Friday was my last day at work. I’m officially an entrepreneur! I had some weird feelings about it during my last day. I was trying to tie up all the loose ends at work, so it wasn’t until Friday night that I was able to analyze the emotion that I was experiencing.
I’ve decided that it was, and still is, basically a survival feeling. It’s not that I’m scared, but it has a fear-like sense to it. The only thing I could imagine is that this is how I would feel if someone dropped me off in the jungle. I think it is a light fear-like feeling that is attempting to motivate me. Now that I’m truly independent, my brain knows I have to make things happen or they won’t happen.
To make sure that I am productive, I have a couple ideas to keep me on track. The first is using this blog as a tool for reflection and accountability. I’m going to post at least once a week. Although I’m sure my posts won’t always be about my recent accomplishments or struggles, it will still force me to reflect on my progress for the previous week.
In addition, I’m going to stick to a 9-5ish schedule to start with (probably with a lot of extra hours thrown in outside of that range) until I get some productivity habits worked out and see what I can allow myself to do. Then I’ll probably move toward whatever type of productivity model seems to suit me best.
I have hated every job I’ve ever had in a walled cubicle and I think that was more of a problem for me than the work schedule. I think that just having the ability to go take a 15 minute bike ride in the middle of the day to clear my mind will make huge strides for my productivity, happiness, and job satisfaction.
My other concern when I was debating quitting my job is what I will do with my ‘free’ time. Just for my own sanity, I will have to do something other than work on my business for a couple hours each day. I’ve always had a side project. For quite awhile that main non-work focus has been working on building a business. Now that my business is my main job, I need to replace my side project.
To start with, I’m going to work on completing the P90x workout program. If you haven’t heard of it, it is basically a really intense 90 day, full body workout. It will be really challenging to go all the way through the program. I experimented with it the last couple weeks, but couldn’t maintain the intensity that it requires while I was working on my job and my business. Now that I’ve removed that thorn of a time-suck, P90x should be quite an interesting challenge.
“To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment.” -Ralph Waldo Emerson