Basecamp is the next step up for those who have outgrown Google Docs. It allows you to organize your files into projects and give clients or co-workers access to their projects. It starts at $24 a month for 15 projects and 5GB of file storage. You can try it for a month free, and test-drive it over the holidays.
VNC used to be the way to go for those who wanted to dial into their work computer from home, and it still is for many in the corporate world. However, power outages and the possibility that someone at headquarters may try to economize by turning your computer off over vacation, making VNC unavailable, make online storage services a safe fallback option.
3. Get Internet on the road or in the air
If you'll be driving or taking a plane this year, try getting work done during traveling time. Beg for "shotgun" in the passenger seat to maximize your in-car workspace, and make sure your smartphone data plan is topped up so you can use it as an on-the-road Internet hotspot.
Keep in mind that some mobile providers need to switch on your hotspot service, so if you haven't used this feature on your phone yet, give them a call first. Android users can set up a hotspot by going into "Settings" and then "Wireless and Network", where you'll have the option to turn on a hotspot. iPhone users need to follow the instructions on this page.
If you are taking a plane, save on in-flight Wi-Fi and airport Wi-Fi by following some of the tips in this article. Learn what's available in PCWorld's extensive research about the top 20 airports for tech-savvy travelers. Skype is also offering free Wi-Fi in over 50 U.S. airports.
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Even though wireless access and cloud services enable us to work 24/7 from any location, remember that the holidays should be about spending time with the people you love, not about work. Even if you end up working down to the wire the night before you go back to work, it's worth it to get time with family and friends. Use tech to get yourself to the finish line faster; don't let it imprison you with invisible ties to your office.
Angela West dreams of opening a Fallout-themed pub featuring wait staff with Pip-Boys. She's written for big insurance companies, small wildlife control businesses, gourmet food chains, and more. Follow her on Twitter at @angelawest and Facebook.