Welcome to this week’s round-up, I hope you’ve had a productive week. This week we take a look at what degrees CEOs have and how your education can impact your career chances, how to fix your kitchen and reduce food waste and the evolution (and importance) of flags.
Infographics are a great way of getting complex ideas across in a simple to understand – and fun way. I’ve got a couple of ideas for inforgraphics planned so when Canva got in touch and asked me to share their infographic creation tool I knew it must be fate!
If you’re interested in my first ever infographic attempt, you can check it out below:
Autumn Cleaning Challenge: What Needs Cleaning When [Infographic]Before we start out Autumn Cleaning challenge in earnest, it's important to understand what items around the house we should be cleaning regularly and what we can leave. In this post I provide you with an infographic showing what you should be cleaning, and
The Canva tool is free for basic use and allows you to generate an infographic based on a variety of templates – keep your eyes open for my next attempt.
Cloud Is The New Black In Contact Centre – Ring Central UK
You may think that a call (or contact centre) is a building probably located somewhere in India that services a lot of companies all under one hub. I’m pretty sure if you’ve called your bank, electricity or telecoms company you’ll have been put through to one of these call factories.
Companies are now wising up to the fact that consumers prefer call handlers to be in their own companies but haven’t been able to justify the overheads of moving their operations back home – that’s were cloud contact centres come in. Not only do they enable you to back your customer data up so that if disaster strikes your centre you can get up and running again quickly, the cloud also enables you to locate your call handlers in their own homes or bring extra handlers online when call volumes rise.
Online Collaboration Just Got Easier – SquidHub
If you’re looking to bring your team’s commnications together in one place then take a look at SquidHub. This service allows you to keep your messaging, to-do lists and files together so that you can manage your projects in a more productive way.
The thing that sets SquidHub apart is that it goes for simplicity rather than trying to add on too many bells and whistles. Currently there is just a free tier available which is perfect for everyone however they will be adding more integrations in the future which you can choose to subscribe to if you wish.
The team as Resume.io have gone through a lot of information to put together this graphic which brings together a list of the degrees of the top earning CEOs in every state of the US. It’s a fascinating read – only one has an English Literature degree for example (I wonder whether that would differ in the UK?) but there are more political science degrees that I would have thought.
Of course, this breakdown doesn’t do into what industry the CEO is in – the English Literature graduate may be in publishing and a Finance graduate may be in medicine, you never know. It should give you an interesting idea of what career path you may want to look into though in your State in order to make the big bucks!
Sticking with eduction and career prospects, does your education change the type of job you’re able to get? Looking at the infographic you don’t have to be a Harvard or Yale graduate in order to go far – in fact they’re in the minority so save your money and go somewhere that you’re happy with the environment and course rather than just because of the fancy name.
If you know you’re not destined for academic greatess, don’t worry! You can join Vincent Van Gogh, Oprah Winfrey and Einstein in this list of people who found it hard to achieve greatness – and don’t be put off that some of the people on this list didn’t achieve it until they were dead, it’s all about the legacy, right?!
It’s getting to the time of year where people think about upgrading their kitchens in time for Thanksgiving or Christmas. Instead of spending a small fortune on a whole new kitchen, how about adding a few small bits which can completely transform your cooking area? From a simple trick of changing light bulbs to decorating your tiles with stickers, these small changes will make a big difference.
Personally, I’m looking at sanding my doors down and changing the handles – it’ll give my farmhouse kitchen a more modern look which can be easily changed the next time I want a new look.
How To Organize Your Refrigerator In 12 Simple Steps – Simply Storage Solutions
Sticking with kitchens you might think a lot about where to put your plates, pots and pans but how often do you think about how your fridge is organised?
If you find yourself with a load of out of date and spoiled food then think about the fantastic “what needs using next” box – it’s a great way to reduce food waste and will help keep your food budget down too. Also check out our meal planning post to keep waste down even further.
Healthy Habits Series: Habit 2 – The Importance Of Meal PlanningMenu planning just isn't for those of use who are looking to keep track of our diets, if you manage your meal plans you'll be able to save money and help the environment too.
Create A Better Workplace With Food – Zero Cater
Our final food post this round-up is about how you can make your workplace better with food – and while free doughnuts are a nice touch in the break room there are other things you can do. I especially like the idea of putting on a lunch for a new hire, it’s daunting for a new person to meet people and figure out lunch etiqutte so what better way to kill two birds with one stone and have everyone in for lunch.
If Well-Known Brands Did Home Offices – Bingham Self Storage
What if Apple or Google designed your home office? Well this article explores that thought in beautiful Pixel Art format down to details such as desk placement and wall art – perfect if you’re looking for inspiration although I’m not sure how you’ll fit a slide in!
You might think that backpacking involves carting a tonne of equipment with you or go camping out overnight but that’s not the case – you can pop your pack on and go for a wander around one of the many national trails or local parks or trails but if you’re planning on an overnight trip you don’t have to carry heavy stuff with you.
If you’re looking to get off to a simple start then check out AllTrails for US hikes, Ramblers.org in the UK and some epic world wide walking trails according to Wanderlust.
The Evolution Of 10 Flags Around The World – Credit Card Compare
Flags are an interesting concept, dating back to the Danish flag in around 1307 they have been a symbol of land ownership ever since. You may think that flags are relatively static objects but they evolve over time depending on the political ideologies or ownership (see how many had the Union Flag as former Empire colonies). My favourite has to be the Chinese Standard of The Qing Emperor – I think they should bring that one back.
And just for fun, here’s Eddie Izzard explaining how flags work:
Have A Great Weekend
Until next week, Stay Productive!