No More 9-to-5, Part 2

Celebrating 72 Hours of Unplugged Freedom

 

It’s been 72 hours since I powered down my work laptop for the last time.

If you missed that post and want to check it out, click this: “Quitters never win and winners never quit.”

Strangely enough, I don’t miss the dysfunction. At. All.

 

If I could pick one word to describe how I feel post-quitting, I would choose:

Energized!

 

In fact, my only real struggle so far is deciding what to do first. I’ve been staying up late and getting up early. It’s fascinating how much energy I seem to have now that I’m not banging my head against the wall at work all day. Every day I would think “there’s nothing they can do or say that will surprise me at this point.” And, every day, well . . . my head would explode.

Here I am now . . . head mostly intact . . . but with my brain spiraling like a whirling dervish. I’m struggling to prioritize everything I COULD do with all this extra time. There are 5 million things I want to do. Which ones should take priority? And in what order?

 

Here’s what I actually did in those 72 hours:

  • Participated in two masterclasses.
  • Took calls and messages regarding my “I just quit” post.
  • Watched my newsletter subscribers surge after the “I just quit” post. Huh? Pondered what this means and what to do about it. Came up mostly empty handed, except for this follow-up post.
  • Listened to the Tim Ferris podcast with Noah Kagan on Noah’s new book “How to Launch a Million-Dollar Business This Weekend. Recommend!
  • Planned and taught a couple yoga classes.
  • Finished a book.
  • Spent time with my husband and daughter.
  • Prepared my studio space for back-to-back workshops on Saturday.
  • Reviewed and responded to LinkedIn messages from recruiters. (Side note: Passing on all. I noticed that my previous experience has left me feeling cynical (understatement), to the point where I can only see red flags.)
  • Scheduled two 1/1 calls next week with entrepreneurs.

 

What’s up next?

  • Create another workshop opportunity.
  • Collect all the notes, reminders, thoughts, scribbles I’ve generated in the last few days and try to assimilate them into something condensed and intelligible.
  • Map out my time relative to input (everything I study, research, read, take in) and output (what I generate/create). I’m very heavy on input.
  • Review recurring expenses & create a new budget.
  • Practice yoga.
  • Book flights to Phoenix. (Sorry Omaha, but when the sun doesn’t come out for five straight days – I’m out!)
  • Begin the myofascial release training I signed up for two months ago.

 

Any tips on calendar blocking time spent on input vs output? I’d love to hear from you! Send me an email