By: Kelley Zilles, RPR
Going to work for anyone in the cold winter months is no fun. One thing I do to make my court reporting day less stressful is plan on getting up even earlier than usual. You never know what the winter weather is going to bring out on the roads. I always plan to arrive at the job a half hour before start time. I figure out my route and drive time the night before and then tack on an extra 15-30 minutes just in case. I listen to the weather and traffic report while getting dressed in case I need to leave even earlier. I always have proofreading or editing with me in case I arrive earlier than expected.
My remote car starter is my very best friend, especially in the winter! It makes me so much happier to hop into a warm car than a cold one. An extra bonus is to have a full tank of gas so you don’t have to stop on the way to your job in the snow or sleet or when there has just been an accident causing a traffic delay.
Also important is to take your computer and machine out of the car when you get home from the previous job. I can imagine there is nothing worse than taking out a cold machine for your court reporting job and hoping it starts up and runs properly while being so cold and sluggish.
Don’t ever forget your boots, gloves, hats, scarves when you head out the door. You never know when the ramp or parking lot that you’re expecting to park in will be full and you have to walk outdoors an extra few blocks in the ice and snow.
Dress in layers. I know while getting dressed in the morning my first thought is to dress warm. That’s great, until you are sitting in an overheated conference room and realize you have no layer under your sweater or suit jacket.
Finally, just be patient. Take your time packing up after the job, layer on your warm clothing for the ride home, turn your favorite station on the radio, and focus on patiently getting home safely. And sometimes, if you’re in the right frame of mind, watching the wintery weather outside is actually quite pretty – if you’re in the right frame of mind!