Now that we’re more than half way through the summer, we have a tendency to slow down and it might be time to think about some ways to improve your productivity. Making some small simple changes to your everyday tasks can make a big difference in your efficiency. It can be as easy as getting some extra hours of sleep, or even having a change in attitude.
This infographic from Social Caffeine, gives us some tips and tricks to keep us productive in both the office, as well as, our personal lives. Keep up with your daily tasks by keeping your days organized and productive!
Courtesy of: Social Caffeine
In the past, if you wished to install an Ethernet cable in your office or home you would have needed to contact a network engineer. Even though Ethernet cables may seem complicated due to the many wires forming its structure, it is now possible for just about anyone to easily create their own patch cables.
In this infographic, 1000 Ft Cables provides a step-by-step guide that shows you exactly how to build your own Ethernet cable. They also answer any questions you may have regarding the measurements, crimping, or the general structure of an Ethernet cable. Learn how to build your own patch cables today!
Cheat sheets are helpful for independent contractors and technology professionals for so many reasons, and we love to share them. From learning to use LinkedIn to summarizing complex technologies, we’ve covered many areas with some great infographics.
This infographic from make a websitehub.com doesn’t earn points for style, but as far as information goes, it takes the cake. It covers everything you need to know to speed up your day while using jQuery. Better yet, if you’re already well-versed, you can pass it off to somebody who’s always asking you questions!
How many logins do you have? We’re bombarded with online accounts where we need to create a username and password every day. The result is using the exact same, terrible password in hopes that we’ll remember it. As an IT professional, you already know this is terrible practice, but so many are still using the old “Password123” security method.
Perhaps that one-off account you created to leave a comment on a blog wasn’t all that important, but you do need to place priority on strong passwords for websites like banking and email. This infographic from WhoIsHostingThis provides rules for a strong password (you’ve seen them all before) AND it provides some tips on remember and managing your passwords.
Artificial intelligence is one of the most exciting innovations in the world today. It is quickly affecting our lives in many ways and defining how we’ll live in the future, but it is in no way “new technology”. For example, did you know that chatbots have been around and have used AI since the 1960s.
This infographic created by Drift digs deep into the history of Chatbots, the different kinds and how they use artificial intelligence. The truth is, some of the early chatbots were pretty useless compared to those we have today, but it is interesting to see how far we’ve come!
Are you sick of hearing the term “AI” yet? We were told last year that Artificial Intelligence would be the buzz in 2017 and so far we haven’t been let down. From video games to appliances, customer support to virtual assistance, AI remains a hot topic and shows no signs of going anywhere.
At the beginning of the year, Futurism released this infographic forecasting what we could expect throughout 2017. There were many exciting predictions, with perhaps the most promising being the rise in demand for expertise and talent with big data analytics. Now that we’re more than half way through the year, what do you think of the infographic below? Is it accurate or do you think we have a busy second half to meet the predictions?
Are you staying up-to-date on the latest skills? Technology changes are always happening and to remain competitive as an IT professional, especially a programmer, you need to stay on top or you risk falling behind.
Kotlin was recently announced as an official language for Android and this infographic from Programiz proves that it’s growing at outstanding rates with plenty of opportunities for programmers. According to their website, Kotlin is concise, easy-to-use, tool-friendly and, above all, safe. Have you become well-versed in it yet?
Lack of confidence can have a large impact on not only your success on IT contracts, but also on many of your daily activities. Not being confident can cause you to have negative thoughts about yourself, which can change your behaviour. When feeling down about yourself, you start to avoid certain situations that make you feel insecure. Luckily, it is possible for anyone to build and develop their self-confidence!
Having confidence is extremely important as it can increase your self-esteem and overall happiness. By improving your self-confidence you will become a more appealing individual in every way! It is completely normal to have off-days where you might not be feeling the greatest, however with these useful tips from Vegas Extreme Skydiving you will be able to learn ways to give a major power boost to your confidence.
6 Great Ways to Conquer Your Fears [Infographic] by the team at Vegas Extreme Skydiving
The Dot-Com Bubble was a period which occurred in the late 1990s when making money through the world wide web was just beginning to become popular. During this period, investors were starting to realize that big money could be made online, and began investing enormous amounts of money into sites without giving it a second thought.
Sorry to burst your bubble, but unfortunately there was not a lot of profit made from most of these investments. Today we acknowledge the fact that these investors were not entirely wrong as using the web for online sales or purchases is currently a common practice, and there are large sums of money made. Yet, the market during the 1990s was extremely overestimated, and ultimately lead to the downfall of many companies. In this infographic, WhoIsHostingThis? describes some of the most memorable, horrific, and hilarious early tales of the tech world.
In our society, working overtime is not an uncommon practice. According to recent research, picking up all those extra hours might be negatively impacting our health and putting us at risk of various physical and mental health issues. InvestmentZen believes that instead of making employees work an entire 5-day week, we should be giving them an additional day off. Latest scientific studies support the idea that we can resolve this ever-growing problem with 3-day weekends which have proven to be beneficial to not only employees, but companies as well.
There is already a multitude of companies giving an extra day off to their employees in Japan, America, United Kingdom, and Sweden. If companies are doing it for their employees, why aren’t you doing it for yourself. As an independent contractor, you’re your own boss, so it’s just a matter of negotiating it into your next contract. In addition to increased productivity as these studies show, working different hours from your client’s employees will also help separate you as a contractor in the eyes of the CRA.