This flexibility/balance thing is about fitting your work into your life, not fitting your life in around your work.
I use a few tools to help me stay flexible when I'm at work or at home, and I wanted to share those with you. They range from free computer programs to financial/life tools that help me to keep my mind off of the noise and on the details that really matter.
Dropbox-This is a tool that allows you to set up a folder on your computer that synchronizes with other computers instantly. For example, if I’m working on a file and need to access it from my home computer, I just drop it into my Dropbox folder and it is waiting on me next time I access a computer (or when I need it on my Android/iPhone when I’m away from a computer). We have always used the free Dropbox version (2 gigabytes free!), and it’s been a lifesaver on some occasions.
Mozy-If you’ve never had a computer failure, you’ve never experienced the sheer panic that comes with losing important data. Back when my wife and I were putting together baby books, we had a computer glitch that caused our photos to be deleted. However, since we were using Mozy to automatically back up our files securely, it was only a short moment of panic before we logged in and downloaded all the files we needed. We used the free version for several years and now pay for it because it’s that good.
PerkStreet-Having your financial "house" in order makes it easier to focus on your work. We all know that, but sometimes it's tough to know where to start. PerkStreet is a new company I’ve started using this year, and I really like them. It’s a checking account with a debit card that gives you anywhere from 1-20% cash back on purchases. I’ve used my credit card for a lot of bigger purchases to get cash back before, but it’s nice to do that with a debit card instead. I'm not a big believer in debt, and it's nice to find tools to help stay away from that.
These are a few of the tools I use to intertwine my work and life. How about you?
Until next time,