How I Work: Laurie Walton, Senior Administrative Associate, IT

Name: Laurie Walton

Job Title, Department: Sr. Administrative Associate, IT

Current Mobile Device(s): Android Mini

Current Computer(s): iMac 2011 & MacBook Air 2012 both running Yosemite

One word that describes how you work: Uncomplicated

Describe a typical day: On a typical day, I’m managing multiple calendars, answering questions, and assisting with budgets. I mainly use my iMac, but often work via my Macbook Air laptop and my phone. I’m always checking email and phone messages so that I can stay on top of requests that come in or actions I have to take.

What apps, software, or tools can’t you live without? Why? My mail and calendar client of choice is the Outlook Web App, because it’s web accessible and it’s easy to use. My email is a very useful tool in keeping me organized. I leave messages unread if the task has not been completed or if I need to follow up at a later date. I also sort budget or finance related emails and documents into subfolders, which is a great archiving resource.

Another app I use is Slack, a chat and IM client, which allows me to be in close contact with the entire IT department and other Emerson departments. It’s an amazing app for general discussion, quick answers, and emergencies.

Google Drive is also a wonderful resource. I can share documents and keep meeting minutes via the cloud, without having to take up space locally or in an inbox. I also don’t have to remember to send updates after the fact, as everything is updated automatically.

What is your office or desk like? Tidy or chaotic? My desk is organized with a touch of chaos. Lists of phone numbers, department information, and administrative related documents all have a place, but the fun de-stressers are constantly in a different place. =)

What do you use to keep track of your schedule? My Exchange calendar and I sync that to the Calendar app on my phone. Any appointment or reminder goes directly to my calendar, an organized brain is a happy brain.

What’s your best time-saving shortcut or life hack? Copying and pasting from document to document or when creating budgetary requisitions. Also, taking pictures of an item that may contain a lot of information. This is extremely helpful for me as I can use the picture for reference later, get rid of trash more quickly (such as a packaging label or invoice), or simply sending it to another individual for reference or fast approval.

What’s your favorite lunch spot around Emerson? I love eating under the trees in Commons. My favorite restaurant is Iron Wok in the Transportation building…. mmmm bourbon chicken!

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