No More Filing Cabinet: 25 Online Filing Systems for Web Workers

Monday, December 10, 2007 at 2:42am by Site Administrator

Whether you work from home or have a separate office space for meeting up with clients, your work area is probably cluttered with loose documents, disorganized filing cabinets and messy paperwork. Web workers are on the computer most of the day anyway, so why not transfer all of your files onto a Web-based system? Read below for 25 online filing systems that will make your life much easier.

  1. Files Anywhere: This popular filing tool provides features like easy-to-use upload and delivery functions, secure encryption services, file sharing options and much more.
  2. Xdrive: Xdrive offers up to 5GB of free online storage to its users. Back up important files, and access all of your uploads from any computer, no matter where you are.
  3. FileCroc: Once you’ve organized your files online for yourself, you can use FileCroc to share documents, images, videos, software programs and other files with your business associates.
  4. Your File Link: Store large documents and images at Your File Link, a system which provides "both fast uploading and downloading times" and a secure connection.
  5. Box: This filing favorite offers free online file storage, Internet file sharing and more. Box gives users the option of setting up an individual, business or enterprise account, depending on your company needs.
  6. FileSend: Web workers will love the fast, hassle-free delivery system from FileSend. FileSend hosts your files and lets you select the e-mail addresses you want your documents to be sent to.
  7. Hotlink Files: Hotlink Files is "your hard disk on the net." Users can store and share files, including photos and videos which can be backed up for maximum protection.
  8. Savefile: If you need to share and collaborate on many different projects at once, use Savefile to upload your files. All files will be given links that others can use to download the documents.
  9. Upload Jar: Your files will never be deleted on Upload Jar, a free file hosting service that maximizes online storage space.
  10. FileXoom: This service is "the largest host that allows direct linking." A free account will grant users up to 2GB of of free file uploads, including mp3s, documents and photos.
  11. .ionEngine: Advanced Web workers should try out .ionEngine to organize their huge lists of downloads and files.
  12. Haizon File Renamer: This "industrial-level file sorter, file organizer [and] file renamer" automatically renames your files based on their content, and then organizes them into different folders.
  13. Atlast! File Notes Organizer 3.5: This shareware download organizes and catalogs all of your files, including photos, videos and audio files.
  14. FileWind: FileWind features unlimited storage and downloads, and claims to have a fast connection and around the clock system support.
  15. FileMatrix: The FileMatrix doesn’t just organize your files online. It’s also a file manager, allowing you to rewrite and redesign image filers and effects, backup files, automate file copy, and more.
  16. HTTP Commander 6.0: This Microsoft-compatibile filing system features file management capabilities like moving, copying, deleting and renaming, as well as search options and a Files and Folders MetaData tool, which allows Web workers to customize their files’ advanced properties.
  17. WebFileExplorer: The WebFileExplorer can be used remotely, so that you can access your files even when you’re away from the office.
  18. File Folder Organizer 3 3.14: Windows users can organize files online with this software solution.
  19. Web-a-File: This remote access file storage center and manager backs up your files in a "reliable data center" and is so flexible that "you can use any Internet device, host, provider, browser and location around the world to access your files."
  20. Furl: If you stumble across a Web page with an inspirational design or idea, save a copy to Furl, "your personal Web file." This system also lets you share your saved files and search for sites that others may have found interesting.
  21. Click2File: Whether you’re a contractor or someone’s supervisor, you could probably use some straightening out all your tax-related documents. Use Click2File to organize your documents online and pay them electronically when the time comes.
  22. Basecamp: Basecamp is generally used for its excellent project management and collaboration capabilities, but its file sharing and storage features are also useful. Keep track of important documents, pay sheets, and other office records in one stop with this online tool.
  23. MediaMax: Streamload’s MediaMax is "the best online storage on the Web." Users can take advantage of the 25GB of free storage, secure backup system, and file sharing options.
  24. Scribd: Scribd is an excellent tool for Web workers who want to store and publish and embed their files online. An unlimited number of files of any size are accepted.
  25. iDC File Manager: Features of the iDC file manager include compatibility with all browsers, a built-in search facility, no file size transfer limits, and a secure file sharing system.

Converting your papers and documents into online files is a way to securely and effectively protect your business and communicate with clients and vendors. Try out any of these 25 online filing systems in order to clean up your office and help your business grow.

Tips for Digital Entrepreneurs: Better Blogging

Friday, November 30, 2007 at 6:30pm by Site Administrator

Other Reasons for Editorial Calendars
I’ve previously written in a number of blogs about how an editorial calendar can help you stay on track when building a blog full of great content, whether for your business or otherwise. Usually, I’ve looked at the use of an editorial calendar from a mostly self-centric view, about how it helps writers, editors and even ad sales reps. But Maki of DoshDosh has an excellent (as always) article about increasing your readership with an editorial calendar. In the article, he points out that having somewhat predictable content can create anticipation in your readers and thus get them to subscribe. Maki also lays out a long list of the kind of content you can produce.

Being a Better Blogger
Of course, just having an editorial calendar or a general plan isn’t sufficient. Being a good blogger involves many factors. To wit, Nathania Johnson at Copyblogger offers a look at improvisational acting techniques that make you a better blogger.

Establishing Your Authority, Spread Your Ideas
While you build your skills as a better blogger, you also establish your authority with your excellent content. Chris Garrett offers some tips for how to spread your great ideas and knowledge through blogging.

Sayonnara and So Long
By the way, this will be my last post at Bootstrapper. It’s been simultaneously fun and challenging by degrees. However, my career destiny appears to lie in another type of writing and creating, and I need to move along the closest path for once, after seventeen years of putting off the filmmaking goal. But all those big resource lists written by the Bootstrapper other writers will continue to appear here, as far as I know.

Tips for Digital Entrepreneurs: Link Building and Deep-Linking

Friday, November 30, 2007 at 4:30pm by Site Administrator

If your business relies on an online presence, you’ve probably already considered having a blog for your business website – possibly to boostrap your business with ad revenue. (Though the success of that really depends on your market as well as what you’re “selling”.)

As you probably already know, blogging isn’t about merely writing an article here and there at random. At least, not if you want some success out of the effort. I’ve already written about this a fair bit and don’t want to rehash it. I do want to point out that I believe critical thinking is important for entrepreneurs, especially for any work in the digital domain.

Particularly important to building the value of your website articles is the practice of deep linking, a subject I’ve written about extensively, as part of “link building”, at a number of places, especially Search Engine Journal.

Link building is important because it’s the act of any effort taken to get other “good” websites to link back to your site, especially particular articles. The link building effort also contributes to improving your site’s authority and “relevance” in the search engines for your chosen niche topic.

In a nutshell, the key purpose of good link building in any given article is to offer relevance to the reader. Link to relevant and worthwhile articles – both elsewhere and your own site – and in ways that are preferably seamless.

Whether or not a particular search engine will assign a measure of relevance to your article depends on their own algorithms, but you should still try to cater to the reader first. So when you write and when you link out to other sites and deep link to your own articles, put yourself in the place of the reader. Does the link you’ve used seem relevant to the context of the sentence, the paragraph, the article? Answer that question satisfactorily and you’ll likely be a better link builder.

50 Useful Blogs for Work-at-Home Dads

Friday, November 30, 2007 at 2:19am by Site Administrator

Work-at-home moms get a lot of credit for balancing their careers, family and chores all at the same time. But what about work-at-home dads? Dads who choose to stay at home with the kids face the same responsibilities that moms do, but their challenges are often overlooked. Not anymore. Here, we honor 50 useful blogs that focus on work-at-home dads and their unique lifestyle.

Most Popular

Check out these immensely popular blogs written by work-at-home dads.

  1. Work-at-home Dad: Ty Tribble is an entrepreneur, husband and father who works from home. He writes about everything from sports to business to the home office, giving support to other WAHDs online.
  2. DevDad.com: At DevDad.com, readers will find posts about a young “stay-at-home Dad, geek style”. Find articles that combine parenting issues and technology for a clever approach to the sweet life.
  3. Stay-at-home, work-at-home Dad: This stay-at-home dad is also his son’s homeschool teacher. Read about his adventures with homework, playtime and more.
  4. Rebel Dad: Learn more about the “stay-at-home dad revolution” by checking out Rebel Dad. Get tips on starting your own dads’ group, read articles about taking your kids to the doctor and more.
  5. At Home Daddy: This SAHD talks about raising the kids, doing what “the boss lady” says, and many more adventures.
  6. work-at-home Dad: This Irish dad is married with four children. Read posts about blogging, fatherhood, technology, chores and homework. This dad does it all!
  7. House Dad Chronicles: This father shares delicious recipes that are always a hit at his house.
  8. KC Home Dad: This Kansas City stay-at-home dad reveals secrets for finding balance and contentment with a life lived at home.
  9. Christian work-at-home Dads: This popular blog discusses family, community, business, health and technology, all from a religious perspective. CWAHD also publishes job listings and allows readers the chance to submit their own articles.
  10. Joeprah: Anecdotes of a stay-at-home Dad: Joeprah’s blog serves as a place where stay-at-home dads can connect. Use the forum to tell your happiest and most miserable child rearing stories, or check out Joeprah’s own stories and advice about doing the chores, ignoring conventional child rearing rules, and just about everything else.
  11. Long Island Dad: This blog is about how one SAHD is “navigating the waters of parenting and life” on Long Island. Recent titles include “Study Shows…Men Need Naps!” and “Parents are More Than Blood Relatives.”
  12. A Man Among Mommies: Techie dad Todd is a WAHD who consistently finds himself the only man among mommies, whether he’s taking the kids to swimming lessons, the library, or picking them up from school.
  13. A Family Runs Through It: Lighthearted posts on A Family Runs Through It also offer up advice and reviews about homeschooling, parenting and books.
  14. SillyDad.com!: This dad doesn’t let staying home with his kids all day keep him from pursuing a successful writing and website career.
  15. Dads Stay Home: Join in the discussions on this site’s forums to connect with a larger community of SAHDs. Recent posts include “Do You Cook Thanksgiving Dinner?”

Support and Advice

Stay-at-home dads need a lot of support when it comes to managing a work-life balance, looking after the kids, and keeping up with household chores. Turn to these bloggers for the support and advice that will get you through the week.

  1. Where Boys Fear to Tread: Find out how this father of two copes with seemingly simple tasks like grocery shopping, play dates and more.
  2. Seattle Stay-at-Home Dads: If you live in the Seattle, WA, area, consider joining up with this network of SAHDs for support, social events and advice.
  3. Julie Ann Bonner: This work-at-home mom dispenses valuable advice for moms and dads who work from home, blogging, parenting and more.
  4. The stay-at-home Dad Site: This blog provides excellent resources for dads who need tips on cooking, cleaning and keeping their kids occupied all day long.
  5. eMoms at Home: eMoms at home supports a “Dad Balance” portal that provides “tips, advice and discussions for working Dads trying to find a healthy balance between their career and their family.” Readers will also find resources for running an Internet business or freelancing career.
  6. Adventures of a Stay-at-Home Dad: This father quit his 9-to-5 job to stay-at-home and raise the kids. Read about his efforts to provide for his family financially by starting his own business.
  7. Syracuse.com: At-Home Dads: This blog, supported by the Syracuse.com website, is full of news, statistics and stories about the SAHD lifestyle.
  8. The Lazy HouseHusband: Check out what really goes on in a day of the life of an online entrepreneur and his three children.
  9. African American Dad: This blog offers valuable, warm-hearted support for African American dads and their families. Read posts about books, movies, race, the media and even motherhood.
  10. Daddyshack: This blog gives at-home dads a chance to talk about more than just their kids. Find posts about cars, celebrities and sports.
  11. Chief Home Officer: Visit this blog for tips on how to turn your home business into a successful career. Readers will also find lots of terrific resources for setting up a home office, taking care of their families and more.
  12. Just a Dad: This father of four discusses what it’s like to raise his children while managing a successful website and blogging career.
  13. D.A.D. Blog This: D.A.D. stands for “Do as Directed,” a command this young working father is used to saying and obeying.
  14. EntrepreneurDad’s work-at-home Blog: Find advice about parenting, starting your own company, and marketing, networking and more on the site’s forums.
  15. DadBloggers: This online community of blogging dads lets dads from all over submit posts about parenting, work, family life and more.

Parenting Issues

For more advice on how to raise the kids, take a look at these blogs that tackle parenting issues.

  1. Modern Day Dad: SAHDs are faced with all kinds of stereotypes from old-fashioned skeptics. Check out this blog to find out how a modern day dad deals with the criticism and keeps the focus on family.
  2. Occupation: Dad: This former teacher is now a father and husband. Read about issues like adoption, sickness and even the tooth fairy.
  3. The (Only) Man of the House: This dedicated dad stay home with the kids during the day and goes to work at his TV station job at night. Find out how he manages his hectic schedule.
  4. Daddy Detective and Queen Bug: If any of you dads have trouble understanding your daughters, check out this blog that attempts to “decipher” the random clues of parenting.
  5. Disney Family: Discover the “answers to everyday family life, including entertainment, parenting, coupons” and more. The site is full of kids’ movie reviews, recipes, and parenting advice, but don’t neglect to check out RandCooper’s family blog for hilarious stories about his struggle to manage a writing career and a family.
  6. Another At-Home Dad: This former college professor is now a stay-at-home dad. Read well-written posts about getting crafty with the kids, sending the little ones off the school and more.
  7. Parent Hacks: This popular blog is full of “real-world parenting tips from real parents.” When you’re having trouble with your kids, chances are, this blog can give you the advice you’re looking for.
  8. I’m Not a Slacker: Whoever thinks full-time parenting is an easy job, they haven’t checked out this blog, written by “a guy who didn’t outsource parenting.”
  9. DadCenter: DadCenter features parenting posts “with a Dad-centric bias.” Catch up on “Daddy News,” sports, health issues, tech tips, financial issues and other WAHD stories.
  10. The Daily Daddy Blog: This blog is sponsored by the site Dadviser, which encourages men to “be a better dad.” Take the personal development challenges, read posts about relationships and parenting, and get tips on maintaining a healthy work-life balance.
  11. Family Man Blog: The Family Man Online is a great resource for finding articles about parenting, catching up on all the news related to kids, education, health and families, and discussing important (and hilarious) issues on the discussion forums.
  12. Stay-at-home Parents: This blog from Suite101 focuses on moms and dads whose concerns include “calculating the cost of working, transitioning from work to home, living on one income and exploring work-at-home opportunities.”

Other

These helpful resources share money making opportunities for the work-at-home crowd, parenting tips for raising children and entrepreneur-related articles for managing the home office.

  1. BossFreeDad.com: This website provides stay-at-home dads with opportunities to make extra money for their families.
  2. Web Worker Daily: Online entrepreneurs, designers, developers and bloggers will benefit from the tips and articles posted on this site.
  3. Work It: a blog for Working Moms: Get inside your wife’s head for a few minutes each day by checking out the posts on this great blog. You’ll get a little more insight on what it’s like to spend time away from the kids, come home to a dirty (or clean!) house, and more.
  4. Career and Kids: While this blog often focuses on professionals who work at an office outside the home, stay-at-home dads will love the articles about preparing kids for life after school, time management, nurturing your career as well as your family, and setting goals for yourself.
  5. work-at-home Business Opportunities: Get ideas for making extra money through a home-based business. Readers will find articles on entrepreneurship, economics, and Internet marketing.
  6. Work From Home Blog: This blog is “all about working from home.” Recent titles include “Turning a Hobby Into an Income” and “How to Avoid Work-From-Home Scams.”
  7. Home Office Envy: If you’re considering becoming a work-at-home dad, read this blog that outlines the pros of setting up a home office.
  8. Daddy Forever: Laugh along with this dad as he shares tales from his lively household. Recent posts include “Seven Things I Learned from My Daughter” and “Grandma is Scary.”

Who says work-at-home dads aren’t as fun or cool as work-at-home moms? Share your stories and adventures with the bloggers on this list, who understand what it’s like to manage a home, a family and a career day after day.


Entrepreneurial Tips: Separating Wants From Needs – or – How to Learn Hard Business Lessons

Monday, November 26, 2007 at 3:15pm by Site Administrator

Between 1993 and 2002, I’ve started and run at least five businesses of my own, sometimes by accident or even by request: monthly print magazine, band management, band bookings, concert promoter, and mobile recording studio owner, in that order. That doesn’t include my web consulting nor what I’m doing now, as an online publisher since 2005, which has been more fruitful than all the other businesses combined.

None of the early businesses succeeded financially, but for all primarily different reasons. Though there was one factor that helped sink them all: not being able to separate wants from needs. This violates a major principle of bootstrapping cashflow: getting overwhelmingly into debt when there’s little or no revenue. Keep this in mind as you read this brief history of my business startups.

1. The Magazine
The magazine was a critical success, though it was hard to sell advertising while simultaneously trying to do a Master’s degree. When my degree supervisor came to me and said I had to choose to focus on the degree (research was already completed) or the part-time, poorly paid job he’d given me, I choose to take a full-time job as a technical writer – a job I landed in part because of my magazine publishing efforts. But having to work long hours over the next two years led to my magazine folding – since I still couldn’t find committed ad sales reps who also wouldn’t lie about what they’d been up to. Also because I wanted to compete with a magazine I used to work for that published biweekly. A big mistake.

2. Band Management and Concert Booking
After the magazine folded, I somehow ended up managing the bands of some of my writing staff – by request. That turned into booking shows at local nightclubs, including up and coming Canadian acts. Before I knew it, I was fully or partly involved in managing something like 40 bands, plus jointly helping another manager with another 20 bands.

All of that resulted in additional money down the drain, primarily because the town I booked most of the shows in was in a recession. Clubgoers would rather fork over $5-10 to hear a DJ play recorded music than $3 to see an act they never heard of. That’s a very important economic detail that I wasn’t aware of as affecting the entertainment industry. But I’d want to seem like a big shot and had bought six months worth of advertising in the local college newspaper, as well as booking increasingly more expensive acts. A big mistake.

3. Web Consulting
Both the band management and the local concert booking efforts went down the drain, not to mention making my co-workers jealous, despite my financial losses. This contributed partly to losing my job – but not before I’d become a webmaster and not only gone back to my computer programming routes but seeded my love for working online.

I took a couple of salaried jobs in Toronto and area after that, but eventually struck out on my own as a consultant again – this time for web development. I got in in 1989, before the 2001 bubble burst, and did relatively well, ending up in Atlanta, Georgia, in 2000. Except I didn’t study the North American Free Trade Act properly before proceeding.

4. First Attempt at Moviemaking
I was doing so well in Atlanta and loving the work at the Weather Channel, that I wanted explore my old desire of making movies. I found a young aspiring actor who resembled James Dean. I had a screenplay from a friend back in Canada, and I purchased a low-end Sony camcorder to add to my collection of four still cameras. I also purchased cheap video editing software for my then high-end laptops, eight TV sets, VCRs, and other equipment.

This moviemaking venture was nipped in the bud when I returned to Canada in early September 2000 to visit my mother and was refused entry back into the U.S. Not only did I lose an incredible contract working with great people and a fascinating opportunity (heavy weather phenomena), all of my belongings were left behind in Atlanta. My landlord and his wife – who was once one of my workmates – never returned my phone calls or email.

So that was the end of not only $30,000 worth of equipment but the loss of about 100 music compositions on my laptops. Once again, my wants overtook my needs. I didn’t need ALL of that equipment (however, I’d already had some of it when I went to Atlanta). This business was over really before it started.

5. Music Composing and the Mobile Studio
By this point you’re probably wondering how many times one entrepreneur can make the same mistake. Wait, there’s more.

I licked my financial wounds back in Canada and managed to land some interesting web consulting contracts, but nothing as exciting as the work I did for the Weather Channel, nor as lucrative. (Canadian companies never want to pay me as well as I can get in the U.S.)

Still, my long-term interest in music, as well as my original desire to be involved in movies led to my laying down five figures – mostly on credit – to buying a couple of racks of home studio recording gear, nine guitars and basses, and five synthesizers – including reputedly the only copy in Canada of an Alesis synth that was digital replica of old analog style synths. Cost: about $5000.

Result: almost none of my musician friends and acquaintances thought much of the idea of my going to their homes/ practice lofts and recording a few of their songs for free. They wondered what my motivation was.

6. Digital Entrepreneur
After 9/11 and the burst of the online bubble, I lost my “sure” contract and subsequently had trouble getting computer consulting work, even with my skills and having authored a book. Once again, my business wants seemed to overrule my business needs and cost me dearly. I had to sell off my recording equipment at maybe thirty cents on the dollar (not including the cost of the various loans).

Jaded about consulting, I eventually found my way into digital entrepreneuring and online publishing. While I’m not making anywhere close to what I did as a web consultant in Atlanta, I’m enjoying this “startup”, have some freedom of projects, and opportunities that if successful will earn me beyond what I’ve made in the past.

What am I doing differently? Two things. Firstly, I’m doing mostly partnered projects – beyond my freelancing. Secondly and most importantly, I’m not allowing my business “wants” overtake my business needs. In other words, I’m bootstrapping my cash flow the right way.

15 Websites and Blogs For a Well-Rounded Entrepreneurial Education

Sunday, November 25, 2007 at 11:00pm by Site Administrator

Here at Bootstrapper, we’ve previously published some pretty large lists of resources of interest to entrepreneurs and bootstrappers. But if you’re time-crunched, you probably can’t read 100 entrepreneurship sites with any regularity. With that in mind, and in no particular order, here’s our shortlist of sites that we recommend you try to read regularly. Taken as a whole, we feel that you’ll get a considerably broad view of business, entrepreneurshp, and career success.

Seth Godin1. Seth Godin. Seth Godin is a respected marketing guru who writes in a very accessible style – both on his blog and in his many ebooks and print books. While he’s not strictly writing for boostrapping entrepreneurs, what he can teach you will be valuable, especially to digital entrepreneurs.



Guy Kawasaki2. How to Change the World. Guy Kawasaki interviews a lot of successful business people as well as imparts his own knowledge. His content is also very evergreen, so if you don’t have time to read his articles one week, you can always catch up later.




Entrepreneur’s Journey3. Entrepreneur’s Journey. Yaro Starak’s Entrepreneur’s Journey has long been an incredible resource for entrepreneurs working either offline or online. And Yaro has managed to prove that a blogger can produce a comfortable income with by working only a few hours a day. As well, he’s leveraged his successes into a number of other businesses, on and offline, including two subscription content sites.



Copyblogger4. Copyblogger. While you don’t need formal copywriting training, persuasive communication skills go a long way towards business success, especially if you’re a digital entrepreneur. Brian Clark’s Copyblogger shows the way, offering solid communications knowledge by example.



Instigator Blog5. Instigator Blog. If I were forced to pick one business-related blog to read regularly, it would be Ben Yoskovitz’s Instigator Blog hands down. He might resort to lists – which some people don’t like – but his lists are meaty, full of details that impart his considerable business knowledge.




Startup Spark6. Startup Spark. Startup Spark was started by Ben Yoskovitz of Instigator Blog (above), but he’s passed the reins to focus on his second web startup company. It’s been in good hands with various bloggers – currently Shannon Cherry. It’s also the home of the popular blog carnival, Carnival of Entrepreneurs.



Bootstrap Me7. Bootstrap Me. Shawn Hessinger’s Bootstrap Me regularly offers insight into bootstrapping, as well as online entrepreneuring and reviews of the business segment of the blogosphere.





College Startup8. College Startup. You’re never too young to start a business, and during college is an ideal time, what with access to many young, open minds to whom you can pitch your ideas and products. College Startup is aimed at the budding College Entrepreneur.




Business Pundit9. Business Pundit. By all accounts, Business Pundit‘s Rob has a degree in business and really gets indepth about business principles, with a mix of case studies, interviews, marketing tips and much more.





Blogtrepreneur10. Blogtrepreneur. As indicated in the College Startup writeup above, you’re never too young to be interested in business. Adnan of Blogtrepreneur admits he’s still in high school, yet has built a successful blog that focuses on blog/ Internet entrepreneuring. In fact, the blog, which was an experiment in bootstrapping, is up for sale and likely to get a lot of interest.



AOL Small Business11. AOL Small Business. The AOL Small Business website is, as the name suggests, focused on small business, but it has a wealth of articles about successful entrepreneurs of all ages, as well as case studies of startup principles.




BNET12. BNET. The BNET site offers a wealth of business-related articles, including a library, that relate management, strategy, startup and general business principles. True, some of these articles are aimed at medium to larger businesses, but an entrepreneur who blinds themselves to future possibilities is doomed to be stuck in “small” business mode.



Lifehacker13. Lifehacker. The Lifehacker blog, while about productivity, tends towards tips and tricks about using software for work tasks, whether you work offline or online. It’s a must-read for picking up both software and general productivity tips.




Lifehack.org14. Lifehack.org. Lifehack.org is the perfect complement to to Lifehacker. While there is some overlap in the two blogs, Lifehack.org tends towards general life and work productivity tips, not necessarily just about software.




Zen Habits15. Zen Habits. Leo Babauta, a guest on many blogs including the aforementioned Lifehack.org, has achieved an incredible success with his Zen Habits blog. Don’t let the name bother you – it’s not a religious blog. Rather, it’s a blog about simple productivity tips and achieving the appropriate habits necessary for general career success.



True, they’re not all strictly “bootstrapping” sites, but should give you a well-rounded view of business, entrepreneuring, work and life productivity necessary to succeed as a bootstrapper.

[Disclosure: I do have some sort of connection to a few of these sites and bloggers, either in terms of being a friend, colleague or contributor, though that's actually a result of my respect for the bloggers, not the other way around.]

What Do You Really Want To Do In Life?

Tuesday, November 20, 2007 at 8:00am by Site Administrator

Yaro Starak of Entrepreneur’s Journey, whom I often quote/ refer to here, asks what would you do if money did not matter? Have you thought about that, especially in terms of business/ career? Yaro also asks what you’d do if money was all you cared about, and goes on to say that blogging is then a poor choice.

My experience is that a large percentage of people would indicate wanting to do something other than what they’re currently doing. As Yaro points out, some people would say they’d take lots of holidays. Others actually say “nothing.” These are often the people that either haven’t thought about it or are afraid to pursue their dreams.

A lot of people talk about procrastination and GTD (Get Things Done), but I always find I have problems with GTS (Getting Things Started). Something I learned very early in my writing career is that writing about something not only helps you to learn about it but often motivates you to learn even more, sparks a career passion.

That said, if you are in an inbetween stage where you are thinking about a career change and know what you’d like to, blogging can still help you. It might or might not earn you enough to bootstrap your startup business, but it will help you towards becoming an authority in your chosen niche. That in turn might lead to the opportunities you need to launch your startup. With or without revenue, blogging can bootstrap your career.

Entrepreneur and Productivity Roundup – Mon Nov 19, 2007

Monday, November 19, 2007 at 8:00pm by Site Administrator

Social Networking for Entrepreneurs
If you have a website where you publish regular fresh content (articles, videos, etc.), such as a blog for your business, social networking is a must. However, with hundreds of social networking/ social media sites out there, you have to pick the right ones for your niche. To that end, check out BootstrapMe’s social networking toolbox and Tropical SEO’s list of niche social sites that send traffic.

Never Too Old For Business Success?
Freya Bletsoe (Sykes?) at Small Business Branding asks what’s the right age to start a business. She offers some of the benefits and advantages of both young and old age groups.

But if you’re one of those over-30 entrepreneurs that always feels that time is ticking away for your business success, seeing “Top 20 Under 30 Entrepreneur” type lists probably don’t help. Don’t fret. Successful entrepreneurs are typically older – in their 50s and 60s. But even that might put some of you in a fret, worrying that you don’t have time to “make it”, depending on how old you are.

Well then check out this gallery of 8 entrepreneurs over 80, involved in several different markets. If this doesn’t ease your stress over an imaginary ticking “success” clock, probably nothing will.

Downloadable Shopping Maps
With Google’s current bids for wireless spectrum and indications that mobile marketing will be heating up in the next few years, consumers will have a lot of useful mobile applications to look forwards to. But until they’re commonplace, you have things like downloadable shopping maps [via Business Opportunities]. Currently they’re only for Sydney, Australia, but what do you want a bet more cities will follow suit?

10 Magazine-Style Website Themes for Entrepreneurial Online Publishers

Sunday, November 18, 2007 at 9:00pm by Site Administrator

If you’ve decided to start an online publishing business, you have many choices, including static niche-focused sites, subscription content, and blogs, all of which we’ve discussed here. Another option is to build an online magazine, preferably one related to your startup market.

The problem is that, until recently, the type of CMS (Content Management System) needed to produce an impressive online magazine would set you back at least $100,000, if not literally a million. And then you have to factor in “seat licenses” for every person who would be using the software. That’s way too much for most online publishers, aspiring or otherwise.

Enter WordPress (aka WP), reputedly the most used platform blogs. Despite that, WordPress is nearly as powerful as most of the high-end CMSes that I assessed in the late 90s for large companies. And it’s free, Open Source software. (At least for the present.) It’s also quite capable of present a magazine-like website, as the sudden explosion of magazine-like WP themes will attest to.

If you do have designs on an online magazine, you need a good layout to match. There are actually quite a number to choose from, and some of them are discussed briefly below, with snapshots. Please note that some of these themes require WP 2.3+ versions, which to me is a huge disappointment due to serious changes in the database schema that are incompatible with earlier versions of WordPress.

The Shortlist
Being included here is not an endorsement of any particular theme and not a snub of others. I’m including those that I’ve either tried, read about a fair bit, or simply caught my eye.

Revolution magazine theme for wordpress1. Revolution. The original Revolution theme is one of my early favorites and I had no trouble shelling out a few dollars for a licensed copy that I could install multiple times – and tweak to my heart’s content. The theme is by Brian Gardner, whose free WP themes you can find at Performancing.

The main Revolution site has a wealth of tutorials on how to use the theme and customize it. It’s robust enough to show several variations. Check out Hot Togs and Curry Elvis for a couple of examples. As with most of the themes in this list, you can take Revolution and make it yours by tweaking.

There are a number of different licensing options, so check out what’s most appropriate for your needs.

Revolution Magazine theme for WordPress2. Revolution News, Magazine, Sports. Shortly after the success of Revolution, Brian released his Revolution News, Magazine and Sports themes, which are essentially variations on the same idea, but do have distinct layouts. While I purchased a copy of the Magazine theme, I haven’t yet implemented it. These are much more magazine-y than the original Revolution, and the Magazine variation has a space set out for a “featured video”.

The licensing options for these three themes are different than for the original theme. If you want any of these for multiple use, it’ll cost you more.

The only drawback I’ve found with the four Revolution themes is that the default mode uses their logos, which you will not want for your sites. Most of the other themes here instead use the name of your WordPress blog automatically.

The Morning After (TMA) WordPress magazine theme3. TMA – The Morning After. TMA , by Arun Kale, is another of my favorite WP magazine themes, which you can see implemented with slight layout variations at CallStyle and PopSofa. Details on customizing this free theme are available on the main page. Besides the general layout, it has a very “online magazine” feel to it, with well-integrated layout components.

What I really like about it is the Feature and Asides components. It’s also relatively easy to move the chunks around, if you are familiar enough with the PHP coding used by WordPress. I’ve also taken the Asides code from here and implemented it in another magazine theme, Mimbo, discussed below. The only thing I don’t like about this is how blockquotes appear out of the box. However, of all the free themes, it’s my favorite.

Mimbo magazine theme for WordPress4. Mimbo. I really love Mimbo, by Darren Hoyt, for sites with lots of images. But there are a few kinks I found while customizing an implementation, including category archive pages showing as the home page instead. (But in all fairness, they work on the demo site; just not for me.)

Note that the name Mimbo means “male bimbo”, and that this theme is ideal for a fashion mag or something in the entertainment or pop culture vein. On the other hand, a very attractive implementation can be found at Cycling Challenge (which I have nothing to do with). I have taken the “Asides” section of TMA (above) and replicated it – something I intend to do with on some Revolution installs.

Your Revolution magazine theme for WordPress5. Your Revolution. Adii (Adriian Pienaar) released three magazine-style themes, though I’m not sure if Your Revolution is first or second. This one has a slight resemblance to Brian Gardner’s Revolution News theme in terms of layout, but uses a completely different color theme out of the box.

The list price is $79, but since I don’t own a copy, I can’t say how easy it is to customize. It’s not one of my favorites, though color themes are always a personal choice. I’ll take a guess that

Blockmag magazine theme for WordPress6. Blockmag. The Blockmag theme is also by Adii, and I prefer this one over his Your Revolution, especially in terms of layout. Both are available for sale, along with a number of other themes by Adii.

Maybe it’s the demo and the demo colors, but I find that this theme might be more suitable to something in the art vein – possibly for selling art online, if  you have an arts magazine to go with it.





Premimum News/ magazine theme for WordPress7. Premium News Theme. The Premium News Theme is the third of Adii’s magazine themes. I find this one to be the most attractive of the three, very professional, and ideal for sites with lots of photos and videos. In fact, there’s a built-in video player.

It’s very sexy and crisp, and the homepage layout makes me think of a print magazine masthead, with large snippets of photos. I might just have to shell out the $99 for it – but that only covers a single use. Like some of the other paid themes, if you want to use it on multiple sites, there’s an extra flat cost.

Grid Focus magazine theme for WordPress8. Grid Focus. Grid Focus is very minimalist, with a strong black and white, 3-column theme, tempered with a bit of gray. It leaves a fair bit of room for customization.

What’s interesting is that the navigation bar is duplicated at the bottom of the page. Given the demo layout, this theme is probably ideal for a text-heavy site. However, it’s likely that it wouldn’t be too much work to incorporate images. And color.



Upstart Blogger magazine theme for WordPress9. Futurosity. Futurosity takes a vertical approach to the magazine theme, in a minimalist sense. The demo page suggests a theme ideal for text-heavy sites, though i’m sure you could add images. (It’s not evident from the snapshot at right.)

The individual post page template is very clean, with tons of white space, and space for large images (scroll to bottom of page). Overall, this a simple but bold theme, and potentially has a lot of uses.



Jello Wala Mello magazine theme for WordPress10. Jello Wala Mello. Designer Small Potato has released what he calls a “free premium” magazine theme called Jello Wala Mello. I’m not big on yellow (my least fave color in the spectrum), but I do like the general layout.

It’s influenced by CNN and Kineda layouts, which Small Potato mentions. He also goes through the influences and the process he used, including previously hiring someone to come up with what is now an earlier incarnation of this theme. (Which is less yellow and laid out differently.)

Other magazine themes.
Theme Playground also reviews several other magazine-style themes that I didnt’ know about and thus haven’t explored yet. Design Adapations also talks about creating a magazine style theme by example, reviewing some of themes listed here. (Note: Theme Playground uses the TMA theme.)

Summary
Few of these themes “work” out of the box. After you install and activate one of them in your WordPress control panel, you likely do have to do some work, adding one or more sizes of images for the home page, and what WordPress calls custom fields. In fact, unless you don’t care about homepage images, you also have to do some photo editing work each time you post a new article.

If you want something original, an area of site design that you might be interested in is grid-based design, which makes up the core of these magazine themes. The Blueprint framework is a good place to start, for producing grid-based layouts from scratch.

It’s true that not all of the themes above are ideal for a professional online magazine, though many of them show a great deal of promise, and some of the licenses allow tweaking and/or reuse.

Just Do It: 67 Ways to Tame the Procrastination Beast

Wednesday, November 14, 2007 at 11:57pm by Site Administrator

Let’s face it: even the most diligent of entrepreneurs can fall victim to the lure of procrastination now and then. It’s hard to blame them: sometimes a TV show, the Internet, or even just staring out the window is more fun than doing the tasks that really need to get done. But being a serial procrastinator is a sure way to direct your business into some pretty dire straits if you’re not careful. How can you learn to tame your short attention span when you really need to get things done? While everyone has their own little tricks, here are 67 ways we’ve come up with to help you concentrate when it counts.

  1. Take it one step at a time. A huge project can feel overwhelming and make it hard to figure out a place to start, encouraging you to put it off. Instead of trying to tackle all of it at once, break it into smaller, more manageable parts.
  2. Set time limits. Projects have a way of expanding to fill the time allotted, so set a time limit for yourself to finish a project. By focusing your time, you’ll get more done and maybe even end up with a few free minutes for yourself.
  3. Listen to yourself. Do you find yourself often saying that you "must", "have to" or "should" do something? This kind of talk is a recipe for procrastination. Instead, tell yourself that you "choose to" do the things you do. Changing your mind set can have a big impact on your productivity.
  4. Tackle your worst tasks early in the day. Often procrastination at work is due to avoidance of a particularly unpleasant task. If you make it a habit to get your least favorite tasks out of the way in the morning, the rest of your day will be a breeze.
  5. Stay organized. Clutter and disorganization can be big contributors to procrastination. It can seem overwhelming just to sort through all the papers and emails you have, let alone take care of what they discuss, so create a system for yourself to handle any incoming files, emails, and anything else so that it will stay neat and less intimidating when you have time to work on them.
  6. Plan your time. While this may sound a bit authoritarian, planning every hour of your workday can help you get a handle on the tasks you need to get done. Make sure to schedule in time for breaks and less stressful tasks as well.
  7. Prepare for tomorrow. Start your day off right by spending a few minutes at the end of each day planning what you want to get done the next day. This way, you can start working immediately when you get to work rather than spending time gathering your thoughts.
  8. Work around your most productive times of the day. Whether you’re dragging first thing in the morning or have a post lunch slump, don’t schedule important meetings or tasks around these times of day. Work with your natural rhythms to figure out your most productive times to get things done.
  9. Prevent interruptions. Your day shouldn’t be completely without relief, nor can you plan for all interruptions, but do your best to scale back on the number of things that can disrupt you. Shut your door, close your email, and send your calls to voicemail for a few hours to get some things done.
  10. Reward yourself. Give yourself little rewards for getting work done as motivation. After a few hours of uninterrupted work, allow yourself some time to surf the net or take a walk outside to break up your workday.
  11. Arrange for follow-ups. If you can’t keep yourself on task or just want a little outside support, arrange for a work buddy to check in on you periodically to make sure you’re not slacking.
  12. Stick to a routine. Following a routine can help you to get into the habit of not procrastinating. Doing the same activities each day might sound boring, but a routine can help you to prepare your body and mind for concentrating instead of running wild.
  13. Turn on music. While music can be a distraction for some, it can also be a great motivator. Pick out songs that pep you up and get you motivated to work, and you might get more done.
  14. Stop trying to make everything perfect. Procrastinators often feel that if they can’t do something perfectly, then they shouldn’t do it at all. The reality is that perfection is a subjective quality, and what you might consider imperfect might be just fine in reality. So, give yourself a break, do your best, and get done what you can.
  15. Don’t view work as eating up your leisure time. You’re less likely to tackle a large project if you view it as something that will eat up all your personal time, require you to work long hours, and ruin your social life. Instead, schedule time for everything, including fun, and simply don’t allow work to take up time you allot for relaxation. Studies have shown that working like this will actually help you get more done in less time.
  16. Allow some positive procrastination. Not all procrastination is bad. Sometimes we put off tasks by doing other smaller and easier tasks which need to get done as well. So long as you’re not missing deadlines or hurting your bottom line, this kind of procrastination isn’t necessarily a bad thing and you shouldn’t beat yourself up about it.
  17. Set a timer. One way to help reel in a wandering mind is to set a timer for a particular amount of time, whether it’s 5 minutes or an hour. When the timer goes off, stop and take a look at what you’re doing. If you’re off task, the timer can serve as a reminder to get back to what you should be doing. You can also use it to measure out intervals of time in which you’ll work, and when the timer goes off you can reward yourself for a job well done.
  18. Don’t multitask. If you have trouble sticking to one task, chances are you won’t have any easier of a time trying to do several tasks simultaneously. Instead, concentrate on one thing at a time so you won’t become distracted or overwhelmed.
  19. Modify your environment. You don’t have to turn your office into a sterile, unfriendly place to be, but you aren’t doing yourself any favors if you are surrounded by tons of distractions in your work area. Keep your desk and computer desktop simple, organized, and clean, and put away things that could serve as distractions from your work.
  20. Prioritize your activities. It’s very tempting to put off tasks that may not seem particularly important, so set up a priority system for completing tasks. Things with impending deadlines or of great importance should of course take precedence, but don’t let little things go completely by the wayside.
  21. Estimate your time. Before you begin a task, estimate how much time it will take you to complete it. This will help you to more effectively schedule your time throughout your day and keep you from feeling too stressed out or bored.
  22. Keep your mind and body fit. Stress, depression and illness can all play a big part in the decision to procrastinate, so do your best to keep your mind and body as healthy as you can by working out, eating right, and practicing relaxation methods that work for you.
  23. Don’t overdo it. It can be tempting to create a huge to-do list for yourself and overestimate your abilities, but don’t do it. You’ll be discouraged if you don’t finish everything you planned, so create short, manageable to-do lists that will leave you with a sense of accomplishment and a desire to feel just as productive tomorrow.
  24. Limit Internet usage. While the Internet can be a great productivity tool, it can also be a great productivity thief, stealing hours that you could have spent doing much more productive things. If you can’t manage your net time on your own try a program that will help you or simply disconnect your computer for short amounts of time so you can get to work.
  25. Create non-negotiable rules. Battle your procrastination with rules that you must absolutely follow, whether they stipulate that you will respond to emails for only one hour each morning or that you won’t ever leave unfiled papers on your desk. Share them with others and make sure you stick to them without exception.
  26. Consider what it means to do nothing. Have you ever really thought about what it means not to do a particular task? Could it cost you your business or your reputation? Often just thinking about the potentially serious consequences of inaction will be enough to get you up and running.
  27. Make a conscious effort to avoid excuses. Procrastinators are experts at making excuses both for themselves and others as to why they aren’t working. Anytime you hear yourself starting to make an excuse for not staying on task, stop and take a minute to think if you’re really justified in putting tasks off until later.
  28. Make your commitments public. One sure way to get yourself motivated is through fear of letting others down or embarrassing yourself. It sounds terrible, but it works. You’ll be much less likely to put off starting things if you know others are counting on you to come through.
  29. Put money on it. Depending on your level of commitment to procrastination, this could be a foolhardy mistake, but for most of us, the thought of wasting or losing money is motivation enough to step up. For entrepreneurs, many of the things you’re putting off doing are actually costing you money. Thinking about it like that can put things in a whole new perspective and give you motivation you didn’t know you had.
  30. Realize that easy isn’t always the best solution. Sometimes we choose to do things the easy way because it’s faster in the short term and we forget about the long term ramifications. While it might be against your procrastinator’s nature, sometimes putting in a little extra effort in at the front end can save you hours of work later on.
  31. Think less. Don’t over think tasks to the point of mental paralysis. Many people get stuck in the initial phases and fail to move on, but ideally you should be working as much as you are thinking or planning a project.
  32. Commit to five minutes. There are certain tasks that we just can’t avoid but that really are unpleasant. Tackle these by promising yourself that you’ll do at least five minutes of uninterrupted work. If you make it through the five minutes commit to five more until the project is finally completed.
  33. Balance your day. Don’t make your workday all work and no play. Make sure you take breaks and time to get away from your desk and relax.
  34. Decide if something is worth keeping right away. It’s easy to let mail clutter up your workspaces, but you’ll be doing yourself a favor if you decide whether or not something is important enough to keep immediately, then put it in a place where you’ll work on it or file it right then. This keeps stuff from piling up on your desk and keeps you from procrastinating in taking care of it.
  35. Use free time wisely. Have a few minutes waiting for your food to heat up in the microwave? Use that time to catch up on an email or file a few papers instead of just standing around. Those few minutes will add up over the course of the day.
  36. Take responsibility. You’ll never stop procrastinating until you can stand up to yourself and say that you don’t want to procrastinate anymore and mean it. Demonstrate your dedication to ending procrastination through daily action and eventually you’ll start to see a long term change.
  37. Identify where you procrastinate. Sometimes the key to beating your habit of putting things off is simply to figure out what it is you’re putting off. Maybe there are certain small tasks you hate or big projects you’re nervous about. Once you know what you’re avoiding you can start figuring out ways to make doing those tasks easier and more pleasant for you.
  38. Don’t get discouraged. Everyone has days when they’re simply more productive than others, due to lack of sleep, emotional issues or even just natural rhythms, so if you have an off day don’t feel like you’ve ruined your whole week and give up. Just start over tomorrow!
  39. Keep it simple. Don’t make getting things done more complicated than it needs to be. Clear off your desk, pare down the steps it takes to do tasks, and do whatever it takes to make accomplishing things as easy as possible.
  40. Do it now. It might seem overly simplistic, but the easiest way to keep from putting off tasks is just to do them as soon as you think of them. If you know you need to send an email to a client, don’t wait, just get it done. You’ll feel better about accomplishing it and you won’t have to worry about it later.
  41. Don’t put to-dos on your list that take longer than 30 minutes. This doesn’t mean that all your tasks should be quick, but if you have an item on your list that will take longer then you should try breaking it up into smaller chunks. This will keep you from feeling bogged down by one particular project.
  42. Determine your limits. Everyone has a breaking point or limits of what they can or are willing to do. Figure out where yours lie and don’t try to exceed them just to squeeze more into a day. You’ll end up tired and cranky and with less done than if you had respected your working limits.
  43. Alternate the pleasant with the unpleasant. It can be easier to jump into an unpleasant task if you know it will be followed by something you find pleasant. Almost everyone can muddle through an hour or two of more tedious work if they know there will be a period of relief or a reward afterwards.
  44. Make it fun. Something is only a chore if you think about it as a chore. Make your tasks as enjoyable as you can and they’ll be easier to stomach getting through.
  45. Be your own coach. Give yourself a little pep-rally before starting a big task. It might sound cheesy, but a little motivational thought can go a long way.
  46. Maintain perspective. Sometimes we get so caught up in the day-to-day trivialities of our jobs that we forget to think about the big picture. Consider how getting smaller tasks done will affect your long term goals both for yourself and your business.
  47. Remove uncertainty. Are you hesitating to start a task because you are uncertain of how to approach it or you just don’t know where to begin? Start figuring out where to begin as a separate task altogether and one that must be completed before you can move on. Do your research, ask questions, or just sit and think, whatever it takes to get you working.
  48. Give yourself positive feedback. Make a big deal out of checking things off of your to-do list and rewarding yourself for a job well-done. After all, you not only completed the task but conquered your procrastination as well.
  49. Work with others. Sometimes it can be helpful to seek the guidance and support of others to get motivated to work on a task. Use your coworkers and colleagues as inspiration and partners in getting your work accomplished successfully.
  50. Join a support group. For the serious procrastinator, it might be helpful to find a group of like-minded individuals to discuss your problems with motivation with. Often, others can be a great source of ideas and support and can help you get started on the right track.
  51. Stay in your space. If you’re like many people, you have a hard time staying at your desk and you tend to want to wander around to get a drink of water or talk with coworkers or employees. While this is acceptable some of the time, try to keep yourself firmly planted in your seat, as even small departures can send you way off track if you’re not careful.
  52. Let others know when you’re working. Help yourself to limit distractions by letting others know when you don’t want to be disturbed. It might sound rude, but sometimes you really just need to get things done without any interruptions. Put up an away message or hang a sign on your door if you need to.
  53. Create an incentive plan. Create a plan for yourself where certain intervals of work elicit certain rewards. The bigger the task accomplished, the bigger the reward so you have a reason to work hard.
  54. Learn to say no. One form of procrastination is taking on other tasks to avoid doing the ones you already have. Learn to say no when you have work to do.
  55. Be honest with yourself. Do you really need to spend half an hour looking for the perfect font for your presentation? Chances are, unless designing presentations is your only job, you’re simply wasting time. Learn to be honest with yourself about what’s really necessary and you’ll get a lot more done.
  56. Decide what doesn’t need to get done. Sometimes we procrastinate because the things we have on our to-do list aren’t really things that need to get done or are things that someone else could do. Delegate or eliminate these tasks from your to-dos and free up time and energy for more important tasks.
  57. Identify your biggest time eaters. For most people, this is the Internet, but for you it might be daydreaming, taking coffee breaks or talking on the telephone. Whatever it is, create a strategy to manage it so it doesn’t eat up your whole day.
  58. Change your thinking. Stop thinking "How will I finish this?" and start thinking "How can I start this?" After all, starting a project is the hardest part.
  59. Think about how procrastination makes you feel. Chances are pretty good that when you procrastinate you don’t feel good about it nor about yourself. There’s no reason to put yourself through this kind of damaging cycle. When you’re tempted to procrastinate, try imagining how you’ll feel later if you’ve gotten nothing done.
  60. Surround yourself with productive people. No one wants to be the office slacker, so surround yourself with others whose different attitudes towards work might rub off on you.
  61. Get started early. For most people, even those who aren’t great with mornings, accomplishing a lot in the morning can be a great feeling and will help you feel much better about the rest of the day. Remember, once you’ve gotten your work out of the way you can take a nap if you need to.
  62. Take care not to redo work. You can add hours onto your work time by going through files you have already handled or mail you didn’t bother to throw away. Take care of things once and do it well so you won’t have to come back later.
  63. Stop being so hard on yourself. You can work yourself into a rut by beating yourself up for not getting enough done. While it is important to be strict with yourself about time management and getting things done, in reality there is only so much you can get done in one day.
  64. Get some rest. One of the biggest obstacles to productivity is lack of sleep. How can you be expected to concentrate when you’ve only had a few hours of sleep? Whenever possible, try to get a full night’s sleep so you won’t be nodding off at your desk during the day or glued to the coffeepot.
  65. Don’t do the same task for too long. Unless you’re really wrapped up in what you’re working on, try to take breaks or chop up your projects into smaller parts. Doing the same task for too long can lead to feelings of tedium, and you’ll get bored or lose your motivation.
  66. Think of yourself in a positive manner. Keep a small list of things you’ve accomplished throughout the day or the week to help you think about yourself in a positive way. Thinking about all the hard work you’ve already done can help you feel more motivated to complete the rest of the work that you have to do.
  67. Keep it last minute. You can’t procrastinate if there isn’t time to procrastinate in. While you should allow a little cushion time in case of emergencies and unforeseen circumstances, sometimes the best thing a procrastinator can do is force him or herself to work under the gun so there will be no room for excuses.
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