Kick Start the New Year by setting SMART Goals

Many people are not able to articulate what they really want in life in clear and concise language. Oddly enough, people are generally pretty good at articulating what they don’t want. So it’s no wonder that a large percentage of the population go through life getting what they don’t want and don’t fully realize their goals and desires. You get what you focus on!

A good place to start when setting 'SMART Goals' is to sit down and make a list of all the things you DON’T want or are really unhappy about. For example, I don’t want a mortgage, I don’t want to work until I’m 65, I don’t want to be overweight, I don’t want to be a smoker.

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Office Technology - Where it's been and where it's headed.

 by The Computing Center is coming up on its 42nd birthday in 2020. We've been right in the middle of the evolution of computer technology and how best for businesses and organziations to leverage the new technologies as it became available. This story offers a bit of perspective on how far technology has come and where it headed.

The things in our offices have evolved right alongside our technology—here’s what we predict might be in our workspace in the next few years.

The last few decades brought us some of the most iconic office equipment—the kind we see used as props today in every ‘80s movie reboot. There was the personal computer that made its advent in the last 1970s, and fax machines brought us closer together when it gained massive popularity in 1980s businesses.

These days, with the help of smarter devices and equipment, employees are just as comfortable working inside their offices as they are on the road or at home. They can dictate memos to their smart phones or white board plans to colleagues on Webex. With 5G and Wi-fi 6 fast on the horizon, office equipment will not only help us work smarter, it will connect us no matter where we are.

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Keeping your Information Private

There's a robust discussion relative to whether any personal data is really private anymore. There are those who are totally paranoid about data privacy and those who don't care at all - assuming that everything about them is public (somewhere). Like most of us, if you're in the middle, here's some good suggestions relative to keeping your personal information nominally private.

The Internet has blurred the lines between real world and the virtual one. Technology is barreling into our hands through smartphones at an unbelievable pace. This is good for productivity and progress, but it makes it easy for thieves to do their job.

The anonymity and location independence that comes with the Internet muddles the moral character of even the most ethical person. There’s no assuming your phone and the information it stores is safe from the malicious intentions of the human mind.

Remember, the first line of defense in protecting your data is you. Learn about new threats, stay current and take the necessary precautions to keep your data safe. Here are tips that will give you some insight into keeping your devices safe:

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Tips for Happy Holiday Shopping

 It's that time of year and more and more of us are shopping online as well as brick and mortar shops.

Keep your holiday shopping merry and bright with an early gift from the Federal Trade Commission: tips to help you watch your wallet, shop wisely, and protect your personal information.

 

  • Make a list and a budget. Those impulse purchases (looking at you, cozy sweater) are less tempting when you have a game plan. Consider how much you’re willing to put on your credit card, and how long it might take to pay it off. If money’s tight, paying for a gift over time through layaway might help.
     
  • Do your research. Read reviews and recommendations about the product, seller, and warranties from sources you trust. If you’re shopping online, check for reports that items were never delivered or not as advertised. Spreading holiday cheer by donating to charity or a crowdfunding cause? Look into it first to make sure it’s legitimate.

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