Posts Categorized: Productivity

Startup Escape Plan: How to free up time, energy & money to build your future

When you stop working for the day, have you really gotten anywhere? Will the hours that you spent today still be paying off for you next week, next month, next year? If your answer is “No,” then you’re probably here because you’re somewhere on the left side of this spectrum: But you want to be… Read more »

“Done” should be spelled F-A-I-L

“It’s almost done, I just need to add this one more thing…” Whooooooa there. When you teach designers & developers to bootstrap their own product businesses, as I do, that’s a phrase you’ll hear a lot — and you’ll come to hear it (as I do) as the sound of a shotgun being removed from… Read more »

The problem with “accountability” in a nutshell.

When you attempt to outsource your self-control, this is what happens: You ask somebody to hold you accountable. They forget. You never achieve anything. OR. You ask somebody to hold you accountable. They don’t forget. You avoid them. OR. You ask somebody to hold you accountable. They don’t forget. You think to yourself, “They’re not… Read more »

Curing the Lie of the Big Win (and the Big Fail)

We’re surrounded by the stories — the mytharc, if you will — of The Big Win. (Also the Big Fail.) “Twitter succeeded because…” “I failed because…” I’m here to tell you: That’s largely a load of crap. If you want to know why — and if you want to know how I succeed at so… Read more »

Parenting Yourself: You Suck At It?

Context for the quote below: the “both situations” are a parent who tells a child “You must do your homework,” and a parent who sits down and takes on an equal role as the child. In both situations parents are using control, in the first case behavioral (sit down, do your math) and in the… Read more »

Why I Love Running My Bacon Biz

Just a quick list of reasons I’m grateful to own & run my own totally bootstrapped, customer-funded business: We take vacation whenever we want… …and for as long as we want, with an hour or two daily work, max (often less!) We choose who to work with We set our own hours We can work… Read more »

Sexy, simple calendars for your biz planning needs

Thomas and I are trying to get our shit together. Which is to say, we’re dreadfully disorganized, suck at habits, and routine, and not only is it making us irritating but it’s starting to affect our business. Bummer. Traditionally people like us (and, okay, us) try to patch this problem with software. But you can’t… Read more »

Happy Burnout

It’s Happy! It’s Burnout! It’s… Happy Burnout! (cc sizumaru) I love the controlled chaos of entrepreneurship. I love writing, marketing, scheming, reaching out to people. I’m a pop-outta-bed kinda girl, always looking forward to the big adventure. Except lately. Lately, there are days when I just can’t muster up the energy to choose what to… Read more »