Building – Week 3

Welcome to my 3rd week of ‘Building.’ *Yes, I know I missed last week…*

This week’s productivity levels are starting to get better. For a couple of months now, I feel like I’ve been unproductive and unmotivated. 

Not sure if it’s because I’m starting to become more mindful of my productivity or if it’s that I’ve recently started exercising. At the beginning of 2020, I made the conscious decision to sacrifice my health by not exercising as much to focus strictly on building Hidden Link Studios

Some key resources that I recently came across about mindful productivity are all from Ness Labs

I highly recommend checking their blog.

This week’s lessons aren’t really business-related since our main focus is to launch the new website design and we’ve fallen behind on launch date. Some key lessons from this week of ‘Building’:

Your Health is Priority 

In order to function at the level of output that I’m looking to reach, I need to make time for what’s important… Me and my health. I’ve always heard that you can’t sacrifice your health for your goals, but I was just too hard-headed and focused on pushing further. This is probably the reason why I’ve been feeling the way I’ve been feeling. I gave up exercising to make time for more work, but I lost the energy to do the work. In the end, it wasn’t worth it.

Practicing in Public

I’ve recently started a 30-day design challenge where I’ll be creating a graphic every single day of a quote or concept that resonates with me. 

Inspired by Jack Butcher of Visualize Value and Anne-Laure Le Cunff from Ness Labs.

In one of Anne’s articles, she discussed a productive way to achieve your goals is using the P.A.R.I method. I won’t be explaining this in my article since it’s sort of unrelated to my post, but if you’d like you can check it out here.

But back to practicing in public…

I’ve never tried this before, but I’ve realized that it is keeping me accountable and forcing me to act on my commitments. If you’ve struggled with achieving a goal or learning something new, I recommend putting yourself out there. You’d be surprised at how many people support you. 

The reason I took this challenge was to better my skills in communicating information through visual graphics. 

Giving Your Team The Tools They Need To Succeed

Unfortunately, I’ve realized that I haven’t been the greatest leader for the team. I’ve realized I’m still having ‘Superman Syndrome’ where I still think I can do everything myself, but it’s a constant battle to overcome this inner flaw.

I also need to be more attentive to my team by ensuring they have the information, knowledge, and my expectations have been communicated clearly.

For example:

For the website redesign, we have to create web copy for our pages. However, I gave the topics to write about. But I didn’t communicate my expectations, as well as giving her the information she needs to complete the project. Everything was still stored in my mind, but after this week I’ve realized the delay was because of me.

‘Imperfect Action Beats Perfect Action Anytime’ 

I’ll be working throughout the 4th of July weekend to prepare the launch of Las Vegas Guides, but this project has been on the back burner and needs to get off the ground already.

I just need to get this going and we can figure it out as we go further. The biggest hurdle is just getting started.

This pertains to anything you’re looking to start whether that be exercising more, that side hustle you’re looking to start, that instrument you want to learn, anything. Just start.

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