How do you manage all your good ideas?

April 29, 2009

Have you noticed that you can think of far more great ideas than you can possibly act on at any given time?

What do you do? How do you keep track of your ideas? Do you write them down? Do you just let them float around in your head? Do you find yourself wondering what might be possible ‘if only’?

All men dream, but not equally. Those who dream by night in the dusty recesses of their minds, wake in the day to find that it was vanity: but the dreamers of the day are dangerous men, for they may act on their dreams with open eyes, to make them possible.  – T. E. Lawrence

Write them down! You might not act on all of them at once, but you will act on some of them. And that will make you dangerous!


Everyone needs a supervisor?

April 9, 2009

Apparently so. I am going to introduce you to my supervisors today.

There are two of them. Lucky me!

Chanel, aka Queen High Empress of the Universe and Boss of Everything

Chanel, aka Queen High Empress of the Universe and Boss of Everything

One actively supervises me – she believes that, left to my own devices, I will most likely goof off. She might be right!

This is Chanel – the big boss. Has a very no-nonsense attitude, and an imperious approach to life. Tail is always straight up. Only occasionally bothered by her son, Sebastian. Even given that most cats are very imperial, she takes it to a whole other level!

Sebastian, the other cat, just thinks that wherever I am is the best place to be.

A sweet prince, he is the security around the place. He has made it quite clear that he will lick any intruder to death. A real love bug. His favorite place to sit is on me. If he can’t do that, then he will figure out a way to snuggle up as close as he possibly can (read – mostly on me). And if I make even that impossible, he will be curled up at my feet. Very un-cat-like, but there you go. We all like to be adored.

Sebastian, taking a nap with Cthulu

Sebastian, taking a nap with Cthulhu

As you can see, Sebastian is a really fluffy guy.

Both cats are purebred Persian/Himalayan – and both have beautiful blue eyes. So, very thick fur, and very long fur, and I am always chasing dust kitties. Sebastian loves to be combed, and would bring me his comb if he could get his teeth around it. Chanel not so much – she lets me know she has claws and knows how to use them. So, brushing her is usually more like an ambush, and it can take a week or more for me to get to all her parts.

So there you go – my supervisors. They keep a sharp eye on me, and make sure I am not working too hard.

Shameless self-promotion

April 6, 2009

Recently I was contacted by Carolyn Semedo of The Enterprising Moms. She was working on creating some educational offerings for her members, and one of the members suggested she talk to me about speaking with her group.

When we talked, she asked if I would be willing to create a case-study to use as a presentation. She suggested I work with one of the members, and then we could jointly present the before / during / and after of the work. And, being a smart, savvy businesswoman, she volunteered herself!

Well, she has been blogging about her experience. (Excerpted below)

A few of the key points that really shifted my thinking …

  • I’m a highly visual person. If a thing is not in my line of vision, it’s likely to fall off my radar. What I learned is that my visual cues (polite term for ‘overflowing step file holders’) are overstimulating and overwhelming; and that there are more visually appealing and less stress-inducing ways of keeping track of active projects. Music to my ears!
  • Many of the systems I have in place are well thought can work well for me, once I work out all of the kinks. For instance, I have numerous email accounts to help me keep track of different types of email (bills, personal, shopping, business, admin, networking, etc.). While some people use filters, I chose different accounts. My system for separating email works, but the way I process my email doesn’t. I’m working with Terry to implement a system to process my in-box and keep it empty.
  • Most of the projects I’m working on require large chunks of time, something I rarely have. Terry helped me to shift how I think about my projects and my progress on them. By breaking projects up into smaller tasks, scheduling blocks of time for tasks (even as little as 15 minutes) and using a timer to keep me on task, I can make steady progress and achieve a sense of accomplishment while working towards completion.
  • I don’t have to start from scratch. Terry explores how I work, what works well, and then works with me to put structures in place that support the way I work. So, it’s not about implementing a canned system, but building a system that works with my work flow.

Read the before post here.

Read the rest of the excerpted post here.

I love my clients!

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