How often have you been up all night because you lost track of time binge watching Netflix, gaming, or working on a tech project? It happens to the best of us. And after just a few short hours of sleep, our solution in the morning and throughout the day is to pound the coffee or energy drinks into our bodies, with the hope that productivity will be as superior as it is any other day. Even on an average day, with a good night’s sleep, many IT contractors still start the morning with a cup of joe or break up the day with a coffee break, often saying they can’t function without it.
What are the realities of all of this? Is coffee really that miracle drink? According to this infographic from TollFreeForwarding.com, not quite. Check it out and learn the real facts about coffee, so you can still enjoy your favourite hot drink and maximize your productivity.
A few months ago, Gartner published their 2017 CIO Agenda, titled “Seize the Digital Ecosystem.” It argues that digital ecosystems, environments where an independent group of actors share standardized digital platforms, are being used by more and more enterprises in order to reap growth benefits. From there, the report speaks with CIOs of top digital companies to learn how to succeed in that area.
The complete report can be downloaded from Gartner’s website with a membership. If you don’t have a membership, then start by reviewing this infographic from the Smarter with Gartner blog. It provides a great overview and is a tool that you can pass to clients as a value-add, to help them understand where the digital world is heading.
It’s cold outside! The holidays are supposed to be calming and relaxing, but it never works out like that. If you’re looking for something to warm you up and some sugar to give you a boost, look no further! This infographic from sheknows shows the hottest hot chocolate recipes of the season, there’s something in here for everybody!
Today is the start of Kwanzaa! If you’re not among the many Canadians celebrating this holiday with others around the world, then take a minute to learn more about it. This eye-opening infographic will surely teach you at least one new fact about this tradition.
It might be the more widely celebrated holiday in the world, but that doesn’t mean it’s celebrated in the same way everywhere. Each corner of the world seems to do something a little unique to celebrate Christmas. If you’re looking for a little bit of levity over the holiday season, this list from Love Home Swap shows some of the funny ways different cultures celebrate Christmas.
If you haven’t already started your vacation, you will soon have at least a few days off, and this is the time of year where we somehow manage to get out of shape in just a few days. This year, rather than setting a New Years’ Resolution to get back into shape, why not ensure that you don’t get out of shape? How? With the help of this infographic from Cleveland Clinic which provides 8 Tips for Healthy Holiday Eating, so you can keep on top of your eating habits before they escalate out of control.
How much time do you waste on useless meetings? Most people will tell you too much and, for independent contractors, wasted time can have negative consequences. Not only will your projects fall behind, but you also lose out on time doing work you may have committed to doing for other clients. Eventually, all of that creeps into your personal time and you find yourself consumed in work all because of inefficient meetings. Then there’s the fact that clients will start questioning all of the hours you’re charging when, in their eyes, little progress is being made.
Certainly, everybody can work harder to improve their meetings and step up efficiencies. You may not know where to start, you may think your practices are already “good enough,” or you may be somewhere in between. Regardless of where you fall, check out this infographic from Meetin.gs to for some pointers to help you in your next team meeting.
Whether it’s your first day and you’re terrified of making a rookie mistake, or you’ve been working for the last thirty years and you may have gotten a little complacent, we have all made at least one of these seemingly harmless mistakes. This list created by lostgenygirl.com is a great compilation of 20 easy to forget things that could be holding your career back. Nobody intentionally does any of these things, but hopefully this list will make you more cognizant in the future so you avoid them.
Which of these rules are you breaking and how will you change that?
As we approach the holiday season, you need to start preparing yourself for those heated arguments that are sure to come up at office parties and family gatherings — one of the more common being the age-old question “Scrum or Kanban???”
While Kanban has been around since Toyota introduced it, it only started gaining traction in 2004, nearly 20 years after Scrum gained its popularity for software development. Today, both are great approaches to product development and different independent contractors feel strongly about their preferred one. Do you have a preference? If not, check out this infographic from kanbanize. The source does make it a little biased, but there is still some helpful information if you’re working to sort the differences between the two.
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