How to Never Forget Another Idea Again and Automating the GTD system for Idea Capture

Is there anything worse than knowing that you forgot an awesome idea? As an entrepreneur and business owner we all get overwhelmed by tremendous number of ideas and thoughts we have all day, every day. These ideas come especially fast and furious as a content creator as these idea are our lifeblood!  They are what all of our content starts from – just a simple idea. Some are more fleshed out than others true, but it’s these fledgling ideas that are so precious, and why it’s so painful when you know that you had an awesome idea this morning – but now its gone…  It’s that sinking feeling of a missing something… Which is why there is nothing worse than having one of these brilliant ideas, your true strokes of genius hit you when can’t sit down and properly capture it! And, we need to capture the idea in a way that we can really utilize it when it is time to start produce the next blog post, outline a podcast, or record that next YouTube video.   GTD to keep up with your ideas I love the GTD system (Getting Things Done by David Allen) and in many ways, for many people it has been absolutely life changing.  You may have heard of it and be using it or even parts of it.  As a quick recap, the basic idea is to not TRY to remember everything – because first of all, you can’t!  And, If you have ever woken up in the night and thought “I need to buy cat food!”  Or otherwise had your subconscious bring...

How to Remember All the Daily Tasks and Accomplish the Big Goals

Every entrepreneur knows that as their business grows and as they become more and more prolific in their own content creation efforts, they find that a growing number of things that needs to be done every day.  Not to mention following up with any number of project you are working on or things you are waiting to hear back from.  I too have faced this problem and want want to share with you a couple very useful tips and tricks you can use help pave your way to Prolific Success! The big goals and their next actions If you are like most people you have your big goals and you want to tackle them and have the biggest impact on your to-do list and on your business.  But we know that in most cases these big goals are actually composed of a lot of little steps! As nice as it would be to be able to “redesign the website” all in one step we know that the project is going to take a lot of work and have a lot of parts to it. Two lists make life easier If you are familiar with the GTD, or Getting Things Done, method by David Allen, this should be a familiar.  But the process I’m talking about specifically is to have 2 lists.  One for the projects, and one next action for each project.  For our website example, the next action might be to put out a request on 99Designs for a new logo, or maybe it’s just to register an account on 99Designs!   The point is to get granular here!  Whatever...

Intro to Automation and What is IFTTT?

Many times on this site you will see reference to www.IFTTT.com or IFTTT. This is pronounced like “gift” but without the letter G and it literally stands for “if this, then that”.  IFTTT is one of a growing number of online services that are helping everyday people do amazing things by bringing together other online services. But What exactly is IFTTT? It is simply, as said above, an online service that connects things together, or more specifically, If some event happens, then IFTTT will do something else for you – it’s that simple. And it’s that powerful! It is simply an online service that connects things together, or more specifically, If some event happens, then IFTTT will do something else for you – it’s that simple. And it’s that powerful! Only your imagination is the limit Every day I hear about amazing “recipes”, which is what IFTTT calls these rules that you set up.  Some of these recipes are truly amazing!  And these recipes are made of up of a combination of a “Trigger” and an Action” from various “channels”.   Ok so lets define that confusing sentence… Recipe: The overall rule of what is to happen the “if ___ , then ___” Channel: Channels are the other services that IFTTT can connect to, that have actions within them.  These are things like Evernote, “Date & Time”, Twitter, Gmail, Instagram and countless others Trigger: The first part of the recipe.  Or the “THIS” in your “If THIS, Then That”, it is what the IFTTT service is looking for to start running the recipe you created, literally the recipe’s trigger. Action:...

Stop Repeating yourself! Automatically track what you tweet with IFTTT

How to automatically archive all the quotes I tweet Tutorial by special request by Jeremy Frandsen of Internet Business Mastery As many of you may know, I am a longtime fan and student of the Internet marketing giants, top rated podcasters, and super nice guys Jason VanOrden and Jeremy Frandsen from Internet Business Mastery. Recently I had a discussion with them about social media and during the conversation, Jeremy brought up an interesting problem and as I promised him then, this post is an answer to that problem and something that many other people could benefit from.  Allow me to explain… Social Media consistency is important As an entrepreneur, and as a podcaster, maintaining a solid social media presence is extremely important. Providing regular content every day is a vital component of our social media presence, and providing information about not only your own products and services, or podcast and blog posts, but also linking to other people’s content and providing interesting other bits of information. One of the most popular things that you can share are quotes. Inspirational quotes, wisdom from historical figures, or even lighten it up with a quote from your crazy uncle Eddie! Some perform better than others (Tim Ferriss or Socrates might do better than uncle Eddie).   Regardless, everyone loves a good quote and it’s important to scatter them throughout your twitter feed and other content. How to effectively curate, that is to find, track and share these quotes, is the specific topic at hand. The problem: Regarding these quotes specifically, or any category of information you curate, you of course don’t want to share the same information repeatedly....

Keep Up With All The News In 1/2 The Time – and Curate Content Like a Pro

The traditional approach Doing business online we all know how important it is to not only create engaging and valuable content for your readers, but also to share content from other sources to establish yourself as a person of influence in your niche. Of course, to know why to share you have to keep up with it yourself! That means you need to visit and keep up with a lot of blogs right? And in case you haven’t noticed, there is a lot of content on the Internet! If you have been just bouncing between favorites in your browser, STOP IT. There is a better way!! One of the most popular ways to stay on top of all of the information that other people in your niche are creating is to have their blog “feed” in a newsreader.  This, as you may know, will list all the latest articles from all the sources (feeds) that you have added to it. My personal favorite reader is www.Feedly.com.  Not only is the web interface really great, so are the mobile apps.  In fact, I find myself using the mobile apps more often than the web interface strictly because of the convenience. A killer feature One of the coolest features in Feedly is the ability to natively send the article you are reading to a number of other services. For example, you can send a link to an article to twitter, or you could save it to your pocket account. But as a business owner I don’t want to bother my customers by posting to Twitter four or five articles in a...

Automation Secrets – Top 10 Tools to Prolific Success

Everyone loves the idea of automating their business, or even parts of our personal life BUT you can only do that if you know what’s possible.  It’s true that when the only tool you have is a hammer everything looks like a nail, but what about the reverse? If I don’t have any tools what do I do with all these nails? Take this note I got from a reader the other day for example, “My biggest problem right now is I know I’m doing a lot manually and I don’t even know what options are out there to improve this situation”  I totally understand this feeling!  I even find myself saying at times that “There has to be a better way!” As you might have guessed I love setting up automation, and learning how to use new tools and in general building a better mousetrap whenever I can.  My goal here is to go over some of the best tools and services I’ve found and see if any of them look like the “hammer” you need for the “nails” you have in your business, and in your life. Now, given the question above, you do need to have a look at my previous article “HOW TO FOCUS ON THE RESULTS, NOT ON TOOLS!” as it’s important to not chase after the shiny and new toys but still, knowing what you have in the toolbox will help you tackle any project!  Here are some of my favorite “tools” in my automation toolbox: Automation services: IFTTT.com – Stands for If This, Then That. The core of most of the cool stuff you...