Feeling Unmotivated? Barely Getting Anything Done? 3 Tips to Change That NOW.
About a year ago I was down in a slump, I couldn’t go another day worrying so much and working 12 hours a day. It was taking a toll in both my personal and professional life. I needed to find a balance, I needed to get back my motivation.
It’s no secret we are already living in a Post-PC era; with PC sales plummeting and tablet sales forecasted to reach over 100million this year responsive sites are no longer a fad or luxury, but a necessity. We started creating responsive websites early on, and with technology, frameworks and practices only getting better we’ve gotten quite damn good at it.
Silicon Valley is a great place to be to start a tech company. You will have access to Angel Investors and VCs, will be able to meet up with similar minded folks and even find a mentor to help you on your way.
But not all great tech companies are in the valley. Take Shopify, Snapchat, Clarity.fm, and of course Ideaware for starters.
For the longest time since I started consulting and focused on becoming self-employed (building Ideaware) I was always finding myself without time to do anything. How could anyone find the time to do so much at the same time yet produce so little results? It was crazy. I would work all day at the office and then go home to keep working. 8am-1am would be a regular work day for me. Things had to change.
Recently this post on how to create good entrepreneurial habits really hit home and surprised me on how many of these things I was already doing. But there is one piece of advice that stands out: set distraction-free time in your calendar and get shit done.
Now, this doesn’t mean you should use this time to wander off into anything that needs to be done, here’s what I do:
- Close my email app - Set skype to do not disturb - Close my office door, set a nice sign for everyone to see that I’m unavailable - Get some nice tunes playing on my headphones - Phone set to airplane mode
Doing this sets the stage for distraction-free work, your power hour. During this time I focus on working on things that provide value either to my company, a new idea or my personal development. It is simply amazing.
I highly recommend this method, simply pick a time (everyday, same time) and start. To this day it still stuns me how much I get done. I’ve even designed and built an app (which I’ll be releasing soon) in less than a month, among other things.
The time really depends on your schedule and how you like to work. I started out late afternoons but quickly figured out that was not my most creative hour (and was tired), now I’ve shifted to an early approach form 8:30-10:30am, it’s worked wonders for me as most of my ideas just popup in the AM when I’m most creative.
As a web design and creative agency, we work with a lot of startups from Silicon Valley and around the world. Over the past few years we’ve helped startups create products from an idea to launch. Needless to say it’s also been a learning experience for us: learning the tricks of the trade, best SEO practices, user acquisition and engagement and every other nitpick and trick for a successful product.
We design websites to create a better and easier user experience, a friendlier interface that aims to turn visitors an effective sale or signup. It is very important to involve people in a conversation and get them comfortable with the company.
Something about iOS7 didn’t quite sit with me. It has some nice new features, definitely a well-thought UX all around, what was it?
The answer was right there in my face: the icons. Was it that they look made by a teen learning photoshop? Nope, that’s not it. Then it hit me, these things look like ‘Web 2.0’ logos, so I made a few mockups to show my complete dislike for them:
We’re officially 2 today! It’s been a great two years, starting from a one man shop up to our awesome team of 24 as of today. We are very lucky and very happy to work with the clients we have, thank you for trusting us with your websites and apps!
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The Apple iPod instantly turned the MP3 player market upside down, right? Amazon changed the book selling business like a shot, didn’t it? Well, in fact they didn’t. No matter how it may seem from the outside.
The fact is that it takes many years to be an overnight success even for internet…