I want to try to limit myself extremely and work on my business only one day a week. I hope this will be a substantial improvement mental and result-wise.
Note: my current lousy work schedule(as a self-employed) is “sometimes during the weekdays”. I definitely need a better structure…
Why am I doing this?
I have lost the enthusiasm
For the past couple of months I noticed I don’t want to work on my existing business.
By removing the need for creativity I painted myself into a corner effectively making my work boring. I don’t get to the creative stuff, because there is never the time for it. But you know that “the lack of time is a lie”, don’t you? The real reason is that…
I have lost my focus
Trying to fit OMFramework and all my side projects in the same day forced me to juggle with them daily, eventually dropping many of them on the ground.
My task-juggling olympics are actually known to the world as “switch-tasking”.
I would like to avoid that, please.
Switch-tasking leads to attention deficit. No attention—no focus.
Should I start working now? How much time do I need for this task? Oh no, I got caught up in researching about [insert side project]… and so on.
These are the usual thoughts during a day of mine. Questions like these only tax my glucose system, because I think about them. Glucose in our blood is essential for the non-default-decision-making mode of the brain. Important if you want your business to grow instead of just react to the environment.
Removing these questions will leave me with more “decision-making” power which I can invest in solving business-related problems.
Bonus: I have lost sense of direction
Yes, there are tasks to be completed ranging from marketing to copywriting, design and development, yet I feel lost. And I procrastinate.
I expect to feel good when working on these tasks, but there is no way I can do it if the only time I have left for them is at the end of my workday.
Why do I put my side projects first?
Because if I don’t work on them early in the day, later on I will be tired or would want to go out. Also at the end of the day I am easily distracted.
So, how do I plan get by with only one day of work?
I will return to my trusted tools, the tools that got me trough the initial war with myself that OMframework’s launch was. I needed focus, because I knew I had the time, it was just me not using it very well. Applying them was also fun, too.
My “battle-tested and trusted” tools are the following reputable principles:
- 20% of the work accounts for 80% of the desired effects—the 80/20 rule or otherwise know as Pareto’s law
- Work expands to fill the time available for its completion.—Parkinson’s law
I won’t go into details, but the application of these two alone helped me focus my efforts during initial development of OMFramework. I worked only on the most essential tasks and features applying the 80/20 analysis and kept them from blowing up with the help of shorter-than-I-wanted deadlines.
What am I going to do now?
Here is what I intend to do every monday during the time of this test:
- Work for the day ONLY on the OMFramework project
This is intended to help me eliminate the questions “Is it time to stop working on this side project and get back to ‘real work’?”, “Should I work on OMFramework today?”, “When during the day should I check the Slack and Trello notifications I received?”
- prioritize tasks to be done for the day using Pareto’s principle(80/20)
- Put incredibly short deadlines (Parkinson’s law) to focus on execution thus avoiding any loss of attention
You can’t afford to lose concentration when you are pressured by a deadline
Achievements waiting to be unlocked
Trough this monday routine I hope to achieve the following:
- Work regularly on OMFramework
- Improve the conversion rate of OMFramework’s landing page (aiming for 10–12x in general)
Primary focus in my long-term business strategy
- Re-evaluate the project’s direction, it’s goals and the way we achieve them right now (i.e. work “on the business”, not “in the business”)
secondary focus in the long-term biz strategy
Starting today(June 30) this test will run for the next 5 weeks—last workday in this schedule should be July 28. Expect updates/detailed report at the end.
Posting here in the hope someone besides me will find use of this, and of course, as a public reminder. Otherwise I would have buried it in some of my awesome notebooks filled with amazing stories, brilliant ideas and clever notes… that never see the light of day.