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5 Tricks That Will Make Watching March Madness At Work Easier

It’s the best time of year. The weather is improving, days are getting longer and the NCAA college basketball tournament is starting. Unfortunately, most of us still have to work and can’t take off a few days to watch all the great games.

Luckily, there are a few tips to make it a little easier to watch all the action at work and not get caught slacking. Here are my favorite tips.

1. Know How To Use The “Boss Button”

Built into the official NCAA video player is a button called “Boss Button” and when you click it, your computer instantly shows a screen of “real work.” This year, the NCAA provided three screen options for you: a fake slideshow page, a fake search engine page, and fake class notes.

Here’s a video of how it works.

2. Use A Privacy Screen

Privacy screens are the perfect tool so people can’t see your computer unless they are looking directly at it.  This will prevent that co-worker or boss from strolling by and catching you in the act of watching the games.  You don’t want to be known as a slacker do you?

3. Connect A Headset To Your Device

Instead of headphones, try connecting a headset to your device. This will give the illusion that you are a very important call or helping a needy customer. Plus, if you have to switch away from the game, you still can hear every call on the court.

Businessman teleworking, headset on
Businessman teleworking, headset on

4. Your Phone As Wi-Fi Hotspot

Some companies have blocked streaming of the NCAA games. However, if you are in a pinch, you can always make your phone a wi-fi hotspot. To do this on your iPhone, go to Settings | Personal Hotspot and turn on. You can then connect your computer to your phone’s wi-fi name.

Warning:  This can use a lot of data as you are streaming video, so be careful of how this may impact your bill.

5. Create A Virtual Desktop Just For The Games

Some operating systems let you create something called “virtual desktops.” Basically, this lets you make a separate desktop for work items like email, spreadsheets, etc. and another desktop for your basketball viewing.  Then, you just need to press a key or swipe your fingers to toggle instantly back and forth between the two. It’s your own “Boss Button.”

Here are the instructions: Windows 10 | Mac

Photo by B Rosen