3 Goal-setting Tips That Don’t Work (And 3 That Do)

We should be more attentive in setting our goals, determining what works in practice, and what only seems effective in theory. By looking at our goal-setting behavior together with the goals themselves, we’ll be more likely to accomplish more this year.

Is Multitasking a Productivity Killer?

Multitasking is a bit of a misnomer, since our brains really aren’t capable of doing more than one thing at a time. We think we’re doing multiple things at once, but we are really just switching between several activities quickly.

Mobile App Boom Is Lifting Heroku’s Fortunes

The rise of smartphones is having an impact across the entire technology food chain from chip makers to handset manufacturers. San Francisco-based Heroku, which has been focused on being a Ruby-on-Rails cloud platform, has seen a sudden demand for its service from mobile app developers

Stress Reduction Tips

While everyone experiences job-related stress at one time or another, those of us who work online have a different type of stress. We trade stressful office environments for the stress that results from spending too many hours in front of the computer with little human interaction.

Do What Works for You

Lately, I’ve been hearing too many people talk about what people must do. If you start a blog, you must post three or four times every week. Your company must engage in conversations on . Everyone must have a newsletter.

The Joy and Pain of Taking Risks

Very few things in life come without any risk, and most of the really interesting things have a proportionally high risk associated with them. Being a web worker, for example, comes with significant risk, whether you are on your own as a freelancer, or working in a corporate gig where you need to be able to demonstrate that you can be just as effective when working from home. Read More about The Joy and Pain of Taking Risks

Yawn… Don’t Let Boring Work Get You Down

We’ve all experienced times of boredom in our work. Maybe you’ve been doing the same work for too long, whether it’s a corporate job or just the same types of client projects over a long period of time. Whether you are a freelancer working on client projects or someone working in a corporate environment, you can let it get to you and succumb to the boredom, or you can find ways to snap yourself out of it. Read More about Yawn… Don’t Let Boring Work Get You Down

What Is a Good Work Ethic?

I’ve been complimented by several people recently about my work ethic, and while I appreciate those compliments, I’m still trying to figure out whether that work ethic is a blessing or a curse.

Really, what is a good work ethic?

I’ve heard a lot over the years that younger generations don’t understand the value of hard work, so if we don’t understand it, how would we know what constitutes hard work these days? Read More about What Is a Good Work Ethic?

How to Combat the Winter Work Lull

Before anyone says anything, I fully realize the irony in this being my first post here at WWD in quite a while. And that’s part of this story. If you’re reading this from southern Australia, you may not appreciate how mind-numbing the depths of a true winter season can be. I’m staring out my window right now at the snowstorm currently going on in the -5°F weather, trying to convince myself that no, I cannot in fact survive another day without going to the grocery store.

During those long months, when you can’t remember what the sun looks like and are slightly surprised at its appearance in films and on television, productivity can take a major nosedive, along with mood and attitude. As a long veteran of Canadian winters, I like to think that I’m prepared for the changes that major weather upheavals can cause in a person, but I never cease to be shocked by the strength of the effects. Accordingly, I’ve put together a list of ways to either get over — or work through — the funk.  Read More about How to Combat the Winter Work Lull

Can Social Media Give You an Overinflated Ego?

Lately, I have been spending some time thinking about how people react to social media fame. What happens when you reach 1,000 Twitter followers? 5,000? 20,000? 100,000? How do you react when your blog is suddenly getting significant traffic and people are hanging on your every word? Some people can take it in stride without letting it go to their heads while other people end up with enormous overinflated egos.

Compare this to the reaction to fame that professional athletes, actors, musicians and celebrity CEOs face. Some people completely change (new house, new cars, new friends, new spouse, etc.) while others continue to live in their old neighborhood with existing friends, and remain grounded despite their fame. While social media fame isn’t the same, I see similar reactions. Read More about Can Social Media Give You an Overinflated Ego?