Some of you may know that I have started a #FindtheHour movement - currently a movement of one. What this movement is about:
- Finding the ONE hour a day to work on what makes you happy. For me, it's writing. For you, it might be photography, or painting, or learning about real estate, or.....
- What is foundational to this pursuit is this question: What would you be doing in life if you had no financial/family/work obligations? Like, if you won the lottery and were smart about it. Whatever the answer to that question is, is what you should be doing for that hour.
- One hour sounds so easy, doesn't it? It's a heck of a lot harder than I imagined. The first day I almost broke - but it's gotten (a bit) easier as I've gained some momentum.
- "I'll start tomorrow" are the words that kill passion and creativity. Now is the time.
How to get started:
- Pick a time of day that works best for you. My time is 9:00 - 10:00 at night. But this means I have to look at my weeks carefully to know when I have events or dinners, etc. Then I have to plan accordingly. On those days, I try to knock it out first thing in the AM (for many people, this is a great way to get the day started and will become their default). But I'm still experimenting.
- Let anyone who is going to be affected by this new mission (husband, girlfriend, etc) know what's up and get their buy-in. This is critical. And let them know about the progress you're making along the way so they can get excited too.
- Be diligent. When the hour hits, you have to turn off the email, sit down, and DO THE WORK. Nothing gets in the way. Nothing.
- Download this cool calendar, where you can mark off your daily progress. This was inspired by Jerry Seinfeld, who forced himself to #FindtheHour and write comedy everyday. Thanks Jerry.
- Have some fun. This isn't a chore. This is you. If you break the streak, so what? Just start again.
So do you want to commit to do this with me? The first person who comments below - and who is in - will get some #FindtheHour swag and some other coolness down the line. I'll also be posting at least 3-4 times a week letting you know how to make it easier - and will look to you for ideas as well. Let's make it happen.