Due to the primary nature of my vocation, but more especially because of the way I established and kept my software company, I tend to do a lot of work behind a bank of computer screens alone in an office. As a self-employed professional, my livelihood (and really, the livelihood of my family) depends on my ability to maintain a certain level of productivity despite persistent distractions from the Internet, the real world around me, and even my own mind wandering off onto undirected brainstorming tracks. Here are 5 of the tricks, 5 keys I use to maintain productivity in isolation. Continue reading 5 Tricks to Maintaining Efficient Productivity
Seems like the economy, or more specifically the job market, is top-of-mind these days. Many people are looking for work. I overhear statistics like, “For every job opening there are over 100 applicants.” That can be disillusioning certainly, but there’s a secret in that statistic that should be encouraging, if you know how to exploit it. I know several smart folks who are actively looking for work. I fully expect they’ll have good jobs lined up in a couple of weeks. I also know several other folks who are wanting a job, but they’re going about securing one in all the wrong ways, and consequently will soon be blaming “the economy,” or the “poor job market,” or “the government” for their failure to get a job.
As it turns out, I believe there’s a way to get a job in 5 fairly straight-forward steps, but it means turning the flawed approach to job seeking upside down. Continue reading Get a Job in 5 Steps
I’ve been thinking about this concept for a while: What’s a good pattern for becoming good at something? There’s a lot of literature out there on this; most of it’s garbage (in my not-so humble opinion). I’ve read a lot of it, tried many of the ideas for myself, and I think I’ve come upon a pattern that yields reliable, repeatable successes.
That said, I should start with the caveats and disclaimers: This pattern works for me. Your results may vary, but I think there’s something to this pattern, which is why I’m sharing. This pattern will help you become good at almost anything. Continue reading 7 Principles for How to Become Good at Almost Anything