Today is the first day in which I’m fully focused on my new company.
And boy, that takes some getting used to!
Most importantly, it means getting rid of a lot of ideas that were baked into my brain in 10 years of working as a body-and-brains-for-hire.
Yesterday I didn’t set an alarm, so I woke up after a gorgeous 9.5 hours of sleep. A bit later than I would normally do for a work day (ok, quite a bit later…). But who is going to tell me off? Me?!?
Then my entire travel time consisted of walking down my stairs (saving approximately 40 minutes compared to what I was used to in London).
Sitting down I actually was looking forward to getting a whole lot of stuff done (whereas at an assignment I didn’t really care about the work itself that much, it was more about people being happy with what I did).
Then, really doing the work is hard! I’m very much in the process of figuring out what I have to figure out, which means thinking a lot. And it’s quite different from the thinking that I used to do at an assignment. There sometimes a lot of brainpower was needed to figure out the difficult bits of mathematics that I had to deal with, but it was clear that there was an answer. Now it’s not about finding an answer, it’s deciding what to do. In what order. With whom. Where. And perhaps most importantly of all, why?!
More importantly, is it about “making hours”? When I was a contractor I sold myself by the day, got paid by the hour. And an important reason for wanting to get out of that was so that I could build something which would then produce the things that would be sold. In essence creating a multiplier for the effectiveness of my time.
And once that was more-or-less in place, I would want to use that multiplier to reduce the amount of time I worked (as opposed to increase the amount of money I earned). It feels as though I should be working 8 hours per day. But again, according to whom?
I’m sure that soon enough this will become the “new normal”. But until then I’ve got some figuring out to do.
Any tips, tricks or suggestions?
I’m Bastiaan. This blog is meant to give you some insight into the things I run into and perhaps to inspire you to go in search of your own life extraordinaire.