Too many meetings and increasing responsibilities mean I need to make the best use of my time as possible—without sacrificing quality. Saving bits of time can add up to a lot at the end of the day. I use the Tablet PC as my only computer and throughout the day it helps me work more efficiently and quickly.

For example, do you edit business documents—memos, presentations, manuals, or other documents? If so, the ability to mark up documents in digital ink with your Tablet PC, and send those marked documents electronically, is incredibly useful. I can type edits onto a document, but there are several reasons that I find using digital ink more helpful.

  • Ink markups on text document better convey the intentions of my points. I can draw arrows, circles, and use paint-style highlighting on the page to better communicate my edits. When I'm done, I can share the edited document electronically with anyone. Learn more about using ink in Microsoft Office Word.
  • I often edit while I’m commuting or out of the office, perhaps at home in a comfortable chair. Typing can be difficult with a conventional laptop keyboard perched on my lap. The Tablet PC interface is easier to use, and more relaxing. It is just like marking up a paper document on a notepad in my lap, and just as comfortable.
  • If I’m in a meeting it’s easier to edit related documents. With the Tablet PC, I don’t need to bring out a noisy keyboard-based laptop. I can make my edits in pen with the Tablet PC in my lap or on the table like a paper pad.

There are several programs you can use to mark up your documents. Word 2003 and 2007 come fully pen-enabled for marking up documents, as do Excel and PowerPoint.

Learn more great short-cuts to make with your tablet PC at the full article on At Work.

From: Michael Linenberger, author of "Seize the Work Day: Using the Tablet PC to Take Total Control of Your Work and Meeting Day"