All entrepreneurs can remember back to the days when we had a 9-5 job, a boss, a steady paycheck and lots of PTO. We left that life behind in search of independence, risk with reward, and a spirit of “why can’t I?” So how is it that now instead we work 7-7, have to manage complicated staff relations ourselves, our paycheck is variable, and PTO is laughable at best? This “job” that we have created for ourselves is compromising our independence and what we fought so fiercely for.
The Secret Silver Bullet for Entrepreneurs
Welcome to June and the start of summer! I turned 40 yesterday, and in our last issue of 12Lite, I shared some of my favorite life insights from the last 40 years. At the top of my list is that it takes years to become an overnight success. Anyone successful would tell you this, and they would also tell you that it doesn't happen by accident. It's about intention and just figuring out the next best step that you can take to get there.
5 Easy Ways To Keep Your Business Moving While Still Enjoying Your Summer
Drums please! Summer, summer, summertime! Time to sit back and unwind! To me, it’s never officially summer until I hear The Fresh Prince’s summer anthem, Summertime! Summer is meant to be savored and enjoyed, but I can’t tell you how many entrepreneurs I speak to each week who share that they haven’t had a day off in months, or that they are working 16 hours a day, with no time for anyone or anything except their business.
Daily Planning Tips for Entrepreneurs
One of the most common problems we see with entrepreneurs is finding time in an already busy schedule to focus on things that will grow their business. Here are a few tips to help you create margin in your daily schedule.
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Google’s File on Me Was Huge. Here’s Why It Wasn’t as Creepy as My Facebook Data.
Though Google has far more data about us than Facebook, because we use it for not only our internet searches but also for our emails, calendaring, maps, photo uploads, video streaming, mobile phones and web browsers, Google has sidestepped controversy while Facebook has under fire for improperly leaking user data. To find out why, I downloaded a copy of all of the information that Google has on me and compared that data to what I already knew Facebook had obtained on me. What I found was that while my Google data archive was much larger than my Facebook file it was also packed with fewer unpleasant surprises and I was relieved to find out I could delete the data. In contrast, when I downloaded my Facebook data, I found that a lot of what I saw could not be purged.
On Turning 40!
Welcome to May, my birthday month! This year it's a big one, I'm turning 40!!! I'm very excited about my 40s, because with age comes wisdom and lots of experiences to inform future decisions... Or at least that's what my grownup self says! :) So as I reflect back and look forward, below are a few of the most important lessons I've learned over the years.
Delegation: Effective Strategies for Success
For those new to the world of delegation, it can be a daunting - albeit, necessary -undertaking. What do you delegate? Repetitive work items? Personal chores that have taken a backseat? Email management? One of the biggest hurdles is knowing where to start. My suggestion? Keep it simple.
Asana Timeline – Asana has introduced Timeline, a tool that helps you map out a project and hit deadlines. Timeline will provide a living view of how all the pieces of a project fit together. Teams will have a way to map out project plans, share plans and adjust as needed to keep work on track and meet goals. For projects with a lot of moving pieces and deadlines, viewing in Timeline can help everyone see timing or dependency conflicts and if the project is moving forward. Timeline makes it easy to make updates and changing deadlines is as easy as dragging and dropping tasks. With the rollout of this new feature to Asana Premium users, all projects now have a built in Timeline view to help you map out your plan.
Apple reportedly launching subscription news service - A premium Apple News app
Bloomberg reports that Apple has acquired Texture, known as the “Netflix of magazines” and is now planning to develop its own subscription news service. Texture, which currently offers 200+ magazines for $9.99 per month, will be rolled into Apple’s News team with a new app with subscription option is expected to launch within the next year. Apple has attempted a subscription news service in the past with its Newsstand app. The original app offered digital versions of newspapers and magazines but was discontinued when Apple moved to the Apple News platform instead. There was also a previous partnership with News Corporation to create an iPad only news publication called The Daily. The Daily was discontinued after less than two years with the explanation of a lack of audience to create a sustainable business model.