Category Archives: Technical Tips

4 Steps To Love Your Work

Happy Worker

Do you enjoy your work? Whether you are in business for yourself, or an employee for someone else, you should enjoy what you are doingevery day, for your well being and that of those around you. Yes, this blog is about helping people start a part-time home business to improve the quality of their lives, but even if you’ve determined that isn’t for you, you should strive to ensure you love what you are doing.

I am currently reading Brendan Burchard’s The Charge: Activating the 10 Human Drives That Make You Feel Alive, and I was amazed by a point he made in his discussion of the first drive. He states that less than 20 percent of workers worldwide say they are actively engaged and enjoying The Chargetheir work. This statistic staggered me. I am blessed to have a full time job I love, and a part time home business my wife and I share that I love even more. But I can still remember my previous job, before I learned about the home-based business industry, when I dreaded going to work each day. That was a low point in my career, that had nasty effects on several aspects of my life, but that’s a story for another post on the importance of enjoying what you do.

I don’t want to spoil The Charge for you (and I strongly recommend picking up a copy and reading it ASAP), so I am only going to cover one contributor to this worldwide disgruntlement here, which is email. If you’ve read First Things Firstany time management books, such as First Things First from the late Stephen Covey, or been to any time management classes, you’ve undoubtedly already heard the recommendation to disable email notifications on your mail client and mobile devices and only check your email and pre-scheduled times throughout the day. We’ve gotten a bit ridiculous about email these days, assuming that an email sent equates to an email processed. The corporation I work for sent all of us to a multi-day time management training class (a huge expense) focused specifically on how to use our mail client more efficiently, and we spent an entire day configuring it to prevent interruptions during the productive times during our day. Yet the majority of my co-workers, including management, still work under the expectation that sending an email to me means I have processed it within an hour or so. Shame on us!

I have four recommendations about your handling of email to make you more effective and your work life more enjoyable:

  • Make it clear in the people that you deal with at work, that if they have something that needs to be processed critically, they need to confirm receipt, typically via a phone call during which they speak with me. While that, too, is an interruption, some of us do have to deal with time-sensitive issues to be successful in our work, and I find this causes people to redefine what is really “critical.”
  • I like to make a conscious effort to process email in a FIFO (first in, first out) order, as this avoids setting a precedent of immediate response if I pop into my email during my scheduled time slot and answer emails received within the past few minutes (I receive a LOT of emails!).
  • My final recommendation, as implied already, is to schedule email processing time slots in your day. It goes without saying that you want to have your day’s agenda in order before you open your inbox for the first time each day. I like to work through lunch, so I find this is a good time to hit it again, and then at the end of the day to read/respond to remaining items and identify items that need to be priorities for tomorrow.
  • I like to leave my inbox empty at the end of the day, but even if that isn’t possible for you, just these simple steps will make it much more manageable.

I hope you enjoyed today’s discussion. I am certain that following these recommendations will improve your time management, reduce stress, and increase your enjoyment at work.

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To Your Success,

Bryan@BryanSalek.com
Skype: Bryan.Salek
813-382-2526

 

Use Evernote To Increase Traffic

Thanks for stopping by! This is my first post in the Technical Tips category. This is not the purpose of my blog, but since I work with a lot of part-timers, I will try to provide details about significant time savers I come across. Enjoy!

I started using Evernote when I got my iPad because I had a need to take and synchronize notes when I didn’t have my laptop with me. I was apparently one of the last to find out about this amazing tool. I use it primarily for taking notes in meetings, and I can do this from my iPad, Blackberry, any of my laptops, or anything with web access for that matter, and the notes are maintained in the cloud so I can access them from anywhere.

What does that have to do with increasing your blog traffic? Well, there is plenty of evidence to support the notion that making your blog useful to your readers in various ways increases your traffic. For example, if you make your content valuable, they will come back for more. If you make it easy for them to comment and get link juice, they will read, comment and come back. I’m here to tell you that if you make it easy for your readers to save valuable information from your blog for reference or reuse, they will continue to return as well. It can be difficult to capture and organize content from blog posts in an RSS reader or browser bookmarks because they aren’t easily searchable.

Again, what does Evernote have to do with that? Evernote makes a Web Clipper compatible with the most popular browsers (though not Safari on the iPad yet). It allows your users to save entire web pages or specific portions to their Evernote account in just 2 clicks.  But believe it or not, you can make that even easier for your readers with the WP Evernote Site Memory plugin for your WordPress blog.

There are only a few options for you to configure regarding the button that appears on your post, the appearance of the content when your user captures it and your affiliate information if you have signed up. Readers will see the Evernote icon at the top or bottom of your posts (mine is below) and clicking it will allow them to save all or part of your post directly to their Evernote notebook.

Full disclosure: I joined as an affiliate after I upgraded to Evernote Premium so that I could search/access my notes on my iPad even when not connected.

Call to action: Take 60 seconds to go to Plugins, download “WP Evernote Site Memory,” and configure under Settings. I’ll be over to your blog shortly to capture some notes.

To Your Success,

Bryan Salek

Bryan@BryanSalek.com

813-382-2526