I’m going to be taking a break from this blog for awhile, while I concentrate on learning about databases and data technology. You can keep up with me there (URL: cs.jeffreymichaeljackson.com) to see what I’m up to and what my goals are. You might still catch a random article at this site, but no more regular goal postings, since that will be covered in more detail at the cs. site.
So, I’ve been reading more about advertising and marketing lately, specifically Gary Halbert (you should check this site out, this guy is a genius and one of the pioneers of modern online advertising and copywriting). The more I read about this stuff, the more I want to try it out. Meanwhile, we decided to launch a catering division over at the Green Cart, so I figured this is a great opportunity to start writing some ads and see how they fare.
Flossing: the hallmark of a self-disciplined individual
A friend of mine has a track record of achieving impressive feats that require lots of discipline and work. To wit:
Taught himself Calculus over the summer when he was 16
Graduated high school in 3 years with a 4.0 GPA
Graduated college in 3 years with a BS in Math (age 20) with a ~ 4.0 GPA
Semi-pro mountain bike racer
Wrote an instructional book on the statistics programming language R
Acheived a broad and deep understanding of Data Science, R, and Data Visualization during his postgraduate studies (apparently there’s alot to this)
Gets up at 4:30 every morning
I asked him for an interview because I knew he was such a dedicated and disciplined worker. I was curious to learn what techniques he used to stay on task to achieve such taxing feats of both physical and mental discipline. Specifically, I was curious about what role routine and habit played in his daily life (a big one, it turns out) and Continue reading →
As you may have guessed, I also used this as an opportunity to play with Camtasia, and set my microphone sensitivity too high
This is a pretty weak script because some of it relies on mouse position (and its application is on a server, no less… whose mouse positions change based on the client’s monitor….)
BUT this completes one of my goals for the month. I’m thinking that as I make these (with stronger code) I’ll post them to the blog at ninjabookkeeping.com as downloadable .exes and either give them away or charge $5 etc. for them.
If I go through with my plan to become the organizer of a Quickbooks meetup group here in Austin, I’m sure I’ll get plenty of feedback from people (both on the blog itself and in person) on other scripts to write that would be useful. I think this might also be a good way to start getting some traffic to the site (through being mentioned on the meetup people’s blogs, etc) and more attention in general.
Let me know what you think! This is also only my second time messing with camtasia… hopefully quality will improve there in the future too.
So the final version of ninjabookkeeping.com is done. I’m sure I’ll continue to revise it as time goes on, especially as I test different marketing strategies and get feedback from things like Google Adwords. The final incarnation of this website will probably look a lot different- and a lot more targeted at a specific niche- than this one. Continue reading →
This is an Indian bureaucrat, from an interesting art project by Jan Banning
I believe in David Allen’s theory of consciousness from the book Getting Things Done. In it, he describes how every commitment you make- large or small, to yourself or anyone else- is recorded by some small part of your being. That part of your being will not be at peace until that commitment is completed. Furthermore, that part of your being always thinks you should be doing that task right now and will not rest until you have. It may be overridden, ignored, or drowned-out by competing interests… but until you have disavowed the commitment or completed the action, it remains an alive and dissatisfied part of you. Allen calls these incomplete commitments open loops.
The rest of the book is dedicated to the proper tracking, completion, delegation, or deletion of these open psychic loops. Clearing all of the open loops isn’t the goal, because they crop up too fast and are a necessary part of an effective person’s life. Allen proposes that true peace involves knowing that all of your open loops are being accounted for in a reliable system so that when you are relaxing, you can be at peace knowing that the open loops are accounted for and not floating around in some forgetful or guilty-feeling part of your brain, ready to ambush you, or just quietly contributing to an inexplicable sense of never-ending urgency and inability to relax.
My organizational system draws heavily from the system mapped out in Allen’s book, so I’ll explain the basics of his system. Then I’ll describe what parts of it I actually use. Continue reading →