I really want to nail the reasons why Ambisonia is not yet a thriving business.
A few months ago, I thought it was because I dont have much understanding of what makes a good business. And so I read “the E-Myth” by Michael Gerber. My understanding of the key principles of business took a huge leap forward.
But now, whilst my vision of the future of Ambisonia is more business-oriented, I still dont really feel any closer to having that business up and running.
I dont think my weakness is a mis-understanding of business. At least my most immediate weakness. I think my most immediate weakness is poor time management skills.
Right now, I am working 2 paid jobs, one of which is contracting from home. Soon (in 4 weeks) I will have a new-born baby under my roof. I am currently supporting 2 people (and a mortgage) on my earnings. I have a million and one things to do on the house.
… and I’m just not getting anything done.
So a friend advised reading some David Allen material. I guess David Allen is the ‘time management’ version of Michael Gerber, who is the small business version of Allan Carr’s ‘stop smoking the Ezy way’.
Aside: I have always been so skeptical of these “how-to by a guru” style books that I once challenged a friend that I could read Allan Carr’s “Stop Smoking the Ezy Way” without skipping one cigarette. I read 1/3 of the book, realised that he was repeating his message over and over, and stopped reading it out of boredom. One week later I had stopped smoking and I havn’t smoked since! 🙂
So I’m going to try to give David Allen’s methodology a serious effort. One of David Allen’s key points (for me) is that extensive TODO lists are not as helpful as simply defining the one ‘next action’ per project. My current TODO lists have several hundred items… just looking at the TODO list is overwhelming.
I’m not going to do elaborate TODO lists anymore. I’m going to just define 1 ‘next action’ on each project (instead of 25 TODO items for each project). I’m going to review all of those ‘next actions’ everyday, at the start of the day. And anytime I think of something new that I have to do, I’m going to add it to my ‘inbox’, then I will forget about it, until I have my morning ‘sorting’ session, where I will either execute that task, add it to an existing project, or make a new project out of it.
The difficult part is what software or hardware (notebook and pen?) to use to do all this. David Allen defines a system, not what to use to execute that system. So to start I will try using todoist.com. todoist.com allows you to assign Labels to certain items. So my morning session will entail assigning the label ‘next action’ to certain chosen items. I then have a view of all my ‘next action’ items, and my daily process involves acting on each of those.
lets see how I go …