Welcome to 2011! If you are anything like me right now, you are probably sitting at a desk somewhere, trying desperately to pull your mind out of holiday mode and back into work mode. There are probably mountains of work just waiting for your attention, right?
Don’t panic – you’re not alone in your longing to be back on a beach (or a ski slope) somewhere! Here are some ideas to help you get back into the swing of things and beat those post-holiday blues, as well as those mountains of work.
Set up a Google Calendar and allow your colleagues to see which activities are happening at various times without having to sort through multiple spreadsheets. This is a really useful tool for helping coordinate ongoing activities such as email blasts. Best of all, it’s smart phone accessible.
Google Docs allows you to set up various types of documents, including worksheets and spreadsheets. Multiple users can work within the same document at the same time, and you can upload files from your desktop. Once again, this is a great sharing tool for resources that you wish to access anywhere you can get an Internet connection and that multiple staff members will be working across. Smart phone users will also be able to reap the benefits of playing with documents on the move.
If you haven’t already, set up a desktop Twitter client such as Hootsuite or Tweetdeck to tweet from multiple accounts including Facebook and LinkedIn. Twitter clients such as these also allow you to tweet from multiple Twitter accounts simultaneously, as well as to run searches across any search term. Monitor what’s being said about your organisation and make sure that you’re part of the conversation.
If you don’t already use an instant messenger client in your office to help improve work flow, consider whether it may suit your needs. Instant messaging can help save time if used well.
Let your fingers do the walking across to Slideshare and see how others are approaching the same topics/areas that you are now looking into. Perhaps you need some new fundraising inspiration, or really want to know how to get started with search engine optimisation?
Join a relevant group, and join the conversation. What can other professionals help you with? How can you share your ideas and get inspired once again?
So, which tools are you going to use to help you get your inspiration back in 2011? Which tools can help you achieve what you need to in the easiest way possible?