Welcome to the Resource pages for Tick Toxic – Time Management for Work at Home Moms – and Dads Too! I trust the book has been helpful for you. Here you’ll find more helpful resources that will allow you to master the art of time management.
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Building a business plan – One of the best sites I’ve seen for this is Bplans. They have samples and guides for various types of plans in various industries. They also have business planning software available to make the process simpler.
The Different Types of Business Plans is a great place to start learning.
Task Breakdown/ToDo Lists – While you can do your planning and to do lists on paper, there are lots of powerful software options to help you with this part of your daily routine.
- Thunderbird and Lightning – This combination of email client and calendar/to do list is the one I use. They are free and quite powerful although you can get the same functionality in Outlook and other software. The only drawback to this setup is that you need to leave the email up in order for your calendar notifications to come up… temptation!
- Max Productivity Mastery is a great course on how to use tools to organize all your thoughts, dreams, ideas, to do lists, etc into a manageable system. You can read more about it at my review or just jump right to the site itself.
- The Max Productivity Mastery course is based on two free tools (although others can be used) — Evernote and GQueues. Since GQueues can integrate with Google Calendar (in the paid version) this may be a suite of tools to consider to replace the Lightning plugin for ToDo lists. I’m still evaluating whether I’ll switch, but GQueues has a lot of nice features. I’ll be using Evernote whether I stay with Lightning or switch though.
- Simpleology is pretty hard to explain in a short paragraph. It is an all-in-one productivity web site with goal setting, planning and dreaming tools. Plus there is all kinds of training there (some free, some premium) that will help you become more focused.
Goal Setting – Learning how to make a meaningful goal and break it into milestones is an important skill. Here are some resources and tools to help you develop that skill.
- MasterIt is another LoneWolf site and has a great section of Goal Setting Tips to get you started.
- If you’re looking for some goal setting software, Goals On Track is an excellent option.
Productivity and Focus – As a time manager you’re not just trying to control your time, you’re also trying to make better use of it. Here are some resources that will help with that.
- focus – a simplicity manifesto in the Age of Distraction is written by Leo Babuta of Zen Habits. I’ve created what I call a guided readthrough which emails you daily or weekly links to a chapter with some of my own thoughts to guide you. Or you can download the PDF (but you’ll miss all my wisdom and insight 8=)
- IMI Organizer will help you keep your downloads organized — if you learn how to use it properly. There is a bit of a learning curve and I’ll admit that I don’t stick to it like I should. But the more I use it the easier my life becomes when I need to find that report or graphic that I downloaded last month.
- 3 2 1 Stop is an excellent eBook that will help you understand the power of simplicity and minimalism. Written by Lorilee Lippincott of Simple Living, this book helps you to see how less can be more.
Taking your routine tasks and turning them into a system is so very important to maximize your productivity. And it’s critical when you look to outsource.
- Internet Business Manifesto by Rich Schefren. Rich is one of the true guru’s out there and his manifesto really digs deep into this whole idea of creating systems. It’s free, so go grab it now!
There are many different ways to outsource tasks for your business. Pretty much any task that you need to do can be done by someone else… for a price.
Technical Stuff – I’m a tech guy myself, and I really enjoy the stuff that goes on behind the scenes. But whether you can do this stuff or not, sometimes it pays to get it done by someone else so you can focus on the more important aspects of your business — or just to make more family time.
Content Creation – There are a great number of options for getting content for a web site or other project you may be working on.
Product Creation and Delivery – Unless your business involves creating a unique physical product (like art or custom jewelry), you will sometimes need to have your product(s) mass produced and shipped.
For digital products this is easier than physical products, but you can usually find someone to fabricate things more effectively than you can do yourself. This is especially true for writers and musicians.
- Digital products
- Physical Products
Remember the Five Pillars? Good. I firmly believe that you need to work on these areas of your life to truly master time management. Having the proper balance will keep you alert and better able to focus your efforts.
Recreation and Social Interaction –
Spiritual Practice –