Spring into New Technology With Cloud Based Storage

It is terrific to spring into action by taking advantage of cloud based storage technology. Storage mediums for computers have changed drastically and over the course of the past twenty years. When I purchased my first computer 20 years ago, we used 5 inch floppy disks for storage. Later the floppy disks dropped in size to 3 inches. Later there were jazz drives, portable hard disk drives, compact discs, DVDs, SD card and flash drives available as storage options. Today cloud based storage options are all the rage. Cloud based storage is a way of referring to storage systems that internet based.

 

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One of the advantages of cloud based storage systems is that in addition to having storage on your device of choice, you have the ability to access your files anywhere you have internet access.  Cloud based storage systems are convenient because most automatically sync your files that are in the cloud drive on your device. This means that even if you forget to manually sync, your files are up-to-date. There are now numerous cloud based storage system that range in price from free to hundreds of dollars per month. This article will deal only with the free cloud based options including:
  • Drop Box
  • Google Drive
  • Sugar Sync
  • Sky Drive
Each of the programs has their own advantages and disadvantages.

Dropbox  -can be used to store all kinds of files, ranging from word processing documents, spreadsheets, video files and photographs. Dropbox can be used to store your files in the cloud, on your computer, tablet or smart phone. Dropbox allows you to send people specific links to files you select so you can share your files with ease. Dropbox starts you with 2 GB of storage capacity for free, but allows you to purchase additional storage space. Dropbox has an interesting feature in that if  your friends sign up for additional storage space based on your referral, Dropbox will give you additional storage space. There is no ability to create files in the cloud based version program.

Google Drive   is similar to Dropbox, but is a Google based program. Google Drive stars users with 5 GB of storage for free and allows users to purchase more storage space.  Google Drive allows you to create  documents from the cloud based program that you can sync and share. Google Drive also gives you the ability to add a large variety of programs from the Google App Store to your Google Drive.

Sugar Sync – similar to Dropbox and Google Drive without the ability to share individual files with others. There is no ability to create files in the clouds based version of the program.

Sky Drive – this is Microsoft’s cloud based storage system which lets you store and share Microsoft Office documents, files and photographs. Sky Drive start new users off with 7 GB of storage space. Sky Drive also allows you to create Office documents in the cloud that you can add to your drive and share.

 
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As this brief discussion indicates, there are a great number of similarities between the various cloud based storage programs. There is no definitive answer to the question of which program is best overall. It is largely a matter of preference. I have used all of the cloud based programs listed here. In fact, I still use three of them. I use Dropbox with a client in Louisiana because that is the program of choice for that client’s firm. I use Google Drive with my blog partners on our website Pushing Lovely. I use Sky Drive for all my own files for my business, blog and personal files. When I signed up for my Sky Drive account several months ago, I got 25 GB of storage for being an early adopter of the program. I like it because I can store files on my desktop even when I am not online. So, the question for you this terrific day is, what do you use for large scale computer storage?
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Do It – Spring Into Action – Don’t Wait

spring into action. Procrastination happens, that is a fact that cannot be changed or ignored. There is another fact that cannot be changed or ignored, sometimes, you have to just suck it up and do it, spring into action.
 
 
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There are a myriad of reasons why people do not spring into action. 
Among the reasons people refuse to spring into action are:
  • procrastination
  • fear of failure
  • fear of success
  • lack of knowledge
Procrastination is commonly defined as putting off intentionally and habitually. This means that when a person procrastinates, it is her practice to put off doing what she is supposed to do over and over as a regular matter. It is the opposite of springing into action. If you are a person who has a procrastinating spirit, you must start new habits. When you are tempted to put something off for tomorrow, you have to find a way to hold onto it, and get it done today. Instead of finding excuses to put things off for tomorrow, find a reason to get it done today. The reason can be anything that motivates you. Just find it and get it done.  
 
Fear of failure is another thing that keeps many people from springing into action. Some people think if they do not try, but sit on the sidelines, they are not playing the game and therefore cannot lose. Don’t fall for this faulty way of thinking. Failing to take action now, even if it is because you are afraid to fail, is taking an action. Since you are taking action anyway, choose to take an action that gets you closer to achieving your goals.  You cannot let fear of failure control you. Instead of letting fear keep you from acting, do a worst case/best case scenario analysis. Imagine what is the worst thing that could happen if you sprung into action. Then think of the best thing that could happen if you sprung into action. Once you have done this analysis, you have no fear of the unknown. If you know both the best and worst possible outcomes from taking action, you no longer have to be afraid. Don’t let fear rule you, spring into action, now.
 
On the opposite side of fear of failure, is fear of success. Incredible as it may seem, there are people who are afraid to succeed. For these people success is scary and something to be avoided. Success can mean new opportunities and new responsibilities. Sometimes people are comfortable where they are, moving on to something new, even if it is something better is scary. You cannot let fear of an unknown future stop you from moving. You must find a way to be brave. The future ahead may be sunny and bright if you succeed, enjoy that success. Accept the new opportunities and responsibilities with a brave heart. Be still and know that success breeds success. This means the first success you are afraid to encounter may lead you to more success, act, spring into action.

Lack of knowledge is another reason why some people refuse to spring into action. It is important to realize that sometimes, the necessities of life dictate that we must act even without full knowledge. Indeed, in many instances, full knowledge is not provided until after action is taken and results are analyzed. There are a great many unknown factors in most calls to action. However, a way must be found to move in spite of the fear of what is not known. If you find yourself in a situation where you must take action, but are experiencing fear due to your lack of knowledge, stop, acknowledge the fear, spend five seconds or less realizing the fear comes from a lack of knowledge. Once that step is complete, stop, spend a few moments gathering whatever knowledge is available, then spring into action. You must learn to gather knowledge as you move forward and practice doing so.

 
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In conclusion, when it comes to carrying out your plans, spring into action now,there is no reason to wait.  Procrastination, fear of failure, fear of success and lack of knowledge are all things that stop a person from springing into action. Do not let these things control you. Instead spring into action, do what is needed to reach your goals and accomplish your mission. So, the question for you this magnificent day is, what are you going to do to spring into action and get things done now?

Do It – Spring Into Action – Don’t Wait

It is magnificent to do it now, to spring into action and get things done. There are a lot of reasons to explain why people refuse to spring into action. Procrastination happens, that is a fact that cannot be changed or ignored. There is another fact that cannot be changed or ignored, sometimes, you have to just suck it up and do it, spring into action.
 
 
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There are a myriad of reasons why people do not spring into action. 
Among the reasons people refuse to spring into action are:
  • procrastination
  • fear of failure
  • fear of success
  • lack of knowledge
Procrastination is commonly defined as putting off intentionally and habitually. This means that when a person procrastinates, it is her practice to put off doing what she is supposed to do over and over as a regular matter. It is the opposite of springing into action. If you are a person who has a procrastinating spirit, you must start new habits. When you are tempted to put something off for tomorrow, you have to find a way to hold onto it, and get it done today. Instead of finding excuses to put things off for tomorrow, find a reason to get it done today. The reason can be anything that motivates you. Just find it and get it done.  
 
Fear of failure is another thing that keeps many people from springing into action. Some people think if they do not try, but sit on the sidelines, they are not playing the game and therefore cannot lose. Don’t fall for this faulty way of thinking. Failing to take action now, even if it is because you are afraid to fail, is taking an action. Since you are taking action anyway, choose to take an action that gets you closer to achieving your goals.  You cannot let fear of failure control you. Instead of letting fear keep you from acting, do a worst case/best case scenario analysis. Imagine what is the worst thing that could happen if you sprung into action. Then think of the best thing that could happen if you sprung into action. Once you have done this analysis, you have no fear of the unknown. If you know both the best and worst possible outcomes from taking action, you no longer have to be afraid. Don’t let fear rule you, spring into action, now.
 
On the opposite side of fear of failure, is fear of success. Incredible as it may seem, there are people who are afraid to succeed. For these people success is scary and something to be avoided. Success can mean new opportunities and new responsibilities. Sometimes people are comfortable where they are, moving on to something new, even if it is something better is scary. You cannot let fear of an unknown future stop you from moving. You must find a way to be brave. The future ahead may be sunny and bright if you succeed, enjoy that success. Accept the new opportunities and responsibilities with a brave heart. Be still and know that success breeds success. This means the first success you are afraid to encounter may lead you to more success, act, spring into action.

Lack of knowledge is another reason why some people refuse to spring into action. It is important to realize that sometimes, the necessities of life dictate that we must act even without full knowledge. Indeed, in many instances, full knowledge is not provided until after action is taken and results are analyzed. There are a great many unknown factors in most calls to action. However, a way must be found to move in spite of the fear of what is not known. If you find yourself in a situation where you must take action, but are experiencing fear due to your lack of knowledge, stop, acknowledge the fear, spend five seconds or less realizing the fear comes from a lack of knowledge. Once that step is complete, stop, spend a few moments gathering whatever knowledge is available, then spring into action. You must learn to gather knowledge as you move forward and practice doing so.

 
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In conclusion, when it comes to carrying out your plans, spring into action now,there is no reason to wait.  Procrastination, fear of failure, fear of success and lack of knowledge are all things that stop a person from springing into action. Do not let these things control you. Instead spring into action, do what is needed to reach your goals and accomplish your mission. So, the question for you this magnificent day is, what are you going to do to spring into action and get things done now?

Improve Family Life – Spend Alone Time with Each Child

You can find serenity for your family by spending alone time with each child. Most parents who have more than one child know that one of the most precious gifts you can give a child is one on one attention. Very often in families with one or more children parents spend time with children in a group rather than on a one on one basis. When you are part of a multi-child family your children  often will get only a very little private time with you.  Quality of life in your family will get better if your children feel special, loved and are able to have private time with you.
 
 
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Being a parent to more than one child is challenge for a variety of reasons including:
  • children crave attention
  • children want to feel special
  • children want to feel their valued
  • children want confirmation that their parents love them
  • there are  a finite number of hours in each day
  • there is a finite amount of energy each parent has at any particular time
By spending time with your children on a one on one basis you are able to satisfy all these desires. The great thing about one on one time with your children is that you do not have to spend a lot of time or do a lot of expensive things in order to satisfy a child’s desire for one on one attention. the following are a few activities I have done with my children that  made them feel special:
  • ask child set the table to for dinner as you prepare dinner
  • have your child read you a story as you drive to errands
  • take your child to the local coffee shop to watch movies on your phone, tablet or laptop computer
  • let your child help pay bills by picking a bill from the pile to be paid next
  • brag to your child about a work accomplishment
  • allow your child to sit and tell you her favorite thing that happened at school each day
  • get one child up a few minutes earlier than the rest for hot chocolate time
  • allow one child to stay up a few minutes  later to share secrets
As this list shows, there are a lot of things you can do easily to give a child a little one on one attention and make the child feel special all at the same time.  So, the question for you this serene day is, what are your tips for giving your children each one on one time and making them feel special?

Make an Action List – Spring Into Improving Your Business

It is thrilling to spring into action and improve your business by creating an improvement  action list. One of the worst things a business owner can do is get complacent. A complacent entrepreneur does not think about ways to improve her business.  Complacency means the death of innovation, improvement and growth. If you find yourself growing complacent with how things are going in your business, step back and look at your business through the objective  eyes of an outsider.
 
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When you look at your business with objective eyes, look at the following areas (not listed in order of importance):

  • income
  • expenses
  • cash flow
  • employee turnover rates
  • customer retention rates
  • return on investment
  • adherence to business plan
  • retained earnings
 

If all these things are at the top of the range  expected for a business of your size, in your industry, excellent. If there are one or more areas that are not at the top of the charts, you have the first items that should be placed on your business improvement action list.

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A business improvement action list is a list, not in order or priority, of areas where action needs to be taken so that improvements in the business can be made.  In some businesses, the action list is something that all members of the business  can contribute to creating. In those businesses all owners and employees are encouraged to think of ways to make the company better and to share those ideas. Management goes through the lists on a regular basis and selects items to act on, decides where improvements will be made. At other companies, business improvement lists are created by select persons only. Either method is fine. The method for creating the improvement action list is not the important part. The important part is being on the lookout for areas to improve.
 
If an entrepreneur works under the ABI plan aka the always be improving method she will always find areas to improve and over time will improve every area of her business. Improving a business is similar to improving  home. You start with a remodel of the living room including new curtains and furniture. Once that is done, the dining room looks dated in comparison. Once dining room has been improved the kitchen looks out-of-place. Soon the entire house has been recreated. A similar thing happens when one starts improving her business. If you improve your employee retention rate you will notice improvement to the customer service procedures are needed.
 
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If you want to be successful as an entrepreneur, it is important to avoid complacency and to always be on the look out for things to improve in your business. It may not be possible to remember every item that needs to be improved or ideas on how to make the improvements. That is why it is important to have the list in writing. It can be stored electronically or via the proven and true pen and paper method. This is another area where method of putting the information together is not important. What is important is that the list gets created, maintained and at some point, acted upon. So, the question for you this thrilling day is what are you going to put on your business improvement action list?

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