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Controlling Cycles Before They Control You
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Throughout my life I have noticed there are cycles all around. I don't mean the two wheeled variety but the continued swirl of repeatable events that control our life. You see normally we don't control cycles they control us. It is time to take charge and use these somewhat predictable sequences to our advantage or they may be the death of us all.

What is meant by a cycle anyway. A cycle is any repeating of events. Such as your pay period at work. You know when you will get paid based on a preplanned schedule. Your schedule for work (or school if you haven't fully entered the workforce as yet) is a cycle that dominates your life. A grander cycle is the whole get an education, get a job, work relentlessly to buy a house, have 2.4 children, see them off to college, retire and claim your own six feet deep plot of land for all eternity with a lovely granite marker to make sure everyone knows you were once here walking among us. That would be considered the master cycle. Of course, there are all of these lovely little cycles pulsing away throughout as well.

Cycles do not exist in a vacuum but overlap, work in tandem and sometimes clash in an explosive cacophony of entropy. For example, you have a business that is frequented by a number of customers over a given period of time (cycle one) and they pay you in a more less predictable fashion (cycle two). Let's say this exchange is conducted over the internet at your brilliantly conceived website hosted by WeHostTheMost. Now they have a cycle of their own called a maintenance cycle (cycle three).

Now when cycle three works as per usual, cycle one and cycle two continue on their merry way but what happens when WeHostThe Most has a calamitous event which prevents your customers (cycle one) from completing cycle two (the bit where you get paid) and everything grinds to a screeching halt. Hopefully cycle threes interruption will be temporary and everything will get back on track. If not then you will need to make adjustments to get the cycles back to a harmonious existence.

Ones business depends on cycles to thrive and to exist but they can also be optimized to give a better result. Let's say you know when WeHostTheMost will have an outage (trust me it happens) so you set up a backup site which is hosted by YouBetWeCanHosting just in case. Fortunately YouBetWeCanHosting is run by your brother-in-law in his basement so you know he is trustworthy.

Other cycles to be wary of is tax cycles. Yes, taxes must be paid in a timely fashion if you wish to continue operating your business. A necessary evil that must be accounted for in your fiscal plans. Cycles that will adversely affect you if you have opportunity to hire employees are vacations, school schedules if you hire school age people, individuals with small children will have other events that will wreck any cycle such as the day care is closed so I have to stay home with the kids not to mention illnesses that will affect everyone in your employ.

If you control the cycles and plan for the ones you can't control you should do fine. Be wary that all cycles are prone to readjustment which can wreak havoc on your own personal plans. That vacation to Cancun to "uncompress" can be put off when your salesman (brother-in-law) has to be out for any number of reasons, and you thought your sister bothering you ended when you moved on to college.


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Well done Sherrill Darby! I had a good laugh while reading this article. I never really thought about things in the way in which you so humorously pointed out. I look forward to reading other articles by you. :)

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