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This Email System Makes Me More Productive and Responsive

If you’re like most people, email is a necessary evil in life.

Even reading articles about email causes your to slump in your chair. What is there to be said? We all deal with emails, and every email we get is minutes–hours–off the clock. In fact, 55% of workers attribute excessive emails as a barrier in getting work done.

Let’s make email sexy again.

Email can be better. Email can be a system, a way of life. Email can help you increase productivity. It can help you to shine, to make you look responsive and organized, to empower you with a reputation of being on top of things.

I’m going to share the system I use for organizing my communication. The key to this system is distilling messages in a layered fashion through a combination of automation and easy rules of thumb. This means I’m left with an empty inbox and emails that I can immediately act on or moved to a place where I can more efficiently manage them in the future.

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When Employees Have Nothing To Do At Work

I see this problem pop up many times on forums. Every week it seems there’s someone out there who has little to do at their job. I read how they spend the day watching movies at their desk, how they ask for more work to be assigned, and how frustrating it is to have no responsibilities at their job. People dream for this situation, but I don’t know why—I  imagine these people haven’t had a job with little or no responsibility. It’s a miserable experience. You feel useless and alone; you fear your job is unimportant and thus your employment a temporary existence. You could be fired at any moment when your managers realize you’re the “do-nothing” employee. Having little to do at work is not a dream situation. It’s a nightmare that no one should have to endure for sustained periods.Keep Reading

3 Common Web Project Failures and 3 Ways to Fight Them

Project failure is not a matter of “if” but “when.” Failure will always occur, and it’s almost never pleasant. This is an unfortunate fact of projects–especially web projects. But knowing what types of issues might creep up in a project, and devising ways to prevent or alleviate them, can help soften the blow.

What are some of the common project failures? Let’s take a look.Keep Reading

Do a Little Instead of Nothing

There are a few things I didn’t want to do today. Things I felt I didn’t have time for; things I felt were not big enough priorities. I didn’t want to continue my ReactJS training. I didn’t want to work on a client project after my regular day job. I didn’t want to write this blog post.

Not wanting to do something is a common feeling. We procrastinate with the justification that our time is better spent doing something else—maybe even nothing.

But we’ve always been told procrastination is bad. And that’s true in most cases. Every time I delay working on a task I know needs to be completed, it sits at the back of my mind, eating away at my more productive thoughts.Keep Reading

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A brief bio

Working from Northern Virginia, I’ve been designing, building, and managing websites for nearly a decade. I’ve been involved in both large and small projects in multiple industries and fields. Through these experiences, some good—and some bad—I’ve grown to appreciate just what is possible on the web. I’ve coupled my experiences with a degree in Management from George Mason University.

Chris LeCompte

    Northern Virginia Community College 2018–Present

    Web leadership and project management. 2014–2018

    Front-end development, design & product creation in the digital identity arena.

    Freelancer Forever–Present

    Web development, design & strategy for tons of awesome clients.

    CXO Advisory 2007–Present

    Complete web and product management for an investing site I run with my father.

    ACS Creative 2013–2014

    The front-end development guy for a small creative agency in Fairfax, Virginia.

    CAVENDO 2006–2013

    Web development, design & project management—taking care of all the clients at the small web agency I ran with a friend.

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