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Does Your Office Technology Frustrate You? [Infographic]

Today’s daily life stress and frustrations can come from many places, both at home and at work. One common cause of frustrations is Technology, and the stress it causes can really derail your day. Small frustrations can be ignored, but frequent Technology frustrations can add up over time and cause you more stress than you know…

This Infographic from Asurion.com shows just how Frustrating Technology can be….


Does Technology frustrate you.

frustrated with technologySo, if your office tech has you frustrated, don’t punch your laptop! Come by Simply Smashing in Tempe today and smash away your frustrations by booking an appointment in one of our Rage Rooms!

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How to Deal with Technology When it Doesn’t Work Right

Technology: love it or hate it, you have to live with it. Sometimes I have the desire to go live on a cruise ship — off the grid. But, alas, I have a business to run and clients to serve.

However, it does get a little difficult when your business email stops working or your website domain name (URL/web address) all of a sudden points to the wrong site. That happened to me last week.

I host my website with Siteground. I moved it from GoDaddy on the advice of a friend of mine who’s a website specialist after my site was hacked twice in 2014. My domain name (the .com web address) was still registered with GoDaddy and pointing to the site hosted (residing) on Siteground.

Everything was running smoothly until I started getting notifications from Sucuri, my security company (also signed up for that after the hacks) that my DNS address had changed for my azsocialmediawiz.com domain. I thought it odd, but didn’t think too much as I was busy doing work for clients. (The DNS address is like telling the post office where your house is located.)
Where’d my site go?

I wanted to copy a blog post of mine to repost it on the SCORE blog and my site wouldn’t come up. What was coming up was my old giselleaguiar.com domain and subdirectory which I had set up when I first started my business. Yikes! What’s going on! Since it was a domain issue, I logged into my GoDaddy account and looked around to see what could be wrong. Not finding anything out of the ordinary, I called tech support.

How to Deal with Technology When it Doesn’t Work RightThey said it was a Siteground issue. So over I go to Siteground and started a support chat. There were a few issues and they cleared it up and my site was back up.

Then every time I wanted to send an email from my business email, I’d get an error message that iMail can’t connect to the server. That happens every so often and it usually clears up on its own.

Now, my email was left at GoDaddy and everything was working fine till Siteground made some changes to the “MX”. I won’t go into detail, but it has to do with which mail server your domain name is pointing to. So after the tech support person at GoDaddy told me to go to Siteground, I decided to move my email over to Siteground — have everything in one place.

Now that you’re confused, let me interject something here.

The reason you want to have a business email address with your domain name is that it looks more professional. Having a Gmail, Hotmail, Yahoo or AOL address is OK, but to look more legit for branding purposes and to give yourself credibility, it helps to have and address like “yournane@yourcomapany.com”.

With that said, I was getting anxious that anyone who’s been trying to reach me via email was not getting through. I emailed my clients and some business contacts to use my Gmail address (it’s a backup – which is why you always want a backup email). I switched my site’s contact form to go to Gmail as well as my email on Facebook and LinkedIn.

So after spending hours with the Sitegound tech support, it seems my Mac’s iMail program doesn’t like their servers or firewall and we couldn’t get the mail setup. Tried to go back to GoDaddy, but that wouldn’t work. I ended up having Siteground set up a forwarding to my Gmail account. So now my business email forwards to Gmail. I don’t have time to deal with it. That will do for now.

Lessons learned with all this technology fun:

  1. Always have a backup business email. Since you need to set up a Google account for Google My Business, you might as well have a Gmail account. It’s accessible from anywhere and easy to setup on Outlook or iMail.
  2. Have everything in one provider. Some of my web friends would disagree, but after this incident going back and forth between 2 service providers was a pain. I’d move my domain name to Siteground, but I just renewed it for another year on GoDaddy. I don’t want to go through the hassle of changing it.
  3. If you don’t know what you’re doing with the technology, don’t be afraid to say so and get help from trusted sources. Watch out because there are a lot of unscrupulous people out there who just what to take your money. If it sounds too good to be true it is.
  4. Back everything up. I lost files when a hard drive died and lost some emails when I switched providers.
  5. Block off time regularly to check on your technology. Make sure your website’s being backed up and it’s secure. I know a few folks that specialize in just making sure your website stays secure and running properly. It’s called a “peace of mind” service. Comment below if you’d like their names.
  6. Security is important. I use Sucuri and if it wasn’t for their warning messages of the DNS changes, I would not have known that there were issues.
  7. Don’t yell at the tech support people. Stuff happens. Their job is to fix problems and make you happy. I have to say, even after all my frustrations, both Siteground and GoDaddy’s tech support people were gracious. And they worked Saturdays and Sundays, 24 hours a day.
  8. Have a plan for when stuff happens. Living in Phoenix we don’t get many natural disasters, but I’ve lived through 6 hurricanes in my lifetime. It’s happened that major technology companies have been hacked or have lost power and they’re down for hours. Be prepared to work around it. Know where your website or ecommerce hosting provider is located. Also know what their tech support hours are and have their support phone numbers in your cell phones. And be prepared to spend some time on with tech support.

If a technology company doesn’t have 24/7 tech support don’t use them.

How to Deal with Technology When it Doesn’t Work RightAs entrepreneurs and solopreneurs, we’re working odd hours as well as weekends. When something crucial is down, we need it fixed right away.

I’ve had my business email address for over 6 years. It’s everywhere — directories, business cards, flyers, social media profiles — everywhere! Having it down was crazy! It wasn’t till a client called me that he tried to email me and it bounced that I knew I had to drop everything and deal with it.

We can plan to retire off the grid, but in the meantime, learn to live with technology — it’s all around us and like it or not, we need it to function.

And if you have a frustrating day dealing with technology issues, you can always book a session at Simply Smashing Rage Release Room to break some office equipment and release your rage! 

By Giselle Aguiar, entrepreneur and marketing specialist.

This post originally appeared on the AZ Social Media Wiz blog. 

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Why You Need to Stop Multitasking [Infographic]

Baby boomers will remember when the Personal Computer first came out in the 90s. The coolest thing ever was their ability to do multitasking. You could have more than window or program open and easily switch back and forth.

As PCs got smarter, as did our phones, medical science now tells us that multitasking is bad for us.

I’m a high-energy person. I do have trouble shutting off my brain to relax and fall asleep at night. Even praying becomes an instant to-do list in my head.

I found this infographic on Inc. It’s created by Fuse and they’re promoting video conferencing. Which, by the way, is the only way I do 1:1 coaching. I also do initial phone consults with everybody instead of meeting them for coffee somewhere. I use an online scheduler to manage my consults. Saves a ton of time and effort.

What caught my eye in the infographic on multitasking was:

  • All the distractions and interruptions we have every day. Hence why I use a scheduler!
  • 92% of workers admit they multitask during meetings. How annoying is it when you’re presenting something and people texting or checking emails. Is it really that urgent?
  • The drop in productivity. Aren’t we multitasking to be more productive?
  • It takes longer to accomplish a single task.
  • We make more errors?

Why You Need to Stop Multitasking [infographic]

This is the first in a series of 3 articles on Multitasking, Focusing and Mindfulness.

If multitasking is leading you to anxiety and stress, Simply Smashing Rage Room will be opening soon in Tempe. It’s a place where you can go into a room by yourself or with friends and break stuff. You can release all your anger and frustrations!

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About the Author:

Giselle Aguiar, founder of AZ Social Media Wiz is a social media, inbound and content marketing specialist & trainer helping small business owners learn how to leverage the power of social media marketing, increase traffic to their websites, generate leads, increase brand awareness and establish themselves as experts in their fields. She’s been doing Internet marketing since 1995. She manages the social media and content marketing for Simply Smashing Rage Room and other clients. Check out her social media marketing classes on YouTube.

Top drawing by Urs Steiner (cc). 

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What are the Most Important Qualities of Healthy Relationships?

Our lives are full of relationships of all levels, with all types of people, in all types of situations. What are the key ingredients of healthy relationships? They actually revolve around one simple word: RESPECT. 

This infographic from thejenmoff.com, shows you what it takes to have healthy relationships:

What are the Most Important Qualities of Healthy Relationships? Infographic

Besides RESPECT (I bet you hear Aretha Franklin just about now), these are key components:

  • Accountability
  • Safety
  • Trust
  • Honesty
  • Support
  • Cooperation

When you’re angry at someone, talk it out, then come the Rage Room and take it out on defenseless, smashable objects. You’ll get a good workout and feel great at the end. And we’ll clean it up!

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13 Revealing Signs that You are Overthinking Things

If you suffer from insomnia, you may be an overthinker. Overthinking things is a common characteristic of perfectionists. You can’t turn your brain off – even at night. You’re trying to write an email or an article and you’re constantly redoing it. You want it to be perfect. But perfection is in the eye of the beholder.

Here are 14 Telltale Signs that You are Overthinking Things. Infographic by Sharon Martin, LCSWPsychcentral.

14 Revealing Signs that You are Overthinking Things

You are an overthinker if you…

  1. Second guess everything.
  2. Can’t help analyzing things to death.
  3. Always expect the worst.
  4. Suffer from insomnia often.
  5. Hate making decisions.
  6. Would rather someone else do the deciding for you.
  7. Have regrets.
  8. Can’t let things go.
  9. Take everything personally.
  10. Are a perfectionist.
  11. Are often critical of yourself – not quite sure of yourself.
  12. Feel tense, constantly under stress.
  13. Can’t turn your brain off.

Well, we’ve got a place where you can safely lose control and let go of your stress, frustrations and anger. Simply Smashing Rage Room is coming soon to Tempe! 

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12 Critical Things In Life You Should Never Tolerate [Infographic]

What do you tolerate in life? What is it that happens — mistakes, people, arguments — that you just say, “Let it Be!” Sure there are some things that you just HAVE to tolerate — in-laws (to a point), traffic, the weather, taxes and Uncle Sam. However, there are certain things in life that you should never tolerate.

This Infographic lists the 12 Critical Things In Life You Should Never Tolerate:

12 Critical Things in Life You Should Never Tolerate - infographic

This infographic is based on an article from Pick the Brain.

  1. Unhappiness at Work – talk to your boss or find another job.
  2. A Long Commute – seriously, commuting for more than 30 minutes is a waste of time. Think about all you could be doing! Plus, traffic, especially in Phoenix, during rush hour, is horrible. Move closer to job. If you have a new job and you’ve been there at least 3 months, then you’re permanent. Look for something closer.
  3. An Unhealthy Lifestyle – eating junk food may temporarily soothe your stress, but it’s adding stress to your body.
  4. Draining Relationships – eliminate toxic relationships (in-laws may fall into this category).
  5. A Disordered Living Space – declutter and get organized!
  6. Negativity – Think Positive! Follow our group Motivational Quotes Board on Pinterest.
  7. Too Much Stuff – kind of goes with #5 – declutter!
  8. Financial Problems – we all have them at one time or another. Get help.
  9. Living Our of Your Integrity – have you ever left a job because they wanted to you to do something that you thought was morally wrong?
  10. Living without Fun – You have to have some fun every so often. “All work and no play….”
  11. Accepting Ignorance and Inertia – don’t be afraid of taking a risk or doing hard work. You’ll miss the feeling of accomplishment.
  12. Lack of Communication – it takes two to communicate (at least). Take the first step.

And when you find those things that you have no control over, those things you have no choice but to tolerate, come to the Rage Room and let go of your frustrations in a safe place.

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