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03/20/11
Watch-outs. 24. Goals, e-filing and digital footprints
Filed under: Position Searching, Mature professionals, Observ. Trends
Posted by: site admin @ 6:05 pm

Three ahas! are drawn to your attention in this blog.
How do you determine what you want your future
to be?  Do you set personal goals or fly by the seat
of your pants?  Goal-setting by survey or….
Internet “footprints” we make when we surf web-
pages is a second observation. 
Did you note that we did not receive income tax
forms by mail?  What is the story behind that?

GOALS AND CONFIDENCE
Source:  WSJ 3-9-11, Sue Shellenbarger, “Making
Kids Work on Goals…

A goal without a plan is just a wish.  The result of
not having goals, S Shellenbarger writes is
linked to lower achievement at many levels.  She
writes of confidence in achieving goals going
hand-in-hand with lower performance.  Besides
the distractions of modern American life and
very short term thinking of schools, business
and the next election, clear thinking about setting
goals finds that 50% of the our results happen
as planned, if we set goals.  Things are unpredictable
and unsettled if no goals are formed.
The WSJ comments section is also informative.

DIGITAL KEYSTROKES FORM FOOTPRINTS
Source:  The Economist, 3-12-11, P. 8.
Anonymous no more.”

Websites often know an awful lot about their
visitors.  Cookies, “history stealing” and more
advanced tools are common as shifting the
balance in legal, business, and other aspects
of our ‘digital lives.’

TAX FORMS AND WHAT IS CHANGING
Source:  WSJ 3-19-11, Guide to the Tax Season
This weekend feature writes about the direction
tax filing is going– all online (with some exceptions)
and the impact of online filing on specific
cases.

One item to underscore is consider not working
with all your data online, while one e-files.
The comments appending the article are solid.

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