Your physical space and your virtual space can either help you or slow you down.
When you spend five minutes searching for something – whether it is your microphone or your twitter login, by the time you find it you are stressed, annoyed and have lost your train of thought. When my laptop flew off my desk last month, my workspace, both physical and virtual disappeared.
To re-build I had to think about the tools I use on my desk, on my computer and online.
I now have a new laptop but had to install:
- Easy Sketch
- Notepad ++
- RSSOwl – and add all of my blogs back
- Adobe Creative Suite (cloud)
- Microsoft Office (cloud)
- A new Microphone – it broke while flinging my laptop across the room
But I also had to remember all of the other tools I use too – worse than that – what email address and/or username do I use for LinkedIN, twitter, Google, facebook, bufferapp.com, hootsuite.com, istockphoto.com, goDaddy, WordPress, Domainsatcost.ca, WPMU, udemy…. the list goes on.
Creating the right setup is crucial. When you have a goal, your environment can add to it – apples and celery and bottled water will add to your goal of weight loss, while chocolate and chips in the cupboard? not so much.
I have my work area set up for minimal distraction – no phone, no TV, my ipad stays in the other room. I have no view of the kitchen or laundry room. I have one sheet posted on my wall which is a marketing calendar for the next 2 weeks and 3 months.
I use a small (tiny) desk so that only today’s work fits on it. I either have to work or twiddle my thumbs. Which is a good thing because, I have a lot of catching up to do on my videos 🙂
Think about your 90 day plan – what do you need in your environment to stay on track?