Focusing on one project at a time: Part 1

Last Thursday, I decided to focus all of my attention and time on starting-up my own database consulting business.

My theory:

  • By monofocusing on setting up my business, that I can be 80% of the way there by the time I finish
  • The remaining 20% of the work — chiefly contacting, following up and meeting with clients — is largely a waiting game, and can be run in tandem or on the margins on other work.

It was an experiment. I was testing:

  • If focusing on one thing made me more effective, helping me to crest the learning curve more quickly
  • If I could sustain a 7, 10, or 14 day push and how that felt.
  • If I could master the legal requirements of becoming self-employed, setup my website and other marketing materials, and meet with colleagues and potential clients.

For the last 7 days, that’s all I’ve done. And it’s all I’ll do through Sunday.

The results? So far, it’s been successful, but not fun. I’ve gotten a lot done in a short period of time, and accomplished all of the business tasks I set for myself. But pushing this hard is partially responsible for the cold that showed up today. Life hasn’t been particularly enjoyable, as the most important things to my happiness — my close relationships, being physical, and meditating — have moved to the back burner.

I’ll post more on this soon, as the big push winds down. I’m looking forward to Monday and Tuesday, which I’ve designated at my weekend.







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