Chapter 47: Use an Agenda for Meetings

The first step in a successful meeting is a detailed agenda. Agendas make sure that everyone is on the same page, and prepared for the meeting. A great agenda identifies everyone involved, spells out the priorities for discussion, encourages action by detailing action steps for after the meeting, and makes clear what follow-up actions are needed.

Download our sample meeting agenda here, and take your next meeting to the next level.

Chapter 49: Test Your Internet Speed

If there was a short list of essentials in order to be productive working from home, a solid, fast, reliable internet connection would be on that list. If you haven’t checked your internet connection in awhile, you might be surprised to find that it’s lagging behind.

Click the link below to check your speed, and then research options available to improve your connection. This could include switching providers, or simply upgrading your package for more speed or reliability.

Internet Speed Test

Chapter 51: Have a Good Home Printer

Most of us don’t print nearly as much as we used to, but there are still occasions where a reliable printer will save you a trip across town, or from paying out the nose for copies at the office supply store.

Here are a few high quality printers, at different price points:

$149 Canon PIXMA TS Series Wireless All-in-One Color Inkjet Printer – Print, Scan, Copy 

$129 Canon TS6420 All-In-One Wireless Printer

$80 HP DeskJet Plus 4155 Wireless All-in-One Printer | Mobile Print, Scan & Copy

Chapter 52: Monitors: Where the Magic Happens

One of the best investments I have made in my home office is a larger second monitor. Especially when I am working with numbers, or evaluating creative materials for approval, having a big monitor allows me to make decisions quickly. You are not stuck with the monitor you’ve been using for years, or whatever came with your computer. Consider upgrading your monitor, or adding a second (or third) to your setup. Below are a few monitors at various price points.

$397 LG 27UK670-B 27” 16:9 4K Ultra HD IPS Monitor with USB Type-C

$220 Sceptre IPS 27″ QHD 2560 x 1440p LED Monitor DisplayPort HDMI up to 165Hz AMD FreeSync Premium RGB Build-in Speakers

$128 Sceptre New 22 Inch FHD LED Monitor 75Hz 2X HDMI VGA Build-in Speakers

Chapter 54: Don’t Go to the Post Office

If you leave your home to run to the post office for work, you are wasting time. Instead, get set up to print postage or set up shipments from home. Whether you’re using the good ol’ fashioned post office, or an expedited carrier, you can do most anything you need online, from home. Click below for a free trial of Stamps.com (US only). If you live in another area, visit your postal service’s website to see what online options are available to you.

Stamps.com Free Trial