41 Tips for a Better Life

  1. Get rid of anything that isn’t useful, beautiful or joyful.
  2. Curb your jealousy. Be happy for others.
  3. Live with the 3 E’s : Energy, Enthusiasm, and Empathy.
  4. Play more games.
  5. Read more books than you did in 2009.
  6. Be grateful for what you have, what you can do, and for everything in your life.
  7. Eat more foods that grow on trees and plants and eat less food that is manufactured in plants.
  8. With every disaster in your life, ask yourself, “will this matter in 5 years?”
  9. Make time to practice meditation. It provide us with daily fuel for our busy lives.
  10. Dream more while you are awake.
  11. Don’t worry about what hasn’t happened.
  12. Smile and laugh more.
  13. Enjoy the simple pleasures in life.
  14. Try to make at least three people smile each day.
  15. Take a 10-30 minute walk every day. While you walk, smile.
  16. Sit in silence for at least 10 minutes each day.
  17. Get more sleep.
  18. Accept your friends’ mistakes. Accept your mistakes.
  19. Don’t waste your precious energy on gossip.
  20. Don’t have negative thoughts about things you cannot control. Invest your energy in the positive present moment.
  21. Exercise.
  22. Spend time with people over the age of 70 & under the age of 6.
  23. Life is too short to waste time hating anyone.
  24. Don’t take yourself so seriously. No one else does.
  25. Forget issues of the past. Don’t remind your partner with his/her mistakes of the past. This will ruin your present happiness.
  26. Realize that life is a school and you are here to learn. Problems are simply part of the curriculum that appear and fade away like algebra class, but the lessons you learn will last forever.
  27. You don’t have to win every argument. Agree to disagree.
  28. Don’t compare your life to others’. You have no idea what their journey is all about.
  29. Make peace with your past so it won’t spoil the present.
  30. Accept compliments.
  31. Your job won’t take care of you when you are sick. Your friends will. Stay in touch.
  32. Forgive everyone for everything.
  33. What other people think of you is none of your business.
  34. However good or bad a situation is, it will change.
  35. The best is yet to come.
  36. No matter how you feel, get up, dress up and show up.
  37. Don’t over do. Keep your limits.
  38. Your inner most is always happy. So be happy.
  39. Do the right thing.
  40. Call your family often.
  41. Each day give something good to others.

The Importance of Website Page Performance

The other day, in the web design forums, the topic of a website’s page performance affecting SEO rankings came up. A member posted several points regarding the subject and several tips you could employ to help boost your website’s load times. With quicker load times comes happier visitors and, hopefully, better search engine rankings.

Over the following days, during my casual internet browsing, an excellent article on SmashingMagazine discussed exactly this topic, in more detail.

Website performance is a hugely important topic, so much so that the big companies of the Web are obsessed with it. For the Googles, Yahoos, Amazons and eBays, slow websites mean fewer users and less happy users and thus lost revenue and reputation.

In your case, annoying a few users wouldnt be much of a problem, but if millions of people are using your product, youd better be snappy in delivering it. For years, Hollywood movies showed us how fast the Internet was: time to make that a reality.

Even if you dont have millions of users (yet), consider one very important thing: people are consuming the Web nowadays less with fat connections and massive computers and more with mobile phones over slow wireless and 3G connections, but they still expect the same performance. Waiting for a slow website to load on a mobile phone is doubly annoying because the user is usually already in a hurry and is paying by the byte or second. Its 1997 all over again.

The article outlines several important factors in website page performance and the effects it may have on your SEO rankings on Google, Yahoo, and Bing. I hope you find it helpful.

I’m debating writing several in-depth articles regarding this topic and many others, what do you think? Would you read them?

FREE Url Shortening at 5PL.US

My new URL Shortening Service, named 5PL.US arose from my want of a free, simple, clean, and otherwise uncluttered url shortening service. You can get a free shortened URL from 5PL.US quickly and easily within seconds. After choosing a custom alias or getting your uniquely generated link alias, you can paste this shortened url into your webpage or document and link to the same original page, except with a much easier to remember link. You can also easily track the statistics for your generated link by adding + to the end of the link. (eg. http://5pl.us/c which links to Cha2e.com, http://5pl.us/c+ for the statistics of the link)

I hope youll check out the new free URL shortening service and consider using it for your url shortening needs. At only 5 characters long, and still a fairly new service, the URL generated is going to be extremely short, even if it is randomly processed.

The benefits of a shortened url, above and beyond the obvious convenience, tend to be extremely useful for people trying to brand the look of their urls. With custom aliases, you can choose a catchy name for the link alias and produce memorable and unique links for your company or online presence.

Hope to hear some feedback about this one!

The Four-Day Workweek is Gaining Support

As a self-employed business owner, I enjoyed this article on several levels. It shows the mainstream work-force is becoming more aligned with what works nowadays. A shift like this in the general workforce this could really help workers and the US society in a few ways, beside the obvious reduction in energy consumption, traffic congestion, etc.

Unfortunately I don’t foresee my 7×12 hour work-week going anywhere anytime soon… but it’s nice to dream! Just imagine.. a 3 day weekend every week, then I’d just need a pool! Ahh, ok.. back to work! 🙂

In an era when most of us seem to be working more hours than ever (provided we’re still lucky enough to have jobs), 17,000 people in Utah have embarked on an unusual experiment. A year ago, the Beehive State became the first in the U.S. to mandate a four-day workweek for most state employees, closing offices on Fridays in an effort to reduce energy costs. The move is different from a furlough in that salaries were not cut; nor was the total amount of time employees work. They pack in 40 hours by starting earlier and staying later four days a week. But on that fifth (glorious) day, they don’t have to commute, and their offices don’t need to be heated, cooled or lit.