1. This site uses cookies. By continuing to use this site, you are agreeing to our use of cookies. Learn More.

How Do You Guys Manage Your Time??

Discussion in 'Business & Tax Advice' started by skorpion, Jan 29, 2009.

Tags:
  1. skorpion

    skorpion Regular Member

    Joined:
    Dec 28, 2008
    Messages:
    266
    Likes Received:
    55
    Guys I have a prblm with managing all my projects that are going on at the same time. I always have about 3-4 things/sites that I am workin on and Im finding it difficult to choose when to work on what.

    Im intersted in hearing how some of you manage your time when you have multiple projects going?? Do you dedicate 1 day to that particular site? Do you work on all a set number of hrs per day? How do you keep from getting distracted by another project? HELP!! lol
     
  2. blackhatcatz

    blackhatcatz Power Member

    Joined:
    Feb 8, 2008
    Messages:
    599
    Likes Received:
    104
    Occupation:
    internet marketer, call center owner
    Location:
    Somewhere Asia, Moving around all the time
    I do blocks of time. I also get distracted by alot of IM's BUT i have a list. that i need to finish. Also I spend alot of 15 minute breaks (that's why the spurt of posts in bhw from time to time)

    Important is to have the list in front of you... ALL the time. Plus get rid of IM's if you're doing something that requires full attention... LIKE writing.....etc.

    Just my 2 cents.

    BTW.

    BTW=Back to work. my newly coined phrase
     
  3. the_demon

    the_demon Jr. Executive VIP

    Joined:
    Nov 23, 2008
    Messages:
    3,177
    Likes Received:
    1,563
    Occupation:
    Search Engine Marketing
    Location:
    The Internet
    Yeah, it's definitely not easy...

    I try to get each job done as fast as possible. I also keep a team of freelancers on hand who I can call on a whim and get fast turn around. (All while maintain very high quality).

    Also, I prioritize by how much money is riding on the deal and how long I expect it to take. If I have a $10 customer vs. a repeat $1,000+ customer I might give preference. I try to be as fair as possible and usually calculate the work load of each task while making the deal. I then outline where time is going to be spent first.

    If I need a small job or one that's time consuming I will give the job to a friend / biz partner to get done that way it's delivered with quality and on time. I may lose money from giving the deal to a friend but it's good for avoiding bad business relationships...

    You just need reliable, honest, and trustworthy people. You also need to be honest yourself because, if you screw a partner over and need them in the future you've already burned your bridge(s).

    I also do networking and have built up a network of trustworthy businesses whom I work with from time to time and we do "load balancing" from time to time. As well as share knowledge, do favors, etc. Basically, we just try to make it a win-win for everybody.

    I'm frequently on AIM so I always have friends inspect my work before sending it out to clients and I ask for ideas, suggestions, etc. This helps me make sure I deliver high quality and don't miss certain things.

    I often also, have long conversations with clients and business partners and I make sure I know every detail... How they want it, when, budget, etc. Unlike many designers who just build a layout for awebsite and say here you go I take the time to talk with my clients...

    I ask what are your business colors, what colors do you want in the site, are there any other websites you would like to model after (perhaps they have some great feature), I find out what kind of image they are trying to project, target audience, and just about everything. I also document everything they say so when it's 3am and I'm trying to remember that one last thing I just reference my word document that has the clients request and make sure everything is completed as they want it. I also work with the client and if a change needs to be made I make it. I also do post-work making it so that code is optimized, secure, and cross browser compliant.

    By doing all these things it prevents headaches, reduces later changes, increases the clients happiness and leads to repeat business.
     
    Last edited: Jan 29, 2009
  4. fulcanelli

    fulcanelli Jr. VIP Jr. VIP

    Joined:
    Jan 10, 2009
    Messages:
    247
    Likes Received:
    163
    Location:
    USA
    I'm not big with IM yet but I mostly keep notes and write a schedule. That and try to motivate myself through the day.
     
  5. pantheos

    pantheos Newbie

    Joined:
    Feb 8, 2008
    Messages:
    25
    Likes Received:
    4
    Like some of the others I usually break projects into blocks of time. I try to only work on 2-3 projects per day so I don't get overwhelmed. I would suggest using Basecamp to manage the projects. It makes it easier to keep track of everything.
     
  6. Infinity

    Infinity Registered Member

    Joined:
    Nov 13, 2008
    Messages:
    99
    Likes Received:
    9
    Occupation:
    The same as hobby :-)
    Location:
    Behind proxies :-)
    Personally I always have a detailed plan of work for all my projects divided into sections or tasks. I tend to switch from one project from another several times a day according to the list. It is also good to highlight the vital elements of each project and finish them first. I also have short breaks between projects to clear my thoughts and focus on a new task. Of course some minor distractions are inevitable, but a well-prepared plan of work is the key.