We might look forward and wonder what the future holds in many cases, but we shouldn’t forget our past and what brought us to where we are now. Is it time to make a change in your life and actually take a risk on a new job or new location? If our immigrant ancestors could do it in the rough times they had, so can we. If a move isn’t in your future maybe you’ll enjoy seeing what you experience when you use a paper planner instead of your smartphone and all its apps. On the other hand, the risk you take may be to attract talented tech professionals that your company desperately needs. No matter what the risk you need to take, you should take on the challenge and take steps forward.
Americans have Become Lazy, Argues Economist Tyler Cowen
CNN Money Article:
As a society the American people have become lazy about what’s going on around them and we’re seeing a social divide that hasn’t been this bad since the 1960’s. Much of what has caused this divide and the laziness is a reliance on electronics, an information overload and the fact that we now make less money than in the 1960’s once you adjust for inflation. What needs to happen to jumpstart the country isn’t clear, but you can jumpstart yourself in your personal life or in your career with the changes you can make that will put you ahead of where you are now. Take a risk in your life. If you’re unhappy in your job, make a change and see where it takes you. If you’re unhappy with where you live, move and explore a new city and what it has to offer.
What Happened When I Ditched my Smartphone for a Paper Planner
Fast Company Article:
It may seem odd that paper planners are selling better now than they did ten years ago, but it’s true. With all the technology in the world and an easy way to keep appointments and information where you want it electronically, many of us still love our paper planners, and that includes the younger generations. This level of personal control over your schedule isn’t something that everyone understands or enjoys, but it can be helpful and useful for you. Rather than looking at your planner on your smartphone, you could write down your appointments and will most likely have a better understanding of exactly what you need to do on a daily and weekly basis. The only hard part is remembering to take your paper planner with you, but once you begin to remember this item, you’re going to be able to look back and see your productivity on a regular basis.
5 Steps to Recruit Tech Talent to Your City
Gov Tech Article:
The challenge any city or company has when it comes to attracting the right tech professionals is the competition that comes in the form of Google and Facebook. These are the destination jobs for most of the best IT professionals, but not all of them can get there and not all of them want to as long as you do some things to make them want to be in your company or city. Using the right job descriptions, partnering with universities, creating excellent internships and creating working conditions that make more use of technology than ever before can all lead to more tech talent wanting to be in your city and work at your company.