|Written by Bill Hanks|
More and more individuals are taking their work with them to lunch, at breaks, and even home at night. Many individuals are afraid of losing their jobs or positions. They feel that, by going the extra mile, they are proving their value. This article takes a look at taking your work with you, without losing your mind.
In today's world, their are many tools that a person can use during their free time to keep up. Palm Pilots, Palm Treo, Blackberries, Cellphones, Laptops, and Thinkpads are just a few of the tools that employees can put to use.
Unless you are under a time constraint, try to leave your main body of work back at the office. Use your free time to update schedules, inventory your upcoming jobs, make contacts, setup appointments, review what you have done, double check or update accounts, and compose emails or letters.
Using this time to handle small tasks, frees up your time to addressing major issues , when you are back in the office. Many times an individual will get so engrossed in a job project, that he will neglect the smaller tasks that are just as important.
If you are going to work during your free time, try to handle tasks that are quick and simple to do. Many times you can get these small tasks taken care of and still have time for lunch or a break.
One thing that you don't want to over do is carry a ton of paperwork with you. It is too easy to lose, misplace or spoil. Again, if you must take something, take only one item and keep it clean.
Many individuals will use this time to make personal contacts with clients. That is because, they know that they are free during lunch, too. Schedules can be exchanged and future appointments can be made.
Let's face it. Nobody wants to spend all their free time working during this period. However, sometimes it must be done for various reasons. Always try to keep these tasks limited. This way you won't loose your mind. You will limit mistakes. One of the worst things, that an employee can do, is make a mistake on their own free time. You will end up getting depressed and resentful.