Monthly Archives: April 2014

Happy Earth Day

earth-dayAh! That’s why there was no post yesterday. Well yes, that – and I just got really busy!

I remember the very first Earth Day. Yes, I’m THAT old. At first I thought What? Then I started listening and reading more about what the day was about and was totally on board. I’ve tried to be earth-friendly ever since.

So here are some great Earth Day tips:

  • DON’T PRINT YOUR EMAILS! Seriously, unless you need to take it somewhere, or it’s a bill you need to file. If it’s something you need to take action on, just move it to a folder in your computer or cloud’s email program that you have labeled IMPORTANT or TAKE ACTION
  • To encourage recycling, the BEST thing I’ve seen is labeling your garbage can LANDFILL and your recycling – well, RECYCLING. Putting something in that landfill bin makes you pause.
  • Change light bulbs to the CFL. There are only 2 or 3 in our house NOT CFLs.
  • Use your garbage disposal or better yet, compost if you are able.
  • Take public transportation, bike (as in bicycle) or walk whenever you can.
  • Look for ENERGY STAR ratings on appliances when you buy them.
  • Conserve water with shorter showers and no more pre-washing dishes.
  • And of course you are already using your own shopping bags, right?
  • For more ideas visit the EPA site: http://www.epa.gov/earthday/tips.htm

What is your favorite?

Spring Cleaning for Your Technology: Part 4 of 4

Desserts is Stressed spelled backwardsThis week is the last in a four-part series about spring cleaning for your technology. Week one highlighted ways to organize your files. Week two was the clean and purge step. Last week was updating your protection software.

This week we’re looking at spring cleaning our work habits – specifically how to be more productive by reducing stress.

De-stress to help with your productivity.

Clean your mind with a periodic break. It is amazing what happens when you take a break from a project, and the more intense the project, the more productive the break is. It allows your mind to chug and churn behind the scenes and come up with creative ideas and solutions.

Here are some of my favorite ways to de-stress:

  • Take a walk during your lunch break, or shoot some hoops.
  • Work a jigsaw puzzle.
  • Meet a client for some personal time – no work discussion unless she brings it up.

I also found this great article worth sharing:  20 Scientifically-Backed Ways To De-Stress Right Now

I’ll just bet you have some favorites as well – what are they?

Spring Cleaning for Your Technology: Part 3 of 4

malware_protectionSo far, we’ve had three installments of a four-part series about spring cleaning for your technology. Week one highlighted ways to organize your files. Last week was the clean and purge step.

Now that you have your files organized, and cleaned up here’s the next step: Update your protection software and run it.

You should have both virus protection software and malware protection. They should both be updated regularly and run periodically. Usually paid versions do that automatically, the unpaid versions rely on you remembering – that’s ok, just create a reminder for yourself.

Review your passwords. You already know that it’s a bad idea to have the same password for everything. Even rotating through two or three is not a good idea. Here’s a great way to customize your password for each site you visit. Plan to change this each year. If you keep it written down on a piece of paper, it’s virtually impossible for a hacker to get it.

Choose a phrase — This one time at band camp

  • Change words to numbers — This 1 time at band camp
  • Pick first letter of each word or number — T1TABC
  • Add special characters — T1T@BC
  • Customize by adding a suffix for each site you register with — (example: for Amazon) T1T@BCAMA

If you’ve EVER panicked over misplacing your phone, be sure your home screen is password protected.