I work as a UI developer and manager architecting websites at a really forward-thinking digital agency called Genuine.
Due to the constant rate of evolution in web technology, the world of UI development spins very rapidly. There’s no such thing as down-time because there’s always something new to learn in order to keep your edge sharp. And when you’re not learning, you’re working on a client project — which is almost always!
The job is tough and competitive, but it is also very rewarding. Innovating in a programming language brings me a lot of joy.
The evenings after work are short. I come home, write or draw for a bit, cook dinner, unwind in front of the TV for an hour or two, and then go to bed.
By the time the weekend rolls around, exhaustion sets in. I try to refrain from coding, although I am not always successful. And of course, there is always more lettering to do.
Hand-lettering is my analog getaway that started as a fun excuse to curb the time I spend in front of a screen. One day, I’d love to make a living off of hand lettering. Actually, I’d love to become rich off of hand lettering. I want to do work for high-profile clients. I want to sell prints. I want to teach classes. I want to be someone that other hand-lettering artists learn from and look up to.
Then I want to see where that passion leads me and take it to the next level.
I am a firm believer that we only have one life to live and that it would be a shame to waste it by not living our dreams. I’m sure you believe that too. But it’s much easier said than done, right? Finding the motivation necessary to balance all of the aspects of your life and pursue one long-term goal is extremely intimidating.
I am intimidated right now, but the easiest way to fail is by not trying. That’s why I’ve decided to make more.
I am going to write more in depth about what it means to make more in some upcoming blog posts, but to give you a quick overview, here are the three things I’m doing to increase my output:
1. Make More Time
How often do you hear or say “I wish there was more time in the day”? I know I’ve said it before. What can you do to carve more time out of your day?
First, think about where your time gets wasted.
For me, it’s primarily TV. Sometimes it’s getting into some sort of rabbit hole where I get lost on the web surfing through Facebook or reading a useless click-bait article. Sometimes it’s aimlessly staring at my phone. A lot of the time, I’m doing these things late at night when I might as well be sleeping.
Identify where your time gets wasted and put an end to it.
One thing I’ve recently started doing is waking up an hour earlier. Before doing this, that hour was spent half-awake not wanting to get out of bed. Pull the trigger and force your day to start a little earlier. Maybe you use this time to work out. Maybe you use this time to create or write. I find myself using it to make lists and get organized. By having all of my ducks in a row, it’s easier for me to then tackle the things I need to accomplish in both the short-term and the long-term.
2. Make More Goals
We all want to do something big and important with our lives, but “big and important” doesn’t happen overnight.
The hardest part for me was trying to figure out what that “big and important” was. My fear is that I would pick the wrong dream to chase, invest all that time, and be worse off in the end. But it’s important that you ignore that feeling. That hesitance is what is holding you back from even trying in the first place.
Pick a dream and go.
The trick is to take the aspect of money away. What do you love doing that you could see yourself doing full-time? Think hard.
Now that you’ve found something worth pursing, you need to start. Make a list of things you need to do in order to accomplish that goal and start applying yourself.
3. Make More Progress
You’ve defined a goal and a list of the things you need to do to get there. Now go.
If you chip away at these things little by little every single day, you’re one day closer to the success that you’re chasing.
If your goal is to write a book, you’ll obviously spend a lot of your days writing. But writing a book is more than just writing. You’ll need to plan and outline. You’ll need to research your topic. You’ll need to brainstorm. You’ll need to learn about the process of publishing and distribution. You’ll need to market your book.
Show up everyday.
There is a lot of work that needs to be done, but as long as what you’re doing on any given day can be considered a drop in the bucket of a bigger picture, you’re still making measurable progress. You can consider that day a success.
The Make More Pyramid
These 3 aspects of goal pursuit are something that I’m referring to as the “Make More Pyramid”. Again, I’ll be exploring them in depth in the coming days, but I wanted to plant the seed in your minds. If you’re hungry to start making bigger moves and leaving a mark that you’re proud of, then this will help you.