September Task List

Processing and Packing

I’m back from vacation. My intention was to leave on Wednesday so that I could use Thursday to recuperate, do work on Friday and enjoy the festivities at church this weekends, as well as fulfill a myriad of obligations. We did not leave until Thursday so the whole plan is out the window. I have a lot on my plate and my mind. Usually I write here last, but today I’m writing here first so that I could get my task list together. Here it is.

  • Do homepage template for e-commerce site. This is a seasonal template that needs to be swapped out. Immediately.
  • Do article submission for e-commerce site.
  • Commission 50 more articles for e-commerce site.
  • Complete April through August financials for e-commerce site.
  • Complete 30 articles for each of the affiliate sites.
  • Do 30 directory submissions and 20 feed submissions for affiliate sites.
  • Figure out optimal AdSense placement for site #1.

I started off thinking that this would be a task list for this weekend, but who am I kidding. I’m going to be working on this stuff all month long. As far as articles go, I’ve already lost 10 days this month, so for 10 out of the next 20 days I’ll have to double up. I really was hoping that this would not happen, but when I got to Florida my brain was so happy to take a rest, I just let it.

Feels much better to write it down though. I’ll be checking stuff off as time passes right here.

BTW, the scheduling thing worked like a charm. I used it for the e-commerce site. It was lovely.

It Was A Day of Processing And Packing

Processing and Packing

As I was lamenting today again on how laborious this shipping process is, I reminded myself that there was a time when we re-typed orders into Quickbooks and addresses into USPS. Imagine how much time that would take. I am grateful that that is no longer the case.

I’m beginning to isolate the problem areas. The biggest fat is in the number of times we touch the product. We unpack it and put it on the racks, then we check to see if it’s what we ordered, then we check to see if the stuff that we have to send out is there, then we pack it. Too many touch points for the products. I also think that we spend a lot of time walking around that tiny room. Clipboards will become a mainstay.

The next time consumer is the number of clicks that one order has to go through. For that, I think that order management software would help. Some central location that automatically interfaces to all the other apps we have to interface with, but we would only have to deal with it. We’ve been reading about Stone Edge to solve that problem.

Of course, this won’t be fixed overnight, but little by little we will become more efficient.