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As side from my day job, I continually practice realistic work/life integration and lifestyle design. I test, evaluate, and utilize much of what I learn through professional experience, books, podcasts, and other resources, then share my results, thoughts, and perspective to help technologists better incorporate realistic organization, prioritization, processes, systems, as well as health and wellness routines into their lives, teams, projects, and everyday workflows.
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I am a firm believer that everyone should have a (or some) personal project(s) that consume a small percentage of their time. I'm not talking about home projects like cleaning the garage or building that shelf in the utility room. I am talking about side gigs, a passion project - something you enjoy doing outside of your job that already makes a little extra money, or could real soon.
Few things have rattled me in my career more than recently becoming a 'team lead.' I’ve been fortunate, so to speak, to be able to pretty much just sit in the weeds and do work I enjoy and avoid all the orchestration that comes with management. Being 10+ years into my post-college life, I knew that I couldn’t always skirt around the additional responsibility that would inevitably be coming my way. People who take great pride in and have a passion for their everyday work, typically get sucked into leadership roles rather they like it or not.
At the writting of this post, I'm fairly certain no one reads these posts anyway. If you somehow stumbled upon this post or this excerpt, I appreciate you. I'm wiriting this post particually to just get started again and map out my plan for where content will belong from this point foward. In this post I share no goals for my future writing; I simply share my new direction and how I plan to syndicate what I beleive is worth sharing.
Feedly is a great tool for aggregating data into one location. It doesn't really matter what category of information you are trying to collect, there are hundreds, maybe thousands of blogs sharing information about whatever interests you. Keeping bookmark after bookmark in your browser is ridiculous. You'd spend more time waiting for the web pages to load than you would actually consuming the content.
It’s pretty simple to get overwhelmed with everything that life requires of us these days. I don’t know what it was like way back when, but I do remember just a decade ago things didn’t seem as complicated as they are now. That's not including the obvious responsibilities either.
Sometimes there's an opportunity to use a service that is free (nothing is ever free BTW) but you are limited to the number of 'features' the service offers in their free plan. For instance Buffer. Buffer is a social media sharing app that allows you to connect to social media accounts like Facebook, Twitter, Google+, etc. and schedule postings to go out at times...
Staying organized with events and reminders across multiple accounts and contexts is very difficult. The busier people get and the more people take on, the harder it becomes. Especially if you are running a side gig or a busy entrepreneur not quite ready to take the leap and quit your full-time job.
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There are three things that are the most coveted. Ask anyone and you’ll know. More money, More time, More(better) health. Of those three things you can choose what ultimately is the most important.You can prioritize what you will focus on the most. But be careful how you review the progress you make. You may have two of the three locked down, but struggled with the third.
Don't take it personally. It’s just a matter of fact. Sorry, not sorry. I’m a successful mother fucker. Not because I have millions in the bank (I don’t) and not because I’ve built some ridiculous empire (I haven’t). It's because I’m constantly in pursuit of something. A better body, optimal health, and time/financial freedom.
I sometimes have folks around me ask what they should do or how they can get started if they have an idea or want to start building a following online. I’ll never tout myself as an expert in this area but I have gathered plenty of information on the topic and found certain points to be of great value.
Progress, not perfection. Profound huh?... How do we start something new? How do we really start to build new habits? I'll share what has been working for me. I sometimes don't get it though. I'm pretty sure most don’t. This idea of just doing something to get the ball rolling. Usually, before I sit down to start writing a post or program some silly code for something I am working on I have to “be in the zone,” or have everything just right.
A few years ago I started hearing things about how important it was to network. Statements like “connect with people” and “it’s not what you know but, who you know.” We’ve all heard that one before and I have to say that it seems to reign true. More recently I hear this quote thrown around quite a bit. You are the average of the five people you spend the most time with. –Jim Rohn
Growing up I hated reading. I wasn’t good at it so I avoided it at all costs. There likely was an actual learning disability there. In all honesty, I’m pretty sure I graduated high school with about a 6th-grade reading level. I never read any of my assignments, somehow cheated on my literature reports and just snuck by. I seriously never read a whole book cover-to-cover until I was out of college. Couldn’t remember what I just read anyway so what was the point?
I've been gone awhile. I reset everything and here's why. This year start off like every other year previous. I set goals and resolutions, or whatever you want to call them, but this year was different. In past years, I set out to achieve something, build, create, deign, you name it. 2014 started off by me saying ‘yes’ to every opportunity which was quickly railroaded. 2016 was the year of 'resetting,' and then creating lots of content.
I did it again. I can't really tell you why yet, aside from the fact that I just haven't found my groove, 'flow', niche, or even myself honestly. As my domain is name is up for renewal again I realize that I purchased rosswickman.com at the end of 2012. I thought I was a pretty neat bigshot back then. My own name as a domain and just venturing into the wonderful world of entrepreneurialism.
I've been very fortunate in my life and career to get to do things that force me to learn or at the very least allow me the opportunity to learn. But... Like many people I've also have had stretches where I dreaded what I was doing, didn't feel like I was making enough of an impact, or feel like I was really moving forward.
This morning I got up a little before 4 o'clock but not because I wanted to. Some mornings I do get up around 04:30, others I get up around 05:00. Four days a week I try to get a workout in and the other 3, I work on personal business projects.
We all love free stuff, especially when it originally comes at a cost. One of the best free things in the technology world today is quality mobile applications. The good ones always cost a few bucks and that few bucks can add up so here is a quick tip for both Android and Apple users to find and earn free downloads of those high-quality apps.
If you aren't a natural writer blogging is hard. Really hard actually. The downside of blogging is coming up with content frequently enough to keep readers engaged and not lose them the first time you miss your publish window or don't post for a little extra longer than usual.
I actually decided to do a podcast almost 4 years ago already but like everything else I’ve sat around and done nothing much of anything the entire time. This isn’t uncommon for me. I’ve started (and completed) a lot of things but nothing that stuck or got to a point where I was driven to keep going. I always assumed something I was working on would lead to a need or a want and I’d be able to build something bigger (a business) out of it.
Without free tools, services, and resource some of the most amazing content published online today wouldn't exist. I believe everyone should be able to have a place online to share their knowledge and build a following in their own corner of the internet. In this first official episode of the Technically Living Podcast, I go over the best free tools to get started creating online.
Maybe I am a little tardy to the party but the second we saw that Google had a custom iOS keyboard, we were on-board. It’s called Gboard.This thing is great! You can search from anywhere. You can send ridiculous gifs to anywhere you are sending a message. And not just any random gif, you get whatever you want whenever you want it. It is a wonderful beast.
At least I think I have something I could turn into something else. No one gets rich overnight. I never expected to with this new experiment I have been trying out but I am starting to see a little potential and have even been asked to talk about it at 1 Million Cups in Yankton on May 25th. As I write this I don't even know what I am going to speak about but if you have noticed I've released 2 games to the App Store(s) this month.
I've launched another mobile game through Comrade Technology call Techno Jump. This game is cross-platform this time so if you have an Android OR an iPhone you can download it. The game is simple and somewhat frustrating. For the most part, you are challenging yourself. You can watch videos to earn rewards and the ability to re-skin your character as well as be able to pick up where you get caught and die.
I'm venturing back into some old territory with mobile applications. I was recently given some insight back into the world of mobile development and I am experimenting with a couple things. Games for one as well as something else I plan on sharing with you all in the future. Here is my first published native application. This is a new experiment of mine and something I am crazy excited about. I have published a release to this iOS game to the Apple App Store and version 1.1 should be available for download as soon as you are reading this blog post. It can be a little addicting so be careful.
For the last 8 years, I have been getting up between 5-6AM primarily to prepare for work. Prior to the end of September 2015, I had to be at work before 6:45 AM so my morning usually consisted of a workout, shower, and breakfast. Since the end of September my new schedule requires me to be to work by around 8AM but around that same time, I started waking between 4-5AM on a regular basis. The time I go to bed has consistently been around 10PM.
Getting online today is easy. It's as simple as creating a Microsoft PowerPoint presentation. You pick one of the many free providers and start dragging and dropping your content where you want it. It's really simple. I've always said anyone can have a website and everyone should. Here are some things to consider when getting started.
I have a hard enough time getting my friends and family to listen to, read, follow, watch or share the things that I recommend so trying to get a complete stranger to do the same is going to be even harder. Even if you’re not interested in the happenings of the Internet, digital marketing, or social media (hard to believe if you’ve found this) this single podcast episode will give you all you need to know to better understand and leave you wanting to know more. This episode really exuberates what THE HELL is going on online.
On my way to work this morning, I was listening to a podcast as I usually do. This one, in particular, was "The Top" by Nathan Lanka. The episode was about a SaaS company who was generating $20k a month already in there first 3 months live. I had this strange thought for a moment - "What would I trade/give to be able to fast-forward to that point and be Net-positive revenue?" I'm talking wake up tomorrow and three months have gone by and you put in all the time, did all the work, and are planted in the fruits of your labor. How about 6 months or how about one week or even one day. It didn't take me one whole second to realize my answer.
One thing I wish I didn't do was remove all my dumbass posts that I previously had here at RossWickman.com. When I wrote those posts I did so for a reason. When I took them down I didn't just unpublish them, I completely deleted them. I was embarrassed by them. I wrote about a ton of stupid shit and that shit wasn't even well written. It was exactly that - shit.