Category Archives: Life Hacks

Bible Chronological Reading Plan Differences

I am using the Bible App to try and read the Bible in a year, so I chose the Chronological reading plan from them.  It has been very helpful, but I didn’t feel like I was getting enough out of it, so an elder from my church has a web site with Chronological Study Guides, but sadly, his chronological order does not match the Bible app chronological order because the Bible App order is based on the Blue Letter Bible‘s chronological order and my elder’s guide is based on the NLT (New Living Translation) chronological Bible.

So the question is:  Which order is correct?

I guess it doesn’t really matter, but if you want to use Aaron’s awesome resources, then you probably should choose the NLT bible.

Import transactions into YNAB FREQUENTLY!!!!

After watching this video from YNAB I have learned an important lesson.  I have not imported my transactions for two months and now I have to individually approve 235 transactions.  This is going to take a while.  I recommend that you import your transactions frequently.  I think it would be a good practice to do this at LEAST weekly.

If you don’t have YNAB, use this code to save some money.  Currently I think the discount is $6.00
http://ynab.refr.cc/S7JMPGT

Working from home

I used to  have a job where I was regularly able to work from home about 1/2 of the time.  I liked it because:

  • I felt I was more productive.
  • I got about an extra hour in my day because I didn’t have to commute to the office,
  • And, on my breaks, I got to help my wife who was injured on her job and is not able to do a lot of the things that she used to be able to do.
  • My work-life balance improved significantly.

So recently I had worked from home because I had to meet the air conditioning repair guys and I asked my new boss if it was OK.  He replied that it was OK this time, but that I cannot do it anymore because of company policy.

I know this was the deal when I was  hired, but it seems so last century, so I did a little research and found this recent article in Business Week that supports my feelings.  http://www.businessweek.com/articles/2012-06-25/what-people-really-do-when-theyre-working-from-home

I like that the article says ““The whole point of teleworking, from the employee’s point of view, is the ability to fit one’s work into the rest of one’s life, not the other way around, as is the case in the ‘traditional’ office.”

I found another list of benefits on http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Telecommuting#Current_trends that include:

    • Saved $$ on commuting costs.  (car, gas, oil, etc)
    • Reduce the environmental pollutants

All that being said, it is not for everyone.  Here is are a few of the top reasons from US News (http://money.usnews.com/money/blogs/outside-voices-careers/2012/08/09/10-reasons-working-from-home-might-not-be-for-you) that are valid reasons you might not be able to work from home:

    • Easily Distracted
    • Lack of motivation
    • You have to be there in person.
    • Lack of focus.

Here are some other articles to consider if you want to allow your employee’s to work from home.

http://gigaom.com/collaboration/scientists-prove-telecommuting-is-awesome/
http://gigaom.com/collaboration/ciscos-take-on-telecommuting-and-productivity/

 

 

Don’t use admin for your wordpress blog

Today, I removed the “admin” user from my WordPress blogs.  There is a bot that is hacking passwords by “Brute” force.  That means that they are using “admin” and a dictionary of passwords and trying millions of times, until they gain access to your blog.

My password keeper, LastPass, has more information about it in this blog post.  http://blog.lastpass.com/2013/04/wordpress-blogs-attacked-what-you-need.html

Also, the Matt, the creator of WordPress has information about how to change it on his blog http://ma.tt/2013/04/passwords-and-brute-force/