How To Get Things Done

Let me guess, you have too many things to do and too little time to do them, right? Getting things done is a hot topic amongst most professional circles. How do we maximize our results given the limited time we have? Easy, Lower your standards.

Perfection is the enemy of good enough. How many hours of your life have you thrown away trying to perfect something? Unless it was a labor of love, you most likely wasted a lot of valuable time. Time you could have spent doing more valuable things, like sleeping.

You have to realize the point of good enough. It’s where you’ve done enough to complete your goal to be able to move on to other things. It’s where any additional time spent yields little or no improvement. It’s where you can shake your hands clean and be content with what you’ve done.

Don’t think that you should settle for mediocre work. On the contrary! Do your best with as little effort as possible. If you have extra time, then go crazy putting on those little touches that make things that much better. But don’t obsess.

Advent: Choosing my path

I never saw this coming.

Here I am, figuratively standing on the edge of a gaping abyss with no where to go but forward. Ever seen Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade? If not, then find a way to see it and you’ll understand that this leap of faith isn’t easy.

There is only one difference. I have to choose between more than just one path, unlike Indiana Jones.

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How It Works: Small Presence

Today, I spoke with Kyle Rehm from Ono Mojo, a Hawaiian web development studio. We had met through a craigslist posting I made requesting a contracted PHP developer to assist with Small Presence. What follows is some insight I gained today on my own goals for Small Presence, as well as future opportunities that can be incorporated into it. I have a clearer view of the internals of Small Presence and I and going to outline it in this post.

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Empowered by Purpose

I’ve recently recognized something that has given me a great deal of control over myself; purpose. I wasn’t sure what word to use for this post,purpose or reason, but I figured purpose was a little more relevant and required less explanation while providing more inspiration.

So let me explain.

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Recent Activity

Not a lot of progress has been made lately. I filed my DBA for Small Presence. I was going to go in to the bank on Monday and setup a checking account, but I ran out of time. I’m going to do that Monday. Then I’m going to setup the CDG merchant account over the weekend. I have client payments waiting to be billed and I’d like to use the new merchant account.

I have also decided to stay with the VPS server instead of investing money in owned and co-located hardware right now. I will setup asterisk on the VPS and use VoicePulse Connect with a local Las Vegas phone number to conduct my business. I see no need for a toll free number right now. I can’t justify the cost per minute and per month.

I have organized a lot of my data from different sources (like thumb drives, hard drives, and miscellaneous documents) for my projects so I can prioritize my goals.

I have come up with an awesome idea for viral marketing Small Presence once it’s up and running. That will most likely grow into its own project since I feel it has a lot of potential.

Small Presence is going to be my main priority in my list of goals since I have new client work in the queue and I really need to start battle testing my new flow with Small Presence.

On a side note about this blog, I am slowly telling my friends about it. I posted a link on my twitter and will soon post on Digg and see what kind of response I get. I may wait until I get a couple interviews published first though. So keep watching for those. I’m going to be interviewing Tim Ferriss and Andy Rutledge to start.