7 Steps to Good Work Habits Away From The Office
by Jeff Wuorio
used with permission from the Microsoft Small Business Website


Your laptop was built for doing work away from the office. Making sure your self-discipline comes along for the trip is something else.

Many business owners and executives associate an office environment with the will to work. As a result, they fret that they—or their employees—may be less than diligent when working from home or a hotel room.

But keeping up your self-discipline away from the office is just a matter of thoughtful planning. Here are seven strategies, culled from feedback from experts and my own experiences.

1. Know your work patterns.
This philosophic tenet is particularly important to being disciplined away from an office environment. Consider what makes you more productive: being proactive well in advance or sweating things out under a tight deadline. Knowing what sets your wheels turning can help you establish work patterns and systems that bolster your discipline. "Are you motivated by feeling good or fear?" asks Jan Jasper, author of Take Back Your Time: How to Regain Control of Work, Information and Technology. "Some people don't need to plan ahead as much because their discipline comes from adrenaline."

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What You Should Know About "The Cloud"
Written by Marty Kaufman, as seen in The Business Press


Technology is amazing. It is hard to deal with just how fast things are changing. It was just a year or two ago and the word "Cloud Computing" was uttered. Since the first time one of my clients said the words to me, I have been standing at a white board or scratching sketches on napkins to illustrate cloud computing scenarios. So what is "The Cloud" and how could you take advantage of it?

The term "cloud" is just a metaphor for the Internet. You generally access your "cloud" via a browser like Internet Explorer, Safari, or Chrome but there are other ways as well. The basics are super simple. You go to a browser, select the site or shortcut you need, and just like that, you are working. Better yet, you can access your data from anywhere in world; a desktop, laptop, or Smartphone. You have the browser; the application provider has the data. Awesome!

There are thousands of great applications available on the Internet from your Browser. Some very popular examples are Facebook, Google Apps, Salesforce.com and Quicken.

The Cloud at Home
At home, you use cloud applications all the time and may not even know it. You just click and go. Over 500 Million of us click on Facebook and Fantasy football is one of the most used sports applications in the world. This is great for us home users because we get amazing new fun applications to use for little or no cost. What a deal!

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Five Reasons to Go Wireless
used with permission from Cisco

Every minute counts in a small company and wireless networks are a powerful tool for boosting productivity and encouraging information sharing. With untethered access to documents, emails, applications and other network resources, employees can roam where they need to and have constant access to the tools required to do their jobs.

Here are some of the ways businesses are taking advantage of wireless LANs:

Increased mobility and collaboration
Roam without losing your connection
Work together more effectively

Employees who use your wireless LAN can roam around your office or to different floors without losing their connection. Imagine everyone in a team meeting or in small conferences having access to up-to-the minute communications, and all documents and applications on your network. Similarly, using Voice over Wireless LAN technology, they can have roaming capabilities in their voice communications.

Improved responsiveness
Connect to the information you need when you need it
Provide better customer service

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February 2011
In this issue:

7 Steps to Good Work Habits
What You Should Know
5 Reasons to Go Wireless
Master Your Thinking
Business Continuity Tip
Cartoon & Quote
Master Your Thinking and Beat Bad Moods
by Marlene Chism
used with permission - www.stopworkplacedrama.org


Let's face it; a bad mood impacts your personal effectiveness. If your mood is not kept in check you can damage important relationships in the workplace and beyond. Moods are simply a manifestation of energy.

I like Eckhart Tolle's definition of emotion: "Emotions are the body's reaction to the mind." If you agree, then it makes sense that in order to beat a bad mood you must master your mindset, or your thinking.

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Business Continuity Tip
Final destination(s).

Building a robust recovery plan is all about establishing redundancies (for your staff, technology, communications, etc). These redundancies need to extend to recovery sites as well. When considering a temporary office recovery site you must think of the worst case scenario. Fact is, your obvious first choice may not be available during a large-scale event (think New Orleans post-Katrina, and Manhattan following 9/11).

Take some time to brainstorm multiple location options. Think creatively about how isolated vs. local vs. regional disasters may impact where and how you recover. For example, do you have a good relationship with a vendor in your supply chain? Maybe they can help you out in a pinch. Do you have access to flexible office space like the offerings that Agility provides? Can your employees work remotely? If so, how long before inefficiency creeps in?

The bottom-line is - don't hinge your entire plan on a single recovery site. Flexibility is key.


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If we had no winter, the spring
would not be so pleasant.

Anne Bradstreet


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