Perhaps the CEO’s most important operational responsibility is designing and implementing the communication architecture…” - Ben Horowitz
A Must-Have for Entrepreneurs
By Clayton Mooney, Young Entrepreneur Convention
There are 168 hours in a week.
There’s a good chance you’re using around 50 of those hours for sleeping.
But what about the 120 hours you’re not sleeping?
Sure, throw out a few hours here and there for meals and showers (I hope), but you still have close to 100 hours remaining.
If you want to create anything of lasting value, especially a company from the ground up, you’re going to need to strive for having structure in your life--no matter how chaotic you believe your schedule to be.
Here are a few items that help me with structure, as I go about working 7 days a week:
I’ve been following Kevin Rose for quite sometime (really enjoyed his Foundation series), and in a recent one-a-month newsletter, he suggested Bullet Journaling. I had never heard of the concept, but wanted to see if it would compliment my scheduling well. I love it. It helps keep me calm as I sometimes feel overwhelmed with to-do lists. It helps paint a much clearer picture from month-to-month of what really needs to be accomplished. I believe any founder out there can benefit from bullet journaling--P.S. I just use a regular notebook; you don’t need anything fancy.
Ever since jumping back over to Ireland for a summer in a 2015, where I helped Startup Ireland plan a 20,000+ person series of startup events, I’ve been using Trello. It’s a virtual Post-it note board, and the desktop and mobile version are both smooth. I have boards for KinoSol, Nebullam, book work, the AgEI Student Business Incubator, and we even use it for mapping out YEC’s social media. If your venture has even one member who works remotely, Trello is your opportunity to keep everyone moving toward whatever it may be that your venture is striving for. I may be the number one fan of Trello in all of Iowa--you’ll often see me in my Trello shirt at local startup events.
If you’ve only heard of one of these three suggestions, it’s likely Slack. Slack is the dream messaging platform for the team. With multiple teams, in multiple ventures, in multiple locations, I have just as many Slack channels as I do Trello boards. Slack helps eliminate messy email chains, helps to better categorize day-to-day subjects, and like Trello, the desktop and mobile version are both smooth. And yes, some days I may get carried away by up-voting with cats or pandas, or the occasional Michael Scott GIF. It’ just another great way to communicate on Slack.
Speaking of communicating, notice a trend here with these suggestions?
It has to begin with yourself (Bullet Journal), encompass all of your company (Trello), and offer a voice to all of your team (Slack).
ABOUT THE AUTHOR: CLAYTON MOONEY
Before his entrepreneurial ventures began, Clayton had two careers. One in professional poker, where he played thousands of online tournaments and traveled to numerous countries for tour stops. The other in marketing writing for Fortune 500 companies, where he developed a skill set for creatively driving engagement.