On the Subject of Productivity

I have had an alarming development, especially in the past few months that has not just hindered my productivity, but ultimately made my health suffer too. What’s this development you ask? I have had too much of a trouble shutting off the world around me, even just for a little time, to get down and focus on getting a task done.

It is not an issue of being addicted to any type of social network, no, this is some sort of self-created fear (from many bad years). Fear of not being available, in case I miss out on something friends plan, or people talk about, that I want to be involved in. Fear of being forgotten.

The solution is ideally, very simple. I need to just try and shut off others. I used to say I was never the person who cared what others thought, or was never the person who had troubles being alone. Exceptionally enough, I have noticed that what used to be a strength, has now become a weakness. This has changed. I think it is time I get back to a healthy dose of the middle ground, because as it is, this is not helping me be productive in any area and causes me much stress and makes my health suffer too.

What’s the key point I want to share here? Not all productivity issues come out of not being able to prioritize, or not knowing how to best do things, or even lacking good systems. I have all of those. This is deeper.

Business / General

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas!

Today, I want to take the extra moment to wish you all a very Merry Christmas. I will be taking some well-deserved time off during Christmas to be back strong for the new year, and you know what, I am pretty excited!

General

Recreating the NBC Olympic Logo

I am amazed at what my buddy Corey Barker can do in Photoshop. This time, he’s re-created (and improved) the NBC Olympics logo all in Photoshop from scratch. It’s not a tutorial, but a sped-up version of his “playing” to get the effects right. I promise you’ll enjoy it!

General

Growing Pains

Everyone spends a lot of time and energy explaining how to make sure you get enough business to survive as a freelancer or small business owner. Very rarely do we talk about the growing pains, when you have too much business coming in. Should you hire more people (which is a risk in itself), send work out to sub-contractors or simply say no?

Personally, I have no desire to say no to projects. I always strive to provide the best experiences for my customers, but going into university in just a few weeks, my time will be severely reduced. Employing someone is likely too risky of a project, which leaves sending work out to sub-contractors. Now I just have to find some.

Sure, it’s nice when your business goes well, but it creates new problems. Problems which are hardly ever talked about.

Business

Should unboxing be this hard?

Apparently new Google Nexus 7 owners are finding their beloved package a little tough to open. It seems to be a very Apple-inspired packaging, with the exception of being very hard to open.

Technology