Akatombo Web Log
Thursday, March 02, 2006
Reprint from my personal blog:
One of the hardest things about running a small business based on providing (mostly) one-time services to clients is that you generally tend to either have way too much or nothing to do. This can make it really hard to get into a good work rhythm, making those extra-busy periods that much harder. An added difficulty is that I have a really hard time focusing well on work in the morning, being much more able to work late into the night. UltraGirl’s job starts early in the morning and ends in the early evening so if I want to spend time with her, and I do, I need to conform with her work schedule as much as I can. It appears that I’m heading into the over-capacity period in the cycle, so I need to figure out how to make myself as effective as possible. A few things I have been trying out, that help out when I can keep doing them consistently:
- Go to bed early, and wake up a couple hours before I need to get to work to give my body time to get going.
- Try to break my work into small pieces, and break my day into short periods of finely focused concentration
- It is OK to drink coffee, but don’t drink 6 cups.
- disconnect from the Internet, when the task I’m working on doesn’t directly require it, forcing myself to write down the ideas that I find I want to research—saving that distraction for later, and freeing myself from the interruptions provided by IM and e-mail.
Here is one response I received to get things rolling:
Lists. Definitely daily lists are good. Make your new list for tomorrow at the end of today, when everything outstanding is still fresh in your mind. It’s encouraging to see things ticked off of them, and they help to show all the tasks at hand and prevent you from getting too distracted.
A clean desk. Remove everything that’s not related to the project you’re working on. Put it in folders, on the floor, on a side table, on the windowsill, where ever you can’t actually see it.
Now you try. What techniques would you recommend for making sure you get a lot of work done.
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