Posts Tagged ‘New York Times’

My Personalized Word Cloud Portrait!

June 20, 2013

cloud9391Earlier this month, while attending the Annual Conference of the Special Libraries Association (SLA) in San Diego, Califorornia, the New York Times was offering to create a personalized word cloud portrait for conference goers.  So, I stopped by their booth, had my photo taken, and then selected the “travel” section of the NYT to populate the word cloud.  I could have selected any “section” from the paper (the other sections that I considered: the Arts and Sports).  I even got to select the color for the words — I picked green of course, Go Green!  The end result was pretty darn amazing and not too shabby at all.  What a great idea to generate traffic to their booth!  And, what was even better . . . no hard sales pitch whatsoever (my institution already subscribes, so this takes a lot of the sales pressure away from the git-go).  All in all, another fabulous conference.  Next year: Vancouver, I can’t wait!


Strategic Renewal!

February 12, 2013

There was a very interesting opinion piece by Tony Schwartz published in the New York Times last week entitled “Relax!  You’ll Be More Productive.”  How often do you find yourself feeling overwhelmed at work?  Perhaps you are just in need of a strategic renewal.  From the sound of it, we could be working ourselves out of productivity.

“A new and growing body of multidisciplinary research shows that strategic renewal — including daytime workouts, short afternoon naps, longer sleep hours, more time away from the office and longer, more frequent vacations — boosts productivity, job performance and, of course, health.”

I’ve long been in favor of doing my workouts during the lunch hour and for years I did, then I changed jobs and well, I guess I just fell out of the habit; getting more sleep at night would definitely be a bonus; I’m certainly in favor of more frequent and longer vacations; and who wouldn’t love more time away from the office, right?  Basically, aside from the afternoon naps (a very tempting idea), most of these seem easily achievable.  So, why haven’t I yet instituted my strategic renewal?  Hmm, why indeed.