If you're like me, you'd like to telework, or telework more often, but you're concerned that you may not have access to all of your necessary files at your home office. A techno-geek friend of mine at Maitek recently introduced to me SyncToy, a software tool that allows you to keep up-to-date copies of important work files on both your work computer and a memory stick, which you can take home and use at your home computer.
With SyncToy you select the "Left Folder" and "Right Folder", or in the case of a teleworker, your work computer and the memory stick, respectively. On the Left Folder you check-off the folders from your work computer which you'd like copied to your memory stick. Run SyncToy at the end of the day for the first time and all your files will be copied to the memory stick. Pop-out it out and you're ready to telework the following day.
When you get back to your work computer, simply pop-in your memory stick and run SyncToy again and it ensures that the newest version of the files you edited on your telework day at home replace the older versions on your work computer. All your files are up-to-date.
And did I mention SyncToy is absolutely free?
I've used SyncToy for many telework days so far and it's working wonders. Now what will I do with all of that free time since I'm not commuting as much anymore?
by Paul DeMaio, BikeArlington