Motivational Monday – 5 Tips on Staying Motivated

It’s the time of year when students go back to school, life settles down, and you get into a more consistent schedule. You might even be able to feel a change in the weather. Fall can be exciting, but it is also a time people lose a lot of motivation. Since it’s Monday, we decided to dedicate this week’s blog post to talking about our best tips to staying motivated.

 

  1. Set a goal and visualize it to the smallest detail

See yourself planning it out, working on tasks, and finishing the goal. Even the most elite athletes claim they imagine and can even feel the sweat dripping off their nose when they finish their race. This just pushes them harder to finish their goal. Visualizing the goal makes you realize that it’s possible and that itself can motivate you.

 

  1. Write out a list of reasons you want to accomplish the goal

These are the reasons that ground you and prove to yourself why the goal is important. It will give you something to always look back on and remind yourself why you’re working towards the goal in the first place. By writing down the goals with paper instead of just typing them, you make a deeper mental connection allowing yourself to feel more motivated on finishing the goal.

 

  1. Break the goal up into smaller, manageable pieces

A main factor in people losing motivation is that they feel their goal is too big and that they will never be able to reach the end. By breaking up the goal into manageable pieces, you allow yourself to see how far you’ve come and celebrate the small steps you’ve taken to completing the goal. Before you know it, you will have reached your goal without it ever feeling like it was too big of a project.

 

  1. Get the help you need

Only because it is your goal, doesn’t mean others can’t help in the process. Bringing in a buddy might even increase your motivation because you will have someone to keep you accountable. Sometimes a fresh set of eyes will help you see things in a new way and that can push the process forward.

 

  1. Prepare a plan for how you will conquer your loss of motivation

Now you may think this is defeatist thinking, but it is the opposite. It is almost inevitable that you will hit a wall and maybe even face some setbacks. But preparing for these setbacks allows you to have a plan of action and not lose motivation.

 

It’s important to remember everyone loses motivation and you are not alone. Hopefully these quick tips can help you keep motivation as we move into the new seasons.

Beware Phishing Scams and How to Keep your Passwords Safe

We have been seeing quite an increase in attempts to obtain sensitive information through email, also known as phishing.  These emails disguise themselves in ways that makes them look trustworthy in hopes that you’ll click on their link and enter in your information which they then use for malicious purposes.  One of the more prevalent ones of late is an email that claims to have your password and actually lists a password which you have likely used in the past or possibly even presently (if you don’t change your passwords often).  If you’re looking for more information, here is article/tech tip from the NY Times in regards to this particular type of phishing attempt and how they may have come to know a previously used password.

Good password practice is to use passwords that are a minimum of 8 characters – alphanumeric and symbols.  For more sensitive information, it is a good idea to change the passwords every 3-6 months or use two-factor authentication.  A two-factor authentication example is a code that is sent to your phone despite logging in properly with your password.  Most financial institutions are already implementing this methodology.  Make sure your passwords have nothing to do with your personal information (such as your birthday, the street you live on, where you work, etc). Although you may not mind if someone knows that personal information about you, it makes knowing your password easier for hackers. It is recommended that you use random numbers, letters, and symbols in password. Check this web site for a strong password.

If you have any questions/concerns regarding this, feel free to contact us and we would be glad to assist you. We at iPoint would love to help you navigate through possible phishing scams and assist with other tips to keep all your sensitive information safe.

Website Blues Be Gone

We’ve had plenty of websites go live this past month. Have you looked at any them? Our web designers have worked incredibly hard to build unique, easy to use, and mobile friendly sites for our clients. We wrote our blog post this week about what all we do when it comes with web services. We offer a multitude of services depending on where you are with your business website needs. Give us a call and we can meet you where you are.

New Site Development

Starting a new business can be incredibly time consuming. There is always a lot to be thinking of and even more to be planning. We often see new business owners try to quickly throw together a website and then not think about it again. Your website is the gateway into gaining customer trust. How are clients going to know your business is trustworthy, a strong competitor, and detailed oriented if your website isn’t? At iPoint, we have taken the stress of designing and creating beautiful, easy to navigate, and mobile friendly websites. We work closely with our clients, so the website is exactly what they envision without the hassle on them. At the end of the process, we even teach you how to use WordPress to update and make changes to your website, so you still have the power in your site. We work with your needs to make your business exactly how you want it to be seen.

Redesign

Do you think your website needs a fresh, new feel to keep up to date with the most recent trends? Here at iPoint, we can help. We can take your existing WordPress site and create a beautiful new design that is sure to grab attention. We’ll make sure the site is mobile friendly to stay in tune with new technology. We can even add interactive portions on your site to create a more personalized experience for customers. Make sure your customers’ first stop at your site isn’t their last.

Website Updates

New technology comes fast, and it can drastically change the ease of your website. Maybe you want your site to be more interactive, so customers feel they are getting individualized responses and services when using your business. We can help you make these updates, so you don’t have to deal with the hassle. We can even help with simple updates like changing the images or content on your site. Our goal is to make your life easier with ensuring you always have an eye-catching and engaging site. We will meet you where you are. Whether you need simple update work done, or big changes, our Fort Collins’ web design team and website developers will help you create the online presence that puts you front and center of your audience.

Ecommerce Sites

iPoint provides top quality web design and development of eCommerce platforms. Our team has experience setting up small business eCommerce sites as well as creating platforms that hold 50,000 products. We specialize in WooCommerce for WordPress. No matter the size of your business we are sure to surpass your expectations and create an eye-catching design that will draw in more clients.