For those who do not know who I am or what I do, I've recently jumped into entrepreneurship with Sockzi where I spent the last year planning and launching on Kickstarter. I decided to start this blog as a channel to journal my adventure, as well as provide any insight to others who have thoughts about taking the journey. I'm no Neil Blumenthal of Warby Parker or Blake Mycoskie of Toms - both entrepreneurs who have started global social start-ups. I am just your average entrepreneur inspired to create a positive impact within my community through my own start-up.
For the past year, I've quit my office job to further achieve my goals. So far, I have obtained my accounting certificate, and completed a successful Kickstarter that has allowed me to move forward with my entrepreneurial idea. Although, I have reached large sum of my goals, why don't I feel successful? At 27, I feel like I've not accomplished much in my life. I then realized that the entrepreneurial journey is never ending. Accomplishments are short-lived and the grind is non-stop.
On paper, I've definitely achieved enough to celebrate, although I am still not completely satisfied. Recently, I’ve learned that the entrepreneurial pace can take a toll on you, mentally and physically. This is the case especially, when you don’t take time off and reflect on what you’ve done in the past month or year. A majority of the time, I’m working so hard I tend to lose track of my personal health/life. Don’t get me wrong, I’m loving what I’m going because I’m passionate about helping others, but realizing now, this isn’t the best way to approach it.
With this new mentality, I’m making changes to my work routine. No longer do I work on tasks for extended hours without a break. With no break, my performance slows and I can notice my decision making wandering. I have now begun to allocate hours of work time and breaks in between. Since I work at home, breaks can mean anything from getting away from the computer to taking short naps. Keep in mind, naps can be dangerous if you are a heavy sleeper like me! So, I've been trying to get into the habit of getting up immediately when the alarm goes off.
Create a to-do list
Another helpful tip I’ve learned along the way is to create a to-do list on paper or your Ipad. I’ve came across an app called Wunderlist, to keep track of what needs to be done next. Remember, having a list is useless if you don’t consistently check off what you have completed and add new points. At the end of the day, set a time (about an hour) before you sleep to review what needs to be completed the next day. This way, you don’t worry about it during your sleep.
I've also been trying to get into the habit of jotting down my accomplishments (no matter how big or small) that way I'm reminded of how far I've come. At times, the journey can seem long and tiring therefore, you will need motivation from all sources. No better way than looking back at what you've done yourself.
Another way to stay motivated if you are feeling lonely on your journey is to join an entrepreneurial community. You can find local entrepreneurial events on Meetup, or join a forum like TropicalMVP to connect with others on a similar journey.
Are you an aspiring or a seasoned entrepreneur? If so, have you felt this way? And what have you done to combat this feeling of feeling unaccomplished and wanting more? Leave a comment below.
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