Blogging is not something extra

November 27, 2009

Blogging (podcasts, YouTube videos) and all forms of social media is not something EXTRA – it is in place of.

Blogs should be in place of mountains of long explanatory emails, memos, circulars, journals, product training, think-tanks, authoring in Ms Word, planning meetings, mentoring meetings etc

Podcasts, in place of endless staff meetings and training events.

Videos, in place of training seminars and motivational meetings.

Social media e.g. FaceBook in place of newsletters, emails and phone calls.

As long as you think of the new Internet tools as ‘something extra’ you will struggle to start or make a change in your circumstances.

“Destroy it all and start again.” – Tom Peters.


No to ONE big project

September 22, 2009

We are all confronted with the one BIG deal scenario. That deal that will make us for life and secure our future. One BIG deal eats resources and takes up so much time that we  are tempted to turn our backs on all other options, income streams, opportunities, partnerships and growth.

Don’t do it!!

The long road necessary for that ONE big deal if fraught with deal and life wrecking problems and challenges.

The long road necessary for that ONE big deal is fraught with life wrecking problems and challenges. Source - unknown.

Don’t focus exclusively on the one big project / opportunity / product. Big projects have a nasty habit of not happening for a variety of reasons beyond our control. I know of one project team that worked together for five years – sunk everything into a new venture (including retirement funds) only for the team to fall apart when the real money began to appear on the horizon; today they only talk to one another through their lawyers that they cannot afford to pay.

The joy of the Internet is that it allows us to multi-task, be project based, keep relationships warm, continue to build our network, grow our skills and build our personal brand at zero cost WHILE we partially focus on the one big deal.

This way we don’t live with regret and if the deal falls through it’s still business as usual.


Your diary calendar journal solution

August 6, 2009

Traditional diaries and calendars (both real and virtual) all suffer from the same problem i.e. they assume that you have one interest, one job, one project, one career and one focus; a linear structure.

The Journal - DavidRM Software

The Journal - DavidRM Software

The new world demands that we be
project based . . .
that we have short, medium and long term goals . . .
that we manage our lives holistically – a network structure i.e. a project management approach.

If you have found linear diaries a problem when attempting holistic life management give the software program called ‘The Journal’ a free 30 day trial – ($39.95 for a the full download if you like the system)

Here is a quick list of its advantages and features.

Entries can be sorted into categories and or topics meaning that your life can be made up of as many facets as you find practical and useful. The bonus is that each facet can be linked to other entries via a keyword system.

Categories.
You can create multiple categories for your entries as well as nested subcategories. A category can contain either dated or undated. Categories are useful for separate projects. Categories can have subcategories.

Topics.
If you’re familiar with tagging, then you already know how topics work. You can assign one or more topics (tags) to any entry. Then you can search entries by topic. For example, you could list all the entries you’ve made regarding health and fitness. There are 60 built-in topics, and you can create your own topics as well.

Tabbed interface.
The tabbed interface makes it easy to switch between different categories and subcategories with a single mouse click.

In addition the Journal assists with life critical tasks like . . .

  • Discover your life purpose.
  • Get a check-up on how you’re doing in 11 key areas of your life.
  • Identify your core values.
  • Set goals.
  • Balance your life to create alignment between your needs, abilities, desires, and purpose.
  • Assess your relationships.
  • Install a positive new habit. Overcome a bad habit.
  • Build your self-discipline, courage, and compassion.
  • Solve problems.
  • Gain clarity.
  • Cultivate a positive attitude.

Click here for more or to order online.