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August 2009

Weekly Update #1: The Short List

by Haider on August 29, 2009 · 5 comments

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Last week, in my first ever update since quitting my job (let’s call that update #0, since it wasn’t exactly a weekly update), I reassured my dear readers (that’s you!) that I’m still alive, and shared with you some of the issues I’ve been struggling with since quitting my job (namely, deciding on what to do with my life now that I don’t have a job).

In this update, I’d like to present you with the list of projects I will be committing myself to for the time being.

But before I share the list with you, I’d like to say a word or two about productivity and focus:

Most productivity (and career) experts will tell you that a “short list” of more than one project can scatter your focus and lead you to work on a suboptimal level. If you truly want to achieve great things, then you must focus completely and wholeheartedly on a single project. Anyone transitioning into entrepreneurship knows how difficult it is to get a side business going with a day job to drain your energy and creativity.

In many ways, this piece of advice is sensible, and I can definitely see the advantages of focusing on a single project.

But I don’t think such an approach will work well for me. If my main problem since quitting my job was narrowing down my options, reducing my decision down to a single option is akin to motivational suicide.

Working on two projects at the same time can accelerate the progress you experience with a single project. How? Because alternating between projects can help you maintain your motivation and prevent you from experiencing boredom and frustration. The mini-accomplishments you experience in one project can encourage you to experience similar accomplishments in the other project. If you were stuck with a single project that isn’t going anywhere, you would soon hate your life and everything in it!

Many people who start a business while working a day job find that the extra work they put in to their embryonic business actually gives them more energy and motivation during their day job than not having a business to look forward to at all!

I believe working on several projects at the same time can be very rewarding, and I will be sharing with you some of my observations about this issue and ways I plan to succeed with this approach.

I should also make it clear that the level of balance I will be experiencing in the months ahead won’t be ideal. Starting a business (and not having a job) is an emergency situation, which calls for a personal state of emergency. This means that it’s sensible to go temporarily out of balance while trying to make necessary progress in my Professional life area.

For now, I will present you with my list of projects, but will leave further discussion about my decision for choosing these projects for next week:

Spa Business: My sister has been running a spa for over a year now. I haven’t been actively supporting her in this endeavor, but will now be more involved in running the business with her

Customer Experience Consultancy: One of the issues I feel extremely passionate about is improving the way businesses treat their customers. Little attention is given to how customers perceive companies based on their overall experience with these companies. I have many ideas about this issue, and plan on starting a consultancy business to help companies better serve their customers, and help customers enjoy life without having to experience the frustration that comes with poor service!

Personal Growth Map: This blog is a high priority for me. I love the field of personal growth and I love writing about it. I intend on writing more over here and producing products that bring clarity to this field, especially with regards to life balance and genuine growth

Online Shopping Site: I am working with a friend on creating a shopping site that allows people in Kuwait to compare prices between different stores and finding products that more accurately match their needs. Most e-commerce sites in Kuwait are limited to single stores, and do not offer the services we would like to introduce

Teaching/Training: One of the most common recommendations I get from people is that I should go into teaching. I don’t plan on teaching in a school, but I’ll be applying for teaching positions in universities and training institutes, where the working hours are flexible and few.

This is my current list of professional projects.

I’ll be telling you why I chose these projects and how I plan on moving them all forward in future blog posts!

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