I originally came from Romania where I lived for the first 3 years of my life. After I arrived in the United States for an eye operation I began my journey to starting a real, stable an profitable business. At the age of 16 or so, I came to school and did a search for an html tutorial. After reading that introduction I was hooked and now I run a Web Development Consulting Firm. I enjoy every moment and learn something new every day.
Well I feel better already, just from reading your post. I have already discovered some of these tings for myself... like how actually taking that pen and wiping a nice dark line acrossed a task is so satisfying! :) So, I feel good that I`m not an idot and that I can figure it out... however, I do travel a lot - and you see when you go from place to place you need a "hey! - shove", this needs to get done, if you know what I mean. I agree with you on being cheap with things to get things done. Example. I have a "Work Timer" it`s so primitive (program) that all it does is clock time for a task you type in, then exports to a report. That`s it. Nothing fancy, but IT GETS THE JOB DONE. and that`s what I`m all about. I don`t care about all the new stuff coming out. I just want to find solutions, not gizmos. However, I`m wondering if a PDA wouldn`t just solve some of my problems. Let me explain one problem I have... and maybe we can start from here...
I get a call for a new client... (keep in mind I have a visual impairment problem)... So, I get my laptop out, and try get all of their information. Sounds ok... but here`s what happens. I get their info... then I put that into a database. I like the database so I use that as a starting point. Then I input their email into my gmail... then i put their number into my phone. That`s already THREE locations. Then I give them service and then they are in my Financial Software - quicken... you see how redundant everything is? It gets on my nerves because I want to make everything in one place. Maybe I should consider getting one of those PDA things that have a phone. I dunno, but in any event my life becomes very annoying then. So, What would you say would be a good solution for making at least most of my information available in one place? ... I felt guilty when you mentioned video games, lol... it`s my method of "relaxation" haha. Anyhow, hopefully you`ll understand my struggle here. I have a bad habit of being vauge sometimes.
If we all look at our business and really look hard... I think we can all agree that at one time or another we could have been more organized. I believe organization is one of the most important characteristics a business can have. I seldom here any business course mention this topic. Yet, I can honestly say it has been the single most powerful characteristic that has given me the small successes that I have had with my own venture. Yet, I always am looking for new ways, better ways, improved ways to organize my time and my work. Here are a few thoughts I`d like some input on...
1. I have tasks lists that overwhelm and disturb me and I can never seem to get things done, even though I know in myself that I am accomplishing items on that list. What is a good way to reward myself when I have accomplished something? I know as well as you know that if you don`t reward yourself, you`ll soon become bitter and just a working person, not a living one.
2. I need - a way, an object - SOMETHING that will get my mind triggered to accomplish something, for example a PDA. What are ways you have used to get your butt to do something, to remind you to get something done? What do you do when you keep putting a task off? How do you force yourself to get it done?
3. How to centralize (bring together) your business? How do you create a dashboard, where you can go to every single day and say "ok, here`s my goals for today." Do you have a support system? Who do you get to help you be motivated?
And therein are my questions, the big ones that have been burning inside of me for quite some time. Anyone have some answers?