November 30, 2007
Have you ever wondered, or do you sometimes need to know what time it is in other parts of the country or world? Well, N8tip is here to help!
Keeping track of time zones can be quite a challenge these days, especially since different countries (not to mention a few states … yes I’m talking about you Hawaii and Arizona) have different policies regarding Daylight Savings Time.
Check out the new search enabled N8tip Time Zone Map here. Or follow these easy instructions for looking up various time zones.
1) Select “Time Zone Map” from the menu.
2) Type the country or city name in the search box (example: India)
3) The result is linked to Wikipedia so you can get more info on the place you searched. Do I rock or what?
Go ahead, link to it - you know you want to!
November 26, 2007
Well folks, it’s upon us once again - the holiday season! Busy work schedules, parties, shopping, travel, family gatherings, and for most of us a bit more stress than we’re used to.
To help make your holiday season a bit more pleasant, I thought I’d pass along this quick and easy stress-buster tip about breathing. One of the first things that happens to us when we get stressed is that our breathing becomes more shallow. You’d be amazed at just how much better you’ll fell after only 60 seconds of proper deep breathing. Here’s some helpful tips on proper breathing from the Ririan Project - give it a try:
“The way most people breathe does not maximize the amount of oxygen one inhales, nor does it expel the right amount of waste gases. Here’s how you should be breathing if you want to achieve the best results:
If you’re serious about making the technique a habit, grab a sticky and write the word “breathe” on it. Then attach it to your monitor as a reminder.
November 13, 2007
Napping is a great way to jump start the second half of your day. Way better than the cup of coffee I often settle for instead. The power nap not only energizes your afternoon performance, it’s also really great for your heart!
In a recent article Dr. Maoshing Ni an anti-aging expert, and author of the best-selling book, Secrets of Longevity writes, “In America, coronary heart disease is the single largest killer of men and women. Taking a midday nap is one of the best ways to lower stress on your heart. … Studies show that people who napped 30 minutes every day were 30 percent less prone to heart disease than those who didn’t take a midday snooze. If you want to live to be 100, you need to take a few naps along the way!”
Do you think nappers are lazy? You might want to check out this impressive list of of prolific nap enthusiasts before you answer: Leonardo Da Vinci, Thomas Jefferson, Thomas Edison, Albert Einstein, JFK, just to name a few.
The key to an effective power nap is keeping it short. 15 - 30 minute is best for most people. Pablo Picasso employed an interesting technique in which he’d hold a spoon as he napped in a chair. Just as he began to doze off into a deeper sleep, the muscles in his hand would relax and he would drop the spoon. The loud clanking of the spoon as it hit the floor would then wake him (He must have had hardwood or stone flooring). A bell is a great alternative even on carpeted areas.
For most of us mid-day is not the most convenient time for us to scope out a place for a nap. I find it easiest to take a later lunch and then spend a few minutes napping in my car. If you’ve got a cool napping tip or trick, don’t keep it to yourself! share it bellow.
November 8, 2007
Unless you’re hyper-aware of what’s occupying your attention, it’s easy to get distracted. That’s especially true while working on your computer. Here are three ways to waste time on your computer:
1) Constantly “Check” email.
Constantly checking email is like constantly picking up your telephone to see if anybody is there … a little nutty! Frequently “checking” email is a huge waste of time for two reasons:
First, what is usually meant by “checking” is quickly scanning messages looking for one to respond to. Here’s the problem with that, all the other messages that were scanned but skipped will inevitably need to be rescanned at least one more time (usually many more times). Rereading messages in the inbox costs valuable time, and is unnecessary.
Second, every minute spent “checking” is one less minute spent “producing.” Pay attention to how much work is actually accomplished through email … sure there’s always lot’s of new and urgent messages to occupy your time. But what do your responses actually produce?
2) Don’t use a Desktop Search tool.
For some reason, a lot of people are unaware of how many hours they could be saving by simply adding a desktop search tool, like Google Desktop Search, to their computer. That’s probably because most people think that searches are just for lost items. Nothing could be further from the truth! When you use a browser to search the web, is it because you’re looking for a misplaced website? – not usually. It’s because you’ve become quite proficient at being able to quickly retrieve information from the web through the use of a search engine. A DTS is basically a browser for the information stored locally on your computer.
If you’re not using a high speed search tool, you’re losing hours of your life! That may seem like hyperbole, but it’s not.
Because it’s part of my job, I’ve helped about 650 of my clients install and use a Desktop Search Tool, and almost none of them had any idea how much they were missing by not using a DTS tool on their computer. Check out this article to learn how to take advantage of DTS tools.
3) Maintain overly detailed file structures.
It’s human nature to try categorizing information. But If your file directory is overly detailed, you’re probably wasting a lot of time trying to figure out where to file stuff. If it takes you more than three mouse clicks to put anything away- you’re drilling down too far! It’s best to have the fewest number of folders possible. When it comes to file structures, the K.I.S.S. strategy is best: Keep It Simple Silly.
Try sorting your files into these three main section. By naming them with a number first, you can put them in the exact order you’d like them to appear in your file directory:
A) Active – for current customers, projects etc.
B) Reference – broad support information that you may want to access in the future
C) Archive – old stuff that you’re not comfortable deleting, but you want to remove from your “Active” and “Reference” folders to de-clutter them.
November 7, 2007
For many of us email is quickly becoming a non-communication tool. That’s because so many of us have developed bad habits around the use of email. Although email is always an easy and convenient choice for reaching out, it’s not always the best medium for communication.
Check out this article to see if you’re guilty of any of these 7 bad email habits. I particularly like number 3.
“3) Wrong Medium
E-mail works best for direct and non-time sensitive information. Conversations, discussions and anything that requires a heavy amount of back-and-forth should be done on the phone or in person. Trying to use e-mail to have these conversations can be slow, time-consuming and painful.
The solution is to bridge the e-mail gap when you recognize you’re wasting time with it. Ask the person if you can discuss the issues in person or on the phone at a specific time and date.”
Read the rest the article here.