Get your work life in order using Telstra mobile broadband
Julie Morgenstern here, time management and organisation expert and author.
I’ve been in Australia all this week with Telstra to celebrate the new Ultimate™ USB Modem being available to consumers, giving Aussies access to the world’s fastest national mobile broadband service!
An announcement like this raises a lot of questions about how technology changes the way we work…. for the better. Especially considering Australians are spending more time working away from the office, according to the Telstra Mobile Internet Report released this week, and that one quarter of all Australians are actually spending five hours or more a week working outside the office!
The thing to keep in mind, is that while fast and reliable mobile broadband gives us the technology to work away form the office, what we also need to do this successfully is the technique.
Here are my top three tips to make you sure you have both!
1. Make the most of your commute
The trip to work is the perfect time to tackle a piece of work that will take time and concentration such as writing a document, as you have little other distractions and a set deadline. The end of each day should be used to tie up all the loose ends from that day and to plan out the next. Use this time to reply to emails, review your schedule and write your to-do list. By utilising lost time to work remotely you can shave hours off time spent in the office.
2. Find out when and where you are most productive
Are you at your concentration peak in the morning or in the afternoon? Do you thrive in the office or do you have more clarity when working in the great outdoors? Identify where and when you are most productive and try to schedule your time so that you are tackling your most important work in this environment, saving less pressing tasks or admin work for when you are less focused.
3. Plan your remote work time
While it’s great that technology has given us the ability to work remotely, we need to ensure this technology is used to improve our lives, not take over our lives. The key here is just because you can access your work, doesn’t mean you should. Plan which specific work you are going to do from outside the office, choosing only those tasks that are most urgent. When you do need to complete work at personal occasions, make sure that you are using the best available technology, that your laptop and phone are charged and that you are accessing the fastest mobile broadband network available with the Telstra BigPond Ultimate® USB – there is nothing worse than a five minute task taking half an hour because your technology lets you down.
To hear more from Julie, check out an interview she did earlier this week on The Morning Show!