Since dedicating all my waking moments to growth at Fivecat Studio, the development of Entrepreneur Architect and all its associated support mechanisms, the duration of those waking moments have become unreasonable and quite unhealthy.
Sleep has become a luxury.
We’ve succeeded in reaching all the goals set by my 12/12/12 Project almost 1 year ago and I have YOU to thank. Your support, encouragement and participation has been my greatest motivation to proceed and progress.
This site has become a daily resource and inspiration for hundreds of architects. Each post has enjoyed more views than the prior, reaching a site best of 1,500+ views last Monday when I posted How Much Will It Cost to Start My Own Architecture Firm. My free weekly newsletter, The Entrepreneur Architect Report has surpassed 1,000 subscriptions, our private Entrepreneur Architect Linkedin Group recently approved its 4,000th member and this site has been viewed over 100,000 times. I know that when compared to sites like Archinect, ArchDaily and my friend Bob Borson’s site, Life of an Architect, these numbers are small potatoes, but I am proud of my accomplishments these past 9 months and look forward to what Entrepreneur Architect will achieve in the coming year. (Stay tuned for an upcoming post on my plans for 2014.)
Fivecat Studio has also turned a corner. The economy is slowly improving and many of our large “target market” projects have returned to our job list. Our boards are full of fantastic projects; major whole-house additions and alterations for trusting enthusiastic clients. Our small crew will need to grow in order to keep up with the demand. If you are a newsletter subscriber, you know that our plans are to expand and grow “virtually”. Stay tuned for a future post on some big plans for Fivecat Studio. We’re making big changes and I’ll share it all here on the blog.
All this success has come with a price though. Simply stated… I’m exhausted.
After a full day of running Fivecat, I come home and put on my “dad hat”. We eat dinner as a family every night, unless I have an evening meeting. Showers, stories and bedtime kisses push my “second shift” to after 8PM. That leaves my late nights for you. Almost all my work for Entrepreneur Architect has been developed between the hours of 8PM and midnight… and all too often, later than that.
I need to make some changes.
Living on 5 1/2 hours of sleep per night is going to make my career as an entrepreneur architect, a short one. At 43 years old, I am starting to feel the effects of this unhealthy lifestyle.
So, we are once again back to the subject of change. Change is what the 12/12/12 Project is all about. Commit to something big; something positively life-altering. Write a plan and do it. The year 2014 will see big things happening at Entrepreneur Architect and Fivecat Studio and I am writing plans for both. Those plans will be my 12/12/12 Project for 2014.
So, what am I going to do about my sleep deprivation? “Big Plans” are not going to happen by themselves… or will they (hint, hint).
We all have dreams. We all want to take our lives to the next level. Many of us are working on major projects, above and beyond our daily lives as architects. How can we do it all?
The answer to that complicated question is to be intentional. We need to know where we are headed and take action to get there. Entrepreneur Architect didn’t just grow up out of my dreams without a tremendous amount of effort. I was intentional with my plans and moved forward. I took a deep breath and jumped.
In order to get my health back on track, I need to get more sleep. I wake at 5:30 AM and walk 3 miles every morning. I can’t make it up at the morning end of my sleep. It needs to happen at bedtime. I need to hit the pillow by 10 o’clock and be snoring by 10:30AM.
I need to find ways to be more effective and more efficient. If I am intentional with what I need to accomplish, I’ll have 14 hours per week to complete my work for Entrepreneur Architect. That is certainly enough time to write an informative or inspirational article, publish my newsletter, record the podcast, share social media content and develop the many other goodies I have planned for you in 2014.
It’s almost 10:00PM EDT on Sunday night. It’s bedtime. I am taking the first step and I’m starting today. I wish you a good night : )
What is one thing you need to change to move forward in YOUR life? Do you want to build a new website? Get more exercise? Develop a marketing strategy? Spend more time with your kids?
Be intentional. Make a plan and take the first step to move forward… today.