Last week was unique in the amount of time I spent driving. Drive time was at an all time high. And I worked from the office 3 days which curtailed my productivity at home. It’s harder for me to get as much work done at the office, because the 2 hours driving and parking etc… are draining.
I’ve been taking design classes and reading books. And learning more about social media. Fascinating stuff. I read Norman’s book about human entered design. For a book written in 1998 it’s incredibly relevant today. The principles are simple… for a door… it should be designed so that you don’t even know it’s there. Doors that are designed that interfere with their usability and confuse the end user… are bad designs. Push vs. Pull.
I wanted to write about how startup life is different from regular life. The main difference is startup life is actual life. There’s no 9 to 5. That’s not how sales works. Startup life is more akin to a full time sales person who needs to make their commissions. It’s not easy establishing a work life balance since you are literally working at all times or thinking about how to get sales.
Saving money is hard. I’m a pro at spending it.. which means something. This weekend will be a bloodbath on my wallet. Two events… I’m hoping to be in the positive… but it’s uncertain. Why is it always uncertain? Anyways I’m saving up for a home. I have nearly enough money to move to a new home. Which is exciting.
There are a few things I need to do this weekend. Make a Facebook ad account, do PPC things, and do sales…. always doing sales. In addition I have to sell stuff and clean. The small errands in life when compiled make a dreadful weekend. I still have not done taxes… or really started. The worst emotion is boredom. Yes I have stuff I need to get done this weekend… but no I’m not excited for all of it… or even most of it. This week certainly was my best week. For a multitude of reasons it was exhausting when it really didn’t need to be.
Lyrics. I’m productive when there’s music. So productive. My Pandora has gone back to being more Taylor Swift. I believe that happens with every channel. I’m excited to work with one of the graphic designers again. She did a pretty good job on the runrex logo. It’s cute. Exactly the type of logo I would want for my company. As for the other project. That’s going as well. It looks like it will take a week.
I’ve lived the startup life for 3 years. Slightly longer depending on how you calculate it. The highest have been high… and the lowest have been incredibly low. Working at a startup was an opportunity I’m happy I took. Owning a startup turns out to be less frustrating but as rewarding. I’m glad I left my cozy office for a work at home space. I work more now the I’ve ever worked… which is crazy considering I worked 60+ hours in corporate.
I found my newest rival. She’s great. A little bewildering but overall the perfect “study buddy.” She’s an entrepreneur. And lives in Houston. Our personalities are similar. One difference is she’s better at socializing. Haha. Anyways… the importance of having rivals in my life…. It gives me a renewed sense of motivation. Desire is the key. If you don’t have the desire to do something, you just won’t do it. The best motivation is envy. Envy will drive you insane. You can’t pick a rival weaker than you…. it makes absolutely no sense. The strong the rival the more motivated I become. And I found someone pretty strong.