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Resetting & Recovering from Burn Out

These last two days… really three days if you count Wednesday.. I went to work last Wednesday but didn’t do anything productive….  have been relaxing.  I caught up with my anime.  DuraDura which is one of the weirdest anime shows I’ve watched.  It also rematched the devil is a part timer.  Still my favorite.  And I finished how to create murderer.  I’m all reset and excited to work on a few different things this weekend.  Another pitch deck and some updated study guides.  I’m hoping to update them all those year.  It’s a large task, but something I’m looking forward to doing.

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My Worst Failures in 2015 Revisited

It’s 12:19am on a Friday…  I’m in a rather pensive mood.  An uncommon mood for me to wallow in.  My last blog was things I did well in 2016.  This blog will be things I didn’t do as well.  Sales.  I get it…. but I don’t get it.  I’m figuring out how to close. I can generate open leads but I have difficulty closing them.  My working hours have been weird.  Code sprints are fun for the first two hours… but at some point become pretty boring.  You repeat actions over and over again.  Eventually it’s just a grind to finish the project.

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I’m Grateful For all the Adventures of 2015

This year in closing was a good year.  Capped off by various adventures.  The first half of the year was fine.  It wasn’t as inspiring as the second half.  I did learn many important financial lessons.  And some marketing.  However, it’s not the adventure I’m currently progressing through.  The current adventure while more demanding is a lot more fun.  I’m learning at an accelerated and I can actually see the proverbial night at the end of the tunnel.

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Going on Adventures

Startup life is a never ending adventure.  Everyday you are forced to do something new.  You have to option to either look forward to learning this new task or failing at it.  I’ve worked in marketing for 3 years.  That’s even longer than I went to law school for… it’s about the same length I was practicing at a IP law firm.  It’s a large chunk of my life.  3 years…  wow.  Each day I get better.  I wake up excited to learn something new and do something better.  Nothing makes me happier than knowing tomorrow will be a new adventure.  And if I fall flat on my face on today’s journey… tomorrow’s journey will be so different that it’s completely new.

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Blogging on Sunday Nights is Fun

There’s something about Sunday night… For whatever reason my awareness is heightened.  If I had to guess, it’s forecasted panic.  I’ve always worked Sunday night.  In high school through law school, between 6pm until 4am I can get so much done.  It’s a little frightening since I wonder why I can’t copy this on every other day.  Saturday nights have been pretty good as of late.  But it’s not Sunday night…

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2015 was a Good Year for Social Media

Work at home half days are the best on Monday.  It allows me to crunch on Sundays and get a lot done.  I still have a bunch of videos I need to make…  or I should make.  I’m reviewing my 2015 and I got the numbers I wanted on social media.  I’m pretty proud of that.  Instagram is the only one I didn’t get… 970 of the 1, 000 goals.  Otherwise.  10K twitter, 3K Facebook fan page, 4,500 Facebook friends and 2,500 linked.  I’ll organize these numbers by social media profiles.

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Why You and I Don’t Work

I’m not adverse to drama.  I don’t like it…. and it’s annoying.  but if someone brings it to me… I’ll handle it.  Law is drama and I went to Law School which is like high school for type A drama majors.  I’m serious…  While you have to hire a lawyer… I’ll just retain myself.  Time is valuable… but the upside is I get extremely motivated during this period.  It’s like a jolt.  I love the feeling. Like I said… I’m sort of crazy when it comes to what drives me.

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I’m in a Good Mood

I’ve been in a good mood as of late.  I’ve learned a lot.  Learning makes me happy.  I learned how to create an e-commerce website.  How to do advance Facebook Ads.  And I’m learning K2.  I love K2…. very cool stuff.  One of the better weeks I had in a while.  I got a bunch of proposals out and I’m generally in the holiday mood.  I have a lot that I’m looking forward to next year.  This year was pretty good. I accomplished everything I wanted.  Got a lot better at PPC.  Delved into making PPC software.  And own my own company.  Not everything was easy.  But that’s because it’s not meant to be.  I also learned how to leave a development team and survived 8 late night code sprints in a row. I’m feeling pretty accomplished.

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Nothing is Ever Given, It’s Taken

I’m learning K2 right now.  It’s cool and it’s a skill worth having.  Now I will transition to a deeper issue, training.  Training people in marketing is hard.  Training people in PPC is harder.  It’s a mixture of finding someone who can look at an excel and get what is going on.  It’s not that hard…  you can google all the third party apps in the excel to get a general understanding of what they are.  What perplexes me is when someone expects you to pay them to be mentored.  If you have no applicable skills…. you better learn fast.  It’s okay to make mistakes… I made a ton of them when I started…  but it’s not okay to make the same one again.  And it’s extremely scary when the trainee doesn’t even understand what their mistakes are.

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Why Hiring for PPC is Difficult?

Since the olden times… when I was at the other agency, I was tasked with hiring the right PPC person.  In theory this would free up my time and allow me to choose more productive things.  Year and years later I still haven’t found the right hire.  The crazy part is that I’ve tried soo hard.  I tried training.  I tried hiring someone with experience.  I tried everything… and nada.  Why…  has fate forsaken me.  I’ve been successful hiring everything else but PPC.  It’s not that difficult right?

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Christmas Presents & Productive Monday

This Monday was okay productivity wise.  I didn’t get as much as I wanted done on Sunday but enough.  I’m semi-proud of myself….  I forced myself to shoot videos even when I absolutely didn’t want to.  I also packaged all the out going mail.  Each month I send various packages everywhere.  For my hobby channel. It’s a nice relaxing time once a Monday every month.  I enjoy it immensely since it’s me being productive and I get to watch a movie on Netflix.  The small things in life.

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List of Things I Need to Do on Sunday

 

No matter how depressing, it’s better to set out a list of things to do.  It helps me organize and pick which ones are the most importantly.  Ideally you could do all of them… but realistically no.  just no.  I make a list Saturday night… in this case it’s more like 5:15am.  By the time I’m done this blog and buffering it will probably be closer to 6.  Which means I won’t wake up until 10am… or maybe even noon.  But onwards to the list of things I need to finish Sunday.

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Burn Out Rates & Startup Life

There’s several articles about this issue.  I thought hey I own a blog… I’ll write my personal view on it.  Burning out is a problem, but the solution is just more hunger.  In startups there is always something more to do.  You have to behave like you are starving… even if you actually are not.  To me, people either have hunger, or they don’t.  The hunger is sort of hard to explain.  And it’s a double edged blade.  For some people being hungry only means that.  For others, it means you will scratch and claw your way to your goal.

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Ready for the Holidays

I’m a huge fan of the holidays.  I use the holidays to relax my own way and more importantly reset.  I’ve been living this intense startup life since July.  Around 5 months of pitching, selling, prototyping, etc… It’s all a whirlwind.  And my hobby channel has changed a lot too now that I get Patreon money.  Life is a lot of fun.. but I’m feeling a bit burned out.  Most likely as a result of the projects I’m working on right now.  Facebook, Adwords, websites, etc.  It’s a lot.  And you have to keep grinding it out.  Sales is the thing that takes the most time since I haven’t designed the templates yet.  I’m hoping to have that done tomorrow.

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It’s Been a Weird Few Days

All of this late night coding is getting to me.  Another 4am…. morning.  the 7th one in a role.  7 is too much…. it’s just enough to mess with your sleep schedule.  Anyways….  since Friday I’ve been binge watching and playing video games.  I didn’t even go grocery shopping.  I’m not sure if bingeing is really a bad behavior.  I binge on coding and projects the same way I do on video games.  Sundays are always a terrible day where I have to make proposals, get videos up. Etc.  I’m hoping to set up my buffer for this week.  Life has been busy.  I’m in Dallas right now and not looking forward to the drive back to Houston.  I could have got back around 2am but it was raining and I was tired.

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