Lifehacking, waarom moeilijk doen als het ook makkelijk kan ?

March 29, 2008

Hebt u het soms ook zo moeilijk met uw weg te vinden in de daglijkse overvloed aan informatie? Loopt uw mailbox ook over? En verspilt u ook waardevolle tijd in het internet-doolhof? Verlangt u naar meer overzicht en controle op het gebied van (elektronische) informatie?

Dan is het tijd dat u kennis maakt met Lifehacking!

De term “Lifehacking” werd voor het eerst door de Britse jounalist Danny O’Brien geïntroduceerd. Initieel ging het over kleine programma’s die allerlei taken overnemen om grote hoeveelheden informatie te verwerken op een eenvoudige manier. Een voorbeeldje hiervan zijn RSS feeds waarmee men zich heel makkelijk kan ‘abonneren’ op honderden websites. Telkens er een voor u relevant artikel verschijnt, krijgt u dit in uw RSS Reader (bv. GoogleReader) te zien, zonder dat u al deze sites zelf hoeft af te schuimen. Tijdswinst gegarandeerd!

Vandaag gaat Lifehacking nog een stuk verder. Volgens Martijn Aslander, één van de bekendste Nederlandse netwerkers én lifehackers gaat het over méér doen, in minder tijd met minder stress, zodat men slim kan bewegen in de informatie en de netwerksamenleving. Bovendien hoef men meestal geen technische kennis te hebben om zijn leven aangenamer te maken met Lifehacking.

Enkele voorbeelden:

Open snel een folder met je favoriete bestanden (Taco Oosterkamp) (Windows)
Snel PDF-paginas samenvoegen uit verschillende documenten (Martijn Aslander) (Apple)
10 handige emailadressen zonder internettoegang (Frank Meeuwsen)
Get Higher-Resolution YouTube Videos with a URL Hack (Kevin Purdy)
In 10 stappen naar een simpele werkomgeving (Simplify Life)

Wie meer wil weten en interesse heeft om Lifehacking aan het werk te zien, kan zich inschrijven voor de Lifehacking Academy. Op 17 april wordt er in Amsterdam een niet-te-missen event georganiseerd. Ik zal er alvast aanwezig zijn 😉

Enjoy every day,

Bert Verdonck

Network Creator & Lifehacker

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Winners must have two things…

March 25, 2008

Winners must have two things, definite goals and a burning desire to achieve them.

What a great line this is, isn’t it? Because we are so busy, we often forget where we are going and what we are doing 🙂

Do you have a set of goals? Have you written them down? How often do you read them? Are taking any action towards them?

Of course, we all want to achieve our dreams, but how hard do you want it? It is the most important decision in our lives to live our dreams, but how many people are really committed? I meet a lot of people who have set out their goals and their dreams, but lack the burning desire. “Some day, we’ll work on it.” “Just in case something happens, we still have our backup plan. ” If you take a decision, which is to cut off any other possibility, to live your dreams, there is no time for sidetracks!

If you don’t get serious, you certainly won’t commit! If you are not committed, you’ll end up nowhere, maybe somewhere, but certainly not there where you want to be!

I am not sure who came up with this quote first. It’s on a poster somewhere, but it might also be Brad Burden and I also heard it from Chris Howard. Anyone knows the true source?

Enjoy every day,

Bert Verdonck



Fear and anxiety?

March 21, 2008

Anxiety is caused by a lack of control, organization, preparation, and action.

– David Kekich –

Indeed we often get a feeling of fear or anxiety when we are out of control or not prepared. Our mind plays games with us and we feel uncomfortable. If we don’t take any action our mind blows up the issue at hand, doesn’t it? I learned a couple of lessons again recently 😉

What about you? What’s your greatest fear? How do you deal with anxiety? Just get over it and move on? Sure, let’s do it!

Enjoy every day,

Bert Verdonck

Create, Connect & Contribute


Breakthrough to Succes?

March 18, 2008

Last weekend I attended Chris Howard’s Breakthrough to Succes seminar (again)!

I had a great time and enjoyed it very much 🙂

Here are some interesting quotes:

  • The map is not the territory
  • If you model mediocraty, you’ll get mediocraty
  • Our eyes need to be trained to see
  • Winners must have two things, definite goals and a burning desire to achieve them
  • To a man with a hammer everything looks like a nail
  • I’d rather wake up than living in denial
  • When you set your prisoners free, it is only then that you discover that the real prisoner was you
  • When did you decide to have that problem?

And one of the most important ones:

The most important decicion in your life is to live your dreams!

I will be back with more soon…I am working on my dreams first 😉

Enjoy every day,

Bert Verdonck

Create, Connect & Contribute


Bert in Bizz?

March 10, 2008

Deze maand is er een interessant artikel over Social Networking verschenen in Bizz Magazine.

Kunt u “nee” zeggen tegen een potentiële onlinevriend?

Hans Hermans vroeg mij om een interview. Lees het artikel!

Uiteraard staan er nog andere leuke artikels in Bizz…Dus koop ‘m nu! 😉

Laat maar weten wat jullie van dit artikel vinden…

Enjoy every day,
Bert

Bert VERDONCK
Create, Connect & Contribute
www.bertverdonck.com


Create your own business?

March 8, 2008

How many of us are dreaming of creating a business from doing something we are passionate about? How do you know what your passion is? Do you really think you can make money by just doing what you love? No? That’s why most people stop here and return to their daily job, being unhappy and remaining stuck for the rest of their lives. 

Of course, this is not about you 😉 

What can you do to break this pattern? Start by creating a vision and dreaming again! Make a list of things you really, really love to do. It doesn’t matter if these have no correlation at first sight. Start writing now! 

Just come up with a list of stuff like driving luxury cars, dining in fancy restaurants, flying around the world to explore nature, etc. Wouldn’t it be great to do this for a living? Be paid for what you love to do…just make sure you choose something you really love! 

When you have this list, just Google and find out who else is doing this? Find out about your competitors. It would be great if you find them. That means there is a market for it,right? And if they can, you can too 😉 

Now, think about this activity. Do you love it so much, you are dreaming of doing this every day? Would you enjoy it every day? Great! If not, go back to updating your list until you find something you are daily passionate about… 

The next step is to think about the business model. Most people never get started because they think they don’t have what it takes to build a successful business. In their mind they are lacking background (education, experience, age,…), resources (people, money, equipment,…) and guts (giving up security, positive attitude, business feeling,…). But guess what? No one does! Every entrepreneur is learning along the way! And who said you can’t start small? 

Before you do actually start, write a business plan and talk to some specialists. Most of them are willing to have a first look at your plan for free. All you have to do is ASK them! You might be surprised how many are ready to help a fellow entrepreneur… And if after a while you are absolutely sure, you didn’t find anyone, just ask me 😉

The most important thing to do is to start working on the “What” you want to do. Make sure you are passionate about it! If you have found it, you can start working on the “How” of your business. You will see how much easier it gets once you have the “What”! 

Enjoy every day,

Bert Verdonck

Create, Connect & Contribute