211° is hot, 212° is boiling!

What is the difference between being motivated to go forward and being effective in making something happen? Hot water can be uncomfortable to have your hand in, however boiling water will certainly prompt you to take action!

tea kettle

tea kettle

Steam is a very effective tool from taking paint off the wall to moving a steam engine down the tracks. What is your motivation? What changes your direction from your daily routine to the fast track of achievement?

Finding your personal motivational key, helps you to continue to modify your actions and resources to achieve your focused end goals.

Creating a habit of putting aside everyday distractions and interruptions that tend to delay your final goals, is a “work in progress” achievement. As our exposure to outside information and stimulus increases through the ease of immediate access to cell phones, the internet, radio, television and cable, etc. it is even more essential to be selective about where you invest your limited time and personal resources.

Evaluate your time and personal resources. Determine for yourself where your personal goals and values fall into place. Recognizing your limitations of time and energy, provides opportunity to create a priority list – in your own best interests! Call it a bucket list, or a “must do” list – but make the most of your day and your future.

The Man-Month Myth; Does Manpower Equal Expedited Productivity?

The book The Mythical Man-Month by Frederick Brooks is an insight into the relationship between time, energy and productivity.

When examining the prospect of adding more hands into a project, it is more complex consideration then the concept of: more people equal more work.

elves at work

More hands on deck does not always equal more output. The complex balance of skill, timing, physical output on the tangible side have a balance. However, the creative thought processes are not measurable by hours or people. You can’t order “2 hours of creativity” from Amazon with free shipping. Creativity is a process that is motivated by external input and personal interpretation.

The process of determining the time frame or expense of a project is as multi-faceted as the project itself or the people involved in it.

When watching the Olympics and you witness a “gifted” athlete who displays talents that make their performance appear effortless – the hours, people, expense, sacrifice and time invested in that outcome do not equal the moment in the sun (for us) any more than the great works of DiVinci are reflected in each creation.

When you are planning a project, take some of the points in the works of Mr. Brooks into consideration. Your expectations will have a better foundation and more realistic opportunity for success.

Small Business Technology ~ how does it serve clients in 2015?

Utilizing technology enables small businesses to operate like a big business. Technology provides the opportunity for businesses to respond more efficiently to meet the needs of their clients. In business and in our personal lives we have a limited amount of time ~ to spend that time wisely is in the best interests of the client as well as the small business.
old computerReducing the stress for the client and the business equates to a transaction that will entice them to become a repeat client and a business that becomes more profitable as  less time is spent in recreating its redundant procedures.

As technology evolves it opens up new avenues of opportunity. However staying up to date on the the skills required to capitalize on that technology can become a full time endeavor. The same technology that enables us to move forward can be utilized to help businesses to achieve those goals. Utilizing these multifaceted platforms and time saving  measures can propel our advancement towards serving customers more efficiently and reaching our goals. From communication to production using the tools available currently and in the future can determine  the difference between success for clients as well as stability in our business.