Tyler from Less Annoying Business here. Here's what's new:
The one skill every entrepreneur needs [Blog post]
One of the main things I see people struggle with is working with a blank slate. Analysis paralysis can be a startup killer, but it's a skill you can work on just like any other.
What does a $100k/year support person look like? [Podcast]
This week we discuss what it looks like to hire highly talented, well-paid support staff. It's not as simple as it sounds.
What I've been working on
I've been bogged down with little projects. Normally when this happens, it means I've said "yes" to too many things. There are all these little projects that are easy to complete, so I take them on rather than delegating them or just declining them entirely. Individually, this is harmless, but in aggregate, it ends up sucking up all my time so I can't work on the more important but less urgent stuff.
Normally, the solution to this is abandoning projects when possible (I wouldn't do this if I made a commitment to someone, but if no one expects it, I can just delete the task and move on), finishing the projects that can't be abandoned, and be more disciplined about saying "no". I'm basically declaring productivity bankruptcy.
Good shit on the internet
Here are some things I read this week that I liked:
The Startup Rules I Broke (and You Should Too) [Blog post]
I was especially interested in the point that says you don't need to "get out of the building". I'm not sure I 100% agree with the advice, but there's an insight hidden in that section which is that a lot of the things normal startups do are all about impressing investors. If you don't have investors, you can dramatically simplify the business, so copying the VC playbook can be a major mistake.
“Bursty” Communication Can Help Remote Teams Thrive [Article]
As I mentioned previously, Less Annoying CRM recently re-opened the office and started a new remote policy that only requires two in-office days per week. This article supports that approach a bit. Even more than that, it supports my increasing belief that asynchronous communication isn't right in all situations. My corner of the internet loves async communication and it can be great for a lot of things, but I think colleagues need regular real-time conversations to sync up, brainstorm, make decisions, etc.