Small Changes = Big Results

Looking to make some changes in your life? Try doing the same – small – assessable changes. Small steps allow for big changes. Every month or so – I try and re-assess where I am at both personally and professionally and then create new goals. (Think mini New Years resolutions that actually happen.)

Examples:

  • Personal: take 2 hours to do nothing except relax on a weekend day (without feeling guilty)
  • Personal: do 100 push-ups for 100 days
  • Personal: substitute nuts for chips for snacks
  • Personal: call old friends who I have not spoken to in the last 2-3 months
  • Professional: increase transparency by making sure each client logs in and understands our project management system
  • Professional: find a way to give back (donation, time) to a cause
  • Professional: talk about the benefit of unit testing for clients who could benefit from it

Make sure you write your goals down so once you have achieved them, you can cross them out. This sounds simple/not-important but crossing something off is surprisingly rewarding. This also helps you re-assess your priorities and goals for the next month.

Planning/re-assessing every few months works well for me because it makes me focus on things that are obtainable, assessable, and allow for tweaks/changes along the way (vs. big plans/big failures). I know not everything will go perfectly or as planned – but keeping on track and allowing myself flexibility ultimately allows me more success than failure.

Quote for the Day

This is a perfect quote that relates to just about everything and anything. After a bad day – I always come back to this.

“Losing a game is heartbreaking. Losing your sense of excellence or worth is a tragedy.” -Joe Paterno

8 Bit Cinema

My friend Ken passed this along to me – and it is really great! (especially for us old school NES/Sega gamers).

Make sure to check out all the other great movie titles too that they have done.

Business Attire in My Business

I own and run a web development business and not unlike other types of businesses – what you wear when meeting with clients is important and sends a message about who you are.

When getting ready to meet my clients in person – I can still hear my mother in the back of my head “wear something nice, look professional” (not that she ever told me that – but I imagine she would if I still lived with her). Perhaps older generations do not understand is that the tech business is much different than others.

If someone in my position came to meet with me in a business suit – most people might think “wow this person is really professional and put together.”

As a tech person – if I see this same person dressed in a suit – I think “wow – this person is trying to sell me something vs. knows how to solve my technical problem.” I do not think less or more of them – I just get a different message. I feel that people in our business who are comfortable with their skills and themselves will dress more casually and not “hide behind” a suit.

I am not saying you should show up in a t-shirt and sweat pants – nor do I think you should never wear a suitto a meeting. I would just make sure you are comfortable with what you bring to the table and make sure you represent yourself in a way you are proud of/comfortable with and own it.

While I agree that what you wear sends a message – the message can differ and be interpreted differently by people. For fun, next time you have a tech person come in for a meeting – just take note of their dress and see if it correlates with the thought above (selling something vs solving something). I think most of the time you will agree with my statements above.

My Music Pick for the Week

This week I went back in time a few years and picked one of my old favorites to share. Great song for running, working, or just relaxing.

How to Empty Trash with Google Drive

Over the last week – I have been trying to clean up my files and delete any non-essential email in order to tidy everything up. After deleting a number of files – I noticed my quota within Google Drive was still showing the same percent full before and after I deleted the files.

After waiting a few days and still not seeing any change in the size in the Google quota – I decided I needed to take some further action. I then realized – that when you delete files in your Google Drive – you then need to “empty the trash” before the files are actually gone.

How to empty the trash:

  1. Log into Google Drive
  2. Click on the trash icon in the left sidebar
  3. At the top of the page – you will now see a Trash menu. Click on that and then choose “Empty Trash”

After you are all done emptying the trash – check out your newly updated storage quota.

Google Attachment Warnings

While composing an email this AM – I dragged in a screenshot of a page and mentioned in the email text to “…the screenshot attached.” When I tried to send the message – I got this alert:

I should have expected Google would have some logic to analyze certain phrases in my email messages but I have to say I was still a little surprised – especially since the image was actually correctly attached. Either way – it was nice – as I just had an issue with someone forgetting to attach something to another email which then caused a slew of back and forth “did you get it this time” messages.

Thanks Google!

Fix for Bluetooth Mouse with Apple Mac OS X Yosemite

“Yesterday I thought I was going to throw my Apple magic mouse out of the window, today we are best friends.”

I wanted to follow up on my recent post: Mac OS X 10.10.x Issues with Bluetooth/WiFi. After a few days of almost acceptable behavior – yesterday my mouse was losing connection, acting very slow, and I could not drag anything across my screen without having to take deep breaths out of frustration.

I thought I had tried everything. I was desperate for a solution and I finally found it. I read the Apple support article: Bluetooth: Unreliable wireless performance may occur when USB 3.0 external devices are close and after moving my Mac Mini away from my external USB 3.0 hard drive (just 6-9 inches instead of being on top of it) – my mouse has worked flawless.

If you still are having a jittery mouse or any problems with Bluetooth devices and have an external USB 3.0 hard drive – try moving it away!

My Video Picks for the Week

There are a handful of people I follow on YouTube and this week – there were a few videos that stood out and were interesting. If you have a few minutes – check them out.

You know I love mason jars – so this was a no brainer as one of my favorites:

Who doesn’t love a puzzle?

Going to try the donut trick this weekend!