I’m a Geek! I love that I’m geeky and can solve a number of computer based issues for my co-workers and family. I love teaching my kids geeky things. Right now my daughter who loves to draw is learning the art of playing with GIMP and how much fun geeky art can be. I fully believe that it is important to be a geek of something. I am not just a computer geek however, I am a geek in sewing, in pattern drafting, especially for dolls and miniatures. I love photography but I am more a nerd there as I don’t like to share much of what I shoot only the really good stuff. I am a file geek too. As a clerk I work with computer files and paper files. I like to think I’m good at it as well. If you’re going to geek out on something it might as well be something you enjoy! What are you a geek of?
Changes can be small and subtle or massive in scope and impact. Having a plan for some of the larger changes in life can help make change not as overwhelming. A project plan can help by giving you a place to write up a task list and give yourself due dates and the option to delegate to someone else. It can also track costs and time requirements.
Project plans can be large and cumbersome as in large projects for work or they can be simple as in a simple task list with names and due dates next to each item. The tools for larger projects such as building something, moving or large group projects can be managed by a large list of programs from Microsoft Project to Planner (Open Source) along with a wide variety of online tools in between. It depends on how many people you have involved in the project as to what kind of system you might need.
Most of the projects I do are along the lines of task lists with due dates and potential delegation names. For this I use a form I created in Voice Recorder in various sizes. It depends on the project as to what size I use. I have a half page planner that I use in my purse for short term projects that I just hand write what is needed. I also have a full size planner I type up formal plans into for work projects so I can hang them on the wall and see what I have going on visually. For me the benefit of a simple project planner is that I can see what is going on at a glance and I know what is next on that project’s list even if the list is not in date order. Build a project plan for anything and everything that is more complex than a good dinner!
What do you plan?
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My usual is to write posts on the big screen using the main pc but I decided to try out the reinstalled version of WordPress for my Android tablet. On the pc its sloow loading WordPress but the tablet is very snappy! The downsides to the tablet is the touchscreen keyboard and the fact that I am looking down far more than I should! An interesting experiment and since I’m in the system I figured I’d write about it!
A small business can be built both on a shoestring budget and with very little time. You can find time to do a multitude of things such as brainstorm marketing ideas, topics for blog posts, new products or services while waiting in line at a grocery store or sitting on a bus stuck in traffic. If you have a mobile device such as an Apple iPad 3 or Kindle you can use an app to record your notes. Even your phone has a simple text program or you can text yourself ideas, use the phone as a voice recorder or carry a Voice Recorder! A simple pen and pad of paper does the trick too.
Once you realize the small moments you can leverage and start collecting your notes carve out a lunch hour or a break to sit and gather them all together in one place. Decide on which ones can be done while on the go. If you have a constant, net connection and can write e-mail to clients or post to forums then go for it! There are apps that you can write documents that are more complex; then flesh out your ideas when you are home you can start implementing. Use your on the go time wisely to plan larger projects breaking it down into bite sized steps and set goals and deadlines for the steps. Calendar in tasks in small holes in your schedule and over time you will find you have a great business started!
One of my favorite tools on the tablet is a mind mapper. I can take disjointed thoughts and just jot them down for later. This allows me to capture ideas and then flesh them out when I have more time or a more powerful system. As you can see there are many ways to capture ideas for a business. The next step is just that… taking the next steps to implement your ideas. Give each task a due date and find a friend who believes in you and will keep you motivated! Eventually, if you are determined and have the support you will have a successful business. Don’t forget a good business plan too…. the road map of businesses!