Our computer desktops are not just tools. They are a compendium of information we need, are interested in, and are actively working on. They give us immediate access to the tools we need to better ourselves, whether for work or personal use so it’s essential to know how to setup your desktop to work for you, rather than against you. You’ll notice a big difference when you take care of these tips.
News & RSS
Your desktop should not only serve as a working hub, but as an informational hub. Subscribing to the RSS feeds of your favourite news sources, opening an article saving account using a service like Pocket, and perhaps downloading a desktop store app for breaking news alerts (even those in the industry you’re working in) can help you stay on top of the news and take advantage of this information as you see fit. Owning a second monitor can serve you well here, as you can pull up a continually informational resource to follow the news throughout the day. It’s preferable to use a service you can sync to, helping you achieve your best both at work and your home office. This can be even more important for moment to moment careers, such as those that require the close watch of stocks or trading deals.
Learning & Workspaces
Not only is your desktop a place for work but a place of learning. This means that operating a separate browser profile with all of your learning resources bookmarked can help you better yourself in your downtime, keeping yourself sharp between the ears. This can help you interface with services such as Creative Live to learn basic courses in a myriad of categories (life changing in how it taught me to blog), or for better and more specialist options such as learning programming languages, Simple Programmer. If experiencing downtime at work, if enjoying a little extra time for lunch, or when waking up in the morning early to get ahead of your day, curating an educational backdrop like this can do plenty to keep yourself focussed and constantly moving forward intellectually.
Communication & Availability
While using your phone or VoIP system to communicate, it might also be effective to allow for seamless integration of your communication platforms on your desktop. For example, there are very many excellent SMS catchers that you can install, as well as services that bond messages from many instant messaging services, from Google Hangouts to Skype. Logging into all of these services can prove a waste of resources, so using an all-in-one tracker (usually found in the extentions list of your browser) can help you confidently enjoy your communication responsibilities with ease. The more available you are, the better you will work with your colleagues, and the more reliable you will enjoy being seen as.
With these three desktop functionalities, your home and work computing space will inform and benefit your career. What are some of your desktop tips to share with your fellow boss babes?
M.E.L. is an attorney and small business entrepreneur whose mission is to help professionals conquer the workaday world with style and poise.
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