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Saturday
Sep292012

Are you incapable of working for someone else? (Join the club, you rebel, you).

I never wanted to be an entrepreneur.

In fact, I can't even stand the word "entrepreneur"

Nope, I never wanted to run my own business, be my own boss, or have my own employees. It always sounded like way too much work to me.

 

But when I started working at a full-time job right after college, I had a sudden and horrible realization:

I am entirely incapable of working for someone else.

 

While at work, all I could think about was my escape. I couldn't help but to wonder:

When will it be over? 

When will I be able to travel?

When will I be able to work on my own projects?

When will I have control over my schedule?

 

Call me lazy or tell me I have an unwarranted sense of entitlement. I don't care (though, you should probably find a different blog to read). No amount of name-calling changes the fact that working for someone else makes me miserable.

So,

I quit my job.

 

I never wanted to be an entrepreneur.

But I became one by default.

 

Honestly, I'm fairly positive that most entrepreneurs share a similar story.

The thing is, you don't have to dream of owning your own business in order to work for yourself. You just need to have a little creativity with a dash of rebellion.

 

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Thursday
Sep202012

The Very French Way of Ensuring that Freedom Won't Make You Crazy

Entrepreneurship is like, so hot right now. 

The #1 reason for the boom?

YOU CRAVE FREEDOM. 

I crave it, too. 

 

Freedom to do whatever I want whenever I want.

Freedom to live in an foreign country and not have it affect my income.

Freedom to peace out of town on a moment's notice if I so please, thankyouverymuch.

 

I want this freedom so badly that, in 2011, I quit my day job and did all of the above. I figured, "Why wait?" and proceeded to purchase a one-way ticket to Paris. 

Once in Paris, each day's schedule depended on how I felt that morning. On some days I rank wine at cafés during the day and worked at night. On others, I hid in my cave all day and wrote. I wasn't sure where I was going, so I tackled each day as it came.

 

Sound fabulous?

 

Wrong. It was totally and utterly and seriously stressful.

 

The problem? I had too much freedom. 

Yes, that's a thing. In fact, I had so many choices that I became paralyzed. 

 

Fortunately, I was insightful enough to start paying attention to the culture around me. I started to take notes on how the French handled freedom, and...

 

In the midst of my freedom fatigue, I implemented a very French system: the cadre. 

 

The cadre is neither a micromanaged routine or chaotic freedom. The word cadre is French for "frame". The idea is simple: you enforce a few strict barriers around your time, and within those barriers, you are free. 

 

Here's what a cadre looks like for an entrepreneur's schedule:

 

  • 7:00 wake up
  • 8:00 - 12:00 work
  • 12:00 - 1:00 lunch
  • 1:00 - 3:00 work
  • 3:00 - 5:00 exercise
  • 8:00 dinner
  • 11:00 bed

 

 

At first glance, this may look like a normal schedule. The trick is to leave it be. Don't add details on top of it. When you're "working", work. Don't eat lunch. Don't exercise. Don't start telling yourself that you'll work until midnight tonight so that you won't have to do anything tomorrow. That kind of attitude is exhausting, unsustainable and frankly, no fun at all.

Once you've spent a few weeks with your cadre you'll have better focus, stop snacking, and will feel less stressed about work when you go to bed.

 

Guidelines for following a cadre:

 

  • Only schedule the most important things like work, exercise, eating, and sleeping. 
  • Don't take it too seriously (i.e. if you're running 30minutes late, that's no cause for alarm. The French are always running late).
  • If you've been productive throughout the week, do whatever you want on Friday. 
  • When it's time to stop working. Stop. 
  • Notice that scheduling meal times is just as important as scheduling work times. 

 

Go ahead - design your own cadre!

Tell me in the comments: what does your ideal cadre look like?  

Share today's tweet: "Enforce a few strict barriers around your time, and within those barriers, you are free. @CourtRJ"

 

 

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