adobe Connect)
Thursday, February 16, 12:45–2:00 p.m. via web
Looking to maximize the efficiency of your UCS calendar? This online session will supply you with all the tools and knowledge you need to create and edit appointments, use event tags, and identify best practices for calendar organization and planning.

Excel 2013: The Basics
Friday, February 24, 8:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m., 116 Wagner, University Park
Whether you’re new to Microsoft Excel or just need a refresher, this hands-on course offers a basic overview of some of the most useful spreadsheet and data management features available. Participants will learn how to enter data, use formulas, create charts, and customize printouts.

Lynda.com Courses

Box.com Essential Training
The new year is a great time to start taking advantage of the free, unlimited cloud storage available through Box at Penn State. This lynda.com overview will help you get started using all the features Box has to offer, covering such topics as uploading files, creating Box notes, and collaborating with colleagues. You can also download this Box Quick Start Guide from IT Training Services for further reference.

Organizing Your Office for Maximum Efficiency
Is your workspace optimized for productivity? Take this short lynda.com course to find out! Topics include how to improve file organization, efficiently manage desk space, as well as tips for improving your posture.

Monday Productivity Pointers
If you’re short on time, check out these weekly quick tips on ways to enhance productivity at home and work. New tips are posted every Monday, and previous posts have included such topics as organizing photos on mobile devices and checking your Internet connection speed, as well as best practices for running a group meeting.

Managing To-Do Lists
To-do lists are a great tool for managing tasks and goals, but are you making the most of these organization helpers? This course covers proven techniques for finding the best style of list for your needs and prioritizing objectives, as well as tracking tasks via mobile apps.

So whether you want to attend a hands-on training session or learn productivity tips at your own pace, Penn State offers a wide variety of resources to help you stay organized and focused throughout the coming year.

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