My personal goal is to get more freedom. This especially means to spend time in the mountains and go biking and snowboarding more often. I really like outdoor sports and for me it is the best way to enjoy my time.
It is great to have some time for me – being for my own – or sharing it with friends. Anyway, I feel better after being outside. I always collect new impressions on the way and it just reboots my brain.
Living in Munich makes it super easy to be in the nature and in the mountains. The Alps are just an hour away and you are in Austria, Italy and Switzerland in no time.
Currently I’m trying to be in the mountains once a week. This is kind of the minimum over the next year and I will try to increase it over time.
This is all about taking time for me: Me Time. It will make me more effective after returning, help me to focus and to kick butts.
As I wrote, I’ve tried Upwork and think it’s great. It is amazing when you get work from the table, which would only bother you and have it done by someone else. The process is super easy – especially if you find a talented freelancer: Define what you need, choose a freelancer who meets the requirements, clarify some questions and wait for the results.
Another benefit of outsourcing is that you have to get very specific what you want. You can’t just start working, only to realize that your goals aren’t clear. This happens, because often it is easier to start with something – e.g. writing – than to plan it. Working with a freelancer forces you to make it clear what you want and what the goal is.
I want to outsource more of the writing tasks, because I feel it takes me too long. This includes copy and article writing, as well as proofreading.
Furthermore, I have already found a superb virtual assistant I’ve worked with and looking forward to get more administration tasks done by her.
I’m working on a digital service – an online course, to be more specific – and the timeline is pretty tight. So I really want to work very effectively.
There are some tools I use a lot: Evernote for all kind of notes, brainstorming and bookmarks. Wunderlist for personal management. WordPress, of course. Lastpass as an awesome solution for the password problem. And others.
But the whole thing calls for more. I need streamlined processes and systems. Here is what I want to try in the next weeks.
Currently I write down topics, ideas and content for a video course. In the next step I will make a draft of a video script. This will be sent to a writer, who I will hire via Upwork. Then the video will be recorded. Probably I’ll do the voice-over myself or outsource it to a professional speaker.
The video will be available at Udemy, which I will use for the first time. The idea is to make a free course to get feedback from the customers. I will also try to push this by providing digital giveaways in exchange for feedback. Based on these insights I will create a payed course.
I’m especially curious about Upwork, which I’ve tried once and really amazes me. It is pretty cool to have someone who does your work, sitting somewhere in the world. You can focus on more important stuff and she will be happy to support you. Plus, it is not very expensive.
Furthermore I like to try Trello as a project management tool. I’ve heard some good words about it and the visual way of organizing stuff is something I like.
This is a quick sketch of my system. There are a lot of ideas in my head, how to improve it and I’m excited to develop it along the road.
I am constantly excited about new things. When I dip my toes into unknown terrain, I often can’t resist to jump right into it and enjoy the time in the “flow” state. In general I think that is a positive characteristic. But on the other hand, I get bored fast. This is, why many project end as quickly as I started them.
Focusing on one thing could really help. You have one goal and one project you are working on. No other distractions, no overwhelming work load.
My One Thing for the next twelve month is to get more freedom. This means more financial freedom but especially more freedom in choosing when and where to work.
I do not make this more specific. This is somehow a compromise between selecting one thing and staying flexible. Because I can not make a final decision regarding my business model. It will include stock and option trading and digital services in some way. But I want to try some different things and see how it works.
To get more focused during this year, I will set a priority project every week. Plus, I will not work on more then two projects at the same time – and only if it makes sense and is possible.
The next step will be to start the first (side-)projects and fill up my bank account to finance 4 month without income.
Let’s get started!
Everybody has good and bad habits. Of course we all want to get rid of the bad ones, but ever so often we struggle with it. This is, because it is a hard thing and takes time. It can’t be done in one day or a week. Only if we can abandon bad habits for a longer time we are successful.
If I could replace a bad habit it would be my impatience. I can almost only focus on things which provide instant feedback and gratification. It is very hard for me to endure long projects, where the results are unclear or far away.
In the good sense this makes me always interested in new things. I am keen on learning and exploring the unknown. But most of the time I do not dive to deep in it, because it bores me just too fast.
The stock market is thus very fun and rewarding for me. You see very quickly if you are successful or not. Ok, there are times when everything just moves around the same level – these are the bad times -, but they are rarely.
Within the big picture, however, it is not satisfying. Even in the area of trading it is not always great to be impatient.
So what can I do to get rid of this habit?
I think the best way to improve impatience is to focus on the high level goals. The reason why you do something. It’s important to define and visualize this goal. The next step is to make detailed plans how to reach it. What are the most important steps and milestones?
By this, you have a destination and a map that guides you. Whenever it gets difficult along the way, you can refer to your overall goal and think about the joy and positive expectations connected with it. This will help to endure the hard parts of the journey.
I will improve my personal impatience within the next month and work more organized. This means defining clear high level goals and planing the individual steps. The plan will also include due dates to make it more accountable. The focus of every action is to reach the goal.
Even the longest trip starts with a small step. Let’s start and stay patient until we reach our goals.
All this digital stuff is awesome! But social media networks, besides being fun and somehow helpful, are eating our time.
I will leave Facebook alone for the next week. No updates, no timeline endless scrolling. Lets see how it is.
Less hustle more productiveness. Enough digital stuff for today. I’m out!
In the world of Web 2.0 and cloud software, things have really become easy. There are lots of great tools. Among them are Evernote, Google Docs, Trello, Asana and more.
But one of the greatest tools out there is Wunderlist.
Of course it syncs all your devices and looks good on any platform. However, the reason I like it so much is its simplicity. It is just a simple todo list.
You create tasks and organize them in lists. That is the basic concept. But then there are the other featers, which are subtle but awesome. You can add notes to the tasks, due dates, reminders and so on. Star the most important tasks and get a priority list, which includes tasks from any other list. Use hashtags to add further information and categories.
Wunderlist is nice and easy to use. Simple but with endless features. And its free.
This is why its The One Tool for me.