Quality, Consequences and the Construction Industrial Complex (part 178).
Each year I have a “purge” in an attempt to optimize. I ask myself:
- How can I have more fun?
- How can I simplify?
- How can I delegate more?
This is my way to mentally and physically “lighten the load” so I go into the new year fresh.
I also focus on reducing digital security risks and the amount of software I use. My Jan 2019 “purge” looks like this.
Credit Cards – Manage Security
- As I travel a lot I change credit card each year to prevent fraud which also ensures I review all subscriptions and reduce to the essentials.
Certifications – Reduce to Must Haves
- I let my PMP certification lapse because frankly, no-one cares. $119 USD per year saved.
- I let my LEED AP certification lapse, also because, no-one cares. $85 USD per year saved.
Communications – Reduce to Improve Quality
- My goal is to reduce e-mail to a means of information transfer only i.e. zero conversations by e-mail.
- Use video or voice calls in first instance or WhatsApp for conversations.
- Never using or checking voice mail.
- Remove Facebook from all devices.
- Delete all contacts who are inactive, negative or soul sucking.
- Getting comfortable with the word no. Only saying yes to things I really want to do.
E-mail – It must die!
- Closed all personal e-mail accounts – immediate benefit, massive reduction in e-mail flow.
- Review and reduce who gets my e-mail address going forwards.
- Never giving a sales person my e-mail address again.
- Review all e-mail subscriptions and only opt into the ones I actually read.
- Open new personal e-mail account which has the benefit of never seeing sales e-mails from my old account…. : )
- Checking e-mail twice per day maximum.
- Only responding to e-mails sent directly to me. Any e-mail I am CC’d on will be filed but not read.
Software – Remove and Rationalize
- Closed Evernote account and moved to Apple Notes. $95.88 USD per year saved.
- Stoped using Visio and moved to Concept Draw suite because it works on Mac and PC.
- Closed private mail account and moved to Apple iCloud. $75 USD per year saved.
Devices – Rationalize
- No more desk top computers.
- Changing personal mobile phone number and account. This is cleansing as you can start again and chose who gets your number and reduces sales calls to zero for a while.
- Move to 1 mobile phone with duel sim which is now possible with iPhone.
- Using only one screen (see below) on my iPhone to reduce number of apps I use.
Delegation – As Much As Possible
- I am using www.fiverr.com more than ever and it is great. More of this in 2019.
Fun – As Much As Possible
- I love what I do and the podcast (https://edificecomplexpodcast.com ) is a delight, Robert and I are talking to some amazing people.
- Actively avoid shitty people and situations.
My main takeaway is that canceling and renewing, credit cards, personal e-mail and phone number every 1 or 2 years enhances personal security makes you audit your communications.
I now feel lighter, focused and ready for 2019. Get some!
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