The Stupid Things You Do With Your Smartphone (and How to Fix Them) As a new smartphone owner (I refuse to call my old Garmin a smart phone, it kinda maybe let me surf the web, no downloadable apps, and I couldn't even get java jars to work worth a damn on it...), I find that this is becoming my #1 pet peeve. I don't really give a damn about new email, 95% of the time, I'm reading it from my computer, not my phone. And only when I want to read it, not as soon as somebody sends me something. Evidently I'm too old school, I'm used to being able to read texts by just looking at my phone, and not this scroll the message in notifications and turn off the screen in one or two seconds that seems to happen. I understand that some people don't give a crap about texts, it's email they're worried about, or FB or Twitter, or LinkedIn or something else. As far as #6, that's been going on in my family before smart phones.
The Snarky Voice in Your Head Is Killing Your Productivity; Here’s How to Stop It SExpand I'm pretty sure no one in their right mind would tell George Carlin to "Just be nice". There are also obvious merits to being a snark, like the ability to speak what's really on your mind. Not just smile, act dumb, and play along. The difference is that George Carlin was a comedian. Not a philosopher, not your coworker, not your best friend. In fact, one of the examples that one of our psychologists uses frequently that didn't make it into the article as an opportunity for effective snark and sarcasm is in comedy, and if you're practicing a stand-up routine. Even so, George Carlin was a very funny man, and said some great things, but he also said a lot of rude and awful things that no one would in their right mind believe or take to heart, mostly in the name of attention-getting, but never mistake his comedy for legitimate commentary.
Success Tips: 6 Habits of Truly Memorable People In order to succeed, almost everyone—whether business owner or employee—must be memorable. While you don't have to be The Most Interesting Man in the World, being known is one of the main goals of marketing, advertising, and personal branding. Out of sight is out of mind, and out of mind is out of business. But if your only goal is to be known for professional reasons, you're missing out. So forget the flashy business cards and personal value propositions and idiosyncratic clothing choices. Here's how to be more memorable—and have a lot more fun. 1. Can you speak intelligently about how clothing provides a window into the inner lives of Mad Men characters? Anyone can share opinions about movies or TV or even (I'll grudgingly admit) books. Spend your life doing instead of watching. That's especially true when you... 2. Draw a circle and put all your "stuff" in it. We like to think we're unique, but roughly speaking we're all the same, and similar isn't memorable. 3. 4. But... 5. 6.
The 10 O’Clock Rule This is a nifty one, simple to implement and, in my experience, surprisingly effective. Set your watch to beep every night at 10 o’clock. When your watch goes off, get up that instant and prepare for morning. Whether you’re in the middle of watching a DVD, rushing to meet a work deadline, reading that one last blog entry, etc., get up and get rolling. Your Morning Prep Checklist In addition to brushing up, walking the dog, and otherwise getting ready for bed as usual, do as many morning tasks as you can ahead of time: Plan breakfast and make sure the fridge is stocked (if necessary, run out to the grocery store to stock up on milk, eggs, etc.) Once you’ve figured out which tasks can be done, write them down on an index card and keep it handy. Organize Your Space I inherited a lovely little stand for hanging out your outfit, wallet, and keys for the next day from my grandfather. This 10 o’clock routine might take anywhere between 30 minutes and an hour. Reap the Benefits Photo by jmv.
40+ Excellent Freefonts For Professional Design How to Get Rid of People Who've Overstayed Their Welcome These all assume that the person who is overstaying is able to pick up on the cues. I had a former co-worker who was somewhere on the Aspergers/Autism spectrum and couldn't pick up on subtle cues. He would be standing in my office talking to me as I collected materials, shut down my computer, picked up things, stood up, and walked to my door and stood in the hallway — and he would still keep talking to me. I finally learned that I just had to be polite but direct: "I'm sorry, but right now I have to go to a meeting," or "I'm in the middle of something right now — can we talk a bit later?" I always felt as though I was being horrifically rude to him, but it was the best way to communicate with him — so you have to keep in mind whether the person is capable of understanding the cues you're giving them.
The Checklist Manifesto « Atul Gawande Over the past decade, through his writing in The New Yorker magazine and his books Complications and Better, Atul Gawande has made a name for himself as a writer of exquisitely crafted meditations on the problems and challenges of modern medicine. His latest book, The Checklist Manifesto, begins on familiar ground, with his experiences as a surgeon. But before long it becomes clear that he is really interested in a problem that afflicts virtually every aspect of the modern world–and that is how professionals deal with the increasing complexity of their responsibilities. Gawande begins by making a distinction between errors of ignorance (mistakes we make because we don’t know enough), and errors of ineptitude (mistakes we made because we don’t make proper use of what we know). The danger, in a review as short as this, is that it makes Gawande’s book seem narrow in focus or prosaic in its conclusions.
Why Being Color Conscious Makes Good Business Sense New Yorkers are known for their love of black clothes. And folks familiar with Washington, D.C., can attest to the fact that its denizens have an unparalleled affinity for gray. I get it—no doubt, colors like black, navy, and khaki are classics for a reason. Interestingly, I've noticed that entrepreneurs are typically more likely to be the brave souls rocking color, as compared to other businesspeople. Most of us are at least topically familiar with research surrounding how people respond to color. Attire. Classic colors have their place, but adding some bold colors to your business is yet one more tool in a smart entrepreneur's arsenal of ways to stand out from the competition.
Create your own virtual writing retreat | Remembering English Sadly, lately my writing has taken a backseat to everything else. So last week, I decided that I would use the long holiday weekend for an unofficial writing retreat. “Unofficial” essentially means that I didn’t need to apply, travel, or formally do anything other than pledge to write — perfect for such a last-minute decision. When I mentioned this to my friend Wendy Call, an alumna of Hedgebrook, she too was up for the idea; she’d already been part of a more formal virtual retreat, Hedgebrook Writes (a brilliant idea). Writing time is precious and necessary, but let’s face it — we can’t always leave home; we can’t always plan ahead. It was a great weekend overall, and I learned a few things that will make my next one even better. - Just do it. - Gather your fellow writers together. - Clear the decks. - Create your space. - Stay offline. - Give yourself guidelines. - Afterward, assess the pros and cons, the highs and lows. - Schedule retreats often.
The Power Of Typography — Creating Exciting And Unusual Visual Hierarchies Advertisement Layout, for both print and screen, is one of the most important aspects of graphic design. Designs that extend across multiple pages or screens, whether containing large or small amounts of type, must be carefully controlled in a way that is enticing and is easy for all to access. Careful control of visual hierarchy is a key aspect of the design decisions we have to consider. In this article, we will look at how frequently type needs to be broken down into different levels, such as topic, importance and tone of voice. We will explore how this can be achieved visually by relying on several things: texture and tone, seeing the designer as reader, combining typefaces, using color, employing multiple types and, of course, using the grid. The Designer As Reader Letterforms make words, and words have meaning. Rebecca Foster’s1 poster for the Young Vic theatre in the UK demonstrates a dramatic use of language, with a clever double meaning. Texture And Tone Colorful Type Useful Links
Don’t Wait for Layoffs or a Job Search to Update Your Resume Not sure weekly is necessary, unless you're in a really volatile environment. But I agree with the premise of the article, and review mine at least annually. (I've been with the same employer for 8.5 years.) Usually around annual review time. Length of employment means little when "restructuring" is forecast, I was given notice after 9 years (no severance) — my department was never considered critical. Updating a resume weekly isn't as productive as keeping track of week to week successes that can be used to propagate several target resumes: a record that can also be used during annual review time. Being "let-go" creates an awful feeling of being useless.
How Can I Get Over the Summer Productivity Slump? Dear Lifehacker, The hot, hazy days of summer are really starting to drag me down at work. I'm finding it harder to get things done and stay motivated, when all I really feel like doing is leaving work early and relaxing at the pool. Is there any cure for the summertime slump? Signed, Lazy in the HeatP Dear Lazy, You're definitely not alone. Set the Thermostat at the Optimal Temperature for WorkingP If the temperature inside your office is too high or too low, your productivity can suffer. Other ways to tweak your environment for more productivity include making sure your office is quiet enough or perhaps playing music that helps you work.P Switch Up Your Routine or Where You WorkP If work is starting to feel a little stale, you may be able to get a kick-start simply by changing your routine or environment. If you tend to do the same things at work in a set order, consider either switching up the order or injecting a new task or activity. Try a New Productivity MethodP Enjoy the summer!
5 Steps To Build, Plan and Promote A Wildly Successful Launch 5 Steps To Build, Plan and Promote A Wildly Successful Launch Written by in Today is an experiment. And whether you like it or not, you’re already a part of it. It’s a bold statement, I know. Maybe too bold. I’m willing to take that chance. And why not? Over the past 90 days my wife and I have planned – with NASA like precision – the launch of our new site. Prepare for lift off… 5. Cornerstone content lays the groundwork for your site. Before you start, write down the following: Who your intended audience isWhat they want more than anything (regarding your subject, at least)Why you can help themWhat common themes will you coverHow you will structure your content Now create content around each of these points. How many pages do you need to launch with? For example, my wife and I launched our travel site with over 800 pages of content (because the site covers destinations around the world… can’t really have an empty continent section, can we?). And you know what? These are two extremes. 4. 3.
Afternoon Energy Boosters Feeling lazy after lunchtime? Follow these tips for beating the afternoon energy slump. Why do I need to register or sign in for WebMD to save? We will provide you with a dropdown of all your saved articles when you are registered and signed in. Does this sound familiar? What's Causing the Afternoon Slump? First, you should understand where that sudden crash probably came from. WebMD's sleep expert, Michael J. But don't blame it all on your body's internal clock -- your body makes you sleepy, but your own eating habits may make you fatigued -- for a double whammy leading to a massive energy crash. If you're feeling sluggish in the early afternoon, ask yourself these questions: Continue reading below... Did I eat breakfast? Your answers may point to the problem. Foods for an Energy Boost If you want to beat the midafternoon slump, start first thing in the morning with a good-quality breakfast.