One of the few things I miss about being in the Corps is the organization…of everything!
We had a system and plan for absolutely every single aspect of our lives while serving. Everything!
That kind of order and familiarity with the rules was in place the same way on every base, no matter where in the world I served.
It allowed for optimal performance of duties
That said, problems would still arise in the doing of our jobs that required the devising of new and more effective systems. Not that Command would let us implement them in any official capacity, but we’d devise them, nonetheless. In my job, to not do so was to invite unnecessary physical pain and administrative frustration that was just ridiculous.
Most of my bosses didn’t care how the job got done, so long as it got done and that we could cover our tracks on any asinine issue that might arise with the overseers who had too much time on their hands.
So, this is sort of a thinking outside the box issue, as well, but I wrote of that already. So, I want to focus on the doing part of thinking outside the box. What do you do once you’re out there?
You realize a problem exists and that your normal solution is proving to be ineffective, or flat out useless. This has probably happened to you more than once and you’re pissed that you’ve arrived at this bullshit ridden event, yet again.
It seems to come up frequently when designing a site, learning new software, or doing any of the myriad of tasks required to make your site or blog look and act right. I’ve been almost in tears more times than I can count as I learned how to make a site go.
Beat your head against that wall enough times and you’ll detect a need for change
And that’s what I want to save you from as quickly as possible. Get to know when a problem is forming up. Keep an eye out for repetitive signals. Maintain a logbook of problems with their associated fixes – stuff that doesn’t occur regularly enough for you to easily remember how to repair.
Be sure to write down what you did in your logbook as soon as you’re done fixing the problem. You always think that you’ll remember these steps later but you won’t. Outthink yourself from the get go and save yourself a lot of pain.
Keep sites bookmarked that contain the answer to any spectacular or complex problem that you cannot remember all the steps to.
Find free info sites that teach code of all sorts and have them indexed in a way that you can access them on the fly – when you’re in the zone as you write.
Believe it or not, you can get really good at a lot of this stuff that seems like Latin to you right now. I’ve taught myself much and innovators have reduced the need for much of it as I’ve moved along. So there’s another silver lining for you as you ponder doing your own web work.
There are dozens of softwares I’ve learned that took me weeks to do so, if not months, that have been made unnecessary by plugins and better software. It’ll be easier for you than it was for me. I can lead you to these resources.
And that’s how you bootstrap the formation of your new company long enough to get it into profit when the blessed day arrives that you can hire someone at oDesk, eLance, or some such outfit to take this crap off your shoulders.
The ultimate point to what you’re doing online is to get to where you are purely in creative mode and someone else functionalizes it.
You’re the talent!
Get to that title full time, as soon as possible, and watch your dream take flight!
The photographer of this post’s featured photo: Truman Adrian Lobato De Faria