Expect the Unexpected!
Life has been challenging for me the last couple of months. While some projects have exceeded my hopes, other projects are at a stand-still. My big reflection the past few weeks is to find more people that can help me take a step back before agreeing to take on a project.
Part of me wants nothing more than to be validated and appreciated by others. For most of my life, the only way I was able to get attention was by fixing things that caused others hardship. I'm not saying that's a bad thing, it's just that too often I neglect to plan, and my efforts take up more energy than the project is worth. At that point, either I come away with less, or charge too much. I don't fully know what it's going to take to move through this stage.
Long term, I dream of partnering with others passionate about design, engineering, accounting, marketing, organizational design, as well as others with hands-on skill-sets similar to my own. I've been making an effort to look beyond my comfort zone in how I approach my work. It's not always easy to ask or receive advice from others.
I'm thinking a lot about how to....
-make some of the projects I'm stuck on right now into painful reminders of what to do differently.
-make a queue for work-flow, so important jobs don't get neglected when rush-jobs show up, which would only leave us with more rush jobs in the end
-focus on set-up and expansion, while taking on projects that are a good fit
-find people who can give an honest opinion at a moments notice
-assert myself to turn a way projects that aren't a good fit, or where expectations won't be met
-create a system to organize and back up records for jobs, purchasing, phone contacts, calendars
-share a vision that makes sense to people
-map out the basics that I want in life; that's in the next paragraph...
The basics I'd like to achieve;
-a cabin that is warm, has running water, and the driveway gets cleared after a snowstorm
-an organic diet, mostly vegetables, herbal tea, some grains, occasionally seafood or meat
-to be able to eat out once a week, and leave a tip
-access to a well-maintained car that is less than five years old with roadside assistance
-a health benefit plan that also covers physiotherapy
-up-to-date cell-phone with unlimited calling in Canada,
-a computer with up-to-date software to Skype, open drawings, email, or maybe watch YouTube
-a plan for IT support/backups for the phone and computer
-two weeks of vacation where nothing needs to be scheduled
-being able to take time off if I have something to look at in my personal life, and knowing people ready to explore with me