What I’m Doing Now
UPDATED: 12 July 2020
Note: These are my priorities. The things I’ve said “Hell Yeah!” to that’s in alignment with my goals for 2020. I say “No” to everything else. In the art of growth and achievement, FOCUS is everything.
In early 2018, I made the decision to turn my health around and adopted a healthier lifestyle.
Since 2018, I’ve lost around 10kgs (15% off my all time heaviest weight) — now back to my high school size.
I’ve also healed 80% of chronic health conditions I’ve suffered from all my life just by learning to eat healthy.
I’m obviously SUPER STOKED about this.
This is why I continue to work on healing the remaining 20% in order to become more indestructible and have better quality of life.
I listen to my body. I prepare and cook most of my meals.
I drink lemon water, celery juice and heavy metals detox smoothie every morning. I also take supplements to further support my body.
No doubt this requires a chunk of change, time and effort. But I’ve already decided I’m worth the investment.
In my world, health is wealth.
My 39 year old body feels and functions better than my 24 year old body. It is supporting everything I do, and I appreciate it very much.
Improving and maintaining my health has become non-negotiable.
Writing is one of the main reasons I decided to start my website.
My main goal for 2020 is to become a prolific writer, build an audience and start building up a ‘body of work’. So this is the place where all my content will live.
I plan is to write about everything I’ve done and pursued in life so far.
My articles will consist of stories, lessons, insights and wisdom I’ve gained, as well as the beliefs and philosophies I’ve developed over time.
Get an insight of my content plan here and see why I decided to start writing about personal growth and business.
I started the habit to write 1,000 words per day on 1st July 2020. My initial goal is to complete a 100 day streak.
Before I started building my new website in April, I felt the call to start something new as alignment finally clicked into place for me at the end of March.
It was time to build my True North Business, and that’s exactly what I’m doing now.
I decided to show my ‘behind the scenes’ and let people see how I’m building it from scratch. I share why I made the decision here.
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Mentorship (until March 2021)
I invested in a 1 year mentorship program in early 2019, which I ended up deferring after I decided to get a temp job to give myself time and space for my business and career vision to “click into place”.
I am now back in the program again (as of 6 May 2020).
While it is nice to be amongst a group of early stage entrepreneurs (80+ people) and having a coach as a sounding board as I build my new business…
When they invited me back to the program at the end of April, I felt like I didn’t need it anymore. Because now I have the confidence to build my True North Business exactly the way I want without needing to follow anybody else.
This is due to the clarity of vision I have now, the trust I’ve developed with myself to completely follow my intuition that could only come from the power of being in alignment.
Now I’m looking forward to seeing what I can achieve for the rest of the year!
I’ve been interested in my personal productivity ever since I dived head first into entrepreneurship in 2010.
I found myself drowning in a ginormous pile of things I needed to learn, skills I needed to acquire and stuff I needed to do.
In order to continue to function effectively as a ‘knowledge worker’ in the information age, I needed effective ways to capture, store and organise all the information and knowledge I learned and acquired over the years, and be able to easily retrieve it at the moment I need it.
Being a natural systems designer and thinker, I knew the quality of my output is determined by the quality of my input, which is also determined by the quality of the system or lack of system I operate in.
I’m retooling and refining my PKM (Personal Knowledge Management) system to improve my creative workflow.
That means rethinking and redesigning my PKM system by:
- deciding on new note-taking/project/task management apps to use
- discarding existing apps I don’t need
- consolidating and reorganising my digital and analog notes
I want my creative workflow to MATCH how I think and how I execute on my projects.
I love improving and refining my systems! Such a geek. 😂
New Job — Still Waiting
I secured a new job in early March as the Marketing / Project / Operations Manager (long ass title) at a digital marketing agency after a serendipitous meeting with the owner in February 2020.
I still have no idea when I’ll be starting this new role.
So I’ve been taking full advantage of all my free time in COVID lockdown to start my new business.
Despite the fact that I’m not a fan of working for someone else in the long run… This role however “ticked all my boxes”.
First time ever in the history of my working life that a job may actually give me a sense of satisfaction and fulfilment.
It allows me to bring all my skills, strengths, knowledge and experience together, without feeling like I need to cut my limbs off just to fit into a predefined box.
The idea of being an “intrapreneur”, and work on an existing business at the strategic level that also allows me to further develop my leadership skills, while working remotely in a flat, collaborative and supportive team is exciting to me.
Also, the idea of going into an established business to “make it better” is like putting me in a candy store.
Because I LOVE improving and refining stuff! The fun part for me is improving different business systems to get the company running and humming along effectively.
SIDE NOTE: For entrepreneurs and business owners
If you’re familiar with the spectrum between a “Visionary” and an “Integrator” from the RocketFuel book…
Both entrepreneurial types are required in a business for it to skyrocket.
I am 68% Visionary and 92% Integrator.
My Integrator game is strong!
You can take the RocketFuel assessment if you’re interested in finding out which one you are.
In the rare chance that this new job doesn’t work out, and in case it takes longer to get my new business off the ground, I may be available to help you with your business.
Chaos and stress in a small business is typically caused by the dependency on the owner due to a lack of systems.
Small businesses are mostly founded by Visionary entrepreneurs, who are typically great at starting, creating products and services, but not so great at systemising operations.
The good thing about being a systems designer, is that I enjoy removing chaos in business operations.
I love tinkering and fixing inefficient systems and processes behind the scenes. In other words, I bring a “calming effect” to businesses.
“Unflappable”, “Calm”, “Cool as a Cucumber” are words and phrases previous colleagues have used to describe me.
Now Page Inspiration
This “Now page” was inspired by Derek Sivers. I’m a fan of his work.
I think having a Now page is very smart.
Saves me time explaining what I’m currently working on with my family, friends and colleagues. It also serves as a clear reminder of my priorities.
I think every personal branded website should have one.
I periodically update this page when my priorities change or new projects come to light.
If you have any feedback, suggestions, or want to say “Hey!”, feel free to drop me a message.