04 Jan 8 Tech Resolutions To Make In 2016
Be a better builder.
Most resolutions revolve around physical self-improvement—diet, exercise, and the like. Why not take a breath and tend to your digital health as well? Here are some ways to make your online life a little more manageable, so you can take better care of your colleagues, customers, and friends.
Use A Password Manager
Every time there’s a security breach we are warned to choose new, unique passwords for affected apps and websites. If you’re not gifted with an eidetic memory, good luck remembering them all. Password managers can store passwords for your email, banking accounts and social sites like Facebook and Twitter. LastPass and LogMeOnce are a couple of good options.
Unplug Your Screens
When you’re passionate about your work, it’s easy to spend a good chunk of the day in contact with a screen or electronic device. We won’t judge you if you spend all day in front of a screen, go home and eat dinner in front of Netflix, and finish by reading an ebook in bed, it’s great for your body and mind to shake it up. Grow some plants, take a cooking class, visit museums and flea markets, go bike riding, play board games, and cultivate other screen-free interests. Bonus points if you can power down your phone while you’re at it.
Unplugging is hard, so start with a simple resolution, like avoiding social media an hour before bedtime.
Commit To Showing Up
Are you one of those people who RSVP “yes” to every tech meetup and Facebook invite but fail to attend? Being a no-show just to ease your FOMO isn’t just rude. It can impact the ability for others to attend and for organizers to cater appropriately. Use a calendar app to plan your time and don’t overcommit.
Once you do show up, be present. It’s easy to spot newbies standing alone. Don’t leave them standing there. Introduce yourself and invite them to join your small group or introduce them to others. Networking is not just about what you get out of it but what you can offer also.