I’m just, tryin to stay above water y’know
Just stay busy, stay workin
Puff told me like, the key to this joint
The key to staying, on top of things
is treat everything like it’s your first project, knah what I’m sayin?
Like it’s your first day like back when you was an intern
Like, that’s how you try to treat things like, just stay hungry
– Notorious B.I.G (My 1st Song)
When we were working at GE, there was a persistent feeling of progress because plans were set, the team had week-by-week goals and everyone was trying to exceed expectations for the next milestone. The key to success was keeping your team motivated, helping everyone overcome roadblocks and managing your executive clients so your team could focus on the work.
That world couldn’t be farther from being a bootstrapping entrepreneur. We now do everything that our teams use to do, plus all the administrative stuff we couldn’t even have imagined. Most of the time we’re doing things for the first time, so we’re largely just guessing on how to to get it done. Heck, we’ll be really lucky if we’re even heading in the right direction. This week we dealt with everything from changes to the facebook API, to branding and reviewing trademark law.
It’s an emotional roller-coaster and we’ve started to do things to replace the pat’s on the back we used to get and the milestones we use to be given. First we’ve been bouncing our ideas and questions off some great mentors. They’re excitement for the project makes us feel great, but we always end up doubling our to-do lists and getting that sinking feeling about the long road ahead. Secondly we’ve re-instituted the GE style “Friday Update” where we set-out all the week’s accomplishments, roadblocks we’re facing and plan for the next week. Every Friday morning will start out with a huddle to tackle roadblocks, set goals and agree on milestones. Having to update all out mentors on our progress each Friday will get us structuring our time better and prioritize the things that really need to get done.
We think this is a good start, but clearly we’re still learning the ropes and expect to think a lot more on this topic in the future. Thanks for your support and keep a look-out for our weekly blog posts on Fridays.