Jim’s WebLetter for 1/3/15

Hi-ya Folks! Happy New Year!

And as we begin 2015, it is a tradition for folks to have a resolution for the year. Many choose losing weight. Some resolve to save more money. Whatever you decide to do, just realize that statistics show 61% will not stick to their resolution. Looking on the bright side, that means 39% will. To those few I say, “stick with it”. And I hope it makes your year a better one.

I ran across a few things while on the Web this week I thought you might find interesting and helpful. See if you agree.

First, a blog from the New York Times revealed a poll taken of a cross section of American workers shows the majority feel that the Internet actually makes them more productive. Of course that would be the case with people like me who use the Web on a daily basis, but even workers who only use email in their jobs agree. Of course, the poll also mentions we are working longer hours as a result of the Web.  http://bits.blogs.nytimes.com/2014/12/30/american-workers-say-internet-makes-them-more-productive/?ref=technology&_r=0

Now in the 15th year of this century, the Web has become the chief source of communication, information and creativity. But with all the positives it has created, all that the Web can become disorganized and hard to control. This week I came across an article on the Make Use Of website. Writer Joel Lee sums up by saying, “It’s amazing to think how digital our lives have become”. He’s right. From your smartphone to computers that take on the roll of work source, we need to keep things organized in order to reduce the clutter we create. With the new year, this is a good time to start. http://www.makeuseof.com/tag/keep-digital-life-organized-new-year/

Fast Company magazine published an article on the Web that provides 14 tested tips that can make our year a most productive one. One of the tips is something my boss does … He spends part of his working day standing. I have seen other articles on the merits of standing while working and, while it’s not practical for every job, it does emphasize the fact that too much sitting is not good. So I encourage you to read this story by Rachel Gillett and take notes.  http://www.fastcompany.com/3040311/14-tips-to-make-2015-your-most-productive-year-yet

Finally this week … I have been managing two Flipboard magazines I began last year. WebLetter http://web.jimonline.com is the magazine specifically aimed at stories I would include in this newsletter, while iTab http://itab.jimonline.com is designed for the millions like me who own tablet computers. Through both these magazines and this WebLetter now in its 20th year, I hope to continue to provide you with helpful guides and things of interest from the World Wide Web. Meanwhile if you come across a funny joke or story, pass it along. If I use it, I’ll give you the credit.

Found this one in Reader’s Digest: Seth Myers said …
Richard Branson has announced plans to develop a new type of plane that can fly from New York to Tokyo in one hour. Apparently, the engines are powered by human screams.
Reaching the end of a job interview, the Human Resources Officer asks a young engineer fresh out of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, “And what starting salary are you looking for?” The engineer replies, “In the region of $125,000 a year, depending on the benefits package.” The interviewer inquires, “Well, what would you say to a package of five weeks vacation, 14 paid holidays, full medical and dental, company matching retirement fund to 50% of salary, and a company car leased every two years, say, a red Corvette?” The engineer sits up straight and says, “Wow! Are you kidding?” The interviewer replies, “Yeah, but you started it.”
(Thanks, Lauren)
Have a great weekend friends, may God bless you and keep you safe in the new year.

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