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So it’s been one whole week since I’ve started this 100-day adventure and I feel like I need to reflect a little on how it’s been and what, if anything, has changed.
So here goes…
WOW… 7 DAYS, HUH? NICE.
Very few people understand how tough it is to go from writing without any real structure (generally just mucking around until the day before deadline) to actually buckling down, and writing consistently, every day, for four hours after a nine-hour day building software, while everybody else just goes to sleep. It’s tough. It’s both physically challenging and it messes with your morale. Is morale the right word? I don’t know. I can’t figure out the words tonight.
(It’s taken me almost ten minutes just to write that paragraph.)
On the other hand, I know I’m paying now for a better future. I’m not even talking about making money here… I’m talking about having something that I’ve worked for, put the hours in for, gave it all my best. Payment from clients is merely a byproduct of providing a great service, not the motivation. It’s not the cause. The motivation is seeing my freelance business growing purely as a result of my work and dedication.
This isn’t a brag. I’m simply stating a fact. Daily blog views are growing, potential clients are contacting me, people on twitter are following me. These are the things I really care about. And yet, even as things seem to be going my way, I can feel the weight of this no-leeway program heavy on my shoulders. It’s the price you pay for being successful. Consistency is key to both becoming a better writer and getting more clients. I keep repeating these things to myself so I don’t have time to think about giving in.
THE GREAT GAME CLEANSING OF 2015
When I started this 100-day challenge I uninstalled all the games on my laptop (except for League of Legends since I play that one during my lunch break at work with my boss). The reason for this is that I didn’t want any distractions. I was playing EVE, Hearthstone and Starcraft II before I started this. I was wasting my time playing five hours of Heartstone at night when I should have been writing and building my business. I wasn’t even any good at any of them.
Right after I uninstalled I had a “what now?” moment. It was eye-opening. I suddenly had so much time on my hands. Not too much, let’s be clear, but enough to sit here and stare at my screen trying to figure out what to do next. And what I did was: I upgraded my blog, installed a bunch of plugins to help me out, set up a contact page, updated my LinkedIn and outsource profiles and reconnected with my past clients to see if all was well and to check if maybe they have some work they needed (some did), all in one session. I’ve been meaning to do all this for a couple of months now.
My productivity exploded, and I’m seeing the fruits of that already with a small influx of clients coming in. Not so much that I can’t keep up, but enough to keep me somewhat busy.
WHAT’S IN STORE?
I have no idea!
I seriously have no idea what’s next. I’m reading a lot again (started reading Ender’s Game again), my writing’s getting better, more clients are coming in, and I don’t see me quitting on this challenge and on my freelance business. I’d rather die than quit.
So I guess what’s next is more of the same… just better :)