New Organizational Structure

Stop doing what doesn't work! on a sticky note

One of the largest pains in my day-to-day work has always been staying organized. I have spent the last few years trying out different tools and processes to assist me in being the most productive programmer that I can be without losing quality in my work. This is super hard for someone that has been diagnosed with ADHD – more so than the average person.

Adults with ADHD may have trouble managing time, being organized, setting goals, and holding down a job. [1]

Blinking stuff can be deterring, as a reference, I typically use the goldfish scenario but I’m sure you already know that one. Tools have either too much packed into one place or not enough of a feature set to really keep me going on the platform.

 

Taking Copious Notes

After creating a list of objectives that I need to apply a new organized structure to my life included, “need to take more notes — things tend to get lost in my volatile memory base (jokingly say that I run off of RAM).

Solution: Evernote seems to be the top of the market for tools that allow for note-taking to be a very prominent part of your life. The key seems to be that it needs to always be accessible and requires you to continually insert streams of thought into a note.

One part of using this tool in my process is that I can foreshadow that a good organizational process with tags and notebooks will be a necessary evil. I am looking around for examples of how other people are using Evernote to find a process that fits my style the best.

Time Tracking

Keeping a consistent timer running in my day is necessary for both my day job and side projects. Often, I forget to start or stop the timers when I am working. This requires me to spend time going back and remember what tasks I tackled and when I started/stopped doing them. Most of the time I have to go back to command line history timestamps and/or access logs to figure this one out.

Solution: Harvest has been a part of my process for the last 30 days and has seemingly worked well for me. I still have the start/stop issue but it often screams at me via email if I don’t do one of these.

A more programmer style solution that I want to implement is create a timer app that consistently pops up on an hourly basis and asks what I did for the last hour then inserts that time into my Harvest timesheet. This would be phenomenal to not require me to remember to press that button. A popup with a textbox would not bother me either on a 30-60 minute basis if it saves me time at the end of the day. It would also be interesting to see my time usage across all parts of my life from video games to learning to work.

Git r’ done

Todo lists — the bane of my existence — I have yet to find a solution to my daily task todo lists that works well in my life. I have used everything from Google Tasks to the $40 Omnifocus app. They are all great and work well; however, they require someone with the good habit to check the list on a constant basis throughout the day and prep the list. I never do that. I forget to check things off or even forget to create a new list each day. For the time being, I will be using the Omnifocus app (hell, I spent $40 on it!) until I find something better or come up with a good plan.

Possible solution: Hourly, daily, and weekly emails to myself to remind me to check the list and do the necessary task to keep things rolling.

References

[1] “ADD and ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder) Health Center.”WebMD. WebMD. Web. 20 Mar. 2016. <http://www.webmd.com/add-adhd/default.htm>.

Finding a mentor

Give my Mentor Manifesto a read.

Everyone that has spoken to me for more than 20 minutes in the past two years know my interest in mentorship has steadily increased. Over the summer, I took a few large steps in the direction of boosting the concept of mentorship in Atlanta, however, life got in the way. It was hard to push these concepts when I could not dedicate enough time to them due to moving and my business.

One of my 2015 goals is to really push mentorship harder through a more active positioning than what I was able to do in the first place. In order to really follow through though, I need to find my own mentor that is willing to dedicate time to guiding me through these very tedious business problems. After solving those issues, I will dive head first into the things that I started and come to a completion with them.

Board Games

Whenever a person moves, it brings back so many memories that the person had forgotten all about. While pummeling through my closets attempting to pack everything, I ran across a few things that really struck a cord.

We had a slew of old board games that we used to play. Games like Monopoly, Connect4, and Sorry. These were some of the best times when we would pull these games out and play with family and friends.

Board games teach us many things that we don’t realize while we are having fun but they can really shape parts of your life. They teach us how to have a poker face that benefits us when doing sales. You gain knowledge on how one win does not mean that you will always win. Then they force us to be social with the people in our lives. By having these conversations, we learn more about the people and how their daily lives are going.

I need to make it a point to start playing more board games with people. Warning though…I am very competitive. 🙂

Rebooting Life

It’s been a while since the last time I blogged. Let me preface this post with an acknowledgment of missing posts. Over the past few years, I have started and stopped blogging so many times that I lost count. The older posts were completely wiped from the server so that I could start with a fresh new voice.

Yes, I am going to lose some of that SEO juice but starting with a blank slate is a requirement sometimes in life.

This is similar to something that is going on in my personal and professional life as of right now. After the “explosive failure” of my first “real” business, I am trying to re-evaluate my life and professional goals.

Making decisions for other people’s businesses seems simple, gratifying and overall less complicated; however, when it’s your own business decisions then everything becomes the biggest fear that all of the decisions will be wrong.

One decision that I have made, as of late, was to discontinue my membership to Southern Poly for an unknown amount of time (at least a semester) to focus on my business(es). Why would I stop? There were many factors that were put into this decision. Most of it was time though. Taking classes has become more of a hinderance than a benefit at the moment. When most of my focus should have been on my business, I was having to rush around to finish homework and take tests.

I love school. I have become almost a career student but there has to be that tipping point where the classroom education no longer benefits your life in a way that helps a person reach their goals. I think for most people it is beneficial to get a degree; however, I have positioned myself in a way that it really does not matter either way.

Now, I have to make many more decisions that I am completely terrified of even looking at. Taking one step at a time and figuring it all out but in the end…rest assured that I will be in a better place.