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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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Wednesday
Sep052012

How to Make Money. On Your Own. To Purchase A Small Country. Or Gelato.

Happy Hump Day, honey bunch.

Remember how I launched this whimsical little project called "Project Moolah"?

 

Allow me to remind you: 

I'm determined to earn at least $2,000 a month by August 2013 working for myself. As it turns out, I even created a detailed plan for how I'm going to do it. You can find out more about the project here... but I suggest you finish this post, first :)

 

I'm not pulling a fast one on you. Cross my heart and hope to die. Stick hundred dollar bills in my eye.

 

I really, honest to Moses am working my buns off to create the following in my life: 

  • Location independence (living + breathing + working from wherever I damn well please as long as I have some internets and Ralph II, my MacBook Pro)
  • The ability to drink bubbly and/or eat gelato at 10am on a Tuesday if I so wish.
  • The financial power to purchase a small country. Or some Ikea furniture. Whichever is fine.
  • The potential of a dental appointment on a Thursday afternoon without ever having to tell a soul.
  • Regular eyebrow waxes.
  • An absence of whining about Monday mornings. And reality in general. So annoying.

 

That, my cute friend, is absolutely one-hundred-trillion percent why I launched the project.

It's totally going to happen. Don't you even doubt me for a second.

 

In fact, I'm particularly jazzed about what's in store for the month of September.

*rubs hands together mischieviously*

 

So I was thinking.

 

And when I star thinking, strange things happen.

But this time, I came up with a pretty fantastic idea:

Maybe I should share even more details of Project Moolah with you.

 

Hmm... do you agree?

 

Would be interested in getting the inside scoop about everything I'm doing to put this project into action? Perhaps in the form of a monthly newsletter?

Do you want the gritty details of how I'm rejecting tradition and earning money on my own terms?

Are you interested in learning how to apply my money-making tactics to your own life?

 

 

If the answer is, "hell yes!" then please fill out the following form: (if you're reading this in your email you can click here).

 

 

If you do fill out the form, you can expect an email from me soon. I'm looking to create an awesome resource to help you get started making money on your own terms. But you've got to sign up ASAP, or you might miss important info.

 

Yipee!