Isn't it crazy that for years I went into an office to talk to people through a computer all day? Then I quit my traditional job, just to continue to be in front of my computer for even more extended hours.
In the past year, I've done online classes, online yoga, online therapy, etc. Being in front of my computer all day and with a child is not something I want. I want my work to be physical and embodied. I want to spend my days being with people, not hiding behind a screen alone. This is why I have a goal to open a dance studio, but I'm wondering how I can be more offline now?
My favorite problem I'm playing with is, "How can I mostly work offline while still being an entrepreneur and content creator?"
My first thought is, “I need to make enough to hire an assistant who answers emails.” That might be a while, so I'm wondering what would happen if my email auto-responder was, "I don't do email. You can call me at #?" I wonder how many calls I would get? How much FOMO would I have about the emails I am missing?
There is more I can delegate if I stop trying to control and learn to trust more. A career coach pointed out that I feel bad giving work to people, even when that's part of their job. This is primarily a mindset shift I need to work on.
Set clear boundaries for Zoom calls
Before scheduling any zoom call, ask myself, "Can this be done on the phone?" I can do calls while walking and while in my jacuzzi. Better yet, can I send a voice memo text to save having to do a call? I need to limit zoom calls to only when screen sharing and seeing someone's face is critical to the outcome of the call.
Hire a video editor.
I just realized in writing this, that my YouTube channel right now makes enough for me to justify paying a service to edit. My challenge has been thinking that someone else can't do the editing. But because I've been taking a break, I haven't produced any videos in over a month. What if letting go of my way of doing things leads to generating more content faster and then allows me to hire more folks to make it even easier?
Add in-person elements to our Building a Second Brain online course
I'm playing with ideas for doing more in-person BASB activities. For example, I'm thinking of hosting an in-person Los Angeles mentor group next cohort that I can lead. I miss being with students.
Create systems that work without me
Before the next BASB cohort starts, I'm working on a new system in Clickup which will help smooth out logistics and resuse previous elements. This means next cohort I can focus more on connecting with mentors individually, which I love.
I want something like my Paperwhite Kindle that is just for writing, like a digital typewriter. On Goole I found this Freewrite device. If you have recommendations for offline tools/devices/methods, I’d love to hear them!