How to Increase Your Efficiency at Work Using the Full Potential of Microsoft 365

by | Jan 14, 2022

Microsoft 365

As we begin another year (2022) and embark on the third wave of the pandemic (in India), many organizations have told their employees to continue working from home. In this scenario, we rely heavily on collaboration tools, back office applications, and office productivity tools. Email, spreadsheets, report/document generation, video calls, group chatting with colleagues, etc. are routine activities for us now. The Microsoft 365 platform is by far the most popular one that lets us do all this, in an integrated manner.

The Microsoft Office suite of office productivity applications has been around for decades and has evolved into a SaaS based offering with Office 365 (renamed as Microsoft 365). Each application in this suite is loaded with features. But did you know, most people hardly use 10 per cent of the features of Excel or Word? What about the other 90 per cent? Is our efficiency and output impacted because we do not utilize the full potential of Microsoft Office? And then, there are other useful applications from Microsoft (such as Power BI), which the average office worker has probably never heard of or used.

There are plenty of online resources that show us how to use the rich feature set of the Microsoft applications. But you could never find it all in one place. There was a need for someone to curate all this and put it together, in one resource, such as a book or a website. And that’s what Dr. Nitin Paranjape and his team have done in writing the book, Efficiency Best Practices for Microsoft 365.

The book covers the entire range of over 25 desktop and mobile applications on the Microsoft 365 platform. The author, who I have personally known since the 1990s, says he wrote the book with the intention of providing simple, immediately usable, and authoritative guidance to help one save at least 20 minutes every day; it also helps to advance one’s career and to achieve business growth. I have attended Dr. Pranjape’s masterclasses and workshops and enjoy his style of teaching. And you get a flavour of that in this book.

In this book, the author takes an application driven approach to teach the nuances of Microsoft 365 and the associated tools. Today, the office is in our home and the office worker is remote. So certain skills are imperative for this type of environment: Communication, collaboration, data analysis, personal organization, personal efficiency, time management, etc. Dr. Paranjape, who is regarded as a “productivity guru” teaches us shortcuts that can save us time and help us be more productive. In learning these tips, we can also be more accurate in our data analysis and also produce better looking reports using the Microsoft applications.

This content in this book is organized to help you:

  • Understand how different MS 365 tools, such as Office desktop, Teams, Power BI, Lists, and OneDrive, can increase work efficiency
  • Identify time-consuming processes and understand how to work through them more efficiently
  • Create professional documents quickly with minimal effort
  • Work across multiple teams, meetings, and projects without email overload
  • Automate mundane, repetitive, and time-consuming manual work
  • Manage work, delegation, execution, and project management

You’ll start by covering components and tasks such as creating and storing files and then move on to data management and data analysis. As you progress through the chapters, you’ll learn how to manage, monitor, and execute your tasks efficiently, focusing on creating a master task list, linking notes to meetings, and more. The book also guides you through handling projects involving many people and external contractors/agencies; you’ll explore effective email communication, meeting management, and open collaboration across the organization. You’ll also learn how to automate different repetitive tasks quickly and easily, even if you’re not a programmer, transforming the way you import, clean, and analyze data.

By the end of this Microsoft 365 book, you’ll have gained the skills you need to improve efficiency with the help of expert tips and techniques for using M365 apps.

Microsoft 365Efficiency Best Practices for Microsoft 365: Discover ways to improve your efficiency and save time using M365 applications

By Dr. Nitin Paranjape

Available on

Kindle version available

  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Packt Publishing Limited; 1st edition (22 December 2021)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Paperback ‏ : ‎ 350 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1801072264
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1801072267
  • Item Weight ‏ : ‎ 603 g
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 19.05 x 2.01 x 23.5 cm
  • Country of Origin ‏ : ‎ India

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Brian Pereira
Brian Pereira
Brian Pereira is an Indian journalist and editor based in Mumbai. He founded Digital Creed in 2015. A technology buff, former computer instructor, and software developer, Brian has 29 years of journalism experience (since 1994). Brian is the former Editor of CHIP India, InformationWeek India and CISO Mag. He has served India's leading newspaper groups: The Times of India and The Indian Express. Presently, he serves the Information Security Media Group, as Sr. Director, Editorial. You'll find his most current work on CIO Inc. During his career he wrote (and continues to write) 5000+ technology articles. He conducted more than 450 industry interviews. Brian writes on aviation, drones, cybersecurity, tech startups, cloud, data center, AI/ML/Gen AI, IoT, Blockchain etc. He achieved certifications from the EC-Council (Certified Secure Computer User) and from IBM (Basics of Cloud Computing). Apart from those, he has successfully completed many courses on Content Marketing and Business Writing. He recently achieved a Certificate in Cybersecurity (CC) from the international certification body ISC2. Follow Brian on Twitter (@creed_digital) and LinkedIn. Email Brian at: [email protected]
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