Archive for December, 2009

17
Dec
09

What Matters Now

A just released free ebook from Seth Godin  “What Maters Now” is a must read with incites and ideas from seventy of today’s most brilliant thinkers. As Seth Godin says:

“Now, more than ever, we need a different way of thinking, a useful way to focus and the energy to turn the game around.”

17
Dec
09

Music @ Work.

If you’re like many, you enjoy listening to music while you work. I for one find listening to music actually helps me stay focused on the projects I’m working on. Below is a list of some of the available sites that allow you to download or listen to streaming music online. Check them out.

GrooveShark.com

Deezer.com

FreeplayMusic.com

Kahvi.org

Lala.com

14
Dec
09

Office Distractions

Do you find yourself being distracted by fellow employees during the day? These distractions can take a big chunk out of your valuable, productive time. Here are some ideas on how to keep them out of your office.

Meet them at the door – If you sense someone is coming that you know is distracting, meet them at the door. As you head off to the restroom or on an errand, suggest that they “walk with you” while you talk.

Stand and approach them – If you are both standing, it will likely be a much shorter conversation. This is good if you think they are just coming in to chat. If you want them to stay, sit back down and offer them a seat.

Don’t have a seat available for them – If you have a chair, drape a coat over it or stack some papers and books on it. It’s always easier to get someone to leave if they haven’t sat down yet.

Don’t look up right away – Keep your head down for a few extra seconds before looking up and acknowledging their presence. This sends a very clear message that you are busy and focused on what you are doing. If this doesn’t give them the hint, tell them you’re right in the middle of something and ask them to please make it brief.

Take notes – If a meeting is unavoidable get out your pen and paper. If they see you writing everything down, people will be far less likely to waste time on idle chitchat.

09
Dec
09

WinFontView

Ever wanted an easy way to view all the fonts you have available on your system. WinFontsView is a small utility that shows all the fonts installed on your system in one easy to read list. WinFontsView shows 5 samples of each font in different sizes, so you can easily choose the font that you need. WinFontsView also allows you to see the fonts in Bold, Italic and underlined. WinFontsView is a free download for Windows only.