Creating New Habits: Sticking to Resolutions in (and Outside) the Workplace

Creating New Habits: Sticking to Resolutions in  (and Outside) the Workplace

It’s a new year, a chance to have a clean slate. As humans, we want to make the most of this clean start to a fresh new year. What better way to start a new year out by analyzing what we did wrong last year and vowing to fix it in the coming year.

New Year’s Resolutions.

 

They can be personal or professional, secret or open for the world to know. They’re made with the best of intentions and the strongest of convictions.

And yet, only 8% of those that make resolutions will actually succeed.

Why do we tend to fail? What takes us from being hopeful and determined to slowly giving up? and how can we get those resolutions to stick?

In the 1970’s, a book called PsychoCyberkinetics by Maxwell Maltz sent a popular notion out into society: It takes three weeks to create a habit and three days to break one.

It’s a catchy saying and for some people, 21 days is ample time to create a habit. However, according to a 2009 study, the time it takes to form a habit really isn’t that clear-cut. Researchers from University College London examined the new habits of 96 people over the space of 12 weeks, and found that the average time it takes for a new habit to stick is actually 66 days; furthermore, individual times varied from 18 to a whopping 254 days.

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Staying Focused & Overcoming the SADness of the Winter Season

Staying Focused & Overcoming the SADness of the Winter Season

 

Is there any more paradoxical time of year than Winter Solstice? At its heart, Winter Solstice brings the shortest day of the year mixed with the heightened anticipation of the holidays. It is a time of year where you have endless feel-good Hallmark movies and Christmas songs on every radio station, yet the cold, cloudy-quickly-turned-to-dark days makes average Midwest citizens prone to Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD).  Continue reading “Staying Focused & Overcoming the SADness of the Winter Season”

Token Based Auth in ASP.NET Core 2 Part 2: Refresh Tokens

In my last post, I discussed how to setup JWT’s in ASP.NET Core 2.  In this post, I’ll extend that example, adding the ability to refresh the JWT when it expires (i.e. refresh tokens).  A refresh token will be returned with the JWT when the user logs in.  And this new token will be used to refresh the JWT when it expires.  We’ll simply create another middleware that handle’s the refresh token.AJ

Continuing from my previous post, I’ll add refresh tokens to the application.  The source code for this demo can be found here. Continue reading “Token Based Auth in ASP.NET Core 2 Part 2: Refresh Tokens”

Token Based Authentication Using Asp.Net Core 2.0

ASP.Net Core 2.0 came out recently and there were quite a few changes to the

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authentication scheme.  In this article, I’ll talk about how to setup token based authentication using JWT’s in ASP.Net Core 2.0.  We’ll use the Identity system to handle authentication, and Entity Framework to access an MS SQL backend.  NOTE: you will probably need to install the .Net Core 2.0 Libraries.

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Token Based Authentication in ASP.Net using JWTs Part 2: Using Refresh Tokens

In Part 1 we setup basic token authentication using JWT’s with asp.net.  Things are setup reasonably but all is not well.  As a developer, you could give the token a lifespan of 30 days and just force the user to re-login after those days but what if you make the user inactive and don’t want him to login anymore?  There must be better way.AJ

Generally, I token has a lifetime of about an hour and when it expires, we want to refresh that token, verifying that the user still has access to the system, etc.  The method that this is handled is using refresh tokens.  A refresh token is returned along with the normal token and it’s stored for when we must refresh normal token.

Starting from our previous app, let’s support refresh tokens.  Note, the completed code for this blog can be found here.

This will require us to track refresh tokens in our database, so first, let’s create the RefreshToken model.

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The IBS Longtimers: An Interview with Jeff Jorgensen

The IBS Longtimers: An Interview with Jeff Jorgensen

Jeff Jorgensen has been a valuable member of the IBS family since 2001. Starting out as the Cincinnati branch manager and working his way to becoming President of the company in 2015, Jeff is responsible for much of IBS’ success. We sat down with him to learn more about his experience at IBS and to find out what he’s like outside of the office.

 

Where did you go to college and what did you study?

I went to Kent State University and double majored in Accounting and Finance. When I had to depreciate a leased asset, I realized that I may need to do something other than accounting!

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Office 365 Collaboration Confusion

A couple weeks ago, Microsoft held their annual Ignite conference and I would usually be blogging about all the cool new things coming to Office 365. This year has been a bit a different experience altogether, not for a lack of features announced from Microsoft though…there were plenty of awesome new features announced. We’ve spent the past couple weeks fielding questions on Office 365 from existing customers and folks looking to make the move or at least understand the options available.

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