I've been using Trello for a long time to manage the tasks and operation of my video business. But since I have multiple projects going on, I wasn't really organizing my personal tasks, or my daily everyday tasks.
I've read before that pen and paper is the best way, and I've tried building a habit out of making a daily task list everyday. It works, but the problem was I wasn't doing it, and I had a a lot of recurring tasks that I didn't necessarily want to write out everyday. I looked into the phone apps stuff, but around the same time I learned Asana from my friend Arielle Hale, who is an operations expert.
This program is so good for looking at an overview of all your tasks for multiple projects. I can create recurring tasks and set them up for myself and organize by client. Check out the video.
Anybody recommend any good books, articles, or links on consulting? I've read million dollar consultant by Alan Weiss and it was really good, but looking for something more low level, practical, or for beginners.
I started using Quickbooks Self Employed as a way to do my taxes. Basically its like having a mint account, and based on the receipts I have, I create a schedule C.
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Everyone's a critique and everyone has their opinions. But I think there should be a way to asses whether or not something is actually good.
Art: The purest expression of oneself
Design: A creation made with purpose
When you study good design, you realize more and more that good design has nothing to do with good art, it has less to do with yourself, expression, emotions or how you feel, and more to do with creating something with an end user in mind.
Headspace and My Fitness Pal.
Headspace: I've tried for months to get into consistently meditating everyday. It seems easy right? Take 10 minutes everyday, and just sit there and breathe. Problem is I would just forget about it. Even though I have a push notification telling me to do it everyday. I wouldn't. So I downloaded Headspace and I put on headphones to listen, and for some reason it feels effortless. I don't have to try to meditate or concentrate on my breath, I just listen to the bloke guide me in meditation.
My Fitness Pal: I've tried hard to eat more and gain weight. I thought I ate a lot, all my friends tell me I eat a lot. But without a calorie tracker you don't realize you're not eating enough. I was only eating around 2000 calories a day when I need to be eating a 3000 calories. Also I never realized how little calories there are. If you buy a quart of milk (4 cups) thats only 600 calories! Its hard to eat that many calories and its uncomfortable to be eating that much food. But you know what? I'm trying to gain weight. It's a goal -- Its suppose to be hard. Its suppose to take effort when you're tired at night and you want to go to sleep and you've only tracked 2400 calories that day. So you open your fridge and eat half an avocado and two eggs to make the 600 you need. Without a calorie tracker I would not even know that I was falling behind.
When you’re consuming content, you typically value the practical stuff more. Stuff that teaches you how to do things, or gives you techniques on improving things you’re already doing. We value this stuff because its applicable..
But you hear people tell you that you shouldn’t focus on tactics, you should focus on strategy. Personally, I agree and I think we’re trying too hard to look for the implemental things. Really, its not just tactics vs. strategy, there are a lot of different levels.
From philosophy to mindset to habits and theory to strategy all the way to tactics, we should aim to consume the entire spectrum of content. Each level is important and learning from each level helps you understand the whole picture.
I run a video production agency. What I would like is an action guide on doing Linkedin lead generation or google adwords. These things would benefit me right away, but I would be missing out if I didn’t read Built to Sell and learned to productize my services. I would be missing out if I didn’t attend a mastermind about systems and scaling. It doesn’t stop there. I could take it a step higher and listen to Tony Robbins talk about mindset. I would be missing out, yet still, if I didn’t watch Tristan’s videos on Purpose and Spiritual balance.
Each piece of content has merit on its own level. Knowing this, the best way to consume content is to think about where you are in your trajectory and what pieces of information you’re missing, then fill in the gaps in that information. Funny enough, the only way to realize which info is missing is to consume content on life balance from a woo-woo life coach guru (I’m being slightly facetious). What I mean is to pull back to a hyper birds-eye-view of your life and understand what true balance is. Only then can you zone in on your business and know that the actions you’re taking today will benefit you the most long-term.
I’m going to use “getting organized” as the main example for this post.
We look at our messy room and think “hmmm, it would be nice if this place is organized…I’m feeling rather motivated today. Let’s do it”.
So we drive to Target or Ikea or for you fancier people — Crate and Barrel — and we look at all the nice filers and document cases, pencil cups, paper clip bins, cord containers, and paper weights. They’re beautifully designed and the paper weight is on sale so we buy em all — get home. Okay, time to start tidying up.
What first? Well, since we have a document case, we put our messy written notes in it. We also have a nice filer, so we take our credit card statements and put it in there. It takes all afternoon, but we managed to use everything we bought from target and our room looks neat.
Fast forward 3 days and our room is a mess again. All of our stuff is out of their respective containers that we bought. We don’t feel like organizing anymore and think “Why did I spend so much money on containers when I’m not even going to use em?"
You ever been in a conversation and you either didn’t feel like talking or you’ve prejudged the person you’ll be talking to, or it just happens to be one of those days where you’re feeling analytical? Most of the time the conversation quickly becomes stale, but occasionally there have been times where you end up really enjoying the conversation without realizing it — you’re fully engaged, interested in what the other person has to say, and wanting to share more. In those cases, it’s almost always not something you consciously try to do or notice, why is that?
I think the same thing that happens to a person interacting with a good conversationalist is the same thing that happens to a person reading the writings of a good copywriter. Most people have their guard up when they read a sales letter/sales page. They’re feeling skeptical, trying not to get tricked by the ad. A good copywriter makes you forget that what you’re reading is an advertisement.
There are other marks of a good copywriter, like being able to understand the market, being able to tie features to benefits etc. But the core of good copywriting is to be able to suck the reader into the content.
Same thing with a good conversationalist. You could make the case that good conversationalists are charismatic, tell good stories, speak with a range of vocal tonality, keep good eye contact, etc, but the biggest factor in a conversation is the fact that both people tend to be aware that they are in one. They are aware of the context, the way they’re presenting themselves, the way the other person is presenting themselves; they are evaluating whether or not they’re bored or nervous, or if they find value in it. Because of this, the core of a good conversationalist is his ability to make you feel so comfortable that you get sucked into the interaction, and you focus on nothing else.