Tuesday, February 27, 2018

5 Small, Everyday Things That Will Improve Your Work/Life Balance

Mary Parisi of The Financial Diet has written a helpful list of simple things that will help you gain a little more work/life balance.

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Maybe a hammock in the office isn't a viable option where you work. Nevertheless, bringing a bit of "life" into work can help reduce office stress and avoid burnout.

What do you do to help maintain your work/life balance? Any advice for other readers?

All of us on Team ClerkBase have personal items at our desks that remind us of the reasons we do our jobs: our local government clients, our belief in the importance of transparency to a democracy, and our families and loved ones. Any job can pay the bills, but we're all fortunate that our jobs are fulfilling as well.

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

9 popular self-help books, synposized

Over at Hubspot, they've taken the time to read and encapsulate the takeaways from nine popular self-help books:

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  1. 52 Small Changes: One Year to a Happier, Healthier You
  2. The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business
  3. Make Your Bed: Little Things That Can Change Your Life ... And Maybe the World
  4. The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People: Powerful Lessons in Personal Change
  5. Crushing It!: How Great Entrepreneurs Build Their Business and Influence - And How You Can, Too
  6. How to Win Friends & Influence People
  7. Braving the Wilderness: The Quest for True Belonging and the Courage to Stand Alone
  8. The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck: A Counterintuitive Approach to Living a Good Life
  9. You Are a Badass: How to Stop Doubting Your Greatness and Start Living an Awesome Life
Team ClerkBase members have read and enjoyed numbers 4 and 6, and #3 (based on Admiral William H. McRaven's Commencement speech to the University of Texas at Austin) is on Erika's reading list for 2018.

Do you have any favorite self-help books? Are you adding any of these to your own reading list? Share in the comments!

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

5 reasons to love your Local Government job

At ClerkBase, we love working with local government employees. We've built real friendships with our client contacts. Today, we want to wish our clients and all our local government professionals, a warm and happy Valentine's Day.

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We hope you'll join us in our LinkedIn Group discussion, "What do you love about your local government job?"

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

What's the best piece of career advice you got that still resnoates today?

That was the question in a December article from ICMA, and we found it intriguing. In fact, we shared it with our LinkedIn group.

In the Team ClerkBase office, the most common answers centered on focus and work/life balance, which is by far our most popular Pin board.

What are your best words of wisdom?

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Tuesday, January 23, 2018

7 Memory Hacks

At ClerkBase, one of our core competencies is findability: the ability to find information you've stored. You need that in every aspect of your life, including your memory.
While we can't directly load and access information you need into your brain, we can share some tips and tricks for memorization from the folks at Daily Infographic.


Tuesday, January 16, 2018

How smart is your city?

There's been a lot of buzz lately about "Smart Cities." What makes a city "smart"? We'll try to boil it down to the basics.

Smart City

Wikipedia offers several definitions, but focuses on Mark Deakin's: A smart city uses Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) to meet the city's and citizens' needs.

Municipalities are constantly gathering data. For example, birth, death and marriage records, property and zoning reports, and public safety are a few. There are constant streams of information that tell the city what its citizens are doing, and what their needs are. Perhaps it goes without saying that citizen engagement is a key source of information. Smart cities use that information to plan and prioritize.

There are plenty of ICT providers that help cities process their data into meaningful information. Once it's available, various boards and council have to make decisions on how best to apply the knowledge. That's where the potential for citizen involvement really comes into play.

Council and board meetings themselves provide valuable input to local government. Providing an open forum of discussion for your municipality's plans and priorities, making departments, board and commission members' contact information available, and providing streaming video of meetings open up avenues of public participation.

Whether identifying a need or proposing a solution, smart cities make use of data from multiple sources efficiently and effectively.

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Getting to know ClerkBase

If you're a new reader, you may not have the most up-to-date information on ClerkBase and our services.

You may have heard that ClerkBase has been in business for more than 20 years, providing government document solutions like agenda processing, meeting minutes and documentation, live and on-demand video streaming, and most recently, board and commission management.

Just a couple of months ago, we added to our growing family of open government solutions with the Applications module for OnBoard.

Applications report

Individual applicant screen

With the Applications module you can receive and manage applications online:
  • your constituents can apply online and upload their resume
  • information goes right into OnBoard
  • validate within the program
  • once validated, information flows to the board level and can be managed by the responsible board coordinator 
Sound like something that would make your life easier? At ClerkBase, that's what we do!

Email mail@clerkbase.com or call 866-676-9486 for a free demo.