Happy Data Privacy Day!

Data Privacy Day (called “Data Protection Day” in Europe) is celebrated on January 28. The holiday started in 2007 and commemorates the January 28, 1981 signing of Convention 108, which was the first legally binding international treaty dealing with privacy and data protection. Now in its tenth year, this holiday raises awareness about privacy and data protection issues among consumers, organizations and government officials. Data Privacy Day also encourages technology that will help users protect their data online. (Source)

Today, share with your customers exactly how you protect their privacy. (You can see my privacy policy here.)

Being Unprepared for Winter Storm Jonas

I survived Winter Storm Jonas! Long Island received more than two feet of snow on Saturday and the governor declared a state of emergency. The blizzard caused travel restrictions, 50 mph wind gusts, and a 2-hour power outage. Fortunately, despite this sign on the Long Island Expressway (photo credit unknown), we did not have to deal with any reptiles.

I must admit that I’ve never paid much attention to my family’s emergency provisions, which I consider to be in my husband’s realm of responsibility. Unfortunately he was out of town for the storm. I made my own emergency plans. If the power went off (which it did), I would use the flashlight app on my iPhone to locate my stash of Yankee candles, which would become our primary light source. This part of the plan went well, except that the mixture of scents was rather nauseating.

What I didn’t know was that the collection of flashlights by my back door were all broken and that our camping lanterns were hidden somewhere in our basement. Once the electricity was back on, I also learned that we needed a new extension cord for the snow blower. Thankfully my daughter was home, and we made jokes about our lack of survival skills. The reality was that our situation was not the least bit funny and we were lucky to have power restored quickly. In the future, I will be prepared for storms and not assume that my husband has things under control.

Today, write about a time when you were unprepared. As a result, what sort of changes did you make?

Reviewed: 15 Secrets Successful People Know About Time Management

I love reading books about productivity and 15 Secrets Successful People Know About Time Management did not disappoint me. Author Kevin Kruse wrote this book based on the input of 7 billionaires, 13 Olympic athletes, 29 Straight-A students, and 239 entrepreneurs. You can read each contributor’s advice in the final chapters of the book.

There is a lot of commonality among these successful people. Most have a morning routine and have learned how to manage their own energy. They generally get up early, exercise, and engage in some kind of practice to get their day started. All have systems of goal setting and prioritizing what needs to be done. Overall, this was a very interesting book with lots of great strategies for success. I particularly enjoyed reading about the specific practices of many entrepreneurs that I follow online. I would recommend this book to anyone who wants to better manage their time.

What is a Bigwig?

Wigs became fashionable during the reign of King Louis XIII (1601-1643). Apparently the king went prematurely bald and began wearing a hairpiece known as a “periwig” – which was shortened to wig – to cover his head. Since wigs were expensive to purchase and maintain, they were only worn by the rich and powerful. The term “bigwig” evolved to mean an important person or official.  (Source)