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The Importance of World View to Friendships

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I’ve been trying for some time now to nail down a framework for thinking about friendships.

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Optimizing for Mobility – Our Struggles Keeping the Luggage Down

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Mel and I are avowed minimalists.

It’s true – we even got profiled by a major Australian newspaper.

This can be a charged term, meaning different things to different people. There are minimalists who count the number of items they own (including individual socks) and try to keep them under a certain number (someone I heard owned 70 items).

That’s a bit crazy, but good on them.

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Systemising your customer interaction – Switching to a CRM

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Seeing everything neatly in front of you - that's the dream.

Seeing everything neatly in front of you – that’s the dream.

Since the inception of our business, we have been using a clunky and blunt email system – hosted webmail redirected through Gmail – to handle all of our customer interactions – from their initial enquiry on our website all the way through the order process and any post-order follow-ups.

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The importance of maintaining habits (even if it’s cold and dark outside and you really don’t want to)

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Look at that Tortured Face!

I am not an expert in this area at all, but am compelled to talk from my personal experience of the last few weeks.  I’ve been striving to bring more structure into my work days beginning with early-morning blogging for around half an hour (500 words) every day except Wednesday (which is when I learn to code).

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Discovering meditation

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I have long been fascinated in the mystical powers of meditation; it is fair to say that I have been highly skeptical of the benefits raved about by its many practitioners, but at the same time I figured that after more than a millennium of practice, there may be something to it.

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Faling out of the habit

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This post will be a brief one.  Lately we’ve had a lot to do in life; we’ve got the business (of course – and it’s taking up a lot of time!) but we’re also packing up our place to move shortly.  We’ve just had new carpet laid and everything is just a mess.

My blogging has dwindled to zero for almost 3 weeks and I’m not sure how it happened.  Lack of energy? Well, yes, but I think also the pervasive sense that I need to strive to spend every hour working on our business and that time spent doing anything else is somehow wasted.

It’s such a poisonous mindset and I need desperately to snap out of it.  So this morning I’m trying – I’m going to write and finish the blog post I started the other day and tomorrow I’ll be back to writing.  The late nights and early mornings are just terrible; we are striving for structure in our lives and I hope today is the start of a new, healthier pattern.

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Selling our first business

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The first time we started an online business, we did a LOT wrong.  We didn’t know how to develop, or even maintain, a website.  We didn’t understand internet marketing or even do social media.

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Keeping Customers Happy

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The lifeblood of any business

It’s been a challenge getting to the point of outsourcing my core tasks, I think I made that clear in my last blog post.  I am not good at blind faith so handing over important aspects of my business to another person has been a challenge.  Mistakes have been made, money has been lost.  We accidentally sent a white suit to a customer when they needed brown (by our virtual assistant typing a ‘9’ instead of a ‘0’ in the fabric code).  But I’ve been working to keep things in perspective.

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Managing Yourself out

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Someone’s got to run the show.

“Are you a freelancer or an entrepreneur?” – I have the voice of Seth Godin ringing in my ears as I type this.  I listened to his free ‘Startup School’ course not long ago and while it contains many insights, this question is the basis for a lesson that really resonated with me early on.

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Motivation, Sleep and Struggletown

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This is me.

I write this with eyes half-open.  I find myself yawning every couple of minutes; my legs are tingling from the sensation of being upright and I am having to actively fight the sensation that my entire body is trying to list to the right where sweet, sweet sleepy bliss can be found.

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