In the last 632 days of working for myself I’ve adopted a pattern that feels increasingly stagnant. So, in an effort to change things up I took a morning to sit down and candidly evaluated my situation.
Specifically, I asked four questions:
- What was expected to happen?
- What actually happened?
- What went well, and why?
- What can be improved, and how?
“Experience is the name everyone gives to their mistakes.” – Oscar Wilde
I quit my nine-to-five 1 year, 8 months and 21 days ago. There are a few things I wish I had known before setting out and quite a few I have to keep reminding myself along the way. So rather then scrawl it into yet another notebook I thought I’d publish it.
If you haven’t left your job yet
- Now is the time to become an expert at time and project management; as well as how to balance your work and real lives. You’d think working full-time and developing your own business in the late night hours would be worse but I’m here to tell you- it’s not. When you work for yourself it becomes that much harder to leave “work” at “work”.
- Save three times as much money as you think you’ll need. Campaigns will die, you’ll need a new water heater- whatever, something will happen.