Recent Posts by Susie Cogswell

Susie Cogswell is a Project Manager at First National Technology Solutions. Her favorite interests within IT pertain to project management, storage and emerging technologies. An Omaha native, Susie enjoys everything her city has to offer – including the College World Series, Husker game day parties and going to the Henry Doorly Zoo. Leading an active lifestyle Susie enjoys exercising, traveling, playing tennis, swimming and trying new foods – try to keep up with this busy woman!

Mobile Applications on the Rise

Mobile applications have experienced a surge in popularity with global users climbing into the millions.  Companies are investing thousands into planning, developing, launching and managing mobile applications for their customers.  
Here are a few tips for developing a mobile application:

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Work Hard, Play Hard

As your days fill up with more meetings, tasks to complete, phone calls, etc. it’s easy to zone out and forget to  take a break to re-energize. With today’s nonstop schedules including work, family, and everything in between we tend to run ourselves down until we simply can’t go anymore. This usually ends up with getting sick, missing work and family events. With everything you have to get done  in a day at your workplace, it’s extremely important to listen to what your body is trying to tell you. If you feel tired, hungry, or even having difficulty concentrating it’s usually a sign that you need to take a break. Even if it’s just for 10 minutes a couple times a day it will help diminish stress. A few ideas for how to take a break include:

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Teamwork at FNTS

With everyone’s busy schedules it can be easy to try to take everything on yourself. At FNTS, we strive on working as a team in order to provide the best possible service to our clients. Teamwork isn’t just about a group of people getting together to discuss an idea or issue, it’s about working as a unit to provide mutual support, more ideas, better solutions, and a sense of accomplishment. As a project manager, communication is a key ingredient in working with multiple team members. Communicating effectively and efficiently allows all team members to be able to contribute ideas, solutions, and feedback.

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Microsoft OneNote

After using Microsoft Word for so many years, I was introduced to Microsoft OneNote. To be honest, I had never heard of this software before but sure glad I did! In the Project Manager world, OneNote has helped in the organization of multiple projects and tasks within each project.

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Exercising in the Office

“We are made to move, not sit at a desk 12 hours a day,” says Joan Price, author of The Anytime, Anywhere Exercise Book. “As ergonomic as your desk or chair may be, sitting produces back pains, headaches, and listlessness. You become less productive.”

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New Year’s Resolutions

With the New Year come New Year’s resolutions. Inevitably, working out and eating healthier will be on your list. This resolution will not only help you personally but professionally as well. According to a study of European workers polled by VieLife, those with a poor nutritional balance were reported as being 15% less productive than those with a good nutritional balance and those with poor nutrition scores reported 50% more sickness absences per year than those with good scores. While you may know what you want, you might not know where to start so I’ve compiled a list of tips and tricks to help you stay active at the workplace this year:

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Time Management 101

As a Project Manager for FNTS, I am constantly seeking ways to use not only my time but the time of my coworkers and clients wisely. Staying organized and on task can be difficult at times, but with the following few tips your life may be a tad bit easier.

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