"Monotony collapses time; novelty expands it," writes Joshua Foer in Moonwalking with Einstein
. It feels like more than two years since the start of my 5-year experiment with semi-retirement, which is what I jokingly called this adventure into a self-directed life. So far, amazing. This year, I focused less on consulting and event sketchnoting, and I focused more on creating my own content. More than 500 sketches and three mini-eBooks later, I feel happy about this decision, and I'm curious about where else it can lead.
I've also been ramping up my delegation and systematization. Since I'm still doing a bit of consulting here and there, I think that these processes will help me get even better at making and sharing things even if my attention is divided--and that can come in handy later on. Let's see how it goes.
2014-02-16 Two years into my 5-year experiment #experiment #review
I'd done a pre-mortem of possibilities for failure
back in 2012, but I don't think I wrote about the success criteria or vision. (That's odd!) Somewhat belated, but here it is. This experiment is shaping up to be about whether I've got what's needed for a good self-directed life. I think success for this experiment would be:
- exploring uncommon questions and ideas
- having a happy life at home
- helping lots of people grow
- having sold plans and a great foundation for next steps
2014-02-16 Goals and success criteria for my 5-year experiment #experiment #success
So, how was this year different from last year? What might next year be like? What would wild success at the end be like?
2014-02-16 More detailed evaluation of 5-year experiment so far #experiment #review #evaluation
The first year was about getting the hang of paperwork and consulting. This second year was about coming into my own. Next year will be a good year for growth and resilience, I think. If I can continue on that path, I think it'll be interesting.