Reflection Requires that you Ask Yourself the Right Questions

We live in a society that tries to convince us that we need to constantly work on our weaknesses. I’m of the belief that we should always be getting better…but focusing on where we do not succeed is not the best way of doing this. In fact, taken literally, this is clearly the fastest way in working yourself out of a job! Continue reading

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The Long Dark Hole of Laziness: Improve Work Productivity

Why is it hard to recover from a long stretch of laziness? Have you ever come back to work from a vacation and had a hard time getting back into the swing of things? Take a look at my thoughts and example of this and see if you agree. Continue reading

Our Physical State Cannot Be Ignored

Over the past few years I started to reflect on the fact that I was about 20-30 pounds overweight. I wasn’t watching what I was eating at all, and I would only exercise when it was convenient. I didn’t like to be overweight, but I also didn’t want to stop my eating habits and I didn’t not like to exercise. Even to this day it is hard for me to go running (it is more of a mental game than a physical one for me). Continue reading

How important is it for web developers to have a website?

It has seemed odd to me that some web developers like to give advice on building websites to their customers, and yet they have spent very little time on their own website (if they have one). They may know how to put the general pieces together and make a website look good or functional, but they do not know how to conceive a successful website. Instead of being the ultimate source for knowing how to make a site profitable and bring in traffic, we often times do what we are told and make a website, and our usefulness ends there. Continue reading

Improve Profitability and Productivity: Why Working More is not the Solution

Most employers want to see their salaried employees work more than 40 hours per week. This is a flawed philosophy because it assumes that more work time equals more output or that putting in more time will equal more profit. This leads me to the following question.

Which employee is more valuable? Continue reading

Outlook vs Gmail

Over the past five years I’ve had extensive experience with both systems.

A few years ago Google launched email/calendar/etc…hosting that you can use for your business email (click here). Basically this means you can have your company emails be setup on the Google system through your own domain.

The Google solution has a lot more implemented functionality than Outlook has by itself. In any case, they are replacements for each other, and so I think it is a fair comparison. Continue reading

How to Build a Successful Career as an Employee

Whether you are in the lowest position, or you own your own business, there are important concepts we can integrate into our working lives to produce better results. This will not only increase how valuable we are in the job market, but it will also increase our value to our current employer. We will get more raises, bonuses and promotions as we progress through our lives, because we are constantly improving what we know and how we work. Continue reading