How to Alter Your Work Schedule to Accommodate Personal Projects

544232_calendar_series_4One of the advantages of working from home is the flexible schedule. No matter how many things you need to accomplish, or how many simultaneous projects you have, you can still control when you can perform certain tasks, as well as how long they take. While this is more true of freelancing than it is for employees, it’s this schedule flexibility that makes the prospect of teleworking more attractive.

Whether it’s a do-it-yourself renovation of your home office, a one-month trip, or participating in NaNoWriMo, there’s always the big, personal project that you’re trying to fit in your schedule. How do you make sure that it won’t have much of a negative impact on your work? Read More about How to Alter Your Work Schedule to Accommodate Personal Projects

Debunking Productivity Myths

There are so many available tools and resources on productivity that it’s bound to make one crazy.  I confess that I was one of those productivity addicts who subscribed to all the GTD and lifehacking blogs out there, downloaded all the tools I could find, and signed up for every new Web 2.0 service.  I lived almost a year of my life doing that, and it’s a wonder that I didn’t get a heart attack.

If you haven’t found satisfaction with any of the productivity tricks you’ve tried, it’s possible that you’re mistaking some of the myths for facts.  These myths could come from something you’ve read, or they could be your own preconceived notions.  To get productive, you need to get rid of these myths.

What are they and how do you debunk them?

There is one system to rule them all.

Once you get into David Allen’s Getting Things Done, or other similar productivity systems, it doesn’t mean you have to stick to its rules permanently.  There is no perfect system that’s already pre-made for you.  You need a bit of time, as well as trial and error, to find something that works.

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Was Ribbit Sold? Maybe, Maybe Not

Ribbit, a Mountain View, Calif.-based company that is pushing a VoIP platform that marries web with voice is subject of acquisition rumors this evening. VentureBeat reported that the company was close to being acquired by British Telecom (BT), but later changed their story. When contacted by me, Don Thorson, Ribbit’s Vice President of Marketing dismissed the rumors but declined to comment any further.

It wouldn’t surprise me if BT (or some European telecom) acquired Ribbit (or any other platform) to expand across the borders and find a way to stay relevant. We had pointed out that a consortium of incumbent carriers were developing their competitor to Skype. Ribbit-type platform could be used to develop apps for the incumbent supra-net.

Ribbit has so far raised $13 million from Allegis Capital, KPG Ventures and Alsop Louie Ventures. The company has attracted about 4000 developers to its platform, though it is hard to tell if it is making any revenues from its platform. Over past few weeks, I had heard about Ribbit being in “play” and talking to likely buyers, but there is nothing concrete to add.

Avis allows web surfing and driving, let the accidents begin

Avis_logoFor some reason, I thought Avis was already offering 3G data connectivity as an option in rentals, but I must have read that they were in the planning stages. Apparently, they’re ready for the implementation stage since BetaNews is reporting that Avis Connect is going live. For $10.95 a day in a very limited market, the car rental company offers mobile EV-DO access with a fallback to 1xRTT speeds for areas without EV-DO coverage. The first four locations offering the service are the airports in San Jose, Oakland, Los Angeles and Newark. If you like the mobile access, you can always consider the same Autonet Mobile rig direct for $399 with a $50 monthly data plan; Autonet Mobile has plans to market the gear for those of us that just can’t unplug. According to the early press release in January of this year, the 3G device can be removed from the car and brought to your hotel room as well, making it an attractive alternative to in-room Internet services.

jkOTR Public Service announcement: under no circumstances do we recommend or endorse web surfing while driving even if you did buy the extra insurance from Avis.

WayPort goes WayAbroad

Wayport, a US-based Wi-Fi aggregator/service provider with over 9000 US locations has acquired NetPoint A/S, a high-speed Internet access for the hospitality industry in Europe and the Middle East. Yesterday Boingo announced that it was partnering with Ireland’s BitBuzz. Maybe there will be global WiFi roaming after all…. some day