Towards the end of Summer I decided to sit down and make a list of things that I wanted to accomplish this Fall before the Holiday Season started. It was a lot – more than I thought I could get to – but I like to challenge myself. We consider our “Holiday Season” to start on November 1. I like to have every new cart feature in place by mid-October so we have some time to work any kinks out before the big rush. I’m taking some time off this week and next week to head back to James Madison to give another talk, and also to visit some friends and family down South. Therefore, my deadline to get everything done was yesterday…and I did it.
Here’s the list I put together on 8/20:
- Implement new warehouse pulling system
- Do LP Redesign w/Mike
- Add LP Sources, review all existing sources for quality
- Revamp DI Checkout process
- Create and launch DI Mobile Site
- Create DI Holiday shipping system
- Add Wish List/Save Cart feature to DI
- Improve DI/SL MySQL query optimization
- Complete cart Admin functionality
We also hired our first full-time employee during that time period too.
Now, some of that stuff I can’t/won’t/shouldn’t delve into exactly what it involved, but all of it was important and it all wrapped up nicely heading into the Holidays. When I get back, I can focus on 1) the extra day-to-day work involved in making things run smoothly during a busy season, and 2) finally devoting the majority of my “project time” to growing LockerPulse.
I realize that my posts have dropped off a bit. I’ll probably end up posting a bit more once I get back. The past few months I chose getting an extra hour or two of work done over writing a post. It’s always a balancing act – if business and/or my personal life are super busy, the first thing that I’ll trim back on is the blog posts.
At the end of any given day, I always feel better when I put in a hard days work. It’s always very satisfying to set aggressive goals and then nail all of them.
I’m not sure whether or not I’ll post when I’m gone. I’ll definitely be back in early November when the fun begins!