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Homing In On Work


Work from home offers you flexibility, but use your time wisely to reap the benefits. It may seem that you have a lot of it at your disposal, but if you are not disciplined, work may start piling up. The trick is to still function as if you were working in an office. Here are some tips to help you better manage your time:

Maintain A Schedule

Block time for regular meetings and activities in advance, including work, family and social commitments. Schedule these in your diary as soon as they arise, and for as long as they will continue-this way, you will not forget important appointments or doublebook yourself. Using color coding can help you to distinguish between work, family and social activities at a glance.

Remember Travel Time

Many people schedule time only for the actual meeting, and fail to take into account the time needed to travel to and from the venue. Allow yourself enough of a buffer for traffic jams or other delays.

Regular Activities

Allot time for regular activities - such as the first 60 and last 10 minutes of your day - for planning, weekly reports and project updates. These activities will come around, so do not leave them till the last minute or overbook your time with so many other meetings and activities that you cannot find the time for them.

Plan Your Breaks

By scheduling and planning for your holidays ii advance, you will not only have something to look forward to, you will have a much better chance of avoiding the usual pre-holiday stress which comes with trying to complete everything before you go. Letting your clients know in advance when you are planning a vacation also means that everyone factors your leave into their plans.

How To Schmooze Like Paris H.

Up to 50 percent of people get their job by networking. Here are some tips for talking the talk.

Be Open And Receptive To Everyone You Meet

Even if you come from different industries, you may cross paths in the future.

Be Sincerely Interested In The Person You're Talking To

There's nothing more annoying than speaking to someone who forgets your name the minute your chat ends.

Continue To Make Contact And Establish A Relationship

Continue to make contact and establish a relationship even after the event or meeting is over. Send an email the next day to say hello and how much you enjoyed meeting them.

Make It A Point To Drop Them A Note

Every so often when you come across something they might be interested in. After all, networking is all about sharing information and mutually offering help when the opportunity arises.

Most Coveted Transferable Job Skills To Develop

Be a well-rounded employee and you'll have an easier time marketing yourself. Knock the socks off any employer with these five basic skill sets:

Communication

  • Speaking effectively and expressing ideas
  • Writing concisely
  • Providing appropriate feedback
  • Negotiating

Research And Planning

  • Identifying and solving problems
  • Imagining alternatives
  • Identifying resources
  • Gathering information
  • Setting goals

Human Relations

  • Developing rapport
  • Providing support for others
  • Motivating
  • Sharing credit
  • Cooperating
  • Delegating with respect

Organisation, Management And Leadership

  • Initiating new ideas
  • Coordinating tasks
  • Managing groups
  • Delegating responsibility
  • Selling ideas or products
  • Decision-making

Work Survival

  • Being punctual
  • Managing time
  • Attending to details
  • Accepting responsibility
  • Setting and meeting goals and deadlines
  • Organising
 

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