A Bodey in Motion

Building momentum, one step at a time

Quick Hits: Saving money online. Doing more with less is stupid. Laser cut paper sculptures.

  • I'm totally copping out and repeating this graphic, don't you knooooow?Affiliate marketing is a great way to make money on the Interwebs, but not everyone has a solid platform to sell from. There are still ways you can benefit from it, though. One of the many financial gurus I read, Joseph Sangl, suggests BigCrumbs.com which offers you an affiliate link whenever you shop online, and shares a cut of their profits with you from whatever you buy. He’s made back hundreds of dollars. If you do a lot of online shopping, you might want to consider how affiliate marketing can help you.
  • Any leader in business wants their employees to be motivated and productive. When a leader allows a poor worker to remain on the job too long, it hurts the performance of everyone on his team, because sanctioned incompetence demoralizes everyone. According to Dan Rockwell, over at Leadership Freak, telling your employees to “do more with less” isn’t any better, because it actually encourages those who are already doing more to do less.

April 9, 2013 Posted by | Quick Hits and Links | , , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on Quick Hits: Saving money online. Doing more with less is stupid. Laser cut paper sculptures.

It Doesn’t All Pay the Same

Currently, I’m employed as a software engineer at a huge corporation. The bureaucracy and overhead of a large organization can unfortunately result in times of unsteady work. I don’t want to get into the details of the seasonal ebb and flow there. Suffice to say there are times when the tasks that we are presented with to fill the gaps between major efforts are…less than gripping.

That’s not to say that they’re not important. We get paid way too much money to be given just meaningless busywork.

(Alright. Some of it is meaningless busywork. Not that much, though.)

Anyway, when a few of my comrades have a moment to sit together and talk about our individual drudgery, there’s a phrase that gets thrown around to justify our toils and trials:

“It all pays the same.”

In other words, no matter what tasks your days are being filled with, your salary, or the hourly rate you are paid, remains the same. The work may not be interesting, or challenging, but it doesn’t matter as long as you continue to get your regular paycheck. That’s true, right?

In a word, no.

Work must provide the opportunity for spiritual and personal growth as well as financial success.  The irony is that if it does not provide all three, there will be a natural pressure to keep the financial rewards low.  The search for money alone will always be self-defeating.

– Dan Miller

Our paycheck doesn’t tell the whole story. There are more rewards for your work than just the money you earn. We are paid on emotional and spiritual levels, too. Not every task does that well (especially not meaningless busywork).

The organizations loses out, too. You will never be as productive when doing a task that you are not skilled at or emotionally suited for. Despite your best intentions, your response to working at something that you hate will never compare to the quality you produce when doing something you love.

Understand, I’m not saying that every assigned task should be in your special ‘zone of excellence.’ It’s good to be stretched now and then. Important work needs to happen even if the right person isn’t available to do it. We just need to recognize and accept the inevitable loss. It won’t pay the same.

Question: What’s the one task that you hate doing, but has to get done at work? What can you learn from it?

September 17, 2012 Posted by | Work and Money | , , , , , , | Comments Off on It Doesn’t All Pay the Same

Quick Hits of the Week

  • Is it OK to settle a debt for less than the amount owed? It’s legal to do it, and thanks to the recent recession a large number of people have learned how to game the system. Usually payments are stopped, and the credit score is sacrificed, to gain some negotiating power with the lender. Still, even though it’s legal and happens frequently, is it ethical? Is it something that followers of Jesus should be doing? As a finance coach, and a Christian, I never advise anyone who comes to me to not pay on a debt if they can afford to pay and still keep themselves healthy, safe, and productive. Honor your agreements, but feed your family first.
  • It’s been a while since I’ve mentioned the TSA, but a couple of juxtaposing posts by author Christopher Elliott made me want to bring them up again. First, he suggests that there are five things you should never say to a TSA agent. Then, after a bit of backlash from that post, he suggests that there are five instances that you should stand up to the TSA. I think the main thing Elliott is trying to point out is that attitude makes a lot of difference when dealing with these situations. I agree with that. My recent trip to Nashville required me to fly, and I got the chance to experience the new nude image scan devices. No, I didn’t opt out. Yes, I did ask for a souvenir print of the image. No, the agents didn’t respond to my request.
  • A Florida Sheriff’s Deputy claims he could smell marijuana in a car traveling 35 mph and with the windows up. They should consider drafting him into the Justice League. What happened after he used his super sniffer was described as “going a little too far” by the Deputy’s supervisor, but it makes me glad I don’t live in Florida, and it’s the kind of thing that makes me worry about our future.

Is there something valuable or important or cool or funny or weird or awesome out there I missed this week? I can’t hit it all, but you should let me know about it by dropping me a line or sharing it in the comments below! I’d appreciate the heads up.

August 30, 2012 Posted by | Quick Hits and Links | , , , , , , | 1 Comment

No Time To Be Sick

So, just in case you are one of the five people who regularly read this blog that I have not seen or spoken to since last Monday, allow me to apologize for going missing for a week without an explanation. Here’s what happened:

Late last Sunday afternoon, a legion of vile sickness fell upon my house in force. My family battled against it on and off throughout the week, and have only just been able to rout its final few foot soldiers within the last couple of days.

My oldest daughter was the first to fall. A stomach virus quickly struck her down and then turned its wicked glare upon my only son. By midnight, all of the children’s bedding was in the laundry room, stinking and stained. My wife assembled what loose blankets we had left to cover the children, then she and I tried to settle down for what little sleep we could reclaim.

Little did we know that the initial siege wasn’t done. At the crack of dawn, the stomach virus reappeared to claim its third victim.

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Fortunately, I had done battle with its kind many times before, so I was able to minimize the collateral damage as it inevitably crushed my defenses. I emerged from that first scuffle thoroughly drained. Experience told me that the worst was over, but that victory would only be assured through sacrifice.

I tossed my schedule out, called into work, and slept. The post I had half written would have to remain incomplete. I contemplated posting it late, but deep in my heart I knew that the rest I needed would take more than one day. I cut everything that could be cut, and gave myself the week to recover.

I would love to be able to go and go and go, filling every spare moment with productive and helpful activities, but every so often I need a reminder that I can’t do it all. Something that will clarify the need to budget my time, just like I do my money.  That I need tell myself ‘no’ to the good things that will keep me from being free to say ‘yes’ to the great things. That if I don’t allow myself time to stop and rest, something will come along that will make me do it.

Something like a stomach virus.

Note: Each of the kids went from stomach troubles to a sore throats, coughs and 100+ degree fevers. Fortunately, I escaped all of that. Today everyone is well, although a few coughs remain.

Question: When an illness knocks you on your butt how do you recover? Do you give any thought to why you got sick in the first place?

April 2, 2012 Posted by | Past and Future | , , , , | 5 Comments