The week between Christmas and New Years is tricky. Your boss wants you in the office, but you likely won’t have a ton of work to do. Worse, your brain will be at home with holiday leftovers, this year’s gifts, and thoughts of the new year. This is your compromise guide of what to do during the week. Will you be using your bain and getting skills that’ll make you better at your job? Yes! Will this be stressful? No! Will your boss love that you are actually getting work done, learning new techniques, and getting a certification? Totally!
Hang with your family, eat some good food, and enjoy your day off work!
Wake your brain up by learning how to get the most out of Google Docs through a quick Lynda course. Many public libraries will give you free access with your library card, but you can also get a free 30-day trial. If you don’t have a ton of experience using Google Docs, we recommend the Google Docs Essentials. This course starts with the absolute basics, like creating your document and navigating the program, and works up to sharing your docs, co-editing, and adding comments. This’ll take up an hour and a half.
If you already feel comfortable with Google Docs, then you should check out Google Docs Advanced Tips and Tricks, which clocks in at an hour. This guide will take you to the next level of Google Docs by teaching you how to bring back old versions of your writing, produce better designs, and use external Google products with your document.
After waking up your brain a little, you can start working on your Google Analytics training. This training is divided into two parts- Google Analytics for Beginners and Advanced Google Analytics. Today, you’re going to work on Google Analytics for Beginners. It should take you between four and six hours to watch the videos, complete the simulations, and get your feet wet in digital analytics.
Google does an excellent job teaching novices why you should be tracking your website traffic and explaining how you get started. You’ll need to pass all of the internal quizzes before you’ll get a certificate of completion. Have a candy cane and do some exploring in Google Analytics for the rest of the day.
Your two goals for Wednesday: get your Google Analytics IQ Certificate and do a digital security check.
First, let’s finish your analytics certificate. Bring up Advanced Google Analytics and start going through the videos and quizzes. If you had any questions after yesterday’s beginner’s training, they’ll probably be answered in these modules. Once again, training should take four to six hours before you get your second certification of completion. This doesn’t mean you’re finished though!!! You still need to take the official certification test.
Depending on how prepared you feel, we recommend studying with Google Analytics Test. While this website is not affiliated with the official Google Analytics IQ Certification, it’ll ask you similar questions and let you see if you need to review any sections. You want to feel pretty prepared because you need an 80 percent or better to pass and can only take the test once every seven days.
Once you feel comfortable, it’s time to take the exam! Make sure you have an hour and a half set aside for the test. While it probably won’t take you that long, the countdown keeps going, even if your Wi-Fi dies or your computer has issues. If you pass, congratulations! Go update your LinkedIn, and tell your boss about your new skillset! If you didn’t pass, think about what topics you found trickiest, reschedule the test at least a week later, and see if the break room has any treats to make you feel better.
Do a Google Security Check (10 minutes to 1.5 hours)
If you have extra time after your security checkup, test the security of your other apps and accounts until the work day is done!
Your three-day weekend is in sight! You can do this!
You’re going to start your Thursday with some Google Sheets training. Sheets isn’t just for the accounting team, it’s a great way to organize data, make collaborative spreadsheets, and effectively visualize information. This Lynda guide will walk you through the program, even if numbers aren’t your jam. Since this is an all-levels course, you may already know some of the content. If so, just skip ahead a little. With three hours of videos, you are sure to learn something new!
It’s too easy for your Google Docs to pile up throughout the year. Today’s the day to get rid of the short notes, old downloads, and unneeded drafts. Open up Google Docs and look at your list of documents. If you see something you don’t need, press the three vertical dots, then “Remove”. If you accidentally delete something, go to your Google Drive, the trash folder, and double-click the document. Your file will open and give you the option to take it out of the trash.
It’s the last workday of the year, so let’s make it a great one! This will be a day of reflection on what you’ve learned this year and prep for a successful 2018.
Reflect on your 2017 (1 to 2 hours)
First, make a list of the projects you did in 2017. These can be ones played a big role or small, work or personal, or even things that are still in progress. Go through and write down what were your big achievements within the projects, and if there were any things that could have gone better. Would these challenges have been easier if you had more experience in a certain area? If so, write down the techniques that would have made it better. Once you’ve gone through all your projects, see if there are any skills that you want to master. Maybe 2018 will be your year of coding, Photoshop, learning how 3D print, or making apps!
Make goals for 2018 (1 to 2 hours)
Next, it’s gonna be time to start prepping for 2018. Were there any skills from your reflections that you want to work on next year? What are your goals for becoming better at your work or passions? Research how you can achieve those goals, like through courses, newsletters, or conferences. Make an action plan on how you can use these resources to achieve your 2018 goals.
Clean your computer area (0.5 to 1 hour)
The rest of your Friday is going to be spent on preparing your computer or Chromebook for a clean start to 2018. Brush off any crumbs from your workstation, and use some disinfecting wipes on your desk, keyboard, and mouse. Use canned air or a cleaning putty to reach the nooks and crannies of your keyboard. Then use an alcohol-based computer screen cleaner, a microfiber cloth, and a light hand to clean your screen.
Get expert advice on the best tech for your company (as long as you’ve got until your boss lets you go home)
If after all this you still have time before the end of the workday, we recommend watching some episodes of Promevo.TV. If your boss asks what you’re doing, say you’re doing research on new tech for the company because you’re proactive like that.
2017 has been a great year for Promevo, and we’re looking forward to an even better 2018. A special thank you to all our customers, blog readers, supporters, and employees who make all this possible!
Promevo can help your school, business, or organization achieve all of your technology goals. As a Google Premier Partner, we can outfit you with the best Chromebooks for your needs, supply you with G Suite licenses, and provide extended support, so you’ll get the most out of your Chrome devices!