I was happy, not long ago, to report that I had had 3 workstations:
- “the big” imac to deal with video. (28″ with a dual monitor setup, loads of space).
- a mac mini standup desk (and 30″ monitor) to deal with customer contact.
- a white macbook for “writing.”
This was 3 workstations for just me. I wasn’t making a ton of money. I was a poseur, hopped up on lists, GTD and other kludges that simply aren’t generally good ideas. I wanted to be this serial entrepreneur. All I was doing was spinning my wheels, reinventing my productivity systems time and time again. I had it all: google notebook, evernote, Jott.
I had my own office, a place with my company name on the door that cost $1,000 a month or more, walking distance from my place.
All these tools. None of them necessary.
Fact is there was nothing that I did that needed to be “managed.” I would have been infinitely more productive had I just gone to where I was drawn. I kept thinking that this next tech gadget would be the one that recreated me. That saved me. That changed things. That made me thin, happy, and rich.
Thing is, I was human sprawl. I was going wider without attacking real problems. I spent hours on productivity overhead, and before I could start to work, I had this convoluted system to manage.
Now, I’m making more money than I have in my life, I have a more stable business, and I’m happier.
My whole business fits in a small bag, on a 13″ macbook air. I have an iPad for pitching. I have a PO Box for getting my mail. I use things like Tout and Batchbook. I could probably get by without them just fine. I work from the back bedroom of my house, and the odd coffeeshop. I do more real work than I did when I had these endless GTD lists.
I had a productivity apparatus that had become a one person bureaucracy where I barely had permission to get anything done ever.
There’s a lot of waste and failure points when you have a system with a ton of tools, and one that requires a ton of gear changes.
Now, it’s time to look at reducing my footprint in other areas:
- What I wear
- What I own
- How I eat.