Well, last week in Pittsburgh, we had several days of beautiful sunshine and spring-like weather! However this week I was thrown back into the reality of winter when I awoke to 10 inches of snow on the ground!! Even though spring isn’t here just yet, it is never too early to think spring! For me, thoughts of spring always bring to mind spring cleaning! Okay, maybe not right away—warm weather, birds chirping, and flowers come to mind first, but cleaning does make an appearance on my list somewhere! As you think about tackling those spring cleaning chores around your home, it is a great time to do a little cleaning and purging of your work area and computer too. This will make sure that you have the most current and correct information and make finding that information a little easier!
Contact Information—People change email addresses and instant message usernames all the time. This would be a great time to check with your manager and others on your team to be sure everyone’s information is still up to date. Delete any old addresses so you don’t accidentally use them and then wonder why your email was never answered!
Your Accounts—Take a little time to go through any documentation you have related to your accounts. Check with your account manager to make sure the information you have regarding account specifications is up to date. Have the managers or QA personnel changed for your account?
Office procedures—Have there been any changes in how you must set your schedule, request time off, benefits? Sometimes information regarding changes like these can get lost in the lines of communication when working from home.
Your computer—This is a great time to do a little maintenance on your computer. Clearing out old or unneeded files will help to free up space. Delete old programs that you never use. Evaluate your filing system and determine if it is working for you—can you find what you need quickly? Or are you constantly wasting time looking for this reference document or that link? Run the system maintenance tools such as check disk and disk defragmenter as well as a spam and virus checker to help your system run smoother.
Set your goals—Jot down a few career goals you have for yourself that you would like to come to fruition by this summer—possibly credentialing, reaching higher production levels, a management opportunity? Post this list by your monitor to encourage you.
Til next time,
Bethany @ M*Modal