Is Too Much Information Giving You Technical Overload?
I was thinking over the weekend what would be the best topic to write about today without really thinking through the obvious, I am in the middle of a fairly major new project and frankly I’m experiencing more than a little Technical Overload
Of Course this should just be a simple case of post an Outsource project right? after all I talk about it enough but I wanted to first get a better understanding of what was involved so that I could then write a realistic task for my key outsource, trying to do it all myself would certainly be Technical Overload pure and simple
So what was the process that was troubling me, what was causing Technical Overload? put simply I have created a couple of new products and I was researching secure download sites and affiliate programs, I wanted to understand how they worked to ensure I had everything else ready before embarking on the task
Was it really sensible to put myself through this, could I not just let go and let somebody else take the strain, let them suffer the Technical Overload and leave me free to get on with the next task in hand?
Is Technical Overload A Self Inflicted Problem Then?
I personally think it would be to simplistic to think of Technical Overload as self inflicted but I also think it puts down a marker for me, as daily tasks build there will come a point where I need to let go to a greater degree, to Out Task whole areas of what I currently do
I think it was Jean Paul Getty who said I would rather earn 1% of 100 peoples effort than 100% of my own efforts,the same principal applies here in terms of time and efficiency, there comes a point where you exceed your capacity to produce, where true Technical Overload and information overload sets in
Why would we subject ourselves to Technical Overload when there will be an Out Task partner more than happy to carry out our tasks on a daily, weekly or monthly basis, he or she becomes an as required member of your team, you know exactly what to expect and they know exactly what you want, a real win win surely?
Unlike the wonderful cartoon character on Jim Edwards blog who insists everything is a secret, especially when it comes to explaining what he is going to do I have always found my Outsource partners both open and helpful both in terms of providing information and crucially in reducing Technical Overload
What Resources Will Reduce Your Technical Overload?
First off in my recommendations is to use some of the resources in my Dec 3rd post in which Looked at a number of key Micro Outsourcing sites, they all offer fixed price gigs and are all really simple to use and with gigs starting from as little as $3-$4 Dollars they are great value and will certainly save you from Technical Overload just don’t forget to use the feedback system first!
I was recommended during the backend of last week to another fixed gig outsourcing site, I’ve had a look over it, it’s not low cost in the way of the previous sites but it’s still great value and offers a great choice, it’s called Taskarmy I certainly think it’s one to have in your toolbox
Lastly there’s copy writing, the arguments will rage over how they pay for themselves but it’s all about conversions, if you’ve tried doing your own you are well aware of Technical Overload, none seem very good at divulging their prices but these come recommended 99Copywriters
So I think there’s an important lesson in today’s post for everybody and in part it’s let others shared the burden, just remember the words of Jean Paul Getty and relate it to your own productivity, let me know what you think, just make sure you don’t suffer Technical Overload
The Importance Of Getting Back To First Principals
I had the good fortune to join a webinar on Monday night with the man who was my mentor Alex Jeffereys, he had invited all of his ex students to an online get together and it was really enlightening, this is a man who earns a lot of money and yet he wanted to talk about his frustrations in the last year and why we needed to go back to First Principals
Personally I think it re enforces what I had always known that here was a man who would always go the extra mile, he talked about what he thought had gone wrong and he wanted to take us all back to First Principals as well, we could take the lesson of his mistakes and he added in a coaching session as well
Now he didn’t need to do this but he had chosen to ensure that none of the rest of us went through what he did, at first glance going back to First Principles sounds like a retro grade step but that is to miss understand the importance of having a clear plan and of working without getting diverted
But how you may be thinking can I get anything out of your get together on Monday night with your fellow students down the last two or three years, well I also happen to think First Principals are critical and I will explain why as this post develops, in fact I would go as far as to say without them we are all sunk
The Importance Of First Principals In Your Future Success
So why do I see this as so important, why should we all look at First Principals as part of our strategy? I see it as part of the importance of keeping focused, of keeping a longer term plan because without it you are basically like a little boat in a choppy sea, being blown around at will, with no real direction
You see First Principals says that you must link your day to day to do list to your One month and three month planning, it is the vital glue that keeps you in place, there are so many distractions, so many shiny objects to chase, so many glitches, loop-holes and magic buttons promising instant riches hmm!
The reality of First Principals is that you need accountability, an accountability partner to keep you on track, a clear strategy both day to day and a way of looking back and seeing what is working and what still needs to be done, otherwise we end up as so many do looking back at the end of a week and asking what have I actually achieved
Keeping your projects in a logical sequence is also essential, how many I wonder have 5 or 6 projects on the go but none finished, why is that a major problem? simple really, without a plan you wont earn any money, First Principals asks you the difficult questions that we sometimes try and brush aside
So How Can I Harness First Principals In My Business?
It’s a good question and one that the answer to will pay big dividends for you, you see when harnessed properly First Principals will increase your income whilst reducing your stress and anxiety, a true definition of win-win and one that you must pay attention to if you want to succeed
So what resources are there out there that can help you develop sound First Principals? personally I can think of none better than
Rich Schefren’s Internet Business Manifesto It’s been downloaded over a million times, it’s free but worth I think a great deal, you will see immediately why this man is the person everybody turns to when they get stuck
I would also recommend that you listen to his interviews with Mike Filsaime, Jim Edwards and Danny Johnson, I’ve had them for the last three years, I listen to them regularly, they always take me back to First Principals, I would put their value at around $297 Dollars but again they are free
So my message today is simple, without a clear plan and a way to put it into action you are sunk, the difference between a guru figure and everybody else is not knowledge it’s action a crystal clear plan of action and accountability, remember what Michael Gerber said, the problem with the boss is the boss doesn’t have one?
I will finish as always by asking for your thoughts, to see how you hold yourself to account, how you work your plan, how you stay on track despite all the distractions, how you manage to get back to First Principals