Well, this was a weird week. I met the commitment, but it didn’t have the impact I was hoping for. I am thinking I picked the wrong commitment or at least didn’t define what exactly I needed to do.
With the commitment met, the needle didn’t really move, and I don’t feel like I am really any further along than last week.
October didn’t have a great start. I am starting to become concerned with my money-saving plan, as I continually come up short. I think I need to at least explore other options.
However, I don’t want to chase everything and lose focus. As much as I would like to actually sell some sites, dropship on Amazon, and sell t-shirts, I feel like I started the month off far enough along in client talks to keep that as a high priority.
This was one of the better weeks in terms of actually doing things, doing them early, and really focusing on what it would take the move the needle. However, it was also the worst week ever in terms of the amount that I could actually save.
I was able to make the last debt payment and the delayed client payment didn’t help things. This week was terrible, but I should be able to start saving more per week going forward.
I started this week off better prepared than the previous couple of weeks. I didn’t have any travel schedule or visits from my brother. I am 2 months in, behind schedule, and need to get something going.
I also didn’t wait for the last minute to try to accomplish anything. I didn’t actually accomplish as much as I wanted, but at least I am starting to things going without the constant distractions and disorganization.
Technically, I broke the streak, but it was more of a technicality than anything else. While I started off strong, I didn’t really finish strong.
I should have probably put in more details for the commitment, since I basically stopped right after I did the minimum.
So even though I met the commitment and met it early, I likely could have done more.
Really need to break the streak of waiting until the last minute. I thought I had a good idea to take the content with me to work on the plane. I flew from Raleigh to Atlanta, had an hour layover, and then went on to Indianapolis.
I got nothing done during that. The layover in Atlanta was cut short when the plane landed, but didn’t have anyone available to guide them to the gate. The run to the gate to catch the flight took the remainder of the time.
That whole trip screwed up my schedule since I was running on little sleep, got to the hotel after 1:00am, and had to get up at 6:00am. The flight coming back took be into Raleigh during rush hour, so getting back home took way longer than I wanted.
The streak of waiting until the last minute continued. It was earlier this morning that I finally finished up my commitments, but I had some unexpected things come up this week.
Client work was still a priority to make sure I don’t lose any contracts I currently have, but after doing some networking and multiple round discussions, I have basically given up hope that anything would happen.
The answer that I would typically get is they knew they needed to make a change, they liked me, but they just weren’t ready to do anything. Well, this week had a lot of them come back and say they might be ready.
September started off looking for new clients. Mainly through networking, I reached out to everyone I thought could point me in a direct that would land a contract.
I also kept going on a project I had started. With the addition of the project manager, more work seems to be getting done. I started looking for another developer to help with the work load. I am working on the WIG sessions and setting commitments, but I need to get other things going as well. Even though I am focused on getting more clients, I also need to lay the foundation for other things.
Similar to last week, I didn’t get done as early as I would have liked. It took way more time to focus on the wildly important. Part of the issue was client work was a bit more this past week than usual. With one contract down and no new replacements, I get a little nervous when work comes in that’s harder than expected.
I feel like if I don’t address the issues immediately, I run the risk of losing this contract, as well. This made client work more stressful, and even though it’s just a part of the whirlwind, it took up more time than I would have liked.
This is the first week where I didn’t really meet the goals as quickly as I did previously. Looking over some other teams’ 4DX tips, completing the goals as quickly as possible has been the most common.
Up until this week, I had everything done shortly after coming up with the goals. However, this week took me until yesterday to get everything completed. That was mainly due to the WIG session being today. In typical Parkinson’s Law fashion Work expands to fill the time available for its completion.