My `day` job consists of me helping ot make companies more organized and more efficient. Maybe I can help you here...
I use reverse psychology when it comes to rewarding myself for getting talks done. Instead of saying "Ok list...I don`t want to look at you, but if I get #2 done then I`ll eat some pizza"...I instead catch myself goofing off and I"ll say `Hey, self. If I have enough time to do THIS, I certainly have enough time to do #3 on my list! How about this...get #3 done, and THEN come back here and read more on Wikipedia.com!"
I`ve read enough self-help and business-oriented books to know that if I am not spending my time trying to make money, I only have myself to blame if the business fails. Finding a happy medium between getting hard (or mundane) tasks done and having fun doing it is the key. Right now, the self-inflicted guilt is working. We`ll see for how long...!
I don`t travel much, so I can rely on software to organize my tasks and priorties. Sure, I don`t know that most of us are seearching for the Next Great Idea...but I still use `Act` to remind me when a call or e-mail has to be made, when a meeting has t be scheduled, and when a task has to be completed. PDA`s and other hand-held technology are nice...but I don`t need it, and don`t want to spend on the Next Cool Idea when I can be equally effective using circa 2000 technology!
As far as centralizing my business...? Again, I`m cheap. I still use To Do lists, and I LOVe the feelings of LITERATELY crossing things off of that list. When I need motivation I either visit a chat board, read about my favorite entrepeneur or maybe watch a business-related show/movie.
Again, this is REALLY old news...but listening to tapes/CDs in the car that are self-help or business-related keeps me motivated. Whenever I`m ready to completely blow things off, I go back to reminding myself that America`s Richest don`t spend their time playing video games when there is work to be done. LOL!
My company sells products that make a person and office more organized and more efficient...so the physical act of being `organized` is never a problem for me. If I can reccomend something that will solve a specific problem, let me know!
I agree postcarder, that is a good book. However, I only got part way through it! I`m so bogged down trying to get things done, find new clients and get organized that I`ve even procrastinated on finishing reading this book! How ironic :( Any other advice for motivation and energy that dips up and down?