A busy bee never gets bored

“Mummy, I’m boring!” That, according to my mother, was said by one of us as a very young child, to express our frustration with the lack of entertainment we were facing at the time. We laugh about it now, but it was sometimes a challenge keeping us children amused. Technically, I was saved from boredom…

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Things I learned from the Small Product Lab

It has been nearly 2 weeks since I launched my first ever product. I had planned this post for last week, but life got in the way (as it does). The Small Product Lab was a rush! 10 days to conceptualize, create, market and launch a product, guided by a daily email and supported by an…

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Launched! Power Your Learning now available

For the last 10 days, I’ve been participating in the Gumroad Small Product Lab. Today is launch day. At 9 a.m. EST, my workbook Power Your Learning: Plan for Success in Your Next 20 Hour Learning Project went live. If you want to learn fast, this workbook is  designed to help you with: Choosing the next…

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Pre-launch jitters (Gumroad SPL Day 10)

Tomorrow is the big day. I’ve set it so that while I am headed to work in the morning, my product “Power Your Learning: Plan for Success with Your Next 20 Hour Learning Project” will go live, zooming through cyberspace to all those who pre-ordered it, and available for immediate download for new buyers. This…

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Focus on launching (Gumroad SPL Day 8)

Today’s big assignment was to detail our launch plan. I had most of mine done from earlier in the challenge so that was easy. So today, for me, was about product. I am 75% done with the worksheets and I am happy with the layout. The featured image on this post is a sneak peek…

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How to price a product (Gumroad SPL Day 7)

Today for the Gumroad Small Product Lab they asked us to reflect on our goals for the challenge and decide on a pricing strategy. I went through much of this process couple days ago so that I could put up my pre-order page (we’ve pointed this out to them). So I’m sharing the thought process…

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Creating beautiful covers (Gumroad SPL Day 6)

Yesterday I announced that my workbook is available for pre-order. With that announcement I shared the final cover image for version 1 (yes, there will be a version 2). I had actually created 4 different cover images and got some feedback to help me choose one. The one I ended up with happened to be…

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Available for pre-orders (Gumroad SPL Day 5)

We are half way through the Gumroad Small Product Lab challenge. It has been a pretty hectic week. Trying to do this alongside a regular 9-5 day job is challenging to say the least. But I got here. There’s still a lot of work to do before launch day, but today’s focus was about nailing…

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Marketing a small product (Days 3 and 4)

So clearly if one is hoping to sell a product, then people need to know about it. And that means marketing. Of course, that is probably the second most difficult thing for me with projects like this. Because then I have to tell people what I’m doing, and risk them either not caring or thinking…

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Planning my small product (Day 2)

So you know how they say to ask forgiveness and not permission…? Well, I’ve never really been able to go with that. Today I took the step of checking further into my 20 Hour Project workbook idea, and the way I was thinking about it was definitely hitting too close to home in a copyright…

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Deciding on a small product (Day 1)

The first day of the Gumroad Small Product Lab is all about deciding on what your product will be. The field is pretty open as the examples from previous challenges show (check out June and July). The ideal small product for this challenge should be: Something that can be created in a week, bearing in…

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Building a small product (Day 0)

One of the challenges that I have, which is familiar to anyone who knows me, is actually pushing through to completion with my personal projects. I always have ideas, and often start things, but then life gets in the way and nothing comes of it. So I decided to start with something small. Gumroad, which…

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Where’s my money?

As I write this, I am preparing to do my 3rd “fresh start” since the start of the year. Considering we’re only 3 months in, that says a lot. I’m talking about a budgeting fresh start, of course. As I mentioned when I laid out my goals for the year, money management is an area…

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What to do with these time demands?

Given the weakness of my emptying habits at this point, it is no surprise that the next steps are just as weak. Usually, the process of emptying includes deciding what to do with each time demand that was in a capture point. Since I wasn’t emptying, I often made no decisions and items would just…

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Emptying – Hardest Time Management Skill

As I discovered in my Capturing evaluation, I’m not terrible. There is work to be done, but I do capture most things without using memory. So why does it always feel like I have a million things to do that I have already forgotten? According to Francis Wade, in his book Perfect time-Based Productivity, it…

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