What do you do to get out of a rut at work?

April 21, 2014 2 comments

Man Sitting In Valley

I’m kinda stuck in a rut with work. Everything is fine and I’m still getting things done, but lately I’ve felt a little uninspired and unmotivated.

At my past jobs, there was always a set schedule, strict deadlines, and a clear cadence, so even when I felt a bit down, I was forced to stay on track and productive. Being surrounded by colleagues helped, too. And while I’m still meeting client deadlines and producing good work (I think), it’s been much more of a grind to do so. Additionally, I’m a little less excited to do some of my non-consulting projects, such as blogging, programming, working on my startup, and other tasks.

What do you do when you’re feeling a little uninspired at work?

One of the things I’m going to do is change the scenery. I’ve been pretty productive working from home for a while but I think I’ve hit a wall. So I’m going to get out more during the work day. I’ve joined a co-working space (Cove on 14th St. since they have really flexible plans) and will also work at coffee shops more often. My commute will be a little longer – 10 minutes as opposed to 30 seconds :) – but I think my productivity will increase.

Other than that, I’m not sure what else to do. I’ve gone through peaks and valleys before but typically just rode them out. This time, I’d like to gather some concrete ideas, be a little more proactive and try some new things to get myself out of this rut.

So what should I do to find some inspiration? Please let me know in the comments some of the things that have worked for you.

Guest Blog Post on ThornTech.com – The Week in Tech: Amazon’s 3D smartphone, Google’s drones, Facebook’s e-money, and more

April 18, 2014 Leave a comment

Amazon phone

Check out my new guest blog post on ThornTech.com titled “The Week in Tech: Amazon’s 3D smartphone, Google’s drones, Facebook’s e-money, and more.

This week we talk about the rumors of Amazon’s smartphone, Google buying drones, Facebook and e-money, and Twitter’s purchase of Gnip. I hope you enjoy!

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Lessons I Learned From Messing Up My Breakfast Omelette

April 14, 2014 2 comments

most interesting man - omelette

I’ve made an egg white omelette almost everyday for breakfast for the past few years, and I’ve gotten pretty good at it. Oil the pan, cook the veggies, oil the pan a little more, pour in the egg whites, move them around, flip the omelette, fold it onto the plate, done, yum.

But sometimes, like the other morning, the omelette doesn’t come out the way I expected. Maybe I didn’t put enough oil in the pan, or attempted to flip the omelette too early, or didn’t use enough wrist when I flipped the omelette. For whatever reason,  I wound up with a scrambled egg mess.

And for whatever reason, I thought about how this omelette situation parallels life and the lessons that I could take away from this experience. Yes, that’s odd. Anyway, here are the lessons I learned.

1) Figure out what you did wrong and fix it

There’s rarely a time when I mess up my omelette two days in a row. After messing up, I’ll make sure that the same mistake doesn’t happen again. Omelette got stuck to the pan? I’ll make sure to add more oil. Not enough height on the flip yesterday? I’m tossing that sucker up to the ceiling today.

This is the same as in the real world. I’ve messed up at work before, but I’ve always apologized, taken the heat, and made sure not to make the same mistake again. I’ve made relationship mistakes, rectified them, and avoided them in the future.

It’s OK to make mistakes every now and then, as long as you learn from them and get better.

2) Even when things seems bad, life goes on and you’re still alive

You messed up your omelette and now you have scrambled eggs. So what? You still have eggs. You’re still eating. You ain’t starvin.

Bad things happen sometimes. Maybe you burned a bridge, lost a client, screwed up a project, failed a test, or got dumped by your girlfriend or boyfriend. Yeah, it sucks, but you’re still alive. You still have a job. There are other fish in the sea. You still have a roof over your head, family and friends. There’s always someone who is struggling more than you are, so make sure you appreciate what you have everyday.

Keep the above two lessons in mind. My breakfast would appreciate it.

Omelettes were harmed in the writing of this blog post.

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Guest Blog Post on ThornTech.com – Uber launches UberRUSH, Heartbleed plagues servers, Apple shakes things up, and more

April 11, 2014 Leave a comment

 

UberRUSH

Check out my new guest blog post on ThornTech.com titled “The Week in Tech: Uber launches UberRUSH, Heartbleed plagues servers, Apple shakes things up, and more.

This week we talk about the launch of UberRUSH, the Heartbleed security issue, the shakeup at Apple, and Twitter’s redesign that looks just like Facebook. 

I hope you enjoy!

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Guest blog post for CEA: How 100 Hackers, Hustlers and Designers Launched Companies in 54 Hours

April 10, 2014 Leave a comment

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Check out my latest guest post for the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) titled, “How 100 Hackers, Hustlers and Designers Launched Companies in 54 Hours“.

I’m a co-organizer of Startup Weekend DC, an event where entrepreneurs get together to pitch ideas, form teams, build products, and launch companies, all in 54 hours. We just held an event last weekend, and here’s the recap. The winning team (see pic below) – Orate, a platform for event speakers to get gigs and build their brand – won the grand prize of $25,000 in engineering services!

SWDC Winning Team Orate

It was an amazing, motivating event. Read more about it here.

Enjoy!

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Guest Post for ThornTech.com – The Ultimate Mobile App for…First Responders

April 8, 2014 Leave a comment

Firefighters

Check out my new guest blog post on ThornTech.com titled “The Ultimate Mobile App for…First Responders.

The “Ultimate Mobile App for…” is a a blog series that highlights the top three features and characteristics of mobile apps for specific industries and uses. We’ll take a look at the users most likely to engage with the mobile app, then identify the key features or characteristics that the app should have to be successful.

First responders include firefighters, police officers, and emergency medical service (EMS) personnel. When they respond to an emergency, citizens’ health and lives may be at stake, so first responders must move quickly and deal with an extremely high amount of stress. Mobile applications that first responders employ must be very easy to use to help minimize response times and make their workflow more efficient, and features like location tracking, gesture-based navigation, and alerts are critical in providing first responders with the right information at the right time.

Read more here.

Enjoy!

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Guest Blog Post on ThornTech.com – The Week in Tech: Mozilla’s CEO resigns, Amazon Fire TV launches, the US built a Cuban Twitter, and more

April 4, 2014 Leave a comment

Amazon Fire TV

Check out my new guest blog post on ThornTech.com titled “The Week in Tech: Mozilla’s CEO resigns, Amazon Fire TV launches, the US built a Cuban Twitter, and more.

This week we cover the resignation of Mozilla’s CEO, the launch of Amazon Fire TV, the breakup of T-Mobile and Blackberry, announcements from Microsoft Build, and how the US built a Cuban Twitter.

I hope you enjoy!

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