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Blackhat Business Owners, How do You Deal With Procrastination and Clutter in Your Life?

Discussion in 'Business & Tax Advice' started by lostpassword, Aug 29, 2012.

  1. lostpassword

    lostpassword Junior Member

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    To all Blackhat Business Owners:
    How do You Deal With Procrastination and Clutter in Your Life?

    I have been doing IM for three months and all the clutters is consuming my entire life.
    Being a smart guy myself, whenever I sit on my computer to work, ideas keep popping out of my head and I can't concentrate on the main task.

    By the end of the day, I have accomplished a shit ton of work, but it's all over the place, and the core money maker is not even started.

    Furthermore, I keep getting this weird fear that the bank would report me to the government and the government will bust into my house and seize all of my money.
    It keeps preventing me from scaling up and testing out ideas that might bank big.
     
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  2. Autumn

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    1) Every week take a couple of hours or a morning off to get organized. Every Friday I go through my sprawling work dir and do some cleaning up, especially of the stuff I've been working on recently, make sure everything is in the right place, delete temporary files that aren't needed any more, consolidate files full of notes etc. Anything scrawled down on a piece of paper apart from your immediate to do list should be consolidated into the right text file somewhere logical within your file system. I review my progress for the week and my plans, and revise the plans as necessary. Then I backup all my work and do the same for my stuff on the server. Makes you feel fresh and organized and keeps you on track.

    2) You've got to rigorously plan what you're going to do and how you're going to do it, and then practice disciplining yourself to keep on track on the main task. You have to constantly be asking yourself, "What is the most valuable use of my time, right now?" Sometimes you'll find yourself getting sidetracked on something that might be interesting but is not that relevant to the here and now. You have to discipline to finish what you start 100% before you move on to the next thing. In IM you don't get paid for partially completed projects - a project has to be completed 100% and up and running before you will make money from it. You need a lot of discipline in this game - not just to get your work done, but also to stay organized so you don't go crazy. Disorganization is the enemy of IM productivity because work just becomes a huge headache and you subconsciously try to avoid it.

    3) If you're procrastinating because you're worried about financials, a) stop cheating on tax; b) get yourself a Payoneer card or similar so you have less to worry about and put the minimum amount you can through your bank account; c) read some basic material about accounting, get a pirated copy of Quickbooks and start keeping proper accounts (this might take a day to get sorted for a basic IM business but is time very well spent); d) learn about the law and financial requirements in your country / state so you don't have irrational fears. Then go hard. It is much more inspiring having a proper business with proper book keeping rather than an amateurishly run hobby.

    I would highly recommend the book "Getting Things Done" by David Allen. It's a great read how to get and stay organized and be effective rather than just busy with work.
     
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  3. lostpassword

    lostpassword Junior Member

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    I thought about learning law before but it really long and hard.
    I mean lawyers spent 3 - 4 years learning this shit. It's hard alright.

    But I am just starting and I don't have money to consult lawyer.

    Plus, I am living in a third world country.
    If the money earned from IM is big in the first world countries, it's going to be enormous here.
    It's going to raise a shit load of unwanted attention (the last thing I need right now).
     
  4. Autumn

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    I don't mean you have to go to law school, just try to find a book about the local tax situation or get some pamphlets from the tax dept or something... Whatever is available.

    One hour with a lawyer is all you need for them to tell you what's what. If you can't afford that right now then you don't have anything to worry about just yet.

    In the meantime get yourself some debit cards. Payoneer is a good one because they can give you a bank account to receive direct deposits and wires, and then you can just get the cash out of an ATM - it never has to go through your bank account. It's not foolproof but it's a whole lot better than putting shit loads through your local bank account and never declaring it.
     
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  5. lostpassword

    lostpassword Junior Member

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    Thank you for replying.
    Some time I just wish I can be a little bit dumber.
    Just smart enough to know how to do stuff and dumb enough to not overthinking.

    Right now I only see my brain working against me.
     
  6. krishnaverma

    krishnaverma Power Member

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    Where are you from and what methods have you tried so far ? Make sure that you do not try extreme blackhat methods only.
     
  7. LOL-Blaster

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    Do you have any recommendation for software to help organizing stuff?
     
  8. infoasian

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    For freelancers it's always good to have bank accounts in different jurisdictions. This way you keep access to most of your funds at all time. And who knows, maybe it saves tax in a legitimate way. Many Third World countries don't tax offshore income as long as it stays outside of it's borders.
     
  9. Ztak07

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    Would love advice on this: I wake up and go to bed somedays not knowing what the hell I did
     
  10. Z0mbie

    Z0mbie Regular Member

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    I'm in the same boat as you, can't concentrate on one thing at a time. I clean my desktop, and a few hours later its cluttered again. I close all tabs, and an hour later I have another 20 that I don't want to close. Got burned out recently because I tried working on too many things at once.

    I'm trying to get more organized. Things I've done so far:
    1) Let go of all the websites I wasn't particularly enthusiastic about. Just have 3 remaining ones. Others are still ranking, and I'll renew them if they continue ranking, but I'm not actively working on them.
    2) Got a whiteboard and have it mounted in front of me.
    3) Have a notepad and pen next to me to jot down stuff. Ideas, reminders, anything that doesn't have to be dealt with immediately.

    Going to read all the open tabs I have in my browser today, get my desktop organized and a strategy for dealing with future clutter(So far I've put everything IM related in a folder and sorted by date), then start working on a new website starting from keyword research.

    I made a Gmail Task List earlier on how I will work on this website, starting from Keyword research, finding a domain(I already have 1 in mind, but need another one because of the nature of the website), site structure(it will involve huge interlinking), and other stuff.
     
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  11. Z0mbie

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    That reminds me of a thread I read earlier: bulls eye approach or "all over the board" approach.

    Either you can do a bunch of stuff, without going in any particular direction and see what makes you money, or you can get organized, pick one thing, and perfect it - the bulls eye approach.

    Get more organized. Decide what you're going to do that day in the morning before you start working, then stick to the gameplan. It sucks, feels boring, but it's a very important part, just like content for a website.
     
  12. LOL-Blaster

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    How would you go about organizing stuff A which belong to both category 1 and category 2.

    Is there any program that can help with such task?
     
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    And that is 100% true if you earn really big money.
     
  14. Autumn

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    That's a really common problem and one which I have struggled with as well. There are two parts to solving it:

    1) Make a solid plan and stick to it. Discipline yourself not to get sidetracked. Generally with a project you can only plan the first few steps with precision, and after that you can only describe what you want to do in general terms - you can simply can't plan out the rest of the project in detail until you have finished the initial steps. After you finish your initial steps, instead of just wandering off mentally and doing whatever, you really have to review your plan, cross off the things you've already done, and specifically flesh out the next steps. Then go do them. It's precise planning that gives you that feeling that you're working steadily towards your big goal - you don't get bogged down or sidetracked, and you have a much higher chance of actually getting your stuff finished.

    2) Keep a precise log of how you're spending your time. This too takes a bit of practice and discipline but it is so worth it. Imagine that you are a contractor (which you are, contracted to your own personal company) and you have to present your client with a detailed breakdown of how you've spent your time when you invoice them. This is invaluable because it gives you an accurate view of how many hours you've worked, how long you've spent on each task (sometimes the results will surprise you), and it gives you a log you can look at day by day or week by week on what you've actually been working on. I use Time Tracker for Mac but you can use whatever you want - it doesn't have to be fancy or a paid app. This is the one main thing that has stopped me from getting to the end of the day and feeling like I haven't done anything, despite the fact that I've been working all day.

    3) I also keep a personal blog hosted on my laptop where I make a post every day about what I've been working on, what my plans or modifications to my plans are, general thoughts on how the business is going etc. It's invaluable to think on paper and it's interesting to look back and see the progress.


    I don't have any advice on that, although you could possibly use a search program for your file system that allows you to tag files or subdirectories (so you could apply multiple tags to the same piece of data). However really it's just an organizational problem and I'd advise just sitting down and really thinking about how you organize your hierarchy of files on your file system, and if you find that things are working then don't be afraid to switch things up. It takes a bit of "living" in your file system and reorganizing to finally make it work for you.
     
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    One thing that works really well for me whenever I'm getting distracted/wasting time is to keep repeating "What is the next step?", "What is the next step?", "What is the next step?" LOUDLY until my brain responds; this tends to put me back on track very quickly; I'm not joking.
     
  16. LOL-Blaster

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    Do you think it in your head or say it out loud?
     
  17. sleepdegree

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    Thanks so much for asking this. I'm suffering from lack of focus too and really need to cut it out. Good luck.
     
  18. erniedawg

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    Same here... I hate being all over the place ALL the time. I think I'm going to freelance others to do my work and concentrate on managing. I think it'll come together nicely.

    -Erniedawg
     
  19. mattstallone

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    good info in this thread, I need to try and stick to the plan of taking a couple hours every week to get organized