Posts Categorized: Work

80/20 Rule

I think almost everyone has heard of the 80/20 rule, also called the Pareto Principle. At it’s simplest form, it says that 80% of effects come from 20% of the causes. For example, in business, 80% of your profits come from 20% of your work. That means that the other 80% of the time that… Read more »

My First Ten Week Course

In my quest to pivot my professional life, I decided that I need to go back to school. Sort of. I don’t believe that going to a physical school will actually give me the skills or experience I want. The only thing that I think that experience would give me would be a lot of… Read more »

Focus

As the flip side to my introspection yesterday on distraction, today I’m looking at focus. It’s appropriate because I’m starting Week 1 of my life pivot on Monday and one of my assignments for this week is working on my focus. How better to start the week than with focus? I can’t think of anything… Read more »

Distraction

This is a personal post involving some introspection on my part, so it may not be of use to everyone. If not, I apologize, but I’m going to be a bit self indulgent in this post. I am currently attempting what amounts to a “pivot” for my life in general. I have spent the past… Read more »

Don’t Turn the Other Cheek

Growing up I was always taught that when someone treats you poorly that you have to be the better person. It’s also what most religions seem to teach. I’ve never bought into that. Not even as a child. I always believed that actions should have consequences. Maybe it’s because, when I was a little kid,… Read more »

Think Inside the Boxes!

I happened across an article on LIfehacker the other day by Robby Macdonell, which really resonated with me. It advocated “Location Boxing” to get your brain to switch gears between different styles of thinking. The suggestion is that when you need to switch the type of work you are doing, changing your physical situation can… Read more »

Free Education

There may not be such a thing as a free lunch, but there is such a thing as a free education. At least there is now. That’s the beauty of living in the world we live in today. You used to have to go to school or buy a bunch of books or videos in… Read more »

The Search For Quality

People everywhere are jumping on the app creation bandwagon. Some have development skills and some don’t. I’m constantly amazed at the things I find on the app store. For all that people complain about Apple as gatekeepers, there is a lot of junk on their App Store. We would be much better off not being… Read more »

You Goofing Off? No, I’m Compiling!

Now that I’m getting back into real coding again (not just html & CSS) I’m being reminded that a large part of coding, especially when you’re new to a language and make a lot of mistakes, is waiting for code to compile. I’d say that I don’t mind it, but that wouldn’t be true. I’m… Read more »

Beware of Web Services!

Like many people, I love trying out new services on the web. Some of them are really cool and offer simple ways to integrate them into your website. So, we plug them in and forget about them. At least we forget about them until the web service goes down or closes up shop and disappears…. Read more »