Stop wasting so much time on planning. Don’t plan out the entire process before you start, says Jeff Sutherland, co-developer of Scrum. Plan just enough to get a measurable benefit, then do it, and repeat until the project is done. Planning too much in advance often means creating plans that have to change later anyway and wastes time and energy.
Build your personal brand with a website. A well-developed personal website is a great venue to set yourself up as an expert in your field, and it may lead to a job offer when employers see your skills, says Branded.me CEO Nick Macario.
Follow the unwritten rules of networking. There are a few unwritten rules everyone needs to follow during networking, says sales consultant Michael Goldberg. For example, no selling. Networking is about building connections, not pressuring people to purchase. Also, be sure you’re not just taking, but giving others something of value.
Make the most of your LinkedIn profile. Eliminate overused buzzwords, such as motivated, passionate and creative, suggests LinkedIn. Incorporate results you’ve achieved into your accomplishments and consider showing off your good deeds with a section on volunteer work.
Extend your Wi-Fi with plug-in device. No one likes a Wi-Fi dead zone. What will work is a device called a TAP-EX, says CBS MoneyWatch tech writer Dave Johnson. You plug it into an outlet in a central area of your Wi-Fi coverage zone, configure a few things on the touchscreen, scan for your Wi-Fi network, join it, and you’re done. Johnson was able to extend coverage to areas of the home he was testing that were previously uncovered, even with other extenders.
— Adapted from “A Great Way to Extend Your Wifi Network,” Dave Johnson, CBS News.
Skip baggage claim, and ship it. SendMyBag, a luggage delivery service that’s been working in a few European countries, is set to start providing service in the United States this year, writes Fortune reporter Ben Geier. For a flat fee, SendMyBag will pick up luggage and deliver it to your destination. Most U.S. deliveries will be about $45.
— Adapted from “Startup SendMyBag Launching a Domestic U.S. Service”, Ben Geier, Fortune.