Flow … “in positive psychology, flow, also known as the zone, is the mental state of operation in which a person performing an activity is fully immersed in a feeling of energized focus, full involvement, and enjoyment in the process of the activity. In essence, flow is characterized by complete absorption in what one does.” (Definition by Wikipedia)
Searching for the flow
In the beginning I found it pretty tough to structure myself and adjust to the new work environment. When you work full-time you usually get up at a certain time. Leave the house at a certain time. Commute. Arrive at work. Have your lunch break at a certain time and leave at a certain time. All these things are no longer given when you are self-employed and working from home.
You also have no longer an agreed target you have to reach and regularly get togethers or weeklies to review your progress. You have to set targets for yourself, for your business and keep yourself accountable.
There is a lot of change going on and the flow can be easily lost in the whole process.
Adapting and getting into the flow
For me it took roughly a month to fight all the confusion and set up at least a rough routine of planning and day structuring. It’s not yet perfect of course and still a long way to go. But at least I get my stuff done, have most of my shit together and know I was productive on that day. This was the worst feeling ever in the beginning when you couldn’t see any results. I hate the feeling of being “busy”. I truly believe there is no point in being busy. But I believe in hard work and productivity and efficiency.
Since I created myself at least a rough structure and clearly defined my priorities it was easier to keep focus and get results. Another thing that helped me was to define my money making activities as well as urgent and important actives. This way I can easily priorities my tasks, structure my day and have still enough flexibility to react to unforeseen events.
How are you getting on in the first exciting and chaotic weeks as a new entrepreneur?