Co.Design: How One Woman Makes Almost $1 Million A Year On Etsy.
“Now, Shaffer has a team of 15 sewers — ‘all moms,’ Shaffer says — working full-time, as well as a professional photographer. [snip] Not all the items are entirely handmade by Shaffer’s team — many, like the knitted legwarmers, socks, and gloves, are sourced wholesale from India.” The honesty’s refreshing.
Matt Blodgett: The Open Plan Office and the Extrovert Ideal.
I have to laugh. The extrovert freelancers I used to hire, I’d isolate them just so they’d get SOME work done. Otherwise, they’d spend the entire day extroverting over everyone else, and destroying productivity.
Amazon WorkMail – Managed Email and Calendaring in the AWS Cloud.
UI looks clean. Integrates with Outlook - that’s going right up against Office 365. Hard to fight the penetration of MS Word, however.
ConsumerismCommentary: How Your Positive Posse is Destroying You.
If you’ve read here long, you’ll know I disdain empty ‘support’ statements. I want to be better, not artificially fulfilled. Take off the kid gloves, rip it up. I like it better that way.
Evernote Blog: How to Create a Table of Contents in Evernote.
Bookmarked. The mind boggles at the circular logic in storing Evernote tips in Evernote ...
My handiest tag in Evernote this year: “Best Practices”.
One should always work to optimize and streamline workflow. So many times, I chuck things in Evernote and forget about ‘em. I made a commitment to checking my “best practices” tag on a weekly basis. It’s been very effective in keeping me on top of my game. Recommended.
End-of-year business shizz.
A busy day today ... end of year business stuff, in addition to regular work.
Postings will likely be thin. ‘Tis the season.
Buffer: The Two Keys to a Lasting Early Morning Routine.
Good advice. Our little wintering hummer forced an early morning routine on us (thawing feeders). The practice has boosted overall productivity.
The Economist: Tattoos in the workplace - Ink blots.
Moo Letterpress Business Cards.
Mass market letterpress. For a price.
Vox/Study: Left-handed people earn 10 percent less than righties.
“Most of this gap can be attributed to ‘observed differences in cognitive skills and emotional or behavioral problems,’ he writes, adding that since lefties tend to do more manual work than right-handers, the gap appears to be due to differences in cognitive abilities, not physical.” What about poor ambis?
Busy, busy day.
Links when/if I can. Trying to remember to breathe.
Ask DN: What’s your use case for Evernote?
Of note. Thread should mature more as the day goes on.
PDN Online: Photographers’ Rep Julian Richards on Why He Abruptly Quit the Business.
“Digital changed the landscape. Before the pixel, craft was still an elemental component of the narrative. A process that involved trusting strips of cellulose in a mysterious dark box was replaced by instant, impeccable rendering, in situ on vast monitors. The photographer’s role as sorcerer and custodian of the vision was diminished: The question ‘have we got it?’ became redundant. Now it was the photographer asking the art director asking the client. Which is a big deal.” I want to pullquote more, but it’s against my religion. Go read it, seriously.
SpartanTraveler: The Myth of the 4-Hour Workweek.
When a Client Hasn’t Paid: Just Tell Julie.
Vimeo: Kanban - isn‘t it just common sense?
Wonderful stuff within.
Pacific Standard: Feelings of Entitlement Boost Creativity.
High Performance Lifestyle: Productivity Tools - 61 Experts Reveal Their Top 3 Choices
Hinted: “Calm breeds calm.” How to handle #stress.
“If you’re always running around with your hair on fire, I promise you’re stressing those around you out and diminishing performance.” Perhaps. After many years in the workforce, I’ve noticed there is a particular kind of person who cannot — will not — calm down until you get as unhinged as they do. If you don’t, they feel you’re not recognizing the severity of the situation and you become a target for their rancor. There’s naught you can do but feign a freakout, and then de-escalate them slowly using the same calmness you would have had otherwise.
SciAm: The Surprising Problem of Too Much Talent.
Youtube: Toyota Kata by Hakan Forss, Lean IT Summit 2013.
Creating a culture of continual improvement. Hit me at a good time. Favorited.
FrontApp: Three months at Y Combinator - what it’s like and how to get in.
Of interest. Annoying modals.
99U: Nobody Knows What The Hell They Are Doing.
“If you’re worried you don’t measure up, that could well be a sign that you do.” We all need to squash that little devil who sits on our shoulders, telling us we suck.