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Functional Flickr

Functional Flickr

Okay, I admit it. I’m obsessed wth developing new business for Flickr. I’m a passionate user. Isn’t that what people SHOULD be?

Here are some other ways to use Flickr as more than a “snaps of the kids and drunk coworkers” tool:

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  • Pre-Trip Inventory– Take snaps of everything you’re about to put in your suitcase (post them as PRIVATE), and use the photo both when you get ready to leave your destination, and again when you finally arrive home, to ensure you have the goods.
  • Graphical Chore Reminders– The former kid in me cringes at suggesting this, but take pictures of the things that need doing around the house and email them to the recipients of the chores. Send those dirty dishes pics to your oldest son, and the front lawn photo showing the garden gnome submerged in a sea of grass your girl.
  • Fitness Reminders– Take a weekly photo of yourself (posted PRIVATE) and stick them in a set called “Progress.” Be habitual about it. It’ll show your progress on good weeks, and remind you to work harder on down weeks.
  • Thank You Material– Catch someone wearing that sweater that Aunt Flora sent you? Take a snap, and tag it “thankyou,” and include a printed copy in the holiday card you send Aunt Flora. (Hate the sweater? Snap a few that you’d rather have while out shopping, tag them “wishlist” and send those along.
  • Reminder Notes– Out at the local bookstore and you see that great book you wanted to remember? Snap a photo, tag it “followup.” Did you have a great meal in a restaurant? Take a photo of the sign when you leave. (Most folks have cameraphones, so this hack is easier than it used to be).
  • Screen Captures– Don’t forget that Flickr isn’t just for photos. You can post anything that’s in JPG format, including screen captures, artwork, and what-have-you. Use it as a place to store visual clips of a project you’re working on, so that you can share those with the client. Show them your mockups of their web design ahead of time. Share a quick snapshot of your remote-office meeting with the other offices. Start a Flickr Group for your company and make it FRIENDS-only and private.

Did this spark any other ideas? Share them in the comments or send along mail to our tips at lifehack dot org email address. We’d love to get your thoughts.

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Last Updated on October 9, 2018

How to Write a Personal Mission Statement to Ensure Peak Productivity

How to Write a Personal Mission Statement to Ensure Peak Productivity

Most of you made personal, one sentence resolutions like “I want to lose weight” or “I vow to go back to school.” It is a tradition to start the New Year with things you want to achieve, but under the influence resolutions are often unrealistic.

If you’re wondering when will be a good time to write a mission statement, NOW is the time to take a personal inventory to make this year your most productive year ever. You may be asking yourself, “How am I going to do that?” You, my friends, are going to write personal mission statements.

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A large number of corporations use mission statements to define the purpose of the company’s existence. Sony wants to “become the company most known for changing the worldwide poor-quality image of Japanese products” and 3M wants “to solve unsolved problems innovatively”. A personal mission statement is different than a corporate mission statement, but the fundamentals are the same.

So why do you need one? A personal statement will help you identify your core values and beliefs in one fluid tapestry of content that you can read anytime and anywhere to stay on task toward success.

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For example, Tom Cruise in Jerry Maguire came to the realization that he had lost track of what was important to him. After writing a personal mission statement, we saw him start his own business and he got the girl, Renee Zelleweger. Not bad, wouldn’t you say? A personal mission statement will make sure that, through all the texting, emailing and constant bombardment of on-the-go activity, you won’t lose sight of what is most important to you.

Mission statements can be simple and concise while others are longer and filled with detail. The length of your personal mission statement will not be determined until you follow this simple equation to create your motivational springboard for 2008.

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To begin your internal cleansing, you will need to jot down the required information in the following five steps:

  1. What are your values? Values steer your actions and determine where you spend time, energy, and most importantly, money. Be specific and unique to yourself. Too much generalization will not be as effective. It is called a “personal” mission statement for a reason.
  2. What are three important goals you hope to achieve this year? Keep your list of important goals small and give them a date. It is better to focus on the horizon and not the stars. Realistic goals are keys to ultimate success.
  3. What image do you hope to project to yourself? How you see yourself is how the world will view you. Think about this carefully. Your image should encompass what you look like and feel after you have achieved your goals.
  4. Write down action statements from each value describing how you will use those values to achieve your three goals. Start with “I will…”
  5. Rewrite your statement to include only your action statements. Make portable copies for your wallet, car or office.

If you followed the steps above, congratulations! You have just written your first personal mission statement. Your personal statement will change over the years as your goals change. You can have more than one statement for the different compartments of your life such as your career, family, marriage, etc.

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Writing a personal mission statement is an effective method to ensure your productivity is at its peak. It is an ideal tradition to start so that when next year rolls around, the outdated practice of resolutions will be something you permanently left in the past.

Featured photo credit: Álvaro Serrano via unsplash.com

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