Tech Corner: Work Smarter, Not Harder
Work Smarter, Not Harder
EACE Blog contribution by Nadia Dovi, Assistant Director, Cornell University’s Engineering Co-op & Career Services
It’s a new year! And this year, you should resolve to do more in less time. Sound difficult? It’s actually easier than you think. By making it a habit to incorporate technology into your workday, you won’t only be more productive, but with all the time you saved, you may actually have a chance to work on that project that’s been sitting on your desk since last year! Check out the technologies below to learn how you can start working smarter.
1.) HootSuite: Stop wasting time logging in to each of your social media accounts to update your content. With the HootSuite dashboard, you can easily manage up to 5 social media networks for free! Post content to Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, Google+ and more with just a click of a button.
2.) Asana: Manage group projects more efficiently. Assign tasks, easily communicate priorities and due dates, and allow group members access to documents & files, all housed in 1 place! For those managing student workers, Asana is a great tool for effectively administering office projects.
3.) Doodle: Scheduling meetings just got easier. With Doodle you can send out a poll displaying multiple dates and times and colleagues can select their availability. It eliminates the need to send out multiple emails and cuts down on scheduling conflicts. I personally use Doodle to schedule all of my meetings with colleagues outside of my department and it’s the easiest and fastest way to determine everyone’s availability.
4.) Google Drive: Store, share, and edit in no time! Google Drive allows users to store important documents to the cloud, easily share files with others, and collaboratively edit materials. I use Google Drive to create and share my Peer Advisors’ work schedule. When students need to find coverage for a shift, they can easily access the Google doc to determine which of their peers might be available to cover. It cuts down on mass emailing to the group, and let’s be honest, we could all do with fewer emails!
I hope you’ll have time to check out some new technologies this year and make 2014 the most productive yet! I’m always looking for the newest, hottest, trendiest technologies, so if you know of others you’d like to share, please leave a comment below.
Nadia Dovi is the Assistant Director in Cornell University’s Engineering Co-op & Career Services Office where she advises technical students, administers the Peer Advisor Program, and serves on several committees, including EACE’s Technology Committee. Prior to working at Cornell, Nadia served as the Assistant Director of Internship Programs at Union College. Nadia received a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Hamilton College, and a Master of Science in Mental Health Counseling from SUNY Albany. You can connect with Nadia via LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/dovin or Twitter (@NadiaDovi).