Consider This Your Two-Month Wake Up Call

I have a challenge for you this week. We have two months left in the year. Now, think back to the beginning of the year and try to remember all the things you said you were going to do, whether for work or pleasure. The purpose of this isn’t to depress you as you think about everything you didn’t do!! Instead, consider this your two-month wake up call.

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Five of my favorite email newsletters making me smarter in 2015

I love learning. Thanks to the Internet, learning has become a lot easier. The Internet gives anyone who’s an expert at something the ability to share their knowledge with anyone who finds them. But, a problem I often have is actually finding those great people to learn from.

There are so many “experts” online, that it’s hard to find the needles in the haystack and honestly, it’s downright frustrating sometimes!
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My Latest Dilemma: Technology Extinction

Last week, Business Insider reported that Barnes & Noble laid off a lot of people on its Nook hardware engineering team. If you’re not familiar, Nook is Barnes & Noble’s e-reader and intended to compete with Amazon’s Kindle. However, things didn’t turn out so well for Nook and in Q3 of 2013 it’s earnings were down 32% and made it the worst performing part of Barnes & Noble.

Barnes & Noble has been figuring out what to do and one route would be to change their focus from the hardware to just doing its own applications and digital distribution. Too bad for all those people who got Nook’s as gifts over the last few years.

This brings up an interesting problem though that eventually we all will face. How do we decide what devices to purchase? How do we know that the device or hardware we purchase today will still be around in three years? I think the reality is that we don’t. The world of technology hardware changes so fast that there’s no way to ensure that some amazing new device will see a long lifespan.Continue reading

Why Discipline Must Trump A Digital Detox

Over the past few months, there’s been a lot of talk about the idea of taking a digital detox. Earlier this year, the word digital detox was even added to the Oxford dictionary. The Oxford definition is:

digital detox (n): a period of time during which a person refrains from using electronic devices such as smartphones or computers, regarded as an opportunity to reduce stress or focus on social interaction in the physical world: break free of your devices and go on a digital detox.

The notion of a digital detox is being embraced by the travel industry with many hotels offering digital detox packages where they will confiscate your tech devices upon checkin to the hotel to ensure you fully disconnect from your digital life. This summer, I learned that there are retreat centers and camps for adults that offer digital detox programs. In August, I tweeted my reaction to these Continue reading

Getting Started In User Experience: Change up your routine

In this week’s post on Getting Started In User Experience, I’m writing to you from lovely California. Give me the ocean or a mountain and I’m a happy girl!! I love to travel and one of the benefits of working for myself is that I can travel much more because I can work from anywhere.

Travel is great because it makes you break your current routine. It helps you slow time down and see things in a different lens. This is particularly true if you live in New York City. My grandmother used to ask me how life in the “the bubble” was. It’s true. NYC is a bubble … and I love it. But, it’s important to get away and remember what life is like for most people.Continue reading

Doing What Matters

What would happen if we all consciously chose to do things that matter — that are authentic, and though not always easy, represent what we stand for?

I can’t remember what site this is from (I found it years ago and have kept it in a text file in my archives), but this is an excerpt of an interview with Dave Eggers, a writer and philanthropist. Every now and then I read it, and am always inspired in a new way. I really hope it inspires you too.

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