I desperately need to get organized. Is there a to-do app that has a single item saying "check your to-do list"?
When you're running a one-man operation, you wear a lot of hats. In fact, you're wearing all the hats. And I'm not complaining, because I like it this way. It's not like I couldn't use the help of professionals: it'd be great to have an agent, an accountant, a business manager... at the same time, as much as I hate non-creative aspects of my life, I love them.
Why? Because I can make them creative. Because it's my nature to experiment, and to find my way in doing business. Or at least bend the way how business is done. Just a little bit.
That kind of dissonance, while entertaining (?) to observe, is a pain in the ass when trying to execute all those lofty plans for business.
Because I tend to make big announcements and then not follow through on them, which in turn taints the whole platform and I end up deleting way more than I should (and even quit for a while), I'm not going to do that here. This is just a framework, a brainstorm about getting properly organized to be able to execute on things that matter.
(Also, to start a conversation, if at all possible. Do you have a method or trick or app or whatever that worked for you? Excellent! Put it in the comments!)
First thing first: articulating ideas. Meaning running a proper to-do/task list.
What l'm thinking right now is to put anything and everything on it that I don't or can't do right away. That sounds simple enough, I suppose, but for me who's a disorganized person used to hold stuff in my head, it's a tough challenge. It's a mindset I need to get into, and that doesn't happen quickly. So that's step one.
Step two is building positive habits. Not talking about eating healthy or exercise (these are good habits to have, though) but creating habits that are able to 'biologically automate' tasks. Writing this blog is one of these habits. I write every day, even on those rare days I wouldn't otherwise. Whether it's good or bad, boring or exciting, the primary point for this blog isn't to be read, but to be written. Every single day. In time it'll become better ever so gradually; hopefully to the point of becoming good eventually. But I'm not looking that far ahead just yet.
And I need more habits like that.
I want to pick up journaling again. I kept my Day One subscription not because I used it, but because it was a pressure to get back into it again. (And because I like what they do, regardless of not using it.) Journaling is a great way to build both writing habit and observing habit. Living inside my own head won't take me far as a writer. I need to, ever so regulatedly, let the world in. It's also creating for me, without much effort, a structure for stories from within my own life. It's my version of a vlogger carrying their camera around and taking footage. Not all of it will be useful, but not getting it recorded leaves you with nothing to work with.
The third step is time management. Or, rather at this point, evaluating and optimising. You have no idea (or at least I didn't) how much time is wasted every day. Pooling tasks together like jumping on Twitter in the morning over coffee is simple enough to do, but yields awesome results. That's a tiny thing, but leads to examining other activities. Can I listen to a podcast while commuting? Hey, could I walk instead of taking the bus? Sure it takes an extra 15 minutes, but I consume more information, and also get in some exercise. That's a good deal.
I'm in the process of evaluating everything with this in mind. Can I wake up an hour earlier? How about two? Can I spot idle moments and fill them with tiny bits of productivity? Can I work faster? (Should I?)
Everything's on the table. There's no romantic feelings toward anything: not leisure, not socializing, not sleep. Each is evaluated based on its usefulness to cost ratio.
Because I desperately need to get organized to get anywhere.