Day 9

Well yesterday did not go as planned.  My 90 minute meeting at 9:30am went until 3:30pm and therefore throwing off my mojo for the day and left me scrambling to rearrange everything.  Obviously I did not accomplish everything that I had set out to do but I did manage to get 15 points.

More updates to come later.  Need to get more pictures and videos back up on this blog.

Day 8

Update on points: Today broke the double digit barrier and accomplished 20 points. I did waste a fair bit of time on the phone and on social media (went from 220 connections to 520 connections in 7hrs), but I now have a process in place to connect with 20+ people each day.  So far, I have been averaging 2-5 points each day.

Update on health: I have not been as active as I would like however I have been watching the type of food that I eat and the quantity. If I haven’t been active or if I know that I will not be active, I reduce the portion size. I am planning on getting 2-3 runs in each week and finding some other sport to do on the weekends – like flag football.

Update on spare time: the simple truth is that there has not been spare time.  I will set aside 4-8 hours a week on studying and another 2-6 hours a week on learning a new language.

Update on philosophy: I’ve found myself searching out less drama in my life.  I’ve noticed that I’ve become withdrawn from people who are emotion or time vampires.  I’m moving towards a much more active role in the universe.

Update on marketing: No update per se.  I do have some ideas, however I need to flesh them out before publishing them.  I was fortunate to speak to a close friend in regards to him going out on his own to start a new business and we shared ideas on how to start a fast, lean company.  Very refreshing.
That’s it for an update for today.  I’m exhausted and looking forward to tomorrow!

31 Day Sprint

Yesterday I started a sprint – thirty-one days of concentrated effort to bring to fruition a few projects that I’ve been working on for the past few years. At the end of the sprint, I’ll be in a much better position in general while developing a different outlook on life and business.

There are five areas that I’m focusing on:

* Health – physical and mental
* Financial – metrics and daily measurements
* Spiritual – philosophical and ethical questions about the world around us
* Spare time – develop hobbies, set time aside for them
* Marketing – communication, brand, and channels

It was around this time last year that I started to inch towards Sendai, Japan and I find myself getting that itch to do something similar. It’s been over six months since the earthquake and tsunami and I find myself still being a little resentful/bitter and mourning. I don’t think that I have come to terms with the experience and I’ve let it influence my life until now.

Today I’m writing about the financial objectives of the 31 Day Sprint. In terms of metrics and measurement, I’m tracking the daily activities that will lead to more business and subsequently more income. Each day I track the number of points accumulated and plot them on a chart against these categories:

0-15 points – Danger level! I may soon have a boss.
16-33 points – Average – if that’s what I want.
34-51 points – Looking good. I’m in the top 20%.
52-69 points – The Million Dollar Pro.

I get a point for each of these activities: introductory client meeting, all documents collected, proposal sent, cold calling (1 point for each business owner spoken to), agreement signed, contract signed, contract extension, supplier interest on a project, a phone number collected from a cold contact (face to face), referral contacted, mail-outs / direct ad mail (1 point per 20), newsletter or newsworthy email (1 point per 20).

After the sprint, there will a concerted effort to continue to track these activities, in addition to revenue per day, expenses per day and hours billed.

Progress to date:
Day 1: 5 points

It’s not very good, but I’m being honest with myself and making more of an effort to focus on the positive and not spend my day putting out fires.

More updates to come….