day three: i didn’t get a chance to do much work, but the work i did do, was important work. sleep earned
I’ll get to the chase with this. I’ll end the day not feeling like I really earned my sleep. But that’s largely due to it being a wednesday night, and being a worship leader at my church means that a significant amount of my time is chewed away on wednesday nights. I love doing it, but it does take quite a bit of my time.
What did I do?
I played some with danhefferan.com, I worked some on a new client site, and I tweaked a site for my sister-in law.
Why does it matter?
I’m always trying to be better, so making danhefferan.com better is important, making progress on a freelance project is always good, and getting closer to completion on a site for an artist… it’s important!
Earn your sleep?
No, but I didn’t have enough time to myself to say I earned it– Also due to giving up certain things in lent, i’m strugglign through a bit of a caffeine headache right now… Not having pop is huge for me!
Remember hustle month?
Perhaps you do. sometimes it’s a faded memory for me as well.
Hustle month was a period of personal productivity that I came up with when I was starting to get into web design. My first experiment with it was very successful, and caused me to want to involve other people in with it.
That july, I hosted a hustle month program on hustlemonth.com, though July turned out to be an awful time for me to be trying to host a community project — I was even on vacation when the program started. Don’t do it!
Brian and I just finished up with our busiest stretch of time we’ve encountered as business owners, and while the last few weeks have been hectic, i would really love take some of the more flexible time i have available to me over the next month and really do something about it. Tomorrow being the start of lent doesn’t hurt to be a time to make some changes to habits.
So i’m going to make March a hustle month.
What is hustle month?
Hustle Month is mostly characterized by the attempt to use your free time for things that are productive and will further your goals. I would also attempt to reflect on each day’s progress by answering these three questions:
- What did I do?
- Why did the the things I did today matter?
- Did I earn my sleep?
I may have missed the first two days of this, but I think i have plenty of time to make this a successful month.
It is also the start of lent.
Lent is a time where many Christians give up something as a reminder to focus on Christ. Growing up I didn’t often give up much for Lent, but I see the value of it now that i’ve grown a bit older.
I was reflecting today on the things that I can give up, here are some things that came to mind:
- Giving up playing video games alone ( there’s just not that much value to it. )
- Giving up ice cream ( my family has a penchant for a sweet tooth)
- Giving up Pop
- Giving up fast food (which also would mean i need to be better about waking up on time to pack lunches.
- Giving up sleeping in. // the snooze button.
- Giving up buying things
- Giving up personal facebook/twitter
I might try to do all of these things! Not only will they certainly be a sacrifice, but but some of these might be very healthy to give up… (pop ice cream and fast food are a no brainer that they are healthy. )
If i do end up giving up personal social media stuff, I would be doing what I can to write on this website as often as I can. That’s not necessarily a bad thing
Hustle month check in:
1. What did I do?
I worked all day, I came home, for dinner and then met with Mike to discuss the design behind dauntless.co. We also devised our plan for the website as it goes through it’s first official month, and also our plans as we go into April of this year. We have some big things in the works for dauntless! I spent the remainder of the night working on the early version of the dauntless blog– using a wordpress theme called Jumpstart.
I also hashed out some ground work for a client site for five espressos.
2. Why does this matter?
Because I’ve been wanting a platform that doesn’t hae my name attached to it for quite some time, and I’ve always wanted to work extensively with entrepreneurs and other creative people. This project will be just that.
3. Did you earn your sleep?
yes. If every day this month can be like this i’ve done well.
Today I stopped by the library for the first time in years.
I figured that it’s about time to borrow books instead of buying every single one. ( I have an unhealthy addiction to used books from amazon.)
As I was filling out the information for my library card, the clerk handed me a small flyer that listed the Library’s URL in case I wanted to manage my account online.
My immediate thought was: “why in the world would I need this piece of paper? I’m just going to throw it away, and when I need to see the library’s website, I’ll simply type ‘Georgetown Libary’ into the bar.” It made perfect sense to me. This was a complete waste.
I accepted the piece of paper, mostly because I didn’t want to offend the clerk, but I also realized that for many of the library’s patrons, finding the website isn’t going to be the easiest thing. This url sheet would be very helpful! Even though I wasn’t going to find a use for the paper, there was a chance that i would have, so it was worth it to have the clerk offer it to me.
This is the same reason that you need to be open about your talents and what you can help people with. Five Espressos isn’t Happy Cog. Happy Cog is a leading web design/ development shop, and a company that I keep tabs on them because the represent a dream of what Five Espressos could grow to be. However, just because Happy Cog exists, and offers the same sort of services that we do, oesn’t mean that I shouldn’t still offer my services as a web designer.
Why though? If they are better, my services are useless, right? A complete waste!
Not at all, Happy Cog happily starts their projects at $100,000. I start my projects at considerably less than that. and though we occupy different sides of the market, we both provide a valuable service to our clients.
That’s actually the core of business- you don’t have to be the absolute best at something, as long as you’re creating the value that your client is hoping for.
A URL flyer is common sense to me, how do you find a website for a library? Well, it might as well be rocket surgery for some.
one of my prevailing thoughts over the last couple weeks is my desire to get fit.
to look better
to feel better
and ultimately last longer here
I also want to start dressing better.
I was running by kinkos to get a sign printed and i ran by the joseph a banks. I stood there and asked myself why i don’t wear the clothes more often.
I was looking at iwillteachyoutoberich.com‘s homepage and ramit looks great on the homepage. he’s lean, he has great pants, and ultimately he looks like someone to be taken seriously.
IF I don’t look my best, it might be vain to say something like this, but can I really be taken seriously? Appearance matters
I can expect to be taken seriously?
If someone has the choice between me, the enthusiastic, yet overweight me?
and someone who is clean, well dressed and healthy?
who are they going to choose?
If you have really big goals for your life, but you can’t control your health, or your weight, or your diet, how in the world can you expect to accomplish your goals.
My mind has had a hard time focusing lately.
i haven’t had a ton of energy. So lets see where i can go from here.
So Brian and I are gearing up for a couple weekends of events in which ymLaunch is a sponsor. We have been working on refining the product for a long period of time, and we think that we’ve done a pretty good job. However, we haven’t been able to put the product out in front of our audience enough yet. Part of that is not making time to be marketing the product, but part of it comes down to not having the time during the day to be networking with Youth Pastors.
Not having the product in front of our customers means that we continue to refine something, but we aren’t able to gather all that much feedback — in the future this will change but at the time of this writing, it is what it is. The lack of feedback means that it’s very easy to doubt the importance of the work we’re doing.
Is it going to matter?
Will this work?
Well. we should have a pretty good idea of whether or not this is could work in the next 2-3 weeks.
In a couple weeks, we’ll be sponsoring an event that should host around 250 area youth pastors, and as one of the main sponsors, we should have the opportunity to let each of them know about what we’re doing. We look at this as a GREAT opportunity.
A week later, we have a booth for Genesis which is a regional youth conference where there’s expected to be around 1500 kids.
We are looking forward to sharing what we’ve built with ymLaunch with the people that we built it for. It’s very easy to doubt your value, but if you’re working to make something easier for someone else, then it’s pretty hard to discount your value.
Also, it’s fun to put our product out there and say “hey, check this out” — it’s possible that they won’t be interested. That will be good to hear. It will be good to hear why they might be hesitant. However, we will also hear the flipside. The people who have been waiting for something like this. We are gearing up for it, and pretty soon it will be go time!
I’m currently at the local university’s library doing some work for ymlaunch and a few other projects, i’m surrounded by students who are all studying and doing homework.
It’s interesting how over 3 years later. the reason i’m here has completely changed, however the atmosphere that is fostered is completely helpful.
It also helps that i’m a lot more interested in my current work than the work I was doing back then.