Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Getting More - And Doing Less

Hi All,

Getting More - and Doing Less - that's the title of this blog post...and boy is it going to be helpful to you in your work and daily life and other endeavors.

What is the 80/20 Rule? The 80/20 Rule (also commonly known as the Pareto Principle - named after the Italian economist Vilfredo Pareto) states that, for many events, roughly 80% of the effects come from 20% of the causes. For example, "it is a common rule of thumb in business that 80% of your sales come from 10% of your clients". 

Imagine what you can do with this when you apply it to your job with respect to projects, tasks and other aspects of work!  What about your daily life and applying the 80/20 rule to relationships, entertainment, reading, eating, exercising and other areas of your life?

Yep - it means you'll get more out of life - the important things in life - by doing less.  You'll be doing less of the 'scut' work that doesn't mean as much - and that doesn't have as much impact in your life as the large - more important things. 

So...follow the links to learn how to apply the 80/20 rule to various aspects of your life. 

ScienceMag.org - Applying the 80/20 Rule to Your Job Search

Askmen.com - Applying the 80/20 Rule At Work 

Mint Life - Applying the 80/20 Rule At Work 

Mark Manson - How to 80/20 Your Life 

Personal Excellence - Apply 80/20 to Your Life Now in 3 Simple Steps 

Arbitrage Magazine - How to Apply the 80/20 Rule To Everyday Life 

Scott H Young - Twenty Unique Ways to Use the 80/20 Rule 

Brian Tracy - Apply the 90/20 Rule to Everything in Time and Life Management 

Entrepreneurs-Journey.com - What is the 80/20 Rule and Why It Will Change Your Life 

YouTube video of Richard Koch - a very popular, well regarded, author on the 80/20 Rule 

Enjoy the links and efficiency you'll see during the year if you practice the 80/20 rule!

Regards,
Stu

Friday, January 6, 2017

Snow Shoveling Tips For the Winter

Hi All,

Now that it is January on Long Island, we can expect the snow and the ice to start to make an appearance.  Ugh.  Yuk. And, 'how many days until Spring?'

But we still have to get passed the Winter to get to Spring...but how can we stay safe in the winter weather?  Read on for some tips on shoveling, driving and generally making the best of it during the upcoming winter.

Farmingdale Patch has an article on Snow Safety Tips For Nassau County ResidentsAbout.com chimed in as well with an article titled, Snow Shoveling Tips. And rm ApartmentTherapy.com comes an article titled The Best Snow Shoveling tips and Tricks From Around the Web.

And what about all that winter driving we do on our way to work or school or food shopping or wherever the weekend trips take you to?  Read on for winter driving safety articles!!!

The first article comes from the AAA and is titled Winter Driving Tips.  Be especially aware of the section  of 'tips for driving in the snow'.

The insurance colossus Travelers also got into the game this year with an article titled Winter Driving Safety Tips. Sound familiar? :)

And now we're breaking out the big guns - OSHA got into the act with an article titled Safe Winter Driving.  

The NHTSA generated a pdf document a few years entitled Checklist and Tips For Safe Winter Driving.  Click here for this well written gem of an article.

Enjoy the articles and links - hopefully you won't need to rely on the information in them...but if you do, you have them at your fingertips.

Regards,
Stu

Friday, December 30, 2016

Research Beyong Google - 56 Authoritative, Invisible and Comprehensive Resources

Hi All,

The title says it all - lots of great (authoritative, invisible, comprehensive) resources for the inner research geek in all of us...click here for a bit of information about evaluating resources on the web.
Click on this link to learn about how to search the invisible web...sounds mysterious - its not though...
The site is OEDb - aka the Open Education Database.

Topics covered in the article include Deep Web Search Engines, Art, Books Online, Business, Consumer, Economic and Job Data, Finance and Investing, General Research, Government Data, International, Law and Politics, Library of Congress, Medical and Health, STEM and Transportation.
Quite a wide variety of topics that's for sure. 

Next to each link there is a very brief - about 1-2 sentences - summary of the resource.  Then a direct link to the site.  Quick and easy and no muss and no fuss. 

One thing - the page was generated in 2013 so be aware that some - probably not very many though - sites are not working.  Most are...but still.  Your mileage might vary but the resources are well worth the time you'll spend finding the information elsewhere.

Now...go search and check out these great resources.

Regards,
Stu

Thursday, December 29, 2016

New Year's Resolutions

Hi All,

Well the end of the year is almost upon us.  Instead of writing an entry about what New Year's resolutions you should make, I'm going to blog about how to make those resolutions - whatever they are - stick and become lifelong habits....

So...how did New Year's resolutions start...click on this link from Wikipedia for an interesting, fun and enlightening entry about resolutions.

The next bunch of links are from sites that will help you make those resolutions stick and become habits.

Huffington Post - New Year's Resolutions Are Bound to Fail. Try This Instead

WebMD - 10 Ways to Make Your New Year's Resolutions Stick

APA - Making Your New Year's Resolutions Stick 

Forbes - Most Powerful Way to Set New Year's Resolutions That Stick 

DailyMail.comHow to Achieve Your New Year's Resolutions

Entrepreneur - 8 Ways You Can Use Science to Make Your New Year's Resolutions Stick 

New York Times - How To Stick to Your New Year's Resolutions 

LifeHacker - Top 10 Strategies For Making Your New Year's Resolution Stick 

USA Today - 6 Ways to Make Your New Year's Resolutions Stick 

Shape.com - Top 10 Reasons You Don't Stick to Your Resolutions  

Enjoy the links and here's to resolutions and making them stick for the new year!

Regards,
Stu