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Making your day more productive.
Worked for me.
mack

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Msg#: 2272 posted 4:16 pm on Jul 8, 2005 (gmt 0)

I always think it's good to plan things out in advance, especially when working on a website.

Today I was giving it a bit of though and decided to make up time table for my day. Things I had to do and times when they had to be finished by. It actually worked out a lot better then my usual havoc of knowing what had to be done and just mucking through it.

What I found was, I got through more work today than I did in the past 2 days combined. When I work from home on a project I tend to loose my concentration, end up taking way to many breaks and generally messing about. Today was different. Everything was a lot more structured and the day just fitted together a lot more than usual.

The result, a LOT more productive. I guess a lot of you guys/gals are in a similar situation to me, working from home has way to many distractions, it just doesn't feel like work.

Give it a try you will see.

Mack.

 

iamlost

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Msg#: 2272 posted 7:59 pm on Jul 8, 2005 (gmt 0)

How did man cope before lists?

The last chore of every workday is to carry forward the undone, add the new-to-do, and re-schedule.

The second chore of each workday, right after reading overnight messages, is to adjust for any overnight-to-do and start at the top of the never ending list.

Thus I simulate organisation, efficiency, and memory.

When winging it I tend to do the fun stuff and procrastinate on everything else. Those lists/schedules are my self-imposed mean and cranky boss.

I love working from home, I love being self-employed, but the necessary self-imposed work structure is a continuous battle. I am one lazy fellow :-)

Note: It is not work that makes a lazy man tired but the thought that he has to work.

coopster

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Msg#: 2272 posted 9:43 pm on Jul 8, 2005 (gmt 0)

I noticed you missed the honey-do list in there, probably the most important.

iamlost

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Msg#: 2272 posted 12:29 am on Jul 9, 2005 (gmt 0)

I noticed you missed the honey-do list in there, probably the most important.

Please note that honey-do is a gratuity only activity not to be confused with the billable activities previously referenced.

Confusing the two can lead to discord and ruin ...
Ignoring one for the other can lead to discord and ruin ...
Timing is the lock. Scheduling is the key.
Did I mention my lists?

coopster

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Msg#: 2272 posted 12:48 am on Jul 9, 2005 (gmt 0)

I added the honey-do list to the top of all my other lists ;)

In all seriousness, I know what you mean, mack. I have found that when I lay out the daily work load and then check each item off one-by-one each within a desired completion time I can focus on each task at hand. Then, of course, the phones start ...

Tomness

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Msg#: 2272 posted 4:08 pm on Jul 12, 2005 (gmt 0)

This is a good thread, and I agree.

The same concept is also good for reminders. I have a notepad saved to my desk top called things to do, in which I have a list of well aranged tasks with dates they're set for next to them.

example - Wednesday the 25th

I go down the list and delete things as I do them.

Then when I am not working on something and an idea pops into my head, I just open it up, and add it to the list.

Helps me work and get everything done without leaving odds and ends that I forget and have to go back to.

Receptional

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Msg#: 2272 posted 2:53 pm on Jul 13, 2005 (gmt 0)

Add to this Brian Tracey's "Eat that Frog" principal, which is basically to do the job you are going to hate most FIRST in the morning. How many days have you gone through the day thinking about that horroble phone call you need to make, instead of making the phone call first thing so that the rest of the day can be spent on more enjoyable tasks.

You have to do the "frog" task anyway - may as well do it quick and not let it drag your whole day down.

Dixon.

elchenuk

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Msg#: 2272 posted 3:57 pm on Jul 21, 2005 (gmt 0)

Whilst doing a bit of lurking I came across this interesting thread and wondered whether any of you guys had any tips for a new self employed web developer?

- what where the biggest hurdles you had to overcome in the early days?
- how long before you managed to get your head out of the water and start making profit?
- did you already have a customer base before you made the move to self employment?
- what advice did you receive and from whom?
- how did you market yourself?
- and if you work from home, how do you keep updated with industry news and topics.

I would appreciate any answers to this or maybe even some links.

cheers guys/gals

eddy

coopster

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Msg#: 2272 posted 7:34 pm on Jul 21, 2005 (gmt 0)

Welcome to WebmasterWorld, elchenuk.

- what where the biggest hurdles you had to overcome in the early days?

Building the client base, cold calls, establishing name recognition.

- how long before you managed to get your head out of the water and start making profit?

Immediately -- because of the solid business plan.

- did you already have a customer base before you made the move to self employment?

Somewhat, yes. But very small. Personal savings were used during the initial growth period as opposed to borrowing. There are many options though. If you are in the US, the SBA (Small Business Administration) site is a great help. Shoot, if you aren't in the US it can still be helpful as far as ideas for business planning, etc.

- what advice did you receive and from whom?

Self-employed folks that ran a solid business. Friends that were financial managers and friends that were credit managers. The latter being the best advice I ever received. Bill due upon receipt whenever possible and keep the cash flowing.

- how did you market yourself?

Believe it or not, our client base grew almost entirely from references. Advertising dollars were spent and drew some, but nothing tops a quality service at a fair price and treating people like people.

- and if you work from home, how do you keep updated with industry news and topics.

Read to stay on top of things. Get on some mailing lists that apply to you and the services you provide. Get connected with others. Everyday application doesn't hurt either! Resources, such as WebmasterWorld are also a great help.

There are some other threads here on WebmasterWorld that apply to the same questions you have asked here. Search [webmasterworld.com] the forum and you'll turn up quite a few discussions.

elchenuk

5+ Year Member



 
Msg#: 2272 posted 9:08 pm on Jul 24, 2005 (gmt 0)

Coopster, cheers for the advice!
I agree that a solid business plan is essential so I'm currently working on that and also taking advice from a local business service.

I'm off to do some more reserch in this forum!

again thanks for the help.

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