Over 20 years of experience working remotely as a sales professional and consultant honed my ability to maximize my productivity and maintain some semblance of a social life.
I want to share key tips with you if you find yourself telecommuting / working remotely.
This first tip is probably the most important piece of advice I or anyone else can give you:
1. Set boundaries with your family and friends.
2. Commit to establishing an updated work routine
3. Dress for work
4. You're at work - Do NOT answer your home phone.
5. Make sure you're working from some area at home that offers privacy and has some resemblance to an office.
6. Take scheduled breaks
7. Touch-base with your manager/boss and co-workers once in a while
8. Keep your work files organized and ready to transport
There are other great tips and tricks out there. These are the basics.
If you have questions about how to make the best of telecommuting, feel free to hit me up. If you want to explore more tips, or tips for certain arrangements, let me know and I'll do another article with additonal tips, or I'll do a deep-dive into any specific tip.
Working from home is double=edged sword:
If you're a goof-off, the temptation to goof-off or do non-work-related tasks will be strong, and you could jeopardize your job or career path.
The other side of that sword is that you can literally work from 7:00 am to 8:00 pm every day in a blink of an eye. That's why this next bonus tip is so important:
9. Schedule an end time to your work day and keep an eye on the clock
I hope these tips help you out if you're new to telecommuting! There are pros and cons to the arrangement, and ultimately you still have a job to do. This can be an arrangement that can help you shine to your employer while reclaiming the hour lost to commuting for yourself and your family/loved ones.
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by Robert Kwasnicki
Founder, Digital Marketing Partner
Google's Chrome browser can use up a lot of computer memory when you work with multiple tabs. Chrome relies heavily on RAM for better performance. This is not a bad thing, unless you start running out of RAM.
One thing you can do is close unused tabs until your computer's memory usage returns to normal levels. This may not work for you, though, if you need all those tabs for reference or while working on a project.
Google came up with a beta solution that work for you. We just started testing this new "automatic tab discarding" feature.
What it does in a nutshell:
Automatic Tab Discarding simply closes down the content of a tab that hasn't been used in a while, but it leaves the tab visible and usable. When you click on a tab that was "discarded", Chrome will reload the content of the tab.
So, how do you enable this beta feature?
First, make sure you are using the latest version of the Chrome browser.
Next, type in the search bar the following, without the quotes, and press enter - "chrome://flags/#enable-tab-discarding"
You will see a list of beta and experimental features. Simply search the page for, "discard", and you will find the Automatic Tab Discarding item. It will likely be showing it is set to Default. Change this to Enable.
Restart Chrome and will now be using this new feature.
We will report back if we run into any issues with this feature. However, based on our understanding of how it functions, we see no probability for concern.
Share your experience in using this beta Chrome feature by commenting below. Feel free to share this article with anyone who might benefit from using this Chrome hack.
Make any potentially unproductive meeting productive in one easy step.
So, yes. Really. This is yet another article about meetings.
Love them or hate them, meetings happen and will continue to happen, and very few people run effective and efficient meetings. Just Google "running meetings" and see how many hits there are on this subject.
Here's the 1-step program for giving any meeting an element of productivity:
Instead of sitting around a conference room table, or cubicle or office, have your team put on their walking shoes and head outside, walking and talking.
The meeting may have no agenda, no goals, no follow-up items, no clarity or run too long, but at least you and your team will get some beneficial physical movement.
This article first appeared on Robert Kwasnicki's LinkedIn Blog.
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