Archive for November, 2013

How to be more satisfied at work in 2 easy steps

Want to increase your satisfaction with your work?

Try this!

Step 1: Think of something someone did for you at work.

Step 2: Thank them for it personally to their face, verbally on the phone, or in writing.

Repeat until you feel more satisfied with your work.

Tips for making this more effective:

Tip 1: Thank your nemesis, terrible boss, rude coworker, underperforming employee, or someone you don’t know that well. This is a great way to improve any work relationship.

Tip 2: Make the thanks specific to the individual and/or circumstance. How is the particular circumstance different then expected?

Tip 3: Practice regularly. You will get better at this the more you do it.

This seems dumb doesn’t it? It isn’t going to instantly solve all of your problems, but I guarantee it will help, and it only takes 30 seconds.

TRY IT RIGHT NOW.

Nest & Protect

I love the idea behind the Nest thermostat and the Protect fire alarm. Why do we just accept that the status quo (clunky, disconnected devices) are good enough? What other mini-revolutions can we start?

I for one would embrace a well thought out parking “Pay and Display” machine. It seems like the designers are trying to win both the “most confusing” and “slowest” awards at the same time.

First

Setting up a wordpress blog on your own domain on nearlyfreespeech.net is pretty easy (if you are a bit of a geek)

This is the guide I followed: https://members.nearlyfreespeech.net/wiki/Applications/WordPress

My only problem was that I mistakenly used “wordpress.com” instead of “wordpress.org” in the svn command…

I was trying to edit the .htaccess file myself, but that wasn’t working so I just changed the permissions and let wordpress do it for me, which worked perfectly.

The wordpress installer is very slick. I had to input the database settings in the config file, but after that it is literally a single page install form. Ages better than the last time I installed some web software.