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Get The Numbers: Digital and Mobile Statistics

Knowledge is power. Data is key to that power. Understanding what the data is showing helps people make better decisions. But when you’re pressed for time focusing on your priorities, who can you trust to give you accurate reports from which you can can make practical plans and take insight-driven action that will guarantee successful goals?

Where can you go to get the data you need to make better decisions for your business? Better yet, where can you access data that has already been driven down into usable key points — saving you the time and trouble of the initial analysis and prediction?

Businesses run by numbers. Big businesses love running big numbers and big data.  Even better, there are  organizations already in the business of collecting, tracking and analyzing data, and interpreting the results. What you can do is set things up so you can tap these resources when you need them for forecasting, long-term planning, and bench-marking. What else? Just to start:

  • Check the latest consumer behaviors across  multiple channels and social media platforms.
  • Make decisions based on reliable data for presenting investment proposals for marketing.
  • Check your performance against your competition in the same niche.
  • Check sources to give you an idea on consumer behavior trends in e-commerce and mobile marketing.

Previously we presented five sources at the tail end of “Business By The Numbers: Smartphones.”  We’re expounding on some of them here and adding more to the list as well.
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DIY Self Care With Free Mindfulness Training

We’ve always been about how to work better and work smarter here with the articles on our blogs,  and this is where Dave Potter’s site on mindfulness comes in — as a resource to help you live and work with less stress.

Palousemindfulness houses a collection of carefully selected articles, video links and resources meant to help you learn and practice Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) in an 8-week training program that is absolutely free. No email sign-ups, no need to log-in, you can go straight to the source.

Potter, a certified MBSR instructor and a retired psychotherapist, specialized in cases on anxiety, stress and trauma. He created the course  so people without access to formal, class-room MBSR courses can also benefit from the knowledge, saying that learning MBSR helps people with the following:

  • Cope with stress, pain, and the challenges of everyday life.
  • Deal with disturbing events with grace and composure.
  • Be fully present and alive in the moment.

Potter describes MBSR as “a blend of meditation, body awareness and yoga: learning through practice and study how your body handles (and can resolve) stress neurologically.”

The 8-week self-guided program uses mindfulness meditation, body sensation awareness (“body scanning”) and simple yoga exercises to help people develop mindfulness. The benefits of starting and practicing regularly include stress reduction and better relaxation.

We get that you’re busy with getting things done, that’s why this self-directed course may be just the right fit for your schedule.  Sure,  it’s presented as an 8 week course, but once you have access to the reading material and print-outs, you can always go at your own pace. Like the site says, the key is consistent, intentional action.

Tailored for people who may not be able to attend live classes, or have schedules that make that  difficult, the training is modeled on the MBSR program founded by Jon Kabat-Zinn at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. It includes YouTube video links, downloadable PDF’s for print-outs, and practices to guide people on the way. Continue reading DIY Self Care With Free Mindfulness Training

A Kick To the Head: Addressing Barriers to Learning

“‘ ‘Learning how to think’ really means learning how to exercise some control over how and what you think. It means being conscious and aware enough to choose what you pay attention to and to choose how you construct meaning from experience. Because if you cannot exercise this kind of choice in adult life, you will be totally hosed.”

– David Foster Wallace, novelist

What did you learn in grade-school? What about high school? What did you take away from college — college college or community college? How to count, how to read, how to get along (or not) with your peers, how to diagram a sentence, rewire a house, or render a 3-D model of a chemical or molecular chain, the ins and out of accounting, sports law or event-planning…

In all that time, how did your education train you to think?

 

Educational institutions are also social institutions. Even as you learn your ABC’s and 1-2-3’s, you’re also absorbing all sorts of things not directly listed in the lesson plan. Notions of cooperation and competition, following the rules, meeting standards, getting along with other people, playing fair….we’re taught how to move and live in society — but we are rarely taught how to think. (Read the quote again, please.)

We memorize. We echo facts and figures. We follow, absorb, and more often than not, regurgitate the knowledge we absorb come exam-season. Continue reading A Kick To the Head: Addressing Barriers to Learning

MyOwnBusiness.org and Business Planning

MyOwnBusiness.Org is a good online resource that offers simple, well-thought out guideposts on the ins-and-outs of setting up your own business.

A non-profit organization, MyOwnBusiness.Org aims “to educate entrepreneurs by providing free coursework to foster success and prevent and mitigate human suffering and economic losses arising from preventable mistakes.”

Their primary offering comes in two flavors: a free on-line course (you still have to sign up), and paid-with-certification. You can also just buy the textbook to have offline reference when you study the free course. Continue reading MyOwnBusiness.org and Business Planning