Organizing My Thoughts
I’m writing right now to try and unscramble my brain. The list of shit I need to do has grown enormous. It is so overwhelming that I have apathy towards the whole thing. It feels like no matter how much I do it will never all get done. But it has to get done.
My life is a mess right now. My house is a mess. My car is a mess. My store is a mess.
My thoughts are a mess.
So I’ve decided to try and organize at least my thoughts by making a list of all the tasks that I have to do and then to categorize them. Part of the reason this is all so messed up is that I switched from a To Do List to a Calendar. And I continued to add tasks to my calendar while pushing other tasks I couldn’t get to further into the future. This has caused a massive pile up.
The categories (in order of importance) are: Opening the store, updating the website and apps, personal responsibilities, and marketing.
Opening the store
- Call Rick about removing bulk trash.
- Hire the first employee. Right now I’m offering the job to employees of the laundromat I outsource to, but if they fall through I will have to go through the entire process of creating an online job application, placing an ad, interviewing, and training.
- Strip the floor in the lobby. This basically involves a deep chemical scrub of the laminate floor. Probably a 2-hour project.
- Buy and install remaining equipment and supplies. 2 folding tables. Detergents. Gloves. Cash Register. Laundry carts. Doorbell. Scale.
- Re-install all the ceiling tiles.
- Order the glass for the office window.
- Buy a security system.
- Design the menu.
- Order the hanging sign.
- Order all the posters and menu.
- Hire a cleaning crew.
Updating the Website and Apps
- Update the order form to include payment method.
- Online Job Application.
- Online Gift Card sales.
- Add pictures and item modifiers to the Square app.
- Learn the employee software and add myself as an employee.
- Send invoices to La Quinta.
- Set up credit card payments for the new credit card used to buy washers & dryers.
- Re-schedule Jury Duty.
- Clean the car thoroughly.
- Go through the mail.
- Update car registration.
- Renew the lease with the tenant.
- Virtual office locations for Google Maps.
- Facebook ads for the store and for gift cards.
- Switch the Google ads from old (virtual) location to new (actual) location.
- Door to door partner marketing to apartment complexes and high rises.
Ok now I just need to knock out as much of this stuff as I can.
This story is part of a series documenting the journey of a Dallas startup called Feather Laundry. For your reference here is the Table of Contents for the series.
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