I can’t believe it’s been almost a month since I announced The 2 Hour Project. Haha! It looks like realising this dream of mine’s gonna take a little work. But that’s ok. I already knew that.
These past few weeks have been all about getting clearer on what I’m gunning for this year. I’m old school. Uncool as it is, the idea of having solid operating and revenue models up and running makes me feel warm and gooey. This is still a complete work in progress.
I’ve also been trying out different ways of working and seeing what feels right for now. Think batching like tasks, writing outside, master task lists, and daily priorities.
Over the past weeks I’ve had a few flare ups with my back. I’ve felt pretty frustrated by them, but thinking of it now, I realize I’ve learnt an important lesson that will impact the way I work big time.
You see, for the past 3 weeks in a row I’ve caught myself thinking ‘next week’ll be different’ as I limp off to bed. Boy do I hope it will be. But I’ve also gotta face facts; it might not be different. Fuck! For a girl like me, facts like that suck the pus… but focusing on those hard truths is also empowering.
Working with the reality of my situation – specifically how much time, energy, and resources I can actually bring for sure to any project – means I can create a way of working that takes all the elements of my unique situation into account. It’s my very own jigsaw. This approach definitely sets me up for the best chance of success. And I’d much prefer that than being the victim over and over of some unachievable routine I’ve put in place based on an I’m-in-total-denial mindset.
You already know it, but here’s a reminder: This baby applies whatever your situation. Got a new born? Full time job? Heaps of homework? $50 in the bank? No internet access at home? 16 children? Forget cookie cutter shit. Applying some creative problem solving brilliance to your actual, unique reality is your best path to making your own Project Start Up/ Project Freelance / Project Fulltime Entrepreneur/Project Whatever a reality.
Here’s some other things working for me so far:
• Reminding myself that how I used to work/create is TOTALLY IRRELEVANT. What’s important is how it is for me now.
• Super slow and steady can be really fucking annoying when you’re someone motivated by accomplishing stuff. Building in achievable daily milestones (even if they’re tiny) makes all the difference for me.
• Taking a few minutes to get my head in the game first thing really helps me focus on and follow through with my priorities for the day. If I do this outside it becomes one of my favourite parts of the day.
• My writing is WAY better when I’m outside + away from the laptop. I’m talking about flow, quality, and experience here, and you know what that is, right? Uh huh. Writing Wonderland. (This makes me so happy that you should totally imagine I’m jumping-in-the-air-high-fivin’-you right now!)
I’d love to know: What do you do to set yourself up for a great work day?
I can’t wait to update again soon!
- Like I need a stiff drink
- Like I can do anything
- Like Im at a yawn-fest
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