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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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WordPress Survey Time

In my last post, announcing my WordPress services business, I talked about becoming more involved in the WordPress community. In the WordPress After Hours hangout, I was asked about the WP community in Jamaica. And while I know there are many sites built locally on WordPress, I don’t actually know many of the people building…

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Taking a giant step forward

I am finally picking up momentum on my goals for this year. The first step was working on my Personal Productivity, which I finally started properly during my Continuous Creation Challenge a couple weeks ago. Although there was no implied ranking or order in my list of goals, I have found myself taking on the…

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Capturing – The Time Management Fundamental

So, one of my major goals for this year was to build a personal productivity system. While tips and tricks for time management and productivity abound throughout the internet, my focus was on building a system. Tips and tricks are temporary band-aid fixes and typically don’t help to build long-lasting sustainable habits. My reference material for…

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What a mess!

So, having chosen my theme for this year, identified the areas of focus (using the circle of life approach) and then done a Year in Review post, I was due to figure out the actual plan for 2015. That was all over a month ago. So what the hell happened?  Suffice to say I had…

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The Year That Was 2014

I had kind of decided I was not going to do a review of 2014 since I had pretty much drifted along aimlessly and the waves just tossed me around. But 2 days ago I read Chris Guillebeau’s Annual Review and it inspired me (again), in more ways than one. Clearly, I was inspired to write…

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Sure, I’m ok

It’s become easier and easier to just smile and pretend that I’m ok, but I’m not. The fact that I’ve been up since 1 a.m., and have sorted my laundry, prepped some vegetables for cooking and salads, and written in my journal, all by 3 a.m., says that I am not ok. The fact that…

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Out of Many, One Mixup

This morning I read (yet another) powerful piece of writing from Kei Miller. Now I admit to being a fan of his commentary, and not necessarily his poetry, having never read any of the latter. But so far, whenever I read his commentary I find myself nodding in agreement, because here is someone willing to…

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I built a thing for Rails Rumble 2014

That’s right, baby! I built a thing! *dances in her room* Ok, ok, no dancing. But I did actually build a thing. I’ve been talking about getting back into coding for a while, and have made multiple attempts to get going. Everyone always says the best way to learn is to build things. Well, I…

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A life worth living – R.I.P. Jodian

You don’t have to know someone well to be sad that they’re gone. I’ve always believed this and now more than ever.On Monday, I received an instant message that immediately brought me to tears.

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Writing as therapy

There is no question, to my mind, that writing is a good thing. If you have read much of what I’ve written then you realize how much of myself comes across in my writing. I pour out the feelings and emotions that inspire the writing, whether they be joy, excitement, anticipation, or sorrow, loneliness, despair.…

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