I was driving somewhere the other day (I don’t remember where) and was thinking about my goals and what I want to accomplish/complete next year. And I thought about how I wanted to plan for meeting those goals and completing those things.
I started to think about my time in cubicle-land (in my previous profession). There I was responsible for my projects, I took support calls for two to three clients, researched those issues, and sometimes did tasks that were part of co-workers projects.
But most of my time WORKING was spent alone with a computer.
In retrospect there were two unspoken rules from my time in cubicle-land:
- Overwhelm is normal, because anything else means you aren’t pulling your weight and are causing others more work!
- REAL work is done just me and the computer. Everything else is more of a distraction.
These unspoken rules don’t serve me as an entrepreneur (a case can be made that they didn’t really serve me then either).
I realized this pretty early on for rule #1 and started working with it. I occasionally need to remind myself it’s not true if I fall into old habits.
But I only recently realized there was a rule #2. It’s caused me to rethink how I do some things and what kind of projects are actually important.