Living On the Go

office on the go

Oh! So you work remotely, one day at the coffee shop and another … everywhere you find a place to sit and set up your tiny office, right? It’s never easy although some people might think it’s so great, that we are free as a bird (really?) and we can work from any place we want.

I’m not saying it’s a bad thing (sometimes it’s even funny) but to do it right and you need to learn few tricks and organize your tiny office as much as possible. It’s true that we can sit wherever we want and just start working but at the same time we need to take few factors under consideration:

  • If you want make some phone calls you need to make sure that it’s not too loud around you. In case you have no other way – headphones are always to rescue
  • In case you want to watch some videos, etc. then you need decent Wi-Fi connection
  • Taking a break. That’s right! Sometimes you need to get up and use the facility, just make sure you can pack your gadgets quickly 😉 it’s not always safe to leave your laptop/tablet/etc. in a public place
  • Extra battery/battery packs. You never know if you are going to have a chance to recharge your devices right away

I bet you can add few more examples to the list above.



New Kind of Volunteers?

social media volunteer

    Are you a volunteer?
    Have you ever done some volunteer work?

In your opinion – who the volunteer is?
Lets start from definition of volunteering:

Volunteering is generally considered an altruistic activity, intended to promote good or improve human quality of life, but people also volunteer for their own skill development, to meet others, to make contacts for possible employment, to have fun, and a variety of other reasons that could be considered self-serving.

Have you ever considered yourself as social media volunteer? Maybe you should.
Stop for a sec. and think:

  • Have you ever helped someone via social media
  • maybe you helped someone how to cope with all those social media applications
  • etc.

I think that social media environment and all of those activities on social media platforms made us more aware that there are people who might need some support and help. We are more proactive, not focus only on ourselves – and that’s something new.

And even more fascinating is that people who are helping each other, they don’t consider themselves as volunteers. They would say that helping is something normal/standard…and that’s a good sign I guess.
And those people are new heroes!

How Can I Change My Life? Interesting Book to Read – Part 2

cowboys_AZsignI think it’s time to get back to Seth Godin’s book – Linchpin. The part 1 of that review I published in my earlier post.

Any project, if broken down into sufficiently small, predictable parts, can be accomplished for awfully close to free.

wow! isn’t that nice? Lets stop for a moment and think about that. Lets say I want to learn how to speak Swedish, I know that it’s not possible to learn that language within one day, nor one week nor month. But if I decide to create a plan, some kind of agenda how I want to accomplish that – it looks more real. If I decide to study Swedish 30 minutes every day – there is a BIG chance that after 1 year I will be able to communicate in that language.
What I need is 2 things:

  • plan/agenda
  • consistency

Seth Godin gave a great example of the Encyclopaedia Britannica and Wikipedia. A lot of money was spend on Britannica and Wikipedia was built for free and still is – millions of people are building Wikipedia every day.

You don’t become indispensable merely because you are different. But the only way to be indispensable is to be different. That’s because if you’re the same, so are plenty of other people.
The only way to get what you’re worth is to stand out, to exert emotional labor, to be seen as indispensable, and to produce interactions that organizations and people care deeply about.

  • what can I offer others (organization, people)?
  • what do I have or what can I create?
  • am I the answer to organization’s needs?

So what is stopping us from becoming linchpins? Are not good enough? or maybe we are not smart enough (like all those very smart and famous people)? or what? how many more excuses are we able to create? Seth is asking a simple question (and I think those are the worst kind of questions):

You can’t – or you don’t want to?

I can and I want to become linchpin. Am I scared? of course I am but I want to create something, I want to be part of something important (important to me, to organization, etc.). I think that every time I feel that big black monster “fear” I need to remember that I am changing my life and that’s a big deal for me and that fear won’t win.

people of Besbee_AZI love The New American Dream which Seth explained in his book:

  • Be remarkable
  • Be generous
  • Create art
  • Make judgment calls
  • Connect people and ideas

Have you ever wonder how to do that? I think it’s not that hard to be generous or connect people and ideas. Lets remember about those small steps, that might help.

If you can be human at work (not a machine), you’ll discover a passion for work you didn’t know you had. When work becomes personal, your customers and coworkers are more connected and happier. And that creates even more value.
When you’re not a cog in a machine, an easily replaceable commodity, you’ll get paid what you’re worth. Which is more.

Exactly, where is your passion? ohh I know, what you can say “I have car loan, credit cards to pay. I don’t have time for passion.” But what if we won’t try, what if we stay as those cogs in a machine, what then? We will go through our lives without even knowing that we can do something more. Something which can make us proud.

From my own experience I can say that passion to what we do is fantastic. That passion made me feel way much better, and made my work better. My coworkers and I built a great workplace/team. And I am not sure if we would be able to built that without passion and engagement.

The question is: Do you want to become a linchpin or not? Do you want to try to change your life? You have only one chance to do something with your life…because you have only 1 life.

How to Create Buzz Keywords Cloud?

tagcloudWhen you are looking for a job have you ever wonder how Human Resource department is looking at your resume?
Have you ever thought what keywords are you using in your resume?
or maybe you want to know what kind of ‘word cloud‘ you can create based on your text?


it’s good time to look at your resume the same way recruiters and Human Resource department is looking. Use web-based, free application – wordle.
At the wordle site I found that it’s:

wordle is a toy for generating “word clouds” from text that you provide. The clouds give greater prominence to words that appear more frequently in the source text. You can tweak your clouds with different fonts, layouts, and color schemes. The images you create with Wordle are yours to use however you like. You can print them out, or save them to the Wordle gallery to share with your friends.

Be careful with share the cloud online directly from wordle site – it’s better to be make sure where exactly you publish your ‘word cloud’.

How it looks like? Here it’s my example:
klaudia I. Jurewicz_buzz words cloud_v6 you can chose different colors: klaudia I. Jurewicz_buzz words cloud_v4 or shape: klaudia I. Jurewicz_buzz words cloud_v2

this simple application can help you to modify your content if you wonder what kind of keywords are the best, and many of them you used in your text.

enjoy testing wordle.

update: after few weeks I did a little bit of search again and found few more tagcloud (web-based) application:

  • word it out –> “An attractive arrangement of randomly positioned words, where the most important words are bigger than the others.”
  • VocabGrabber –> analyzes any text you’re interested in, generating lists of the most useful vocabulary words and showing you how those words are used in context.
  • Tagxedo –> turns words (e.g. speeches, articles, etc. into a visually word cloud, words individually sized appropriately to highlight the frequencies of occurrence within the body of text
  • TagCrowd –> simple application but allows you to eliminate some words from the tagcloud, set the limit of words, etc.
  • ImageChef –> not only tagcloud (word mosaic) but also few other option you find useful (photo editor – frames, etc.)

How to find a job using social media apps?

zoom_inAll of you how are looking for a job probably already signed up to jobing, jobankusa, monster or dozen other job-search-sites but do you really think that this is enough? How many of you didn’t find anything for last few months? Although you updated your profile all the time.

What to do???

Maybe you should think about adding other options/other places where you can ‘follow’ job offers or just use other tools to be more visible for potential employer:

  • tweetmyjobs — you can set your profile (for free), chose job channels to get instant notification of jobs (email + tweets). Big plus – you can get that job notification much faster than looking for those jobs on other job-search-sites
  • ‘follow’ companies on Twitter — if there are companies you want to work for, try to find them on Twitter and ‘follow’ them. Companies (often) post job offer on Twitter, so you are able to get the information asap
  • wopodo— reinvent your job search. Good tips how to write your resume, job offers
  • advanced Twitter search — you can search for companies/job offers/ etc. which can give you more information what’s going on (don’t forget to use @ and # while searching, e.g.: #jobs, #hiring)
  • Linkedin profile — you should concider to set a professional profile which can help you to connect to business world (other professionals, recruiters, companies). It will help you to check the job offers, connect to other professionals which can help you to find a job. Don’t forget to ‘complete in 100%’ your profile which means: uploading your photo, ask for min. 3 recommendations. Join groups and try to be active (ask questions, answer to some questions, keep communication with others).
    hint: you can use Google search box to look for job offers posted on Linkedin – in a google search box type “ jobs+location” and you can search directly from google
  • wordle — tool for generating ‘word clouds’ from text that you provide. The clouds give greater view to words that appear more frequently in the source text. It good to test your resume and check what ‘word cloud’ will generate out of your resume
  • professional email — remember to have professional-looking email address
  • maybe you take under consideration to start your own blog — you are an expert in something, so maybe you would like to share that knowledge with others and at the same time you are building your own reputation as an expert. At the same time it will be even easier to find you on-line
  • Google yourself‘ — check what you and others can find on-line about you. If there is something you don’t like, you better try to change it

When it’s time for work and when for fun

stop sign3I read very intersting (like always) post by Seth Godin “Are you making something?”

Seth suggested that because we are so often ‘distracted’ by so many things – we are instead of working (creating something) we are doing something like playing games etc.
He suggested that it helps if we have separate device strictly for work and another one for other activities:

The two-device solution
Simple but bold: Only use your computer for work. Real work. The work of making something.

That’s good idea, but sometimes, I think it would be hard to do that – separate those two worlds (work and fun). And on top of that – two devices? well, I think that many of us already working using two or more devices (mobile, tablet, computer). It would be hard just to adjust to one task-kind on one device. We are using all those devices for multi-purpose.

…what about creating a schedule – what and when we will do/work on? What about all those apps we can use – which can help us to keep focus on one thing at the time (check this post for more). Then we can use one device and still do some productive WORK

Seth Godin andhis blog

should we motivate others?

Daniel Pink talks about human motivation. How we are running our businesses.

So we thought that if we want people to work better we reward them by giving more money/bonuses/etc. – does it work? Daniel Pink think that NOT really, he said that all those motivators are actually blocking creativity.

‘There’s a mismatch between what science knows and what business does’

…about human motivation. Daniel thinks that ‘carrot and stick’ motivation worked in XX century but not any longer in XXI century.

check what is the ‘candle problem’.

What is interesting is:

‘As long as the task involved only mechanical skill, bonuses worked as they would be expected: the higher they pay, the better the performance. But once the task called for a longer reward <led to poorer performance. (…) in eight of the nine tasks we examined across the thress experiments, higher incentives led to worse performance.'

/D. Ariely, U. Gneezy, G. Lowenstein, N. Mazar, Federal Reserve Bank of Boston Working Paper No. 05-11, July 2005; NY Times, 20 Nov. 08/

The new approach is that people will do something because they LIKE it – not because they are getting bigger reward.
Lets check how it works 🙂 e.g. Google is decided their engeeniers time between 80% – regular tasks and 20% – time during which all of them are working on their own projects (whatever they want).

it’s all about:

  • autonomy
  • mastery
  • purpose

  • …and another version of that topic (also by D. Pink)