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If you haven’t heard by now, you’re about to find out: A winter storm being described as a “bombogenesis,” which is expected to create a “bomb cyclone,” is heading for the East Coast.
The snow has reportedly even come down in areas of Georgia and Florida.
RARE SIGHT: it's snowing in Tallahassee FL for the 1st time in 28 years. @NWSTallahassee measured 0.1" of snow/sleet on their roof @floridastate at 8:30 AM. Video via 904 Happy Hour. #snow #flwx#frozenAmerica pic.twitter.com/dG5uMrTcpM
— Mike Seidel (@mikeseidel) January 3, 2018
Of course, we’ll have to see how it actually pans out, but in the meantime, here are tips for preparing to work from home tomorrow, just in case the storm hits your area.
Write down your work passwords
Take a page out of TIME politics editor and part-time Georgetown University School of Continuing Studies journalism professor Ryan Teague Beckwith’s book, and have your work credentials ready before the storm hits.
Pro tip: Make sure you have all your work passwords and logins for your home computer https://t.co/pUosypucBc
— ryan teague beckwith (@ryanbeckwith) January 2, 2018
Also consider writing them down on a piece of paper (gasp!) in case you lose power.
Bring home your work laptop
This is a given, but you’ll want to make sure that you have access to all your important files, favorited sites, and Internet browser extensions you use at work.
Also: Take the work laptop home with you the night before the big storm hits!
— Mike Sisak (@mikesisak) January 2, 2018
So, take your work laptop and charger in your bag on the way home the night before, just in case. After all, better safe than sorry.
Having what you use for work might also make it a lot easier to get assignments done, so also make sure you fully charge it before the snow starts falling. Plug it in after you start working so your battery percentage level doesn’t dip too low.
Plug in your portable chargers
You’re going to want to be able to contact your boss if the power goes out at your house. So plug in any portable chargers you take with you on a regular basis or extra ones that you keep at home.
Don’t forget to beat the crowds and get gas for your car in advance, too.
Stock up on the right foods
Make sure you eat things that will help you work efficiently. Instead of loading up on chips and cookies, eat protein, vegetables and drink lots of water. Save the treats for later.
Don’t forget to take your daily vitamins and go to sleep at a good time the night before, as well.
Also take time away from your screen — being inside can give you cabin fever, so you might need to break things up by switching work locations at your house or going for a walk in the snow.