Well, here I am in that part of the year where I am able to do this online stuff full time. No distractions. And it will probably stay like this until late January next year.

So I have all the time in the world, I naively think. My existing sites only need some looking after now an then, and I can concentrate on some long overdue new projects.

Project 1

My first project is an idea I came up with early this summer when I was in the Philippines. I was visiting the beautiful city of Dumaguete and the idea actually made me fall down some stairs at my hotel. I was on my way to the local coffee shop for my morning coffee and I was researching the project on my iPad instead of watching where I should put my feet.

My iPad survived, but I got 2 strain ankles and had to spend the rest of the trip plus my whole 16-hour flight home on crutches. But the idea evolved and pieces are being put together for the blog to be released very soon.

Project 2

The second project is an e-commerce thing that came in from the side some weeks ago. It's an angle of e-commerce that I haven't tried out yet, so I'm a bit curious how it turns out. So I will set up a test site and see how it works out.

Project 3

Project number three is video. As some (actually a lot) of you noticed, I have decided to put aside my reluctance for video and make one, or most likely more.
That means I have to learn something new. But I am putting my own twist on to the video so it's not straightforward at all. This project has the lowest priority at the moment.

Project 4

Project four came up today. It was a topic for a new blog within my field of interest. It was a "hmmm, I can write about that" moment, and it's very much related to the story about my first project. So I rushed to check available domain names and found a brilliant 11-letter brandable domain with keyword and no prior history, except it had been registered and dropped some years ago. So now that is registered and ready to build.

Project 5

I'm growing a beard. This is both the slowest project and the one that requires the least effort, and it is one of the perks connected to the work-from-home status. However, this project will most likely be brutally canceled by my wife in very near future.

The 2+1 points I'm trying to make

So where am I going with this story? Well, I have two points I want to make.

The first one is that I'll never learn. I always take on too much and I have still not accepted the undeniable and proven fact that any project related to website building takes at least twice as long as estimated, and most likely much, much longer.

My second point is that by telling you all about what I am doing, I'm making a commitment. I have announced what I'm doing, so I better deliver. And hopefully, all of you have forgotten about this in three months, but I have not.

The third and most important point

There is a third point also. In my professional career, I have been working with project management and been running projects of many sorts for many many years. And I have had to manage many more simultaneous projects than the five I'm working on now. I am also used to the technical part of designing and building websites. That experience helps me now.

If you are new to this, don't take on too much. Start with one website and learn how to master all aspects of this new trade. Learn one thing at the time. If you take on too much, you will be overwhelmed and lose the drive to continue.

And for those of you who want more details about my four projects, you'll have to wait. Manager-me just signed a non-disclosure agreement with developer-me until release date :). And if you want details about project number five, you should strongly reconsider your priorities.

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CJardin Premium
So important to address these points, and find myself diving into too many projects and not following through to complete them. I have yet to begin with a website as I'm taking the Niche topic too seriously but find that if my daily motivation leads me to anything it will be a topic that supports my strengths. Thank you again for another enlightening topic!
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JHaugland Premium
Thank you for reading.
Just find a way to keep structure on your projects. I use a simple todo-list (Todoist app) for managing everything and make sure I don't end up doing nothing when there's a lot of things to do
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jolico Premium
You are a busy guy, and thanks for the advise of not taking on to much, As a newbie I find I have been side tracked a bit from jumping around reading all the info here, I need to re focus and concentrate on getting a niche and website up and running.
Gary
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JHaugland Premium
It is easy to get distracted in here.
Just follow the progress of the training, and let that be your guideline for keeping focus. Then it's easier to stay on track
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DNicholas Premium
Great blog. I used to think that as we got older, things would get simpler. I guess I was wrong. There's always more to do than we have time for. I look forward to retirement so I'll have more free time. Until then, it's prioritise and organise. Thanks for the info.

Don
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JHaugland Premium
Thanks for reading :)
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Franca1 Premium
Thank you for sharing. I'm still learning and haven't completed all the lessons in the training. I'm still working on getting my website the way I want it. It is very time consuming for sure and hard when I work full time. It would be so wonderful if I can make this my full time job like you have I'm along ways away from that.
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JHaugland Premium
Just continue to work hard and things will work out
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Stella2 Premium
I can so relate to this. My mind is always 5 miles ahead of where it is realistic to be in terms of time limits. I have learned mindfulness and slowing down as a result of illness, but they have been my best life lessons. It has been a huge help to me.

All the best with your projects! :-)
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JHaugland Premium
Thanks :)
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Alan Hocking Premium
Words of wisdom Jorn I always advise our new members to focus on one site and get that one working and earning money first before attempting to build a second site or start a new project so that you don't duplicate mistakes across several sites.

And yes I'm the worst one in the world for taking my own advice! :D
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JHaugland Premium
My motto is; Do as I say, not as I do :)
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Alan Hocking Premium
:)
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laparra1 Premium
Good afternoon Jorn,

I also get the impression it is a lot of hay on your fork.
Your wife does not like beards? I think men can look really attractive with one. I told my better half he should not dare to shave otherwise I will divorce him.

Greetings from the south of Spain, Taetske
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MKearns Premium
LOL Taetske!
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JHaugland Premium
As of now, the beard is at a length where I'm given the nickname of "cactus" and experiencing restrictions in kissing. If this doesn't change I have to evaluate pros and cons.....
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laparra1 Premium
Jorn, I agree with your wife. The cactus stage is bad for the lady's tender skin. Oh, but beyond that stage, it gets ever so nice.

Greetings from the south of Spain, Taetske
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Mickeyr Premium
Again, as always, you remind me that my first thought might be the best. I have ideas pop into my head all the time, always thinking, well, I could write about that. I could start this. And then putting the breaks on myself. Hold it, you still have so much to learn. Get your first website right, then start something new. This new thing won't grow legs and walk away. Get a handle on what you're doing now, first. Oh, and like you, I hate video. But I will have to break down and make some so that I can do the "xplainin" on things a little easier. Good luck, and tell your wife to leave project #5 alone.
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JHaugland Premium
Thanks for reading. We'll see how it works out. I'm quite good at making priorities, so I think it will work out ok
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AHilke Premium
Best of luck on all your endeavors!

I'm glad you made the comment about not taking too much on. I'm guilty of this because of how much there is to do, and how excited I am to do it!

But you are right: it's much better to master the basics one at a time instead of half you-know-whating a bunch of things.
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JHaugland Premium
Thanks. Just hang in there and you will get through it all
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LesleyAnnH Premium
Wow you're going to be a busy bee these next few months, though from your professional career experience it seems that you'll be able to handle the new projects admirably. Just wondering is the beard in any way a comfort disguise before you commit to video? :) Just joking. Best wishes for your endeavours, and hope your ankles have healed nicely.
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JHaugland Premium
The beard is more a lazy thing than anything else :)
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Postum99 Premium
Well Jorn,
That was quite lot to put out to the WA public. Something I wanted to let you know, you and my dad could be twins. I was shocked at how much you look alike. Of course, dad has been gone since 2000. He was 82 when he passed.
Actually I hope your wife cancels the beard growing session. I don't care for beards. Wow, that's none of my business at all. Sorry for being forward. I want to wish you huge success with all the projects if they make you happy.
My site is almost ready for you to critique again. I'll let you know.
Dan
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JHaugland Premium
Well, I hope she cancels the beard project too. It comes out way too gray :)
I'm here. just send me a note.
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cbuffone Premium
Great post J. - both entertaining and enlightening. Taking on too much is a pitfall for many of us - Although the counter to that (in my experience) oddly enough, giving work to the `busy`people`` seems insane, but I have consistently seen that if you want something done, give to the `busy`people`` and they will find a way to get it done.
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JHaugland Premium
Thank you for reading.

All work is of course regulated by Parkinson's law; Work expands so as to fill the time available for its completion.

Parkinson's law is then completed with Horstman's corollary; Work contracts to fit in the time we give it.

You are right about busy people. Some people seem to manage to do everything and then some.
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JLennon Premium
I feel your pain with the beard project. You give good advice.

I am a former project manager. It was the perfect job for someone with ADD (me), moving quickly among an array of unfinished tasks. That said, you are right. I have started two websites (Remember, ADD) but I focused exclusively on one for the past six weeks so that I can learn these disciplines. I will probably return to the other site at some point in the future.
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JHaugland Premium
The best thing is always to take one thing at the time.
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