Category Archives: Time Management

I suck at the blogging

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What’s the saying the plumber’s toilet never works, or the cobbler’s kids have no shoes. I guess the Web designer’s website is never updated. I’ve just had a crap ton of stuff going on lately. I do have some ideas and a new layout that I want to try. Maybe in the next few weeks I might have some time to get to them.

The businessmen and the fisherman

“An American businessman was standing at the pier of a small coastal Mexican village when a small boat with just one fisherman docked. Inside the small boat were several large yellowfin tuna. The American complimented the Mexican on the quality of his fish.

“How long it took you to catch them?” The American asked.

“Only a little while.” The Mexican replied.

“Why don’t you stay out longer and catch more fish?” The American then asked.

“I have enough to support my family’s immediate needs.” The Mexican said.

“But,” The American then asked, “What do you do with the rest of your time?”

The Mexican fisherman said, “I sleep late, fish a little, play with my children, take a siesta with my wife, Maria, stroll into the village each evening where I sip wine and play guitar with my amigos, I have a full and busy life, senor.”

The American scoffed, “I am a Harvard MBA and could help you. You should spend more time fishing and with the proceeds you buy a bigger boat, and with the proceeds from the bigger boat you could buy several boats, eventually you would have a fleet of fishing boats.”

“Instead of selling your catch to a middleman you would sell directly to the consumers, eventually opening your own can factory. You would control the product, processing and distribution. You would need to leave this small coastal fishing village and move to Mexico City, then LA and eventually NYC where you will run your expanding enterprise.”

The Mexican fisherman asked, “But senor, how long will this all take?”

To which the American replied, “15-20 years.”

“But what then, senor?”

The American laughed and said, “That’s the best part. When the time is right you would announce an IPO (Initial Public Offering) and sell your company stock to the public and become very rich, you would make millions.”

“Millions, senor? Then what?”

The American said slowly, “Then you would retire. Move to a small coastal fishing village where you would sleep late, fish a little, play with your kids, take a siesta with your wife, stroll to the village in the evenings where you could sip wine and play your guitar with your amigos…” Heinrich Böll

Overwhelmed

I have got to get organized. All around organized, projects, work, financial, etc. I just can’t seem to figure out where to begin. I’ve tried the Getting Things Done (GTD), Time Management for Sys Admins, all the Moleskine hacks, several web based organizers, digital organizers, and paper based. Currently I am trying to just use 37 Signals’ Backpack and a standard Moleskine. I just can’t seem get in the habit or something, I’m also way too much of a procrastinator.

I’ve been on vacation all week, and I was supposed to get my smaller side projects finished so I could begin to focus on a larger one that I want to really get going. Have I finished them yet? Nope.

I’ve been wanting to blog about my trip to SXSW Interactive and talk about all the great people I met there. I’ve been wanting to blog about my simplifying my workouts down to 30 minutes. So much I am always thinking about but never getting around to doing. Oh and I also got my new black Macbook this week. It’s nice, high five!

I have some books that I am going to read. The first one is Your Money or Your Life and then I am going to dig back into Getting Things Done. I hoping and going to try and stick with something. We’ll see.