Posted by Diana Podaski on Mon, Mar 13, 2017 @ 17:03 PM
After reading a NECN headline that mentioned the upcoming storm is "potentially life threatening" I thought it would be the perfect time to write a blog on how to still be productive when working at home. Here are some tips:
Get up and take a shower at the regular time, this will keep you in your routine and make you feel refreshed. Get dressed for the day, make a cup of hot chocolate and step outside for 5 minutes before signing online. When you do sign on, work at a desk or table, not on the couch.
Talk to your IT consultant about how to setup your Outlook or other email management tool remotely. To get started go to START/ PROGRAMS/ ACCESSORIES/ (COMMUNICATIONS)/ REMOTE DESKTOP CONNECTION. Then, you will be prompted for a computer name and user name - get this information from IT. Other networks include an online sign-in portal through Citrix.
Don't forget that you can use Facetime to stay connected with people. I've found that gchat is a clearer connection. Another great tool is www.gotomeeting.com, an online conferencing tool that allows you and others to dial into one line and conference call as well as view the same computer screen.
Put a list together of everything you would like to get done for the day and prioritize it (be realistic, you aren't Clark Kent), THEN go through your email. If you know you don't have any pressing deadlines, close out your email for an hour at a time to focus on a specific project.
Call at least 5 people today. Constant communication and excellent information is what builds relationships in this industry so go onto their company websites and logon to view their Linkedin, twitter and facebook pages to see what they are up to before dialing.
At lunchtime, browse your own social media sites. Sign onto Linkedin and make an update and respond to at least two contact's posts. Make one post on your twitter account and facebook if it is a work account; don't even sign into your personal facebook account, we all know what that does to your day.
Send an email to your boss at the end of the day updating him/her on what you accomplished; having this in mind will make you more focused and motivated.